Dr Barbara Jennings (PhD) joined Norwich Medical School (NMS) as part of the inaugural team when it was established in 2002, and is a Senior Lecturer in the Medical Education department. She is the academic lead for the genetics curriculum at NMS and for faculty continuous-professional-development (CPD).


Barbara is a scientist: her PhD was about cancer genetics, and she has a background in clinical molecular diagnostics for the NHS. Her published research spans cancer genetics, genetic epidemiology, pharmacogenetics, and technology-enhanced-learning.


Barbara is passionate about widening access to higher education and the importance of open access publications, which she discusses on twitter @GeneticsMBBS. She is the course director of a free online course about personalised medicine and pharmacogenetics:


Collaborative educational responsibilities include external examining and membership of the Editorial Board of the journal AMEE MedEdPublish. Barbara is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.




  • UEA: Senior Lecturer in Molecular Medicine (from 2002)
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital: Principal Clinical Scientist (1990 to 2002)
  • Bath University: Postgraduate Research Associate (1989 to 1990)
  • UEA: Postgraduate Research Associate (1988 to 1989)

Academic Background

University of East Anglia

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (2004)
  • Ph.D. in Cancer Genetics (1994)
  • B.Sc. (hons) Biological Sciences (1988)

Medical Education Training:

Higher Education Academy

  • Senior Fellow (2016)

ASME/Harvard-Macy Institute 

  • Educational Leadership Course (2004)
  • Advanced Module Developing Leaders in Healthcare Education (2008)

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