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School of Cultural Studies & Humanities


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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City Map Workshop

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City Tour Workshop

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

Our Areas of Research

Centre for Culture and the Arts

Centre for Culture and the Arts

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Cultural Studies & Humanities

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Our Graduates

Students from some of our courses reflect on their time at Leeds Beckett.
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School News

Honour for wartime fire hero revealed

A Leeds-based firefighter who lost his life protecting the city from air-raid fires during the Second World War has been honoured with a commemorative plaque, following the findings of a Leeds Beckett historian.

Women’s fiction writing through the ages

In the latest in our PhD student spotlight features, Victorian literature researcher Fern Pullan talks sensation fiction, imposter syndrome, and rifling through new libraries.

Presenting the past: a year of success for our historians

Historians at Leeds Beckett are delving into topics as exciting and varied as criminal ancestry, the queer past of major UK cities outside of London, fire and burns prevention across the years, and the unsung heroine of the South African War.

School Events

Oct 3

Challenging the British football exclusion

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

Oct 3

Challenging the British football exclusion

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

Nov 7

The Contemporary Gothic Monstrosity in the New Millennium

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

Nov 7

The Contemporary Gothic Monstrosity in the New Millennium

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

Dec 5

Revisiting Borstal: Youth, Crime and Penality, c. 1902-1982

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

Dec 5

Revisiting Borstal: Youth, Crime and Penality, c. 1902-1982

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

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