About Barbara Colledge
Barbara Colledge is Dean of Quality at Leeds Beckett University with responsibility for institutional academic standards and quality and leads our University’s Quality Assurance Services. With a commercial background in the construction industry as a Chartered Surveyor on major building and civil engineering projects, Barbara’s early academic career was in surveying and the built environment, with teaching and research specialism in construction law, alternative dispute resolution, partnering and sustainable communities. Her contribution to professional education was recognised through a Teaching Fellowship award made by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. She has contributed to city-regional development in a range of roles in environment, international business and digital and creative technologies activities, and through the development of the West Yorkshire New Technology Institute, Knowledge Exchange, work-based curriculum and further education partnerships. She has served as a Director on the Board of the Yorkshire Humber Metropolitan Area Network, (YHMAN Ltd.), which delivers infrastructure services for the region and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Directors.
Barbara has progressed in her career in senior academic Dean, Deputy Dean and Assistant Dean positions, in range of academic faculties (Arts and Environment, Business and Law, Information and Engineering Systems) and professional services (Computing Services, Library and Information Services and Media Technology Services); she has led a wide range of enterprise, research, international and business partnerships portfolios alongside academic and professional services leadership. She established partnership work with the BBC, Google, Cisco, Apple, West Yorkshire Police, and worked with sporting, academic and cultural organisations to develop student projects and employability-skills opportunities. An experienced higher education quality practitioner and external examiner, Barbara has undertaken professional body accreditations, subject reviews for Higher Education Funding Councils for England and Wales, Institutional Audit for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and is a QAA Higher Education Reviewer. Her contribution was recognised by the Higher Education Academy for work as a teaching grant reviewer.
Barbara's research has evolved in line with roles in different faculty disciplines with a continuing theme of partnerships, trust, sustainability and responsibility in relation to city-regions, business and communities. Earlier research addressed the development of place with a focus on sustainable communities with a model developed around the creation of shared and community value, the focus of two invited keynotes: for the ARCOM national conference and the Lean Construction Institute international conference in the US. These ideas on policy integration and holistic thinking informed thinking at the Labour Finance and Industry Regeneration Group by invitation. Contemporary debate and practice in the US on shared value, community wealth and the role of Anchor Institutions makes Barbara’s earlier research highly relevant. Barbara’s current research draws on this earlier work on shared value and sustainable communities, applied to the sustainable development of city-regions in the context of devolved administrations. Research underway is investigating the role and contribution of anchor institutions in the delivery of sustainable development in city-regions in England. This is informed by the US and UK literature on anchor institutions and wider literature on sustainable development. The research situates city-regions within a complex systems perspective considering the way in which places are dynamic, evolutionary and socially/historically constructed.