Name Ruth Fairclough
Job Title Principal Lecturer Mathematics (accreditation and development)
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject(s) Mathematics and Statistics
Tel 01902 321429


Ruth graduated from Cardiff University in 1998 and then went on to work in the actuarial profession.


She has been a mathematics academic at the University of Wolverhampton since 2003, teaching mathematics and statistics and undertaking consultancy work in the area of data analysis.


Primary research areas are statistical cybermetrics and quantitative research into student attainment.


Ruth is also the Midlands Coordinator for the sigma network, the mathematics support network.

Statistical Cypermetrics

Mathematics Support

Data Analysis

Primary research areas are statistical cybermetrics, quantitative research into student attainment and mathematics education. 

Fellow of the HEA (FHEA)

Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA)

Chartered Mathematician (CMath)



Title:      Hyperlinks as a data source for science mapping


Harries, Gareth

Wilkinson, David

Price, Liz

Fairclough, Ruth

Thelwall, Mike

Citation:               Journal of Information Science, 30(5): 436-447

Year:      2004


Web issue analysis: An integrated water resource management case study


Mike Thelwall,

Katie Vann,

Ruth Fairclough

Article first published online: 6 JUN 2006 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology


Are raw RSS feeds suitable for broad issue scanning? A science concern case study


Mike Thelwall,

Rudy Prabowo,

Ruth Fairclough

Article first published online: 18 AUG 2006 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

Title:      Automated Web issue analysis: A nurse prescribing case study


Thelwall, Mike

Thelwall, Saheeda

Fairclough, Ruth

Citation:               Information Processing & Management, 42 (6): 1471-1483

Issue date:          2006


Title: Geometric journal impact factors correcting for individual highly cited articles


Mike Thelwall

Ruth Fairclough

Citation: Journal of Informetrics Volume 9, Issue 2, April 2015, Pages 263–272

Issue date: 2015


Title: The influence of time and discipline on the magnitude of correlations with citation data


Mike Thelwall

Ruth Fairclough

To be submitted March 2015


Conference papers


July, 2011 University of Greenwich: Promoting Inclusive Change: addressing equity and success for BME students in higher education.

Title of paper: Disparities in attainment for University of Wolverhampton Mathematics students.


September 2011 Coventry University: Preparing for student-led education

Title of paper: How assessment regimes affect disparities in attainment for mathematics students


January 2012 Universities House, London: Higher Education Equal Opportunities Network.

Title of Paper: Using institutional level administrative data for Equality and Diversity monitoring purposes


June 2012 Coventry University: Touching Hearts and Minds: Tackling Disparities in Student Attainment.

Title of Paper: Measuring the gap – What the data says from two HE Institutions


Title: Hearing their song and singing their tune… Creating harmony or discord?


Challen, Rachel

Soden, Catherine

Rhoades, Gavin M.

Cureton, Debra

Fairclough, Ruth

Altc 2013 Building new cultures of learning


May 2013 Manchester Metropolitan University: HEA STEM (Maths, Stats & OR): Mathematics, Statistics and OR for all: Sharing Good Practice in Service Teaching in the Mathematical Sciences.

Title of Paper: Service Teaching of Statistics


May 2014: The Studio, Birmingham: HEA Social Sciences Annual Conference

Title of Paper: Quants: Nirvana or Nightmare?


September 2014: Cardiff University: CETL MSOR Annual Conference

Title of Paper 1: Traditional Lectures for 21st Century Students

Title of Paper 2: Reflections on Introducing Mature Students to Mathematics