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Health and Community Studies


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

Our School is committed to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals. 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 centres in Health Promotion and Dementia, and by the research carried out by our academics and Professors.

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, Mental Health Nursing received a 100% ‘overall satisfaction’ rating in the National Student Survey 2017. 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*. 

The research profile of our staff is particularly strong and is focussed in areas of health, public health and social care. For example, Professor Claire Surr is working in care provision for people with dementia to identify those caring practices that are most beneficial to them. On the basis of her findings we will be launching a major re-training programme that has the potential to revolutionise care for those with dementia.

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. Professor Nick Frost specialises in the protection of children from sexual exploitation and he recently worked with a local police force to help bring to justice a paedophile ring targeting young teenage girls.

Much of our work is embedded in a social model of health, often informed by the social sciences and we have a developing strand of research which investigates and considers innovative and emerging ways of working with marginalised communities based on the principles of co-production and active citizenship. Dr Pamela Fisher is the principal investigator of an ESRC seminar series, Re-imagining professionalism in mental health: towards co-production.

This exceptional and important research influences the education of our students, as well as those already in work who come to Leeds Beckett to access our continuing professional development (CPD). Our significant CPD portfolio includes a collaboration with Leeds and Wakefield city councils and Leeds University, in the provision of training for social workers. This relationship also provides placements for our students. We also provide many part time courses for Counsellors and Therapists which we deliver in the evenings as well as the daytime to enable participation for all who wish to access these part time courses.

Innovation in our teaching and research is supported by some outstanding facilities that replicate the clinical surroundings in which our healthcare students will work. As part of a major university we also have access to the facilities of other subject areas which includes the Leeds Law School court room where our trainee Social Workers can develop their court room skills in the protection and advocacy for vulnerable adults and children in the future.

*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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Faculty News

Leeds academic shares experience working with Romanian orphans in prestigious lecture

Dr Fraser Brown, from the School of Health and Community Studies, has been to New York to deliver a prestigious lecture. He was invited to the Sarah Lawrence College to speak about his work with Romanian orphans.

Minister for Loneliness visits Leeds to hear about Sporting Memories

Staff from Leeds Beckett’s Centre for Dementia Research have met with Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Loneliness, to talk about their involvement with the charity Sporting Memories.

Prestigious invitation for Emeritus Professor

An Emeritus Professor at Leeds Beckett University has been invited to join a prestigious organisation in Canada.

Faculty Events

Apr 23

Lift Off Festival 2018

Lift Off Festival is a three-week festival showcasing the creative work of our students from the School of Film, Music & Performing Arts.

Apr 25

BUCS Rugby Sevens Championship 2018

Leeds Beckett RFC will square off against BUCS' top Rugby sides at West Park in the BUCS Rugby Sevens Championship

Apr 25

CarnegieXchange - Using autobiographies to investigate leadership in sport

Using autobiographies to investigate leadership in sport

Apr 25

Discovering the Imaginative Mind

The Professorial Inaugural Lecture by Professor Anna Abraham

Apr 25

Politics & International Relations Seminar- Understanding Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: Analysing the Everyday Experience of Conflict Through Witness Testimonies

Speaker: Dr Maria O'Reilly

Apr 25

PsyCen Event: Kate Hoffman Memorial Lecture- Therapy as an interactional process: Creating change through sequences of talk

Speaker: Professor Ray Wilkinson, Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hcs/staff/wilkinson - Organiser: Dr Sarah James http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/dr-sarah-james/

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