Dr. Keith Vernon

Divisional Co-ordinator for History, Politics and Philosophy and Principal Lecturer in History

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH318

+44 (0) 1772 89 3052

Subject Areas: History

As divisional co-ordinator, Keith manages the everyday operation of the programmes in history, politics and philosophy. He also teach modules on aspects of modern British history, in particular on the history of childhood, history of education and on the nature and methods of history. He has researched and published on the history of higher and technical education, education in the co-operative movement, and history in the school curriculum, mainly in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Keith is research active within the area of history.

Keith has had an article published on The Conversation entitled ‘A brief history of why students go away to university


BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences; Class 2:1, University of Leicester, 1984

MSc History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leicester, 1986

PhD (History of Science) University of Manchester , 1987


Universities and the State in England, 1850 – 1939 (Routledgefalmer, 2004)

‘The Health and Welfare of University Students in Britain, 1920-1939’ History of Education, 37 (2008): 227-252

‘Values and Vocation. Educating the Co-operative workforce’ in A. Webster et al (Eds), The Hidden Alternative (Manchester University Press, 2011)

‘School History and Civic Education. The Preston Guild Pageant of 1922’. In press, Transactions Lancashire and Cheshire Historical Society.

More publications

External affiliations and roles

Chairperson of the Preston History Network - a consortium of history and heritage-related organisations based in Preston that arranges and promotes historical events in the city

Membership of professional and learned bodies

Member of the HEA (Higher Education Academy)

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Module tutor for:

HY2089 Victorian Britain
HY2100 A History of Childhood in England
HY3029 Education, Culture and Society in England, c.1790 - 1914


Keith's research continues in three, inter-related areas. His main focus is continuing work on the history of higher education in Britain in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, looking especially at the development of the civic universities and their relationships with their local communities, and the emergence of research in the University. He has a growing interest in the history of education in the co-operative movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, looking especially at the vocational training of co-op employees. More recently, he has been looking at the public history of the Preston Guild in the twentieth century. The Preston Guild is an important and historic local festival with interesting implications for how traditions evolve and engage with new communities and generations over the century.