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School of Health & Community Studies

Making a difference to the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals

If you’re passionate about helping people to maintain the best possible health and quality of life, or fighting inequality and protecting the vulnerable, then the School of Health and Community Studies is for you.

All of our research and teaching contributes to this commitment. Many of our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses are professional body accredited and supported by the latest academic thinking from our research.

All of our academics have worked in health, public health or social care, and many still maintain their professional practice to ensure that we maintain a strong link between our teaching and the demands of the professional workplace. We bring this professionalism to the way in which we support our students through their learning.

This results in high levels of student satisfaction in our school, for example, results from the most recent National Student Survey (NSS) have revealed that Leeds Beckett is the best university in England to study nursing, based on student satisfaction levels*.

Our courses could lead you to a challenging and rewarding career in healthcare, social work, children’s services, family support, local mental health services, community development and much more.

*Nursing Times analysis of the National Students Survey 2017, which revealed 98 per cent of our nursing students were satisfied with their course.  

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Subject Areas

Health Promotion
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Our health promotion subject group have been delivering health promotion education for over 40 years and have gained international and national recognition for their provision.

Healthcare and Nursing
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The Healthcare and Nursing subject area is a highly skilled group who provide courses across all of our academic levels, a number courses are approved and monitored annually by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
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Our courses are designed for students seeking a career working with children and families, and for those wishing to specialise in the study and application of play in children’s development and learning. A range of postgraduate qualifications in play therapy are also available to successful graduates.
Psychological Therapies and Mental Health
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We provide counselling, psychotherapy and mental health education and training for those interested in a career in the counselling and psychotherapy field or in other types of mental health-related work. We also offer training for more experienced practitioners looking to develop their specialist skillset and consolidate their previous training.
Social Work
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We provide social work education and training for motivated individuals who are interested in a career in social work and for experienced social workers who want to refine their specialist knowledge and skills.
Children, Youth and Community
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Our provision now includes both undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to professional qualifications as well as non-professional courses for those who want to work with young people, families and communities.

Transforming dementia care: "Our goal is to help people with dementia and their families experience a better quality of life" - Professor Claire Surr - School of Health and Community Studies


Everything we do within the School centres on research excellence. We undertake groundbreaking studies which often influence decision-makers and policy writers working at the highest levels of government and health organisations. This research continually shapes our courses to ensure they are relevant and insightful. 

When Professor Claire Surr’s great grandmother was diagnosed with dementia, it inspired her to pursue research to improve the quality of care available to people with this condition. Claire leads our Centre for Dementia Research focusing on dementia workforce education and training and improving the quality of formal dementia care.

Professor Jane South works in the field of volunteering, active citizenship and community health. Jane is an active member of our Centre for Health Promotion Research and a national advisor for Public Health England.

We are also engaged in child development and play through the research and practice of Fraser Brown, the only professor in the world of Playwork. He has undertaken restorative work with children who had been traumatised in the orphanages of the former Czechoslovakia. 

We also offer research courses (for example PhD’s and MRes’s) that inform future thinking and practice in health and social care both nationally and internationally. Research students are supervised by our professors and subject experts in men's health and health promotion, social work, youth work and community development, dementia, playwork, pain and safeguarding children.

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Our Academic Team


Sue Sherwin

Sue Sherwin is Dean for the School of Health and Community Studies. She joined our University as a Senior Lecturer in 1996 after supporting the development of the first degree in Mental Health Nursing from Leeds Beckett.

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Emeritus Professors

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Alan is Emeritus Professor of Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University. His research interests have tended to focus on improving our understanding of the health needs of men and boys locally, nationally and internationally. His expertise lies in putting a gendered lens on data and in exploring men’s relationships with public health services – whether delivered through statutory services or through the 3rd Sector and Voluntary organisations. Currently he is on the WHO (Europe) core group pulling together their first Men’s Health Report and Strategy.

Research interests

Alan’s work is very broad in its scope, but with the common theme of men’s health or gender and health. His studies have included:

  • European Commission ‘The State of Men’s Health in Europe’ Report
  • European Commission ’Role of Men in Gender Equality’ study
  • European Commission ‘Gender and Coronary Artery Disease’ (GenCAD) study
  • The State of Men’s Health in Leeds study for the Public Health Team and Health & Well Board of Leeds City Council
  • The evaluation of the Bradford Reducing Anger and Violent Emotions (BRAVE) project
  • The evaluation of Premier League Health Initiative
  • Tackling Men’s Health with the Leeds Rhino’s

Contact details:

Tel: 07971827217

Twitter: ProfAlanwhite

Email: a.white@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Journal Articles (from 2014)

Bardehle, D., Dinges, M., & White, A. (2017). What is men’s health? A definition. Journal of Men’s Health

Brooks R, Milligan J, White A. STPs: Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists Can Support GPs with New Integrated Models of Rehabilitation and Healthcare. British Journal of General Practice 67 (664): 525-526.

Flurey C Hewlett S, Rodham K, White A, Noddings R, Kirwan J (2017) Coping strategies, psychological impact and support preferences of men with rheumatoid arthritis: a multicentre survey. Arthritis Care & Research DOI: 10.1002/acr.23422

Mweemba O, Dixey R, White A, Bond G, (2017) The Social Construction of Masculinities, Sexual Behaviour, and Acceptability of Vaginal Microbicides in Zambia Global Public Health http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2017.1337800

Cameron I, White A, Seims A, Taylor T (2017) Missing men when transforming healthcare. Letters. BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1676

Cameron I, White A, Seims A, Taylor T (2017) STP plans to cut GP numbers are “alarming,” says royal college – Rapid Response BMJ 356  doi: http://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.j598/rr

Teo CH, Ng CJ, White A. Factors influencing young men’s decision to undergo health screening in Malaysia: a qualitative study. BMJ Open [Internet]. 2016;7(3):e014364. Available from: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014364

Teo CH, Ng CJ, White A (2017) What Do Men Want from a Health Screening Mobile App? A Qualitative Study. PLOS ONE http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0169435

Flurey C, Hewlett S, Rodham K, White A, Noddings R, Kirwan J, (2016) Identifying different typologies of experiences and coping strategies in men with rheumatoid arthritis: A Q-methodology study. BMJ Open doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012051

Teo CH, Ng CJ, Booth A, White A. (2016) Barriers and facilitators to health screening in men: A systematic review. Social Science & Medicine c165:168–76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.07.023

Robertson S, Gough B, Hanna E, Raine G, Robinson M, Seims A, White A (2016) Successful mental health promotion with men: evidence from ‘tacit knowledge’ Health Promotion International doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw067

Flurey C, Hewlett S, Rodham K, White A, Noddings R, Kirwan J, (2016) “You obviously just have to put on a brave face”: A qualitative study of the experiences and coping styles of men with rheumatoid arthritis, Arthritis Care & Research DOI: 10.1002/acr.22951

Zwolinsky S., McKenna J., Pringle A., Daly-Smith A., Robertson S., & White A. (2016) Supporting lifestyle risk reduction: promoting men’s health through professional Football Soccer and Society, 17(2), 183-195. doi:10.1080/14660970.2015.1082767

Braybrook D, Robertson S, Milnes K, White A (2016) Holistic Experiences and Strategies for Conducting Research with Couples. Qualitative Health Research DOI: 10.1177/1049732316628520

Bardehle, D., Dinges, M. & White, A. (2015) Was ist Männergesundheit? Eine Definition. Gesundheitswesen, 77. DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1564077

Branney, P., Witty, K., Braybrook, D., Bullen, K., White, A., & Eardley, I. (2015). Mortality and sexuality after diagnosis of penile cancer: A participative study. International

Journal of Urological Nursing. doi:10.1111/ijun.12106

Flurey, C. A., Hewlett, S., Rodham, K., White, A., Noddings, R., & Kirwan, J. (2015). Men, rheumatoid arthritis, psychosocial impact and self-management: A narrative review. Journal of Health Psychology. doi:10.1177/1359105315572452

Branney, P., Witty, K., White, A., & Bullen, K. (2015). "I suspect that they knew [I had penile cancer]": Reflections on health professionals by men diagnosed and treated for penile cancer. PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 24, 5.

Wyke S, Hunt K, Gray C, Fenwick E, Bunn C, Donnan P, Rauchhaus P, Mutrie N, Anderson A, Boyer N, Brady A, Grieve E, White A, Ferrell C, Hindle E, Trew (2015) Football Fans in Training (FFIT): a randomised controlled trial of a gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme for men - end of study report. Public Health Research 3(2) ISSN: 2050-439X

Scambor E, Bergmann N, Wojnicka K, Belghiti-Mahut S, Hearn J, Holter ØG, Gärtner M, Hrženjak M, Scambor C, White A.  (2014) Men and Gender Equality – European insights. Men & Masculinities 17(5) 552-577

Goldenberg L, White A.  (2014) Male Health: a recent paradigm. Nature Urology Review doi:10.1038/nrurol.2014.306

Pringle A, Zwolinsky S, McKenna J, Robertson, S, Daly-Smith A, White, A (2014) Health improvement for men and hard-to-engage-men delivered in English Premier League football clubs. Health Education Research doi:10.1093/her/cyu009

Branney P, Witty K, Braybrook D, Bullen K, White A, Eardley I (2014) Masculinities, humour and care for penile cancer: a qualitative study Journal of Advanced Nursing DOI: 10.1111/jan.12363

Witty K, Branney P, Bullen K, White A, Eardley I Engaging men with penile cancer in qualitative research: Reflections from interview-based study. Nurse Researcher 21(3): 13-19

Hunt K, Wyke S, Gray CM, Anderson AS, Brady A, Bunn C, Donnan PT, Fenwick E, Grieve E, Leishman J, Miller E, Mutrie N, Rauchlhaus P, White A, Treweek, S. (2014). A gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme for overweight and obese men delivered by Scottish Premier League football clubs (FFIT): a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 383(9924): 1211-1221 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62420-4

Published Books

Conrad D & White A (2016) Sports-Based Health Interventions - Case Studies from Around the World.  Springer-Verlag, New York ISBN 978-1-4614-5995-8

Conrad, D & White, A (2010) Promoting Men’s Mental Health.  Oxford Radcliffe Publishing ISBN: 978-184619-331-6 (266 pages)

Kirby, R, Carson, C, White AK, Kirby, M, (2009) Men's Health 3rd Ed London, Informa Healthcare. ISBN (566 pages)

White, AK & Pettifer, M (2007) Hazardous waist: tackling male weight problems.  Oxford Radcliffe Publishing.  (229 pages)

Conrad, D & White A (2007) Men’s Health – how to do it. Oxford, Radcliffe Publishing. ISBN -13 978 1 84619 192 3 (183 pages)

Key Published reports

White A., Seims A. and Newton R. (2016) The State of Men’s Health in Leeds: Main Report. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council.

Seims A, White A (2016) White A., Seims A. and Newton R. (2015) The State of Men’s Health in Leeds: Data Report. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council.

White A, Seims A, Newton R (2016) The State of Men’s Health in Leeds: A Summary. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council.

West R, White A, Seims A (2015) White A., Seims A. and Newton R. (2015) The State of Men’s Health in Leeds: Factor Analysis. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University, University of Leeds, Leeds City Council.

Bagnall A, Raine G, Jones R, White A, Mitchell B (2016) Systematic scoping review of proposed explanations for "excess" mortality. Final Report. Glasgow City Council, Leeds Beckett University

Robertson S. White A. Gough B. Robinson M. Seims A. Raine G. Hanna E. (2015) Promoting mental health and wellbeing with men and boys: what works? Leeds, Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Beckett University ISBN: 978-1-907240-41-6

White A. Seims A. and Robertson S. (2015) Proceedings of an expert symposium on the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys, November 6th, 2014, Leeds, London, UK : The Movember Foundation in association with Leeds Beckett University and the Men’s Health Forum. ISBN 978-1-907240-40-9

Study on the Role of Men in Gender Equality, prepared for European Commission, edited by Elli Scambor, Katarzyna Wojnicka, Nadja Bergmann, Consortium led by L&R Social Research, with Dissens, abz*austria, INBAS, Written by Belghiti-Mahut S, Bergmann N, Gärtner M, Hearn J, Gullvåg Holter O, Hrženjak M, Puchert R, Scambor C, Scambor E, Schuck H, Seidler V, White A & Wojnicka K, 2013


White A, Riley J. Henry S. (2013) NHS Sport and Health - a winning team NHS Briefing Report.  NHS Confederation

White A, Thomson C, Howard T (2013) Excess cancer burden in men. London,  CRUK

White, A. Zwolinsky, S. Pringle, A. McKenna, J. Daly-Smith, A. Robertson, S. Berry, R. (2012). Premier League Health: A national programme of men’s health promotion delivered in/by professional football clubs, Final Report 2012. Centre for Men’s Health & Centre for Active Lifestyles, Leeds Metropolitan University.

EC (2011) The State of Men’s Health in Europe: Extended Report. Luxembourg, The European Commission, DG Sanco (authors: White A, de Sousa B,  de Visser R, Hogston R, Madsen SAa, Makara P, Richardson N, Zatoński W) ISBN 978-92-79-20169-1 doi: 10.2772/61323

EC (2011) The State of Men’s Health in Europe Report. Luxembourg, The European Commission, DG Sanco (authors: White A, de Sousa B,  de Visser R, Hogston R, Madsen SAa, Makara P, Richardson N, Zatoński W)

White AK, Thompson C and Forman D (2009) The Excess Burden of Cancer in Men in the UK.  London: National Cancer Intelligence Network, Cancer Research UK, The Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Metropolitan University.

White, AK, Bagnall, A-M, South, J, Forshaw, M Spoor, C, Witty, K,  Rooke, S (2009) An evaluation of the Working in Partnership Programme Self Care in Primary Care Initiative.  Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

White, AK, South, J, Bagnall, A-M, Forshaw, M Spoor, C, Jackson, K, Witty, K,  Rooke, S (2009) An evaluation of the Working in Partnership programme Self Care for People Initiative. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

White, AK, Witty, K,  Bagnall, A-M, South, J, Forshaw, M Spoor, C, Jackson, K, Rooke, S (2008) An evaluation of the Working in Partnership Programme Self Care in Action Initiative. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

White, AK, Cash, K. Conrad, P Branney, P (2008) The Bradford & Airedale Health of Men Initiative: A study of its effectiveness in engaging with men.  Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

White, AK & Cash, K (2003) The state of men’s health across 17 European Countries.  Brussels, The European Men’s Health Forum ISBN 1 – 898883 – 94 – 7

O’Brien, O & White A (2003) Gender and Health: The case for gender-sensitive health policy and health care delivery.  Briefing Paper, London, The Kings Fund.

Other outputs

126 invited conference papers

45 peer reviewed conference papers

16 Television appearances including BBC The One Show, BBC Breakfast Show and Sky News

Over 70 radio interviews including BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, and The Women’s Hour, and international stations including South Africa, Australia and the BBC World Service

Over 120 newspaper and magazine interviews, including The New Scientist, The Times, the Guardian and international press including Germany’s Focus.de and The Irish Times

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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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.

Communication / Interpersonal Skills Suite

Our suite of interpersonal skills rooms enable observational research of the practice, behaviour and skill acquisition involved in areas such as counselling, interviewing, leadership, development and focus group techniques. The rooms come equipped with video recording facilities so people can reflect upon and improve their practice, and our interview and control suites are equipped with two-way mirrors and DVD and audio links between rooms.

Study Space

We also have a dedicated study space for doctoral students and dedicated space in the library for postgraduate students.

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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Faculty News

Funding confirmed for outreach nurse to continue award winning work

An award-winning project that has been improving the health and wellbeing of one of the city’s most marginalised communities has received funding for a further 12 months.

Prime Minister's Award for Visiting Professor

A Visiting Fellow at the School of Health and Community Studies has been recognised by the Prime Minister with an award. 

Golden Robes 2018

Colleagues who have gone the extra mile in the past year were honoured at this year’s Golden Robes Awards on Thursday 31 May. The awards are collaboratively run by the university and Students' Union.

Faculty Events

Aug 14

Edinburgh 2018: 'Richard Demarco and Leeds Beckett University'

Leeds Beckett University is putting on a number of 'interventions' and performance pieces at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival and in conjunction with the Richard Demarco European Art Foundation.

Sep 14

Heritage Open Days

For the first time we are opening the doors of our Headingley Campus from 14-16 September 2018 as part of Heritage Open Days.

Sep 26

From ‘Interesting’ to ‘Useful’; the Application of Sports Science to Real-World Problems

The Professorial Inaugural Lecture by Professor Ben Jones

Sep 29

Open Day - 29 September 2018

Oct 27

Open Day - 27 October 2018

Nov 28

Open Day - 28 November 2018

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