Creating an impact regionally, nationally and globally


As a vibrant knowledge hub, we have an important role to play both locally and globally. The University is a large employer and economic contributor in Devon and Cornwall and we can help support local growth and build on the region’s strengths and potential.

We have already played a big part in driving improvements in the region’s economy, community and healthcare. We realise that engaging with the communities we serve locally, across the UK, the world and in the digital realm strengthens us and increases the benefits for society. By working closely with our extensive group of partners, our world-leading research can tackle major global issues, generating real and lasting impact. To ensure we achieve this we will make sure the international viewpoint is included in everything we do. We will also continue to actively engage with our impressive graduate network, which is spread all over the world.

We will achieve this by:

  • Carrying out research with a strong focus on impact for the economy, society and health. This will include working with partners from business, industry and the public sector on research and other innovative projects;
  • Working with policy-makers on evidence-based policy and strengthening good governance, both nationally and internationally; 
  • Connecting with the public through our research and strengthening local links including through an Arts and Culture Strategy and community events;
  • Continuing to connect with our stakeholders and graduates to extend our impact;
  • Building upon the South West region’s strengths to promote local innovation and partnerships; especially through our involvement with groups like GW4 Alliance and the SETsquared partnership;
  • Using Innovation Exeter and the Exeter Science Park to promote entrepreneurial activity;
  • Developing great education programmes which meet the needs of our local economy and see graduates employed locally, such as Degree Apprenticeships;
  • Growing an entrepreneurial and enterprise culture among students, graduates, professional staff and academics;
  • Developing our work with international partners to generate new opportunities for research and learning for our staff and students. These partnerships will also grow our international reputation.

We’ll know if we’ve succeeded by:

  • Submission of high-quality impact case studies to the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), which reflect our impact nationally and internationally;
  • A deeper relationship with key international partners;
  • An increase in research income from industry (UK and International) by 100 per cent from 2014/15;
  • Developing innovation, using our assets as a region to generate income, valued at £5m per year.

Supporting strategies