Ruby Wax appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey

5 August 2015

The School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey has appointed Kellogg alumna Ruby Wax as a Visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing.

In her role, Ruby will support the School’s mission to deliver the most dynamic, effective and caring healthcare professionals in the UK.  She will contribute to research, curriculum development, teaching and public engagement, and will work with undergraduate students from a range of subjects, including Mental Health Nursing.  Ruby will also present occasional lectures and workshops to students sharing her expertise and insights on mental health.

Professor Nora Kearney, Head of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Ruby Wax to the staff at the University.  Her work as mental health campaigner is an inspiration to our staff and students and  her involvement in the School will mean we can open a very real discussion about how to improve the care and support for individuals with mental health issues. ”

Recently awarded an OBE for her services to mental health, Ruby Wax completed the MSt in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and published a number one best-selling book, Sane New World: Taming the Mind. She now works widely as a mental health campaigner, seeking to put an end to the stigma surrounding mental health.

“I am delighted to have been given this opportunity by the University of Surrey. I am very much looking forward to sharing my experiences to help inform the students’ teaching and learning, particularly in the area of mental health, and make a contribution in developing their skills to become the very best healthcare professionals,” said Ruby.