Ms Ruth Jindal

Job: Senior Lecturer in Critical & Contextual Studies

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Fashion and Textiles

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8682




Personal profile

Design historian with executive experience in arts, heritage and cultural instutions. Teaching historical and critical studies on art and design programmes with a focus on fashion and craft.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Art and Design

Publications and outputs

Reeve, J., Jindal, R., Barton, C. and Stokes, N. (2020) Using Creative and Contemplative Pedagogy to Promote Learning Efficacy and Wellbeing within First-Year, Undergraduate Students. Gateway Papers, 2(1): 5, pp. 1–12. DOI:  

Jordan, J. and Jindal, R. (2019) Problematising Philanthropy in the UK Cultural Sector. In: Granger, R. C. (ed.) Value Construction in the Creative Economy. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Jindal, R. (2016) Writing Material Culture History, Textile History, 47:1, 133-135

Research interests/expertise

Design history and dress history

Design communication

Circular economy

State intervention in design

Design philanthropy

Creative learning and teaching

Areas of teaching

Fashion cultures

Craft history and cultures

Textile history

Cultural heritage

Research methods


  • MA in Arts Criticism
  • PGCertHE
  • PGCert in Arts Management
  • BA (Hons) History of Design

Courses taught

  • Design Crafts BA (Hons)
  • Product & Furniture Design BA (Hons)
  • Fashion Communication and Styling BA (Hons)
  • Design Masters

Honours and awards

[Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy] 

e.g Name of honour / award, month conferred, year conferred, reason conferred

Membership of external committees

  • RSA Fellowship Council, Since 2011, East Midlands Regional Council Member
  • Phoenix Arts (Leicester Arts Company Ltd) 2007-2010, Board Member

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Royal Society Of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce (RSA)
  • Design History Society

Professional licences and certificates

  • Institute of Public Relations

Forthcoming events


Conference attendance

Creative and Contemplative pedagogy to support student learning and wellbeing. DMU Learning and Teaching Conference, Leicester. 2021

Crossing the Pond: Transferring American Philanthropic Models of Arts Funding to the UK at Mediating Cultural Value, CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, University of Leicester. 2016

TEDxLeicester 2015 (organiser)

Open Doors Open Minds Conference, DMU, April 2013

The Art of Cultural Philanthropy, 2011, Broadway Nottingham, Conference Organiser

Consultancy work

Capacity-building and Leadership in the creative and cultural industries.

Cultural philanthropy

Current research students

Meera Curam

Miao Wang 

Rachel Neal, 1st supervisor

Rubab Ashiq, 2nd supervisor

Internally funded research project information

Creative and Contemplative pedagogy to support student learning and wellbeing, Academic Innovation Project, October 2019  - June 2020, Lead with Julia Reeve (Library and Learning Services)