Keele second only to Oxford for Medicine in England

Medicine at Keele also ranked No.1 in the UK for student satisfaction with the course, receiving a near-perfect 99% score, and also for satisfaction with teaching which has a score of 96.7%.

Overall, Keele climbed to 32nd place in the table, the University’s highest ever ranking.

Professor Andrew Hassell, Head of the School of Medicine, said: “We are delighted with our position in the Guardian guide. We have been very pleased with our students' response to curricular developments that we've made, including our expanded final year student assistantships. We aim for our course to be a partnership between students, faculty, local healthcare providers and, most importantly, our patients.

“We and our students recognise our responsibilities to the local community which has embraced the School of Medicine. Patients are extraordinarily generous in giving time to our students. In turn, our students endeavour to reciprocate. They engage with many organisations in the voluntary sector, and several medical student societies, including the Teddy Bear Hospital, First Responders and the Anthony Nolan Trust, have considerable involvement with the community.

“Our placements providers in primary and secondary care play a huge role in our students' experience; I am glad to say that the Trusts and GPs who teach our students have been enthusiastic partners in enabling our students to develop into excellent clinicians.”