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Dr Nasser Hussain with a background of letter and symbols surrounding him

Dr Nasser Hussain on books...

Thursday 1st October is National Poetry Day – and, in this blog post, Dr Nasser Hussain talks about his latest poetry project and his love of books.

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No Spring Chicken: is there ageism in the coop?

There’s every chance that you’ll remember Chicken Run from 2000- the story of plucky Ginger, galvanising a reluctant, bewildered hero, Rocky, to save her fellow hens from the jaws of Mrs Tweedy’s Chicken Pie machine. The animated film pulled in a record breaking £161.3 million at the Box Office. I can’t be the only person to have reconsidered my roast chicken dinner habit after the film nor the only one to be so relieved to see a credible female lead: she may be a hen, but Ginger was no chicken. 

Eid

Eid ul Adha

Leeds Beckett University Casework Co-ordinator and Co-Chair of the Faith & Belief Forum, Rehana Bakhat, writes on the Muslim observance of Eid which will be celebrated on 31 July.

27/07/20
 

Vote for Leeds community as friendliest in the UK

Hope you are all keeping safe and well. I have worked for the university in various roles for 20 years and have always been a community person at heart. I have become involved in the campaign to have Eden Crescent, a community close to the university, recognised as one of the UK’s friendliest streets, and hopefully to win the top spot.

From Apocalypse and Dystopia to Bridget Jones’s Diary – International Women’s Day and Women’s Writing

Academics from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities are involved in the Leeds Lit Fest and will be interviewing American author Diane Cook.

Aaron working with children in Bradford

Forged by Fire: Can a history project help save lives?

Leeds Beckett University Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Aaron Andrews, talks with passion about how events in history can help shape the people we become, and how in some cases, can even help save lives.

13/01/20
Leeds Beckett Logo Aaron Andrews

Women's football: Look how far we've come

As we enter the final stages of the World Cup 2019 it is worth spending some time reflecting on how far the women’s game has come.

From France 2019 to 'Monday night footy'

Football – ‘the beautiful game’ – should be a sport everyone can play and enjoy.

Demanding more from match analysis in the women's game

As a football fan, it is hard not to get excited about a World Cup, and this Women’s World Cup has certainly been a fascinating event to follow.

02/07/19
Leeds Beckett Logo Alice Harkness-Armstrong

Against the Run of Play: An Investigation into Women Footballers' Negotiation of Gender

The 2019 Women’s World Cup showcases the growing interest in women’s football, with over 6 million people watching England play against Scotland and Cameroon.

Thinking sociologically when comparing women's and men's football

In the build up to any major women’s football tournament, popular debate often inevitably turns to comparative discussion of women’s abilities in the context of their male counterparts.

It’s not about flooding the market but building a pipeline: Improving gender diversity in football coaching workforces

As we celebrate this final week of the 2019 Women’s FIFA World Cup it is worth shining the spotlight on the coaches.

01/07/19
Professor Leanne Norman
 Marina McGoldrick

Understanding the experiences of the women who support local women

For over 30 years, the Well Women Centre has provided advice, counselling and therapy to the women of Wakefield.

How To Curate A Blog

In this blog post I have the inside scoop on how to articulate creative writing ideas, story and character development with the extremely talented yet humble Dr. Rachel Connor, Course Director for the English with Creative Writing degree at Leeds Beckett University and published novelist, radio scriptwriter and poet.

22/05/19
 Sam Smith
Jacob Ross

Writer in Residence: Jacob Ross

Course Director for English Literature and Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, reflects on the of role of their latest Writer in Residence, award-winning British-Caribbean author Jacob Ross.

Inside Leeds Library

Through The Pages: 250 Years Of The Leeds Library with Ruth Robbins

In this blog post, Professor Ruth Robbins discussed with current student Georgia McEneaney one of her most recent projects: working with the Leeds Library to create a book celebrating its 250th anniversary.

15/04/19
Leeds Beckett Logo Georgia McEneaney
Professor Ruth Robbins

Brexit and the Politics of Aid

The politics of UK Aid and of Brexit are deeply intertwined.

How the traditional Sunday lunch could help decrease obesity

We are now not far into the New Year and it is National Obesity Awareness Week. If you have made a new year’s resolution to improve your health, here are a few small nudges that would have a true impact on your family meals. Some of the key components of a healthy meal for a family can be seen in the traditional Sunday meal, portion of potatoes (starchy carbohydrates), a portion of meat (protein), and a heap of veggies.

17/01/19
Leeds Beckett Logo Meaghan Christian

Research should be with rather than on service users

At some point near the end of many weight management programmes service-users are asked “Would you mind completing this short survey about the programme”? Questions usually focus on a range of issues such as the usefulness of the programme, staff support, facilities, communication, post-programme goals etc. A rating scale is often presented and instructions given to respond between 1 and 10, with 1 reflecting that you ‘strongly agree’ and 10 ‘strongly disagree’ with a particular statement. We believe it is important to gain the views and options of services-users about their programme experiences.

17/01/19
Dr Kevin Drew
 Rachel Farman
Professor Hayley Fitzgerald
 Sarah Le Brocq

Whole systems approaches: what's the evidence in public health?

The concept of a whole systems approach has seen a dramatic rise in popularity in recent years. Five years ago, you would have struggled to find this terminology, yet today its use seems ubiquitous. Defined as a 'strategic integrated approach to planning and delivering services', a quick internet search demonstrates examples in patient safety, acute kidney injury, public financial management, active lifestyles, youth justice, asthma management, homelessness, dementia care and poverty, to name but a few.

What are the Government doing to tackle obesity?

The role of the government is to set and influence the public health agenda and, where relevant, set expectations and boundaries for associated actors that have a role in supporting healthy behaviours. As such, the government has a responsibility to act through evidence collation, and ultimately, by developing associated policies, campaigns and other work. In the UK, several public health policies have emerged specifically focused on or with reference to obesity.

15/01/19
 Dr Stuart Flint
Professor Ralph Tench
 Gemma Bridge

Should obesity be recognised as a disease?

Currently there is a national debate about whether obesity should be recognised as a disease in the UK. Most people are unaware that obesity is already classified as a disease in the UK, however, is not recognised as a disease. The implications of this is that healthcare settings do not approach, measure or where appropriate treat obesity in the same way that they do other diseases, and healthcare professionals therefore are not mandated for their actions. This debate has been bubbling away for some time, and very recently the Royal College of Physicians announced their backing for obesity to be recognised as a disease.

14/01/19
 Dr Stuart Flint

Rising Mental Distress in Young Girls

The NHS report: Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, published recently indicates that ‘nearly one in four young women have a mental illness’ and found that young women aged 17 to 19 were twice as likely as young men to have problems. This statistic, may appear shocking, but when viewed through from a relational perspective and in light of recent research into similar questions surrounding mental health issues in children and young people it is a judgement that is not without precedent.

06/12/18

Dystopia, Apocalypse and Contemporary Women Writing Now

This month, Susan Watkins, Professor of Women’s Writing, and Dr Rachel Connor held a workshop for a group of Bradford schoolgirls at the Leeds Library, inviting them to explore the long tradition of women's dystopian and apocalyptic writing. In this blog post, they reflect on the success of the day.

Boosting participation in science and engineering

A series of events were held at Leeds Beckett’s University Business Centres to celebrate and explore the role of women in leadership. Ahead of her talk in Wakefield on Tuesday 13 November, Professor Dorothy Monekosso shared an insight into her research, which aims to boost the participation of women, and other under-represented groups, in science and engineering.

The benefits that trees can bring to our towns and cities: a response to the Budget

Environmental campaigners have condemned the Chancellor's budget plan to spend £60m on tree planting in contract to a staggering £30bn being pledged for roads. Here Alan Simson, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry at Leeds Beckett University and member of the International Committee European Forum on Urban Forestry, highlights the importance of green space and tree planting to our wellbeing and wider society.

31/10/18
Leeds Beckett Logo Professor Alan Simson

Review of Doctor Who: The Woman Who Fell to Earth

Well, was it worth the wait? Was all the fuss of having a woman playing Doctor Who (I’m old fashioned) all that it was cracked up to be?

Doctor Who aims to destroy from within

A new series of Doctor Who has begun, and it truly is the final straw, the end of the line. Over and out. Those unheeding fat-cat execs have made a terrible mistake, and I predict that the once loyal fanbase will soon turn against the show, the ratings will plummet and things will never be the same.

24/10/18

Monsters of the new millennium

In her 1995 study of the vampire in European and American fiction, Our Vampires, Ourselves, Nina Auerbach made the bold and, as it turns out, rather premature claim that, ‘at the end of the twentieth century, vampirism is wearing down.

24/10/18
Leeds Beckett Logo Dr Sue Chaplin

Remembrance at Leeds Beckett

The university's Lead Chaplain, Reverend Melvyn Kelly, offers thoughts and reflections ahead of Remembrance Sunday on Sunday 11 November.

24/10/18
Melvyn Kelly Reverend Melvyn Kelly

Living in a frantic world

‘Resilience’ is a term that has become more frequently adopted within our discipline – but what is it? What does this term mean and how can we as individuals, in our frantic day to day existences, benefit from it?

10/10/18

Wartime Lessons for Recycle Week

Dr Henry Irving is a senior lecturer in public history and is writing a book on the social history of recycling in the Second World War.

This week is Recycle Week. The campaign aims to encourage all of us to recycle more of our household waste and has been marked by various councils, waste management companies and a growing number of retailers.

Bodily Metaphors

There is No Escaping The Body: Bodily Metaphors and Technology

In this blog, joint lead for the CCA research strand on the Body Gender and Sexuality, Dr Melanie Chan, writes about her research into the connections between the body and technology.

James Woodall

Using research and education to respond to England’s shifting health profile

Dr James Woodall examines the Public Health England report which shows the changing landscape of health in England.

Windrush Bacchanal: Leeds West Indian Carnival Troupe Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Arrival of Empire Windrush

As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush bringing Caribbean migrants to Britain, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall reflects on the history of Caribbean culture in Britain and how it has enriched our lives both here in Leeds and throughout the country.

Studying social sciences: the Dean's perspective

In this post, Professor John Craig, Dean of the Leeds School of Social Sciences, shares his thoughts on the skills of a social sciences graduate.

Arts degrees teach you much more than how to think

What is the 'value' of an arts degree? Here, Professor Phil Cardew, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), discusses why an arts degree goes beyond teaching students 'how to think'.

Kacy Mackreth

FiFA World Cup (1) - Wimbledon (Love): Sport fandom in a crowded marketplace

Is there room for two major sporting events on the same day? Kacy Mackreth, Senior Lecturer in Sport Marketing at Leeds Beckett University's Carnegie School of Sport, examines the sports market.

Football

Three Lions roar: the mixed fortunes of England’s football anthems

Rio Goldhammer talks about football anthems and their influence.

10/07/18
Rio Goldhammer Rio Goldhammer
Jon Dart

Sport may be an opium of the people but it matters

Senior Lecturer Dr Jon Dart, from Leeds Beckett University's Carnegie School of Sport, talks about the importance sport.

09/07/18

Government’s LGBT Action plan

Professor Jonathan Glazzard, from the Carnegie School of Education, has written a response to the government's LGBT action plan, which was published earlier this week.

The Childhood Obesity Plan: Chapter 2

Pinki Sahota, Professor of Nutrition and Childhood Obesity, looks at the Childhood Obesity plan to mark National Childhood Obesity Week.

05/07/18
 Professor Pinki Sahota
Catherine Coates

The NHS at 70 Years - Catherine Coates

Catherine Coates is Director of Practice Learning, Health and Social Care for the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences. Here she talks about her time working in the NHS and how it helps in her current role.

Sue Sherwin

Sue Sherwin - the NHS at 70 Years

Sue Sherwin is the Dean of the School of Health and Community Studies at Leeds Beckett University. Here in celebration of 70 years of the NHS, she talks about her time working for them and how she came to join the university.

National Writing Day: celebrating the power and pleasure of writing

National Writing Day is an initiative that celebrates the life-enhancing potential of creative writing.  The key message is that writing is a democratic act: everyone has a story to tell, and you don’t have to be a professional writer to enjoy it as a liberating form of self-expression.  

Four Words output on a advertising board

Breaking the Waves: Practice as Research in the Creative Arts

Not all research involves a 100,000 word thesis - it can be a film, a drawing or a dance performance. Professors Simon Morris and Robert Shail show us how.

N Hussain

Why Write?

On National Writing Day Dr Nasser Hussain, from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities, asks 'why write?

Professor Nick London

Why is the World Cup so hard on the knees?

Professor Nick London, Visiting Professor of Sports Medicine talks about the World Cup and how knee injuries happen.

At the Government committee

Weight stigma and discrimination: finally at the top table

On the 15 May 2018, I attended the All Party Parliamentary Group on obesity’s launch of the “The Current Landscape of Obesity Services”. Within the report, the findings of a survey that amongst other topics explored patients’ perceptions and experiences of weight stigma and discrimination were disseminated.

04/06/18
 Dr Stuart Flint

The performance of Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the Royal Wedding

In this blog, Oliver Bray, Head of Performing Arts at the university, looks at the performance of the Royal Wedding, the new Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry.

ECB Reaching Out to South Asian Communities

Four Leeds Beckett University academics have produced a report - South Asian Communities and Cricket (Bradford and Leeds) - on behalf of Yorkshire Cricket Partnership.

15/05/18
 Professor Kevin Hylton
 Professor Jonathan Long
Dr Thomas Fletcher
Dr Neil Ormerod

Social media users freely share personal data but fear highly-regulated Government ‘snooping’

Dr Simon Hale-Ross, law lecturer at Leeds Law School, Leeds Beckett University, writes on digital security.

14/05/18
 DR Simon Hale-Ross

Technology, society and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

At a recent Leeds Beckett Innovation Network event, Jamie Morgan, Professor Economic Sociology, spoke about the opportunities – and challenges – of the rise of Artificial Intelligence. In this post, he considers the impact of the forthcoming ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

The Facebook privacy scandal proves that if it’s free online, you are the product

Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to congress last week highlights one of the key issues of our time - Data acquisition by digital corporations and its lack of regulation.

17/04/18

Artificial Intelligence - the verge of a revolution?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential impact for businesses was the subject of a recent Leeds Beckett Innovation Network event at the Yorkshire Post. In this blog post, Dr Abdulrahman Altahhan – who spoke at the event - considers the opportunities and challenges of AI.

11/04/18
Leeds Beckett Logo Dr Abdulrahman Altahhan

Challenging gender inequalities through research

This month, Leeds Beckett held its first annual Gender Research Conference, showcasing the wide range of research taking place across the University. In this post, Anne Flintoff, Professor of Physical Education, looks back on her career researching gender issues in sport and looks towards a positive future of gender equality.

16/03/18
Leeds Beckett Logo Professor Anne Flintoff
Dr Dan Kilvington

In terms of discrimination in football we have a long way to go

In this post, Dr Dan Kilvingon, Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, looks at the misjudged comment of Football Association Chief Executive, Martin Glenn, who was forced to apologise for an offensive comment in relation to the FA’s rule banning political symbols.

More needs to change to tackle lack of housing

Today, Prime Minister Theresa May made a speech to the National Planning Conference in which she said the existing National Planning Policy Framework will be overhauled.

Father and child

The Loneliness of Young Fathers

In this article Esmée Hanna, author of Supporting Young Men as Fathers, explores how groups can help young men who are fathers to become less isolated.

19/02/18
 Dr Esmée Hanna

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