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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...

School videos

Take a look at these videos which show some of the activities our students and academics have been involved with.

School of Cultural Studies and Humanities

Beyond Creative Arts Festival

Dr Nasser Hussain - SKY WRI TEI NGS

Students and PwC book launch

Being Human Festival - Creative Writing Workshop

Being Human Festival - Your Leeds Map

Being Human Festival - City Tour

School projects and case studies

PwC Project - 'Mr Squirrel's Boys' Arrow Right

In 2018, History and English students were granted exclusive access to PwC’s London-based archives and compiled a unique collection of letters sent and received by employers from Cooper Brothers & Co, a predecessor of PwC, during the First World War.

Volume Film - Student video shoot Arrow Right

Volume Film is a film company set up by Leeds Beckett graduates. They tasked students on the BA (Hons) Media Communication Cultures course to come up with a promotional video idea for a local business.

The history of David Oluwale Arrow Right

Third year history students who have completed the community history module produced a website to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of David Oluwale, a Nigerian stowaway who spent most of his adult life in Leeds.

Working with Hallmark Arrow Right

Students have been selected via the Write Here, Write Now, 21st Century Writing Challenge which invites submissions to write an editorially-led range of unique yet commercial greeting cards for Hallmark.

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

School of cultural studies and humanities research - woman reading book

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School News

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School Events

Sep 12

The Hero and Heroism: Then, There, Now

Two-day conference brought to you by the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities.

Sep 21

Heritage Open Days 2019

Discover the people behind Leeds Beckett University’s historic campus and origins as a university. From the monks and landowners who developed Beckett Park at the heart of the Headingley community over 400 years ago, to the civic leaders who established our education provision in Leeds in 1824.

Oct 16

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments: Dystopia and Women’s Writing

The first event in the Leeds Cultural Conversations series 2019/20.

Nov 4

Emily Hobhouse's Peace Activism: War Without Glamour Exhibition

The War Without Glamour exhibition is part of a project being undertaken by Dr Dampier from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities together with academics from the University of Huddersfield and University of the Free State.

Nov 6

Set in Stone? The Politics of Curating the Life of Emily Hobhouse in Contemporary South Africa

The second event in the Leeds Cultural Conversations series 2019/20.

Dec 4

In Conversation with Professor Ruth Robbins about Epitaph for the Ash

The third event in the Leeds Cultural Conversations series 2019/20.

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