Staffordshire University

For more than 100 years, Staffordshire University has been at the forefront of innovation. It has championed emerging industries, pioneered new subjects and placed digital technology at the heart of students’ learning. 

Future focused courses and teaching ensures students are prepared for the world they’ll be living and working in once they graduate. The University offers a wide selection of undergraduate degree courses and is ranked number 1 in the UK – and 7th in the world – for game design and development (Rookies Global School Rankings 2023). It is also nationally renowned for a range of other subjects, from fashion and product design through to forensic science and criminology.  

As one of the largest providers of degree apprenticeships in the country, work-integrated learning is central to the University’s aim to deliver a next generation education for students and to help to grow the economy – with more than £974,000 secured from the total £12 million government funding to enable the next phase of apprenticeship development. 

In 2019, Staffordshire University London was opened to build on the University’s reputation for games and computing degrees. Based at Here East – one of the largest tech hubs in Europe – the site in Stratford was previously used for the 2012 Olympic Games. 

The University’s Institute of Education (IoE) is on a mission to champion education from pre-school to professor. The IoE offers: 

  • A wide range of teaching and research expertise and works in partnership with SUAT on many activities. 
  • Teacher training and professional development courses, research projects and bespoke support for schools. 
  • A hub for good practice in early years and outdoor learning through the University’s new £4.4 million Woodlands Day Nursery and Forest School. Schools can book sessions at the Forest School, which includes access to the University’s 10-hectare nature reserve on the Stoke-on-Trent campus. 
  • The SmartZone is a bustling centre of invention, innovation and creation. The area spans over two floors, houses dedicated workshop space and the latest in digital technology and high end computing facilities. The £1.3m space is one of the biggest collaboration spaces on campus, connecting potential with expertise.  

Staffordshire University is committed to raising the aspirations of young people and families across the region. It is a catalyst for change. 

Did you know? 

  • The Stafford campus is home to the £5.8 million Centre for Health Innovation. Features include one of the world’s largest immersive education suites, where virtual reality backdrops are projected onto three entire walls. It means students can be placed at the scene of a road accident or even inside A&E. 
  • More than £80 million has been invested in new facilities for students. This includes The Catalyst building, a state-of-the art teaching and learning space combining tech with flexible teaching spaces.  
  • £2.2 million has been invested in the Ashley 2 building in Stoke and for law and healthcare students who can now make use of 12 new simulation spaces, which include home setting such as bedrooms and living rooms, as well as a custody suite, prison cell, office and shop.  

Staffordshire University has been recognised nationally for its work. Here are some of its many accolades:  

  • 2nd in the UK for Quality Education (Sustainable Development Goal 4) (THE Impact Rankings, 2023) 
  • Top 10 for Career Prospects (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2023)  
  • Top 20 for Facilities (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2023)  
  • Top 10 for Social Inclusion (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)  
  • 87% of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’ (Research Excellence Framework 2021)  
  • 68% of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading” (Research Excellence Framework 2021)  
  • **** Qs Star Ratings (2021) 

The University was categorised as a 2:1 class university in the People & Planet League Table, in recognition of its commitment to sustainability. The University scored 100 per cent in environmental policy, acknowledgement of its publicly available policy and clear sustainability strategy, as well as notably high scores of 80 per cent for staff and student engagement and carbon reduction.  

Staffordshire University Academies Trust is proud to be associated with Staffordshire University.  


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