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Professor Ruth Woodfield

Dr Ruth Woodfield

BA, MA, DPhil

Professor of Equalities and Organisation

Co-Director of the Centre for Research into Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Vice-Principal (Diversity)

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 1965

Biography/ Research specialisms

Women, Work and Computing - cover‌Ruth's research primarily focuses on gender differences and inequalities in the context of work and education. She has particular interests in: the experiences of men and women in gender-segregated organisations and occupations (professional IT work, the Fire & Rescue Service, teaching etc.) and the way in which gender equality laws and initiatives frame such experiences; gender differences in areas of knowledge e.g. scientific and technical fields; the experiences and outcomes of different socio-demographic groups in higher education. She is also interested in research methods, and the philosophy underpinning different methodological approaches. She comes to St Andrews from the University of Sussex where she was Professor of Sociology.

From Spring 2019, Ruth is Assistant Vice-Principal (Diversity) for the University of St Andrews.

Selected publications

Books

Undergraduate student retention and attainment: Phase two overview report
Woodfield, R. & O'Mahony, J., 9 Mar 2016, York: The Higher Education Academy. 8 p.
Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Undergraduate retention and attainment across the disciplines
Woodfield, R., 18 Dec 2014, York: The Higher Education Academy. 78 p.
Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Male students: engagement with academic and pastoral support services
Woodfield, R. & Thomas, L., 2012, London: Equality Challenge Unit. 45 p.
Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Male access and success in higher education
Woodfield, R., Thomas, L., Berry, J., Foster, E., Lefever, R. & Raven, N., 2011, York: The Higher Education Academy. 44 p.
Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Men in higher education
Foster, E., Raven, N., Thomas, L, 2011, York: The Higher Education Academy. 44 p. https://doi.org/https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/system/files/maleaccess.pdf
Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

What women want from work: gender and occupational choice in the 21st century
Woodfield, R., 2007, London: Palgrave Macmillan. 250 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Female Recruitment Levels to the Fire & Rescue Service
Woodfield, R., 2003, Fire and Rescue Service. 93 p.
Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Student Perceptions of the First Year Experience of University: Results from a Qualitative Email Survey
Woodfield, R., 2002, University of Sussex. 69 p.
Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Women, Work and Computing
Woodfield, R., 2000, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 209 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Chapters

Higher Education Case Studies: Learning to lead
Buckham, L., Thomas, L., 2013, Recruiting and Supporting Diversity. Morgan, M. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 190-194 6 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Gender and employability patterns amongst UK ICT graduates: how leaky is the pipeline?
Woodfield, R., 2012, Globalization, technology diffusion and gender disparity: social impacts of ICTs. Pennsylvania: IGI Global, p. 184-199 15 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Mature women students, study motivation and employability
Woodfield, R., 2012, Issues in widening participation. Hinton-Smith, T. (ed.). London: Palgrave, p. 92-107 16 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Degrees of computing: gender, participation and performance in undergraduate Computer Science courses at UK universities
Woodfield, R., 2006, Encylopedia of Gender and Information Technology,. Trauth, E. (ed.). Penn State University Press, p. 365-371 6 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Women and professional-level IT Work in the UK
Woodfield, R., 2006, Encylopedia of Gender and Information Technology. Trauth, E. (ed.). Pennsylvania: Penn State University Press, p. 1238-1244 7 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

Articles

The gendered landscape of UK higher education: do men feel disadvantaged?
Woodfield, R., 2 Jan 2019, In : Gender and Education. 31, 1, p. 15-32 18 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2017.1288859
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Undergraduate students who are required to withdraw from university: the role of ethnicity
Woodfield, R., 5 Apr 2017, In : British Educational Research Journal. 43, 2, p. 230-252 23 p. https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3259
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gender and the achievement of skilled status in the workplace: the case of women leaders in the UK Fire and Rescue Service
Woodfield, R., Apr 2016, In : Work, Employment and Society. 30, 2, p. 237-255 https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017015573693
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Age and first destination employment from UK universities: are mature students disadvantaged?
Woodfield, R., 2011, In : Studies in Higher Education. 36, 4, p. 409-425 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The determinants of undergraduate degree performance: how important is gender?
Woodfield, R., Reilly, B. & Barrow, M., 2009, In : British Educational Research Journal. 35, 4, p. 575-597 22 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Individual and gender differences in good and first-class undergraduate degree performance
Woodfield, R. & Farsides, T., 2007, In : British Journal of Psychology. 98, 3, p. 467-483 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

An assessment of the extent to which subject variation between the Arts and Sciences in relation to the award of a First Class degree can explain the ‘gender gap’ in UK universities
Woodfield, R. & Earl-Novell, S., Jul 2006, In : British Journal of Sociology of Education. 27, 3, p. 355-372 18 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425690600750569
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gender differences in undergraduate attendance rates
Woodfield, R. & Jessop, D., 2006, In : Studies in Higher Education. 31, 1, p. 1-22 22 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gender and mode of assessment at university: should we assume female students are better suited to coursework and males to unseen examinations?
Woodfield, R., Earl-Novell, S. & Solomon, L., 2005, In : Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 30, 1, p. 33-48 15 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/0260293042003243887
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Individual differences and undergraduate academic success: the roles of personality, intelligence and application
Woodfield, R. & Farsides, T., 2003, In : Personality and Individual Differences. 34, p. 1225-1243 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Women and information systems development: not just a pretty (inter)face
Woodfield, R., 2002, In : Information Technology and People. 15, 2, p. 119-138 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nature over Nurture: Temperament, Personality and Lifespan
McCrae, Costa et al, 2000, In : Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 78, 1, p. 173 186 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Working Women and Social Labour
Woodfield, R., 1998, In : Rusel Forum for Comparative Political Economy. p. 1 24 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle