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Professor of Creative Industries, University of South Wales

Ruth McElroy is Professor of Creative Industries and Faculty Head of Research. She is co-director with Professor Lisa Lewis of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations. In public life, Ruth McElroy is Chair of Ffilm Cymru Wales. She is a member of Ofcom’s Advisory Committee Wales. She helps inform media policy through her membership of the Institute of Welsh Affair’s Media Policy Group.

Ruth began her academic career undertaking a PhD and teaching as a graduate assistant at Lancaster University in the Institute for Women’s Studies. Since then she has held academic posts at five UK universities and acted as an external examiner at several others. She has been centrally involved in leading both RAE 2008 and REF 2014 submissions, and has had the privilege of leading several undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. She has examined doctoral candidates in both English and Welsh, and has supervised research degree students to completion who have gone on to develop their own academic careers.


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    Professor of Creative Industries, University of South Wales