Research excellence

  • In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (2014), 97% of our research was classified as world leading, or of international importance.
    • All Keele subjects improve in research performance
    • World leading research impact in 10 disciplines
    • No.1 for research impact in Health
    • No.1 for research impact in History, Politics and Philosophy
  • In 2012/13 Keele’s research grant income was £13.4 million, which has seen year-on-year growth.

Unique experiencesmiling student looking skywards

  • 1st in the 2014 National Student Survey of UK universities for overall student satisfaction with an exceptionally high score of 93%.‌
  • 6th in the UK for high quality staff and lectures in the Times Higher Student Experience Survey 2013.‌
  • rated a top Student Union for a variety of activities (‘Which?’ University 2014).
  • We are ranked 6th place in The Daily Telegraph’s ‘Britain’s most beautiful universities’ guide.
  • There are over 3,000 bedrooms on campus and we have one of the highest proportions of student rooms owned and managed by a university.
  • We are the safest campus in the West Midlands in the BBC news league tables for crime rates.
  • The University’s Dignity and Respect initiative was shortlisted for by the Guardian University Awards 2014.
  • We are in contact with more than 45,000 alumni living in over 100 countries.

Outstanding quality

  • Keele has been placed amongst the world’s top universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013, positioned in the top 2% (based on approximately 10,000 institutions recognised by UNESCO) 
  • We were voted in the top 10 of Britain's most intellectually stimulating universities by the Telegraph (October 2012).
  • Our average UCAS tariff score in 2014 was 380. 
  • Keele is 40th in the prestigious Sunday Times University League Table 2014 for UK universities, 43rd in the Complete University Guide, and 41st in the Guardian University Guide
  • 93% employability of graduates for 2013 in the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) graduate employment table.


  • In the last 10 years alone, we have invested over £115 million in our campus and infrastructure.
  • The Student' Union and centre of campus has recently undergone a £2.7 million transformation, the centre piece being the Forest of Light - a walk-through installation designed to commemorate our 50th anniversary.
  • The University has a 70 acre development site for its Science and Innovation Park and current hosts 40 companies employing over 600 people on existing Science and Business Park.
  • We were one of the first HE institutions to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard.  
  • In 2014, the University was awarded the Athena Swan Bronze Award.