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.
Dr Duncan Sharp
Dr Duncan Sharp is a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry, Biomedicine Research theme lead, and Healthcare lead for the Enterprise Academy at Leeds Beckett University.Read More
Our Academic Team
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.
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.
Graduate Success Stories
BSc (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.Read More
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.
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.
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.Read More >
Our kitchen adheres to professional kitchen regulations and has the capacity to accommodate 16 people based at 8 workstations.
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:
- Contract research (including service evaluation).
- Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
- Access to modern facilities.
Importance of healthy nutrition in early childhood obesity prevention
In the first of our blogs to mark National Obesity Awareness Week, Professor Pinki Sahota and Dr Sara Ahern from Leeds Beckett University discuss the importance of healthy nutrition in childhood and how early adoption of good habits can set children up for life.
Running into fitness for the New Year
As the New Year begins, people will be shaking off the Christmas fug and considering getting healthy with one of the most popular options - running.
Social participation in children with neurodisability being examined by researchers at Leeds Beckett
A study looking at the importance of social participation for children and young people with a neurodisability has been launched by researchers at Leeds Beckett University.
Running from injury
Join Dr Peter Francis as he discusses the following questions: Running from injury – why do runners get injured and how do we stop it? What are the most common running injuries? Why do we get injured? Running shoes – do they matter? Is there such thing as the optimum running technique? Variability – a runner’s best friend? Strength and Conditioning: How do we get muscles to do their share of the work? The Achilles Heel: Can we manage tendon pain and still run?
Lessons from the Frontline – Public Engagement and Local Health Systems
Professorial Inaugural Lecture for Mark Gamsu