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Research Excellence Framework

Research with impact

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

In this year's Research Excellence Framework review 2014, we have demonstrated our progress on expanding and enhancing our research base through our Institutes and Centres, creating a strong and sustainable research environment for our staff and students and evidencing the impact we make through our applied research.

In terms of the 'research power' calculation applied in the previous assessment in 2008, which accounts for both the quality and the quantity of research, Leeds Beckett came second in the country for Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism – up from third in 2008 - with 59% of the research submitted being assessed as world leading or internationally excellent. It also came in the top ten in the Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Library and Information Management unit. The University’s results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit – which it entered for the first time - were also noteworthy, with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

All results can be found on the REF website.
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Research News

World-leading researcher on tourism in areas of conflict to take up professorial appointment

Leeds Beckett University has appointed Dorina Buda as Professor of Tourism Management in the School of Events, Tourism, Hospitality and Languages.

Obese people have lower pain threshold, new research shows

An extra layer of fat won’t provide a cushion against pain – in fact, obese people are more sensitive to pressure pain than those who are not overweight, and they are equally susceptible to extremes of hot and cold.

Neighbourhood Plans will shape the future

Using neighbourhood plans gives local people the power to create a locally distinctive vision for their community and is the future of planning, according to a new book jointly written by a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University.

Public Lectures and Events

Mar 29

Launch of Centre for Future Cities

Help us build an urban education centre for the future With the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett and the Centre for Alternative Technology (Macynlleth).

Apr 4

CeASR Seminar: Black Victims of Crime and Policing

Speaker: Dr Lisa Long, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

May 10

Professorial Inaugural Lecture by Professor John O'Hara

From the Laboratory to the Mountain and back again

May 19

Power, Performance and Play - An International Conference on Caribbean Carnival Cultures

Leeds West Indian Carnival will be 50 years old in August 2017. The oldest Caribbean-style street carnival in Europe, created and led by British Caribbeans, will be celebrated in a conference by the Centre of Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University in partnership with Leeds West Indian Carnival.

Jun 22

Why is our Psychology Curriculum White?

End of Project event for the Why is our Psychology Curriculum White? Curriculum Innovation Project

Jul 4

Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Conference

The internationally acclaimed annual Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Conference is aimed at academics, students, practitioners, policy makers and professionals who work broadly within leisure, sports, tourism and events. 

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