Keele University KPA
The Keele Postgraduate Association is a postgraduate students’ union and began life in 1961 as the Keele Research Association (KRA), a group dedicated to obtaining on-campus accommodation for postgraduate students. It was the first students’ union in the United Kingdom dedicated exclusively to the support of postgraduate students. Situated in the cellar of Keele Hall, also known as the “Gun Room” due to its previous use by the Sneyd’s, the KRA became committed to the social side of the research community, soon becoming the voice of postgraduate interests within the University.
The KPA provides representation and support for all postgraduate students at Keele, represented by the KPA’s full-time and part-time elected officers on a number of University committees, including the University Senate, Council and Research Committee.
In 1994, the KPA Clubhouse opened as “Henders Bar” in the former warden’s house adjacent to Horwood Hall, providing a social hub for Keele students. Today the Clubhouse serves hot and cold food, such as the legendary KPA Doorstop sandwich, and drink, including a number of guest ales, to Keele’s postgraduates and the wider community.
In 2001, the Clubhouse was named by the Potteries branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) as their first “Club of the Year.” Since 2008, the Clubhouse has been included in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide.
The Clubhouse hosts regular events, including annual beer and cider festivals, as well as weekly events such as a quiz night and society events including Keele’s Folk Club and Creative Writing Society.