Research Spotlight - June 2019


June's round-up of some of the latest research and education stories from the University.

Virtual reality is to become the new normal at Leeds

Leeds has launched a new centre designed to harness the power of immersive technologies, to upskill the next generation and push the boundaries of possibilities in research and education. The new Centre for Immersive Technologies aims to create positive change across society.

Woman using virtual reality headset

More than 80 researchers from a range of University subjects will focus on five priority areas – health, transport, education, productivity and culture. The Centre for Immersive Technologies will be based within Leeds Institute for Data Analytics at the University and place people at the heart of the new immersive technology revolution.

Leeds to become home of UK's Centre for Cultural Value

To explore the difference art and culture can have on people’s lives, the University has launched the UK’s first Centre for Cultural Value. 

The centre will focus on the role of arts and culture in areas such as conflict resolution, education, health and wellbeing, and community regeneration. It will bring together researchers with expertise in these areas with artists, arts and cultural organisations, audiences, participants and local communities. The Centre is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Arts Professional said the Centre would help "bridge the gap between research and practice". Discover the Centre's research themes in detail.

Gearing up for a summer of sculpture

As a key partner of Yorkshire Sculpture International, we're celebrating our role in an exciting 100 day-long festival that will provide a platform for contemporary artists from around the world. The event will be the biggest dedicated sculpture festival in the UK.

Five students look at a Barbra Hepworth statue

Leeds has teamed up with four major art organisations in the region, as well as a series of public exhibitions, international commissions, events and learning programmes. Yorkshire Sculpture International has created more than 200 opportunities for our students. Read the full story and discover the two new artworks coming to campus as part of the festivities.

A new home for climate research

The Priestley Building, a new space on campus dedicated to understanding and tackling, opened this month. It will be a home for the Priestley International Centre for Climate and its members from across the University. Launched in 2016, the Priestley Centre has already brought together world-leading expertise in all the key strands of climate change research.

Now, in its new home, the dedicated space on campus will enable the centre to continue fostering collaboration across disciplines that is dedicated to understanding and tackling climate change.


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