Professor Laura Stroud

Professor Laura Stroud


Laura is a Professor of Public Health and Education Innovation, Director of the Institute of Health Sciences and Associate Dean in the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds. 

Laura’s expertise is in education, leadership, and innovation in health management. She is committed to supporting the development of individuals and teams underpinned by Athena Swan values. Her professional interest is in population health and well-being, starting from community activism in the voluntary sector through to education and research, now realised in her work in the School of Medicine through academic leadership.

Laura has previously held a number of roles as an independent chair or expert invitee in the health and not-for-profit sector and she is currently serving as the University of Leeds Non-Executive Director on Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, for which she is Chair of the Quality Committee.  


  • Director, Institute of Health Sciences
  • Associate Dean (Student Education)

Research interests

My primary focus is medical education and specifically education in primary care and public health.  I hold a University Student Education Fellowship exploring ways of internationalising the student experience, particularly for medical undergraduates. 

I led the development and implementation of a programme at Leeds to train Physician Associates. I am actively involved in the regional development of the Physician Associate as an emerging professional role, for which Leeds is leading on the regional evaluation of the outcomes of the training programmes.

In my former role as Head of the Centre for Innovation in Health Management, I led a professional leadership and change programme and I am currently seeking to build on this work with the introduction of new level 7 apprenticeship standards in leadership. 

I am an educational supervisor for Specialty Registrars in Public Health and have contributed to papers arising from their work. I have also led education research into the Social Accountability of two Medical Schools and more recently in the development of a Public Health Apprenticeship. 



  • BA Government and Public Policy
  • Master of Public Health

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health

Student education

I provide teaching on a range of masters and intercalated undergraduate programmes in my field. In particular, I provide sessions on public health policy, the politics of the NHS, and leadership in health management.