- No.1 in the UK, Britain’s best university, as ranked by students (Student Crowd University Awards, 2022)
- Global Sustainability Institution of the Year (International Green Gown Awards, 2021)
- 80% of our research was classified as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework, 2021)
- UK Top 10 for the research opportunities offered to postgraduate students (PRES, 2019)
- 96% graduate employability (HESA, 2017)
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.
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.
Our accommodation includes over 2,800 bedrooms on campus, all 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 also guarantee on-campus accommodation for all September entry international students who apply by the deadline, with the option to live on campus for the duration of your course. Visit the Keele University website or contact our accommodation team for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ed Sheeran.
Keele SU has also been awarded for incorporating the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development (Global Goals Teach In Students’ Union Winner 2021).
Clubs 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.