Programme Director

Ruth-Anne Lenga

Ruth-Anne Lenga is Associate Professor (Teaching) and Programme Director at UCL’s Centre for Holocaust Education. A leading figure at the Centre since its establishment in 2008, Ruth-Anne directs the educational vision and strategy, oversees programme delivery, drives innovation including the Beacon School Programme and created its Master’s degree module offer. Ruth- Anne has over twenty- five years’ experience training teachers, serving as a Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Education and as Learning Director at London’s Jewish Museum. Ruth- Anne leads the Centre’s engagement with Holocaust survivors and has played a pivotal role in national and international projects, including Belsen75, UKHMF, Core Academy Trust Echo Eternal Project and the Centre’s work with OSCE-ODHIR/UNESCO to address antisemitism. She is a member of the UK Delegation of IHRA.

Ruth-Anne wrote the Jewish Museum’s travelling exhibition Janusz Korczak Champion of the Child and has interviewed extensively one of the only surviving graduates of Korczak’s Warsaw Ghetto orphanage. She designs seminars for teachers based on Korczak’s philosophy on the rights of children and has presented at conferences on the subject.

Ruth-Anne's research also examines the impact on young people of hearing survivor testimony and the effect on the survivor. She is currently working with The National Holocaust Centre on a new innovation in testimony capture using interactive voice recognition technologies.

She is also interested in approaching spiritual, moral and ethical questions relating to the Holocaust with students. She works actively in the area of faith schooling, working with a number of Muslim and Jewish schools across England.

Her work with the late Holocaust survivor Leon Greenman has provided rare insights which are incorporated into many of the teaching resources produced by the Centre. She is currently creating a new teaching resource with Paul Salmons, Living with the Holocaust which explores the legacy of the Holocaust through an interactive virtual tour of Leon’s home.

Ruth-Anne recently presented at the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) panel debate ‘Do we ask too much of survivors?’ She presented at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy (RWBA) conference ‘Empowering Young People to Change the World’ in May 2014. She will also be chairing an event at the British Library in January 2015 featuring author John Boyne.

Publications by: Ruth-Anne Lenga

  • What do students know and understand about the Holocaust? Evidence from English secondary schools

    The latest ground-breaking research from the Centre, published in October […]

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  • Teaching about the Holocaust in English Secondary Schools

    This ground-breaking report Teaching About the Holocaust in English Secondary […]

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