Open day / offer holder day FAQs

Here are a number of questions frequently asked by visitors planning to attend our on campus open days / offer holder days. Due to the current situation, please check whether the event you have registered for is virtual or in-person.

The safety of the Keele community, including our students, staff and visitors is our top priority, a number of protocols will be in place for these events. We ask that:

  • Prospective students bring a maximum of two guests, from the same household, to the open day.
  • Please ensure you and your guests bring a face covering with you to wear when entering any university building, unless you have a valid exemption.
  • Wherever possible, we ask that visitors maintain a minimum of one metre social distancing from other parties attending the event.
  • Please don’t attend the event if you or a member of your household is experiencing symptoms of or has recently tested positive for Covid-19 or are awaiting test results for Covid-19. Please refer to government guidelines for more details around isolation periods.
  • Help yourself to hand sanitiser which can be found at various locations across campus.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter. For more information and guidance around Keele’s response to Coronavirus (Covid-19), including our plans for the next academic year, please click here.

Before you have made your final shortlist of institutions, prospective students are encouraged to attend one of our open days. The offer holder day events are intended for applicants who have received an offer for a place at Keele.

Although by necessity the programmes for the two types of events are similar in content (for those students who can only make one visit) we do encourage you to return for an offer holder day event even if you have attended the open days. The offer holder day will provide the opportunity to get more detailed information on your chosen academic subject(s).

Yes, you will need to book a place as there are capacity caps on some of our activities. We’ll be in touch the week before the event with a programme and more details on how to book onto sessions.

Full programme details are made available online prior to each event. To ensure that you get a copy of the programme emailed to you in advance of the day, please book your place online. You will also be able to collect a hard copy programme on the day.

The majority of the activity related to the open/offer holder day events is based at Keele campus. If you are interested in Nursing or Midwifery then you may also be invited to the Clinical Education Centre (CEC) at Royal Stoke University Hospital. There is a free shuttle bus between Keele and the Clinical Education Centre provided on the open days for those interested in Nursing and Midwifery.

On arrival onto campus please look out for our orange signage or a member of our security team who will be on hand to direct you to the next available car park. During open days car parking will be free on Keele campus, but please leave your car in a marked parking bay.

Open and offer holder day typically run from around 9:00am until 4:00pm, but start and end times may vary slightly and will be advertised in advance of the event.

You do not have to be here at the start but we hope you will use the programme sent to you via email in advance (if you have booked your place) to plan what you want to do during the day and book onto your preferred activities. The later in the day you arrive, the greater the risk of missing some of the talks/sessions and not being able to fit in all aspects of the programme.

We recommend that you come prepared for the (unpredictable) British weather and wear comfortable footwear as a number of activities take place outdoors. Please ensure you and your guest bring a suitable face covering to wear inside University buildings.

The nearest railway stations to Keele are:

  • Stoke-on-Trent (5 miles / 8 km away)
  • Crewe (12 miles / 19 km away)

For national train times and enquiries visit nationalrail.co.uk or thetrainline.com.

From the train stations you can get to Keele Campus via bus, taxi or cycling.

Taxi: There is a taxi rank outside Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe railway stations. The journey takes 15-20 minutes from Stoke-on-Trent railway station and 20-25 minutes from Crewe railway station

Local bus information: From Stoke-on-Trent train station, 'First' buses operate No. 25 service. The bus stop is on your left when exiting the station, on the opposite side of the road (opposite the taxi rank). More details can be found on the First Group website.

From Crewe bus station, 'D&G' buses (No. 85 service) to Newcastle-under-Lyme leaves from the stop to the right of the station entrance towards the roundabout. The service takes about 50 minutes, and stops in Keele village or Barnes Hall.

Shuttle bus service: For some open and offer holder day we run a shuttle service between Stoke-on-Trent train station and Keele University. If this service is running, further details will be included in an email sent to you prior to the event and a timetable will be published on the website one week before the event.

Please find more information about campus accessibility here.

During the open day the closest car park to the sign-in point will be the Students' Union / car park E2 on the disabled access map. This car park will be reserved for visitors with mobility issues and blue badge holders.

If you have any questions, wish to discuss accessibility around campus ahead of your visit or to arrange to view our accessible accommodation, please email visits@keele.ac.uk.

If you are visually impaired or partially sighted you may request materials in alternative formats.

We are able to provide all of our marketing and course materials electronically and in a Word document which can be accessed by a screen reader. We can also provide all documents electronically in PDF which are accessible if you have software to convert to Word.

If you require a copy of materials in Braille then you are able to obtain a free service through http://robobraille.org/introduction-robobraille.

Courtyard by Marriott at Keele is located on campus, for more details and booking information please click here. If you would like to look for accommodation in the local area, please visit www.visitstoke.co.uk.

Yes, of course. You can access your event ticket to do this online (please see your booking confirmation email). Alternatively, please contact us at visits@keele.ac.uk.

If your query relating to Keele University's open / offer holder day events is not answered above, please contact us on 01782 734450 / 733949 or email visits@keele.ac.uk.