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Research Centres

York St John University houses several research centres which offer services and valuable resources to our postgraduate and post experience students, as well as to the local, national and international community.


Centre for Enabling Environments and Assistive Technology (CEEAT) CEEAT logo

Through knowledge exchange projects and learning and teaching CEEAT aims to:

  • champion and promote person centred assessment and provision of services to support independent living
  • promote 'personalisation' agenda of choice, control, early intervention and prevention
  • promote person centred design of assistive technologies and environments
  • evaluate and disseminate best practice


PLACE Education & Research Centre

The PLACE Education & Research Centre is an independent charity whose objectives are to promote research into the people, landscape and cultural environment of Yorkshire and elsewhere, and to disseminate the useful results for the benefit of the general public. It also aims to advance the education of the public in the people and the natural and cultural heritage of Yorkshire and elsewhere.


The Research Centre for Occupation & Mental Health (RCOMH)

Aims to develop world class research in occupation and mental health to influence best practice.

We will achieve this by:

  • providing leadership in research in the field of occupation, mental health and well being
  • having a global perspective (i.e. ‘Research in action: local and global’)
  • empowering service users and students to actively participate in research programmes and the activity of the Centre
  • focussing on occupation, mental health and well being
  • developing, facilitating and leading coordinated programmes of research
  • promoting ownership of and responsibility for this research agenda


The Centre for Religion in Society

  • Serves as a forum for the academic discussion of research which extends our understanding of religion in the contemporary world and for the dissemination of important analyses of religion and contemporary society for a wider public audience.
  • Conducts externally-funded research activities that create new and develop existing research collaborations.
  • Encourages collaborative working relationships with regional, national and international partners, as well as with the media, policy-makers and other public and professional organizations.
  • Provides training in religious awareness for practitioners and professionals in a range of public and private sector organisations.