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Keele University Reputation
Keele University is located in North East England, Northumberland. The reputation for teaching has been recognised with a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 10,870 students are enrolled at Keele University:
- 9,755 of these students come from the UK
- 230 come from other EU countries
- And 885 are students from non-EU countries.
(Source: HESA 2017/18)
The graduate outcomes for Keele University show that six months after leaving university, 97% of graduates are in work or further study. The average graduate salary six months after leaving Keele University, is £20,700 a year.
(Source: DLHE Survey 2016)
Updated: 23rd September 2019
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The university refuses to sell students a parking permit (£100) unless they have a disability resulting in many cars being stolen as students are forced to park their cars off campus. This also leads to disdain from nearby locals who often threaten to prosecute students with the help of police for parking off campus. If you need to drive to Keele University as you are living at home or you wish to bring your car with you to Keele University, dont bother, they will refuse to sell you a permit to park on campus. If you do attempt to park on campus without a permit, have fun getting fined and being threatened with expulsion from the University. I had to quit my job which I had held for the past 2 years as I could not park my car near Keele University or off campus and therefore could not drive to work. Hiring a taxi became unsustainable as I was spending more on taxi fares than I was earning. If you are looking to have a part time job at Keele University, have fun losing it.
After being disappointed about my university experience last year, I decided to change my course and I ended up studying at Keele, which wasn't my first choice. However I was extremely lucky, as I found it suited me perfectly, being fairly introverted and having been brought up in a rural area. The campus is stunning and this is something all of the students and staff are proud of. If you do like to party though (which I do also partake in!!) The SU does really decent drinks at a good price (Punk IPA on tap!!), and the security are nice enough with a safety first attitude (they won't f*** you over). If club nights aren't your thing the DMK (dance music society) put on raves at Stoke with Keele resident DJs, it's too sick. Uni lecturers are all helpful and my course is interesting and whenever I have needed help I have got it (bearing in mind I'm doing nursing, which keele is rated as being amongst the highest for in the country)
Even tho I hated Keele, they did have a really good students union (I've changed uni since Keele but I still miss the scruffy squirrel SU Bar). I joined an LGBT society where do met the best people and still talk to them to this date. I can't exactly judge the career service as I never had any experience with them. The internet is absolutely shocking tho! The internet is shared by the while uni. It would've been easier to have separate internet connectivity for each halls with the amount of money you pay to go there.
Attractive university due to it's campus location and green space, with the student's union being very good for it's location. WiFi will cut out at times on campus, lack of study space, courses slightly outdated (geography was anyway), not enough encouragement to join clubs and societies as cliques form within them. In all honesty, a very average experience compared to what is marketed; only icing on the cake was the friends I made and graduating with a 2:1 from a course I started to hate!
The campus is lovely; the teaching is exceptional. There’s a sense of community that most university’s categorically fail to achieve. I’ve enjoyed my time here immensely. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I applied for MA courses at various ‘higher ranked’ universities, and was accepted into the likes of Durham/Lancaster/Cambridge. I, ultimately, chose to remain at keele. The lecturers and staff (especially in the philosophy department) are unfailingly knowledgeable, personable and helpful. Keele genuinely does offer a supportive but academically rigorous environment, an exceptionally beautiful campus, and outstanding teaching. This university is an example of the ideal student experience. The one caveat to all of the above is that the student accommodation, in places, is sub-par. However, I understand that the university has ambitious plans to revamp their accommodation offering, so, hopefully, the solitary issue I had with this university shall soon be remedied.
After an incredible 4 years - I am so glad to have studied Pharmacy here in the beautiful surroundings of the campus. Every single member of staff cares for your welfare, whether they are domestic cleaners right through to heads of school etc. My time as a Student Ambassador has also shaped me so well as a person and has given me the confidence to believe in myself when I enter the workforce in the near future. I am so thankful to the University for the exceptional opportunities, support and beautiful surroundings provided to me as a student. I cannot recommend this university enough, it was exactly the right one for me and my needs to become a Pharmacist.
Keele has everything you need in it’s own bubble, which is really helpful when your living on the beautiful campus!! It’s a lot more diverse then I thought it would be and suprisingly has very good night life on and around campus.
Keele is a very lively university with great forms of diversity. All staff members as well as the students are very helpful and of course friendly. The community is great and your bound to find people with the similar interests as you so you'll never feel left out.
Graduating this summer and will greatly miss Keele! The campus is beautiful - so much open space to enjoy, particularly when taking a break from a long library session! Everyone is very friendly and I have loved my time being a part of the 'Keele bubble'. The SU have some great acts and in previous years have had Basshunter, S Club, You Me at Six, Professor Green. In my experiences, my lecturers and teachers have been helpful and happy to respond to any email correspondence if I'm unsure about anything. There are so many societies and clubs - something for everyone and a great way to meet new people! There are plenty of opportunities for paid work to help with funding your studies including Student Ambassador roles and working at the Students Union as a Bartender or Steward. The university is close to the town of Newcastle under Lyme and a very regular bus service will get you there in 15 mins. It has supermarkets, a cinema, a number of restaurants and bars.
Keele University is an amazing place to live, socialise and learn. It's the most welcoming university I've ever visited. Really friendly teaching staff and so many opportunities to travel and try new and exciting things
Such an amazing university! Currently in my first year here and I have just completed the year and now to start my second. I do single honours Geography and the department is absolutely amazing and I can't wait to go on the field trips. The Student's Union (organises activities and nights out) is one of the best all round and it is easy to get involved in all the activities which are going on! The campus is so beautiful too! If you have Instagram it's a total dream place to be haha!
We were promised solicitors and barristers. After the first month they virtually disappeared we were then taught for extended periods of time by foreign nationals who could barely speak English. This course at Keele University was English Law. I complained and received half of my money back. They are busy telling their students they are number 1 for student satisfaction what they didn't say that only 4% of students filled in the survey. I still have the email to this effect. Be aware be very aware. I now take law courses elsewhere where the lecturers are both articulate and can deliver points well. That is what the private fee payer wants and nothing else will do.
In my second year and hate it. Only here to get my degree then I will forget I even went here. Really don't feel like i'm part of a community. 4 contact hours a week with no friends, university support and a load of work really brings on all kinds of issues. Really wouldn't recommend going here. STAY AWAY FROM ON CAMPUS ACCOMODATION!
Horrible experience at this university. I would never recommend anyone go there. enrolling was a nightmare, and on the first day on the course I was still not enrolled, having been offered a place 12 months earlier. Admin services are hopeless, queries and enquiries are not answered or resolved and now I have to pay for a replacement certificate as the qualification certificate was not even sent by recorded delivery, tracked or required a signature on receipt and it was lost in the post! I have paid £1200 to complete a one module post grad course and now have to pay a Solicitor and the University to get what I have earned. This Univeristy is hopeless. I have given it one star only because I cannot leave the review without doing so but I wouldn't even give one star if I had the choice.
Oh dear the Law Department was so bad it had to refund fees but only after it was pointed out the Department couldn't follow its own handbook. It took two years up of my time to run the complaint. I am now at a University that is wonderful pity it isn't closer to home. Be aware be very aware. Keele will get money of you and then ignore you. Remember they only refunded fees after a fight and did not recognise the time they had wasted. Hence this review.
Wifi across most of uni good, just not in accommodation. Careers service good, but the basic information they give should be told to everyone in a seminar at some point. SU is good- I work there. It's enjoyable. Low wages, but that's standard. I think the night of pool comp they could have other competitions as well, like darts. Have to pay for clubs and societies which is a bit annoying. Could do with more facilities, eg. A cinema. All they really have is SU, sports centre and small expensive shop.
Being an isolated university it is important to have a good campus which here it definitely delivers. It has a feel of a typical 'bubble' campus. Has a very good SU but this is needed as there is no near accessible alternative, despite accommodation WiFi sometimes being dire the rest of the University coverage is fine.
I wasn't at Keele very long... For good reason. I was so far away from campus (Hawthornes) that it was impossible to just pop to campus or to the library because it would take an hour. There are so many clubs and societies to get involved with but if you live so far away it's kinda hard to get back without walking alone in the dark. The students union is unfriendly! I have known of multiple people who have felt unsafe being there. I didn't feel comfortable going there during the evenings because of my mental health problems and that is not what I would have wanted from a students union. Keeps university is all about the drinking, don't go there if you actually want to put time into your degree because it's all about partying and people will try to get into your room at 3 in the morning when they get kicked out of the SU for being too rowdy
the campus is really beautiful and its nice and relaxing to be in especially when you're stressed with studies (i recommend you go and see the Keele Hall). The facilities are really good (my mentor and his girlfriend even gave me advice and told me about places i can go study if the library gets packed). The Clubs and societies are really good and its a good oppotunity to meet people and try something new (like how i joined the frisbee society) though i do wish they had an urban games society like the university i wanted to go to.... but they have kendo so yeah im happy. The student union seem friendly and they hold the best parties at the SU venue (much better than going to Hanley), that's one of the good things about it you dont have to travel far to attend student events.
Not a review. Question - Asked for a 4 bed flat for this Sept & been offered just a temporary shared single room in Lindsay block T, which is far from ideal. Has anyone a) stayed in block T and if so are their tables in the shared kitchens, b) has anyone any experiences of having to share on a temporary basis for upto 4 weeks (this is what the accommodation team had said over the phone) Would very much appreciate any thoughts and advice here. Thank you
I LOVE Keele, there is such a friendly community atmosphere and loads to do. The student's union is great and really supportive and helpful when you need them. The courses and content are up to university academic standard and course tutors are always contactable whenever you require any help.
Keele has one of the nicest, most beautiful campuses I have ever seen, which makes living here such a great experience - especially if you come from somewhere not so picturesque! There are loads and loads of different clubs you can join who all hold social events that you can go to if you wish which helps get to know your teammates or follow club members better, but I do find some of them pretty expensive (to join 2 sports clubs and have insurance I paid £85) but things cost! The Students Union is so much fun during Freshers Week but then after that it seems to die down and the parties stop being so good. They still hold lots of events during the day such as Careers Fair which is fun to go along to and get freebies. Wi-Fi is available all over campus but is a little scarce walking between classes though I guess that just reminds you to look up from your phone and see what's actually going on around you! Overall it's an amazing place where I feel very safe and comfortable.
Wifi is very dodgy, especially in my halls. If you move your device the internet gets very bad and in some spots wifi is almost none-existent. Other than this, keele on the whole is fantastic! Though I wish they would do paint and foam parties like most other universities and clubs do!
Keele was not my first choice, in fact I didn't even come to an open day, I just selected it as the insurance choice because it looked OK upon brief research online. I was a self assured a levels kid, positive I would get into my firm choice. God forbid I actually ended up there come results day... AND that's exactly what happened. Except, it was probably the best thing to happen to me. I love Keele, I'm pretty sure everyone at Keele loves Keele. The community spirit, the £1 drinks, the fantastic staff, the beautiful campus! I've met some great people and made some great friends, been taught by people actively doing important, relevant research in their fields, and guest lecturers from other universities (Oxford springs to mind). Of course we could moan on and on about things that could be improved, one reason I gave four stars is that the sporting facilities could be significantly better, but university is what you make of it. Embrace the spirit, we aren't here for very long!!
The university nightlife is pretty non-existing and there aren't really any attractions nearby... The accommodation (shared flat in Barnes L) was pretty shabby as there wasn't much fridge or cupboard space, no bath and the bedrooms were tiny with very uncomfortable beds...
It's such a welcoming community, and there are so many societies and sports to choose from, and to be honest you'll always find something to do with someone. And to be honest, if you think of something else that you wanted there is always new societies popping up, so making your own would be no issue in the slightest. In addition to that the professors are welcoming and helpful, and everything is so close together, so that's always nice. And the SU is a massive advantage it being on campus and having events going on all the time, it's really quite a lovely place to be. I wouldn't have chosen any other university given the opportunity.
Brilliant SU, great campus atmosphere where everyone knows everyone and everything is really close together. Great woodland walks and scenery in summer, good sports facilities. However a swimming pool would be nice and perhaps faster wifi.
Lovely, friendly university in a great setting with plenty to do and an active students union
If you're big into clubbing and are used to big city clubs then the SU might not cut it for you. If you don't mind the idea of a campus uni, however, it's great.
Best time and best support
The campus is beautiful and the staff are always on hand to help you regarding any issues. The availability of courses is second to none. And the student support services were always there for me when things got tough.
It's great that everything is together in one place but sometimes this can prevent you from venturing out. The surrounding area doesn't have much going for it.