A new vision for
Keele Business School
Keele University announced two major new investments on its campus in 2018 to power significant advancements in the immediate term: a new multi-million pound state-of-the-art facility that houses both Keele Business School and incubated companies in a sector leading Smart Innovation Hub. The new Business School has been funded by the University and the Denise Coates Foundation, after which the new iconic building at the entrance to the University will be named. The Smart Innovation Hub has been funded by the University, Staffordshire County Council, UK Government Growth Deal Funding and the European Regional Development Fund, the latter two sourced via the Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Students and staff will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with entrepreneurs and business owners in the new Smart Innovation Hub, designed to support the creation and growth of new businesses and encourage more innovation-led business growth. The unique environment also aims to stimulate a new more collaborative approach to business and management research which will benefit businesses locally and globally.
Keele Business School is renowned for providing an excellent student experience and is contributing to the University’s recognised position nationally and internationally for teaching quality, student satisfaction, and graduate employability.
For several years, local students studying at the University have benefited from scholarships provided by the Denise Coates Foundation. In recognition of this support and the provision of a major gift towards the cost of new facilities for the Business School, the three-story landmark iconic development will be known as the Denise Coates Foundation Building. This new investment in the Business School will underpin a planned substantial growth in student numbers over the next five years. This investment will play a key role enabling the University to continue its commitment to widening participation in higher education for people locally, a key priority of the funding from the Denise Coates Foundation.