Ruby Wax has been appointed as a visiting professor in mental health nursing by the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey.
In her role, Wax (pictured with Professor Jim Al-Khalili, University of Surrey) will contribute to research, curriculum development, teaching and public engagement, and will work with undergraduates studying a range of subjects, including mental health nursing. She will also present occasional lectures and workshops to students sharing her expertise and insights on mental health.
Professor Nora Kearney, head of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Ruby Wax to the staff at the University. Her work as mental health campaigner is an inspiration to our staff and students and her involvement in the School will mean we can open a very real discussion about how to improve the care and support for individuals with mental health issues.”
Recently awarded an OBE for her services to mental health, Wax has completed a Master's degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from the University of Oxford and published a best-selling book, Sane New World: Taming the Mind. She now works widely as a campaigner, seeking to put an end to the stigma surrounding mental health.
“I am delighted to have been given this opportunity by the University of Surrey. I am very much looking forward to sharing my experiences to help inform the students' teaching and learning, particularly in the area of mental health, and make a contribution in developing their skills to become the very best healthcare professionals,” said Wax.