Staffordshire University was founded in 1914 as a polytechnic institution and gained its official university status in 1992. As such, it’s a relatively new uni which now has around 15,000 students, making it average-sized. It was recently ranked just outside the top 100 unis in the UK in the Complete University Guide’s 2023 league table standings.
The uni’s main campus is situated in Stoke-on-Trent and it houses teaching facilities, the sports centre and creative areas, as well as social spaces like cafes, bars and restaurants. The Centre for Health Innovation, based in Stafford, is where you’ll find the healthcare learning facilities. Here students can use the uni’s clinical simulation suite, which uses virtual reality technology to simulate real-life situations.
It takes around 20 minutes to walk to Stoke’s city centre from the main campus and there are regular bus services that run throughout the day and evening along the route. Stoke’s reputation for nightlife and culture is growing and you’ll find several bars, clubs, restaurants and music venues in the city. In the Cultural Quarter, there’s a theatre, museum, galleries, shops and cafes, and you’ll be able to enjoy cinemas and dining venues in the Potteries Centre.
On top of all this, nearby attractions include Waterworld, Alton Towers and the Peak District, giving students something different to do on weekends and during time off. Stoke is well connected to other major cities by train, including London, Birmingham and Manchester, and you can reach several airports in around an hour’s driving.