Ruth has a BA (Mod) Zoology from Trinity College Dublin, and a PhD (Zoology) and a BA (French & Italian) from University College Cork. She is a Senior Lecturer and Vice-Head of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at UCC. She has worked in a number of leadership roles in UCC, being Vice-Head of the College of Science, Engineering & Food Science (SEFS) in 2016 & 2017, as well as Head of the Graduate School of the College of SEFS from 2010 until 2017. Having previously served as Vice-Chair of UCC’s Athena SWAN Steering Group, she was Chair of the SEFS Athena SWAN Steering Group when the first two SEFS schools were successfully awarded Bronze level Department Awards. She was Chair of the University’s Student Discipline Committee from 2010 until 2017. The majority of her academic career has been at UCC, except for three years as an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore.