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Dr Ruth Deakin Crick

Dr Ruth Deakin Crick

Dr Ruth Deakin Crick
M.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.(Bristol)

Reader in Learning Analytics and Engineering Leadership

Area of research

Learning Analytics and Engineering Leadership

Office QB0.37
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 331 4338


Learning Analytics

Complexity and Systems Thinking

Work Based Learning 

Authentic Enquiry

21C competences: learning to learn, citizenship, creativity. 

  • Infrastructure Futures
  • Dispositional Learning Analytics
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Customer and Community Engagement


My research has been in leading the theorisation and practical development of a generic praxis of learning for performance in a complex world, which systemically integrates divergent imperatives for effectiveness: the personal and the public, identity and performance, agency and structure. The praxis is measurable, evidence based and practitioner research driven. What makes it uniquely relevant is that it enables people to able to engage mindfully, wisely and profitably with new learning opportunities over their lifetime and so prosper in conditions of increasing complexity, uncertainty and risk.  Institutional learning and assessment, in western education and the workplace have historically relied on a uni-dimensional approach which fails to address these diverse needs or the complexity of social contexts. The learning assessment tool which I have developed is in use on four continents, in over 125 schools, HEIs and corporate organisations. The assessment data warehouse generates data for secondary analysis and practitioner-led research and has accumulated over 50,000 cases to date. The potential for both wider engagement and commercial and reputational value, in the opportunity for the University of Bristol to be at the hub of this social movement, is exceptional.

I have contributed significantly to a body of trans-disciplinary evidence which demonstrates that a person's or a group's learning identity and dispositions profoundly influence their performance in a range of contexts and these relationships are reciprocal. The implications of this are far reaching and contribute substantively to complexity thinking in the social sciences. As well as undertaking primary research in social learning contexts in the workplace, schools, and communities I have contributed to the development of technical applications of these ideas in learning analytics ecosystems. The term 'disposition analytics' is now used to describe this work. 


External Examining

  • University of Newcastle, BA Honours Degree in Knowledge, Human Interests and Society, Faculty of Science and Engineering, 2006 - 9
  • University of Dundee Masters Programme in Educational Leadership, 2006 -9.
  • University of Wales BA Humanities (Education) at Trinity College, Carmarthen. 2000-2003

Postgraduate Teaching Current

  • MSc Systems Learning and Leadership - programme co-ordinator
  • Collaborative Enquiry Units with local schools

Previous Teaching

  • MSc Counselling
  • MSc Reserach Methods
  • MSc Understanding Educational Research
  • MEd Educational Leadership, Policy and Development
  • Managing Educational Change MEd.
  • Research Methods, MEd.
  • Advanced Diploma/MEd, Management and Administration for  Headteachers
  • International Studies: Management and Governance for Headteachers
  • PGCE, Professional Development and Citizenship Education.
  • Christianity, Education and Society MA
  • Young People Culture and the Church MA


  • transformative learning
  • schools as complex adaptive systems
  • learning design
  • enquirybased learning
  • systems learning and leadership
  • learning power
  • resilience
  • sense making

Recent publications

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