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Biomedical Laboratories

School of Clinical & Applied Sciences

Contributing to the health of the whole body

Our work is focussed on those aspects of the health sector that contribute to the health of the whole body. These disciplines include physiotherapy, sports therapy, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, environmental health, health and safety, and biomedical sciences. Most of our courses are accredited by a professional body - which demand an environment of high quality and progression into a range of professional careers; based on the University-based studies and associated work-based experiences our graduates have excellent employment rates in their chosen careers.

Our staff work across discipline boundaries to create a dynamic research community. The quality of our research in Biomedical Sciences, Musculoskeletal Health, Nutrition and Pain are strong, with our academic staff regularly publishing in respected peer-reviewed journals, including 'Nature' and ‘The Lancet’, and these are enriched by the work of leading research figures, such as Professor Mark Johnson, Professor Gary Jones and Professor Pinkie Sahota who is a leading figure in research into childhood obesity.

The quality and diversity of our research work has recommended us to leading institutions who have commissioned our work, including the Ministry of Defence and NHS, and several members of the School regularly bring their expertise to the public domain through Radio and TV.

Academic staff also remain active in their clinical practice and professional roles – including through our Environmental Health Consultancy Service, Occupational Therapy, Lifestyle and Wellbeing Service, Microbiology consultancy service and clinical roles across the NHS and with elite sports teams.

Our students recognise the value of being part of an academic community that brings research and teaching together, and record high levels of satisfaction with their student experience. This enthusiasm for collaboration extends beyond the School, which exploits the additional benefits of being part of a University that offers a wide range of subjects. For example, our Sports and Exercise Therapy students benefit from their course being co-delivered with the Carnegie School of Sport and the proximity to high performing sports students.

This approach, as well as access to specialist faculties, contributes to our students being successful in achieving high levels of employment post-graduation.

Our Academic Team
Dr Sara Ahern Dr Tanefa Apekey Dr Stephen Atkinson Kate Austin Dr Sarah Baker Ann Barker Simon Barnard Jodie Bennett Ian Blackburn Amy Brandreth Mary Bridger Tim Briggs Robert Brooks Lorna Campbell Adam Cartwright Aaron Caseley Dr Alison Caswell Meaghan Christian Catherine Coates Dr Philomena Commons June Copeman Ieuan Cranswick Joel Crossley David Davies Rhiannon Day Dr Carine De Marcos Lousa Matthew Duke Dr Alan Edmondson Lisa Edwards Kayleigh Fish Dr Pauline Fitzgerald Dr Helen Flaherty Dr Peter Francis Dr Sareen Galbraith Claire Gardiner David Garritt Dr John George Dr Margarita Gomez Escalada Kate Grafton Amanda Graham Sarah Haygarth Mark Hodgson Gillian Hooper Andrew Hudson Amanda Hughes Dr Ian Hurley Jason Hynd Thomas Illingworth Sarah Jamieson Dr Donna Johnson Professor Mark Johnson Ashley Jones Gareth Jones Professor Gary Jones Helen Khan Linsey King Sarah Knapper Dawn Knibbs Roxane Krishnarao Julie Laxton Helen Llewellyn Sajida Manzoor Dr Stephen Martin Quentin Matthews Lawrence Mayhew Dr Maria Maynard Craig McBeth Dr James Milligan Dr Nathaniel Milton Stephen Mole Laura Mould Angela Murphy Vanessa Noble Luke Noone Camilla Nykjaer Cassie Oddy Richard Partner Mayuriben Patel Dr Andrew Paterson Katie Peck Penelope Petrie Gill Phillips Ursula Philpot Dianna Pitt Dr Vincent Postis Edward Pratt Kate Randerson Hayley Robinson-Mitchell Colleen Rudge Dr Tara Sabir Professor Pinki Sahota Dr Catherine Sanderson Helen Scott Dr Duncan Sharp Paul Sharples Dr John Skamarauskas Tim South Diane Spalding Robert Stott Dr Ghazala Tabasam Dr Robyn Tapp Dr Osama Tashani Hilary Taylor Robert Thackeray Miranda Thew Kate Thompson Joanna Waterworth Duncan Webb Sabrina Werner Dr Helen White Dianne Wild Jackie Wilkinson Laura Wilson Rowena Wright

Subject Areas

Biomedical Sciences
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Biomedical sciences covers a wide number of disciplines and as well as the multidisciplinary BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences you can choose to specialise in the following areas: Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Physiology and Pharmacology, and Human Biology.
Nutrition and Dietetics
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Nutrition is a key area of activity for health professionals in the 21st century with the increasing recognition of the role of good nutrition in the prevention of diet related ill health including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults and children.
Safety and Environmental Health
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We run courses and deliver CPD and consultancy in the areas of Acoustics, Environmental Health and Health and Safety. All our UG and PG courses are accredited by either the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health or the Institute of Acoustics.
Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Sciences
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The Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Sciences team incorporates the studies of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sports therapy and sport and exercise medicine. The team have expertise in physical activity, exercise, health promotion and lifestyle management to foster healthy living.


Our interdisciplinary School delivers teaching and research across all of our Subjects, with specific strengths highlighted through our research Centres and groups. Our modern laboratories enable staff and students to undertake collaborative research across all of our areas, with external partners across academic, clinical practice and industry.

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Continuing Professional Development

We recognise that every organisation needs to be adaptable, informed and agile in order to remain efficient and effective in times of constant change. Each year, our university helps to ensure more than 2,000 practising professionals keep up-to-date with the skills, knowledge an innovative practice they need.

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Graduate Success Stories

Emma O'HaraBSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences, 2009

The tutors made learning really relaxed; they were easy to approach and really happy to explain areas where I wanted to know more.

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Acoustic Laboratories

We have the most comprehensive acoustic facility in the region, which includes specialist up-to-date measuring equipment, a reverberation room (52m³), an anechoic chamber (16m³) and an audiometry booth. Our equipment enables us to measure:

  • Sound power levels using ISO 3740.
  • Reverberation and other room acoustic parameters.

We also have tools to take field measurements of airborne and structure-borne sound insulation, and structural and human vibration.

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Biomedical Sciences Laboratories

Providing cutting edge facilities for undertaking biomedical bench research, consultancy and teaching, our modern, purpose built, multidisciplinary spaces contain the latest scientific equipment, with full Cat 2 microbiology facilities and two cell culture suites. The labs house a range of biochemical, microbiological, molecular and physiological analysis equipment. 

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Clinical Skills Suite

Our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a variety of allied health professionals. We have seven skills and practice rooms (which can be combined into two larger rooms) containing specialist equipment, including:

  • Two and three-section couches, wall bars and mobile steps.
  • Cycle and rowing ergometers, gas analyser, body composition analyser and a range of anatomical models.
  • PEG feeding model and a range of adapted equipment for rehabilitation activities.
  • A range of high and medium fidelity human patient simulators, part-task trainers, video recording equipment and software for analysis and debriefing.

Our Community Living Area hosts a kitchen, lounge, bathroom and bed, celling hoist, emergency lifting cushion, bariatric chair and a range of adapted equipment. We also have a number of dedicated practice rooms that enable the practical application of anatomy, mobilisation, electrotherapy, massage, heat therapy, cardiovascular and respiratory testing, physiology, anthropometry, rehabilitation and first aid.

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Food Inspection Laboratory 

Our hygienic laboratory can be used to develop practical food specimen inspection skills. 

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Nutrition Kitchen

Our kitchen adheres to professional kitchen regulations and has the capacity to accommodate 16 people based at 8 workstations.

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For Business

We offer a number of professional services for business. Whether you’re looking for collaboration on a project or are in need of expert consultancy we can more than meet your needs. We provide:

  • Consultancy.
  • Contract research (including service evaluation).
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
  • Access to modern facilities.
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PhD students to take part in European Pain Schools

PhD students in the Centre for Pain Research at Leeds Beckett will participate in three prestigious European ‘Pain Schools’ this year.

Leeds Beckett students and staff share findings at British Pain Society Congress

A team of research students and staff from the Centre for Pain Research at Leeds Beckett University presented their work at the recent 50th anniversary of the Annual Scientific International Congress of the British Pain Society in Birmingham.

News in Brief April 2017

A round up of the latest news in April from the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences.

Jun 16

Undergraduate Open Day

Our Open Days take place between June and November each year and they are a great way to find out why we are one of the most popular universities in the country.

Jun 30

Leeds School of Physiotherapy 75th Anniversary Celebration

Ex-students, educators, clinical colleagues and friends are invited to spend the afternoon celebrating 75 years of Physiotherapy education in Leeds.

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