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Dr Ruth Windscheffel

Lecturer Educational Development

Learning Enhancement and Development

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B315, University Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



My education and research interests include: inclusive practice and personalised learning; academic and professional identities; emotion, compassion and the affective domain in higher education; student support and personal tutoring; the histories of education, libraries and reading (nineteenth and twentieth centuries)


  1. PG Certificate in Higher Education Practice, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom, Jan 2014 – Jan 2015
  2. Senior Fellowship, Higher Education Academy, York, United Kingdom, 2014
  3. Fellowship, Royal Historical Society, United Kingdom, 2014
  4. PhD, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom, Jan 1999 – Jan 2003
  5. MA, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, United Kingdom, Jan 1994 – Jan 1995
  6. MA, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, 1991 – 1994

Postgraduate training

  1. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford, Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2008 – 2011
  2. The Julia Mann Junior Research Fellow in History, St Hilda's College, Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2004 – 2008


  1. Lecturer in Educational Development, City, University of London, Aug 2017 – present
  2. Applaud Mentor and Reviewer, Open University, Milton Keynes, Jan 2016 – present
  3. Honorary Research Associate, Open University, Milton Keynes, Jan 2015 – present
  4. Learning and Development Adviser, University of Essex, Colchester, Jan 2013 – Jan 2017
  5. Senior Faculty Manager, Open University, Milton Keynes, Jan 2011 – Jan 2012
  6. Associate Lecturer, Open University, Milton Keynes, Jan 2008 – present
  7. Lecturer in History, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Jan 2003 – Jan 2004

Visiting appointments

  1. APPLauD Mentor and Reviewer [HEA Accredited Professional Recognition Scheme], The Open University, 2016 – present


  1. Honorary Research Associate, The Open University, Jan 2015 – Jan 2018
  2. Senior Fellow (SFHEA), Higher Education Academy, Nov 2014 – present
  3. Fellow (FRHistS), Royal Historical Society, Sep 2014 – present
  4. Life Fellow, Gladstone's Library, Hawarden, Jun 2006 – present

Memberships of committees

  1. Trustee, Murray Bequest, 2015 – present


Geographic Areas

  • Americas - North
  • Australia & Oceania
  • Europe


  1. Quinault, R., Swift, R. and Windscheffel, R.C. (Eds.), (2012). William Gladstone: New studies and perspectives. Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-2046-0.
  2. Windscheffel, R.C. (2008). Reading Gladstone. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-00765-9.
  3. Windscheffel, R.C. (2018). 'Can we please keep talking…? The importance of
    sustaining inclusive dialogue about race and ethnicity
    in teaching and learning'.
    In Boncori, I. (Ed.), RACE, ETHNICITY AND INCLUSION: The University of Essex Reader Napoli: Editoriale Scientifica. ISBN 978-88-9391-273-0.
  4. Windscheffel, R. (2017). The Jezreelites and their World, 1875-1922. In Shaw, J. and Lockley, P. (Eds.), The History of a Modern Millennial Movement: The Southcottians (pp. 116–139). I.B. Tauris. ISBN 978-1-78453-846-0.
  5. Windscheffel, R.C. (2007). Politics, Portraiture and Power: Reassessing the Public Image of William Ewart Gladstone. In McCormack, M. (Ed.), Public Men: masculinity and politics in modern Britain (pp. 93–122). Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-00763-5.
  6. Windscheffel, R.C. (2012). Dancing to the music of time: Modernity, secularization, and incarnation. Nineteenth Century Prose, 39(1-2), pp. 49–57.
  7. Windscheffel, R.C. (2007). Gladstone and Scott: Family, identity, and nation. Scottish Historical Review, 86(1), pp. 69–95. doi:10.3366/shr.2007.0054.
  8. Windscheffel, R.C. (2007). Gladstone and Scott: family, identity and nation. The Scottish Historical Review, 86(1), pp. 69–95. doi:10.1353/shr.2007.0054.
  9. Windscheffel, R.C. (2006). Politics, Religion and Text: W.E. Gladstone and Spiritualism. Journal of Victorian Culture, 11(1), pp. 1–29. doi:10.3366/jvc.2006.11.1.1.
  10. Windscheffel, R.C. (2004). Gladstone, Tennyson and History: 1886 & all that. Tennyson Research Bulletin, 8(3), pp. 151–165.
  11. Windscheffel, R.C. (2001). W. E. Gladstone: an annotation key. Notes and Queries, 48(2), pp. 140–143. doi:10.1093/nq/48.2.140.


  1. Quinault, R., Swift, R. and Windscheffel, R.C. (Eds.), (2013). William Gladstone: New studies and perspectives. Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-4934-8.

Chapters (2)

  1. Windscheffel, R.C. (2012). Introduction. In Quinault, R., Swift, R. and Windscheffel, R. (Eds.), William Gladstone: New Studies and Perspectives (pp. 1–12). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-4094-2046-0.
  2. Windscheffel, R. (2010). The Gladstone Diaries. In Palmer, R. and Brown, M. (Eds.), Lambeth Palace Library Treasures from the Collection of the Archbishops of Canterbury (pp. 156–157). Scala Books.

Journal articles (7)

  1. Windscheffel, R. (2019). Case study on posters and group work: Diversifying assessment on an MA in Academic Practice. Educational Developments, 20(1), pp. 13–16.
  2. Windscheffel, R. (2008). The English Cult of Literature: devoted readers, 1774-1880 (W. McKelvy) (Book Review). Victorians Institute Journal, 36, pp. 335–339.
  3. Windscheffel, R.C. (2007). Gladstone and Dante: Victorian Statesman, Medieval Poet (A. Isba) (Book Review). The English Historical Review, CXXII(498), pp. 1101–1103. doi:10.1093/ehr/cem189.
  4. Windscheffel, R.C. (2007). Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London (S. Koven) (Book Review). The English Historical Review, CXXII(495), pp. 272–274. doi:10.1093/ehr/cel454.
  5. Windscheffel, R.C. (2006). Politics, Religion and Text: W.E. Gladstone and Spiritualism. Journal of Victorian Culture, 11(1), pp. 1–29. doi:10.1353/jvc.2006.0017.
  6. Clayton, R. (2003). Masses or Classes?: The Question of Community in the Foundation of Gladstone's Library. Library History, 19(3), pp. 163–172. doi:10.1179/lib.2003.19.3.163.
  7. Windscheffel, R. (2002). Gladstone’s Library and the Cultural Organization of Knowledge. Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies, 5, pp. 91–109.


  1. Windscheffel, R. 'Enlarging the Text': a cultural history of William Ewart Gladstone's library and reading. (PhD Thesis)

Other Activities

Events/conferences (11)

  1. SEDA Winter Conference. (Conference) Cardiff (2017).
    Paper: Can we have us on here? Recognising collaborative practice in professional development frameworks: possibilities and problems
    Author: R.C. Windscheffel
    Description: This paper considered the challenges and potential benefits involved in developing collaborative pathways to professional recognition by reviewing a recent University of Essex initiative to develop an accredited Collaborative Award.
  2. University of Essex Teaching and Learning Conference. (Conference) Colchester (2017). Organising Committee.
    Paper: ‘Engaging Students with Criteria of Assessment’
    Author: R.C. Windscheffel
    Description: Plenary conference presentation
  3. Sight, Sound and Text in the History of Education’, History of Education Society/ANZHES Conference. (Conference) Malvern, UK (2016).
    Paper: ‘Out of the mouths of babes: Child preaching and print media in late-nineteenth-century sectarian practice’
    Author: R.C. Windscheffel
  4. Academic Development Workshop Programme, University of Essex. (Workshop) Colchester, UK (2016). Organising Committee.
    Paper: ‘“Are you talking to me?” Personalising learning to enhance the student experience’
    Author: Windscheffel, R.C.
  5. Academic Development Workshop Programme, University of Essex. (Workshop) Colchester, UK (2016). Organising Committee.
    Paper: ‘Creating space to know: introducing contemplation into teaching and learning in higher education’
    Author: Barratt, Dr Caroline
    Co-authors: Windscheffel, R.C.
  6. University of Essex Teaching and Learning Conference. (Conference) Colchester (2016). Organising Committee.
    Paper: ‘Teaching First-Year Students’
    Author: R.C. Windscheffel
  7. ‘Christianity and Migrations’, Spring Meeting of the American Society of Church History. (Conference) Grand Rapids, MI, USA (2011).
    Paper: ‘“There is great rebellion in this state against ye”! The Jezreelite Mission to the American Midwest in the 1880s’
    Author: Windscheffel, R.C.
  8. Prophecy Project Seminar, Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford. (Seminar) Oxford, UK (2010).
    Paper: ‘Out of the Mouths of Babes: procreation, pedagogy, and child-preaching in the New and Latter House of Israel’
    Author: Windscheffel, R.C.
  9. ‘“The Bridegroom cometh!”: Prophets and prophecy in the long eighteenth century’, Nottingham Trent University. (Conference) Nottingham, UK (2009).
    Paper: ‘Embodying the ‘Chosen Handmaid of the Lord to finish His work’: Esther Jezreel and the New Southcottian Woman, 1875-1888’
    Author: Windscheffel, R.C.
  10. ‘Reading in the Age of Gladstone’, University of Liverpool. (Conference) Hawarden, UK (2009). Invited speaker.
    Paper: ‘Gladstone and the Politician as Reader’
    Author: Windscheffel, R.C.
  11. Nineteenth & Twentieth Century British History & Politics Seminar, Faculty of History, The University of Oxford. (Seminar) Oxford, UK (2008). Invited speaker.
    Paper: ‘“It makes me look half witted, which I ain’t”: the politics of portraiture in the long twentieth century’
    Author: Windscheffel, R.C.

Keynote lectures/speeches (2)

  1. A Question of Humanity? Gladstone, Armenia, and Islam. Hawarden, Wales (2009). Public keynote lecture, Gladstone 200 Festival, Gladstone’s Library
  2. Images of Gladstone. Chester, UK (2009). Keynote lecture; Gladstone Bicentenary International Conference; University of Chester

Media appearances (3)

  1. Ian Hislop’s Age of the Do-Gooders. Wingspan Productions for BBC2, broadcast 29 Nov, 06 Dec, 13 Dec (Talking Head and Series Consultant)
  2. Mr Gladstone and the Bulgarians. Two and a Half Film Company, directed by Mihail Meltev, written by Roumen Genov, filmed with the support of the Bulgarian National Film Centre (Talking Head)
  3. ‘Victorian PM’s library legacy’. BBC Wales News, broadcast 20 May (Interviewee)