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Staffordshire University

2016 League Table Ranking 103
2016 Overall Score 511
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Entry Standards 268 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.20 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,195 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 4.04 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 352 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 54.7 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 78.3 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 63.2 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 42.0 Help
Green Score
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  • Staffordshire University is celebrating over 100 years of education heritage  – view the timeline.
  • The university's history dates back to 1914.
  • North Staffordshire Polytechnic was formed in 1970.
  • Granted University status in 1992.

Location and Transport

  • Stafford's main edge-of-city campus is located in Stoke-on-Trent.
  • All computing and entertainment technology degrees currently delivered at Stafford are moving to Stoke in 2016.
  • Nursing and midwifery courses which are commissioned by the NHS and health courses like paramedic health will remain based in Stafford.
  • Other campus facilities at Lichfield and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital.
  • Easy access by rail and car, to and from regional airports.
  • Major cities such as Birmingham, London and Manchester are easily accessible from Stoke-on-Trent railway station.

Entry Standards

  • The university recognises the value of a broad range of qualifications, from Foundation Degrees to A Levels and Access courses.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

For admission to our first degrees, you will normally be expected to have passed at least one of the following options:

  • two subjects at Advanced GCE (A Level)
  • one VCE Double Award
  • two, six-unit Advanced VCEs
  • one Advanced GCE (A Level) and one, six-unit Advanced VCE
  • a Scottish Certificate of Education with passes in five separate subjects, of which three are at the Higher grade
  • two subjects at Scottish Advanced Higher
  • an EDEXCEL BTEC or SCOTVEC National Certificate/Diploma at a good standard
  • an access programme passed at the required QAA-recognised standard for entry to Higher Education
  • an award of the European Baccalaureate Diploma, with at least 60 percent overall; English at 60 percent
  • an award of the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 24 points; English at four points
  • an award of the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of five Higher passes
  • a Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma.

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Student Mix

The 20,145 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

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

Course Flexibility

  • One of a few of institutions offering two-year, fast-track degrees.
  • The University’s UK partners, which include the National Design Academy and local colleges, are responsible for delivering a wide range of Staffordshire University higher education awards to a further 4,600 students.
  • Staffordshire University works hard to meet the demands of public and private sector employers. In January it announced it was teaming up with top tourist attraction Alton Towers Resort to offer a unique degree course - new Foundation Degree in Visitor Attraction and Resort Management - which helps students get to grips with every aspect of the leisure industry.
  • A series of educational programmes specifically tailored to the MOD was shortlisted for the Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative at the 2014 Times Higher Education Awards.

Teaching Standards

  • The Staffordshire Graduate project aims to ensure consistency across the portfolio and that all those completing their awards are work ready and employable.
  • Staffordshire University achieved Recognition status, a quality mark awarded by Drama UK - the organisation which champions quality drama training. Recognised courses offer students and their future employers assurance that the course delivers what it promises and provides a real benefit to the creative industries.

Research Standards

  • 78 per cent of our research is assessed as world leading or of international importance (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Academic Strengths

  • Our faculties are the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technology; the Faculty of Business, Law and Education; the Faculty of Health Sciences; the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science.
  • Our strengths are creative industries, the professions, health, business and enterprise, applied sciences and computing and technology.
  • Flexibility and student-centric approach.
  • Commitment to excellence in everything we do.

Student Facilities

  • Specialist facilities include HDTV centre and broadcast newsroom, biomechanics and sports science labs, motion capture studio, mock law courts and crime scene house.
  • 24/7 library, workshops, free mobile study apps, video conferencing, market research reports, access to on-line training tools.

Disability Services

Students' Union

  • Thriving with good facilities.
  • Broad range of clubs and societies to join. Always something going on.


  • On-campus sports centres, fitness suite, dance/aerobics studio, sports hall (5-a-side football, badminton, tennis, fencing, etc).
  • Outdoor all-weather football and tennis courts, pitches for football and rugby.
  • We have launched new Team Staffs Elite Sports scholarships.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • An estimated £40 million will be invested in our Stoke campus ahead of the transfer of computing and entertainment technology degrees in 2016.
  • This is in addition to a further £4m on specialist hubs at Stafford and Shrewsbury.
  • In December we announced more than £12m investment in new computing and games facilities at our Stoke-on-Trent campus.
  • The Digital Kiln project is scheduled to take place between October 2015 and August 2016 with the aim of producing highly skilled graduates to plug the digital skills gap and to recruit more female students.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Our recruitment service Unitemps can help students to find part-time and temporary work; as well as provide employers with an efficient and effective recruitment service.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers Centre at Staffordshire University supports students and graduates in the development of their employability. Our dedicated team of careers professionals can offer help and advice on all career-related questions.

Notable Alumni

  • Jermaine Allen, Professional American footballer.
  • Matt Baker, Professional footballer and Conservative politician.
  • Chris Beardsley, Professional footballer.
  • James Beaumont, Professional footballer.
  • George Berry, Professional footballer and Welsh international.
  • Fatmir Besimi, Minister of the Economy of the Republic of Macedonia.
  • Kate Dennison, Pole vaulter and current British record holder.
  • Marcus Dillistone Royal Premiered Film Director and music producer for the Athens 2004 Olympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies.
  • Tim Field, Founder of the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line.
  • Raimi Gbadamosi, Conceptual artist.
  • Paul Harvey, Stuckist artist.
  • Emma Jones, Tabloid journalist.
  • Edward Lay, Drummer for rock band Editors.
  • David Leach, Studio potter.
  • Russell Leetch, Bass guitarist for rock band Editors.
  • John Mayock, Athlete and olympian.
  • Ian McMillan, Poet.
  • Scott Minto, Professional footballer and sports broadcaster.
  • Paul Reilly, Computer scientist.
  • Graham Shaw, Professional football
  • Tom Smith, Lead singer for rock band Editors.
  • Gavin Strachan, Professional footballer.
  • Andrew Triggs-Hodge, Olympic gold medalist and World Champion rower.
  • Chris Urbanowicz, Lead Guitarist for rock band Editors.
  • Amit Shah, Film Television and theatre actor

Also the many famous artists produced by the former art schools of Stoke-on-Trent can be regarded as alumni, as the university is the successor institution.

Burslem School of Art

  • William Bowyer, Artist.
  • Clarice Cliff, Ceramic artist.
  • Susie Cooper, Ceramic artist.
  • Jessie Tait, Ceramic artist.
  • Sidney Tushingham, Artist and etcher.

Fenton School of Art

  • Charlotte Rhead, Ceramic artist.

Stoke School of Art

  • Arnold Machin, coin and stamp designer


For further information

  • +44 (0)1782 294400
  • Staffordshire University
    College Road
    ST4 2DE
UCAS Code S72

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