Keele University Access Agreement

Keele University has a long-standing commitment to widening participation in higher education and has built on this in recent years by leading on national initiatives such as NNCO and most recently NCOP.

Indeed the founding mission of the University from its conception in the late 1940s was to provide an inclusive, high quality learning environment which provided opportunity for all – long before ‘widening participation’ was even thought of. Our success in achieving this is evidenced by accolades such as being first in the National Student Survey for Overall Student Satisfaction for three consecutive years, 2014, 15 and 16, and consistently highly rated for graduate employability.

The region within which we are based faces some of the most significant challenges in terms of aspiration and success in general, and widening participation in higher education in particular. The HEFCE Heat Map shows a number of significant cold spots particularly around our local industrial towns Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent. In addition the region has recently been awarded Opportunity Area Funding, the two local universities - which includes Keele – are partners in the development which is being initiated out of this funding.

These indicate the long-standing challenges faced by our region and are the key reasons why Keele University has been so actively engaged in widening participation activity for so many years, building an established network of engagements across the region and beyond.

Read Keele University's Access Agreement 2018-19.

All institutions Access Agreements can be found on the Offa website.