Keele University (KU) is located just miles away from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. The rural surroundings of the school, which is officially known as the University of Keele, stem from the structure that houses the school. This 620-acre estate, which was originally constructed in the 16th Century, was rebuilt three centuries later.
KU as an institution of higher learning didn’t officially occur until 1949, when the University College of North Staffordshire was established. Another 13 years would pass until the school officially became the University of Keele, in honor of the surrounding community. Names that were dismissed during this process included Stoke-on-Trent and the University of Stoke.
In 1974, KU’s International Relations Department was established, with additional schools being added over the past few decades. These areas included ones devoted to nursing, pharmacy and medicine. In the latter case, that process completed a 40-year goal to establish a medical school.
During the course of its operations, the Keele School of Management has been created, with an expansion taking place in 2017. In conjunction with that is more emphasis on STEM education.