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Keele ranks among England’s Top 15 universities for combined research and teaching excellence

Keele University sits among prestigious company after ranking among the top 15 universities in England for combined excellence in both teaching and research in a new analysis of the latest Teaching Excellence Framework and Research Excellence Framework results, which show that it is one of only a select group of universities to achieve excellence in both assessments.  

The group of 15 English universities which fit into this “Golden Quadrangle” – universities that excel at both teaching quality and research intensity – sits Keele alongside many prestigious Russell Group institutions. 

This dual excellence in both teaching and research gives Keele students opportunities to work alongside world-leading researchers at the top of their field, studying a curriculum which is directly informed by globally-recognised research.  

Keele achieved a Gold ranking in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework exercise, a repeat of its previous Gold ranking from 2017 and therefore making it one of just 15 broad-based universities to achieve Gold in both years. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 80% of Keele’s research was rated as being either world-leading or internationally excellent.  

Professor Mark Ormerod, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, said: “As we celebrate our 75th anniversary year, I’m always mindful of how our founding ethos of positively impacting society through our research and teaching has adapted and evolved throughout that time, while still remaining committed to that original vision for the kind of university Keele would be.  

“To be one of only a select group of universities recognised as being excellent in both teaching and research is therefore not only extremely humbling, but gives us a further impetus to continue this work into the future, not only solving some of the world’s most pressing problems through research, but giving our graduates the knowledge and the drive to go out and make a difference themselves in whatever careers they choose.”


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