The Keele Postgraduate Association (KPA) is an independent body established by the Charter of the University in 1962; we are not a society nor a 'wing' of the Students' Union.
The Keele Research Association (as it was then known) started off its life in 1963 as a social bar mainly for lecturers in the basement of Keele Hall. Over the years the association identified the changing needs of its postgraduate members, and has attempted ever since to satisfy them. From what was originally focused on the social side of research at Keele, grew a committee composed of postgraduate students committed to representing graduate affairs within the University.
In 1994, the clubhouse moved location, from Keele Hall to its present site in Horwood Hall today and provides facilities for all postgraduates and research staff with members of the Association being invited to sit on the relevant University committees.
The KPA provides support and representation via its active committee. Postgraduates have their own representative on University Senate, Council and Research Committee, and a host of other University committees, as well as being represented by KUSU sabbatical officers. For support, info or advice, feel free to approach any of the KPA Officers and find out more on the Postgrad Representation page.
The KPA relies on the support of postgraduates to keep going. We strive to ensure that the organisation is representative of the postgraduates of today and that we properly represent postgraduates, offer vital support and information, and provide a clubhouse with food & entertainments for postgraduate and mature students. We have a committee of student officers who work voluntarily in various roles to make all of this happen:
As a representative association, we operate by a Constitution approved by the University. If you have any questions on the KPA's constitution, you can contact the Chairperson for more information.
The KPA Clubhouse
The KPA Clubhouse, located on the edge of Horwood Hall, is a private club open exclusively to postgrads and university staff. It has all the amenities of a licensed bar, including a pool room, and serves great hot and cold food at lunchtime and early evening every weekday. The Clubhouse is also home to a number of guest ales, and has been so successful that we have won two CAMRA awards.
Events are held regularly (and all year round) in the clubhouse. These events include a quiz night, Folk Club whose members play at the Clubhouse or impromptu barbecues!