Barbara Jennings


  • 2.06A Medical School

Personal profile



In 2002, Barbara Jennings joined the inaugural team that designed the Norwich Medical School undergraduate curriculum. She is the academic lead for the MBBS genetics theme and contributes to curriculum development in genetics and genomics at UEA and in national networks. Barbara also leads the school’s faculty-development-programme. In 2016, Barbara became a senior fellow of Advance HE (HEA). Barbara’s career has spanned academic research posts, a clinical role in molecular diagnostics for the NHS, and international collaborations in genetics research, medical education, and curriculum design. A list of Barbara’s publications can be found on the ORCID database.

Barbara is an associate editor for AMEE’s online journal MedEdPublish and in 2020, she was lead author for a genetics textbook published by Oxford University Press called Genetics in Medicine.

Barbara contributes to national and international projects about technology-enhanced learning; genetic epidemiology; reflective peer-observation in faculty development; and open-access publishing and education.



Key Responsibilities

Administrative Roles for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Programmes:

  • From 2017                   MClinEd Module Lead (MED7020F Leading Contemporary Clinical Education)
  • From 2016                   Academic Lead for MED faculty-development programme
  • From 2002                   Genetics Theme Lead for MBBS programmes



Teaching Interests

Undergraduate teaching roles include problem-based-learning (PBL) facilitation; the delivery of seminars and lectures; and supervising student selected studies. I also deliver online webinars or asynchronous online workshops for undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

I am an experienced supervisor and examiner for postgraduate researchers who complete PhD and MD degrees or Masters-level dissertations.  Topics supervised include: the use of genomic technology including the diagnostic potential of circulating tumour DNA; the genetics of cholesteatoma; genetic epidemiology of folate metabolism; and the principles of genomics education and medical education.


  • Genetics
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Higher Education
  • Medical Education
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Genetics Education
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Peer Observation
  • Free open access medical education

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