Our Strategies

Our Strategies

Our vision is to make the exceptional happen by challenging traditional thinking and defying conventional boundaries.

Our Strategy establishes how we will work towards achieving our vision from 2016 to 2020 and lays the foundation for our future success which will take us to our 100th anniversary in 2055.

We will achieve our vision by:

  • Building research power to solve global challenges
  • Delivering internationally excellent education
  • Creating impact regionally, nationally and globally
  • Supporting our people to make the exceptional happen
  • Making the most of our resources

Our facilitating strategies

We have a wide range of facilitating strategies which cover College and Professional Services provision to ensure that we have the right conditions in place to achieve our aims.

Our facilitating strategies include:

People Strategy: Attract, Perform, Retain

A new People Strategy is in development to support our strategic goals and provide a platform for competitive advantage under the key areas of attract, perform and retain. The strategy will empower the University to attract the best talent, develop our people and continue to improve HR operational services in a simple, effective and customer focussed delivery model.


The University has a range of strategies and policies in place to support our environmental sustainability. Our Environmental Sustainability Strategy, Water Strategy and Carbon Management Plan outline the University’s environmental objectives.

Humanities and Social Science Strategy

Our Humanities and Social Science (HASS) strategy builds on our research excellence to combine six interdisciplinary themes that are academic challenging and innovative. They are all priority research areas where Exeter can demonstrate world-leading excellence. The themes also address major global challenges and map well into the priorities of major UK and international funding bodies.

Arts and Culture Strategy

The Arts and Culture Strategy was first established in 2008 and is being revised in 2016/17. The strategy aims to enable the University to become a cultural hub and focal point for Devon and Cornwall, with reverberations beyond for its national and international reputation and student and staff bodies.


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