Barbara Kempf, MA

Barbara Kempf, MA


I have spent 30 years working in the community and voluntary sector working in education, housing, family support, youth and community development.

My eclectic roles covered;

  • service user involvement in housing and mental health services
  • employment development
  • trainer, teacher and lecturer at community FE and HE levels
  • service manager for family support, youth and befriending services
  • trustee, management committee member, school governor and Leeds Initiative Board member.

In 2016, I joined the University of Leeds, Lifelong Learning Centre as External Liaison Officer, supporting mature students from widening access backgrounds into Higher Education. I was pleased to be back at my alma mater where I graduated as a mature student and parent with a BA(Hons) in Modern Languages and an MA in Philosophy in the mid-1990s.

I was appointed to the role of Community Education Development Officer for the Leeds Institute of Medical Education in December 2018. The role involves developing partnerships with the voluntary and community sector on behalf of the School of Medicine. The aim is to enrich the curriculum for medical students by raising awareness of the positive work of the voluntary sector plays in public health and community wellbeing.

Placements and visits allow students to gather important enterprise skills, but also to communicate and interact with vulnerable clients, people from a wide range of backgrounds and ages with different needs. Volunteering with local community organisations,  charities and social enterprises also gives students an opportunity to see the whole person in the context of their life circumstances rather than just as a patient. For the voluntary sector the partnership allows organisations to develop a close relationship with the University,  its resources and people as well educating tomorrow’s doctors and primary care commissioners about the importance of the Third Sector’s work. A member of the Communication, Carer and Community Team, I also work closely with the Patient Carer Community, Research Evaluation and Special Studies (RESS) and Campus to Clinic Teams

I represent Leeds Institute of Medical Education on social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram as @UoLCommunity


  • COMMUNITY Special Studies Project for medical students (curriculum enrichment)
  • Communty liaison on behalf of PCC, RESS & Campus to Clinic
  • Developing partnerships to enhance community accountability for LIME (Social Media @UoLCommunity)


  • MA Philosphy by Research
  • Advanced Housing Studies (Postgraduate Diploma)
  • BA(Hons) Modern Languages Spanish/German
  • German Abitur

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Education