Professor Ruth Bridgstock ALTF PFHEA is an internationally recognised researcher in graduate employability, education for the future of life and work, and authentic curriculum and pedagogy. Her particular research expertise and interests relate to fostering future-capability – that is, how students, educators and educational institutions can learn and adapt to rapid and ongoing digital, social, and environmental changes in the 21st century. Ruth’s current research interests are focussed on future-capable curriculum, learning and identity development through social networks, interdisciplinary pedagogies, and fostering effective learning partnerships with industry and community.
Ruth works for Swinburne University of Technology in Australia as Director of Employability, where she leads institution-wide strategy and initiatives relating to the institution’s two Moonshots – every learner gets a work experience, and every graduate gets a job. At Swinburne she has been awarded more than $8 million in government and instutional project grants to further these aims. Ruth is Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Australian University Teaching Award winner, and Australian National Senior Teaching Fellow for Graduate Employability 2.0. Her latest books include ‘Higher Education and the Future of Graduate Employability’ (Edward Elgar), and ‘Creative Graduate Pathways Within and Beyond the Creative Industries’ (Routledge).