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

My time at Keele

I 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 was an exciting journey that took me all over the world and introduced me to prominent figures in my field of research which has focused primarily upon the Kennedy presidency. Alongside my research, I 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.


The tutors at Keele 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 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. 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. 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.