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Making the world a happier and healthier place

Making the world a happier and healthier place

Chief Operating Officer of parkrun Global, sport & exercise science graduate Tom Williams has had a major impact on the health and happiness of individuals in communities around the world.

03/04/20

The Virtual Grand National: A Help or Hindrance?

The Virtual Grand National: A Help or Hindrance?

COVID-19 has brought an immense number of challenges to society. With vastly reduced entertainment and leisure opportunities, social media responded with various challenges during 'lockdown'.

Omar Heyward investigates the relationship between physical performance and the menstrual cycle in women's rugby

Omar Heyward investigates the relationship between physical performance and the menstrual cycle in women's rugby

As part of our celebration of International Women's Day 2020 we have spoken to academics in the Carnegie School of Sport whose research is having a significant impact in women's sport.

Creating stories through drama and creative writing

Creating stories through drama and creative writing

Story Makers Company (SMC) is a unique social enterprise initiative which provides children with the opportunity to create stories through drama and creative writing. 

02/04/20

The right response?

As abnormal becomes our new normal, many people have missed memorable experiences that will never be recovered.  Whilst the severity of the impact of the coronavirus will differ from person to person, it is important to ask: how do we respond to adults and children alike in this situation?

Introducing: impact in our community

Introducing: impact in our community

None of us could have foreseen, less than 100 days ago at the start of our 50 years celebrations, the unprecedented circumstances in which we now find ourselves living.

01/04/20

Artefacts of practice; learning in lockdown

Artefacts of practice; learning in lockdown

As children and young people are confined to their homes the expectations of how, what, where and when they should be learning are shifting rapidly.

How to Prepare for postgraduate Study

How to Prepare for postgraduate Study

Hi, I’m Chelsea and in this blog I’m going to share my tips on how to prepare for studying on a postgraduate course.

30/03/20
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Developing the Healthy Young Rugby Player

Developing the Healthy Young Rugby Player

Last weekend, the Carnegie Applied Rugby Research (CARR) Centre was supposed to be hosting our 5th CARR Conference at Leeds Beckett University. Unfortunately, due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic the conference has been postponed.

What the Second World War tells us about enlisting ‘The People’ in the fight against Covid-19

What the Second World War tells us about enlisting ‘The People’ in the fight against Covid-19

Boris Johnson’s announcement of strict measures to stem the spread of Covid-19 described the present as a ‘moment of national emergency’. 

Meet our alumni Dee Caffari

Dee Caffari is the first woman to have single-handedly sailed non-stop around the world in both directions. 

27/03/20

Support for disabled and dyslexic students studying from home

Find out how the Library can support and help you study from home.

Beckett Community Kitchen

Beckett Community Kitchen

Our chefs have pulled together their favourite recipes for you to make at home!

Improving dementia care

Improving dementia care

Professor Claire Surr's work evaluates the most effective approaches to dementia training and education for the health and social care workforce. 

24/03/20

Time to reflect?

Time to reflect?

In this period of unprecedented interruption to our routines and education landscape there will be moments when we might choose to be more reflective than our normal busy schedules allow. Indeed, some of us may find ourselves telling others to reflect. How many student teachers whose school placements have been cut short are now completing reflective tasks as they await decisions about their QTS award? How many of us in leadership are saying to our teams, ‘let’s just reflect on that before we act ‘? But, what do we mean by reflection, and how might it be of value at this time?

Making PE more inclusive

Passionate about making PE classes more inclusive, Ruth Brazier’s research has played a part in helping to shape policy both locally and internationally. Below, Ruth outlines her recent PhD work, which has focused around improving access to PE in schools for girls from a range of ethnic backgrounds with Special Educational Needs and Disability.

23/03/20

Championing women in business

Championing women in business

A champion for women's development in business, Denise completed a postgraduate diploma at Leeds Beckett University in EU Law in 1980.

20/03/20

Economic policy under the coronavirus: an unconventional challenge

The COVID:19 (aka coronavirus) is hitting all aspects of human civilisation, including the global economy and international financial system.

£25,000 in grants up for grabs in games design competition

£25,000 in grants up for grabs in games design competition

Got a great idea for a game? Want support the support of our expert staff in developing it, a £5,000 grant and the chance to win a further £20,000 in development grants? You can with Leeds School of Arts, which has been selected as a West Yorkshire regional hub for Tranzfuser 2020. 

Studying from home

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The first Vice-Principal of Leeds Training College

The first Vice-Principal of Leeds Training College

The first female vice-principal of Leeds Training College, Winifred Mercier introduced a host of new equality reforms. 

19/03/20

Acting like a Wartime Government

Acting like a Wartime Government

‘We must act like [a] wartime government’ explained Boris Johnson in his second daily Covid-19 press conference.

The wartime analogy was woven throughout the Prime Minister’s address. Covid-19 was described as a deadly enemy, there was a direct parallel with the Second World War, and Johnson assured his listeners that ‘we have the resolve and the resources to win this fight’.

 

Tackling diversity in the classroom

Tackling diversity in the classroom

The Promise Project, funded by an EU bid led by Dr Mhairi Beaton at the Carnegie School of Education, aims to improve the classroom experience of selected pupil groups across Europe.

18/03/20

How I changed my career

How I changed my career

Hi I'm Libby, a distance learning student studying MSc Events Management. In this blog I'm going to talk about how my postgraduate course helped me change my career.

18/03/20
Libby. An distance learning student studying MSc Events Management Libby

Equality through art

Equality through art

Inspired by overhearing students saying “I’m not a feminist, but…” senior lecturers Casey Orr, Jo Hassall and Liz Stirling joined forces to form feminist research group F=. 

17/03/20

Studying from home

Studying from home

Please see below for how you can access resources and services from home.

Enhancing athletic performance

As part of her role as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sarah Whitehead works as Head of Athletic Performance and Development for Leeds Rhinos Netball. In a guest blog below, she outlines how she has worked to enhance athletic performance at the club.

16/03/20

Employability Advancement Day

The Employer Advancement Development Day is an annual event which brings final year Sport Marketing, Sport Business Management students and Masters students together with former alumni who are now leading the way in sport businesses from around the globe. There is also an emphasis on future employment with businesses providing interview tips, assessment day support and ‘live’ opportunities for our students to aspire to and apply for immediately.

Twentieth Century architects examined in student videos

Twentieth Century architects examined in student videos

Ten major architects of the twentieth century are looked at in video essays created by first year BA (Hons) Architecture students in the Leeds School of Architecture.

Diversity in the Arts

Diversity in the Arts

Throughout her career, alumna and honorary graduate Sharon Watson has been a fierce advocate for diversity in the arts, aiming for it to be seen, noticed and supported in all its aspects.

13/03/20

Social Care students join live radio chat at Fever FM

Social Care students join live radio chat at Fever FM

Social Care students Imaan and Insha, were rewarded with a visit to Fever FM for their improved performance on the 'Politics of Everyday Life' module.

Best Paper Win at the International Symposium on Advanced Materials Conference

Best Paper Win at the International Symposium on Advanced Materials Conference

The International Symposium on Advanced Materials Application is a prestigious international conference to promote current groundbreaking research findings in the field of materials science and engineering.

A history of student nursing

12/03/20

NEWS! Clean Sport at the Front Line forum

NEWS! Clean Sport at the Front Line forum

Carnegie School of Sport Academics speak at the Clean Sport at the Front Line forum today.

Early Years Practitioners: Why 'goodwill' working alone should not be enough

Early Years Practitioners: Why 'goodwill' working alone should not be enough

Last week Tulip Siddiq MP quoted Sir Michael Marmot’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) worker report in parliament, asking for the Education Secretary to push for increased funding in the budget to pay Early Years staff fairly.

COVID-19 v Euro 2020

COVID-19 v Euro 2020

EURO 2020, UEFA’s flagship international event is under threat due to #COVID19.

11/03/20
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Tackling childhood obesity

Tackling childhood obesity

Childhood obesity remains one of the most serious challenges facing society in the 21st century, with significant health, social and economic consequences.

11/03/20

Making sports nutrition more inclusive

Dr Lauren Duckworth’s research into the dietary and nutritional needs of women is helping to shape the future of the fitness industry. In a guest blog below, she outlines her work and how sports nutrition is becoming more inclusive.

10/03/20

RTPI's Women of Influence 2020

RTPI's Women of Influence 2020

Dr Karen Horwood has been recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute’s The Planner publication as one of 2020s Women of Influence for her work on women and planning.

Harrogate Film Festival Reviews

Harrogate Film Festival Reviews

Joes Reeves, Media Communication Cultures student, shares his film reviews from Harrogate Film Festival, of which the University's Northern Film School is a key partner.

 

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