Barry joined the College of Human and Health Sciences in 2007 and is the Programme Director for the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) course. He is also team lead for the Biomedical Sciences group. This group currently offer 7 degree programmes across different Healthcare Science programmes. He is a fellow of Higher Education Academy. His main research interest lie in psychoacoustics, with a particular focus on the difficulties of understand speech in the presence of background noise. Other research interests include; vestibular assessment and management, hearing aids and auditory evoked potentials.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Binaural hearing
  • Heairng aids
  • Vestibular assessment & management


  1. Grange, J., Culling, J., Bardsley, B., Mackinney, L., Hughes, S., & Backhouse, S. Turn an Ear to Hear: How Hearing-Impaired Listeners Can Exploit Head Orientation to Enhance Their Speech Intelligibility in Noisy Social Settings. Trends in Hearing, 22, 233121651880270
  2. Grange, J., Culling, J., Bardsley, B., Mackinney, L., Hughes, S., & Backhouse, S. “Turn an ear to hear”: How hearing-impaired listeners can exploit head orientation to enhance their speech intelligibility in noisy social settings.. Proceedings of ISAAR 2017: Adaptive processes in hearing: 6th International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research.
  3. Zhao, F. & Bardsley, B. Real-ear acoustical characteristics of impulse sound generated by golf drivers and the estimated risk to hearing: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 4(1), e003517
  4. Bardsley, B., Parker, D., & Lockton, E. Implementation of Integrated Mismatch Negativity in Differentiating Children with Specific Language Impairment. Neuropediatrics, 45(01), 010-015.
  5. Evens, R., Bardsley, B., Manchaiah, V., & Channapatna Manchaiah, V. Auditory Complaints in Scuba Divers: an Overview. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, 64(1), 71-78.

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  • SHC137 Study Skills, Health Informatics and Health Service Practice

    This module provides an introduction to student skills, learning skills, IT skills, communication skills and elements of Health Informatics that prepares the student for work in the clinical environment of the National Health Service as an Assistant/Associate audiology practitioner.

  • SHC138 Introduction to Audiology Practice I

    This module will introduce students to basic audiological practice.

  • SHC139 Introduction to Audiology Practice II

    This module will expand students understanding of basic audiological practice and supplementary material required, following on from module Introduction to Audiology Practice I.

  • SHC142 Scientific Basis of Engineering

    This module will provide a foundation from which the student will build their knowledge, skills, experience and attitudes throughout their programme of study and transfer these skills to employment in healthcare science. The aim of the module is to enable the student to gain an understanding and working knowledge of essential electrical and electronic theory, as well as essential engineering mechanics, applied to Clinical Engineering. The aim of the work-based placements within the module is to provide the student with a broad appreciation of the range of work undertaken within healthcare science. Students will begin the process of the development of the skills and attitudes relevant to the HCSP, building on learning in the academic environment, including practical sessions, clinical skills sessions, reflection on development, etc. Additionally, it should help students learn in the context of practice and real-life experience and have a motivational element as they work towards a career in the NHS.

  • SHC155 Neurosensory Science

    This module provides an introduction to aspects of basic science which are important for the neurosensory science student to learn.

  • SHC230 Professional Practice 2

    This module follows from the year 1 module in Professional Practice and further develops some topics as well as introducing others. The material is designed to provide support knowledge for the Healthcare Science student in their professional practice.

  • SHC232 Instrumentation Signal Processing and Imaging

    This is a module for students following Healthcare Science programmes that details the theory and application of physiological measurement and imaging in healthcare.

  • SHC234 Audiological Science 1

    This module will explore various diagnostic and rehabilitative aspects of audiological practice.

  • SHC235 Sensory Aids 1

    This module provides an introduction to the treatment options for the hearing impaired. There will be a focus on the prescription and verification of hearing aid provision.

  • SHC236 Vestibular Assessment and Management

    This is an introductory module that will explore the anatomy and physiology of the balance system. There will be a focus on the assessments of vestibular function, common vestibular complaints and vestibular rehabilitation.

  • SHC331 Healthcare Science Research Project

    This module will facilitate the planning, execution and dissemination of a research project with direct relevance to the clinical specialism. Students will be expected to plan, execute and disseminate a literature review, audit or service improvement project.

  • SHC332A Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 2 (Audiology)

    The aim of the module is to broaden the student experience of clinical practice in their specialism. This experience will ensure that on graduation, the student can undertake the breadth of practice expected of a newly qualified healthcare science practitioner.

  • SHC333 Audiological Science 2

    This module will further expand on the various diagnostic and rehabilitative aspects of audiological practice. There will be a focus on using about health promotion, health screening and health management models and its application in hearing healthcare.

  • SHC334 Sensory Aids 2

    This module provides an introduction to the treatment options for the hearing impaired. There will be a focus on the prescription and verification of hearing aid provision.

  • SHCM01 Micro-suctioning for Ear Wax Removal

    The module covers all aspects of routine wax removal via microsuctioning. A focus will be made on safe practice and using the correct techniques to ensure patient comfort.

  • SHGE21 Study Day (Healthcare Science)

    This is a themed, standalone study day which will lead to a certificate of attendance. There are no credit points attached to this module.

External Responsibilities

  • External Examiner, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester

    2011 - 2015

Key Grants and Projects

  • Golf & Hearing Disability: Innovative approaches to enhance awareness of hearing health in golf players and the public 2012 - 2014

    2nd Author - The Great British Sasakawa Foundation, £4000

  • Why can a hearing impairment make two ears little better than one? 2014 - 2016

    Principle Investigator, BSA Applied Research Grant, £1710

  • Why do hearing impaired individuals obtain reduced benefit to intelligibility when speech and noise are spatially separated? 2016

    Action on Hearing Loss (Flexi Grant), £2000

Research Groups

  • Microphone Networks

    MRC Network with focus on improvements in hearing aid technology