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Judith Barbaro-Brown

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal of Grey College+44 (0) 191 33 45591
Research Student in the School of Education 


After qualifying from Durham School of Podiatric Medicine in 1989, Judith worked in a number of North-East NHS Trusts, being directly involved in delivering patient care in both hospital and community settings. In 1997 she returned to Durham School of Podiatric Medicine, this time as a Lecturer on the undergraduate programme. During this time she developed post-graduate and continuing professional development courses for Podiatrists, particularly using Virtual Learning Environments, gaining a reputation nationally and inter-nationally for this, and has worked with the Department of Health on a number of health-related projects. In recognition for part of this work she received the National Information and Learning Technology Award (2003) for Collaborative Working between Higher Education and the NHS. , 

In 2007 Judith joined Durham University as a Teaching Fellow in the School for Medicine and Health, and was involved in teaching on the Phase 1 Medicine programme as well as being involved in managing student assessments. She also led the delivery of a number of external professional training programmes, which were delivered both nationally and internationally. When the Phase 1 Medicine programme closed at Queen's campus Judith moved to York St John University as Head of Health CPD, overseeing a partnership with the NHS for educational delivery to health care professionals. After acheiving Senior Fellow status with the HEA, she continues to work alongside Advance HE in the provision of pedagogical development in medical education around the world. 

With the creation of a new medical school in Sunderland, Judith was involved with the set-up of the new school in her role as Principal Lecturer Medical Sciences, managing the academic team and leading Phase 1 Medicine. 

She joined Grey College in 2021 as Assistant Master (Welfare), and works closely with the Master and Vice-Master in helping to support students with their college life. 

Her main areas of interest are split between educational pedagogy (academic self-concept, transitions in HE) and health/clinical issues (vascular pathology, healing response). Away from work she enjoys cooking, gardening, travelling, and chocolate.