The Sneyds came into possession of the Keele estate in the mid-16th century. Before the Sneyds the area was owned by the Knights Templar, a medieval Military Order. The first Keele Hall was built in 1580 and it was rebuilt in 1860. The University itself was founded as the University College of North Staffordshire in 1949 and received its Charter as the University of Keele in 1962.


The degree programmes and foundation years have always been distinctively challenging, flexible and foster a broader based knowledge. Our interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach doesn’t just underpin a wonderful education but powers our world leading research. All of which also means we deliver greater impact and value from our research and teaching, globally as well as locally.


Keele is helping to change the world for the better by engaging in cutting-edge research. We’re tackling some of society’s most urgent problems, including ageing, global health and renewable energy.Universities are assessed independently on the quality of their research by the Research Excellence Framework (REF). We’re really proud that 97% of our research was deemed to be world-leading, or of international importance, in the REF 2014.Thanks to our leading reputation for research, Keele degrees are highly regarded by employers and by other universities to which you might apply for postgraduate study, anywhere in the world.


We have a commitment to provide careers guidance, advice and information to help you achieve your career plans. Whether you are looking to enter a graduate career, applying for further study or aim to become self-employed we will offer a wide range of services, resources and activities for you. Keele holds a Career Fair every year. Discover career opportunities with employers such as RBS, the NHS, Wardell Armstrong, the Local Government Association and the Department of Education, to name but a few.Drop-ins are your best way to initially see a Careers Adviser. These one-to-one 15 minute sessions are available on a frequent basis allowing you to start your career planning and move forward.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Keele University!


Student services

Everything’s on your doorstep at Keele, with all the most important services and facilities gathered together at the centre of campus. And because our student population is quite small, there’s a great sense of community.

Housing services

On Campus you can find 6 Halls of Residence:

  • Barnes Hall
  • Hawthorns Hall
  • Holly Cross & The Oaks
  • Horwood Hall
  • Lindsay Hall
  • Halls Life
If you prefer living off campus we strongly recommend that you choose properties advertised on our studentpad website. All properties advertised are owned by reputable, accredited landlords. We cannot vouch for any landlords or properties not listed on studentpad.

Library services

You have two libraries: one on campus, open 24/7 during semesters, and the other at the Royal Stoke University Hospital for our healthcare students. Both offer free Wi-Fi and a choice of study spaces.

ICT services

Keele Univeristy offers an IT support and advice centre plus a laptop loan scheme and clinic. You’ll have 24/7 access to computers, scanners and high-speed colour printers in the Library. There’s free Wi-Fi across campus, including every study bedroom, and at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Medical services

All students are entitled to free emergency treatment however, if you have a four month visa you cannot register with the Health Centre and need to ensure you have adequate healthcare insurance for payment if you need non-emergency treatment.You should register with Keele Practice which is located on campus in Horwood Halls.It has two doctors supported by two specialist nurse practioners.

Student Life

Campus life

The Halls of Residence are groups of accommodation blocks where students live. There are a variety of room types and occupancy periods available.

f you live in our Halls of Residence...

  • you are close to lectures
  • there are no travel costs or travelling time
  • you are close to the library
  • you are amongst lots of fellow students new to life at university
  • accommodation costs are set for the year
  • the cost of accommodation includes a furnished room, utility bills, basic level of insurance and internet access
  • family members who are not full time students cannot live with you
  • rooms are cleaned once a fortnight; kitchens and shared bathrooms cleaned weekly
  • the locks are secure and the campus has 24 hour security presence

Sports facilities

Some of the sport facilities you will find here are:

  • Squash Courts
  • Spinning Room
  • Bouldering Wall
  • Gymnasium
  • Dance Studio
  • Alderton & Walshaw Sports Halls
  • Grass Football Pitches
  • Tennis Courts
  • Sand Based Astro Pitch
  • Cricket Pitches
  • Lacrosse Pitch
  • Indoor & Outdoor Changing Rooms
The Sports Centre is also home to our Fitness Centre and Kinesis Suite, which cater for all of your training needs, from performance through to casual training, in a friendly and supportive environment. Our fitness centre is well equipped with over 50 stations consisting of cardiovascular equipment, resistance equipment and a midsection training area as as well as a weights room and an 8 station kinesis room.

Student clubs

Keele becomes part of us and we remain part of Keele forever. Your visit day, your first day here, your Finals Day and your Graduation Ceremony, are just the first stages of a lifelong relationship.The Keele Society was founded by staff and students in the very earliest years of the University. Our Pioneers knew immediately that being at Keele was something special and memorable and that people would want a way to remain connected to each other, to the University and to this place.There are no membership fees and no subscription charges - we automatically become members of the Keele Society on leaving Keele! The only condition for membership of the Keele Society is to have completed one semester at Keele.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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