The University College of North Staffordshire was founded in 1949 in the grounds of Keele Hall, a stately home near Newcastle-Under-Lyme. Originally founded as an experimental college dedicated to a broad curriculum and interdisciplinary form of studying, it was designed as a “people’s university” to encourage further education amongst the working class. In 1962 Keele was granted university status by royal charter. Since then it has gained a reputation for teaching in Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Science.
Keele is a campus university with most halls on site or next to the site. A free bus pass is provided to residents of Liberty Court and a night bus is run every night until one hour after the Student Union closes.
Keele is currently ranked between 501-600th in the Times Higher Education rankings. Keele is ranked between 601-700th in the Shanghai Tong Jiao rankings. Keele is not a member of the Russell group of universities.
Keele is ranked 27th in the National Student Satisfaction Survey.
There are between 800 – 1000 international students at the university. They come from approximately 120 different countries representing approximately 10% of all students.
Pathway entry for international students - Keele's International Study Centre offers foundation courses leading to degree course entry.
For more information, please visit Pathway & Foundation page.
The latest figures record just over 10,600 students in total, of which 8240 are undergraduates and 2415 are postgraduates.
HESA government statistics show that 96.1% of Keele’s graduates are in employment or in further education 6 months after graduation. However, a breakdown of post-graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the RAE Information page.
Keele is situated in a rural campus set in 620 acres of parkland. It is home to an Earth Science Education Unit, an astronomical observatory and an arboretum. An Islamic centre, art gallery, shops and cafes are also located on campus. Keele currently offers 80 clubs and societies sporting and cultural, and has its own philharmonic orchestra.
There are five halls of residence on the main campus and one, Hawthorn, very close by in Keele village. In addition, Liberty Court is a private residence run in partnership with the University and situated in Stoke, 30 minutes away by bus. Altogether the halls of residence and Liberty Court accommodate 70% of all full time students. Each of the halls on campus houses between 600 – 700 students in single rooms or self-contained flats. All accommodation is self-catered with access to kitchens but catering packages (for breakfast and dinner) are available at the Hawthorn Restaurant next to Hawthorn Hall.
The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £91.56 per week.
There is no catered university accommodation.
International undergraduate tuition fee examples - BA or BSc:
Fees for full time undergraduates start at £16,800 for Liberal Arts courses, rising to £17,900 for Natural Science/Laboratory subjects. Medicine - £39,000
RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities. This information highlights areas of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields have scored 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking RAE award). For more information, please visit the RAE Information page.
Social Work, Social Policy and Administration
Keele offers thirteen post-graduate degrees/qualifications that are delivered online, and can be studied from anywhere worldwide. They offer MBA, MSc Management, MA Education, and MSc Computer Science degrees, and subjects include: MBA Finance, MSc Management with Marketing, MA Education, and MSc Computer Science with Data Analytics.