Information for 2020/21 applicants

We wanted to update you on how the University is preparing for the start of the next academic year in light of the social distancing restrictions that are likely to still be in place. The safety and wellbeing of the Keele community is our highest priority, and we want to assure you that activities will only take place on campus where it is safe to do so. Keele has always prided itself on providing an excellent student experience, as evidenced by our unparallelled performance in the annual National Student Survey, and we are committed to continuing to provide that high quality experience both in person and online.

We plan to start next academic year with a hybrid delivery model, offering seminars, laboratory practicals (including field-based practical activity) and placement activities in their usual settings, complemented by online delivery, to replace large group teaching like lectures which cannot be accommodated at present due to social distancing.

However, we know that things are likely to change over the next few months, so we have implemented a five stage alert system (similar to the English Government’s alert system) that will define what studying at Keele will be like throughout the 2020/21 academic year, depending on the Government’s guidelines.

Our current level of operation: level 3 - read more >

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If you have any additional questions please do contact us via This page will continue to be updated as the University receives further advice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Studying at Keele in the 2020/1 academic year

We are planning from September to offer a hybrid delivery model; a blend of small group, practical and clinical skills based sessions in situ and online digital learning. Our 5-stage plan sets out the facilities and services that will be available on campus, depending on the UK Governments national Covid-19 alert level. We are currently at stage 3. This means some facilities and services will be available on campus as a social distance; accommodation will be available to form small households (of up to 8) and teaching will be a blend of online and in situ for all disciplines.

We will continue to provide regular updates as these plans progress and as we receive further advice from the government. We would like to thank you for your continuing support and wish you, and those people close to you, the very best in these difficult times.

Yes. Our 5-stage plan sets out what facilities and services will be available on campus, depending on the UK government's current position on their alert system. We are currently at stage 3, which means some facilities and services will be available on campus as a social distance; accommodation will be available to form small households (of up to 8) and teaching will be a blend of online and in situ for all disciplines. We will use our five-stage plan to adjust the on campus activity in accordance with the government guidelines.

No, you would not receive a reduction in fees for online-only tuition as the University would still be teaching you and supporting you with your study. We are expecting to start next academic year with a hybrid delivery model, meaning you will receive a blend of online tuition and in situ small group, lab or clinical skills tuition in covid-adapted teaching spaces.  

The University is intending to begin the academic year as normal, with a hybrid approach to education delivery; online teaching complemented by small group, lab and clinical skills sessions in situ on campus. Our 5-stage plan sets out how we will respond to the changing government position with regard to Covid-19. Our commitment to online learning means that regardless of the UK national alert level, we will be able to begin the teaching of the academic year on time.

We have recently invested in brand new laboratories at Keele (Attenborough laboratories for Life Sciences, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and our new Central Science Laboratory for the Physical Sciences).  These have large open laboratory spaces. This means that in most instances we will be able to offer “blended” or “hybrid” learning in which you will have a mix of on-line study, but also laboratory-based practicals in labs which have been adapted to ensure social distancing.  This blended approach gives you as a student the most flexibility with your studies and ensures that we can manage covid-secure teaching spaces for all students.

We hope to welcome as many students on campus as possible in September. The  university is intending to offer a hybrid or  ‘blended’ delivery model next year. This means that you will have a mix of online and what we call ‘in situ’ teaching during the academic year. The ‘in situ’ part of your programme will be just as important as the online learning and so we will want you to join those sessions on campus.

You will receive the same support via our hybrid approach, as you would if only receiving face to face delivery. Your support will be offered remotely and/or online. When government restrictions allow, we will resume face to face support, alongside the online support offer

No, your degree will still be of the same quality, content and have the levels of intellectual challenge as always. Many degrees at Keele are accredited by external professional bodies and we have been working closely with all accrediting bodies to ensure that your degree will be accredited as usual.

Yes, obtaining a degree, acquiring technical subject knowledge plus developing graduate skills, attributes and social capital (networks) will make you more employable and likely to have a more successful career. For many occupations a degree is a prerequisite. Graduates are more likely to report job satisfaction and higher earnings. In the UK knowledge economy highly skilled people like graduates will be in greater demand so obtaining a Keele degree is an investment in your future.

Yes, accommodation is still available for first year students. Your accommodation will remain available to you (subject to you having met all the requirements needed to book accommodation) if you are unable to come on to campus due to COVID-19 restrictions still being in place.