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Academic Biography

Ruth Boocock is a dietitian. Ruth works as an Associate Professor.

Ruth received her first degree, BSc Human Nutrition with first class honours, from Ulster University and worked in the National Health Service for 25 years before moving full-time to higher education. Her clinical dietetics expertise lies in diabetes having worked across primary, secondary and tertiary care. In 2017 Ruth received her post-graduate degree, MEd (Clinical Education) with distinction, from the University of Leeds and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has been an Accreditation Assessor for the British Dietetic Association (BDA) since 2018 and now chairs the BDA Higher Education Group. Ruth was awarded Doctor of Professional Practice in 2024. 

Summary of Research Interests

Professional doctorate research identified barriers and enablers to implementation of diabetes remission strategies for adults with type 2 diabetes newly diagnosed within general practice in one of the most deprived local authority districts in England. 

Post doctorate interests include stigma (weight related bias) and digital exclusion in people living with type 2 diabetes. 

Academic Achievements

Learning Excellence Award 2018: 1st Prize (Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust).

NHS England Innovation Challenge 2015: Finalist.

Academic Responsibilities

Associate Professor (Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange) 2023 - current

Course Leader (2019-2023)

  • MSc Dietetics (pre-registration) programme

Module Leader

Practice Education Lead (2019=2023)

  • Dietetic Practice-based learning (PBL): NHS, Research, Leadership, Public Health, Charities, Care Homes

Personal Tutor

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Master of Education (Clinical Education), University of Leeds

Award Date: 18 Jul 2017

Bachelor, Human Nutrition with State Registration in Dietetics, Ulster University

Award Date: 1 Jun 1994

Professional Doctorate, Doctorate in Professional Practice, Teesside University


External positions

HEI Chairperson, British Dietetic Association

2021 → …

Accreditation Assessor: British Dietetic Association

2018 → …

Board member: British Dietetic Association Education and Professional Practice Board



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