Dr Barbara Vohmann

Senior Lecturer and School Learning Lead

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Built environment

Barbara is a senior lecturer and our Department's admissions tutor. She also oversees assessment processes in the Department and has previously been our senior pastoral tutor.



Barbara first studied and taught economics then went on to research links between efficient and effective use of school buildings with philosophy of education, exploring the relationship between architecture and the use of school space. Her current research interest is in education, specifically professional practice undergraduate courses and links with curriculum, assessment feedback and students own professional practice.

Throughout her career, Barbara has combined her teaching and research interests with acting as external examiner and serving on course validation panels.

Research interests

  • Education, schools and the social construct of space
  • Student experience and assessment feedback
  • Mid-semester reviews and the learning environment


Barbara teaches on the modules Construction Economics; Practice Based Learning; Work Based Learning B in the Built Environment; Learning and Practical Skills Development (HE and work); Planning for the Undergraduate Dissertation; Undergraduate Dissertation; Economic, Political and Legal Framework. 


  • MA
  • PGCE

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Incorporate Member, Chartered Institute of Building (ICIOB)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Subject examiner, Member part one examination in economics, CIOB, 1992-1996
  • Acted as referee for the journal Construction Management and Economics, publisher E & F N Spon, 1998-2005
  • Wrote and delivered economy section of the Inspire East Excellence Framework, 2009
  • External Examiner for the University of Central Lancashire, 2009-14
  • External Adviser (Academic Subject Specialist) for franchise of the FdSc Construction, Burnley College, July 2010

Selected recent publications

Editor, Economic Development Strategy, Epping Forest District Council, 1997-1998.

Editor, Report on Leisure and Tourism, Epping Forest District Council, 1996-1997.