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  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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    350
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    13.2
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.88
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    1,048
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.28
  • Facilities Spend 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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    537
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    75.6
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    89.1
  • Good Honours 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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    67.2

History

  • Keele University is situated on an estate with extensive woods, lakes and parkland, formerly owned by the Sneyd family. The Sneyds came into possession of the Keele estate in the mid-16th century. Before the Sneyds the area was owned by the Knights Templar, a medieval Military Order. The first Keele Hall was built in 1580 and it was rebuilt in 1860. The hall is a major conference, wedding and banqueting venue and has Grade II listing from English Heritage for its architectural importance.
  • The university itself was founded as the University College of North Staffordshire in 1949 and received its Charter as the University of Keele in 1962. Keele's founding ethos is 'the pursuit of truth in the company of friends'.

Location and Transport

  • Keele is in North Staffordshire, halfway between Manchester and Birmingham. Our central location means it is easy to get anywhere in the country, with the M6 and rail links close at hand. We are situated 2 miles to the west of Newcastle-under-Lyme, on the A525 road to Whitchurch, Nantwich and Crewe. The Royal Stoke University Hospital campus is situated on the A34, just to the south of Newcastle-under-Lyme.
  • The nearest railway stations are at Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe, both are accessible by regular bus services from campus. From Stoke-on-Trent, it is 1 hour 30 minutes by train to London, 50 minutes by train to Birmingham and 40 minutes by train to Manchester. We're also within an hours drive of Manchester and Birmingham International airports.
  • Buses run between our campus, the Royal Stoke University Hospital and the surrounding towns every 15 minutes.
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme is the closest town to campus, with a friendly and welcoming feel. There’s a modern shopping area, four big supermarkets within walking distance of the bus station, and a daily market selling everything from fruit to furniture. In the centre of town you’ll find an eight screen Vue cinema plus plenty of restaurants, bars and pubs. Close to the centre are the Jubilee2 swimming pool and sport centre and the New Vic Theatre.
  • Stoke-on-Trent is great for shopping, culture and nightlife. The Intu Potteries Shopping Centre has over 90 high-street shops and a traditional market. The Cultural Quarter is a hub of creative and entertainment venues, and two theatres. The Sugarmill is great for live music and Victoria Hall is popular on the comedy circuit. The Potteries Museum is home to the famous Staffordshire Hoard and a short bus ride away are the Britannia Stadium, where you can watch Premier League football at Stoke City, or Festival Park for the latest films, ten-pin bowling, ski slope and water park.

Entry Requirements

  • We judge all applications on their individual merits and take account of all the information provided on the UCAS application forms, including predicted grades, AS level results if certificated, the referee’s report, candidate’s personal statement, GCSE results and non-academic achievements. For some courses, depending on individual circumstances, there may be some flexibility for students who have chosen two AS levels in place of a third A2 subject.
  • Typically our three year degree courses ask for A level grades (or equivalent) of between AAB and BBC. We welcome applications from candidates with non-traditional qualifications and will take into consideration prior learning and experience and alternative qualifications.
  • Students entering Keele are required to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or equivalent.
  • GCSE Mathematics or Science at grade C or above is also required for most courses. For some courses Mathematics only is acceptable and/ or grade B is required.
  • We do not have preferred or specified subject combinations. We welcome applicants whose studies cross traditional boundaries e.g. science/arts combinations but equally we are happy to consider applicants whose studies are in more cognate areas. We are happy to accept applications for deferred entry for the majority of our courses, provided that you have constructive plans for your year out.

Student Mix

The 9,635 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 76%
  • Postgraduate 24%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 77%
  • Part Time 23%

Domicile

  • UK 84%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 14%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%

Course Flexibility

  • We’re Keele University and we’re different. Founded more than 60 years ago to meet the demands of a new kind of society, economy and world, our principles resonate now more than ever. Our approach to education is central to this and is, above all, what defines us.
  • Our research and teaching excellence is renowned: underpinned by a high quality curriculum, delivered by inspiring academics and enriched by everything else that goes into making a good education, great. Students have the support they need, and just the right amount of space, where they are encouraged to build their resilience and open their minds, to become as good as they can be and equipped to deal with the big challenges the world today presents.
  • As well as enabling our students to develop their academic expertise, we believe in educating the whole person, building skills for life, as well as for work. So we deliver a broad-based education in a dynamic environment, where debate, discussion and learning happens within the classroom and beyond. Our approach is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, which means perspectives are shared across subjects, where students are encouraged to see the world in different ways, and become truly accomplished.
  • Through volunteering opportunities and engagement in the sustainability agenda, students learn how to contribute for the good of society as well as enterprise. Benefitting from our internationalisation strategy, students become world ready, as well as work ready. Through real-world engagement the transition into work life after University is smoothed, improving employability potential and the results for graduates and employers alike. Students leave us uniquely prepared, clear about who they are and what they want to be.
  • It’s little wonder the Keele educational approach is considered an amazing foundation for life. It’s the Keele difference.

Teaching Standards

  • 1st in the 2015 National Student Survey of UK universities for overall student satisfaction with an exceptionally high score of 95%.
  • Feedback from Keele's undergraduate final year students found them to be most happy with ​well-organised and ​intellectually stimulating courses, and ​lecturers being available when needed, ​good at explaining things​ and ​enthusiastic about what they are teaching​​. Students also gave excellent ratings to the availability and quality of library, learning and IT resources.
  • The university's overall satisfaction score is an impressive 95%, far exceeding the national average of 86%. This result underlines Keele's ongoing commitment to student experience, having ranked in the top 10 for 5 years, and topping the table in both 2014 and 2015.

Research Standards

  • 97% of the university's research is classified as world leading and of international importance, as a result of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • 21% is judged to be 4* or 'world leading' – the highest available category score, and 71% judged to be in the top 2 categories, compared to 46% in 2008.
  • We have top rated research departments in all three faculties: Health, Humanities and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences, and the REF 2014 results reveal the university's world-class research activities across a wide spectrum of subject areas.
  • Subject areas where research at Keele has been rated world class are Allied Health Professions, Primary Care, General Engineering, History, Music, English, Politics, Law, Biological Sciences, Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, Philosophy, Business and Management and Computer Science.

Academic Strengths

  • Our Faculty of Health is one of the UK’s leading centres of applied research in primary care and is a national centre for studying muscoskeletal disorders. The Faculty offers a full range of clinical undergraduate courses. The quality of teaching in our Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, Nursing and Midwifery and Health and Rehabilitation is reflected in feedback from the professional bodies responsible for validating degree courses. The excellence of our world-leading research is reinforced by grants awarded. Students benefit from the latest technology and facilities, as well as partnerships with NHS organisations across Staffordshire and Shropshire, including UHNM one of the largest acute hospitals in the country, together with health-related commercial companies located on the campus Science Park, a well-developed community sector based around a large network of research-active GP practices.
  • Our large and multi-faceted Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences draws on our progressive heritage. Theoretically innovative and relevant to real-world application of human culture, society and interaction, it brings together the Schools of Social Science & Public Policy, Politics, International Relations & Philosophy and Humanities, alongside the School of Law and Keele Management School. Our Language Learning Unit offers a wide range of support and study opportunities in English and Modern Languages. International in profile and outlook, our research is cutting-edge and shapes the curriculum of our undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes. Both our research and teaching focuses on the dimensions of social theory, policy and practice – in broad terms what it is to be human, and on humans as social beings.
  • We are renowned for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach and our Faculty of Natural Sciences is central to this. Our Schools of Life Sciences, Computing & Mathematics, Physical & Geographical Sciences and Psychology build scientific skills and awareness of the issues relevant to both our sustainable development and quality of life. They integrate world-class research with the very best teaching and the latest innovations. Since Natural Scientists are inherently multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, they are particularly relevant to how the world around us works today and ours is the natural venue for them.
  • The Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences is Keele University at its best. It fulfils what we were originally established to do: the pursuit of truth in the company of friends. Based where the University was originally founded, Keele Hall, it is home to our new consortial degrees; Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences, and the Grand Challenges programme. It provides a focus for enhancing the academic and cultural life of the Keele community and encourages interdisciplinary conversation and research for all academic staff and students. That’s not all. It’s a hub that brings together our expertise across Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. It’s a catalyst to prompt debate, promote academic enquiry, generate interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as inspire fresh thinking for the great challenges the world faces today. It benefits our partnerships, contributes to enterprise and provides a stimulating environment for everyone across the university.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • We are a campus university, nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK. Many of our students and a number of our staff live, as well as study and work here. It’s a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We operate on a human scale, providing people the space to think and plenty to do, with a vast array of clubs, societies, activities and volunteering opportunities. We successively rank at the very top of student satisfaction surveys. This is because it’s more than a place of research and academic excellence alone, it’s green and lovely too.
  • Everything’s on your doorstep at Keele, with all the most important services and facilities gathered together at the centre of campus. And because our student population is quite small, there’s a great sense of community. You’ll soon feel at home, and you’ll make and meet friends wherever you go.
  • Our self-contained campus is home to our accommodation, lots of restaurants and cafés, the Students’ Union, a health centre, all the teaching (except for some health courses).
  • We have two libraries: one on campus, open 24/7 during semesters, and the other at the Royal Stoke University Hospital for our healthcare students. Both offer free wi-fi and a choice of study spaces.
  • We offer an IT support and advice centre plus a laptop loan scheme and clinic. You’ll have 24/7 access to computers, scanners and high-speed colour printers in the Library. There’s free wi-fi across campus, including every study bedroom, and at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. The Keele Learning Environment (KLE) provides an online portal for enhanced course content, submitting your work online, and group study facilities like chat rooms and messaging.
  • Check out our Students’ Union for what goes on at night at Keele.
  • Keele has fabulous indoor and outdoor sporting and leisure facilities, with more to do than you could shake a lacrosse stick at. From fencing to dance, football to squash, you’ll be able to exercise your body just as much as your mind. There are over 100 sports clubs and societies to choose from.
  • All work and no play make Jack and Jane rather dull, so students can make the most of a rich and varied arts programme. There are exhibitions, music, poetry, performances and much more throughout the year.

Disability Services

  • Our Disability and Dyslexia support team provides ongoing, holistic support for individual student needs. If you have a disability and are thinking of applying to Keele, please contact us as soon as possible. We can arrange a visit here to assess your requirements and show you our accommodation (there are specially adapted ground-floor rooms and kitchens for those who need them). You can also have a chat with one of our disability advisors about your personal and academic support requirements.
  • If Keele is your first choice and you have a physical and/or sensory disability, or have severe mental health issues, or are on the autistic spectrum, you are guaranteed a room on campus for the entire period of your course (as long as your application has been supported by this team).
  • We’re an Access Centre, so we can also arrange a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) assessment – please just get in touch. Depending on your needs and funding, we can offer a wide range of resources, including: screening, diagnostic assessment and tuition for dyslexia; specialised equipment and software, including SUPERNOVA and JAWS; and examination arrangements and identification stickers for assessed work.
  • Contact us at support.disability@keele.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • Keele University Students’ Union (KeeleSU) is at the heart of campus life. It’s there for all sorts of reasons: a place to meet, eat and shop. But it also has a more serious purpose in representing and supporting you.
  • From the moment you arrive, KeeleSU will help you get stuck into university life. There’s loads going on, including the Freshers’ Fair, Society Sign-Up Fair and different markets.
  • KeeleSU works really hard to provide a fantastic line-up of entertainment. We’ve hosted no fewer than six Brit-nominated artists (Tinie Tempah, Example, Professor Green, Rizzle Kicks, Ed Sheeran and Chase & Status) plus breaking artists we think will be really big. We’re proud to have Radio 1’s Ally McCrae, from BBC Introducing, as our music advisor.
  • Popular seasonal events include the Halloween Ball, the Winterfest party at Christmas, the Christmas Market, an impressive Refreshers’ line-up, and the fabulous summer party, Woodstoke, to round off the academic year.

Availability of Part-Time Work

Located within ASK (Advice & Support at Keele) on the ground floor of KeeleSU, the Jobshop is a free service that advertises a range of part-time, temporary, vacation and graduate jobs. The Jobshop can provide:
  • Useful hints and tips on improving your CV
  • Help to improve interview techniques
  • Help claiming tax back if you face any problems
  • Information on obtaining a National Insurance number for International students

Careers Guidance

  • Opportunity to receive guidance and employability advice from professional careers advisers attached to faculties.
  • Graduate Careers Fair on Campus attracting a range of employers.
  • Regular visits from employers eager to recruit Keele students and graduates.
  • Help with developing employability skills in the curriculum.
  • Careers and Employability resources centrally located in the library on campus.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In the last 10 years alone, we have invested over £115m in our campus and infrastructure.
  • The library underwent £1m refurbishment during summer 2014, and welcomed new group study space, IT Helpdesk (IT Connect) and the new home of our careers and employability team.
  • The Walter Moberley building reopened in September 2015 following a £2m refurbishment to create 7 large teaching spaces.
  • The School of Life Sciences is due to undergo a £7.2m refurbishment to create brand new teaching laboratories – opening March 2017.
  • The Students' Union and centre of campus has recently undergone a £2.7m transformation, the centre piece being the Forest of Light – a walk-through installation designed to commemorate our 50th anniversary.
  • The university has a 70-acre development site for its Science and Innovation Park and currently hosts 40 companies employing over 600 people on our existing Science and Business Park.
  • A new £2.9m purpose designed day nursery accommodates up to 128 children from three months to school age. It has been designed in keeping with the university's environmental sustainability objectives.
  • The Darwin Building, home to our Management School, has been refurbished to house a new 95-seat lecture theatre.

Notable Alumni

  • Dr David Collett – 1952-1956 History & Economics Director of VSO. Chief Executive of WaterAid.
  • Michael Mansfield QC 19601964 History & Philosophy Leading barrister involved in every prominent case of the late 20th and early 21st Century.
  • Dame Fiona Woolf 19661970 Law & Psychology - Lord Mayor of the City of London. President of the Law Society of England and Wales.
  • Dame Jo Williams 19671971 Applied Social Studies & Sociology Chief Executive of the Royal Mencap Society. President of the Association of Directors of Social Services. Chair of the Prison Reform Trust.
  • Steve Jackson 19681972 Psychology & Biology Co-Founder Games Workshop.
  • Sir Chris Woodhead 19701974 English Chief Inspector of Schools.
  • Peter Mond, Lord Melchett 19711972 Criminology Executive Director of Greenpeace UK 1989-1999. Policy Director at the Soil Association since 2002.
  • Jem Finer 19731977 Sociology & Computer Science Musician The Pogues.
  • Rear Admiral Ian Moncrieff 19731977 Geography & Geology UK National Hydrographer. Chief Executive of UK Hydrographic Office.
  • Sir Nick Partridge 19741978 International Relations Chief Executive Terrence Higgins Trust.
  • Jonty Bloom 19821986 International Relations BBC Business & Economics Correspondent.
  • Dominic Coles 19831987 Politics, Philosophy & Economics BBC Director of Operations.
  • Steve Cutts 19871991 American Studies & English United Nations Assistant Secretary-General.
  • Jamie Aitchison 19901993 History & Politics BAFTA winner TV coverage of 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • Greg Lambert 19901994 English & History Writer, broadcaster, wrestling impresario.
  • Adelaide "Mama" Tambo 19911992 Gerontology  Prominent South African anti-apartheid activist.
  • Laurence Mann 19982001 American Studies & Politics Personal Political Secretary to PM David Cameron.
  • Dr Maggie Atkinson 20042008 Education Children’s Commissioner for England

Further Details

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