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Our interdisciplinary School delivers teaching and research across all of our Subjects, with specific strengths highlighted through our research Centres and groups

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Contributing to the health of the whole body

Our work is focussed on those aspects of the health sector that contribute to the health of the whole body. These disciplines include physiotherapy, sports therapy, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, environmental health, health and safety, and biomedical sciences. Most of our courses are accredited by a professional body - which demand an environment of high quality and progression into a range of professional careers; based on the University-based studies and associated work-based experiences our graduates have excellent employment rates in their chosen careers.

Our staff work across discipline boundaries to create a dynamic research community. The quality of our research in Biomedical Sciences, Musculoskeletal Health, Nutrition and Pain are strong, with our academic staff regularly publishing in respected peer-reviewed journals, including 'Nature' and ‘The Lancet’, and these are enriched by the work of leading research figures, such as Professor Mark Johnson, Professor Gary Jones and Professor Pinkie Sahota who is a leading figure in research into childhood obesity.

The quality and diversity of our research work has recommended us to leading institutions who have commissioned our work, including the Ministry of Defence and NHS, and several members of the School regularly bring their expertise to the public domain through Radio and TV.

Academic staff also remain active in their clinical practice and professional roles – including through our Environmental Health Consultancy Service, Occupational Therapy, Lifestyle and Wellbeing Service, Microbiology consultancy service and clinical roles across the NHS and with elite sports teams.

Our students recognise the value of being part of an academic community that brings research and teaching together, and record high levels of satisfaction with their student experience. This enthusiasm for collaboration extends beyond the School, which exploits the additional benefits of being part of a University that offers a wide range of subjects. For example, our Sports and Exercise Therapy students benefit from their course being co-delivered with the Carnegie School of Sport and the proximity to high performing sports students.

This approach, as well as access to specialist faculties, contributes to our students being successful in achieving high levels of employment post-graduation.

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Students at accommodation
100%

of BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Biotechnology/Medical Microbiology Pathway) students were satisfied with their course

Source: National Student Survey 2020

Students at accommodation
100%

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

Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17

Students at accommodation
95%

of BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy students were satisfied with their course

Source: National Student Survey 2020

Students at accommodation
97.2%

of our Sports and Exercise Therapy graduates are in work and/or further study 6 months after graduation

Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17

Students at accommodation
90%

of BSc (Hons) Nutrition students were satisfied with their course

Source: National Student Survey 2020

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Our courses

Biomedical Sciences
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Biomedical Scientists play a key role in modern healthcare through studying the human body in health and disease

Nutrition
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Nutrition is a key area of activity for health professionals in the 21st century with the increasing recognition of the role of good nutrition in the prevention of diet related ill health including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults and children.

Health and Safety
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We run courses and deliver CPD and consultancy in the areas of Acoustics, Environmental Health and Health and Safety. All our UG and PG courses are accredited by either the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health or the Institute of Acoustics.

Physiotherapy
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The Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Sciences team incorporates the studies of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sports therapy and sport and exercise medicine. The team have expertise in physical activity, exercise, health promotion and lifestyle management to foster healthy living.


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Acoustics Research Laboratory
Biomedical Sciences Laboratory
Clinical Skills Suite
Nutrition Kitchen

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We have the most comprehensive acoustic facility in the region, which includes specialist up-to-date measuring equipment, a reverberation room (52m³), an anechoic chamber (16m³) and an audiometry booth. Our equipment enables us to measure:

  • Sound power levels using ISO 3740.
  • Reverberation and other room acoustic parameters.

We also have tools to take field measurements of airborne and structure-borne sound insulation, and structural and human vibration.

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Three students learning about acoustics
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Providing cutting edge facilities for undertaking biomedical bench research, consultancy and teaching, our modern, purpose built, multidisciplinary spaces contain the latest scientific equipment, with full Cat 2 microbiology facilities and two cell culture suites. The labs house a range of biochemical, microbiological, molecular and physiological analysis equipment.

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Biomedical sciences lab
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Our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a variety of allied health professionals. We have seven skills and practice rooms (which can be combined into two larger rooms) containing specialist equipment, including:

  • Two and three-section couches, wall bars and mobile steps.
  • Cycle and rowing ergometers, gas analyser, body composition analyser and a range of anatomical models.
  • PEG feeding model and a range of adapted equipment for rehabilitation activities.
  • A range of high and medium fidelity human patient simulators, part-task trainers, video recording equipment and software for analysis and debriefing.

Our Community Living Area hosts a kitchen, lounge, bathroom and bed, celling hoist, emergency lifting cushion, bariatric chair and a range of adapted equipment. We also have a number of dedicated practice rooms that enable the practical application of anatomy, mobilisation, electrotherapy, massage, heat therapy, cardiovascular and respiratory testing, physiology, anthropometry, rehabilitation and first aid.

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Clinical Skills Suite
Plus Icon Nutrition Kitchen

Our kitchen adheres to professional kitchen regulations and has the capacity to accommodate 16 people based at 8 workstations.

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Nutrition Kitchen
Heads of Subject

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Dr Duncan Sharp

Dr Duncan Sharp is Dean of the School of Clinical & Applied Sciences at Leeds Beckett University

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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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For Business

We offer a number of professional services for business. Whether you’re looking for collaboration on a project, in need of expert consultancy, or you are looking for state-of-the-art equipment and professional spaces to hire for training and workshops, we can more than meet your needs. We provide:

  • Consultancy
  • Contract research (including service evaluation)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Access to modern facilities

Our range of Clinical & Applied Sciences facilities can be hired for the purpose of training and delivering workshops – from clinical simulation to food inspection, health and safety, interview skills, and testing of sound equipment. 

For any enquiries, please contact Julian Sorrell:

J.A.Sorrell@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

07780493016

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