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Prof Judith Holloway BSc (Hons), PhD, PGCert, PFHEA, NTF

Professorial Fellow in Allergy, Programme Leader MSc Allergy

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Professor  Judith Holloway is Professorial Fellow in Allergy within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Prof Judith Holloway completed her doctorate with Professor Stephen Holgate at the University of Southampton in 1999 developing methods for the identification and isolation of dendritic cells from peripheral blood and their application to the study of high affinity IgE receptor (FcεRI) expression by dendritic cells in atopic asthma. Following this, Judith undertook postdoctoral studies of gestational immunology with Professor John Warner, investigating the development of the human immune system during pregnancy and the first year of life with emphasis on the role of dendritic cells in the immune system at this time and the increased prevalence of allergic disease. With Dr Englyst, her years of experience developing flow cytometry methods for identifying rare cells is now being used to innovate new machines and methodology to identify microvesicles which hold huge potential as biomarkers, as a way of detecting and following disease development and progression.

In 2007 Judith was appointed Lecturer in Allergy and Programme Leader of the MSc Allergy. Judith was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award in 2010 and 2018 for her work on the MSc Allergy programme. She became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014 and in 2017, her education in allergy was recognised by the internationally acclaimed award of National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prof Holloway’s MSc Allergy course is recognised at national, European and worldwide levels, receiving endorsement from the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI), the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), accreditation from the Hong Kong Medical Council as the only quotable course in allergy and is part of Southampton Allergy Centre, a World Allergy Organisation (WAO) Centre of Excellence.

Judith is also a passionate leader, inspiring and supporting colleagues to enable them to deliver the best educational experience for students. She achieves this both within the Faculty in her role as Programme Lead and across the University through her work teaching and mentoring on the PG Cert Academic Practice and UKPSF PREP Framework.

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BSc, Biology, University of Southampton 1993
PhD, University of Southampton 1999
PG Cert, Academic Practice, University of Southampton, 2009

Appointments held

2019 - present Professional Fellow in Allergy, Programme Lead MSc Allergy, University of Southampton

2014 - 2019 Associate Professor, Director of PGT Programmes (2014-18), Programme Lead MSc Allergy, University of Southampton

2013 - 2014 Senior Lecturer in Allergy, Programme Director MSc Allergy, University of Southampton

2007- 2013  Lecturer in Allergy, Programme Director MSc Allergy, University of Southampton

2005-2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Allergy and Inflammation Research, University of Southampton, (funded by MRC and Rayne Foundation)

2003-2005 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mucosal Immunology, University of Southampton (funded by Wellcome Trust, then BBSRC)

1999-2003 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Child Health, University of Southampton, (funded by National Institutes of Health, USA)

Research interests

Prof Holloway’s research is within the field of immunology, allergy and translational medicine. With Dr Englyst an Associate Professor in HDH, and Dr Grimshaw a Clinical and Research Dietitian in CES, she is studying the potential role of microvesicles as biomarkers for IgE/non-IgE mediated food allergy and anaphylaxis. Prof Holloway supervises dissertation students to translate their learning into research projects and publications. This research informs and underpins the education she designs and delivers.

With Dr Englyst, Prof Holloway has developed innovative methods for assessing blood microvesicles in cardiac disease, stroke and allergy which may benefit patient outcomes and avoid serious and life-threatening complications. Industry funding from Danone and ThermoFisher has supported the project and allowed us to develop world leading novel flow cytometry machines and methods for analysing 100nm microvesicles. Our group has a very productive collaboration with Prof Wilkinson (ORC) to develop lab on chip flow cytometry and detection of biomarkers using wideband integrated photonics.


Clinical and Experimental Sciences

Affiliate Department(s)

Respiratory and allergy Research group, Microvesicle Research Group

Postgraduate student supervision

MMedSc: 1 student completed

MSc >50 students completed, 7 current students

PhD: 2012 Atherton, James PhD

PhD: 2017 Welsh, Joshua PhD

PhD: Elamin, Giedo (current)

Faculty of Medicine

Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes (2014-18)

Member of various committees including Faculty Education Committee, Postgraduate Taught Programmes Committee, Postgraduate Research Special Considerations Board and MSc Allergy Programme Board (Chair).

University of Southampton

Assessor and mentor for Professional Recognition of Educator Practice Framework (PREP) Review Board

Lecturer and mentor, Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice

Teaching Standards Working Group, the National Teaching Fellows Group and Researching Assessment Practices group

Internal examiner, PhD

National responsibilities

Member of Council, British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI)

Chair National Allergy Education Startegy Group for the BSACI

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Prof Judith Holloway is the Programme Lead for the MSc Allergy, and Module Leader for three modules: Foundations of Allergic Disease module, Teaching the Teachers to Teach and the Dissertation modules. Her work in leading excellence in allergy teaching has been recognised with the award of National Teaching Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Judith has designed the MSc Allergy course to help GP's, hospital based doctors, nurses, dietitians and others in all health care sectors to gain a greater understanding of allergic diseases and to be able to translate this knowledge into their everyday practice, whilst helping students develop a competency in allergy sufficient to educate colleagues, adult and paediatric patients and their families.

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Prof Holloway is passionate about supporting colleagues and students to achieve excellence through her holistic approach to learning and teaching. She actively works with and mentors lecturers, clinicians, postdocs and PhD students to share her experience and give them the knowledge and confidence to develop their own learning, teaching and leadership skills. Many of the clinical MSc students teach their peers and students with no formal training. To support their delivery of Higher Education (HE), she developed the Teaching the Teachers to Teach (T5) module, which champions innovative teaching methods. It is designed with an imaginative blend of theory and interactivity to have a transformational effect on students’ approach to learning and teaching. This module is accredited by Advance HE and students who successfully complete it are eligible for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

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As Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the Faculty of Medicine (2014-18) and continuing as an experienced Programme Lead, Judith is ideally placed to transfer her success and experience in designing and leading her allergy education programme to the development of existing and new clinical programmes within the University of Southampton, so helping academics empower students to improve healthcare provision around the world.

Prof Judith Holloway
Faculty of Medicine University of Southampton Southampton General Hospital Mailpoint 810 South Academic Block Tremona Road Southampton SO16 6YD
Telephone:+44 2381 206941

Room Number: SGH/LF77/MP801

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