Dr. Steve Ruddock

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Maxwell Building 437b

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Current positions

Degree Apprenticeship Link Tutor


I gained my PhD in 2009 at the University of Salford. My thesis was titled "Assessment of the Built Environment for Healthcare: A Case Study in the Development of an Evaluation Framework".

On completion of my PhD, I became a Research Fellow with Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI), where my research focus was economic appraisal. During my time with SCRI, I also managed a futures study, Built Environment Shaping Tomorrow (BEST).

I have become a specialist in the relationship between the construction sector and the macro-economy, a theme which continued in my research in the School of the Built Environment at London South Bank University (LSBU).

My recent research also built upon the work I undertook in my role, as a Research Associate in Construction Management and Economics, in the Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD) at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). This research has a focus on sustainable construction and also well-being within the construction and the built environment.

In my current role, as Degree Apprenticeship Link Tutor, I provide ongoing support, advice and guidance to degree apprentices. 

I present a first point of contact for student welfare issues and I build and maintain strong working relationships with employer contacts/supervisors/mentors/counsellors to maximise future opportunities.

A key part of my role is to ensure that course and degree apprenticeship frameworks, guidelines and regulations are adhered to.  Monitoring and reporting on the quality of employer support to ensure that the standards set by the University or professional/regulatory bodies are met.

Research Interests

  • Construction Economics
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Modern Slavery in Construction
  • Mental Health and Well-being in Construction

Qualifications and Memberships

  • HND Building Studies
  • BSc Building Surveying
  • MSc Construction Law and Dispute Resolution
  • PhD - Assessment of the Built Environment for Healthcare: A Case Study in the Development of an Evaluation Framework