University of Exeter

Exeter, United Kingdom
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About the University of Exeter

The University of Exeter combines world class research with excellent student satisfaction at its campuses in Exeter and Cornwall. It is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities. Formed in 1955, the University has 21,273 students from more than 130 different countries. Its success is built on a strong partnership with its students and a clear focus on high performance. Recent breakthroughs to come out of Exeter's research include the identification and treatment of new forms of diabetes and the creation of the world's most transparent, lightweight and flexible conductor of electricity. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today and, in order to continue our reputation, we are furthering investment in research infrastructure. Development of our new £52.5 million Living Systems research centre has begun. It will focus on disease prevention through predictive biology and will house 200 scientists when it opens in 2016. It follows a major refurbishment project, which saw the creation of world-class research and teaching facilities for Biosciences.

  • College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

    The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences undertakes exemplary teaching and research across a number of complementary scientific disciplines. Each discipline explores opportunities to support and enhance our other subjects, providing exciting interdisciplinary research and innovative approaches to teaching. 

    Our areas of expertise cover Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Physics and Astronomy at the Streatham Campus in Exeter, with Geology, Mining and Minerals Engineering and Renewable Energy at the Cornwall Campus. The College is continuing to invest approximately £8m in facilities and academic staff over the next 2 years;  £1.5m in Physics facilities, £3m in the Harrison Building for the development of the atrium, and the balance in academic staff across the two campuses.

     Our degrees are designed to prepare students optimally for employment or further training in a wide variety of professional careers. The discipline-specific and generic skills and experiences that are highly sought by employers are embedded into our programmes and supported by numerous associated opportunities provided by the University. There is an exceptionally wide range of activities to develop your CV, from business placements and management training to the UK’s largest volunteering programme and one of the most active Students’ Unions in the country.


  • College of Social Sciences and International Studies

    The College of Social Sciences and International Studies carries out excellent research and teaching across a number of related disciplines. Our areas of expertise include Arab and Islamic Studies, Education, Law, Politics, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology and Strategy and Security.

     Interdisciplinary collaboration is a hallmark of the College, reflected both in research and our varied curriculum which offers flexibility and choice. Our areas of interdisciplinary excellence include Middle East Politics and European Law.

    With around 187 academic staff, 1700 undergraduates and 1400 postgraduate students in the College, we carry out research and teaching at the University’s campuses at Streatham, St Luke's and Cornwall. We believe our size and quality enable us to not only develop world leading research but also offer a wide range of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes that are dynamic, flexible, and taught with a high degree of commitment and skill.

  • The Business School

    We’ve taken just over a decade to establish the University of Exeter Business School as one of the UK’s leading institutions. We’ve achieved this by striving to be the best we can be, bringing together inspirational and internationally-respected business teachers from around the world in an environment that combines historical and intellectual heritage with modern facilities.

    What we have achieved so far is already remarkable - our students at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive levels are consistently measured at the very top of performance indicators; they also rank amongst the most satisfied and most successfully employed students in the UK. Research conducted at Exeter is internationally respected, and is helping to shape the world we live in.

    We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, but we want more. Our students come here from more than 80 different countries and they choose Exeter because they aspire to achieve the best they can, and that is exactly our aim. We are as ambitious as an institution as the students and staff that come here, and we intend to become a leading business school - not just in the UK, but in Europe and across the wider world.

    We’ll continue to invest in the very highest calibre teaching staff and facilities. We’ll commit ourselves to innovative research and we’ll build on our relationships with industry and society. And we’re equally committed to ensuring our students leave Exeter having had a great time, with all the skills and knowledge they need to build exciting and fulfilling careers.

  • College of Life and Environmental Sciences

    The College of Life and Environmental Sciences carries out excellent research and teaching across a number of related disciplines. Our areas of expertise span Biosciences, Geography, Psychology, and Sport and Health Sciences.

    World class research

    We are committed to pursuing world class research that impacts positively on the world. Our research is frequently interdisciplinary in nature, embracing disciplines within and outside of the College and combining expertise from across humanities, social sciences and sciences.

    We play a significant role in contributing to the University’s Science Strategy, and three of the five constituent key research themes: climate change and sustainable futures; systems biology; and translational medicine, personalised healthcare and public health.  

    Innovative research-inspired teaching and a platform for future success

    We place considerable emphasis on providing outstanding, innovative teaching inspired by our research and to creating a learning environment that offers a rich student experience to those who study in the College. Our degrees have high academic standing and are designed to prepare students optimally for employment or further training in a wide variety of professional careers.

    Through our programmes and associated opportunities, we aim to equip students with the discipline-specific and generic skills and experiences that are highly sought by employers. Support is available to students from staff throughout the College and also from services elsewhere in the University, such as the careers services.

  • College of Humanities

    A warm welcome to our College.

    We are rated among the top 75 universities for the study of arts and humanities in the world, and are one of the UK’s leading centres for research and teaching across our diverse range of subjects, reflecting all aspects of human experience, culture and creativity through disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) over 75% of College research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.*

    Operating on two campuses at Streatham in Exeter and Penryn in Cornwall, we offer nearly 100 degree programmes at undergraduate level, many with integrated study abroad in Europe and North America. We run a wide range of world-class postgraduate masters programmes, provide postgraduate research opportunities across our disciplines and are a member of the AHRC’s South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. We also offer PhD programmes with partners such as the London Film School.

    The College has a large number of external partners, locally, nationally and internationally, across a wide range of activities, including research impact and student employability. The College is pursuing a vigorous internationalisation programme and is actively developing academic partnerships with leading institutions in China, Europe, India and the USA.

    As a member of the Russell Group, we are committed to support, promote and conduct the highest calibre research in the arts and humanities. We are keen to explore opportunities for interdisciplinary practice, developing international research partnerships and fostering a vibrant atmosphere for intellectual exchange.

  • Medical School

    At the University of Exeter Medical School, we pride ourselves on contributing regionally and nationally to health, prosperity and well-being through three strands of activity:

    • Undertaking research driven by the principle of translation from discovery to personalised care and healthy communities.
    • Delivering socially accountable medical education.
    • Training collaborative leaders who are committed to life-long scholarship for the service of patients and the public.

    We deliver this mission by:

    • Undertaking world class research in four key areas:

              Diabetes, Cardiovascular Risk and Ageing
              Environment and Human Health
              Health Services Research
              Neuroscience and Mental Health

    • Sustaining and developing academic and clinical partnerships that improve healthcare, education and research.
    • Delivering an undergraduate medical programme which is recognised by the General Medical Council and produces the high quality doctors needed by the NHS and other healthcare providers.
    • Developing new education programmes that will deliver sustainability and high levels of student satisfaction.
    • Focusing on the creation of a genuinely international medical school.
    • Investing in staff and infrastructure to support our world-class research and education.

    As a new medical school, we are applying to the General Medical Council (GMC)1 for recognition as an awarding body for a primary medical qualification. Our staff have had many years’ experience with the GMC recognition process.

History of the University of Exeter

  • The university's origins stretch back to the foundation of Schools of Art and Science in the 1800s.
  • Royal Charter granted full university status in 1955.
  • In 2004 the university established the innovative Penryn Campus in Cornwall, which is shared with Falmouth University.
  • In 2013 the university of Exeter Medical School opened.



  • Higher Education league tables the UK's top 10 universities
  • QS and Times Higher Education rankings - top 200 universities
  • The Times and The Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2015-16 - best in  the UK in academic and athletic achievement across a wide range of sports
  • National Student Survey -   the UK's top 10 universities

Students' guild

Students at Exeter are represented by a students' guild, which has an active role in campaigning at local and national levels. There are over 220 affiliated student societies, ranging from the Theatre Company, Game of Thrones, Bake Soc and Creative Writing to the Liberal Youth, Conservative Future, and Socialist Students societies.The Debating Society, which predates establishment of the university, started life in 1893 as the Exeter Debating Society at the Royal Albert Memorial College, and has played host to many notable speakers including Anthony Eden, H. H. Asquith, Ludovic Kennedy, Michael Foot and Stephen Fry. From 2012, a debating scholarship supported by alumni of the Debating Society has been made available.


Exeposé is the official student newspaper of the Guild, it has been in print since 1987 and is published every two weeks. Room XVII is a tabloid newspaper that is to begin printing in September 2015 to introduce an alternative to Exeter students wishing to have more regular news.

The television station XTV and radio station Xpression FM are guild affiliated news sources that aim to cover a variety of life at the university. Xpression FM traces its routes back to 1976 and continues the tradition of hosting student written and run shows throughout term time. It is one of three student stations in the country to have a year-round FM licence.


The Exeter University Athletic Union (AU) is the organisation responsible for administrating all aspects of sporting activity at the university. Activities range from recreational sport to competitive fixtures at local, regional, national and international level. The AU is a separate body from the Students' Guild and is run by four members of staff based in the Athletic Union Office. Additionally, the elected AU President represents the student body on all sporting matters. Andy Higham is the current sabbatical Athletic Union President.

The AU runs 49 Sports Clubs which have a combined membership of in excess of 5,000 students. An additional 3000 students take part in intramural sport and sports volunteering in the local community.

Many clubs compete in the inter-university fixtures in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition in a range of sports including cricket, golf, hockey, netball, rowing, rugby union, sailing, squash, surfing and tennis. In the 2011/12 academic year, Exeter finished in 7th position in the final BUCS rankings of 155 Higher Education institutions.


Whilst Exeter itself does not run a music course, it has a thriving music scene with multiple orchestral, vocal, classical and popular groups contained within the university under the umbrella society "Extunes". The a Cappella group Semi-Toned, one of eight a Cappella groups within the university are the current Voice Festival UK champions, toured the East Coast of America in the Spring of 2015 and often sing at Alumni events.

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