Postgraduate Research at Keele

Please Note:  Keele University has recently undertaken a major review of its postgraduate research processes, taking into account both internal developments and best practice in the sector. This review has culminated in the new Code of Practice on Postgraduate Research Degrees. Work to update the PGR guidance and forms on this part of the website is ongoing and will be published online at intervals over the next few months, between August 2017 and Spring 2018. We thank you for your patience in the meantime.

The New Website Structure for Postgraduate Research (PDF, 273KB) ‌‌document provides a breakdown of the revised structure of PGR web pages and signposts you to where you can find particular resources and forms.

If you wish to submit feedback on any of the 'Current PGR Students' web pages, or have questions about any of the guidance documentation or forms, please contact‌.


Every Keele Postgraduate Research (PGR) student is assigned to one of the five Faculty Research Offices/Research Institutes. The Research Offices and Research Institutes are the key administrative, academic and support units for students. Although all PGR students are governed by the same regulations and framework for research degrees, the RIs are individually responsible for ensuring that students are supported and able to adhere to the rules governing their programme.

In conjunction with the Research Offices/Research Institutes, the Directorate of Planning and Academic Administration (PAA) maintains central records of PGR students' progress, examinations and awards. These pages primarily relate to matters that are dealt with centrally. Use the sub-menu links on the left-hand-side of this page to navigate through information for current students on matters that are handled by PAA and other central services.

Your supervisor and other colleagues in your Faculty Research Office/Research Institute will be able to provide help and support as you continue with your research - see Contacts and Support

Below is a selection of resources that PGR students might find helpful.

Student Support Services

The University provides a number of services to help students with their health and well-being:

Learning & Teaching Services

There are a number of Learning & Teaching services that PGR students can access:

Finance-related Services

The University's Finance Office has a number of departments which may be of use to PGR students:

Other useful links

There are other services offered by the University which PGR students might find helpful

External organisations

There are a range of external organisations that PGR students might find helpful:

  • Vitae is a national organisation set up to provide support for training for all postgraduate researchers.
  • EURAXESS-UK in conjunction with the European Union and the British Council helps researchers looking for jobs and funding opportunities
  • British Federation of Women Graduates provides graduate women living in England, Scotland and Wales with information, support and friendship, at local, regional, national and international levels
  • Research Councils UK is the overall body which co-ordinates information about all the Research Councils.  From this site you can access the addresses of all the different Research Councils