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Health and Community Studies


Making a difference to the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals

If you’re passionate about helping people to maintain the best possible health and quality of life, or fighting inequality and protecting the vulnerable, then the School of Health and Community Studies is for you.

All of our research and teaching contributes to this commitment. Many of our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses are professional body accredited and supported by the latest academic thinking from our research.

All of our academics have worked in health, public health or social care, and many still maintain their professional practice to ensure that we maintain a strong link between our teaching and the demands of the professional workplace. We bring this professionalism to the way in which we support our students through their learning.

Our courses could lead you to a challenging and rewarding career in healthcare, social work, children’s services, family support, local mental health services, community development and much more.


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Our Professors are leading specialists both nationally and internationally. Professor Fraser Brown is the only Professor of Playwork in the world who is known and respected internationally. Our research focus and employer networks ensure that our research and education is applied directly to the workplace which enhances students’ employability and makes a difference in the workplace. Many of our courses lead to professional registration and recognition. We are one of the first universities in the UK to offer nursing as a degree qualification and have done so for more than 30 years giving us a unique history and much experience in delivering nursing as a graduate profession.

The School of Health and Community Studies is committed to providing high quality experiences for all students. We have developed an online Virtual Learning Tool for Social Workers and Social Work students that has received national and international awards for teaching technology. Our Director for Simulated Learning has similarly been internationally recognised for excellence in simulated teaching, and this year won an international award.

Graduate Success Stories

Samantha AucklandPG Dip Advanced Practice and MSc Advanced Practice, 2012

I’d been working for a number of years and was ready to develop myself further. My postgraduate qualification has given me the opportunity to progress to a more senior role.

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The Leeds Beckett School of Art, Architecture and Design, with a history that spans over 170 years, is united by a common goal: to encourage individuality, to inspire creativity, and to create impact. We have an exciting and experimental approach to contemporary, creative practice – set in the heart of a culturally energised city. Our aim is to instil in you the confidence, curiosity and commitment to thrive at University and beyond, and to give you the freedom and independence to both think, and to make.

This is more than a School, it is a community of creators and collaborators; a community nurtured by our practicing academic staff, many of whom are researchers of national or international standing. This is a united, artistic family, pushing boundaries with a variety of courses and talent – from our unique Landscape Architecture course (recent graduates the Rich Brothers are the winners of two Chelsea Flower Show golds); to a series of Arts lectures featuring renowned practicing artists including the school’s own Senior Lecturer, Nathaniel Mellors; to innovative Art & Design modules, led by award wining artist-curator Peter Lewis.

Our School's principle of learning through theory and practice is enabled by deep and meaningful links with industry, community and the professions. These include prestigious partnerships with The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, The British Art Show and engagements with influential developers such as Citu and Bruntwood.

Our advanced, state-of-the-art technical equipment, workshop support and studio spaces will allow you to immerse yourself in live design and development projects, supported by a team of experienced staff on hand to challenge, listen and encourage.

Because at the end of the day, our aim is to ensure the art, design and architecture we create is rooted in human relevance. No better example than the recent £700k lottery funded project, led by students and staff, to develop a new social hub, The New Wortley Community Centre, a project borne out of the school’s dynamic, ethical, RIBA accredited architectural consultancy, Project Office. A unique example of real-world learning and creating, preparing you for the cross-disciplinary nature of the working world.

Together we question and we solve problems. We embrace the traditions of what we do whilst adopting new technical advancements. And we help embed the skills that will make you the best you can be.

Our Academic Team

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Dr Lisa Stansbie

Dr. Lisa Stansbie is a practising artist whose work crosses the disciplines of film, sound, sculpture, installation, photography and digital practices. Stansbie has undertaken residencies, commissions and exhibited across Europe and the U.S.

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School News

International volunteering project to improve lives of young people

A new project to improve young people’s integration within society in countries across the world has been launched at Leeds Beckett University, thanks to a student’s international volunteering placement. 

National award for Leeds Playhouse Festival of theatre, dementia and hope

A pioneering festival of theatre, dementia and hope ‘Every Third Minute’, which was directed by a Leeds Beckett PhD Student, has won a National Dementia Care Award.

New resource launched to improve dementia care

Leeds Beckett University has been instrumental in developing a new resource to help people living with dementia 

Faculty Events

Jan 16

Changing our schools from the inside out; Is this what we mean by Collaborative Professionalism?

Jan 22

Economic Prospects

Join us at this breakfast lecture, sponsored by Yorkshire Bank, where Will will explore the global economy, as well as trends closer to home, including the UK economy ahead of the country’s departure from the EU.

Jan 25

Centre for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education

Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Children in Education’ Conference

Jan 29

Eating Disorders for Dietitians

A 4 day course for dietitians wanting to learn more about eating disorders.

Feb 6

Queer Beyond London: Culture, Place and Home in Four English Cities since the 1960s

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Another event is currently being arranged to take place in February as part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations and will be announced shortly.

Feb 6

Devilish and Debonair: The Wildean Dandy and the Long Life of a Gay Stereotype

The fifth event in the Leeds Cultural Conversations series 2018/19.

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Take an interactive tour of our specialist teaching and research facilities

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