Facts and figures

We’re proud to be joint No.1 in England for course satisfaction 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.

What ranking is Keele University?

In the 2020 Guardian University League Table, Keele University was ranked joint No.2 in England for Student Satisfaction with Course. Furthermore, Keele was ranked No.1 in England for overall student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS) of broad-based public universities.

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 2021

  • Keele is ranked 35th place overall
  • Ranked No.2 in England for both Radiography and Physiotherapy, and No.4 for Medicine behind Oxford, Cambridge and Brighton Sussex Medical School
  • Top 10 in England for Geography, and Top 20 for Nursing & Midwifery, Pharmacy, and Neuroscience
  • Top 10 in England for Student Satisfaction for Course

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 2021

  • In the Top 10 for Forensic Science and Education, in England
  • Keele is ranked 56nd overall

National Student Survey

  • Consistently ranked in the top three in England for student satisfaction (of broad-based universities), NSS 2014-2019
  • No.1 for Children's Nursing, Midwifery, Business Studies, and Media and Film Studies (NSS, 2020)
  • 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 10 for our Students' Union (NSS, 2019)

Combined TEF & REF League Table

Shortlisted for University of the Year by Times Higher Education

This has come down to six finalists whose focus during 2018-19 varied significantly, but whose work was – and continues to be – of the very highest order. This group has set a series of incredibly high bars for the whole UK sector to analyse, admire and emulate.

John Gill - Editor, Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings 2019

  • Keele University is ranked in the top 100 in Europe

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021

  • Keele has placed firmly in the Top 100 out of more than 1,000 leading universities worldwide in a prestigious global league table that ranks universities’ global impact.

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

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2019

  • Keele has been ranked among the UK Top 10 universities for the research opportunities offered to postgraduate students

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 2020

  • For the fifth consecutive year, Keele has placed in the Top 40 in the UI GreenMetric World Rankings, securing 37th place out of 912 universities with a commitment to sustainability that entered from around the world.


  • Keele also ranked seventh overall out of all UK institutions, and featured in the UK Top 10 across all six assessment criteria, covering Setting and Infrastructure; Energy and Climate Change; Waste; Water; Transportation; and Education and Research.

CWUR World University Rankings 2018/19

  • Keele University ranks 714 out of eighteen thousand universities worldwide

Which? University Student Survey

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’ve invested £45 million in our science facilities on campus
  • We were ranked No. 1 in the UK for affordability in 2016 (Marbles.com)
  • The Telegraph also ranks us as one of the top 10 'most beautiful universities' in Britain

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