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Research Excellence Framework

Research with impact

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

In this year's Research Excellence Framework review 2014, we have demonstrated our progress on expanding and enhancing our research base through our Institutes and Centres, creating a strong and sustainable research environment for our staff and students and evidencing the impact we make through our applied research.

In terms of the 'research power' calculation applied in the previous assessment in 2008, which accounts for both the quality and the quantity of research, Leeds Beckett came second in the country for Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism – up from third in 2008 - with 59% of the research submitted being assessed as world leading or internationally excellent. It also came in the top ten in the Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Library and Information Management unit. The University’s results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit – which it entered for the first time - were also noteworthy, with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

All results can be found on the REF website.
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Research News

Neighbourhood Plans will shape the future

Using neighbourhood plans gives local people the power to create a locally distinctive vision for their community and is the future of planning, according to a new book jointly written by a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University.

Research reveals students in more religious countries perform worse in science and mathematics

The more religious people are, the lower children in that country perform in science and mathematics, according to new research at Leeds Beckett University.

Sleeping problems cause health, relationship and employment difficulties for families of children with autism, new study finds

Fathers of children with autism report that their child’s sleeping problems cause difficulties with health, relationships and employment within their families, a new study from Leeds Beckett University shows.

Public Lectures and Events

Mar 29

Launch of Centre for Future Cities

Help us build an urban education centre for the future With the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett and the Centre for Alternative Technology (Macynlleth).

Apr 4

CeASR Seminar: Black Victims of Crime and Policing

Speaker: Dr Lisa Long, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

May 10

Professorial Inaugural Lecture by Professor John O'Hara

From the Laboratory to the Mountain and back again

May 19

Power, Performance and Play - An International Conference on Caribbean Carnival Cultures

Leeds West Indian Carnival will be 50 years old in August 2017. The oldest Caribbean-style street carnival in Europe, created and led by British Caribbeans, will be celebrated in a conference by the Centre of Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University in partnership with Leeds West Indian Carnival.

Jun 22

Why is our Psychology Curriculum White?

End of Project event for the Why is our Psychology Curriculum White? Curriculum Innovation Project

Jul 4

Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Conference

The internationally acclaimed annual Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Conference is aimed at academics, students, practitioners, policy makers and professionals who work broadly within leisure, sports, tourism and events. 

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