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Dr Ruth Atkins

Senior Lecturer, Law

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Office - 116a
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus


Ruth joined the School of Law in 2018 as Senior Lecturer and Module Director for Contract Law. 

Her early career was spent in commercial management in the IT and healthcare services sectors before commencing her lecturing career at Aberystwyth University, where she taught for many years across the subjects of contract, commercial, company and intellectual property law. 

She holds a BA(Hons) in Law and Criminal Justice, an LLM in International Business Law and received a fully funded scholarship to research for her PhD on ‘Computers, Software & Contractual Liability’ which she was awarded from the University of Wales in 2008. Her research has been published in leading contract law and information technology journals, and she is an experienced supervisor and examiner in the fields of contract, commercial and copyright law. 

Ruth also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2007 and is currently working towards Senior Fellowship status. She received a Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 and a further Learning and Teaching Online Award in 2015.

Having co-authored the previous two editions of Koffman and Macdonald’s Law of Contract (8th, 2014) and (9th, 2018) with Professor Emeritus Elizabeth Macdonald, Ruth has now taken on sole authorship of the text.  Her latest edition of ‘Koffman, Macdonald & Atkins’ Law of Contract (10th ed) was published in Summer 2022.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Contract law
  • Contract management
  • Commercial law
  • B2B software contracts