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School of Health & 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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Students from our School describe their experience of studying at our University.
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of our Childhood Development and Playwork graduates are in work and/or further study 6 months after graduation

Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17


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

Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17


of our Mental Health Nursing graduates are in work and/or further study 6 months after graduation

Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17


Overall Student Satisfaction on our Youth Work and Community Development (JNC) course

Source: National Student Survey 2018


Overall Student Satisfaction on our Social Work course

Source: National Student Survey 2018

Subject Areas

Health Promotion
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With more than 40 years’ experience in delivering health promotion education, we have gained international and national recognition for our work.

Nursing and Healthcare
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The Nursing and Healthcare subject area is a highly skilled group who provide courses across all of our academic levels. Our courses are both approved and monitored annually by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Psychological Therapies and Mental Health
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Our highly experienced educators, practising therapists and researchers come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and specialist roles within mental health and psychological therapy services.

Social Work
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Our courses have been developed in partnership with employers, service users and carers, ensuring the education and training they provide is up to date with developments in practice and promotes the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

Children, Young People & Communities
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Our team of experienced practitioners has provided education and training for youth workers, community leaders and playworkers for more than 20 years.

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.

Our significant CPD portfolio includes a collaboration with Leeds and Wakefield City Councils and Leeds University, in the provision of training for social workers. We also provide many part time courses for counsellors and therapists which we deliver in the evenings as well as the daytime to enable participation for all who wish to access these part time courses.

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Transforming dementia care: "Our goal is to help people with dementia and their families experience a better quality of life" - Professor Claire Surr - School of Health and Community Studies
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Our Research

We undertake groundbreaking studies which often influence decision-makers and policy writers working at the highest levels of government and health organisations.

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Our Academic Team


Sue Sherwin

Sue Sherwin is Dean for the School of Health and Community Studies. She joined our University as a Senior Lecturer in 1996 after supporting the development of the first degree in Mental Health Nursing from Leeds Beckett.

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Our Academic Team

Emeritus Professors

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Alan is Emeritus Professor of Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University. His research interests have tended to focus on improving our understanding of the health needs of men and boys locally, nationally and internationally. His expertise lies in putting a gendered lens on data and in exploring men’s relationships with public health services – whether delivered through statutory services or through the 3rd Sector and Voluntary organisations. Currently he is on the WHO (Europe) core group pulling together their first Men’s Health Report and Strategy.

Research interests

Alan’s work is very broad in its scope, but with the common theme of men’s health or gender and health. His studies have included:

  • European Commission ‘The State of Men’s Health in Europe’ Report
  • European Commission ’Role of Men in Gender Equality’ study
  • European Commission ‘Gender and Coronary Artery Disease’ (GenCAD) study
  • The State of Men’s Health in Leeds study for the Public Health Team and Health & Well Board of Leeds City Council
  • The evaluation of the Bradford Reducing Anger and Violent Emotions (BRAVE) project
  • The evaluation of Premier League Health Initiative
  • Tackling Men’s Health with the Leeds Rhino’s

Contact details:

Tel: 07971827217

Twitter: ProfAlanwhite

Email: a.white@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Journal Articles (from 2014)

Bardehle, D., Dinges, M., & White, A. (2017). What is men’s health? A definition. Journal of Men’s Health

Brooks R, Milligan J, White A. STPs: Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists Can Support GPs with New Integrated Models of Rehabilitation and Healthcare. British Journal of General Practice 67 (664): 525-526.

Flurey C Hewlett S, Rodham K, White A, Noddings R, Kirwan J (2017) Coping strategies, psychological impact and support preferences of men with rheumatoid arthritis: a multicentre survey. Arthritis Care & Research DOI: 10.1002/acr.23422

Mweemba O, Dixey R, White A, Bond G, (2017) The Social Construction of Masculinities, Sexual Behaviour, and Acceptability of Vaginal Microbicides in Zambia Global Public Health http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2017.1337800

Cameron I, White A, Seims A, Taylor T (2017) Missing men when transforming healthcare. Letters. BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1676

Cameron I, White A, Seims A, Taylor T (2017) STP plans to cut GP numbers are “alarming,” says royal college – Rapid Response BMJ 356  doi: http://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.j598/rr

Teo CH, Ng CJ, White A. Factors influencing young men’s decision to undergo health screening in Malaysia: a qualitative study. BMJ Open [Internet]. 2016;7(3):e014364. Available from: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014364

Teo CH, Ng CJ, White A (2017) What Do Men Want from a Health Screening Mobile App? A Qualitative Study. PLOS ONE http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0169435

Flurey C, Hewlett S, Rodham K, White A, Noddings R, Kirwan J, (2016) Identifying different typologies of experiences and coping strategies in men with rheumatoid arthritis: A Q-methodology study. BMJ Open doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012051

Teo CH, Ng CJ, Booth A, White A. (2016) Barriers and facilitators to health screening in men: A systematic review. Social Science & Medicine c165:168–76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.07.023

Robertson S, Gough B, Hanna E, Raine G, Robinson M, Seims A, White A (2016) Successful mental health promotion with men: evidence from ‘tacit knowledge’ Health Promotion International doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw067

Flurey C, Hewlett S, Rodham K, White A, Noddings R, Kirwan J, (2016) “You obviously just have to put on a brave face”: A qualitative study of the experiences and coping styles of men with rheumatoid arthritis, Arthritis Care & Research DOI: 10.1002/acr.22951

Zwolinsky S., McKenna J., Pringle A., Daly-Smith A., Robertson S., & White A. (2016) Supporting lifestyle risk reduction: promoting men’s health through professional Football Soccer and Society, 17(2), 183-195. doi:10.1080/14660970.2015.1082767

Braybrook D, Robertson S, Milnes K, White A (2016) Holistic Experiences and Strategies for Conducting Research with Couples. Qualitative Health Research DOI: 10.1177/1049732316628520

Bardehle, D., Dinges, M. & White, A. (2015) Was ist Männergesundheit? Eine Definition. Gesundheitswesen, 77. DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1564077

Branney, P., Witty, K., Braybrook, D., Bullen, K., White, A., & Eardley, I. (2015). Mortality and sexuality after diagnosis of penile cancer: A participative study. International

Journal of Urological Nursing. doi:10.1111/ijun.12106

Flurey, C. A., Hewlett, S., Rodham, K., White, A., Noddings, R., & Kirwan, J. (2015). Men, rheumatoid arthritis, psychosocial impact and self-management: A narrative review. Journal of Health Psychology. doi:10.1177/1359105315572452

Branney, P., Witty, K., White, A., & Bullen, K. (2015). "I suspect that they knew [I had penile cancer]": Reflections on health professionals by men diagnosed and treated for penile cancer. PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 24, 5.

Wyke S, Hunt K, Gray C, Fenwick E, Bunn C, Donnan P, Rauchhaus P, Mutrie N, Anderson A, Boyer N, Brady A, Grieve E, White A, Ferrell C, Hindle E, Trew (2015) Football Fans in Training (FFIT): a randomised controlled trial of a gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme for men - end of study report. Public Health Research 3(2) ISSN: 2050-439X

Scambor E, Bergmann N, Wojnicka K, Belghiti-Mahut S, Hearn J, Holter ØG, Gärtner M, Hrženjak M, Scambor C, White A.  (2014) Men and Gender Equality – European insights. Men & Masculinities 17(5) 552-577

Goldenberg L, White A.  (2014) Male Health: a recent paradigm. Nature Urology Review doi:10.1038/nrurol.2014.306

Pringle A, Zwolinsky S, McKenna J, Robertson, S, Daly-Smith A, White, A (2014) Health improvement for men and hard-to-engage-men delivered in English Premier League football clubs. Health Education Research doi:10.1093/her/cyu009

Branney P, Witty K, Braybrook D, Bullen K, White A, Eardley I (2014) Masculinities, humour and care for penile cancer: a qualitative study Journal of Advanced Nursing DOI: 10.1111/jan.12363

Witty K, Branney P, Bullen K, White A, Eardley I Engaging men with penile cancer in qualitative research: Reflections from interview-based study. Nurse Researcher 21(3): 13-19

Hunt K, Wyke S, Gray CM, Anderson AS, Brady A, Bunn C, Donnan PT, Fenwick E, Grieve E, Leishman J, Miller E, Mutrie N, Rauchlhaus P, White A, Treweek, S. (2014). A gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme for overweight and obese men delivered by Scottish Premier League football clubs (FFIT): a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 383(9924): 1211-1221 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62420-4

Published Books

Conrad D & White A (2016) Sports-Based Health Interventions - Case Studies from Around the World.  Springer-Verlag, New York ISBN 978-1-4614-5995-8

Conrad, D & White, A (2010) Promoting Men’s Mental Health.  Oxford Radcliffe Publishing ISBN: 978-184619-331-6 (266 pages)

Kirby, R, Carson, C, White AK, Kirby, M, (2009) Men's Health 3rd Ed London, Informa Healthcare. ISBN (566 pages)

White, AK & Pettifer, M (2007) Hazardous waist: tackling male weight problems.  Oxford Radcliffe Publishing.  (229 pages)

Conrad, D & White A (2007) Men’s Health – how to do it. Oxford, Radcliffe Publishing. ISBN -13 978 1 84619 192 3 (183 pages)

Key Published reports

White A., Seims A. and Newton R. (2016) The State of Men’s Health in Leeds: Main Report. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council.

Seims A, White A (2016) White A., Seims A. and Newton R. (2015) The State of Men’s Health in Leeds: Data Report. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council.

White A, Seims A, Newton R (2016) The State of Men’s Health in Leeds: A Summary. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council.

West R, White A, Seims A (2015) White A., Seims A. and Newton R. (2015) The State of Men’s Health in Leeds: Factor Analysis. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University, University of Leeds, Leeds City Council.

Bagnall A, Raine G, Jones R, White A, Mitchell B (2016) Systematic scoping review of proposed explanations for "excess" mortality. Final Report. Glasgow City Council, Leeds Beckett University

Robertson S. White A. Gough B. Robinson M. Seims A. Raine G. Hanna E. (2015) Promoting mental health and wellbeing with men and boys: what works? Leeds, Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Beckett University ISBN: 978-1-907240-41-6

White A. Seims A. and Robertson S. (2015) Proceedings of an expert symposium on the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys, November 6th, 2014, Leeds, London, UK : The Movember Foundation in association with Leeds Beckett University and the Men’s Health Forum. ISBN 978-1-907240-40-9

Study on the Role of Men in Gender Equality, prepared for European Commission, edited by Elli Scambor, Katarzyna Wojnicka, Nadja Bergmann, Consortium led by L&R Social Research, with Dissens, abz*austria, INBAS, Written by Belghiti-Mahut S, Bergmann N, Gärtner M, Hearn J, Gullvåg Holter O, Hrženjak M, Puchert R, Scambor C, Scambor E, Schuck H, Seidler V, White A & Wojnicka K, 2013


White A, Riley J. Henry S. (2013) NHS Sport and Health - a winning team NHS Briefing Report.  NHS Confederation

White A, Thomson C, Howard T (2013) Excess cancer burden in men. London,  CRUK

White, A. Zwolinsky, S. Pringle, A. McKenna, J. Daly-Smith, A. Robertson, S. Berry, R. (2012). Premier League Health: A national programme of men’s health promotion delivered in/by professional football clubs, Final Report 2012. Centre for Men’s Health & Centre for Active Lifestyles, Leeds Metropolitan University.

EC (2011) The State of Men’s Health in Europe: Extended Report. Luxembourg, The European Commission, DG Sanco (authors: White A, de Sousa B,  de Visser R, Hogston R, Madsen SAa, Makara P, Richardson N, Zatoński W) ISBN 978-92-79-20169-1 doi: 10.2772/61323

EC (2011) The State of Men’s Health in Europe Report. Luxembourg, The European Commission, DG Sanco (authors: White A, de Sousa B,  de Visser R, Hogston R, Madsen SAa, Makara P, Richardson N, Zatoński W)

White AK, Thompson C and Forman D (2009) The Excess Burden of Cancer in Men in the UK.  London: National Cancer Intelligence Network, Cancer Research UK, The Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Metropolitan University.

White, AK, Bagnall, A-M, South, J, Forshaw, M Spoor, C, Witty, K,  Rooke, S (2009) An evaluation of the Working in Partnership Programme Self Care in Primary Care Initiative.  Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

White, AK, South, J, Bagnall, A-M, Forshaw, M Spoor, C, Jackson, K, Witty, K,  Rooke, S (2009) An evaluation of the Working in Partnership programme Self Care for People Initiative. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

White, AK, Witty, K,  Bagnall, A-M, South, J, Forshaw, M Spoor, C, Jackson, K, Rooke, S (2008) An evaluation of the Working in Partnership Programme Self Care in Action Initiative. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

White, AK, Cash, K. Conrad, P Branney, P (2008) The Bradford & Airedale Health of Men Initiative: A study of its effectiveness in engaging with men.  Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

White, AK & Cash, K (2003) The state of men’s health across 17 European Countries.  Brussels, The European Men’s Health Forum ISBN 1 – 898883 – 94 – 7

O’Brien, O & White A (2003) Gender and Health: The case for gender-sensitive health policy and health care delivery.  Briefing Paper, London, The Kings Fund.

Other outputs

126 invited conference papers

45 peer reviewed conference papers

16 Television appearances including BBC The One Show, BBC Breakfast Show and Sky News

Over 70 radio interviews including BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, and The Women’s Hour, and international stations including South Africa, Australia and the BBC World Service

Over 120 newspaper and magazine interviews, including The New Scientist, The Times, the Guardian and international press including Germany’s Focus.de and The Irish Times

Clinical Skills Suite

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.

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.

Study Space

We also have a dedicated study space for doctoral students and dedicated space in the library for postgraduate students.

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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School News

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 

Leeds Beckett review measuring community resilience published by World Health Organisation

A review conducted by a team at Leeds Beckett University has been published by WHO Europe Health Equity Network (HEN). 

Faculty Events

Dec 10

Live twitter chat: Preventing Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls, 10 December 2018

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Dec 11

Performing Arts Showcase at Seven Arts

A showcase of work from first, second and third year undergraduate performing arts students from Leeds Beckett University.

Dec 12

PsyCen Seminar- Food assessment: a discursive analysis of diet talk in interviews with older men who are obese

Authors: Dr Sarah Seymour-Smith Nottingham Trent University, Professor Brendan Gough Leeds Beckett University Dr Christopher R. Matthews Nottingham Trent University & Dr Zoe Rutherford Leeds Beckett University

Dec 12

Winter Platform 2018

A showcase of new work created during Autumn 2018 performed by Leeds Beckett University dance students.

Dec 13

The Tool Emporium

New video and sound works by Graphic Arts & Design students from Leeds Beckett University exploring the shift from analogue to digital tools, presented in the former Mr. Arkwright's Tool Emporium. All welcome.

Jan 16

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

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