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Ruth Steel

Ruth Steel

BA Lanc MSc MPhil Brist DipLaw LPAB (in progress)
Business Manager

Room 1144
C13 - St James Campus
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Phone: +61 2 9114 1810
Fax: +61 2 9114 1863

Ruth joined ITLS in 2003 working with Professor David Hensher (then Associate Dean, Postgraduate Coursework) on a number of Faculty-wide strategic initiatives including the review and development of graduate programs and the development and implementation of student related policies and procedures. She has also conducted education research for the Faculty in liaison with the Office for Learning and Teaching.

At ITLS Ruth works in collaboration with, and in support of, the Director in the management of the Institute and the leadership and implementation of strategic projects and policy development and implementation. The position ensures the provision and effectiveness of systems, standards and operational procedures, as well providing guidance on budgetary management and analysis, contract management, human resources, information management, quality improvement, and other administrative issues. The position leads and directs the professional delivery of operational and administrative services and expertise to optimise support for the Institute.

Ruth developed and coordinates the Graduate Work Placement Program which gives graduates the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with ITLS' industry partners. She also has an information and communications role at the Institute in developing promotional and informational materials, looking after branding issues, acting as website manager. She established the Leadership and Policy Seminar Series in 2007 and was the convenor for the series until 2013, when this role was taken on by Professor Corinne Mulley and Dr Rico Merkert. Ruth is the liaison to the ITLS Board of Advice.

Ruth is the manager of the International Conference Series on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (The Thredbo Series) and is co-editor of the collected papers for several conferences in the series (published by Elsevier).

After moving to Sydney from the UK in 2002 Ruth completed a number of short term assignments in executive support and education administration at the University of Sydney. Prior to this she worked in the Planning and Management Information Office of the University of Exeter, UK. After completing an undergraduate degree in Politics and Religion at the University of Lancaster she went on to gain her Masters in Ethnic Relations from the University of Bristol. Funded by a scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council she was awarded her MPhil from the University of Bristol in 2004. The title of her thesis is: The Host Country, From Protection to Control: UK Refugee Policy and Practice. Ruth worked for two years as an Information Officer for a refugee agency providing reception support to refugees on arrival to the UK, prior to this she worked as a Front of House Manager at a community arts centre and theatre. Ruth is currently studying for a Diploma in Law with the Law Extension Committee of the NSW Legal Professions Admission Board, University of Sydney. In support of her law studies, in 2005 Ruth was awarded a Career Development Support Grant from the University of Sydney's Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit and in 2006 and 2009 she was awarded a Staff Scholarship from the Faculty of Economics and Business.