Welcome to the School of Humanities

The School of Humanities delivers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes in the discipline areas of English Literature / Creative WritingFilm StudiesHistoryMedia, Communications and Creative Practice, and Music and Music Technology.

The School of Humanities is home to approximately 700 undergraduate students, 50 postgraduate students on taught programmes and approximately 40 PhD students.

In 2018, 85% of those completing their degree within the School gained either a first class or upper second class honours degree.

Student experience

The National Student Survey for 2018 places Keele University as first in the UK (for broad-based Universities) and highlights from the survey show that Music (together with Music Technology) with an overall student satisfaction rating of 98% ranked joint first for Student Satisfaction in England; Media (together with Film Studies) is in the Top 10 of all providers; and History achieved an overall student satisfaction of 95%.

The Hugh Leech Travel Scholarship is available to students.  In May 2018 the successful recipient of the award travelled to Europe to attend a three-day academic conference relevant to their degree subject. Further information about this scholarship and the application form for 2019 is given at the bottom of this page.

The David Bruce Centre offers postgraduate students the opportunity to seek funding for travel to the Americas.

Having completed their degree at Keele, a number choose to stay at Keele to complete their Masters’ qualification. The School of Humanities, in seeking to provide excellent support for its student community, offers a Humanities Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme.


Students can be assured that courses are influenced by current research, with staff actively researching and publishing in their fields:

  • the School has 10 Professors
  • English has 71% of its research graded as internationally excellent and world leading overall (3* and 4*) and 25% of its research outputs assessed as world leading (4*)
  • History is in the top 3 performing subjects at Keele: 82% of its research is recognised as world leading and internationally excellent (4*and 3*) by the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • 29% of Music’s overall research is rated as world-leading (4*).  It was, moreover, awarded the top category (4*) for one of its Impact Case Studies.  80% of its environment is of internationally excellent and world-leading quality (3 and 4*)

Links to relevant professional organisations

The School seeks to ensure that our courses are linked to national developments and provide students with a high quality course.  Examples of such links are:

  • Dr Rachel Adcock is a member of the Executive Committee for the International John Bunyan Society
  • Dr Ben Anderson is one of ten New Generation Thinkers 2018, a scheme organised by the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council which aims to develop a new generation of the brightest academics who can turn their university research and scholarly ideas into fascinating broadcasts
  • Dr Nick Bentley is a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies
  • Dr Rachel Bright is a member of the Social History Society Committee
  • Professor Susan Bruce sits on the Advisory Council of the Institute of English Studies
  • Dr Liz Poole is a member of the Executive Committee for the Media, Culture and Cultural Studies Association
  • Dr Jon Shears is the Editor of the Byron Journal
  • Dr Siobhan Talbott is co-editor of the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies

Gender equality

In recognition of its commitment to gender equality, the School was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in 2014. The former chair of the Athena SWAN group in the School now jointly leads Keele’s gender equality strategy, which includes all students and staff.

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