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Keele University

2015 League Table Ranking 43
2015 Overall Score 698
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Entry Standards 380 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.2 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.41 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 764 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.18 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 394 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 67.6 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 89.2 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 67.5 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 37.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Keele was the first UK University of the 20th Century and is the UK’s largest integrated campus university.

Location and Transport

  • Located at the heart of the UK, Keele is easily accessible from anywhere in the country. Set in over 600 acres of parkland, the University is within an hour’s drive of Manchester and Birmingham, and under two hours by train from London. Keele is dedicated to helping students make the most of their potential. Keele offers a safe and friendly community atmosphere, with some 62% of undergraduate students living on campus, along with many postgraduate students and staff.Keele also has a small academic campus at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, which houses both educational activities and research.
  • A key strategic aim of the University is to promote a campus environment that embraces and promotes sustainability, and aspires to become a sustainable community.
  • Keele was one of the first Higher Education Institutions to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in 2008. The Carbon Trust Standard was developed to encourage good practice in carbon measurement and reduction by private businesses and public sector organisations.
  • Local buses run between campus, the hospital site and surrounding towns every 10-20 minutes.

Entry Standards

  • Three-year degree courses ask for between (AAB–BBC).
  • Students entering Keele are required to have, as a minimum, three A-level passes or the equivalent in other qualifications and GCSE grade C (minimum) in English Language and Mathematics or a Science subject.
  • Some subjects require GCSE Mathematics for entry, sometimes at grade A or B.
  • If you do not have GCSE Mathematics or Science at grade C or above, please contact the Admissions Office for advice. It may be that we can accept other qualifications you have in lieu of the GCSE requirement.

Student Mix

The 9,980 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Keele prepares its students for their future careers by providing opportunities to study two subjects at degree level. The choice of dual honours degree subject combinations allows students to both prepare for their chosen careers or to broaden their future career prospects if they are undecided on their choice of career when they begin their studies. Keele also provides a range of vocational and professional courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, for example in Medicine, Pharmacy, Health, Social Care, Education, Law, and the Sciences.
  • Keele’s undergraduate programmes will enable students to develop their intellectual, personal and professional capabilities. These capabilities are known as the ten Graduate Attributes and they include independent thinking, synthesizing information, creative problem solving, communicating clearly, and appreciating the social, environmental and global implications of your studies and activities.
  • Keele’s educational programmes and learning environment are designed to help Keele students become a well-rounded distinctive graduates who are capable of making a positive and valued contribution in a complex and rapidly changing world.
  • Keele graduates are highly prized for their flexibility of thought and the maturity of their social skills. The University has one of the best graduate employment rates in the UK, ensuring that our students achieve their potential. Keele remains in the UK top ten for student employability, with 93.8% of students who graduated in 2010 finding full-time employment within a year.
  • On campus there is the opportunity to experience a truly international flavour as the diversification of Keele’s student population now sees more than 100 countries represented . Nearly all undergraduate students get the opportunity to spend a semester abroad as part of their studies and the University has more than 50 partner universities worldwide.

Teaching Standards

  • Keele students are among the most satisfied in the country. The University is in the top ten of UK universities for student satisfaction as confirmed by the National Student Survey 2011. The annual survey which began in 2007 has shown that 90% of Keele students were satisfied with their course compared to an average of just 83% nationally.
  • Subject areas scoring highly included Anatomy, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Pharmacy, Geology Mathematics, Human and Social Geography, Physics and Astronomy.

Research Standards

  • Some 85% of Keele University's research is now classified as world leading and of international importance as a result of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
  • Some 11% of the university's research submitted for assessment was judged to be world leading. This compares to 6% achieving the top grade in the previous RAE in 2001.
  • Keele research has been rated world class in terms of originality, significance and rigour in Primary Care, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Business and Management, Law, Politics, Russian, English Language and Literature, History, Music and General Engineering. Keele also performed particularly well in Music, Applied Mathematics, Social Policy and Administration and History.
  • Keele is a leading world player in many research areas, including primary healthcare, especially around arthritis and muscular skeletal problems, secondary healthcare, including stroke medicine, and health-related research on insect-borne diseases in the Tropics; in environmental science, astrology and the life sciences; and in areas of the humanities and social sciences, including music, history and English Literature.

Academic Strengths

  • The University makes a unique contribution to higher education in its continued commitment to encouraging interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary education and research.

  • The University continues in its mission to be recognised as the UK’s leading example of an open, integrated, intellectual community. Half of Keele’s undergraduate students still study two subjects to honours level.

  • The University provides high-quality courses across all three of its Faculties: Health, Natural Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences. The majority of the degree courses are two-subject Dual Honours degrees, with Single Honours degrees in the health and professional subjects.

  • Courses offered include Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Law, Business Management, International Relations, Criminology, Biomedical Sciences, Forensic Science, and Mathematics.

Student Facilities

  • The University continues to invest to improve the student experience and student learning environment.
  • Significant expenditure has been designated for the maintenance and improvement of student accommodation and facilities.
  • In the last 10 years alone the University has invested £115 million in its campus and infrastructureThe newly renovated library includes a wide range of digital resources and new study areas. Broadband internet access is available in study bedrooms and in the PC labs.
  • Games consoles such as X box can be used on student campus accommodation network hallsnet. Plans to enable PS3 and WII connections to the Halls net network.
  • Keele Campus Library to open for 24/7 throughout each semester from the start of the academic year 2012–13.
  • A short term and long term laptop loan scheme is available. Students can borrow an up-to-date Dell Latitude Laptop for up to 3 hours or two weeks.Keele is a unique community in which people can work, study, and relax.  The campus has a full range of facilities and services for all the community, including bars, eateries and retail outlets.  The campus also has a leisure centre with recently updated fitness suite, a post office, bank, nursery, GP and dentist.
  • There is an inter-denominational chapel for Christian worship in a variety of styles, and an Islamic Centre. 

Disability Services

  • The university has a Disability and dyslexia support unit which is part of Student Services and Development Keele has an Access Statement and works towards the social model of disability, striving always to provide an inclusive educational and social environment for all disabled students.Disability Services provides support, advice and information for students who have different needs. The aim is to maximise student potential and find the best way of doing this across the University experience.
  • The primary contact is Jane Higgins, Disability Services Administrator, telephone 01782  734105 disabilityservices@acad.keele.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • Recent Student Union gigs include Razorlight, The Enemy, Pigeon Detectives, The Hoosiers, The Twang, We Are Scientists, The Courteeners, Taio Cruz, and Mr Hudson Dance nights featuring: Chase & Status, Nero, Jaguar Skills, Judge Jules, and Scratch Perverts
  • More than 60 societies, catering to all of the student population.  Societies include: Anime and Manga, Mountain biking, Revelation Gospel Choir , Gliding and KUBE radio station.The Students' Union runs a farmers' market every Tuesday in term time.
  • VE @ Keele aims to provide quality volunteer opportunities for students, enhancing the whole student experience and connecting Keele University to the rest of the local area.
  • KUBE Radio has won a number of awards including the Gold Medal Award for Best Online Radio at the New York Festival's Radio Programming & Promotion Awards in 2007; KUBE also won the Best Internet Only Radio Station 2007 at the NAB European Radio Awards. KUBE Radio has also featured on Tim Westwood’s Radio 1 extra show in 2011 as part of his weekly College drop out feature.


  • 20 hectares (50 acres) of sport facilities including playing fields, a new all-weather pitch, eight tennis courts, six squash courts, two sports halls and state-of-the-art fitness centre.
  • The fitness centre has 49 stations and 2 separate free weight rooms.
  • An 8 station state of the art Kinesis Suite.
  • A Range of Exercise Classes & Joint Gym & Class Memberships.
  • Over 30 different sports clubs within the Athletic Union, known as Team: Keele. The activities on offer cater for students of all abilities, from the beginner to the elite athlete.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In November 2011 work began on a major project to transform the heart of the campus, including the reconfiguration of the Union Square plaza, providing new seating , tree planting and a central sculpture. The project, designed to provide an external social hub at the centre of the campus, will be suitable for both informal and formal events designed to enhance the student, staff, resident and visitor experience.
  • Refurbishment of the Ground Floor of the Students’ Union Building, programmed completion end of August 2012
  • A new £2.9-million purpose designed nursery is being built for completion in September 2012. The new nursery will accommodate up to 128 children from three months to school age. It has been designed in keeping with the University's environmental sustainability objectives Refurbishment of the Darwin Building to provide accommodation for the co-location of the Keele Management School and house a new 95 seat lecture theatre.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Jobshop in the Independent Advice Unit is a free service that helps students to find part-time, term-time work or full-time work during the vacation periods.

Notable Alumni

  • Phil Avery (BBC weather presenter)
  • Emran bin Bahar (ambassador for Brunei Darussalam)
  • Stan Beckensall (expert in prehistoric rock art)
  • Jo Beverley (novelist)
  • Jonty Bloom (BBC correspondent)
  • Phillida Bunkle (politician, New Zealand MP)
  • Mike Cattermole (racing commentator)
  • Paul Clarke (Secretary of State, MP)
  • David Collett (director VSO, CEO Wateraid)
  • Bob Cooling (Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff)
  • David Cooney (Irish ambassador to the UK)
  • Edward Derbyshire (geologist)
  • John Duncan (UK diplomat UN & NATO)
  • Jack Emery (director, writer, producer)
  • Farahanaz Faizal (High Commisoner for the Maldives)
  • Jem Finer (musician, songwriter, The Pogues)
  • Don Foster (politician, MP)
  • Zuklfikar Ghose (author)
  • Jonathan Gledhill (Bishop of Lichfield)
  • John Golding (politician, MP)
  • Sir Jeffrey James (UK High Commissioner to Kenya)
  • Eric Joyce (politician, MP)
  • Mumtaz Kassam (Deputy High Commissioner for Uganda)
  • Denise King (chief executive Girlguiding UK)
  • Marina Lewycka (author)
  • Bernard Lloyd (actor)
  • Ron Maddison (astronomer)
  • Michael Mansfield (prominent QC)
  • Peter Mond, Lord Melchett (executive director of Greenpeace)
  • Alun Michael (First Secretary to National Assembly for Wales)
  • Ian Moncrieff (UK National Hydrographer)
  • Sir Richard Mottram (Cabinet Office)
  • Gerry Northam (BBC journalist)
  • Marina Oliver (novelist)
  • Sir Nick Partridge (chief executive, Terence Higgins Trust)
  • Priti Patel (politician, MP)
  • David Pownall (playwright and author)
  • Brian Stewart (ambassador to Algeria)
  • John Sutton (general secretary, Secondary Heads Association)
  • Adelaide "Mama" Tambo (anti-apartheid activist, South African MP)
  • Chris Taylor (landscape archaeologist)
  • Sir John Vereker (Governor of Bermuda)
  • Lynda Waltho (politician, MP)
  • Peter Whelan (playwright)
  • Dame Jo Williams (chief executive MENCAP)
  • Chris Woodhead (chief inspector of schools)
  • Fiona Woolf (president of the Law Society)


For further information

  • www.keele.ac.uk
  • UK/EU admissions: undergraduate@acad.keele.ac.uk
  • International admissions: international@mac.keele.ac.uk
  • UK/EU admissions: +44 (0)1782 734005
  • International admissions: +44(0) 1782 733274
  • Keele University
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UCAS Code K12

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