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Welcome to Keele Alumni
We are proud and pleased to welcome graduates, former students, international and exchange students and former members of staff as our alumni and friends.
Q: Alumni, alumna, alumnus - who, what and why?
Alumni is a Latin word derived from the verb alere, which means ‘to bring up or to nourish'. The term was used to indicate "one who is nourished by a person who is not a natural parent." The word also referred to abandoned children, who were sheltered and raised by foster parents. Therefore, alumni are students who have been intellectually nourished at an educational institution outside their usual family circle. In the 17th century the term began to be applied to graduates of a school, college etc. A male is correctly termed an alumnus, a female is an alumna and in the plural they can be either alumni (males or mixed genders) or alumnae (females only). Isn't Latin wonderful?
At Keele, we use the term 'alumni" to include a wider group including graduates, honorary graduates and staff. We include any student who completed at least one semester of study at Keele – including our exchange students. We include alumni of the University College of North Staffordshire (1949-1962) and the University of Keele (from 1962).
But... being Alumni is more than a definition. Keele is a key part of your life story and of who you are today. And you are a key part of Keele’s continuing story. Your relationship with Keele didn’t end on your graduation day or your leaving day... that was just a transition to a lifelong relationship with the University and with fellow Keelites.
How Do I Join?
You don't have to join! There are no membership fees and no subscription charges – you automatically become a member on leaving Keele. The only condition for membership of the Keele Society is that you completed at least one semester of study at Keele.
The Keele Advisory Committee is a group of active volunteer alumni representing fellow alumni
If you cannot find what you need or you have difficulty using the website please contact the Alumni Office or telephone 01782-733370.
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And for our alumni of the future - current Final Year Undergraduates can find out here about the The Neil and Gina Smith Student of the Year Award