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Staffordshire University

2015 League Table Ranking 105
2015 Overall Score 513
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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 17.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 1.62 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 972 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 4.02 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 411 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 53.6 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 80.8 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 58.5 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 48.0 Help
Green Score
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  • The university's history dates back to 1914.
  • North Staffordshire Polytechnic was formed in 1970.
  • Granted University status in 1992.

Location and Transport

  • Two main campuses, one in Stoke-on-Trent and one in Stafford.
  • Staffordshire University has announced plans to vacate its Beaconside site in Stafford by 2016 at the latest and move all computing and entertainment technology degrees to its Stoke-on-Trent campus.
  • However its highly rated nursing and midwifery courses – which are commissioned by the NHS – and health courses like paramedic and public health are set to remain based in Stafford.
  • Satellite campus in 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 and Stafford railway stations.

Entry Standards

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

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 handful 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 recent years it launched a Foundation Degree in Offender Management which is now being offered to staff at two Serco operated prisons and has added to its portfolio with a new Foudation Degree in Leadership and Management for employees of Steelite International - the UK’s largest producer of tableware.
  • The University recently announced new academic partnership with the world’s largest technology company Hewlett Packard to develop new sector-led computing degrees – a programme which will help to provide students with business-ready IT skills that are in deficit within the industry. New for 2014/15 entry is a new BSc(Hons) Internet of Things award.
  • HP will support the University in its plans to recruit more students to its franchised awards at partner institutions overseas and help facilitate global opportunities for students through its own international network and partners, aiming to give more students the chance to study in two or more countries.

Teaching Standards

  • Staffordshire is among the leading Universities for secondary teacher training courses. The University came 4th among University providers in last year’s Good Teacher Training Guide – behind University of Cambridge, University of Exeter and University of Birmingham who occupied top three positions – and one place above the University of Oxford who ranked 1st last year.
  • Staffordshire University's Teacher Training Provision has consistently been rated as 'Outstanding' in its last four Ofsted inspections and the University is currently recruiting to secondary PGCEs in Economics and Business; Mathematics; Design Technology and Computer Science. It is also recruiting to Primary PGCE.
  • The Staffordshire Graduate project, launched in 2012, aims to ensure consistency across the portfolio and that all those completing their awards are equipped with a clearly defined set of qualities (knowledge and skills) which are designed to help them succeed in life and work.

Research Standards

  • The HESA performance indicators continue to show that Staffordshire University provides excellent value for money in terms of research output when set against investment.

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

  • 300,000+ books, 1033+ computers, 24-hour libraries at Stafford and Stoke. Extensive refurbishing of Thompson library at Stoke to create new social learning space.

Disability Services

  • We provide an individually negotiated support programme that may include: provision of academic support, provision of support to help with mobility, provision of domestic and social support, guidance and help with applications for Disabled Students' Allowance and provision of specialist support.

Students' Union

  • Thriving, with good facilities: the award-winning Ember Lounge and the newly refurbished Leek Road Venue at Stoke and Legends in Stafford.
  • 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.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Developments in Stoke are dominated by the University’s commitment to the University Quarter (UniQ).
  • A new £30-million Science Centre opened in 2012, focusing on the University’s strengths in forensics, biology and psychology.This prompted the relocation of our Engineering provision from the Stafford campus to our Stoke campus inSeptember 2013. The move builds on our work with FE partners to create a regional powerhouse for the STEM subjects in Stoke-on-Trent and to drive up the numbers of young people opting to study science and engineering subjects – where career prospects are favourable.
  • A further £12-million was invested in the Stoke-on-Trent campus as part of a commitment to improve the student experience.
  • Launch of Epic Games Centre at Stafford campus - a fully equipped space for use by students on the university’s games design courses. The agreement also enables close co-operation between Epic Games, the university faculty and its game design students.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Comprehensive suite of support is available.

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 294000
  • Staffordshire University
    College Road
    ST4 2DE
UCAS Code S72

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