Ruth is a third year ESRC SeNSS (South-East Network for Social Sciences) funded student at UEA and student member of the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) and Media, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Research Group. Her doctoral thesis, ‘The Rise of Self-Publication Platforms and the Implications for the Publication of Fanfiction in Relation to UK, EU and US Copyright Law’ focuses on the interaction between self-published online fan fiction and other works in the fiction market.  She is interested in assessing whether the current law of copyright leads to market failure, and if so, whether a new fair dealing exception under S30A Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 should be drafted to cover fan fiction.


After completing her undergraduate LLB Law with European Legal Systems degree at UEA in 2008, Ruth worked in administration for eight years, splitting her time between Norwich, Essex and London.  During this time, she successfully completed a part-time LLM in Information Technology and Intellectual Property.


At UEA, Ruth has taught on the undergraduate modules Trusts Law, Contract Law and Law in Practice. She has also taught workshops on the postgraduate Law Masters Dissertation Module. She has also been involved with Outreach work in the local community. While studying, she also has a variety of external responsibilities:

  • Assessments and Qualifications Office (2017-current): Venue Manager, Invigilator, Reader and Scribe
  • UEA Student Union:  Chair of Postgraduate Committee (2018), Postgraduate Representative on Trustee Board (2018), Student Officer Committee member (2018), Chair of Postgraduate Assembly (2017), Postgraduate Committee member (2017)

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