Ruth provided excellent writing support to a large number of stakeholders in the development of a series of case studies describing the impact of the University’s research. Ruth handled this complex exercise superbly. She had a thorough understanding of the highly detailed requirements of the project and was able to distil, communicate and apply this information effectively. She exceeded all expectations in terms of the quality of her work, and worked tirelessly and consultatively with our stakeholders to meet a series of tight deadlines. She provided regular updates to management, was proactive in seeking solutions to problems as they arose, and brought a great sense of positivity to the task. She was an absolute pleasure to work with, and succeeded in developing positive relationships with all stakeholders including academics from a range of disciplines, (health and medicine, physics, chemistry, mathematics, etc.). Ruth was especially skilled in translating complex science into engaging content suitable for a general audience. I would not hesitate to recommend Ruth to any University, Institute, Research Group or Researcher looking to appoint a writing professional.
Dr Venetia Joscelyne, Senior Project Manager (ERA and EI)
Ruth took a very complex change program, a large volume of content and market research outcomes and developed a clear and succinct suite of communications carefully tailored to the various audience requirements. Ruth worked with a great deal of flexibility and efficiency to meet a series of short deadlines with engagement across a range of stakeholders. Her warmth and communication skills made a difficult exercise straightforward.
Ruth Groom, Project Implementation Manager, Transformation Program
I have had the great pleasure to be on the receiving end of Ruth’s skilled communications and, in my role as literary journalist have been delighted at her responsiveness as well as her proactive approach to sharing information. She changed the face of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, introducing regular updates, knowledge sharing and interviews with writers. Her introduction of competitions and Books of the Month displayed an active engagement with the sector. Her clear and timely media releases, alongside personalised drip feeds of news suggested to me a true engagement and awareness of the sector.
Rachel Edwards, Journalist and Editor-in-Chief
Ruth is an excellent writer. I particularly remember her ability to turn internal, formal, jargon-heavy university documents into language that was accessible and relevant to students. She wrote eye-catching and pertinent press releases in order to present matters of university or government policy to stakeholders in an informative way. Ruth’s work led to a significant increase in student involvement when she was President of Edinburgh University Students’ Association.
Lorna Davidson, Former Student Advisor
Ruth is a passionate champion for Australian writers and a skilled social media strategist, with a warm and engaging ‘can do’ personality.
I have had poor experiences using external communications resources because, by their nature, they are not as attuned to your approach. You can burn time on the brief and still end up bogged down in revisions. That’s not been my experience with Ruth. She either ‘gets it’ straight up or she takes first draft feedback and turns it into the right outcome. Its a rare skill and it equates to real value in a busy environment.
In all our interactions, Ruth has proven herself to be conscientious, dedicated and thorough. She is a passionate advocate for the arts and literature and pours her heart into everything she does. I could not recommend her more highly.
Years ago, as part of my editing role at Mothers Always Write, I was tasked with coaching a group of writers for an intensive boot camp, in which Ruth was enrolled. The process was part collaborative editing, part brutally honest feedback, and all sourced from deeply personal experiences. Ruth was a pleasure to work with: responsive, receptive, and gracious. She writes from her heart, in a style both lyrical and precise, with adept skills for the literary and expository essay.
Michelle Riddell, reviewing editor
I worked with Ruth during her time at Stop Climate Chaos – she managed the role of bringing together multiple organisations, (with their separate identities, priorities and plans), to deliver joint plans that contributed to real change – an achievement not to be underestimated! She’s a brilliant strategist and a creative force, I’d have no hesitation in recommending her to organisations looking for campaign delivery or communications support.
Eilidh Macpherson, Campaigns Manager
Ruth Dawkins is an inspiration to fellow writers, and a valuable asset in the corporate world. Having worked with her in a professional capacity at the Tasmanian Writers Centre, as well as reading her freelance pieces, I have been impressed by Ruth’s remarkable copywriting and storytelling abilities. Ruth crafts pieces with warmth and sensitivity; qualities she also extends into her social media work as a way to build and nurture the virtual communities in which she is involved. I feel lucky to have worked with Ruth, and to know that her down-to-earth and generous nature is at the foundation of her career in this industry.