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World-class research

The University of Exeter’s research makes a real impact on the world. Our academics produce research that is at the forefront of meeting global challenges: fighting hunger, combating disease, tackling climate change, exploring the universe and fostering global understanding.

Eighty nine per cent of Exeter’s research is rated as ‘internationally recognised’ and 17% is ‘world-class’ (RAE 2008). Traditionally, we have excelled in social sciences, arts and humanities. Our aim is for yet more of our research to become world-class, particularly in the fields of science, engineering and medicine.

The University is investing £80 million in science, medicine and engineering, particularly to develop inter-disciplinary research programmes in Systems Biology, Climate Change and Sustainable Futures, Extra-Solar Planets, Functional Materials and Translational Medicine. In addition, the University committed further funding for 180 postgraduate research scholarships in 2009, and started 2010 with a recruitment drive for over 100 new research posts.

Philanthropy from our supporters is making a real difference to research at Exeter. Donors have provided £4 million since 2005 to fund scholarships and academic posts across the University and without their generosity much of this groundbreaking research could not take place.

Find out how you can continue to support research at Exeter.

Developing research at Exeter means investing in people. We must provide more postgraduate research scholarships, more post-doctoral opportunities and more permanent Professorial Chairs. With this investment we can attract the best students, researchers and academic leaders from around the world.

Professor Nicholas Talbot, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer), University of Exeter

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