academic excellence at leeds beckett

You’ll learn from some truly incredible people during your time at our university. Here are just a few of the things to look forward to:

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Our teaching teams

Our university is a community of great people and our academics help transform the way our students view the world.

From Ken Scott, our Senior Lecturer in Music Production, talking about his work with David Bowie and The Beatles, to Matty Bovan, our Senior Lecturer in Art, Architecture and Design, who has been described as one of ‘London’s pre-eminent young designers’. Our teaching will challenge and inspire you.

Part of this is the wealth of experience our academics bring to the table from their time working in industry. Examples include:

  • Sue Sherwin, who was a NHS mental health nurse and now is Dean of our School of Health
  • Professor and Director of our Leeds Sustainability Institute, Chris Gorse, who worked in the construction industry, operating as an engineer and project manager on both building and civil engineering projects and who continues to undertake legal and technical consultancy

Academics across all of our subject areas are able to share with you their first-hand experiences and help prepare you for the workplace.

our partners

In order to ensure our education remains relevant and contemporary, we ask a number of accrediting bodies to recognise our courses. Some of the professional bodies that accredit, recognise or endorse our courses are shown here.

You can find more details about what this means for you and your learning on the individual course pages on our online prospectus.

Accrediting bodies that recognise our courses include:

  • RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)
  • CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing)
  • JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support)
  • BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences)
  • CSP (Chartered Institute of Physiotherapy)
  • NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council)
  • HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council)
  • CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations)
  • IBMS (Institute of Biomedical Science
  • BPS (British Psychological Society)
  • RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute)
  • UNWTO (Quality Assurance for Tourism Education, Training and Research Programmes)
  • BDA (British Dental Association)
  • SENr (The Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register)
  • Landscape Institute
  • Institute of Acoustics
  • Institute of Travel and Tourism
  • IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health)
  • ARB (Architects Registration Board)
  • CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)
  • CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health)
  • APAC (The Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy)
  • College of Occupational Therapists
  • The Society of Sports Therapists
  • CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists)
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Impact of our research

We are immensely proud of the ground-breaking research we are carrying out: making public stadiums safer; improving the care available to people with dementia; detecting use of illicit drugs in sport and changing the way mental health is approached in schools.

Other recent examples include: Dr James Nobles’ work to help shape the next version of the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan; 42 colleagues and students from the School of Sport who undertook the largest biomechanical study in the history of athletics for the IAAF at the 2017 World Championships, and Claire Surr, who is leading a team of researchers to improve the quality of training for health and social care staff that provide care for people with dementia.

Professor Claire Surr of Dementia Studies
Transforming dementia care

Our goal is to help people with dementia and their families experience a better quality of life.

guest lectures

There are many opportunities to hear from visiting experts from across sectors who will share their thoughts on topical discussions and experiences of industry. Previous speakers have included:

  • Sir Keir Starmer QC MP, Leader of the Opposition
  • Dame Kelly Holmes, double Olympic gold medallist and an Honorary Graduate of Leeds Beckett University
  • Suzanne Robinson, Yorkshire and Humberside’s Managing Partner for global firm Ernst and Young LLP
  • Will Holman, Deputy Agent for the Bank of England in Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Joe Egan, The President of the Law Society of England and Wales