About Chris Hudson
Chris’ role is to support and lead academic colleagues in the Children, Youth & Community Studies subject group to deliver a portfolio of academic activity; high quality teaching; a first class student experience; impactful research activity; generating income via knowledge transfer, and; flourishing external partnerships.
Chris joined Leeds Beckett in 2007 as Associate Dean with portfolio for Faculty wide development of Research and Enterprise. His tenure saw the Faculty deliver the highest research income in the University (measured either by total £ value or £ per academic FTE), establish a successful research sabbatical programme and secure numerous collaborative funded partnerships with local organisations.
Prior to this Chris spent 2000-2007 in higher education as a consultant researcher working primarily around the themes of active lifestyles, health and wellbeing. Clients such as government departments, local authorities and the NHS benefited from the provision of applied research, bespoke evaluation and policy development work.
Chris has held posts in the public, voluntary ND commercial sectors, his multi sector working experience means he is both socially and commercially minded. He has experience as a development worker campaigning for and delivering active recreation opportunities for people with disabilities. Hands on youth work experience was gained working with 14-25 years olds in an area of north Leeds. This experience taught Chris about the positive life-affirming impact an individual's work can have on individuals, their families and communities.
Chris latterly spent several years as Chief Executive of a charity, pursuing funding and managing governance to ensure organisational sustainability.
Chris is keen to pursue collaborative work with partners such as student employability placements, staff research projects, joint funded posts or other mutually beneficial work, all of which can help the Children, Youth & Community Studies subject group make a difference to the communities of Leeds and further.