Keele is situated in North Staffordshire, in the middle of England; the nearest towns are Newcastle-under-Lyme (two miles from Keele) and Stoke-on-Trent. It is easily accessible by rail or road from most major English cities.
Keele was established with degree giving powers in 1949 as the University College of North Staffordshire. University status, as the University of Keele, followed in 1962. The University was founded to promote interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary scholarship and makes a distinctive contribution to higher education with its broad educational programme. With a turnover in excess of £50m, and a total staff of some 1,400, the University generates around £40m of business in the region. Keele's student population has grown robustly in recent years. Currently there are some 6900 students, of which 35% are registered on postgraduate degree programmes. The science disciplines represented at Keele include mathematics, physics, computer science, chemistry and biology.
With 600 acres of landscaped parkland, fields, woodlands and lakes, Keele is one of the UK’s largest and most beautiful campuses. It is a leading example of a residential academic community, with a high proportion of students, and many staff, living on campus. It is also home to a large community of international students, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The University has five Halls of Residence with over 3200 bedrooms available. Student Accommodation Services provide help with finding off-campus accommodation for students and visitors alike.
The University has a well-equipped, purpose-built nursery, registered by Staffordshire Social Services and by OFSTED, for the children of students and staff. There is a Health Centre on campus, with a male and a female doctor, a dentist’s practice, and the University Counselling Service, which is staffed by professional counsellors. The interdenominational University Chapel provides a focus for Christian worship in a variety of styles and traditions. Other religions are also catered for, in particular there is a mosque with facilities for Muslim worship. The University Leisure Centre has indoor and outdoor sports facilities, and the Athletics Union runs over 30 clubs, offering a range of sports, from archery to volleyball.
The research activities at Keele University are organised into 7 research institutes, and these are subdivided into research groups. The Group of Applied Mathematics within the Research Institute for the Environment, Physical Sciences and Applied Mathematics (EPSAM) will participate in the proposed project. It comprises 4 professors, 1 reader, 1 senior lecturer and 2 lecturers, as well as supporting post-doctoral fellows and postgraduate students. It was highly rated (grade 5) in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise of 2001.