Our research is changing the world for the better. In collaboration with our global partners, we’re tackling some of society’s most urgent problems - including global health and the climate crisis - and we’re proud that 80% of our research is deemed to be world-leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2021).
Our interdisciplinary institutes and centres are undertaking cutting edge research that aims to tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges. They bring students, academics and researchers together from across the University, and serve as hubs that stimulate collaboration and debate.
Research within our faculties and schools
The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2021) confirmed Keele's position as a leading university for research of world-class quality and international excellence. 80% of the research conducted at Keele was classified as world-leading and internationally excellent, with top-rated research in all three faculties.
Humanities and Social Sciences
Research in work and employment, organisations and markets, environmental accounting, financial markets, social justice, trade, tourism and international business.
Research in American studies, English and creative writing, history, media, culture, music and music technology
Research in social justice, human rights, international and European law, ethics in health and social care, legal education and the regulation of gender and sexuality.
- Social, Political and Global Studies
Research in criminology, education, politics and international relations, philosophy and sociology.
Medicine and Health Sciences
- Allied Health Professions
Research in rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
Research in medicine and primary care.
- Nursing and Midwifery
Research in nursing and midwifery.
- Pharmacy and Bioengineering
Research in regenerative medicine and healthcare technologies.
- Chemical and Physical Sciences
Research in chemical sciences, physics and astrophysics, with particular strengths in astrophysics, materials chemistry, synthetic and analytical chemistry.
- Computing and Mathematics
Research in computer science, mathematics and smart energy, including fluid and solid dynamics, software engineering, medical statistics, evolutionary systems, number theory, computational intelligence, engineering mathematics and computational biology.
- Geography, Geology and the Environment
Research in Earth systems, responsibility and resilience, sustainable energy and environments and the education.
- Life Sciences
Research in applied entomology and parasitology, cell and molecular medicine, neuroscience, molecular and structural biosciences.
Research in cognition, brain and behaviour; development psychology; health and well-being and social psychological research.