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Health and 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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Our Professors are leading specialists both nationally and internationally. Professor Fraser Brown is the only Professor of Playwork in the world who is known and respected internationally. Our research focus and employer networks ensure that our research and education is applied directly to the workplace which enhances students’ employability and makes a difference in the workplace. Many of our courses lead to professional registration and recognition. We are one of the first universities in the UK to offer nursing as a degree qualification and have done so for more than 30 years giving us a unique history and much experience in delivering nursing as a graduate profession.

The School of Health and Community Studies is committed to providing high quality experiences for all students. We have developed an online Virtual Learning Tool for Social Workers and Social Work students that has received national and international awards for teaching technology. Our Director for Simulated Learning has similarly been internationally recognised for excellence in simulated teaching, and this year won an international award.

Graduate Success Stories

Samantha AucklandPG Dip Advanced Practice and MSc Advanced Practice, 2012

I’d been working for a number of years and was ready to develop myself further. My postgraduate qualification has given me the opportunity to progress to a more senior role.

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The Leeds Beckett School of Art, Architecture and Design, with a history that spans over 170 years, is united by a common goal: to encourage individuality, to inspire creativity, and to create impact. We have an exciting and experimental approach to contemporary, creative practice – set in the heart of a culturally energised city. Our aim is to instil in you the confidence, curiosity and commitment to thrive at University and beyond, and to give you the freedom and independence to both think, and to make.

This is more than a School, it is a community of creators and collaborators; a community nurtured by our practicing academic staff, many of whom are researchers of national or international standing. This is a united, artistic family, pushing boundaries with a variety of courses and talent – from our unique Landscape Architecture course (recent graduates the Rich Brothers are the winners of two Chelsea Flower Show golds); to a series of Arts lectures featuring renowned practicing artists including the school’s own Senior Lecturer, Nathaniel Mellors; to innovative Art & Design modules, led by award wining artist-curator Peter Lewis.

Our School's principle of learning through theory and practice is enabled by deep and meaningful links with industry, community and the professions. These include prestigious partnerships with The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, The British Art Show and engagements with influential developers such as Citu and Bruntwood.

Our advanced, state-of-the-art technical equipment, workshop support and studio spaces will allow you to immerse yourself in live design and development projects, supported by a team of experienced staff on hand to challenge, listen and encourage.

Because at the end of the day, our aim is to ensure the art, design and architecture we create is rooted in human relevance. No better example than the recent £700k lottery funded project, led by students and staff, to develop a new social hub, The New Wortley Community Centre, a project borne out of the school’s dynamic, ethical, RIBA accredited architectural consultancy, Project Office. A unique example of real-world learning and creating, preparing you for the cross-disciplinary nature of the working world.

Together we question and we solve problems. We embrace the traditions of what we do whilst adopting new technical advancements. And we help embed the skills that will make you the best you can be.

Our Academic Team

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Dr Lisa Stansbie

Dr. Lisa Stansbie is a practising artist whose work crosses the disciplines of film, sound, sculpture, installation, photography and digital practices. Stansbie has undertaken residencies, commissions and exhibited across Europe and the U.S.

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School News

Leeds academic to feature as Keynote speaker at The King’s Fund conference

Professor Jane South from the School of Health and Community Studies at Leeds Beckett University will feature as the Keynote Speaker at The Kings Fund conference ‘Community is the best medicine’ today. 

International audience for Leeds Beckett Dementia research

Research led by the Centre for Dementia Research at Leeds Beckett University is being highlighted in a film called ‘Every Three Seconds’ which has been launched at the Alzheimer’s Disease International conference in Chicago.

Celebrating our new PhDs at graduation

Last week, we celebrated the achievements of 92 research students as they graduated from our university. We met up with three of our graduating PhD students to find out more about their journeys from student to Doctor.

Faculty Events

Oct 24

INSIDE/OUT: Bryndis Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson

The multidisciplinary artisti team Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson discuss art as a tool of disruption and mediation, how passivity is a weapon and how complex cross-disciplinary relationships can be managed

Oct 24

PIR Seminar- International Approaches To Banning Inhumane Weapons

Speaker- Dr Steve Wright

Oct 27

Open Day - 27 October 2018

Oct 31

PsyCen Seminar- ‘Everyone knows me as the weird kid’: Being bisexual, gender-fluid and fifteen

Speaker: Professor David Carless, Leeds Beckett University

Oct 31

CeASR Annual 'Howard Clark Memorial Lecture'- A fresh view on conflict: Logics of security versus the logics of peace at the example of the Korean conflict

Speaker: Dr Christine Schweitzer - Organiser: Dr Rachel Julian, Director of CeASR

Oct 31

A Complex Systems Approach to Injury Prevention Research

This seminar will discuss the understanding and implications of complexity theory for sports injury research, and will propose alternative approaches that acknowledge complexity and as such may be more fit for purpose.

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