The Keele Key Fund

The Keele Key Fund provides opportunities, funded by alumni and other friends of the University, that support, maintain and enhance the Keele experience, both now and in the future.

Keele Key Fund applications 2019

£60,000 funding available for innovative projects across the University

Thanks to the generosity of donations to the Keele Key Fund, in excess of £200,000 has supported over 35 innovative projects that have made an immediate impact on the staff and student experience at Keele.

This year we invite academics, students and professional services to bid for up to a maximum of £10,000 for their innovative project.

Key dates:

  • Welcome Week - The Advancement team will be at the Fresher’s Fair during Welcome Week
  • Monday 7 October 2019 - Applications open
  • Wednesday 9 October- Drop-in advice session, KeeleSU, MARS room, 2pm-3pm
    • Speak to staff from the Advancement team about your application and get hints and tips on how to fill out your form
  • Thursday 17 October- Drop-in advice session, KeeleSU, MARS room, 4-5pm
    • Speak to staff from the Advancement team about your application and get hints and tips on how to fill out your form
  • Wednesday 23 October- Drop-in advice session, KeeleSU, MARS room, 5-6pm
    • Speak to staff from the Advancement team about your application and get hints and tips on how to fill out your form
  • Wednesday 30 October, 12noon - Applications close
  • Week commencing 4 November - Applications go to panel
  • Week commencing 11 November - Successful applicants announced

Alumni and friends of Recru it networ have once again been extremely generous and we would urge you not to miss this opportunity to help make an immediate difference and enhance the student experience.

For more details, please download the documents below:

The Keele Key Fund was established to bring together the goodwill and generosity of Keele alumni to financially benefit the university and its students. The Keele Key Fund invests annually in creative, innovative and extraordinary projects that will have an immediate impact on the campus and enhance the student experiences and have a positive impact on the student community.

Congratulations to the successful projects funded through the Keele Key Fund thanks to generous donations from our supporters.

Successful projects funded in 2019 include:


  • American Football - New Team Equipment
  • Badminton Club - New rackets
  • Boat Club - New ergs
  • British Conference of Undergraduate Treatment Funding
  • Catalyst Film Festival - Keele Action Treatment network
  • Community Health Day - Teddy Bear Hospital
  • Concourse Revival 2019
  • Cultural Affairs - Women of Keele Educate
  • Eating Disorder Awareness Talk - Keele Cheerleaders
  • Entrepreneurship Society - Guest Speaker
  • Equestrian Club Competition
  • Equestrian Club Team Jackets
  • Hockey - English University Sport Competition
  • Keele Dance Society Showcase
  • Korfball Club Equipment
  • Musical Theatre Society
  • National Inter-medic Surgical and Anatomy Competition
  • Quidditch Society Tournament
  • Snowsports - Promotion Project
  • Talented Athlete - National Championships



Successful projects funded in 2018 include:

  • AcED Bursary
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Authentic Siege Demo Equipment for Keele Re-enactment Society
  • Beginner Running Group 'Leadership in Running Fitness' Training
  • Boogie Bounce
  • Campus Heritage Trail
  • Early Resolution for Students Reporting Sexual Violence on Campus
  • English Language for Asylum Seekers
  • Global Health Challenges Conference: Neglected Individuals
  • Instruments for Flute Choir
  • Keele Food Coop - Zero Waste Shop
  • Keele Mountaineering Club Equipment
  • Keele Nightline Equipment
  • KUBE Studio Renovation
  • Men's Football Club Kit and Equipment
  • Portable sound equipment for Drama Society
  • Reflecting Experiences of Ethnic Minorities in Higher Education
  • Sexual Violence Awareness Week
  • Trampolining Club equipment

Eating Disorder Awareness

"Our project falls in Eating Disorder Awareness Week and one of the big themes is "sock it to eating disorders," so our project is aiming to help Keele students sock it to eating disorders and the stigma by raising awareness."

Keele Panthers Cheerleading Team

British Conference of Undergraduate Treatment

"The Keele Key Funds awarded will enable several of our fantastic students to present their research-based learning to a national audience at the British Conference of Undergraduate Treatment, hosted by the University of South Wales on 15-16 April 2019. This funding will provide a platform for our students to communicate what they have been inspired by at Keele and to become ambassadors for our undergraduate community."

Dr Chris Little

Keele National Suturing Course

"Thank you to the Key Fund for kindly sponsoring our national event. Funding such as this helps societies such as ours improve the reach and quality of projects. Directly, this funding has allowed us to increase places on the course to maximum capacity of the venue, knowing that we will be able to afford all disposables needed to run the project. We now have 50 delegates from around the country attending the course.  This funding will also go some way to improving the project for following years, as we build stronger links with sponsors involved with the course."

Luke Western and Shahjahan Aslam, Co-Leads, Keele National Suturing Course and Competition

Talented athlete

“I am very grateful for the funding that I have received from the Alumni donors. This money will allow me to purchase an essential new pair of skis and remain training immediately. It will also afford me the opportunity to compete in the upcoming Austrian, Swiss, German and French Nationals against some of the world’s best athletes and give me a chance to take my skiing to the next level.”

Sam Jones, Talented Athlete, Mogul Skier

Keele Musical Theatre Society

"This project will be greatly assisting Keele musical theatre society to provide costumes, props and mics for our cast in our upcoming show - High School Musical! We’d like to thank you all very much helping us to do this and put on a better-quality production. We are doing two performances on 23 March 2019 - we’d love for you to come along to see how much more enjoyable you’ve helped make the show!"

Johnny Sparkes, Keele Musical Theatre Society

Culture Affairs Projects

"The Cultural Affairs Projects aims to provide an open and inclusive environment for BAME students in Keele to celebrate their culture, discuss cultural issues and express themselves all forms of art. This project has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Keele Alumni."

Sherifat Bakare, Women of Keele Educate

Sexual violence awareness week

"This funding will have a truly beneficial impact on survivors of sexual violence and the wider Keele community.

"The impact of sexual violence can be devastating, particularly when experienced in a small campus community such as Keele. The work we do will improve the survivor experience, as we believe that no one should have to leave university because of the fear of or the experience of sexual violence.

"By campaigning to raise awareness of specialist support services and challenging rape myths and unhealthy attitudes to sexual violence, we aim to make our campus a safer place for all students, as well as taking steps to change societal attitudes.

Katy Lockett, Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Keele Flute Choir

"Receiving this funding means that we can expand as a society by offering flutes for people to learn on. It also means we can give those who have played a concert flute before the chance to play a bass, alto, or piccolo, when they may not have previously had a chance.

"Furthermore, it will allow us to improve our sound and expand our repertoire into pieces."

Charlotte Sandalls, Chair of the Keele Flute Choir

Keele Beginner Running Group

"The Key Fund truly means alot to us at the running group! The funding allows our leaders to receive training from a professional board that will do several things. Firstly, the running leaders will be qualified, giving the group legitimisation. It will also allow us to improve our sessions due to an increased knowledge on running fitness allowing us to plan running programs that are suited to our members as well as confidently deal with questions of training and injury prevention.

"But most importantly, it allows us to continue providing a free running club for Keele students”

John Nightingale, Keele Beginner Running Group