A cup of tea with…Ruth Hollier


In the first of an occasional series, we go for a cup of tea with one of the School of Education team from the University of Gloucestershire. Today we have a cuppa and natter with Ruth Hollier.


Hi, how are you? How do you like your tea?

Hello, fine thanks! Builders’ tea with milk and no sugar, please.

What is your role within the School of Education?

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education. I mainly work on Primary Maths modules, but am also the Year leader for our final year BEd students, which involves me in Professional Studies modules as well.

Ruth Hollier University of Gloucestershire

What does your typical day involve?

That’s a good question! When I came for my interview here a few years ago, I asked that question and Colin (Forster) told me there was no such thing as a ‘typical’ day. My work is really varied and the focus changes as the year goes on. Sometimes there is a lot of contact with students and at other times it’s a much more ‘scholarly’ role. I lead lectures, teach smaller group seminars, meet with students to offer them individual support, read and research things in preparation for teaching and to keep up to date with my own professional development. Part of the time I support students when they are out in school on placements which means I get to visit local schools. I also do lots of work with the GLOW Maths Hub which is based in Cheltenham and that means working in small research groups with practising teachers. Oh, and I co-manage the Primary Maths Team’s @PrimaryMathsUoG Twitter feed!

How long have you been working at the University of Gloucestershire and what attracted you to the role?

I’ve been here 5 years now. When I first arrived it was the opportunity to work directly with students in Initial Teacher Education which attracted me. I am really happy at the thought I might be able to have a positive impact on teachers at the earliest stages of their career.

Would you like a biscuit? Custard cream?

Oooh….finally! Actually, have you got any milk chocolate digestives?

Sorry Ruth, they always seem to be the first ones to go.

Ruth Hollier University of Gloucestershire

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?

My family keep me busy but I still find time to enjoy reading, good TV drama and going to the cinema. I seem to know quite a bit about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I’m not sure how that happened! I’m also a fair-weather rambler and enjoy walking our local canal. Our family has a narrowboat, so it’s a very familiar environment. I love visiting Anglesey in North Wales where I am originally from, and love being on the beach there, whatever the weather.

What is the best thing about working in the School of Education?

I enjoy the variety in my role and the amazingly talented colleagues I get to work with. Being part of the Primary Maths Team has offered so many opportunities for me personally and I love having the chance to pass on some of my enthusiasm about maths to our students.

Is that the time? Let’s go for dinner. Where do you recommend we go?

The pub. You can’t beat good pub grub. Or Nando’s? There’s one in the Brewery down the road from FCH, I think.

You’re on. We’ll meet you there at 7.00.


Ruth Hollier is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education and part of the Primary Maths Team.

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