The Barber Learning and Engagement team work with academics, students and professional services teams from across campus to enhance teaching, develop students’ learning during their time here at the University. 

We also work with University staff to support initiatives that develop the University community and improve wellbeing… so whether you’re looking for somewhere to spend a lunch break or want to meet new people and try something new, the Barber can positively enhance your time here!


We support academics to use the Barber collection to develop module content and enhance teaching.  We can design resources and deliver bespoke talks and workshops in the galleries that contribute creatively to module content, adding depth and variety.

A broad spectrum of subjects and themes can be explored through the lens of the Barber’s collection and we are always keen to consider new collaborations that forge links across disciplines and areas of study.  Why not get in touch to discuss how we could work together?

Our sessions encourage your students to use our collection as first-hand source material, taking them out of the lecture theatre or seminar room and into a new setting.

“It’s not in a classroom with a PowerPoint.  It allows us to wonder, be more free and think for ourselves.” 

Nursing student, 2016

“Working with the Barber has provided multiple learning opportunities for both me and my students and has been beneficial to us all.”

Lecturer feedback, 2016

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Current teaching collaborations include:

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • Department of Music
  • Department of History
  • Department of Modern Languages
  • School of Nursing

To find out more or discuss your ideas contact Jen Ridding, Learning & Engagement Manager, at


We co-ordinate opportunities and projects that provide essential extra-curricular experiences for students during their time here at the University.

In addition students can volunteer to take part in our annual Lightning Talks project.  Students present their own unique and eclectic Lightning Talk about a work in our collection to a public audience.  The Learning & Engagement team provide weekly mentoring, guidance and support throughout semester one.  The project develops students’ key transferable skills such as research, public speaking and making information and knowledge accessible to a wider audience.

See our 2016 Lightning Talks and find out more here.


As a public art gallery, open seven days a week, the Barber is an interface between campus life and the wider community.  We are interested in talking to researchers and academic staff about ideas for public engagement initiatives and projects that link to our collection, exhibitions, context or history.

To find out more or discuss your ideas contact Jen Ridding, Learning & Engagement Manager:


We offer regular lunchtime Meet the Barber tours and in-focus gallery talks for all new University staff.  Find out more at your Central Induction.  Even if you’re not that new to the University but new to the Barber, you are more than welcome to come along!  Email for the latest dates or to find out more.

The Barber also runs special events throughout the year to support initiatives such as Wellbeing Week and Arts and Science Festival.

Staff can also take advantage of our ongoing programme:

Free weekly Tuesday talks

Free lunchtime lectures

Free Friday lunchtime concerts

Why not get your team out of the office and see something new together?  If you’re looking for an interesting addition to your team building programme, we can offer tailored gallery tours for groups of University staff.  Email to find out more.

“Thank you for the gallery tour- it was exactly what we wanted and I’ve had lots of positive feedback about it from the staff in the team who attended.”

Library Services, 2017