Schools and colleges outreach

Welcome to The School of Humanities outreach programmes. We provide a variety of subject specific taster sessions (both in schools and colleges or on campus) to help inform and inspire potential students with the opportunities available in higher education. 

To arrange a visit, please contact us on either 01782 734009 or email outreach@keele.ac.uk.

The last true superpower? The greatest democracy in the world? Or a set of mythical ideas that don’t resemble any reality? American Studies is a fascinating subject however you regard the USA: learn about US politics, history, literature and culture, and develop valuable skills in the process!

What we can offer on campus

  • Annual Teachers’ and Advisers’ Conference
  • Our annual US Politics event
  • The Real Keele residential event for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 (must be under the age of 18).

We can visit you

  • Workshops centred around A Level themes and texts
  • Talk/workshop: what is American Studies? Why study it?
  • Presentations regarding: US politics (the presidency, political parties, the Supreme Court etc.
  • Taster sessions including: New York graffiti, 9/11 in literature, the Beat Generation, Civil Rights, the American Civil War
  • Or we can tailor a session to suit yours and your student’s needs!

Read an exciting range of literary texts in English from the UK, the USA, Canada, Africa and the Caribbean. Develop vital skills – group and independent research using libraries and online resources; written and oral presentation, debating. Above all, discover how literature can influence the way you think about the world.

What we can offer you on campus

  • Themed days: Shakespeare Day, Regency Day etc.
  • Workshops centred around A-Level themes and texts
  • Workshops on literature and place (e.g. New York City)
  • Creative Writing workshops
  • Annual Teachers and Advisors Conference
  • The Real Keele residential event for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 (must be under the age of 18)

We can visit you

  • Talk/workshop: what is English Literature? Why study it?
  • Sample lessons and workshops: on madness in literature, adaptations of novels into film, children’s literature, Shakespearean comedy, American fiction and more…
  • Creative Writing workshops
  • Or we can tailor a session to suit your needs!

Our Media degree provides a distinct combination of media and cultural theory with creative practice, and is in the top 20 media courses in the UK. Our students learn to analyse and contextualise a range of media, from advertisements to social networks, and develop creative skills of their own, in fields including photography and film-making.

What we can offer you on campus

  • Film Editing: Become familiar with the basic principles of film editing and edit your own short film
  • ‘Taster’ sessions: attend a first year lecture that fits with your curriculum
  • Annual Teachers and Advisors Conference
  • The Real Keele residential event for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 (must be under the age of 18)
  • Any of ‘we can visit you’ sessions can also be run at Keele, and combined with a campus tour!

We can visit you

  • Analysing Advertising: An interactive workshop focused on applying theories such as semiotics and/or theories of class and gender to advertisements
  • Scripting for Short Films: A workshop examining principles of good screenwriting in which we collectively produce a script for a short film
  • Understanding Social Media: An interactive workshop exploring political uses of social media, to introduce theories of ideology
  • Or we can tailor a session to suit yours and your student’s needs!

Film Studies at Keele focuses on the analysis of film as a medium, with the option to do creative practice modules. We study film as an expressive form as well as a cultural product of its social, economic and political context. All our interactive sessions are run by academic members of staff at Keele.

What we can offer you on campus

  • ‘Taster’ sessions (for small groups)
  • Attend our First Year lectures and/or seminars to get a hands-on sense of the Film Studies course at Keele
  • Annual Teachers and Advisors Conference
  • The Real Keele residential event for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 (must be under the age of 18)
  • Any of our ‘We Can Visit You’ sessions can also be run on campus and combined with a campus tour.

We can visit you

  • Storyboarding as Film Theory - An interactive session combining creative ideas about representation with analysis of film’s stylistic choices
  • Contemporary Film and the Cinema of Journeys - An interactive discussion of the role of migration and border-crossing in modern cinema; how we understand it, and the kind of responses it encourages in us as viewers
  • Politics and the Action Film - A participatory session which debates the political potential in the action movie’s construction of urban space
  • Or we can tailor a session to suit yours and your student’s needs!

At Keele, we seek to create independent historical researchers, capable of developing their own research questions through the analysis of archival evidence, understanding the uses and abuses of history, and challenging comfortable narratives of how we got to where we are today. Our students learn how to approach the past from new perspectives, how to analyse through historical context, and to present convincing, well-evidenced argument.

What we can offer you on campus

  • Keele Library and Archives tour: including perhaps the earliest published book for children!
  • Workshops with Staffordshire archives: Either at Keele, or in Hanley – small group workshops with real archival materials
  • Training for History Teachers: Summer School in Latin and Palaeography
  • Annual Teachers and Advisors Conference
  • The Real Keele residential event for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 (must be under the age of 18)
  • Combine a ‘Taster session’ (right) with a Campus tour.

We can visit you

‘Taster sessions’: Experience a first year lecture or workshop related to your curriculum:

  • Victorian Britain
  • British Civil War
  • Imperialism and decolonisation
  • US Civil War
  • US civil rights
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Germany
  • African History
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Oscar Wilde’s London
  • Or we can tailor a session to suit yours and your student’s needs!

Music at Keele provides advanced musical training and develops professional skills, critical thinking and creativity. Our staff of composers, musicologists and performers includes world-leading specialists in classical music, the digital arts, screen scoring and world music. At the heart of our work is a commitment to contemporary music of all kinds.

What we can offer on campus

  • Music at Keele: presentation and tour
  • Performance masterclass: Work alongside our performers and coaches to develop repertoire for forthcoming recitals and performances
  • Ensemble workshop: Throughout the academic year we run performance workshops for musicians from the local community
  • Annual Teachers and Advisors Conference.
  • The Real Keele residential event for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 (must be under the age of 18). Any of ‘we can visit you’ sessions can also be run at Keele, and combined with a campus tour!

We can visit you

  • Music at Keele: presentation
  • Introduction to Ethnomusicology: Discover new worlds of music and approaches to music and culture
  • Variations on the Variation: A workshop for composers on approaches to composing variations
  • Screen Music and Mind Control: Explore the ways in which musical semiotics profoundly influence our audio-visual experiences and lives.
  • Or we can tailor a session to suit your needs

Music Technology at Keele University encourages students to work at the frontiers of the creative technologies in composition, music production, sound design, screen music, audio-visuals and music software. Our students study many different styles and genres, inventing, capturing, recording, mixing and manipulating audio/visual content using advanced digital media. Students have 24/7 access to our recording and project studios, practice rooms and a vast library of digital media assets and music library.

What we can offer on campus

  • Music Technology at Keele show/presentation and tour
  • Workshops including: sculptures made of sound, cinema for the ears, crafting sound for the screen, audio-visual digital art-making, interactive musical improvisation
  • Annual Teachers and Advisors Conference
  • The Real Keele residential event for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 (must be under the age of 18)

We can visit you

  • Music Technology at Keele show/presentation
  • Seminar and demonstration of: sculptures made of sound, audio-visual digital art-making, interactive musical improvisation
  • Or we can tailor a session to suit yours and your student’s needs!