Why choose Keele University?

Whether you’re considering a foundation course or an undergraduate degree, an MA or a PhD, Keele is a place where students thrive – we’re proud to be joint No.1 in England for student satisfaction with course in the Guardian University League Table 2019, in addition to being consistently ranked in the top three in the National Student Survey (NSS), of broad-based universities in England.

Facts and Figures

League Tables / Surveys

In the 2019 Guardian University League Table, Keele University is ranked joint No. 1 in England for Student Satisfaction with Course. Furthermore, Keele have been ranked No.1 in England for overall student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS) of broad-based public universities.

This is because we value the quality of our teaching as highly as we do our research, whether it’s across HealthHumanities and Social Sciences or Natural Sciences. It’s the Keele difference. 

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017: Gold Award

TEF Gold

Based on the evidence available, the TEF panel judged that Keele delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and therefore awarded the University Gold status. This is of the highest quality found in the UK - furthermore, in a separate analysis of the results by Times Higher Education (2017) we're ranked in the TEF UK Top 5.

Guardian University League Table 2020

  • Keele has climbed to 32nd place, our highest ever ranking
  • Five subjects in the UK Top 10 including Medicine (3rd), Politics (including International Relations) (4th), Nursing & Midwifery (6th) and Pharmacy & Pharmacology (10th)
  • Joint 2nd in England for student satisfaction for Course and Teaching

Times Good University Guide 2020

  • Keele is ranked in the UK Top 50 overall
  • Keele is ranked in the Top 10 for Student Experience

The Complete University Guide 2020

  • In the UK Top 10 for Forensic Science, Nursing, and Medicine
  • Keele is ranked 52nd overall

National Student Survey

  • Consistently ranked in the top three in England for student satisfaction (of broad-based universities), NSS 2014-2019
  • Joint first in England and Wales for overall student satisfaction in 2018 (of broad-based public universities)
  • No.1 for Chemistry and Human Geography (NSS, 2019)
  • Top 10 for Adult Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Business Studies, Molecular Biology, and Finance (NSS, 2019)
  • Top 20 for Environmental Sciences, Neuroscience, Physics and Astrophysics, Geology, Philosophy, Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Accounting, Learning Disability Nursing, American Studies, Physiotherapy, and Children's Nursing (NSS, 2019)
  • Top 10 for our Students' Union (NSS, 2019)

Combined TEF & REF League Table

Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018

  • Joint top for 'Good library and library opening hours' specific metric
  • Joint 7th for 'Good students’ union' specific metric

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

  • Keele is ranked in the Global Top 600
  • On a granular level, Keele is ranked in the Global Top 250 for 'international outlook', one of the key performance indicators that looks at staff, students and research
  • In the 2019 Times Higher Education World University rankings, Keele University has been ranked in the Top 200 for Psychology subjects, Top 300 for Education, and Top 400 for Life Sciences and Pre-clinical, Clinical & Health. Social Sciences subjects have been ranked in the Top 500, and Physical Sciences has entered the Top 800.
  • In the 2020 Times Higher Education World University rankings, Keele University has been ranked in the Top 500 for Arts & Humanities subjects.

Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings 2019

  • Keele University is ranked in the top 100 in Europe

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2017

  • Keele’s aggregate experience score is an impressive 82%; this is 2.9% higher than the sector benchmarking group

Research Excellence Framework 2014

  • 97% of our research was classified as world leading, or of international importance
  • World-leading research impact in 10 disciplines
  • 100% score for 4* & 3* impact in History, Politics, Allied Health Professions, and Philosophy

HESA - Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017

  • 96% of our graduates were in a job or further study six months following graduation

Times Higher Education "Golden Age" Universities 2019

  • Keele ranked in Global Top 100

UI Green Metric Rankings 2018

  • Keele ranked in the Global Top 20 for sustainability

  • No.1 in the UK for green setting and campus infrastructure

CWUR World University Rankings 2018/19

  • Keele University ranks 714 out of eighteen thousand universities worldwide

Which? University Student Survey

Transparency information

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Other Facts & figures

  • Top 5 most beautiful universities in the UK (Times Higher Education, 2018)

  • With over 600 acres, we have the largest single-site campus in the UK

  • There are over 3,000 student bedrooms on campus, and more than 300 staff homes

  • We have a global network of more than 100,000 alumni in over 100 countries

  • In the last 10 years, we have invested over £140 million in our campus and infrastructure

  • The University is home to a 70-acre development site for its Science and Innovation Park, hosting over 40 companies that employ over 600 people

  • We’re investing £45 million in our science facilities on campus between 2017 and 2019

  • We were ranked No. 1 in the UK for affordability in 2016 (Marbles.com)

  • The Telegraph ranks us as one of the top 10 'most beautiful universities' in Britain