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School of Cultural Studies & Humanities


Be at the heart of culture and the arts

The Leeds Beckett School of Cultural Studies & Humanities attracts staff and students with a passion for the arts and the humanities, and who want to immerse themselves in their respective subjects in a creative and collaborative environment. It’s about academic learning through a filter of real-world relevance, and active encouragement to bring cultural insights to bear on how we live, work and play. It’s about re-imagining the future through the lens of the past.

Commitment to active engagement in contemporary debates shaping the future of our disciplines invigorates and enriches the work of this academic community in every subject area. From English Literature to History, from Media Studies to Creative Writing – we see innovative learning as fundamental to building confidence in critical analysis and reflective practice.

All courses are informed by our internationally recognised research, giving you outstanding access to current thinking through opportunities to develop your own insights in dialogue with those who lead in their field. Our research and teaching are in subjects as diverse as the penal history of England, Victorian ghost stories, and the cultural and societal impact of the LGBTQ community; and we champion an extrovert approach: from regular seminars and events, conferences and trips, to collaborations with institutions and cultural organisations. Published playwrights and authors – like award-winning Writer in Residence, Sunjeev Sahota – will work with you, helping you engage with, and write about, the world around you.

We are proud of how we bring interdisciplinary research and learning into the public domain, such as our involvement in regional events like the Ilkley Literature Festival and the Leeds West Indian Carnival; our heritage work with Leeds Museums and Galleries; and our contribution of media expertise to a networking event for current and aspiring football coaches at Elland Road football ground. We continue to make a distinctive contribution to the intellectual life of the city through the Leeds Cultural Conversations series, organised by our Centre for Culture and the Arts.

This community of like-minded people working across disciplines, located in the impressive surroundings of Broadcasting Place in the heart of Leeds, offers a dynamic and positive environment for learning that is reflected in the high student satisfaction rankings across the School.

This is a School for people who want to be part of something bigger – part of a vibrant region and a renowned University. It’s a School for those who want to be part of a lively student body that thrives in this most dynamic of UK cities; and it’s a School for those who want to become highly employable critical and insightful thinkers.


Our Areas of Research

Centre for Culture and the Arts

Centre for Culture and the Arts

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Faculty Research Brochure

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

Autism diagnosis and fiction to be discussed at Leeds Cultural Conversation talk

The way that autism is represented in fiction is to be debated at a public lecture at Leeds City Museum.

New Professor of Media at Leeds Beckett explores anti-ageing culture

Leeds Beckett University has appointed Jayne Raisborough as its first Professor of Media, within the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities.

Urban dreams and nightmares to be explored at Being Human Festival

Academics and students from the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities will run a free interactive session on 19 November – Urban Dreams (and Nightmares) – exploring new ways of thinking about cities, which forms part of the Being Human Festival.

School Events

Jan 11

Scenery, Antiquities and Manufactures: Touring Nineteenth-Century Yorkshire with Murray's Handbook for Travellers.

The fifth talk in the Leeds Cultural Conversations 2016/17 series.

Feb 8

W. G. Grace: Cricket Missionary to the North and Hero of 1895 (to Oscar Wilde’s Villain)

The sixth talk in the Leeds Cultural Conversations 2016/17 series which coincides with LGBT History Month.

Mar 8

The Trials of Oscar Wilde’s Salome: The Maud Allan Libel Case.

The seventh talk in the Leeds Cultural Conversations 2016/17 series which coincides with International Women's Day.

Apr 5

Verdant Creativities: Urban Gardening & Sensuous Place-Making in West Yorkshire

The eighth talk in the Leeds Cultural Conversations 2016/17 series.

May 10

Measuring Morale in Second World War Leeds.

The final talk in the Leeds Cultural Conversations 2016/17 series.

May 19

Power, Performance and Play - An International Conference on Caribbean Carnival Cultures

Leeds West Indian Carnival will be 50 years old in August 2017. The oldest Caribbean-style street carnival in Europe, created and led by British Caribbeans, will be celebrated in a conference by the Centre of Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University in partnership with Leeds West Indian Carnival.

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