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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


Our Areas of Research

Centre for Culture and the Arts

Centre for Culture and the Arts

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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

University celebrates creativity for National Writing Day

National Writing Day to be celebrated across Leeds Beckett University, as research finds decline in schoolchildren’s enjoyment of writing. 

No BAME coaches in England’s World Cup squad, but is Rooney Rule the answer?

With no black or ethnic minority coaches in England’s World Cup squad, a Leeds Beckett academic has examined if the Rooney Rule is the best way to combat the lack of diversity in football’s backroom staff. 

Cultural Studies & Humanities May Good News

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

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