PhD Student (TAnDem Doctoral Training Centre)
Association for Dementia Studies
Research Degree Students
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Ruby Swift is engaged in doctoral research into understanding, promoting and supporting shared musical activity within the caring relationships of people with dementia living at home. She is working within the TAnDem Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), a collaborative partnership between the Universities of Worcester and Nottingham, funded by The Alzheimer’s Society. She is an experienced singing for health practitioner with an interest in applied research in this field.
MA Musicology (2013). University of Wolverhampton; School of Performing Arts.
BA (hons.) Music (2007). University of Wolverhampton; School of Performing Arts.
Teaching, Research and Knowledge Transfer
Ruby is currently conducting a doctoral research project exploring music with people with dementia who are living at home and the people who care for them.
Ongoing research interests include voice work for health and wellbeing.
Ruby is being supervised by Professor Eleanor Bradley at the University of Worcester, Theresa Mitchell at the University of Worcester, Dr Claire Garabedian and Professor Amanda Griffiths at the University of Nottingham.
Flourishing through Music: Understanding, Promoting and Supporting Musical Activity Shared within the Caring Relationships of People with Dementia Living at Home. (2016-20), Alzheimer’s Society.
Ruby has also worked as a Research Associate with the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester, continuing the legacy work of the TAnDem DTC. As a part of this work, Ruby co-authored a report and journal article, created and analysed a staff survey to identify ways research could be embedded in University curricular, and created a departmental report based on the findings. She also initiated a project creating arts activity booklets for people with dementia and their families for use during Covid-19 isolation, in collaboration with professional arts practitioners. Ruby was responsible for promoting and disseminating these created materials through local and national networks.
Ruby is experienced in teaching within Primary, Secondary and Further education, most recently as an undergraduate lecturer in music and academic skills, and as a Singing for the Brain leader trainer with the Alzheimer’s Society.
Seminars and Workshops
Swift, R. (April 2019) Seminar: The Use of Music in Dementia. The Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury, UK.
Swift R. (November 2017) Phenomenology workshop presentation: Goethean Observation. University of Worcester, UK.
Swift R. (June 2017) Arts and dementia: Reflecting on practice, engagement and value workshop. International Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference in Bristol UK.
Swift, R. (May 2017) Singing in Caring Communication Masterclass. Sanctuary Care, Worcester UK.
Swift, R. (April, 2016) Collaborative Working with Arts and Health Presentation: Singing for the Brain. Worcestershire Arts Partnership, UK.
Swift, R. (February, 2016). Master of Arts workshop: Singing for Health and Wellbeing and the Experience of Sound. Birmingham City University, UK
Publications and Dissemination
Swift, R. and Gray, K. (2020) Arts and dementia: shaping the future. The Journal of Dementia Care, 28(6), pp. 19-20.
Gray, K., Swift, R. and Brooker, D. (2020) The Arts and Dementia: Shaping the Future. Worcester: Association for Dementia Studies.
Barnell (Swift), R. (2012) Neonatal Nightingales: Live Parental and Neonatal Nurse Infant-Directed Singing as a Beneficial Intervention for the Health and Development of Infants in Neonatal Care. University of Wolverhampton [online]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/267852
Stannard, K. & Barnell (Swift), R. (July/August, 2009). Keep Music Education Live. Learning and Teaching Magazine, 14-18.
Swift, R. (December 2019) Sharing music at home: Exploring how music can be shared and supported within the caring relationships of people with dementia living at home. TAnDem Legacy Event, University of Worcester, UK
Swift, R. (November 2019) Conference welcome: the importance of the arts in dementia. UK Dementia Congress, Doncaster, UK
Dowson, E. and Swift, R. (May 2019) Sharing music in the caring relationships of people with dementia living at home. Presentation at the Alzheimer’s Society Conference, London, UK.
Dowson, E. and Swift, R. (October 2018) Oral Presentation: Exploring and developing ‘Personally Significant Music’ as creative process within the caring relationships of individuals with dementia living at home. The Power of Music Conference, University of Nottingham, UK.
Dowson, E. and Swift, R. (September 2018) Oral Presentation: The Music in the Person; the person in the music. TAnDem Arts and Dementia Conference, University of Nottingham, UK.
Swift, R. (July 2018) Artful Research: researching arts engagement through engaging in the arts. Presentation at the Seeds of Knowledge Conference, University of Worcester, UK.
Swift, R. (June 2018) Music and Dementia Poster Presentation. Postgraduate Research Student Conference, University of Worcester, UK.
Swift, R. (September 2017) Music and Dementia Poster Presentation. TAnDem Arts and Dementia Conference, Malvern UK.
Swift, R. (June 2017) Music and Dementia Poster Presentation. Postgraduate Research Student Conference, University of Worcester, UK.