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School of Social Sciences

A dynamic academic community where students work alongside staff

The School of Social Sciences undertakes high quality research and teaching in the disciplines of Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Speech and Languages 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. For example Professor Gijsbert Stoet is working to improve our understanding of performance gaps between boys and girl in school and develop ways in which we can reduce these. Dr Rachel Julian has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to explore how local knowledge has been used in Myanmar to promote community resilience against violence. Dr Jim Morgan is leading two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) developing and testing behavioural interventions to further improve safety for those working in the railway industry. Many of our academic staff were submitted in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise and were recognise as producing world leading, internationally excellence and recognised research.

We make effective use of innovative approaches to teaching and learning on our courses and have high levels of student satisfaction in course 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.

Our Academic Team
Dr Anna Abraham Gemma Ahearne Halima Ahmed Linzi Anderson Rachael Aplin Imran Arif Lisa Armstrong Dr Laura Ashley Dr Linda Asquith Sarah Asquith Dr Matt Badcock John Bateson Alex Beaumont Winnie Bedigen Professor Paul Blackledge Ben Bolton Hannah Bows Dr Peter Branney Monica Bray Jenna Brough Beverly Brozsely Dr Madeleine Castro Dr Tom Cockcroft Elliot Cohen Professor John Craig Dr Don Crewe Dr Ian Crookston Dr Matteo Curcuruto Dr Bill Davies Dr Laura Davies Dr Katy Day Tracey Day Dr Maria De Angelis Naomi de Graff Dr Jackie De Wet Dr Nova Deighton-Smith Dr Cecilia Devers Dr Katie Dhingra Ivy Doherty Jessica Drakett Dr Anthony Drummond Dr Neil Dugdale Dr Emma Dunmore Dr Helen Fawkner Anthony Forde Anita Fumagalli Dr Katerina Gachevska Dr Natalia Gerodetti Dr Jess Gifkins Sarah Gillborn Dr Sabrina Golonka Dr Tom Goodwin Professor Brendan Gough Dr John Gregson Angela Grier Nicola Groves Agnes Henson Dr Trish Holch Jane Hughes Dr Anne Hurren Dr Amanda Hynan Dr Joseph Ibrahim Dr Sarah James Dr Glen Jankowski Professor Georgina Jones Saskia Jones Dr Rachel Julian Deborah Kelland Oriel Kenny Mumtaz Khan Simon Kilpatrick Dr Zoe Kolokotroni Jennifer Landells Daniel Leach Dr Billie Lister Lisa Long Adam Lowe Dr Neda Mahmoodi Dr Nina Martin Jordan Marwood Cassandra McLuckie Dr Bevis McNeil Dr Kate Milnes Dr Jade Moran Dr Jim Morgan Andrew Morton Rebecca Murray Dr Tom Muskett Dr Farah Nazir Dr Helen Nichols Dr Darren Nixon Dorron Otter Jack Palmer Dr Kata Pauly-Takacs Dr Anna Pechurina Dr Mark Pettigrew Lorette Porter Lorette Porter Dr Sophia Price Mollie Price Dr Thomas Purcell Ilse Ras Dr Robin Redhead Jane Redshaw Dr Bridgette Rickett Jason Round Dr Conrad Russell Dr Ay Salem Jo Sandiford Rowan Sandle Adam Scott Dr Danielle Selby Dr Therese Shepherd Lewis Simpson Danny Singh Professor Gijsbert Stoet Dr Steve Taylor Dr Lindsey Thiel Dr Lucy Thompson Dr Chris Till Dr Jason Tipples Dr Waqas Tufail Dr Tamara Turner-Moore Michael Varley Anna Waistnage Dr Timmon Wallis Dr Suzie Wang Professor Colin Webster Dr Paul Wetherly Candice Whitaker Sarah White Dr Eleanor Willard Dr John Willott Amanda Wilson Dr Andrew Wilson Dr Lydia Windisch Isabel Winslow Dr Maxine Woolhouse Dr Steve Wright Dr Suzanne Young Dr Maria Zammit

Subject Areas

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The Criminology team has 21 full-time members of staff and serves around 800 students. It runs two undergraduate programmes, Criminology and Criminology with Psychology, and a masters degree in Criminology. A number of PhD students are also working towards doctorates.
Politics & International Relations
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The Politics and International Relations Group, led by Dr. Sophia Price, consists of research active teachers, many of whom are also activists and practitioners. We share a strong commitment to social equality and understanding the processes of change at the local, national, regional and global levels.
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The Psychology group has 36 full time members of academic staff, eight graduate teaching assistants and regular visiting lecturers from a variety specialist areas (e.g Clinical Psychology).
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Undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development courses provide students with cutting-edge knowledge in the disciplines of sociology and social psychology.
Speech & Language Sciences
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The Speech and Language Sciences Group delivers the undergraduate course in Speech and Language Therapy. The group has a developing research profile with a strong focus on developing work that can have a positive impact in practice and transform lives

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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We offer a range of courses at all levels, and our Centre for Applied Social Research undertakes research 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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Communication and 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.

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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

Leading expert to hold Mindfulness Meditation workshop

A workshop designed to help avoid stress, burn out and fatigue at work is to be held at Leeds Beckett University.

Making public the private: new research shines light on men’s use of infertility forums

New research by Leeds Beckett University academics, which shows that men are using online spaces to find help, support and advice on their lifestyles when dealing with issues of infertility, will be presented at the British Sociological Association (BSA) conference.

New book shines light on the psychology of awakening experiences

A new book by a Leeds Beckett University academic and psychologist is the first ever full-scale psychological study of ordinary people’s experiences of ‘enlightenment’.

Our upcoming events

Jun 30

Leeds School of Physiotherapy 75th Anniversary Celebration

Ex-students, educators, clinical colleagues and friends are invited to spend the afternoon celebrating 75 years of Physiotherapy education in Leeds.

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