A dynamic academic community where students work alongside staff
Comprising Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Speech and Language sciences, Politics and International Relations, this is a fast developing academic community with many of the staff being recognised for the quality of their research, as well as the quality of their teaching. High levels of student satisfaction across the school demonstrates the success of ensuring that the teaching and learning is constantly updated and made relevant by internationally significant research.Many of our academic staff were submitted in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise and were recognise as producing world leading, internationally excellence and recognised research. Among our leading researchers are Professor Gijsbert Stoet who is working to improve our understanding of performance gaps between boys and girl in school and develop ways in which we can reduce these. Dr Rachel Julian has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to explore how local knowledge has been used in Myanmar to promote community resilience against violence and Dr Jim Morgan is leading two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) developing and testing behavioural interventions to further improve safety for those working in the railway industry.
Complementing the value of research informed teaching, is our focus on learning through practice. We are constantly innovating both what and how we teach so that students can apply their learning to the world around them. One of our leading examples are our modules in Criminology, where students are taught alongside people currently in the prison system. Many of our courses also provide students with the opportunity to undertake professional placements or volunteering. Both support students in developing an understanding of the real world challenges that are at the core of Social Sciences.
Creating a dynamic academic community where students work alongside our staff is important to the School. However, we also recognise that students should demand and receive outstanding service from the School, throughout their time at university, to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential. For these reasons, we are continually enhancing our services to students to ensure that they meet the exacting standards of the Customer Service Excellence, gold standard.
Our Academic Team
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.
We offer a range of courses at all levels, and our Centre for Applied Social Research undertakes research across a broad variety of topics. This research goes on to influence policy and practice in areas including global inequalities, crime and justice, speech and language, gender identities, and cognition and behaviour.
Communication and 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.
Our laboratories are suitable for a variety of uses, including computer-based experiments, interviews and focus groups. Electroencephalography and eye-tracking equipment is situated in a dedicated laboratory, and our cognition and perception rooms are designed for those undertaking research into memory, thinking, reasoning and how our senses process various stimuli. We also offer two Qualisys ProReflex high-speed cameras, a Wacom tablet and two Nintendo Wii Fit balance boards.
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.
News from our school
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Men with penile cancer want new research about their condition to explore their quality of life up to and beyond treatment, allowing them to receive better support along their journey, a new study from Leeds Beckett University has shown.