Sam Taylor, BA (Hons) History and Politics, MRes History

Over the past four years, I have had the pleasure and honour of being a student at Keele University. I was awarded first-class honours in History and Politics in 2016 and then a Distinction for my History Master of Research (MRes) degree in 2017.

It has been an exciting journey that has taken me all over the world and introduced me to prominent figures in my field of research which has focused primarily upon the Kennedy presidency. The tutors at Keele have always championed my passion for research. Whether it was when I wrote two undergraduate dissertations or studied feminism in America for my masters – my supervisors have always instilled in me a belief that with hard work, my research can contribute significantly to the contemporary debates in History. For instance, I was invited to present my latest work at the Historians of the Twentieth-Century (HOTCUS) annual postgraduate conference in 2017.

During the second year of my undergraduate degree, I spent an exchange semester in the United States where I met a leading Kennedy historian whom I later interviewed for my History dissertation. In 2017, I made numerous trips to the John F. Kennedy presidential library and interviewed Kennedy's civil rights adviser for my postgraduate dissertation. None of this would have been possible without the support of my tutors and the vibrant culture at Keele University which encourages original and cutting-edge research.

Alongside my research, I have had the opportunity to assist with the teaching of various modules at Keele which I am certain will improve my career prospects and future research plans. In all, Keele University is a superb institution to attend with outstanding support from tutors who help you realise your dedication and passion for history can become the future of research and help you secure a successful career.