Prisoners benefit from university learning partnership

A recent prison inspectors report on HMP Full Sutton has praised the impact of a Leeds Beckett University initiative which saw students study alongside prisoners.


Raising literacy levels in overlooked school year groups

Leeds Beckett University is helping raise the English standards of pupils in year groups sometimes overlooked by schools. Reading and writing are a key focus for all primary and secondary schools as they aim to increase literacy levels - but schools frequently target specific year groups for exam support and extra intervention as pupils approach crucial exams.


Introducing: impact in our region

At Leeds Beckett University, we have a well-established, enviable track record as a leading institution driving forward regional growth. In the unprecedented times we now find ourselves living in, the impact in this area we make will take new forms and will be more valuable than ever in the months and years ahead.


Student nurses take a step forward

Stepping forward to help the NHS frontline are six student nurses from Leeds Beckett University.


Leeds Beckett University launched publishing company to create more diverse children’s literature

Leeds Beckett University has launched its own publishing company in a bid to offer a more diverse range of literature for children. The Story Makers Press is working with established authors and schools from across the region to create a diverse range of books by generating ideas through drama and creative writing workshops. Based at the university’s Carnegie School of Education, the Press has now launched its first book, The Nightmare Catcher, after working alongside pupils at Beeston Primary in Leeds.


Beckett wins social mobility award

A Leeds Beckett initiative has been recognised for helping to set local schoolchildren on the path to university.  The Junior Leadership Scheme scooped the Social Mobility Award at the Educate North Awards.The scheme is a two-year intervention aimed at raising students’ aspirations to higher education, confidence and attainment at GCSE level.


Leeds Beckett University ranked in the top 10 for taking in a range of students from different backgrounds

Leeds Beckett University is ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK for taking in a range of students from different backgrounds.A report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) placed Leeds Beckett at seventh, after looking at the equity of participation in UK universities.


Our campus community throughout the years

Graduate Patricia Belford remembers life on campus when she studied her primary teacher training course at what was then known as the City of Leeds Training College.


Carnegie Great Outdoors help young victims of Manchester bombing

Young victims of the Manchester bombing took part in an outdoors activity week jointly delivered by Leeds Beckett’s Carnegie Great Outdoors and the charity Climbing Out. The young people, aged between 10 and 16 years old, spent a week in the Lake District doing activities including canoeing, abseiling, climbing, hill walking and ghyll scrambling all aimed at personal development.


Students put their learning into practice delivering free legal advice clinics

Leeds Law School Law Clinic brings students closer to the community. Law students provide free and confidential advice to members of the public, with final advice letters authorised by a practising solicitor supervisor. The law clinic has provided advice to nearly 70 clients since opening in October 2018 and it is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


Talking 'bout my generation

The CINAGE project, run by Leeds School of Arts, inspires participants aged 60 and over to create new forms of theatre based on issues and memories. Their latest performance, Talkin Bout My Generation, speaks directly to audiences about what it means to be 60+ in the UK.


Supporting Wellbeing at HMP Leeds

In line with Leeds Beckett’s goal to ensure we use our knowledge and resources to make a positive and decisive difference to people, communities and organisations, eight final year BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy students have broken new ground by supporting Prison Officers Wellbeing day in HMP Leeds with their sports therapy skills.


Inspiring children to enjoy sport and lead an active lifestyle

Olympic heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have a long history with Leeds Beckett University. The brothers first came here to train as triathletes when they were 16 and 14 respectively. Since they first began training at Leeds Beckett, they have attained Olympic glory not once but twice and were awarded honorary degrees by the university in 2019.


A hub for the whole community

The Leeds School of Arts' Project Office designed a new community centre for New Wortley Community Association. A key community hub, the centre’s annual turnover rose from £80,000 to £623,000, the number of paid staff increased from two to 21 and local volunteers gaining back to work skills increased from eight to 53.


Student creates face shields in spare bedroom for NHS workers

A student at Leeds Beckett University has created face shields to protect front-line NHS healthcare workers as they treat coronavirus patients – using a 3D printer.


Nursing students respond to early NHS call up in fight against COVID-19

Final year nursing students from Leeds Beckett University are set to join the NHS workforce six months early, in order to help ease the strain as healthcare workers battle to contain the spread of coronavirus.


Supporting the next generation

Our community of alumni and friends have donated more than £600,000 over the last three years to support students at Leeds Beckett University.


Tackling poverty and poor health in Leeds

Jane South is Professor of Healthy Communities at Leeds Beckett University and Public Health England’s National Adviser on Communities. Jane is a recognised expert in her field and works towards building a strong evidence-base to inform Government policy and strategy in the field of communities and community health.


Leeds Beckett University tackles problem gambling

The School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management worked with Leeds City Council to tackle problem gambling in Leeds. Research found up to 10,000 people within the city were affected directly, but awareness of support was limited. As a result of the research, more support is now on hand - and there is more promotion of support - for those at risk of gambling addiction.


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.