Developing enterprising, innovative and employable graduates
Keele’s vision for education prioritises developing its talented students into some of the most employable graduates in the UK. The creation of the Keele Institute for Innovation & Teaching Excellence (KIITE) signifies our strategic investment in bringing together careers and employer engagement with academic developers to put employer engagement and employability at the heart of our education; embedded within our curriculum design and continuous review and enhancement. Through KIITE, we continue to ensure that our distinctive course offer stays relevant to the needs of the world today and in the future. Keele is committed to ensuring that all students leave Keele with a range of skills, attributes, behaviours and experiences which will equip them for a long and successful future. This is how truly transformative learning happens. When our students combine the Keele curriculum with authentic, real-world experience and skill development, the result is our truly unique Keele experience.
“Whether you have a business idea, a social or environmental mission, or simply want to improve your entrepreneurial skills, Keele University provides an expertly facilitated programme of activities to help turn ideas into reality.” Will Pritchard, Entrepreneur in Residence.
"Elliott Lancaster – a current student – founded the Student Entrepreneurship & Innovation Society at Keele University. He is also in the process of launching his own start-up business called Utter Rubbish, an app which finds local recycling providers, and updates you on collection times. He said: “Setting up a new business is an exciting time, but many can be put off by the financial implications. This shouldn’t stop you. Thanks to Santander and the Keele University Enterprise Centre, it’s never been easier to become your own boss.""
"Keele Connector Programme - Pathways to Success represents a new, proactive way for Keele to support underrepresented students and graduates at Keele with their transition, progression, retention and career success. By providing long-term, tailored, one-to-one support to those who need most assistance with key transition and challenge points during their personal and educational pathway from pre-university, through university and into employment or a business start-up. (including access to an entrepreneurship pathway). From the point of accepting an offer at Keele right through to two years after graduation students will receive dedicated pastoral support through Keele’s sector leading student services programme and the Keele Mentor Scheme as well as career mentorship at key transition and challenge points from accepting an offer at Keele, induction, finding part-time work, exams, applying for placements, considering enterprise and entrepreneurship, applying for jobs and PG courses, preparing to exit Keele, immediate post-graduation support, starting employment, managing the on-boarding process with an employer, start-up business, establishing the job role."