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Barbara Colledge

Barbara Colledge
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Barbara Colledge

University Registrar

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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.

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (9)

  • Colledge B; Morgan J; Tench R (2014), The concept(s) of trust in late modernity, the relevance of realist social theory
  • Colledge B; Morgan J; Tench R (2012), Institutional Trust: A matter of habit and regime
  • Colledge B (2012), Trust in Calculativeness; What is really going on?
  • Colledge B (2005), Relational Contracting: Creating Value Beyond the Project
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  • Colledge B (2002), Graduate apprenticeships
  • Bryant A; Colledge B (2002), Trust in Electronic Commerce Business Relationships
  • Colledge B; Anderson R; Needham M (2000), In Pursuit of Justice in the Construction Industry: Reflections on Arbitration and Adjudication
  • Colledge B (2000), Obligations of Good Faith in Partnering of UK Construction Contracts
  • Colledge B (1999), Good Faith in Construction Contracts - The Hidden Agenda

Books (1)

  • Robinson S; Colledge B ed. (2013) Responsibility and Higher Education.

Chapters (5)

  • Colledge B (2017) Appreciating the Wicked Problem: A Systems Approach to Sustainable Cities. In: Gorse C; Dastbaz M Building Information Modelling, Building Performance, Design and Smart Construction. : Springer, pp. .
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  • Colledge B (2016) The Civic University. In: UNLOCKING THE POWER OF LOCAL REFLECTIONS ON THE NEW PLACE LEADERSHIP An NLGN essay collection. London: New Local Government Network (NLGN) in Partnership with Capita Veredus, pp. 15-17.
  • Orange G; Onions P; Burke A; Colledge B (2005) Community of Practice Software Management Tools: A UK Construction Company Case Study. In: Kazi AS Knowledge Management in the Construction Industry: A socio-technical perspective. Idea Group Publishing, pp. 130-149.
  • Colledge B (1992) Construction Contracts: towards a new relationship. In: Fenn P; Gameson R Construction Conflict Management and Resolution. : Spon Press, pp. .
  • Colledge B (1990) The Single European Market: The Final Frontier?. In: Architects and Surveyors Institute Yearbook. : , pp. .

Conference contributions (6)

  • Colledge B; Sinha R (2009) Sustainable Building Partnerships University of Salford 01/01/0001 00:00:00. University of Salford.
  • Colledge B (2008) The Power of Events Leeds, UK 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
  • Colledge B (2008) "Beyond Boundaries - Ventures into the cloud" Cloud computing and Leeds Metropolitan University's partnership with Google Science Museum, London 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
  • Colledge B (2008) When Leeds Met Google Glasgow, Scotland, UK 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
  • Colledge B; Kumar J (2007) Festivals & Partnerships A Coaching Approach Leeds, UK 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
  • Colledge B (2004) Beyond Egan: Building Sustainable Communities Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 01/01/0001 00:00:00.

Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) (5)

  • Colledge B (2015) Anchoring the Northern Powerhouse: Understanding anchor institutions and their contribution within a complex urban and regional system. In: Regional Studies Association, Winter Conference 2015: Great Transformation: Recasting Regional Policy London, UK 19/11/2015 00:00:00. Regional Studies Association, pp. 54-63.
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  • Colledge B (2014) Growing smart, inclusive and sustainable economies: a complex adapative ecosystem approach. In: Regional Studies Association, Winter Conference 2014: Sustainable Recovery? Rebalancing, Growth, and the Space Economy London, UK 27/11/2014 00:00:00. Regional Studies Association, pp. 1-11.
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  • Colledge B (2012) The Business Legacy: reinterpreting and translating management for a sustainable future. In: British Academy of Management Conference Cardiff, Wales, UK 11/09/2012 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • Colledge B (1996) An Innovative Partnership in Managerial Development. In: CITA International Conference Hong Kong 16/12/1996 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • Colledge B (1992) Construction Contracts: towards a new relationship. In: The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology Conference Manchester, UK . : , pp. .

Newspaper or magazine articles (1)

  • Colledge B (2012), "Top 250 Companies" in Yorkshire & Humber

Other (3)

  • Colledge B (2012), "Women and Business" invited paper for the Met Club Ladies lunch
  • Colledge B (2008), "Sustainable technologies" a Thought Leadership Round Table, invited speaker by N.G. Bailey Ltd
  • Colledge B (1990), Understanding construction contracts - The Impact and Control of Sub-letting

Reports (2)

  • Colledge B; Conkar T (2016) Joining the Dots- Universities' roles in integrating local, regional, national and international geographies. Leeds, UK: Leeds Beckett University.
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  • Colledge B (2004) Realising the Vision of Sustainable Communities: Joined up Policy and Action. Westminster: Invited position paper for the Regeneration Committee, The Labour Finance and Industry Group.
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