The University of Exeter has campuses in Exeter and Cornwall in the south-west of England. The University combines world-class research with excellent student satisfaction – it is both a member of the Russell Group and has a Gold award from the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Exeter’s well established international reputation for excellence in teaching and research is built on a strong partnership with students and staff, and a clear focus on high performance.
Changing lives through education since 1851
The University of Exeter has been dedicated to discovery and changing lives through education since 1851 when the Exeter Schools of Art and Science were founded. In 1922 it became the University College of the South West, receiving its Charter in 1955, achieving full university status and becoming the University of Exeter.
The University was joined in 1978 by St Luke’s College of Education (est. 1840) and in 2004 opened the Penryn Campus, expanding the provision of higher education in Cornwall. You can learn more about the University’s history here.
The University has over 25,000 students from 130 countries and over 125,000 alumni in 183 countries. The academic community of staff, students and visiting researchers have a global experience and are part of a diverse, inclusive environment. Exeter’s strategic partnerships across the world bring together leading academics and the resources of outstanding universities to deliver transformative impact in key global challenges such as global sustainability and wellbeing.
Research is at the heart of what the University does, uniting expertise from across the academic disciplines, breaking down barriers to create innovative solutions to complex, global challenges.
Recent breakthroughs to come out of the University of Exeter’s research include using drone surveys and computer modelling to plot extreme arctic erosion, improving diagnosis and treatment for cancer and diabetes (leading to the award of a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize) and developing a 7-point plan to battle the climate emergency via economic reform.
Exeter scientists and clinicians are part of a £20 million investment to battle the spread of coronavirus utilising the University’s state-of-the-art equipment to sequence the virus from patients in the county of Devon, to help combat the disease.
Exeter has excellent teaching and research facilities and laboratories for science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine, as well as humanities and science across all of its campuses. These include the Environment and Sustainability Institute at the Penryn Campus, the Living Systems Institute and Digital Humanities Lab at the Streatham Campus, and the Research, Innovation, Learning and Development Centre (RILD) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
The University of Exeter in Cornwall
Exeter has two Cornwall campuses: the Truro Campus and the Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site, and the Penryn Campus where challenges relating to the environment, health and sustainability are tackled. The Truro Campus is a base for a proportion of students from the University’s College of Medicine and Health, as well as the European Centre for Environment and Human Health. On the Penryn Campus, investments to the Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF) and the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) put the University and Cornwall at the forefront of research aiming to solve problems associated with environmental change. This commitment to sustainability underpins Exeter’s ethos and recurs throughout its degree programmes as well as in student societies, clubs and the running of the campus.
University of Exeter Sport
Sport is an important part of the Exeter experience, reflected in the investment of over £25 million during the last decade in the highest quality training environments, resources and services for the development, coaching and playing of sport.
The Sports Park at the Streatham Campus includes an athlete Development Centre, all-weather pitches, Cricket, Golf and Tennis Centres as well as the Russell Seal Fitness Centre and outdoor swimming pool. St Luke’s has an indoor pool and a gym on the campus. Exeter students have access to a range of facilities off-site such as the Boathouse and sports grounds. Students at the Penryn Campus have access to a range of excellent facilities including a 90-station gym, outdoor gym equipment, sports hall and all-weather multi-use games area.
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