Keele University is located on a 600-acre campus in the heart of England, just one hour away from Manchester. It's an innovative university, led by cutting-edge research. The campus is big, but with a small and cosmopolitan community the university rates highly for student satisfaction, offering gold-standard teaching (TEF 2017). Everything is on your doorstep at Keele  the campus is self-contained with student accommodation, teaching buildings, restaurants and cafés, a sports centre and a medical centre all within a few minutes’ walk.


On the outskirts of a city or town


In or close to the countryside


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

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Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: K12

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 78%
  • Postgraduate 22%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Where students come from

  • UK 90%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The library on campus offers fantastic facilities and study space, open 24/7, as well as off-campus access. 
  • The campus library, and separate off-campus health library, both offer free Wi-Fi, excellent support, a choice of study spaces and access to extensive print and online resources, to suit students' study subjects and learning requirements.

Student jobs

  • Keele Careers and Employability department provide support and advice on gaining jobs and internships whilst studying.
  • The Jobshop, based in KeeleSU, is a free service that advertises part-time, temporary and graduate jobs.
  • The university also has a paid student ambassador scheme where students represent the university at events, with flexible working hours that fit around their studies.

Careers advice

  • Keele University offers a host of opportunities to help you develop your skills and experiences to make yourself more employable after graduation.
  • The Keele Careers and Employability team offer students guidance, support and advice on a range of career and employment elements.
  • Staff are on hand to advise on career planning, what a degree could lead to, further postgraduate study as well as internship opportunities. They also organise key events to enable students to meet employers and gain part-time work while studying.

Health services

  • Keele Practice is situated on the campus; it has two doctors, supported by two specialist nurse practitioners.
  • With a Well Pharmacy on campus, students can access everything they need to keep well and healthy.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The counselling and mental health support team includes professionally trained and experienced counsellors and mental health practitioners. They'll listen without judgement, creating a space where students can talk about their emotions. They will also refer students to other sources of help if they feel it's needed.

Disability support

  • If Keele is a first choice university for a student with a physical and/or sensory disability, severe mental health issues, or autistic spectrum condition, a suitable room on campus is guaranteed for the duration of their course. Accommodation includes specially adapted ground-floor rooms and kitchens.
  • The Disability and Dyslexia support team provides ongoing support for individual student needs and can arrange a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) assessment.
  • Please refer to the university website for details of disability support and to contact an adviser.

Other services and facilities

  • An ecumenical chapel provides a focus for different styles of Christian worship. The Islamic Centre offers space for Muslim worship.
  • Other facilities include a large, purpose-built nursery at the heart of the campus, plus shops offering a range of groceries, gifts, and supplies to keep students going.

Students' Union

  • Keele Students' Union organise a range of events throughout the year. These have included the Freshers' Fair, Halloween Ball, Winterfest party, Christmas markets, and the annual summer party, WoodStoke.
  • The SU supports numerous societies and encourages involvement and new societies to be set up by students.
  • It was listed as a top 10 student union in the 2019 National Student Survey.


  • Keele University was founded in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
  • Its founding ideology was to meet the demands of a new kind of educational society, and it still upholds the principles of community and flexible interdisciplinary study.
  • HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, was Chancellor of Keele University between 1962 and 1986.

Fascinating Fact

  • Sir David Attenborough visited Keele University in 2019 to open its new £45m science laboratories.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Dr Maggie Atkinson − former children's commissioner for England.
  • Laurence Mann − chief of staff and director at The Office of David Cameron.
  • Jamie Aitchison − BAFTA winner for TV coverage of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • Dominic Coles − former director of operations at the BBC.
  • Jonty Bloom − BBC business and economics correspondent.
  • Steve Jackson − co-founder, Games Workshop.


Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG