Dr. Keith Vernon

Dr. Keith Vernon

Principal Lecturer in History

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH318

+44 (0) 1772 89 3052


Subject Areas: History

Keith Vernon is a Principal Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities and Social Science. He teaches on modern British History and researches primarily on the history of higher and technical education in Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth century.

Keith is a member of the HEA (Higher Education Academy).


Keith’s research has focussed on various aspects of the history of higher and technical education. A central theme is the role of the state in shaping the development of universities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Other studies have discussed the relationships between universities and their local communities, from the inter-war period to the 1960s. Related work has considered changes in student life and experience during the twentieth century. He has recently completed an account of the history of UCLan for the university’s 190th anniversary.

The other main area of research is the history of education in the co-operative movement in the early twentieth century, looking at the vocational education of employees and the civic education of members.

Keith is heavily involved in public engagement projects, especially supporting Preston-based organisations, and the Co-operative Heritage Trust. He is helping to establish a university-wide network for those working on various aspects of heritage.


  • Ph.D. History of Science, University of Manchester, 1987
  • M.Sc. History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leicester, 1986
  • B.Sc. Biological Sciences, University of Leicester, 1984


Vernon, Keith (2017) Engagement, estrangement or divorce? The new universities and their communities in the 1960s. Contemporary British History . pp. 1-23.

Vernon, Keith (2017) Betraying a generation: how education is failing young people, by Patrick Ainley [book review]. History of Education . pp. 1-2. 

Vernon, Keith (2016) History, citizenship and co-operative education, c.1895-1930. In: Mainstreaming co-operation: An alternative for the twenty-first century. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 69-89. 

Vernon, Keith (2014) ‘We Alone are Passive.’ The Committee of Vice-chancellors and Principals and the organisation of British universities, c.1918 – 1939’. History of Education, 43 (2). pp. 187-207. 


More publications

External affiliations and roles

Trustee, Co-operative Heritage Trust

Member HEA

Member History of Education Society


Higher education during the First World War

History of UCLan

Education and the Co-operative Movement


British history in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, especially the history of education.