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Ruth Sapsed


Leadership for Learning Network Coordinator

Academic Groups

  • Leadership for Learning

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  • BSc Psychology (University College London)
  • MSc Occupational Psychology (Birkbeck)

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Ruth has been building and developing networks for much of her professional life. She has been connected with the Faculty for a number of years through developing programmes for Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination with her colleagues Pam Burnard, Mandy Swann and Mary Jane Drummond. She is a member of the management team of Leadership for Learning.

As Director of Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination ( she develops partnerships between schools and artists to explore new spaces or ideas. A recent research project Children take the Lead ( resulted in the PropsBox (; a playful resource enabling families to engage with art objects and spaces. CCI's work with young children in outdoors spaces is shared through a series of publications Ruth has managed including Ways into Hinchingbrooke Country Park: a fantastical guide for the wildly curious, Outside/Inside, A Story of Smallness and Light and 37 Shadows.

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  • Creative partnerships
  • Creative practice
  • Family/community learning
  • Student voice

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  • Practitioner Professional Development (PPD), Creativity as Practice
  • Masters, Arts Culture and Education

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Selected Publications

Bligh, D., Chacksfield, C. and Sapsed, R. (2009) Leadership and Learning in the Arts, Action Learning: Research and Practice 6: 3, 343 - 348, November 2009.

Pereira-Stubbs, F. and Sapsed, R. (2009), Exploring a Cambridge Forest, Refocus Journal 8.

Maddock, M. and Sapsed, R. with Drummond, M-J. (2008) Igniting a Fuse: developing the creative practice of primary school educators, London: Creative Partnerships. ISBN 978-0-7287-1391-8.