Issue date: 06 October 2003

ISSUE DATE: 03/10/03

Professor Ron Ritchie has recently taken up post as Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of the West of England. Ron Ritchie brings significant local experience and expertise to the role having taught in Bristol secondary and primary schools and having worked in the advisory service locally. He joined UWE in April 2001 as Associate Dean. Prior to that he was Head of Department for Professional Development at Bath Spa University College.

Ron Ritchie speaks about his ambitions in the new role.

“I look forward to the opportunities for building on the current strengths and successes of the Faculty, including a top grade from Ofsted in the recent inspection of secondary teacher education, as well as to the challenges that my new role will offer. The latter result, in part, from the constantly changing context of teacher education – for universities, as well as schools, new regulations, guidance or initiatives arrive regularly. I regard effective partnerships with schools, colleges and other agencies/organisations as key to the Faculty’s and University’s mission to widen participation, increase educational opportunities for young people and improve the quality of education provision in the region. I am keen to foster further collaborations within and beyond the university to further these goals.”

Ron worked in the Aerospace industry before becoming a teacher and has a first degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has a doctorate from the University of Bath that involved an evaluation of the effectiveness of approaches to initial and continuing teacher development based on constructivist views of learning. His current research interests focus on school leadership and school improvement. He has published extensively in the field of education, including books on subject leadership, headteachers’ roles in school improvement, primary science and technology. His most recent co-authored book is ‘Primary Design and Technology for the Future: Creativity, Culture and Citizenship’ which includes case studies based on work in local schools.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Rob Cuthbert said: “Ron Ritchie is ideally qualified to lead the Faculty and to strengthen the distinctive role of teacher education in the university. UWE’s ability to serve the community and widen access to first class higher education depends crucially on the Faculty of Education’s work supporting our partner schools and colleges throughout the region in maintaining and raising standards.”


Editor’s notes

Jpeg visual of Ron Ritchie available upon request from the Press Office.

Back to top