University of Kent alumna and honorary MA graduate Ruth Bundey spoke to first-year students at Kent Law School about her experiences of the Hillsborough inquests during a visit to the University on Friday 23 September.
Ruth is a member of the First 500 – the University’s first undergraduate cohort in 1965 – and graduated in 1968 with a degree in English. Ruth qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and specialises in inquest law, in particular representing the families of those who have died in custody. She is recognised for her advocacy in this field and is one of the country’s foremost inquest lawyers. Now based in Leeds, Ruth represented three of the bereaved families at the Hillsborough inquests.
Kent Law School lecturer Dr Ed Kirton-Darling, who arranged the visit, said: ‘It was fantastic for the students to hear first-hand from a former Kent student and top inquest lawyer about her work in the recent Hillsborough inquests. The feedback has been excellent – students thanked Ruth for her work and said they were inspired by her example. I am really pleased that the event was such a success, and have thanked Ruth for the open, engaging and illuminating discussion – we hope she will come back next year!’
Ruth’s unique experience is an invaluable contribution to the educational experience of Kent students. She is just one of over 300 former Kent students and staff who currently volunteer their time and expertise to enhance graduate prospects through employability talks, mentoring and networking events, and support students, staff and fellow alumni abroad through our international alumni groups. To find out more about how to utilise our talented alumni community worldwide, contact Kasia Senyszyn in the Development Office.