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School of Cultural Studies & Humanities

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Our research community includes internationally recognised academics in history, English, creative writing and media.

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Learn to do something you love.

Our school is for both thinkers and doers.
We celebrate students and staff with a true passion for the Arts and Humanities.

Through inspired teaching and intellectual debate, plus day to day interaction with award-winning authors and playwrights, a rolling programme of media industry professionals, published lecturers and world-renowned researchers, we will nurture your passion by developing your creative and critical thinking.

Then we will open your mind to the wide range of opportunities to pursue a career you love, be it anything from writing and teaching, through journalism and copywriting, business and marketing, to research and publishing.

Where? Leeds is the Northern heart of culture and the arts. Your campus sits in the very centre of the city, surrounded by over 18 museums, 10 art galleries, 17 theatres, 4 film production companies and 3 recording studios (plus the odd bar, restaurant and club!). We work directly with Leeds museums and galleries and many regional events, including the Ilkley Literature Festival and the Leeds West Indian Carnival.

What? Our courses cover English, Creative Writing, Media and History. All are informed by our internationally recognised research, giving you outstanding access to learn from, and discuss with, leaders in their field.

How? Our research and teaching explore a diversity of topics, from South Africa under Apartheid to the cultural impact of the LGBTQ community and from on-line racism in football to 21st century genres. We're also very hands-on: from regular conferences, seminars and events organised by our Centre for Culture and the Arts, to collaborations with institutes and cultural organisations.

Sound good? Then please read on...

Being Human Festival

Putting academic thinking into practice is at the heart of everything we do in the School, whether it be for English, Creative Writing, History or Media. As part of the Being Human Festival, staff and students from the School worked together to deliver the event Urban Dreams and Nightmares. The event included a range of different activities and explored people’s understanding of cities.

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Transforming our environment - "I use the historical trail of plastic issues to work towards an environmental solution" - Dr Jessica van Horssen, School of Cultural Studies and Humanities
Transforming the power of language - "Words are the raw material of culture." - Dr Nasser Hussain, School of Cultural Studies and Humanities
Transforming our perspective on autism - "Autism isn't an illness, it's simply a difference" - Dr James McGrath, School of Cultural Studies and Humanities
Transforming diversity in football: “People from ethnic minorities are excluded from football, on and off the field. I want a game that is more equal, inclusive, and diverse and representative of our society.” - Dr Dan Kilvington
Transforming our self image: "We must stop thinking 'thin' equals good." - Professor Jayne Raisborough - School of cultural Studies & Humanities

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Our Research

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School News

Cultural Studies & Humanities Good News

The latest good news from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities.

Leeds Beckett academics scoop four British Academy research grants

Projects investigating the impact of ‘bloke-ification’ on women working in advertising, media stigmatisation of benefit claimants, the work of philosopher Jean-François Lyotard, and modern energy services in The Gambia, have all received funding from the prestigious British Academy.

Bradford pupils bring dystopian futures to life through creative writing

A group of Bradford schoolgirls will delve into the world of dystopian and apocalyptic fiction at a special event led by academics at Leeds Beckett University.

School Events

Feb 6

Queer Beyond London: Culture, Place and Home in Four English Cities since the 1960s

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Another event ‘Devilish and Debonair’ has been organised in its place.

Feb 6

Devilish and Debonair: The Wildean Dandy and the Long Life of a Gay Stereotype

The fifth event in the Leeds Cultural Conversations series 2018/19.

Mar 6

Dieting: why we started and why we must stop

The sixth event in the Leeds Cultural Conversations series 2018/19.

Mar 6

Dieting: why we started and why we must stop

The sixth event in the Leeds Cultural Conversations series 2018/19.

Mar 20

The Matthew Caygill Lecture 2019

We are excited to announce that Mary Eagleton will be delivering the 2019 Matthew Caygill lecture on ‘Clever Girls and the Literature of Women's Upward Mobility’.

Apr 3

Look who's talking - language and literature in a world of data

The seventh event in the Leeds Cultural Conversation series 2018/19.

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