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Leeds School of Social Sciences

A dynamic academic community where students work alongside staff

The Leeds School of Social Sciences undertakes high quality research and teaching in the disciplines of Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Speech and Language Sciences, and Politics and International Relations. We have a strong commitment to research led teaching and to supporting the development of our students as critical, creative and capable individuals, able to contribute to society as active and enterprising citizens and pursue successful careers.

Our research work addresses key issues of public concern and aims to make a difference to the lives of people and communities. Many of our academic staff were submitted in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise and were recognised as producing "world leading", "internationally excellent" and "internationally recognised" research.

We make effective use of innovative approaches to teaching and learning on our courses and have high levels of student satisfaction in courses across our school. For example, our criminology students can study alongside people who are currently within the prison system, providing new opportunities for learning and sharing diverse perspectives.

We offer great support to our students to support their learning and prepare them for future success. We are leading the way in developing flexible and online learning opportunities and developing the use of games in education. Many of our courses also provide students with the opportunity to undertake professional placements or volunteering.

Leeds School of Social Sciences


Overall Student Satisfaction on our Politics course

Source: National Student Survey 2018


Overall Student Satisfaction on our Speech and Language Therapy course

Source: National Student Survey 2018


of our Psychology graduates are in work and/or further study 6 months after graduation

Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17


of our Sociology graduates are in work and/or further study 6 months after graduation

Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17


Transforming how we reform lives: "Education is a crucial component of prison life that universities can support" - Dr Bill Davies and Dr Helen Nichols - School of Social Sciences
Transforming conflict resolution: "Global civilian peacekeeping is dependant on empowering and enabling local people" - Dr Rachel Julian - School of Social Sciences

Our research covers a variety of areas and our research centres undertake activity across a broad variety of topics. This research goes on to influence policy and practice in areas including global inequalities, crime and justice, speech and language, gender identities, and cognition and behaviour.

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Our Academic Team


Professor John Craig

Professor John Craig joined Leeds Beckett University as Head of School of Social, Psychological and Communication Sciences in August 2015. He is a political scientist, with a strong research and applied interest in teaching and learning.

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Our Academic Team

Continuing Professional Development

We recognise that every organisation needs to be adaptable, informed and agile in order to remain efficient and effective in times of constant change. Each year, our university helps to ensure more than 2,000 practising professionals keep up-to-date with the skills, knowledge an innovative practice they need.

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Communication / Interpersonal Skills Suite

Our suite of interpersonal skills rooms enable observational research of the practice, behaviour and skill acquisition involved in areas such as counselling, interviewing, leadership, development and focus group techniques. The rooms come equipped with video recording facilities so people can reflect upon and improve their practice, and our interview and control suites are equipped with two-way mirrors and DVD and audio links between rooms.

Psychology Laboratories

Our laboratories are suitable for a variety of uses, including computer-based experiments, interviews and focus groups. Electroencephalography and eye-tracking equipment is situated in a dedicated laboratory, and our cognition and perception rooms are designed for those undertaking research into memory, thinking, reasoning and how our senses process various stimuli. We also offer two Qualisys ProReflex high-speed cameras, a Wacom tablet and two Nintendo Wii Fit balance boards.

For Business

We offer a number of professional services for business. Whether you’re looking for collaboration on a project or are in need of expert consultancy we can more than meet your needs. We provide:

  • Consultancy.
  • Contract research (including service evaluation).
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
  • Access to modern facilities.
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News from our school

Leeds Beckett and Full Sutton Prison partnership expanded

Degree-level education at high security HMP Full Sutton has been expanded to include a short psychology course on the psychology of sleep, stress and sport.

Ban on killer robots moves closer

Killer robots seeking targets based on unreliable face recognition technology. Robotic dogs detecting heartbeats to home in on their human prey.

Major study into sperm donation stories

A team of Leeds Beckett academics are looking for women to take part in a major new study into unregulated sperm donation.

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