The university occupies a 620-acre (250 ha) rural campus close to the village of Keele and has a science park and a conference centre, making it at the time the largest main campus university in the UK.[4] The university's School of Medicine operates the clinical part of its courses from a separate campus at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. The School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at the nearby Clinical Education Centre.

It is located in the Keele ward of the borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Keele University was established in 1949 as the University College of North Staffordshire, at the initiative of A D Lindsay, then Professor of Philosophy and Master of Balliol College, Oxford. Lindsay was a strong advocate of working-class adult education,[6] who had first suggested a "people's university" in an address to the North Staffordshire Workers' Educational Association in 1925.[7]

In the early 1990s the union RAG committee was instrumental in the formation of the "National Association of RAGs".[citation needed]

In August 2009, university astronomers, led by David Anderson, discovered the first planet that orbits in the opposite direction to the spin of its star.[80] The planet was named WASP-17b.[81]

In 1994, the Oswestry and North Staffordshire School of Physiotherapy (ONSSP), which had been a separate institution based at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, Shropshire, merged with Keele University, becoming Keele's Department of Physiotherapy Studies, and relocating from Oswestry to the Keele University campus. In August 1995, Keele University merged with North Staffordshire College of Nursing and Midwifery, forming the new School of Nursing and Midwifery.

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Accommodation Prices range from £82.60 per week for a single standard self-catered bedroom without a wash basin, to £140 for a self-catered premier ensuite bedroom (which includes a 3/4 bed and shower room with toilet).

A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

The students' union magazine Concourse was founded in 1964 and is issued about once a month.[83] It is editorially independent of both the university and the students' union.

Barnes Hall has no M block (it has A to L and N to X) because the building became unsafe due to subsidence and was demolished. The large open area adjacent to L block helped an urban legend develop that M block sank into the ground due to an abandoned mine tunnel.[22] Another building anomaly is the seventh floor of O Block in Horwood. Although the top storey has windows and walls, the roof was never added.[23]

Keele University, officially known as the University of Keele,[4] is a public research university located about 3 miles (4.8 km) from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. Keele was granted university status by Royal Charter in 1962[5] and was originally founded in 1949 as the University College of North Staffordshire.

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All of campus accommodation (over 3,000 bedrooms) is university owned and new full-time students and international students are prioritised for campus accommodation.

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Most students in their first year occupy on-campus accommodation as do some final year students. International students typically occupy on-campus accommodation.

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All you need to know about studying at Keele University

A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

The university has also undertaken sports-related research projects,[77] and has worked with the Premier League to develop technology for detecting offside players.[78] Keele academics have also conducted research into how women perceived sport.[79]

A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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The first graduate studying fully at Keele was Margaret Boulds in 1954, graduating in Philosophy and English. Growing steadily, the university college was promoted to university status in 1962, receiving a new Royal charter in January of that year,[13] and adopting the name the University of Keele. This remains the official name, although Keele University is now the everyday usage. It is identified as one of the Plate glass universities.

Keele is featured on the UK 'Here and Now' edition of the board game Monopoly, released in September 2007, It takes the place of Fleet Street in the traditional version.[2]

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"...a broad education based upon an understanding of the heritage of civilisation, movements and conditions, and of the nature, methods and influence of the experimental sciences"[29]


The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

In 2012, Keele University also took part in the first official inter-university Muggle Quidditch match, winning and thus becoming the top ranked team in the country. The sport has since expanded and Keele have remained one of the forerunners, finishing in second place at the British Quidditch Cup in November 2013. The university also hosted 8 teams for the Northern Cup in March 2014.

In May 2012 Keele was listed by the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine as among the world's top 100 new (50 years old or less) universities.[58] The periodical stated that: "The 100 Under 50 aims to show which nations are challenging the US and the UK as higher education powerhouses – and offers insights into which institutions may be future world leaders". In September 2012 the university was named as one of the UK's top 30 universities in the Sunday Times University Guide.

The Keele team won the 1968 series of University Challenge.[84] The same team also made runner up to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1979) in the 2002 special University Challenge: Reunited.

There is also a student radio station called KUBE Radio (Keele University Broadcasting Enterprises), broadcast over the Internet. In 2008 it was recognized as the most internationally acclaimed student radio station, with awards for Best Online Only Radio Station in both the New York Festivals and the European Radio Awards.

In 2009, the university was awarded Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, for "pioneering work with the NHS in early intervention and primary care in the treatment of chronic pain and arthritis, linking research to delivery to patients through GP networks and user groups".[17]

The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

Due to declining popularity and funding, the German department closed in December 2004,[15] although the university retained its physics degree despite the subject facing similar pressures.[16]

Keele University Students' Union organises social activities throughout the year. There are student socials most nights, with Rewind and a fortnightly "Flirt!" night. The union has several bars – The Scruffy Squirrel, Blueprint and K2, and restaurants – Blend and Munch, along with stalls outside, including a Farmer's Market every Tuesday.

All Keele’s courses – with the exception of Medicine and Pharmacy – are modular, with the academic year divided into three semesters, with breaks at Christmas and Easter.[4] There are approximately 14 students to every member of staff.[24]

The post-modern sculpture situated outside Keele's library was stolen by a visiting sports team, only to be later retrieved and securely fitted. In 2005 the same statue was damaged in protest against the university's policy of fining its undergraduate students.

In 2010 Richard Stephens, John Atkins, and Andrew Kingston won the Ig Nobel prize for confirming the widely held belief that swearing relieves pain.[82]

In the early 1980s Keele attracted the attention of the national press and television news when some students founded a 'cuddling society' and a 'mass cuddle' was filmed in the car park outside the students' union.