Keele University

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Keele University
motto Thank you God for all
founding 1949
Sponsorship state
place Newcastle-under-Lyme , United Kingdom
Vice-Chancellor Trevor McMillan
Students 12,700 (2006)
Employee 1,400 (2006)
Keele Hall , Keele University

The University of Keele ( English Keele University ) at Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire , England , is the largest campus university in Great Britain .


The University of Keele is located in the so-called Midlands , about halfway between the two major cities of Birmingham and Manchester . Neighboring cities are Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent . The approximately 250 hectare campus area of ​​the University of Keele is located in the north of the county of Staffordshire, as it were in the open field, about one kilometer southeast of the village of Keele , after which the university is named, and about five kilometers west of the city of Newcastle-under- Lyme.


The University College of North Staffordshire was founded in 1949 and received university status in 1962, when it was renamed The University of Keele . This is still the official name, although the university now refers to itself as Keele University .

Most of the buildings on the campus are architecturally sober functional buildings that were created after the Second World War . The oldest building is Keele Hall , a stately mansion rebuilt around the middle of the 19th century on a former manor that was once owned by the Knights of St. John and that came to the English royal family after this order was dissolved in England. It was bought by Sir William Sneyd for £ 344 in 1544 . During the Second World War it housed military installations. A large park adjoins Keele Hall.


The university offers courses in numerous fields of natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. In 2002, the Keele University School of Medicine was established, offering five years of full medical studies. During the first two years, medical students' training takes place on the university campus. The further, practice-oriented training from the third to the fifth year is carried out in cooperation with the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Newcastle-under-Lyme .

In 2004, the University of Keele made international headlines with the publication on the Internet of around five million aerial photographs of the Second World War it digitized from the Aerial Reconnaissance Archives of the Royal Air Force .


  • James Frederick Mountford: Keele - An Historical Critique . Keele University, 1972, ISBN 0-7100-7237-6 ( limited preview in Google Book Search).
  • JM Kolbert: Keele: The First Fifty Years - A Portrait of the University, 1950-2000 . Melandrium Books, Keele 2000, ISBN 1-85856-238-4 .

Web links

Commons : Keele University  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. JM Kolbert The Sneyds & Keele Hall . University of Keele, 1967.
  3. See e.g. E.g. the dialogue on Deutschlandfunk, broadcast Kultur heute , from January 20, 2004.

Coordinates: 53 ° 0 ′ 11 "  N , 2 ° 16 ′ 22"  W.