Welcome from The Dean

‌‌‌‌‌Professor Shane O Neill 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 commitments 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 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 of our 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 make 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 five School: Humanities; Law; Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment; Social Science and Public Policy; and Keele Management 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. Five of our subjects are in the top 20 nationally in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.  In the National Student Survey 2016 American Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology and all subjects in Keele Management School were placed in the Top 20 for overall student satisfaction. 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 which enables Keele Law students to provide vital help and support to disadvantaged communities, whilst further strengthening key employability skills. The Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre (CASIC) aims to transcend the boundaries between academia and the wider community through the application of knowledge that is co-created. The annual Live Age Festival, underpinned by research in the Faculty, brings together fourteen organisations in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire to celebrate creativity in later life.

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 Shane O’Neill
PVC and Executive Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences