About Keele University
Established in 1949, Keele University is one of the largest campus universities in the UK, with over 10,000 students studying on our beautiful 600-acre estate in Staffordshire, with our local NHS partners, and across the world. Keele sets the gold standard for teaching, with some of the most satisfied students in the country, and our research seeks to improve lives and address the most pressing challenges across our region, country, and world.
Keele University was born from a pioneering vision, one of a different kind of university.
Established in 1949 by Lord Lindsay - the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University - in a country still recovering from the Second World War, the University was originally guided by the needs of the local community.
The University’s founding aim was to produce graduates who not only had the technical and specialist knowledge to move society forward, but who understood the social and political landscape that drove this need.
Fast-forward over 70 years and this original ethos remains at the core of the University’s mission, and our cutting-edge expertise and research is being used to improve the lives of people and address the most pressing challenges not just locally and within our region, but across the world.
Keele was founded to meet the needs of a changing world, with a pioneering spirit and a commitment to making a difference. Seventy years later we are continuing to engage in research designed to enrich and improve the lives of our local community and those most in need throughout the world.
Our academics are actively studying matters of global importance: from food security, climate change and smart energy, to neglected tropical diseases, global health and sustainable futures. It’s no wonder that 80% of our research is deemed world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (2021).
Our students make a vast and varied contribution to the local area during their time at Keele, volunteering their time, skills and efforts to aid the local community. Keele students have given over 11,000 hours of their time during the Covid-19 pandemic to aid the region, and our medical and nursing staff work in our local and regional NHS hospitals throughout their studies, contributing to the health and wellbeing of the whole area throughout their studies.
The Keele Community is diverse and made up of learners past and present, from all walks of life. With over 100,000 former students in more than 150 countries around the world, our alumni networks include leaders in an array of sectors, professions and careers, from CEOs, political leaders and TV presenters, to entrepreneurs, fashion designers and diplomats.
Sustainability at Keele
At the core of our mission is the vision for a more sustainable world, driven by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainability is embedded in everything we do at Keele, and this drive has led to us leading groundbreaking trials in smart energy and green technology. From hosting the first UK trial of hydrogen blending in a gas network, testing new smart energy technologies, to producing our own renewable energy on campus, we're proud to be leading the sector on sustainability.
Our efforts are recognised around the globe, a status which was cemented when we won the Global Sustainability Institution of the Year award at the Green Gown Awards in 2021.
Supporting our local community
Our impact is felt not only around the world, but closer to home as well - our academics and students benefit from close links with local businesses and our local NHS trusts.
Over 5,000 Keele-trained nurses are currently working on the NHS frontline, with many who study with us choosing to stay local when they qualify. More than 180 of our healthcare professors, lecturers and teaching staff also work clinically in the NHS, putting their expertise into practice day in, day out.
Outside of healthcare our support for local businesses and SMEs is also unparalleled, with 600 local businesses having been supported by Keele-led innovation programmes since 2017, contributing £200m per year to the local economy.
Everything’s on your doorstep at Keele, with the most important facilities gathered together at the centre of campus - which at 600 acres is one of the biggest in the UK.
Facts and Figures
No.1 in the UK Britain's best university, as ranked by students (Student Crowd University Awards, 2022)
96% graduate employability HESA - Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017
Winner Global Sustainability Institution of the Year International Green Gown Awards, 2021
Top 10 in England for overall Student Satisfaction NSS 2021 (broad-based public universities)
Top 10 Students' Union National Student Survey, 2019
600+ acres One of Britain's biggest campuses