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

Research Supervision:Yes

Barbara is a Senior Lecturer and Learning Lead in ARU's School of Engineering and the Built Environment.



Dr Barbara Vohmann is the School Learning Lead, responsible for supporting and promoting all aspects of learning, teaching and assessment within the School. After graduating in economics, she taught in a diversity of London and Essex schools before then moving into lecturing.

She teaches both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is course leader for the FdSc Surveying. Her previous responsibilities include oversight of the School assessment processes, producing the School programme of staff development days, and admissions tutor. She has supervised dissertation students in a range of built environment disciplines both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Barbara has held a number of other posts, working as an external examiner, external panel member on a number of course validation events including as subject specialist, and DProf examiner for the Confirmation of Upgrade assessment. Barbara is also a college governor.

Having over 25 years’ experience working in education, Barbara integrates her practical experience and knowledge with her research interests in teaching, learning and assessment in higher education.

Research interests

  • Undergraduate assessment and assessment feedback
  • Links between academic assessment and industry practice for undergraduates
  • Education, schools and the social construct of space
  • Mid-semester reviews and the learning environment
  • Critical success factors for SMEs

Areas of research supervision

Barbara is currently supervising a doctoral student in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. She welcomes research proposals, in particular within the area of built environment education.


Barbara leads and teaches on the following modules: Construction Economics; Practice Based Learning; Work Placement; The Strategic Construction Entrepreneur; Management Practice; Management Theory; Planning for Major Project; Dissertation; and, supervision of MSc dissertation students.


  • DProf Built Environment, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MA Independent Study, University of East London
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Birmingham

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Incorporate member, Chartered Institute of Building (ICIOB)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • External Examiner, the University of Central Lancashire, 2009-14
  • Member of the validation panel, franchise of MBA Business Administration, London School of Commerce, 2011
  • External Adviser (Academic Subject Specialist) for franchise of the FdSc Construction, Burnley College, July 2010
  • Wrote and delivered economy section of the Inspire East Excellence Framework, 2009
  • • CIOB Subject examiner, Member part one, economics, 1992-1996

Selected recent publications

Vohmann, B., 2019. Enhancing assessment to prepare undergraduates as effective built environment industry practitioners. In: Proceedings 35th Annual ARCOM conference.

Vohmann, B., Crabtree, P.,Priddle, J., Frame, I., 2017. Mode of study influences built environment students' perception of their professional development. In: Proceedings 33rd Annual ARCOM Conference.

Vohmann, B., Frame, I., 2016. Professional practice and construction undergraduates' employability skills. In: Proceedings 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference.

Vohmann, B., Priddle, J., Start, P., Tree, M., Phillipson, D., 2015. Evaluating the use of a mid-semester survey to gather feedback from students. Networks, 18, pp. 55-64.