Construction of a new state-of-the-art building at our Headingley Campus is now underway, which will provide an iconic home for the Carnegie School of Sport: co-locating our highly specialist teaching and research laboratories. The facility will provide a focus for the School’s undergraduate, postgraduate and research and enterprise programmes, and it will also act as a hub for elite athletes, sports and industry partners.
The building will include a wealth of outstanding facilities that include: dedicated research laboratories, a hypoxic laboratory, a health and wellbeing studio, a covered rooftop 60m sprint track for performance training and analysis, a rooftop walking track and terrace, enhanced strength and conditioning spaces, and changing and recovery facilities. In addition, there will also be a number of networking spaces for students, staff and visitors, a café, informal teaching spaces and learning support areas that will foster inter-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing.
We have a long history in sports education stretching back to 1933 and the prestigious Carnegie College of Physical Training. Today, alumni of this college and its successor institutions are leaders in national and international sport. We remain one of the most popular universities in the UK for sport education – our academic staff in sport were ranked second in the UK for research quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
We have major strengths in the treatment and prevention of obesity, physical activity interventions for health, anti-doping policy and practice, as well as racial and gender equality in sport. The development of this facility will help to ensure that our university continues to attract the best and most talented students and staff to continue this work, and form part of the economic and social contribution to Leeds and beyond.