Dr Ruth Payne

Dr Ruth Payne


I completed my first degree as a mature student at Leeds, then went on to take a PGCE in English (11–18yrs) and began a short career as a teacher. My interest in classroom language emerged during this time and I subsequently undertook my PhD 'Teachers’ use of face-aligned utterances and mitigation strategies in the classroom' in the School of Education at Leeds. I began my lectureship in 2012, and from that developed my interest in pedagogical research and student experience.

I have undertaken work within the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence on my work on inclusive assessment practices and student induction.


  • Academic Lead for Belonging
  • Academic Integrity Lead

Research interests

Inclusive assessment; student induction and transition; the language of school behaviour policies.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Research groups and institutes

  • PRIA