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Postgraduate & Professional Courses 2018 – School of Built Environment and Engineering

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Are you thinking of upskilling and investing in your workforce over the next year? Or maybe you are looking for ways to develop your own career or possibly start a new one?

The School of Built Environment and Engineering is pleased to announce that our new 2018 Postgraduate & Professional Prospectus is now available to order from Leeds Beckett University website. The prospectus contains more details on the following selection of courses, including modules, hours, dates and study options.

**Flexible Study available

Many of our courses offer part-time or distance learning options allowing you the flexibility to fit around your working lives.

**Professionally Accredited

Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies allowing you and your employees to develop the hands-on practical experience that is so valued by the industry. The quality of the experience and expertise of the staff in the School, along with the unique industry links and connections they facilitate, helps students to forge a meaningful understanding of how to plan, design, construct, protect and maintain the world around us.

**Order your prospectus

You can order your prospectus here (redirects to Leeds Beckett University website – Please select “Postgraduate Prospectus – Computing, Engineering & Built Environment”)

Debating the Future for Affordable Homes

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Students, housing practitioners and tenants engaged in a hard-hitting analysis of the housing crisis at Leeds Planning Network’s Master Class on the Future of Affordable Homes on 17 March.

Speakers from leading housing organisations in the region provided an inside track on the government’s housing proposals and the impact of recent housing benefit changes. An audience of over 40 practitioners, students and community representatives discussed the prospects for housing futures, with the supply of homes dwindling and prices through the roof.


This was the fourth Master Class organised by Leeds Planning Network, one of the go-ahead research clusters in the School of the Built Environment and Engineering. Leading this project, senior housing and planning lecturer Quintin Bradley, said:

“This Master Class was a chance to assess the future for affordable housing with the key developers of not-for-profit and public housing. A perfect storm of policies threaten the existence of the affordable rented sector and this event gave practitioners, tenants and students an opportunity to get to grips with the likely impact”.


President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Geraldine Howley, who is also chief executive of Incommunities, Bradford’s biggest affordable housing provider kicked off the event with an incisive analysis of the threats. Reductions in housing benefit for people aged under 35 have meant increasing rent arrears and have led Incommunities to dispose of many affordable single household homes.

Harrogate borough council’s development manager, Jenny Wood warned that the forced sale of council housing promised in the Housing Bill would deprive the town – which has the highest market rents in the north – of almost all its one bed affordable flats.


Martyn Broadest, development manager from Connect Housing, a West Yorkshire community housing association, reminded the audience of the social purpose of affordable housing, and warned of a resurgence of slum-living and a huge increase in homelessness.

The Master Class was ably chaired by Jane Kettle, fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and former head of school at Leeds Beckett University. Questions from community land trusts, commercial builders, tenants, and housing activists made for a lively debate. Slides from the presentations can be viewed at the ISSU link below. Tweets and images from the event itself can be viewed at the storify slideshow below the presentations.

The next Leeds Planning Network Master Class will be on Thursday 12 May on the Future of Retail Planning and will be chaired by Leeds Beckett Professor Cathy Barnes.

Martyn Broadest Presentation (Via Prezi)

Leeds Planning Network announce March Housing and Planning masterclasses on development and affordable housing

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Leeds Planning Network based at Leeds Beckett University are pleased to announce the details of our next two planning masterclasses taking place on 1st and 17th March respectively.


Neighbourhood Planning: Impact on Development

Tuesday 1st March 2016

Registration @ 17:30 for 18:00 start

Update and analysis on neighbourhood planning, including impact on house-building and innovation in planning policy. Speakers include Phil Crabtree,  Chair of RTPI Yorkshire, Gavin Parker, Professor of Planning Studies at University of Reading, Paul Butler, Director of PB Planning and former Head of Planning for the Yorkshire Region, Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes. DETAILS AND BOOKING HERE.


What is the future for affordable housing?

Thursday 17th March 2016

Registration @ 17:30 for 18:00 start

As housing subsidies are redirected to Starter Homes, councils face the forced sale of homes in high value areas, housing associations prepare for right to buy, and tenants see the end of security of tenure, we ask key practitioners to give us their vision of the future for affordable housing. Speakers include Jane Kettle, Housing Consultant and Researcher, Geraldine Howley – President of Chartered Institute of Housing, Chief Executive of Incommunities, Jenny Wood – Principal Housing Development Officer, Harrogate Borough Council and Martyn Broadest – Director of Regeneration, Connect Housing. DETAILS AND BOOKING HERE.