Ruth Farwell, a mathematician by background with a BSc (Hons) and a PhD, was Vice Chancellor at Buckinghamshire New University from January 2006 to January 2015. In August 1998, she joined London South Bank University and was Pro Vice-Chancellor with a portfolio including academic quality and the student experience. She now acts as an education consultant including providing advice on academic governance.
Ruth was Chair of the representative body GuildHE for two terms of office until November 2013, and continued as a member of its Executive until she retired. During 2009 – 2015 she served as a member of the Board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and also chaired HEFCE’s Teaching, Quality and Student Experience Committee. Other previous posts in public life have included service as a further education college governor and chair, as a secondary school governor and chair, and as a member of the board of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP and of Buckinghamshire Business First. Currently she is a governor at Southampton Solent University and Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors at Pearson College London.
Ruth was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to higher education and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire in 2015. She was High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in 2018-19