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Keele University

2016 League Table Ranking 46
2016 Overall Score 704
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Entry Standards 358 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 13.9 Help
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Research Quality 2.88 Help
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Academic Services Spend 784 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.22 Help
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Facilities Spend 443 Help
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Graduate Prospects 71.9 Help
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Degree Completion 90.8 Help
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Good Honours 68.4 Help
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Green Score 50.4 Help
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  • The University College of North Staffordshire opened in 1950 and was the first new university of the twentieth century.
  • UCNS was renamed as Keele University in 1962; the quickest evolution from a University College to University in the UK.
  • In 1969 Keele was described as "the most original innovation in British university education in the 20th century".
  • The "Keele Experiment" tested the principles of a modern University education, featuring a broad inter-disciplinary approach and the first dual honours degrees in the UK.
  • Community and collegiality are founding ideals and the Keele experience became a template for later campus universities.
  • In 1981 Keele University declared independence and sought recognition from the UN as the Free Republic of Keele; the move was in protest against cuts in educational funding. Independence lasted for one week.
  • HRH Princess Margaret was President and Chancellor from 1956 to 1986.
  • The extensive Keele estate was originally a mediaeval Templar manor; the first Keele Hall was built in 1580 and rebuilt in 1860. The Sneyd family owned the Keele estate continuously from 1540 to 1949.

Location and Transport

  • Located in Staffordshire, at the heart of the UK, Keele is easily accessible from anywhere in the country. Set in over 620 acres of woodland, parkland and formal gardens, the University is within an hours drive of Manchester and Birmingham, and just one and a half hours by train to London.
  • We offer a safe and friendly community atmosphere, with some 62% of undergraduate students living on campus, along with many postgraduate students and over 170 staff families.
  • We also have 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.
  • Local buses run between campus, the hospital site and surrounding towns every 15 minutes.

Entry Standards

  • We seek the most academically able students from an international recruitment pool. 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.
  • Typically our three-year degree courses ask for between (AAB–BBC) but we also welcome applications from candidates with non-traditional qualifications and will take into consideration prior learning and experience and alternative qualifications.
  • 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.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • 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.
  • Students who do not sit AS level examinations will not be discounted. All applications will be considered on the strength of their application, qualifications and predicted grades.
  • Some subjects require GCSE Mathematics for entry, sometimes at grade 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
  • International students represent over 120 nationalities.

Course Flexibility

  • We prepare our 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. We also provide 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.
  • Our undergraduate programmes 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.Our 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.
  • Our 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. We remain in the UK top ten for student employability, with 93% of students who graduated in 2013 finding full-time employment within a year.
  • On campus there is the opportunity to experience a truly international flavour as the diversification of the student population now sees more than 160 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 officially the happiest in the country. The University is the top UK university for student satisfaction as confirmed by the National Student Survey 2014.
  • Feedback from our students found them to be happy with the quality of their university experience and rated their courses as intellectually stimulating, with the staff good at explaining things and enthusiastic about what they are teaching.
  • The University's exceptionally high overall satisfaction score of 93% exceeds the national average of 86% in the latest National Student Survey and places Keele in its highest ever position – above the likes of Oxford, Cambridge and the Open University and level with the universities of Bath and St Andrews.
  • Forensic Science and Sociology at Keele were ranked first for subject-level performance, with top 10 rankings for: American Studies, Anatomy, Biology, Geology, Maths, Media Studies, Medicine, Biochemistry, Music, Pharmacy, Politics, and Social Policy.

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

  • We make a unique contribution to higher education in our continued commitment to encouraging interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary education and research.
  • We provide high-quality courses across all three of our 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.
  • Our mission is to be committed to making a difference in society by providing innovative, high-quality education for students from all backgrounds and by undertaking world-leading research that transforms understanding and brings benefit to society, communities and individuals.

Student Facilities

  • 24/7 opening at the newly renovated Campus Library during semester and seven days a week during vacations, with group and individual study areas available.
  • Eduroam WiFi is available in study bedrooms and across campus.
  • On-line access to thousands of academic journals and e-books plus around 600,000 print books.
  • A short-term and long-term laptop loan scheme is available allowing you to borrow an Dell Latitude Laptop for up 7 hours or two weeks.
  • The Health Library at Royal Stoke University Hospital is also open seven days a week throughout the year.
  • Our Student Services Centre is your one stop shop for information, support and guidance, offering specialist drop in sessions every weekday for you to talk to one of our advisers about managing money, immigration, cultural and academic adjustment, support in University accommodation and your well-being.
  • The campus also has a full range of facilities and services including bars, restaurant, shops, a leisure centre, bank, nursery, GP.
  • 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 service which is part of Student Support and Development Services. We can provide support for a wide range of disabilities, including Dyslexia and Dyspraxia, Autism, Sensory Disabilities, physical disabilities, medical conditions and mental health issues. We also provide advice and guidance on funding.
  • Disability and Dyslexia Support strives to work with academic schools and services across the university to provide an inclusive educational and social environment for all disabled students. The aim is to enable disabled students to reach their potential by finding the most effective support strategies to meet individual need.
  • The primary contact is Jane Higgins, Disability Services Administrator, telephone 01782 734105

Students' Union

  • KeeleSU is at the heart of campus life. KeeleSU represents and supports students and is the focal point for your social life, providing a fantastic line-up of entertainment, award-winning bars and a full range of services, including food outlets, a print shop and an advice centre (ASK). ASK is based in the SU and provides free, impartial and professional advice and support whenever you need it.
  • KeeleSU is run by students for students and is governed by five full-time elected officers alongside a permanent, professional staff.
  • They provide as many opportunities as possible for you to make the most of your time at Keele. KeeleSU also showcases some of the best current entertainment, with the Ballroom recently playing host to no less than six Brit nominated artistes.
  • There are some HUGE events at KeeleSU! Each year, the Freshers' Ball sees a chart-topping artist take to the stage – recently welcoming Chase & Status, Professor Green and Gym Class Heroes, to name a few. With daytime events comprised of the Freshers' Fair, Society Sign-Up Fair and markets too, there's always something going on during Freshers' Week!
  • Key times of year are always celebrated with vibrant and popular events, such as the Halloween Ball, the "Winterfest" Christmas party, the Christmas Market, an impressive Refreshers' line-up and, to round the year off, the fabulous annual summer party "Woodstoke", which has featured live acts from John Newman to Labrinth. Other recent acts have included Example, Ed Sheeran and Tinie Tempah!
  • Joining a society is a great way to meet new people and, above all, societies are great fun! Societies are affiliated to the Students' Union and receive support and funding from KeeleSU. We've got over 100 societies including Drama, Bhangra, Sci-Fi and Poker, to name just a few.
  • There are also plenty of Volunteering opportunities – in 2013–14, Keele students completed an amazing 10,991 hours of volunteering; this is the equivalent of £54,738 being put back in to the economy. When volunteering, you are meeting new people, maybe groups that you wouldn't normally spend time with, who will have a substantial impact on your student experience.


  • Over 35 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, and competing in BUCS leagues.
  • 20 hectares (50 acres) of sport facilities including playing fields, an all-weather pitch, eight tennis courts, six squash courts, two sports halls, spinning studio, dance studio, gymnasium and state-of-the-art fitness centre.
  • The fitness centre has 50 stations and a separate free weight rooms.
  • Eight-station state of the art Kinesis Suite.
  • Strength and conditioning room.
  • Range of exercise classes and joint gym & class memberships.
  • An Elite Athlete Programme that supports students playing their sport at the highest level.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In the last 10 years alone, we have invested over £115 million in our campus and infrastructure.
  • The library underwent £1-million 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 will re-open in September 2015 following a £2m refurbishment to create 7 large teaching spaces.
  • The School of Life Sciences is due to undergo a £7.2-million refurbishment to create brand new teaching laboratories – opening March 2017.
  • The Student' Union and centre of campus has recently undergone a £2.7-million 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 current hosts 40 companies employing over 600 people on existing Science and Business Park.
  • A new £2.9-million 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.

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.

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

For further information

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  • UK/EU admissions: +44 (0)1782 734005
  • International admissions: +44(0) 1782 733274
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