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Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock

Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Academic Programs,
Academic Programs and Services

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Name
Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Academic Programs,
Academic Programs and Services
Discipline *
Education Systems, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Film, Television and Digital Media
Phone
+61 7 3138 8587
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), M Ed (Higher Education) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member, Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows Network
  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK
  • Member, Higher Education Research and Development Association of Australasia (HERDSA)
  • Member, International Society for the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (ISSOTL)
  • Member, Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE)
  • Member, Digital Media Research Centre
Keywords

graduate employability, higher education curriculum and pedagogy, creative workforce, graduate capabilities, professional learning, career development, social networks, innovation, informal learning, student engagement

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Ruth Bridgstock is passionate about building ‘future capable’ learners, teachers, and educational institutions. Her activities are all centered on the question of how universities can foster capabilities for productive participation in the 21st century knowledge economy and society. Ruth engages in research and scholarship into the changing world of work and the social challenges we all face, capability needs, and approaches to learning in the digital age. She designs, develops and evaluates innovative curricula and teaching approaches for the development of these capabilities, and is also engaged in teacher capacity building and university transformation projects. Ruth is OLT National Senior Teaching Fellow for Graduate Employability 2.0, which is concerned with how students, teachers and universities can build and use social networks for innovation, career development, and learning. She is co-author of Creative Work Beyond the Creative Industries: Innovation, Employment and Education (Edward Elgar, 2014). Key topics of research, scholarship and teaching with which Ruth engages are:

  • learning for the future world of work and society – ‘future capability’
  • graduate employability
  • creative enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • career development in knowledge intensive industries
  • capabilities for creativity and innovation
  • learners as partners, change agents and knowledge co-creators
  • learning for innovation through communities and social networks
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock.

Teaching

Ruth Bridgstock’s focus teaching topics can broadly be thought of as ’21st century’ skills: career self-management, creative entrepreneurship, transdisciplinary collaboration, social network capabilities, and also quantitative research methododologies. Ruth’s particular areas of pedagogic interest include:

  • situated, authentic, ‘real world’ learning approaches
  • transformative learning, adult learning
  • 21st century learning and graduate capabilities
  • learners as partners and change agents
  • learning for innovation through communities and networks
  • teacher professional learning and empowerment for graduate capabilities

Ruth is an accredited level 3 (mentoring) supervisor for Honours, Masters and Doctoral studies. Some current and previous student research projects include:

  • social learning in the digital content industries
  • learning design for creativity in higher education
  • digital pedagogy capability building among VET teachers
  • social identity development and career resilience in creative practitioners
  • career paths of women technical production professionals in Australia
  • the future of freelance journalism as a career
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2017
Details
Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Australian Awards for University Teaching Citation for sustained evidence-based leadership and innovation in curriculum development and delivery to build students¿ 21st century capabilities and enhance graduate employability in creative disciplines.
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2016
Details
Australian National Senior Teaching Fellowship for 'Graduate Employability 2.0'
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence 2014 for leadership, innovation and teaching

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Graduate employability 2.0: building digital capabilities for lifelong career development
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
2015
Keywords
Digital Literacies; Graduate Capabilities; Higher Education; Social Media
Title
Making Music Work: Sustainable Portfolio Careers for Australian Musicians
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP150100497
Start year
2015
Keywords