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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.

School of Social Sciences


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
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
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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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

Golden Robes 2018

Colleagues who have gone the extra mile in the past year were honoured at this year’s Golden Robes Awards on Thursday 31 May. The awards are collaboratively run by the university and Students' Union.

New research to prevent potential accidents in the chemical industry

Researchers at Leeds Beckett are collaborating with Care Chemicals to reduce the plant’s ‘lost time injury’ rates to zero by looking at the design of work systems as well as safety behaviours and culture in the organisation.

From SpongeBob to Santa Claus: exploring the imagination and fact vs fiction

Why is SpongeBob SquarePants fiction but Santa Claus real for some children?

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