Luda Ruddock

Luda Ruddock


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My initial training as a philologist and teacher of languages and literature (BA and MA), experience of international work and subsequent retraining in public health (MPH) as an international student, combined with more recent move to academia and further PG learning, have all influenced the focus of my current research and overall research interests.

I currently teach Public Health and Community Studies at CU Coventry (part of the Coventry University Group), and recently joined Academic Development team, Office of Teaching and Learning as an Academic Developer for CU Group. Outside academia, I have enjoyed a successful career in public health, community work, capacity building, project and programme management at local, national, and international level, primarily within third sector and funding agencies.

PhD Project

As an advocate of lifelong learning who studied in three different countries, I find international and intercultural knowledge exchange and subsequent transformation fascinating. Building on my wide-ranging professional background, I am curious about development and changes in one’s professional self-identity. As an educator and academic developer, I am interested in identifying unexplored opportunities and piloting new approaches in teaching, learning, assessment, or project work for international, intercultural, and interprofessional collaboration that enhance employability of the graduates.

As a result, my PhD research focuses on the impact of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and similar virtual mobility projects in higher education on perceptions of the students’ professional self-identity, employability prospects, and potential for social innovation.

Research Interests

In addition to intercultural learning, interprofessional practice, graduate employability, and social innovation, my research interests include sustainable development, workplace wellbeing, environment and health.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Academic Practice in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University


Master of Public Health (MPH), Community Health Education, MSc, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse


Philology, English and French Language and Foreign Literature, Teaching, MA, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv


Philology, English Language and Literature Teaching, Degree, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv



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