Open Day/Offer Holder Day FAQs

What is the difference between an Open and an Offer Holder Day?

Before you have made your final shortlist of institutions, prospective students are encouraged to attend our Open Days which are held in June, August, October and December. The Offer Holder Day events, held in February, March and April, 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 a Offer Holder Day event even if you have attended the Open Day. The Offer Holder Day will provide the opportunity to get more detailed information on your chosen academic subject(s).

Do I have to book a place?

Yes, we would prefer you to book a place for any of the events you wish to attend. We can then email you a programme for the day, which not only confirms your booking but gives you the chance to plan how to make the most of your visit. Keele offer holders will receive an invitation to register for an Offer Holder Day via email. If you are interested in attending an Open Day, you can book here.

How can I find out what the programme for the day entails?

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.

Is the event all on one site?

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. You can make your own way between Keele campus and the Clinical Education Centre but 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. The School of Nursing and Midwifery can be contacted directly on 01782 679600.

What are the parking arrangements?

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. 

If you are visiting the Clinical Education Centre you will be emailed a parking permit to print out and display in your vehicle. Please note, we offer a free shuttle bus between Keele University campus and the CEC. Please click here to view the timetable which will be available the week before an Open or Offer Holder Day.

What time does the day start?

Open and Offer Holder Days 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. 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.

I am travelling by public transport. What are my options?

The nearest train station is Stoke-on-Trent (5 miles away). You can get a taxi at an approximate cost of £8 - £10.

There is also a train station at Crewe (14 miles away) and a taxi fare will cost approximately £14 - £20.

Train timetables are available online from National Rail Enquiries or The Trainline

Local bus timetables for Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe

For some Open and Offer Holder Days 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 click here to access this.

I (or one of my party) is disabled.

Please find a Disabled Access Map of Keele University here, printed copies of this map will be available at sign-in.

During the Open Day the closest car park to the sign-in point will be the Students' Union / car park E 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.

Do you provide materials in alternative formats?

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

I am travelling some distance, can I stay on campus the night before the event?

If you would like to look for accommodation in the local area, go to www.visitstoke.co.uk

My plans have changed and I can no longer attend on the day I booked. Can I change the date of my visit?

Yes, of course. You can do this online using your log-in details to amend/change/cancel your booking. Alternatively, please contact us on 01782 734450 / 734571 or email visits@keele.ac.uk

None of the dates are convenient for me to visit. Can I still make a visit?

If you are unable to visit on one of the Open/Offer Holder Days you are welcome to look around the campus on an Independent Visit - an informal, self-guided tour of campus.

Is the School of Nursing and Midwifery based on the University campus?

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at the Clinical Education Centre (CEC) at the Royal Stoke University Hospital site (off the A34). For more information around Nursing and Midwifery on the Open and Offer Holder Days, please click here.

If your query relating to Keele University's Open/Offer Holder Day events is not answered above, please contact us on 01782 734450 / 734571 or email visits@keele.ac.uk