Established in 1949, Keele University is one of the largest campus universities in the UK, with over 10,000 students studying on our beautiful 600-acre estate in Staffordshire, with our local NHS partners, and across the world. Keele sets the gold standard for teaching, with some of the most satisfied students in the country, and our research seeks to improve lives and address the most pressing challenges across our region, country, and world.
Keele University was born from a pioneering vision, one of a different kind of university.
Established in 1949 by Lord Lindsay - the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University - in a country still recovering from the Second World War, the University was originally guided by the needs of the local community.
The University’s founding aim was to produce graduates who not only had the technical and specialist knowledge to move society forward, but who understood the social and political landscape that drove this need.
Fast-forward over 70 years and this original ethos remains at the core of the University’s mission, and our cutting-edge expertise and research is being used to improve the lives of people and address the most pressing challenges not just locally and within our region, but across the world.
Keele was founded to meet the needs of a changing world, with a pioneering spirit and a commitment to making a difference. Seventy years later we are continuing to engage in research designed to enrich and improve the lives of our local community and those most in need throughout the world.
Our academics are actively studying matters of global importance: from food security, climate change and smart energy, to neglected tropical diseases, global health and sustainable futures. It’s no wonder that 80% of our research is deemed world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (2021).