League Tables / Surveys

Keele was ranked No.1 in the UK for student satisfaction and also No.1 in the UK for graduate employment in 2016.

This is because it’s more than just green and lovely here - it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. Whether it’s HealthHumanities and Social Sciences or Natural Sciences, whatever your area of study, we deliver a unique and international learning experience. We teach in small groups, provide one-to-one access to our academics, and value the quality of our teaching as highly as our research.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017: Gold Award

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Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that Keele University delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and therefore awarded it Gold status. This is of the highest quality found in the UK - in fact, we're ranked in the UK TEF Top 5 by Times Higher Education.

Guardian University League Table, 2018
  • No. 1 in England for Student Satisfaction with Course
  • No. 1 in the UK for Health Professions
  • Top 10 for Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Medicine, American Studies , Anatomy and Physiology , Nursing and Midwifery , Geography and Environmental Studies , Criminology 
  • Keele ranked 36th overall 
Times Good University Guide, 2018
  • Keele is ranked in the UK Top 50 overall
The Complete University Guide, 2018
  • No. 1 in the UK for Forensic Science
  • In the UK Top 10 for Physiotherapy, Nursing, American Studies and Pharmacy
  • Keele is ranked in the UK Top 50 overall
Times Higher Education "Golden Age" universities
  • Keele ranked in Global Top 100
National Student Survey

1st for Student Satisfaction 2014, 2015 & 2016

  • In 2016 Keele University was ranked 1st (of broad-based universities) in the National Student Survey (NSS) for an outstanding third consecutive year
  • Overall student satisfaction of Keele students is at at 88%, exceeding the national average of 84%
  • Keele ranks 1st for Chemistry, Geology, Physical Geography & Environmental Science, Physics and Astronomy and has 19 subject areas in the top 10, seeing improvement across a breadth of subjects
  • Feedback from Keele’s final year students found them to be most happy with well-organised and intellectually stimulating courses
  • Feedback from Keele's undergraduate final year students found them to be most happy with ​well-organised and ​intellectually stimulating courses, and ​lecturers being available when needed, ​good at explaining things​ and ​enthusiastic about what they are teaching​​. Students also gave excellent ratings to the availability and quality of library, learning and IT resources.
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, 2017

Keele University has been ranked in the top ten of the national Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey for the second year running.

  • Top 10 for Student Experience
  • 1st for our good campus university environment
  • 1st for our good library and library opening hours
  • 4th for academic experience
  • Joint 1st for our good support and welfare
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-18
  • Keele is placed in the European Top 250 and in the Global 501-600 band of the world’s best higher education institutions. On a granular level, Keele is ranked in the Global Top 200 for 'international outlook', one of the key performance indicators that looks at staff, students and research.
QS World University Rankings by Subject
  • Keele University features amongst the world's elite institutions in two of the 42 subjects featured in this year's QS World University Rankings by Subject
  • Sociology, positioned in the top 200 (in the 151 - 200 band)
  • Medicine, positioned in the top 350 (301 - 350)
Shanghai Ranking's Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 
  • World Top 500 Candidate 2017
WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017
  • Ranked in the top ten for:
    • Job Prospects
    • Students' Union
    • Student Support
    • Giving Back
Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)
  • The University’s overall satisfaction score is an impressive 83%, placing Keele higher than the sector benchmark
  • Feedback from Keele’s postgraduate students found them to be most happy with the useful and prompt feedback that they had received, with 82% agreeing that they were satisfied compared to the sector benchmark of just 74%.
  • Ranked 1st in the UK for affordability (Marbles.com, 2016)
  • Ranked 2nd "best value" university in the UK (Expert Market, 2016)

Media league tables

  • Daily Telegraph: 6th place ‘Britain’s most beautiful universities’ guide (not date specific).

Official Sector Rankings

Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • 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
    • As a Keele student you will taught by staff at the forefront of their discipline. In their research our academic staff develop new ideas and publish new research findings, which they bring to their undergraduate teaching and use to inform course design and module content
HESA - Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education
  • No. 1 in the UK for Graduate Employment in 2016
  • The DLHE figures for Keele in 2016 give us an employment indicator figure of 97.5%
  • We are top of the league for non-specialist Universities with 97.5% of our graduates in a job or further study 6 months following graduation


  • The University’s Dignity and Respect initiative was shortlisted for by the Guardian University Awards 2014
  • In 2014, the University was awarded the Athena Swan Bronze Award.


  • We were one of the first HE institutions to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard
  • In 2016 we were shortlisted for 4 Green Gown Awards: Sustainability Champion staff, Sustainability Champion student, Carbon Reduction, Learning and Teaching. We won the Sustainability Champion Staff (Dave Emley) and were commended for our Learning and Teaching and Carbon Reduction
  • Jan 2017: Keele has been ranked 7th in the world overall in the GreenMetric rankings and No. 1 in the world for the campus setting and infrastructure indicator.


  • Times Higher Award for best outreach initiative at the Times Higher Awards 2015
  • Heist Awards 2016, Bronze Award for Best Use of Social Media for ‘lecturers read Yik Yaks’
  • Shortlisted for Best Use of Social and Best Communications Team in the Comms 2.0 non-awards in 2016


  • Times Outreach Initiative of the Year, Times Higher Awards 2016, for our Stardome activity, engaging young people with exoplanets and the solar system. 
Other Facts & figures
  • With 620 acres, we have the largest campus in the UK
  • There are over 3,000 bedrooms on campus and we are enhancing and expanding our accommodation increasing rooms by 1,400 with high quality, affordable study bedrooms, social spaces and facilities. Barnes Halls is the first to have new rooms with completion in winter 2017/18 term
  • We have a global netwok of more than 100,000 alumni living in over 100 countries
  • In the last 10 years, we have invested over £140 million in our campus and infrastructure
  • The Student' Union and centre of campus had a £2.7 million transformation, the centre piece being the Forest of Light - a walk-through installation designed to commemorate our 50th anniversary (2012)
  • The University has a 70-acre development site for its Science and Innovation Park, hosting over 40 companies employing over 600 people. The latest IC5 building opens in 2016 and companies are now moving in. This coincides with the launch of Keele’s ‘Business Gateway’. Aiming to foster partnerships with business and academia/research and talent
  • Sports Centre development 2016 - A £1.7 million improvement and upgrade development at Keele University Sports Centre, named after former First Team Coach for Keele University Football, Keith Harrison. Includes Beach Volleyball Courts (x3), Outdoor Basketball, 3G pitch, football pitches
  • £10.1m development is underway, expanding Keele University’s Huxley Building, home to the School of Life Sciences teaching and research. Open late 2017
  • Walter Moberley - One of Keele University's most iconic buildings from the 1950s has undergone a £2.1million transformation to create flexible modern spaces for teaching and learning to serve up to 450 students (2015).