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The ethos of heritage studies at Leeds Beckett is interdisciplinary – it is located across two faculties and a wide range of subject areas and schools, from Cultural Studies and Cultural Planning and Policy, through to art and design, and tourism, and including the Heritage implications of the built environment.

Our research institute the Leeds Sustainability Institute, and our Centre for Culture and the Arts provide research leadership in heritage related activity and draw on staff expertise from public history to buildings maintenance with many stops in between. 

We have a long track record in working with local, national and international partners on the sustainable development of heritage resources, including successful bidding activity for European City of Culture status (Liverpool, 2008; Matera, 2017).

We also work closely with the local museums, galleries and art locations in our region, as well as with community groups concerned with heritage. This includes the Leeds Carnival group, which established the oldest Caribbean Carnival in the UK, re-creating and developing a local cultural heritage for what was, in the 1950s, a new population. It also includes an ongoing partnership with the Headingley Carnegie stadium (home of Leeds Carnegie and Rhinos, and also of Test Cricket in Yorkshire). And we have other links very widely across our region. 

The Heritage Consortium

Leeds Beckett University is a member of the AHRC-funded Heritage Consortium which has been developed to deliver doctoral training in all areas of Heritage Studies.

The Heritage Consortium consists of Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds Beckett, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam and Teesside Universities. It benefits from collaboration from a very wide range of national and international partners, with whom our students will have the opportunity to undertake placement experiences. One of the key aims of the consortium is to train the next generation of heritage professionals and to make that ambition real; we offer experiences beyond the academy to all of our students. 

The Heritage Consortium provides fully-funded doctoral studentships in heritage training and research. These studentships are advertised annually. They are supported by specialist supervision, professional mentoring and career development, and placement and training opportunities. The next round of studentships will be advertised shortly.

Enquiries about the Heritage Consortium at Leeds Beckett should be directed to Professor Ruth Robbins.

For more information on the Heritage Consortium please visit their website.

For more information about our academic staff involved with Heritage at Leeds Beckett University please click on the names below: 

For more information about the schools where heritage studies are located, please visit: