Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Michelle Barr

Learning Enhancement and Technology Projects Adviser



I joined the Learning Teaching Development Service (LTDS) in March 2019 as a Learning Enhancement and Technology Projects Adviser. I am part of an expanding team within LTDS that has emerged under one of the key themes within the new Education Strategy 'An educational experience supported and enhanced by technology'. My role has a particular focus on working in partnership with staff to support the development of learning and teaching practices and to incorporate technology-enhanced learning and more blended learning approaches for campus-based provision.

Previous to this role I was the Senior Programme Coordinator for several suites on Postgraduate Online and Blended Programmes within the Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School. I have a vast amount of knowledge of HE with almost 20 years’ experience in professionally supporting both research and teaching, including facilitating training workshops, eLearning, assessments and technology-enhanced learning. Knowledge of academic programme governance and quality management, and the student journey from enquiry to graduation.

I am interested in organisational development, learning design and role of technology in contemporary HE, and have completed small scale primary and secondary research in:

'The Impact of performance management and appraisal on employee performance at Newcastle University' Systematic literature review on 'The role of Leadership in building a technology-enhanced learning culture in higher education' and Postgraduate project on the  'Strategic implementation of blended learning in HE'.


Master of Education (Student)

PGCert Educational Leadership (distinction) 

BA (Hons) Leadership & Management (1st).

HNC Business Management

External Roles: School Parent Governor. Chair PTFA 

Previous Positions at Newcastle University 

Senior Coordinator - Faculty of Medical Sciences, Graduate School 2016 - 2019 

Lead Administrator/PA to Director - Human Nutrition Research Centre 2008 - 2016

Clinical and Programme Secretary - Education, Communication and Language Sciences 2006 - 2008

Training and Support Officer - North Leadership Centre 2002 - 2006