About the School

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 American Literature and History, Creative Writing, English Literature, Film Studies, Media, History, Music and Music Technology.

The School is home to approximately 750 undergraduate students, 50 postgraduate students on taught programmes and approximately 40 PhD students.  With 65 staff to support your learning, the School is proud of its achievements:

  • the School has been a pioneer in the field of American Studies for many years and is in the top 6 providers nationally for the subject
  • the first English and American Literatures course in the country was designed and delivered at Keele
  • Keele University had the highest National Student Survey rates across the Country in 2014, 2015 and 2016. 
  • Students can be assured that courses are influenced by current research, with staff actively researching and publishing in their fields:

-       the School has 11 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*)


The School seeks to establish external links across its subjects areas, with a member of staff serving as Chair of University English and another staff member on the Executive Committee of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies.  This seeks to ensure that our courses are linked to national developments and provide students with a high quality course.

In addition to high quality teaching and research, the School aims to provide a supportive environment in which to study and work.  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.

The School of Humanities continues to develop and, in seeking to provide excellent support for its student community, has introduced a Humanities Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for students seeking to study on a Masters course. A new, purpose-built, multi-million pound music facility is scheduled to open its doors in September 2018.


Hugh Leech Travelling Scholarship 2017 

Hugh Leech Travelling Scholarship Application Form 2017


Athena Swan Bronze Award logo