Keele University

Keele, United Kingdom

No. Students: 8,940 No. of Academic staff: 820
Funding type: Public
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Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student life.
It was the first new United Kingdom university of the 20th century, established with degree giving powers in 1949 as the University College of North Staffordshire. University status, as the University of Keele, followed in 1962.

We offer a special student experience. Most full-time students and many staff live on campus and theres excellent entertainment every night of the week. Our graduates obtain some of the best academic and employment success rates in the UK.

The University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects. Most of our students study for one of more than 500 Dual Honours programmes, where you can gain an honours degree level qualification in two subjects. We also have single honours degrees in American Studies, Environment and Sustainability, Geography, Law, Mathematics, Music Technology, Politics and in Medicine and other health-related subjects.

Keele is the UKs largest integrated campus university and occupies a 617 acre estate. Its central feature, 19th century Keele Hall, has Grade II registration with English Heritage.

Our central location within the UK means that we are easily accessible from anywhere in the country. With our Science Park, conference facilities and academic activities, we make a major contribution to our local Staffordshire economy. With a turnover in excess of £102million, and a total staff of some 1,700, the University generates around £130m of business in the region.



To be acknowledged as the professional and technical advice and facilitation service for strategic developments at Keele University.


To be the source of expertise and advice for corporate planning, projects and governance, and to provide professional executive support to the Senior Management Team.

What does this mean?

Our mission statement covers our four main areas of work:

1. Planning - creating the University's strategic plan, liaising with the funding council about our contract and supporting the creation of "local" plans within faculties and, ultimately, University Accommodation.

2. Governance - ensuring that corporate governance is well managed, and driving our ambition to be a model of best practice in the sector.

3. Projects - supporting key University projects or initiatives, and managing the University's space for maximum effect.

4. Executive support - providing professional executive support for the Senior Management Team. This is a wide ranging function and may take the form of desk research, drafting papers or servicing meetings, as well as responding to any of the three themes noted above.

Service Standards

Planning & Secretariat has a vision to be acknowledged as the professional and technical advice and facilitation service for strategic developments at Keele.

Our mission is to be the source of expertise and advice for corporate planning, projects and governance, and to provide professional support to the executive.

Standards are the promises that we make to service users about the level and quality of service they can expect. The standards outlined below cover the services that Planning & Secretariat provide directly to University staff, students and also the general public, which allow us to achieve our mission. We are constantly seeking to improve the way we work and the quality of service we offer.

When dealing with us:

* You can expect us to be welcoming, courteous, fair and respectful.

* We will always be helpful and responsive, keep you informed and communicate clearly with you at all times.

* We will let you know what information we can provide, who to contact and how to get in touch.

* We will be punctual when attending pre-arranged meetings.

* We will aim to provide good quality information that is specific to your request.

* We will redirect you appropriately if others can help you better.

In return, we ask you to help us achieve our standards by being courteous and respectful towards us and help us to help you by providing the information we need.

Student life

Keeles main campus has the best of both worlds, from the beautiful estate with woods, lakes and parkland to a buzzing centre of shops, the Students Union, cafés and restaurants.

The campus is home to around 70% of our full-time students, as well as a large number of a staff and their families.

There is a supermarket, bookshop, bank and newsagent on campus, as well as a health centre with doctors and a National Health Service dentist.

We have extensive sports fields, tennis courts and indoor sports facilities including a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, climbing wall and courts for basketball, five-a-side football, badminton, squash, netball, korfball, karate and aerobics.

We also have an art gallery and ceramic collection, and the University's arboretum boasts one of the largest collections of flowering cherry trees in the country.

Keele also has a custom-built campus at the nearby University Hospital of North Staffordshire, including a library, seminar rooms, laboratories and research facilities.

More than 100,000 visitors, guests and delegates enjoy the campus throughout the year at a variety of conferences and events as Keele University is firmly established as one of the countrys top academic venues.

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