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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.

Research Centres

Cultural Studies & Humanities

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Graduate Profiles

Students from our School reflect on their time at our University.

School News

Event to put heritage theory into practice

From museums to festivals and civic trusts, heritage theory and practice are set to come together at an event led by PhD students at Leeds Beckett University and Northumbria University.

Lecture to examine post-apocalyptic fiction

Fiction tackling the theme of the end of the world as we know it will be on the agenda when Susan Watkins delivers her inaugural lecture as Professor of Women’s Writing at Leeds Beckett University.

New book shows how The Monkees set the stage for modern pop

A new book on 60s pop sensations, the Monkees, charts the band’s prevailing success as the first in a new generation of manufactured groups and multimedia pioneers, who paved the way for modern day musicians on stage and television.

School Events

Nov 9

From the Stands to Social Media: The Changing Nature of Racism in Football.

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

Nov 10

Jean 'Binta' Breeze: The Verandah Poems

An enthralling evening of readings and conversation with the acclaimed Jamaican poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze as she presents her new collection, The Verandah Poems. This event is part of Black History Month.

Nov 19

Urban Dreams (and Nightmares)

What do cities mean to you? Are they sites of hope or fear?

Dec 7

Autism, Adulthood and Fictions: Reading Autism Portrayals after Diagnosis.

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

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.

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