Founded in 1949, Keele has Britain’s largest single-site campus, covering 600 acres of parkland in the heart of England, near Stoke. The university is within an hour’s drive of Manchester and Birmingham. It has a particular reputation for excellence in the medical and health studies, and the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is one of the UK’s leading centres of applied research in primary care. Keele is currently ranked 6th in the UK for Medicine.

Key Facts


  • #46 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • #32 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020
  • #52 in the Complete University Guide 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 8,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 2,000

Year founded

  • 1949

  • The University was awarded Gold for Teaching Excellence (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017).
  • The university is made up of three faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences and Natural Sciences.  
  • Keele was ranked number 1 in England for overall Student Satisfaction (NSS 2018 – broad-based universities).
  • The University has 96% graduate employability (HESA – Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017). 
Areas of recognition

Within the 2020 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, Keele is ranked in the UK Top 20 for, Medicine (#6), Nursing (#11), Pharmacology and Pharmacy (#15), American Studies (#15) and Chemistry (#18).

Kings alumni at Keele University

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