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Leeds School of Social Sciences

A dynamic academic community where students work alongside staff

The Leeds School of Social Sciences undertakes high quality research and teaching in the disciplines of Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Speech and Language 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. Many of our academic staff were submitted in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise and were recognised as producing "world leading", "internationally excellent" and "internationally recognised" research.

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

Leeds International Festival 2020

Leeds International Festival will light up our city with new ideas, concepts and innovation between 30 April and 9 May 2020. The university is proud to be intrinsically involved as a festival partner, curating and presenting a series of thought-provoking events and coordinating student participation in the delivery of the festival. #LeedsIntFest

Leeds School of Social Sciences

 
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Overall Student Satisfaction on our Politics course

Source: National Student Survey 2019

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96.3%

Overall Student Satisfaction on our Social Psychology course

Source: National Student Survey 2019

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97.6%

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

Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17

Students at accommodation
97.5%

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

Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17

Students at accommodation
92.3%

Overall Student Satisfaction on our International Relations and Peace Studies course

Source: National Student Survey 2019

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100%

Overall Student Satisfaction on our International Relations and Global Development course

Source: National Student Survey 2019

Students at accommodation
98%

Overall Student Satisfaction on our Sociology course

Source: National Student Survey 2019


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Our Research

We undertake high quality research in the disciplines of Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Speech and Language Sciences, and Politics and International Relations.

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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

From Angelina Jolie and a Kenyan refugee camp to Leeds Beckett graduation

Following a journey that saw him reach Leeds via a Kenyan refugee camp, Adenweli Garad Nunow is planning to give something back to his adopted city after graduating from Leeds Beckett University this week.

Outstanding status for ground-breaking health and safety programme

Leeds Beckett University and Amey, a multi-national supplier of consulting and infrastructure support services, have worked together to develop an industry leading ‘ThinkSafe’ toolkit.

Telepathy and ability to foresee events exists

Science may help us understand the universe, but we also need spirituality to make sense of the world, according to a Leeds Beckett University academic.

Our upcoming events

Apr 30

Altered Ocean an Exhibition and Installation by Mandy Barker

Mandy Barker, an international award-winning photographer, welcomes you to her photographic exhibition hoping to raise awareness about plastic pollution.

May 6

What is Good Citizenship for Our Times?

Roger Hallam, co-founder and strategist of extinction rebellion will share his fascinating story of what brought him to help set up the world's largest climate crisis civil disobedience organisation.

May 6

The Future of Food

Dr Vandana Shiva welcomes you to her event, 'The Future of Food', where she explores the most significant ecological and social issues of our times.

May 6

Is Big System Change Possible?

Mike-Berners Lee's evidence-based narrative will cut through the complexity of global matters using logic and values, showing how we can arrive at the point where big systematic change seems possible.

May 6

The Future Belongs to Those Who Can Hear it Coming

Bernie Krause will introduce, through both audio and complementary visual illustrations, the multiple ways in which the collective organic sound is produced and speaks directly to issues of global warming.

Jun 24

How safe are breast implants? Global, multidisciplinary and patient perspectives on the safety of breast implants

The Leeds School of Social Sciences, in association with PIP Action Campaign, are delighted to be hosting this prestigious conference exploring the safety of breast implants.

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