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Ruth Horan

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Ruth Horan is a lecturer in Environmental Health/Health and Safety in the School of Health and Life Sciences in UWS. She graduated with an Honours Degree from Technological University Dublin in 2012 and practiced as both a generalist and specialist Environmental Health Officer in Scotland for 5 years. Whilst auditing she determined issues with the control of Norovirus in educational settings. She initiated the creation of a working group to address these issues. This group then produced a guidance document for Norovirus Outbreaks in Education which has now been incorporated by 8 Local Authorities in Scotland. She then moved to the private sector where she worked as both a consultant and internal auditor. Here she created the full online training programmes for Food Safety. Whilst working here she also gained her diploma in Occupational Safety and Health. Moving on from this she then entered the field of academia as a lecturer. Here she has managed to guide the Environmental Health Honours Degree through to Validation in order to ensure that Environmental Health placements are incorporated into the 4-year academic training. This is the first time this has been achieved in the UK and will change the landscape of Environmental Health in the future, should it be successfully validated. Ruth has a keen commitment to Environmental Health and hopes to embark on a PhD in January.

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