About Keele  

Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level.  

Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.  
 

Where is Keele?  

Located in the Staffordshire countryside, but within easy reach of the bustling town of Newcastle-under-Lyme, and the vibrant city of Stoke-on-Trent, Keele offers the best of both worlds: a close-knit campus community and an exciting local area to explore. Discover a variety of restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and entertainment venues all on your doorstep. Jump on the train and we’re less than an hour away from the bright lights of both Manchester and Birmingham too. 
 

Transformative teaching and learning  

Our students are the pioneers who will make positive change for our future, and our innovative teaching prepares students to meet the challenges ahead. At Keele, you’ll be taught by academics who are experts in their field, on programmes designed to ensure that you fulfil your potential and set you up for a successful career.  

We offer a broad range of subject areas, and we’re known for our history of interdisciplinary teaching and learning. Most of our courses include the option to choose exciting routes of elective study called Global Challenge Pathways. These allow you to explore current debates in areas such as Sustainability, Social Justice, Global Health, Digital Futures and Enterprise, to complement your chosen subject. Not to mention the learn a language, study abroad and placement opportunities available on many of our courses. 
 

Students’ Union 

Our thriving Students’ Union is consistently ranked highly in the National Student Survey and NUS Best Bar None Awards, and has played host to big names including Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Snoop Dogg. Keele SU has also been awarded for incorporating the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development (Global Goals Teach In Students’ Union Winner 2021). 
 

Student life in the city

Beyond the Student’s Union, bars and restaurants on campus, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent have a variety of restaurants and bars offering students an exciting social experience. The neighbouring town and city also have several theatres that offer live music and entertainment, plus shopping centres, leisure centres, cinemas and many more unique activities. 
 

Student Support  

We support every single student throughout their time at Keele. If you need to talk to someone, whether it’s about your studies or life outside of them, we have a Student Experience and Support team based within every Faculty, offering one-to-one support and helping you to access any additional support you might need including financial guidance, support for disabilities, specific learning difficulties and long-term health conditions, support around wellbeing and counselling, or accessing our chaplaincy and faith services.  

Every Keele student can also access a 24-hour support line through our Student Assistance Programme, offering support for concerns such as stress and anxiety, low mood, family issues, bereavement, financial wellbeing and relationship advice.  
 

Student Financial Support   

Our Student Financial Support team offers confidential advice and guidance to help you to manage your money, so that you can make the most of your time at Keele.  We can help you to resolve issues with your Student Finance, create a budget, and support you to explore your options if you’re facing financial hardship. We are also able to ensure that you receive any funding for which you may be eligible, such as bursaries and scholarships.  
 

Facilities

Our facilities support students to expand their knowledge and develop the skills they’ll need in their careers. That’s why we continue to invest; providing students with innovative teaching and world-class facilities to enable them to follow their dreams and achieve their goals. 
 

Sports and societies

With over 120 clubs and societies, there is something for everyone at Keele. Whether you want to continue a competitive sport or take up a new hobby; clubs and societies are a great way to develop as an individual, grow your confidence and meet life-long friends.   

And if there’s a society you’re interested in that doesn’t exist yet – why not establish one? Every year, hundreds of students gain valuable experience from running clubs and societies. 
 

student Accommodation

We have over 2,800 bedrooms on campus across four halls of residence with a range of room types to suit varying budgets. All student accommodation is within a short walk of central teaching spaces, shops, and food and drink venues. 

Our Residence Life team supports students who live in halls of residence on campus, ensuring a community where students can relax, have fun, and feel connected, safe and secure. We offer guaranteed accommodation on campus for September entry undergraduate applicants who make Keele their firm choice, and who apply for accommodation by the deadline date (Terms and conditions apply).   
 

Welcoming International Students  

With over 120 nationalities studying with Keele, international students are welcomed to our global community, with dedicated support, scholarships and preparatory courses to support you through your application, enrolment and beyond.   
 

Industry connections

Keele’s campus is home to the Science and Innovation Park where many organisations are based. This includes Keele Business School which brings academic teaching and businesses together in the same building to create the Smart Innovation Hub. Having these industry connections on campus gives students exclusive access to work experience through internships and talent programmes. 
 

Research  

Interdisciplinary research has always been at the heart of what we do and, 70 years later, it still is. Our research is changing the world for the better. In collaboration with our global partners, we’re tackling some of society’s most urgent problems – including global health, food security and the climate crisis. 

 

Sector leaders in sustainability  

We’re proud to be one of the first UK universities to declare a ‘climate emergency’, as well as having ambitious targets to be carbon neutral by 2030.  

In 2021 we were named Global Sustainability Institution of the Year, and also completed the installation of 12,500 solar panels and two wind turbines on campus, to generate up to half of our electricity requirements. 
 

Stand out from the crowd   

There are many ways to build your knowledge and enhance your career prospects at Keele.  

Many of our courses include the opportunity to study abroad, learn a foreign language, take a work placement, or enhance your degree through electives and volunteering. You can also access our careers and employability team to explore internships, job opportunities, careers advice and more.  
 

Our inspiring alumni  

Throughout our long history, Keele alumni have gone on to achieve remarkable things.  

Our graduates join a global community of tens of thousands of alumni, who have worked in some of the world’s most prestigious organisations, from international governments to the World Bank, and in corporations from Apple to Spotify.  
 

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE?

The information on this page has been submitted by the higher education institution itself, and it varies how frequently they update it. If you want to know more, get in touch and one of our student advisors will answer all your questions!

Across the Pond is the official representative for this teaching institution for selected countries around the world which means we can help you apply to their courses and help with all the documents needed to submit an application. We can help answer questions about their courses and the institution itself as they do not necessarily have the capacity to deal with student enquiries from all around the world on a daily basis. This also means that they can ask us questions about your application and we can help explain if they are not familiar with your grades, academic background or the educational system in your home country. They also appreciate that students who apply through Across the Pond get the help they need, not only in terms of submitting the application and supporting documents, but also with everything needed pre-arrival in the UK, such as student accommodation, visa information, funding information and well as preparing for departure to the UK.

Number of students at the university: The student population stands at around 10,000. 

Number of international students: around 10% of our students come from over 120 different countries. 

Location of university: Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG 

Number of inhabitants in town/city: Over 250,000 in Stoke-on-Trent and over 129,000 in Newcastle-under-Lyme 

Nearest Airport: Manchester Airport is nearest to Keele and is around 35 miles (56km) away. East Midlands Airport is 50 miles (80km) away. Birmingham Airport is around 55 miles (90km) away. 

Fun fact: The 2014 biopic movie, ‘Marvellous’ was filmed at Keele University depicting the life of Keele resident Neil ‘Nello’ Baldwin who was the kit manager at Stoke City FC and founder of Neil Baldwin FC on our campus. 

Unique selling points:

  • Keele has the largest single-site university campus in the UK. 

  • We are specialised in providing combined honours degrees. 

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