Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Professor Roger Barton

Provost & CEO, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia


Introduction and major leadership roles

I am Provost & CEO for NUMed Malaysia. My role is leadership and strategy for our international provision at our branch campus in Malaysia.

Prior to this, in the UK, I was Dean of International Medical Education for the Faculty. I was the Director of Medical Studies and Chair of the Board of Medical Studies from 2006 until 2014.  I was Clinical Subdean for the Northumbria Base Unit from 1999 to 2007.

I was a Team Leader for the General Medical Council, involved in quality assurance of medical education in the UK, and have contributed to the quality enhancement of over 12 UK medical schools in the past 15 years.

I am the Associate Director (Education) for the Royal College of Physicians, London.

I was the Chair of the UK Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy from 2006 - 2011

I was Chair of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Accreditation Panel from 2005 - 2014

I was the Education Advisor to the NHS Endoscopy Programme, 2005 - 2011.

My research interests began in human gut immunology, inflammatory and irritable bowel disorders, and finished in education, mainly clinical teaching, endoscopic teaching, teaching standards, and assessment.

In 2016 I was awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators, and Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, the highest awards in both UK medical and academic education.


I qualified from Newcastle with honours in 1981, and trained in Newcastle, Durham and Cumbria until 1985. I worked at Edinburgh University for 5 years as a lecturer in medicine, where I conducted my PhD. I then moved to London in 1990 as a senior registrar at University College Hospital, The Middlesex Hospital, and the Whittington Hospital, before returning to Newcastle in 1994. 

I became Professor of Clinical Medicine in 2001. I am a gastroenterologist and general internal medicine physician. I hold an honorary consultant contract with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.


MB BS (Hons), PhD, FRCP, FRCPEd, MClinEd, FAcadMEd PFHEA

Previous Positions

Reader in Medicine University of Newcastle 1994 - 2000.
Senior Registrar in Medicine, Whittington, Middlesex and University College London Hospitals, 1990-1993.
Lecturer in Medicine, University of Edinburgh 1985-1990.


International Review Chair, World Bank-Quality Assurance Agency Quality in Undergraduate Education project, Indonesia.
Senior Advisor, Royal College of Physicians, Physicians as Educators programme

Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Undergraduate Teaching

Member, Board of Medical Studies, MB.BS programme, Newcastle University, 1995 - 2016

Teaching to all stages of students.

GMC Educational Associate and Team Leader- UK medical schools 2004 - 2015

Postgraduate Teaching

Associate Director (Education) and Senior Advisor to Royal College of Physicians on education and quality assurance.

Director, Royal College Physicians of London Educational Consultancy.

Lead facilitator, Royal College Physicians Physicians as Educators (PAE) and International PAE programmes.
Expertise in clinical education and quality evaluation, for Royal College Physicians, Quality Assurance Agency and Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Medicine.
National Educational trainer for consultants teaching endoscopic skills.

Member, Clinical Examining Board, Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians 2007-2010
MRCP PACES examiner

International MRCP PACES examiner


Research Interests

Research into inflammatory and irritable bowel diseases, with PhD in human gut mucosal immunology 

Research in in clinical education. Expertise in clinical teaching, faculty development, and clinical assessment, including assessor training.

Postgraduate Supervision

No current supervision: I have supervised seven MD/PhD students.

Esteem Indicators

I have been chair of three national bodies on education and endoscopy, (UK Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; NHS Endoscopy Education Steering Group; NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Accreditation Panel).


Self-management as a means of improving quality of life in patients disabled by chronic inflammatory bowel disease. National Lottery Charities Board, £155,365

STOOL – Stepped Treatment Of Older adults with Laxatives. NHSE HTA programme, £564,845

LIFELAX – Diet and lifestyle vs laxatives in the management of constipation in older people. NHSE HTA programme, £681,322

A Core question bank linked to learning outcome for undergraduate medicine. HEFCE: FDTL4, £249,887

e-LfH Endoscopy - unrestricted DoH grant, 2008 - 2011.