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Professor Judy Harris

Professor Judy Harris

Professor Judy Harris
B.Sc., Ph.D. (Lond.)

Professor of Physiology

Area of research

Teaching development, research and evaluation

Office G23a
Biomedical Sciences Building,
University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TD
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+44 (0) 117 331 2294


Through the AIMS Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning I led a number of projects that developed and evaluated innovative approaches to teaching physiology and histology.  These included physiology teaching using high fidelity human simulators. We are one of a small number of centres worldwide to be developing this approach for ‘pre-clinical’ medical sciences teaching.

Other projects include the creation of on-line resources for physiology laboratory-based teaching through the e-Biolabs system and the development and evaluation of histology teaching delivered using the ‘virtual’ microscope. Other interests include developing and evaluating the use of peer assessment in the undergraduate curriculum, particularly for laboratory-based work; the incorporation of e-voting into large group teaching settings; and the development of undergraduate research projects in collaboration with local schools through the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme.



1968-1977: BSc, PhD and post-doctoral position in the Department of Physiology, University College London

1977 - 1990: Lecturer, Department of Physiology, University of Bristol

1990 - 2007: Senior Lecturer, Department of Physiology, University of Bristol

2007 - present: Professor, School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of Bristol

2010: awarded a University of Bristol Teaching Fellowship

2014: recognised as a 'Teacher Scientist' in the Science Council List of 100 Leading Practising Scientists

2015: awarded The Physiological Society Otto Hutter Teaching Prize

2015: edited "Recognising Teachers in the Life Sciences", pub. The Physiological Society

I was the departmental Director of Teaching from 2000-2010 with responsibility for planning and implementing high quality teaching across all the degree programmes that were owned, or contributed to, by the Department.  I was also co-director of the Applied and Integrated Medical Sciences Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning from its establishment in 2005 until 2011.  

Teaching-related roles and responsibilities

Having co-chaired the group responsible for developing Year 2 of the new medical curriculum (MB21) at the University of Bristol, I have taken on the role of Year 2 Co-lead for 2018-19, the first time that the new Year 2 will run - an exciting if somewhat daunting task.

Roles outside the University

  • Non-executive director and trustee on the Council of The Physiological Society
  • Deputy Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee of The Physiological Society and lead for The Society's 'reward and recognition' for teaching initiative
  • Editorial Board member for the journal Advances in Physiology Education  

Recent external roles

  • External examiner for the University of Cambridge
  • External peer for Kings College, London
  • Member of the Education Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences

Professional affiliations

  • Honorary Member of The Physiological Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology


Undergraduate teaching

I currently teach aspects of renal and skin physiology the MBChB programme and renal physiology on the BSc honours programmes in Physiological Science and Neuroscience.  This includes lecturing and running laboratory-based classes and case studies. I also deliver sessions based on cardiovascular, respiratory and acid-base physiology using computer-controlled Human Patient Simulators (HPS).  



  • education
  • outreach
  • simulation
  • virtual microscopy
  • peer assessment

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Networks & contacts

  • Ms Gill Clarke (University of Oxford)
  • Dr Stephen Greenwood (Centre for Medical Education - Bristol)
  • Dr Eugene Lloyd
  • Professor Max Headley
  • Dr Richard Helyer
  • Dr Lauren Hughes
  • Dr Phil Langton
  • Dr Frankie MacMillan

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