Keele University England
Keele University, officially known as the University of Keele, is a public research university located about 3 miles (5 km) from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. Keele was granted university status by Royal Charter in 1962 and was founded in 1949 as the University College of North Staffordshire. Keele is the 24th oldest university in the UK List of UK universities by date of foundation, and highest research-ranked university in Staffordshire. A science park and a conference centre complements the academic buildings, making it the largest campus university in the UK. The university’s School of Medicine operates the clinical part of its courses from a separate campus at the Royal Stoke University Hospital with the School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at the nearby Clinical Education Centre.
The university occupies a 620-acre (250 ha) rural campus close to the village of Keele and consists of extensive woods, lakes and Keele Hall set in historic Staffordshire Potteries heartland. The estate was originally given by King Henry II of England to the Knights Templars, AD 1180. When the Templars were condemned and dissolved by the Council of Vienne in the time of Pope Clement V AD 1311, their possessions were annexed by the Knights Hospitallers until their dissolution by Henry VIII. The estate was purchased from the Crown by the Sneyd family and remained in their property until acquisition by the Stoke-on-Trent Corporation in 1948.0
Keele will continue to be one of the UK’s leading campus-based University communities.
Keele will provide a high quality educational experience for students shaped by outstanding research, contributing positively to social, environmental and economic agendas locally, nationally and internationally.
Observing Keele’s founding ethos of ‘the pursuit of truth in the company of friends’, the University is committed to:
- The transformative capacity of education for individuals, communities and society;
- Equality of educational opportunity;
- Advancing knowledge through independent research and academic enquiry;
- Environmental and economic sustainability;
- Delivering high quality service and experience in all our activities;
- Valuing the rights, responsibilities and dignity of individuals through our commitment to equality and diversity;
- Valuing probity and ethical behaviour;
- Caring for the well-being of all our members.
Our Planning and Academic Administration pages can provide more information about the Strategic Plan.