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University of Exeter

2016 League Table Ranking 10
2016 Overall Score 876
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Entry Standards 463 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.08 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,629 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.22 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 670 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 79.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 95.8 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 84.1 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 56.9 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Originally founded in 1855; Royal Charter Granted in 1955.
  • Establishment of Cornwall Campus in 2004.
  • Establishment of the University of Exeter Medical School for entry in 2013.

Location and Transport

  • The university has three campuses: Streatham Campus and St Luke's Campus are in Exeter and the Penryn Campus is near Falmouth, in Cornwall.

Entry Standards

  • A*AA–BBB. Visit the website for information on entry requirements at Exeter.

Student Mix

The 19,520 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Study or work abroad – many of our programmes offer the opportunity to study or work abroad, or undertake a work placement.
  • Students can apply for direct entry to programmes offered 'with Study Abroad' and, in some cases, can transfer to the study abroad variants after the first year of study.

Teaching Standards

  • Exeter has consistently placed in the top 10 for student satisfaction according to the National Student Survey.
  • In 2014, we were ranked 1st for overall satisfaction among Russell Group universities and 4th in the UK.

Research Standards

  • Exeter is the fastest growing research intensive university in the UK. Its research income has seen a 150% increase since 2007–08, to £60million in 2013–14.
  • Between 2008–9 and 2012–13 Exeter saw a 55 per cent increase in RCUK funding against 1.7 per cent for the sector as a whole. Our EU income has increased by 370 per cent over the same period.
  • We were ranked 16th in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) taking account of our quality and the proportion of staff submitted.
  • We have an investment programme of £260 million in science, medicine and engineering, £53million of which will establish the Exeter Living Systems Institute in a new building in 2016.
  • Our long standing partnership with the Met Office makes Exeter a world-leading centre for climate change and weather system research.
  • Our involvement in all available RCUK Doctoral Training Centres places us at the forefront of world-class research in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences.
  • Exeter is a leading player in the GW4 research network of universities in the South West of the UK and the SETsquared network of enterprise and knowledge transfer centres.

Academic Strengths

  • 82% of Exeter's research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
  • We have nine Units of Assessment in the top 10 nationally for world-leading or internationally excellent research with four in the top five.
  • Eighteen subjects were ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey: General Engineering, Geology, Materials and Minerals Engineering, Medical Imaging, Flexible Combined Honours, Classics, Film Studies, Drama, French, History, Spanish, Theology, Other European Languages, Sport Science, Zoology, Arab and Islamic Studies, Sociology, and Medicine.

Student Facilities

  • In the 2014 National Student Survey, Exeter scored in the top ten for teaching quality, organisation and management, and overall satisfaction.
  • The Main Library is open 24/7 throughout the academic year. Exeter has one of the highest UK academic library ratios of printed books to students with a stock in excess of 1.2 million and a dedicated Ready Text collection of the very highest demand items.
  • Across the campuses, the libraries have completed a £9-million investment.

Disability Services

  • Visit the website for information about disability services at the University of Exeter.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Guild plays a big part in creating buzz and energy around campus.
  • The Guild is a dynamic, innovative and award-winning organisation, existing to represent all the diverse students of the University of Exeter.
  • The Guild boasts over 220 affiliated societies, with thousands of members between them. The RAG appeal by the Guild raised over £124,000 in 2013–14 with the money donated to local, national and international charities.


  • £20-million has been invested in sport and this includes a £2.25-million indoor cricket centre and tennis facilities to LTA standards on the Streatham Campus. The most recent developments to the Sports Park include a new fitness suite, renewal of pitches, covering of courts, and a new pavillion for outdoor sport.
  • As part of an £8.1-million development, the University has added the Russell Seal Fitness Centre to the already excellent sporting facilities. This new facility, on the Streatham Campus, boasts a 220-station gym and fitness studio.
  • Exeter finished 6th in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings in 2013–14.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University has invested £380-million in facilities on the Streatham Campus. This includes a £130-million investment in new on-campus student residences, a £50-million student-facing redevelopment of the heart of the campus called The Forum, a £25-million investment in the Business School and £25-million for new facilities for Biosciences.
  • The Forum is an exciting new development, at the heart of Streatham Campus, which provides an inspirational mix of outside and inside space and a new Student Services Centre, new technology-rich teaching and learning spaces, a 400-seat lecture theatre and retail and catering outlets.
  • The Penryn Campus offers the very latest in academic, research and residential facilities, designed to meet the expectations of students in the 21st century. The latest development is the £30-million Environment and Sustainability Institute will help put the University at the forefront of environmental and climate change research.
  • A £50-million Living Systems building is currently under construction on the Streatham Campus, with work due to be completed in 2016. The centre concentrates on research looking at how cells operated and how diseases were caused, and will bring together 200 scientists, mathematicians, physicists and biochemists. The research will also focus on designing better diagnostic and therapeutic tools for alleviating illness.
  • Work is almost complete on a £10.5-million redevelopment at our St Luke's Campus. This investment will provide new research space, teaching and learning space, as well as providing a new purpose-built home for our Medical Imaging programme.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Career Zone on the Streatham Campus will help with information on graduate jobs, term time work, project placements with local companies, skills training and volunteering.

Notable Alumni

  • Will Young
  • JK Rowling
  • Frank Gardner (BBC Security Correspondent)
  • Nick Baker
  • Emma B
  • Steve Bell (cartoonist)
  • Rhod Gilbert (comedian)
  • Steve Backshall
  • Caroline Lucas (leader of Green party of England and Wales)
  • Peter Phillips
  • Thom Yorke
  • Dennis Gillings (Quintiles)
  • Jeremy Budd (IBM)
  • Simon Greenberg
  • Claire and Les Halpin



For further information

  • 0300 555 60 60 (UK callers)
  • +44 (0)1392 723044 (EU/International callers)
  • University of Exeter
    Northcote House
    The Queen’s Drive
    EX4 4QJ
UCAS Code E84

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