Dr. Ruth Garbutt

Lecturer in Social Work

0113 343-1443

Summary: Ruth is a lecturer in social work, specialising in social policy/ disability/ learning disability/ inequalities/ working with adults/ qualitative research.

Location: Baines Wing

Teaching Commitments: Module leader for: Human Growth Behaviour and Development. Also teach on: Research for Healthcare and Social Work Professionals; Social Work Perspectives in Drugs and Alcohol; and Working with Adults in Social Care


Ruth is a lecturer in social work. She is a qualified social worker and is registered with HCPC. She has a PhD in social policy from the University of Hull looking at the area of disability and citizenship. She has also undertaken a postdoctoral fellowship in social policy at the University of Leeds which looked at the views and experiences of people with learning disabilities around relationships and sexuality. She has worked as a specialist social worker in disability and as a social worker in adoption/ fostering. She has also worked in community development settings in the area of advocacy, participatory processes, physical disability/ learning disability, and young people. Her present teaching commitments are mainly in the area of social work with adults, working with people with learning disabilities, the Mental Capacity Act and in research methods. As well as her teaching commitments, she is a personal tutor, she supervises dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and she visits social work students on placement. Ruth is a member of the Leeds University Inequalities Research Network, the Centre for Disability Studies, and the People, Systems and Services Network. She is also a member of the School Module Assessment Board and the School Equality and Inclusion Committee. Ruth has worked in both research and teaching roles in Higher Education for about 15 years and she is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Ruth has numerous publications including academic journal articles, book chapters and articles for practitioner publications. She has presented her research at national and international conferences. She has also been a reviewer for the following journals: Creative Approaches to Research; International Journal for Researcher Development; British Journal of Learning Disabilities. Much of her work has involved collaborations between academic institutions, third sector organisations and the public sector.