Keele University, located on a sprawling estate featuring woods, lakes and parkland, prides itself on being home to academic excellence and research. Ranked number one in the UK for student satisfaction and graduate employment as recently as 2016, the university has built a glowing reputation among the student population.
Staff provide a high-quality and focused learning experience, teaching in small groups and providing one-to-one access to its academics. The 24th oldest education provider of its kind in the UK, and highest research-ranked university in Staffordshire, the Keele estate was given to the Knights Templars by King Henry II in 1180, before the Templars were dissolved and their possessions kept by Henry VIII. The Sneyd family bought the estate from the Crown, and it was theirs until Stoke-on-Trent Corporation acquired it in 1948.
The following year, the University College of North Staffordshire was founded, prior to university status arriving by Royal Charter in 1962, paving the way for the Keele University we see today. Its science park and conference centre, along with its academic buildings, makes Keele the UK’s biggest campus university. Its School of Medicine runs the clinical aspect of its programmes from a separate location, at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, while the Clinical Education Centre is home to the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Keele, which boasts a Gold Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), is ranked 501-600 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018 globally, and in the top 250 for Europe. It also came in the top 1.8% for international outlook, which focuses on research, students and staff in its criteria.
When Keele was first in the country for student satisfaction in 2016 in the National Student Survey, it was the third year in succession that it had claimed top spot. It has occupied first position for Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Physical Geography & Environmental Science, and Physics, and has had 19 subject areas in the top 10 places.
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In October 2017, it was announced that Keele had been named joint-first with the prestigious University of Oxford for producing the most psychiatrists of any medical school in England. Keele has had the most graduates successfully embark on a career in psychiatry since 2014, tying with Oxford in a table published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych).
The research revealed that Keele churned out, on average, more than double the number of psychiatrists that some of the UK’s leading education providers managed to produce. Between 2014 and 2016, a whopping 4.3% of medical school graduates from the university forged a career in that field.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists decided to make the results public in order to prompt English medical schools to raise their game and create the psychiatrists of tomorrow.
Famous alumni of Keele include Sir Peter Coulson, Judge of the High Court of Justice, Dame Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor of London and former president of the Law Society, Sir Richard Mottram, chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Dame Jo Williams, Chief Executive of MENCAP, and BBC weather presenter Phil Avery.