About Us

About Us

The University of Exeter combines world-class research with excellent student experiences 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 over 30,000 students from 150 countries and we are in touch with over 155,000 alumni in 183 countries providing our academic community of staff, students and visiting researchers with a truly global experience and a diverse, inclusive environment. Our 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. 

Our research is at the heart of what we do and is making a difference across the world. We unite expertise from across our academic disciplines, breaking down barriers to create innovative solutions to complex, global challenges. The 2021 Research Excellence Framework review showed that we are doing more research, of better quality, with a bigger impact on the world than ever before. Our world-leading research impact grew more than any other Russell Group university, with more than 99% of our research being rated of international quality* and 12 of our subjects were in the top 10 for world-leading impact.**

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 (for which we were awarded our first of four prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes) and developing a 7-point plan to battle the climate emergency via economic reform. Our scientists and clinicians are also 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 Devon patients to help combat the disease.

The University of Exeter has always been among the leaders for student satisfaction. The senior management team has sought to build on this strength by putting student service at the centre of its strategy. The Students' Guild is involved at the earliest stages of strategic planning and given a major role in making spending decisions through a specially created Budget Scrutiny Group. This has led to a remarkable degree of joint thinking and teamwork.

Exeter’s success has been built upon strong foundations of leadership, governance and management, a relentless focus on performance, and a sector leading partnership with its students.

* Research rated 4* + 3* + 2* in REF 2021
** Based on ranking for 4* impact in REF 2021

Why The University of Exeter?

Recognised as one of the top 150 schools (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022) in the world, the University of Exeter Online prides itself on providing students with a world-class faculty, staff, and curriculum. Upon graduating from one of our online postgraduate programmes, graduates are equipped with the knowledge and real-world experience to secure themselves a position within a variety of job environments. We specifically value:

  • Ambition – Ambition has driven us to where we are today, and will help us to sustain a position within the global 100
  • Collaboration – We work at our best in active collaboration between students, colleagues and external partners
  • Challenge – We relish challenge and reach for the previously unachievable
  • Community – We support and inspire each other to be the best that we can be
  • Impact – Making the exceptional happen requires disruptive thinking, fresh ways of working and solutions with impact
  • Rigour – We strive to reach the highest standards of scholarship and service

We are an international learning community with more than 45 partner schools. With 100% online courses, our programmes are an ideal fit for busy professionals and career-changers who need the flexibility an online programme offers. We offer a community-based learning environment that encourages collaboration and independence. At the University of Exeter Online, we make the exceptional happen.

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