Students studying in Brynmor Jones Library

School of Humanities

About the School

The study of the humanities in universities has been going on for over 1000 years. It is concerned with human society and culture, and seeks to provide critical insights into the past, present and future of peoples and their environments. We are a community of academics that teach and generate research and impact across disciplines: English Literature, Creative Writing and History.

Our teaching engages with the latest approaches to our fields, offers students both breadth and choice within an inclusive and tight-knit community.

We allow you to follow your passion and provide the environment that prepares you for what comes next. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, our research in History and English Literature was graded as 'internationally-excellent'. Our research is supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and other charitable and philanthropic sources. We are home to several world-leading research groups and projects including Treatied SpacesRisky Cities and the Larkin Centre. We also make significant contributions to the work of the Wilberforce Institute and the Leverhulme Centre for Water Cultures.

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Head of school

Charles Prior

Dr Charles Prior


Athena Swan Bronze Award

Our community

The Fear Talking

One of our newest staff members Dr Chris Westoby has recently published his debut novel The Fear Talking. Chris – our Programme Director of the Hull Online MA in Creative Writing – is also a Hull alumnus and credits his experiences as a student here at Hull for helping shape his literary career:

‘My journey towards being the Programme Director of the Hull Online MA Creative Writing and publishing my debut book, The Fear Talking, all began here as a student at the University of Hull. Our MA Creative Writing cultivates an environment where it is safe to try new avenues of writing, take risks, experiment and face down difficult subjects. As a student, this supportive community encouraged me to disclose my mental health condition for the first time via creative writing. It was barely a sentence, but it was the seed that led to undertaking a PhD and developing an entire book on the subject’.

The Fear Talking is available from Amazon and Waterstones.