Welcome from the Dean

Professor Donna Lee
Executive Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Donna Lee staff photo 300x300 Thank you for your interest in our vibrant and multi-faceted Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the largest of the three Faculties at Keele University. Our research and teaching focus on many and varied dimensions of human experience and on the full range of cultural, economic and social challenges we face in a fast-changing world. We draw on our progressive heritage to promote theoretically inventive scholarship that has the potential to transform the ways in which we engage with one another as human beings in contexts ranging from the local to the global. Through our commitment to innovation and critical independence, and our interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues in medical, natural and physical sciences, our work is helping to transform the research and education landscape and it is having a positive impact on all the communities we serve.

I am proud to lead a Faculty in which we constantly seek to integrate our educational and research activities so as to encourage all students to fulfil their individual potential by becoming increasingly independent learners in whatever field of study they have chosen, and by preparing for a wide variety of professional careers. We try to ensure that our students maximise their potential to contribute positively as engaged citizens in local contexts and beyond. All of our graduates leave us with highly developed communication skills and a sharpened capacity for critical analysis and wise judgement, equipping them to think through the ambiguity and complexity of difficult problems that defy technical solutions. They have well-honed research skills combined with a critically engaged and enterprising attitude and a readiness to learn that makes them adaptable and flexible in tackling a wide variety of tasks and problems. They also have a cosmopolitan outlook, a positive appreciation of difference and an attitude of respectful confidence in all their interactions.

We have four Schools: HumanitiesLawSocial, Political and Global Studies and Keele Business School. The University’s Language Centre is also an integral part of the Faculty and it offers a wide range of support and study opportunities in English and other modern languages. Our subjects are consistently highly ranked in the National Student Survey and this is reflected in our high position in various league tables. In the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Law is in the top 200 globally, Education and Social Sciences are in the top 300, and Arts and Humanities are in the top 500. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 Politics and International Relations was ranked first nationally for its research impact, with Philosophy ranked first for world-leading impact. Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele (CLOCK) is an innovative and exciting initiative that enables Keele Law students to provide vital help and support to disadvantaged communities, whilst further strengthening key employability skills.

The Faculty hosts the Keele Institute for Social Inclusion (KISI), which is one of Keele’s four high-profile interdisciplinary centres of excellence. KISI, along with the Institute for Sustainable Futures, the Digital Society Institute and Institute for Global Health, are focused on delivering transformative interdisciplinary research in response to United Nation Sustainable Development Goals, both in the UK and elsewhere in the world. KISI’s work has been organised into the three priority themes focused on: tackling inequalities; supporting communities; and interrogating democracies, which are in turn associated with our current Challenge Areas. Within each theme and Challenge Area we bring together researchers from across the university along with external partners to address a range of problems related to the marginalisation, under-representation and disempowerment of various social groups. The collaborations we foster aim to draw on our world-class research on these issues to stimulate positive and practical interventions that can address these social problems of exclusion and injustice. KISI also hosts the CO-CREATE Network, launched in 2021, this network integrates all the innovative community-based, collaborative and creative research across the University.
I have referred here to just a small sample of the many exciting programmes of activity that are ongoing in the Faculty. I encourage you to explore these web pages further so as to learn more about the ways in which our work is making a positive difference. We look forward to interacting with you further.

Professor Donna Lee,
Executive Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences