Science and Engineering Research Support Facility

Our £5.5 million Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF) is bringing pioneering business, science and engineering together at the Penryn Campus.

SERSF offers a home for the University of Exeter Business School as it expanded into Cornwall during the 2015/2016 academic year. There is also space for the University’s existing Marine Renewables team and the growing Centre for Ecology and Conservation (CEC).

As with previous investments at the campus, the aim is to grow the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, creating jobs and wealth by building on existing education and research assets, and supporting the development of high-value businesses, people, knowledge, investment and research.


The building features a specially designed area for business engagement called ‘The Collaboratory’, from which dedicated staff, along with the University’s Knowledge Exchange team, will lead a number of long-term research projects with selected local business partners. Laboratories for offshore renewables and biosciences will enable an expansion of the research led by the Marine Renewables team and CEC.

Additional offices provide flexible space for those engaged in both research and teaching across the disciplines housed within the building.

The two-storey, 1200m2 SERSF building is located next to the Daphne du Maurier building, near to the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute and the Tremough Innovation Centre, which is located adjacent to the Penryn Campus.

The SERSF has been enabled by investment from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme (£3.9 million) and £1.6 million from the University of Exeter.

The building has been designed to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating - a measure of environmental sustainability.

Developments to the SERSF building

Enabling works has now started on the £10.2 million extension to the Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF) on Penryn Campus. This phased (parts 2 and 3) extension will allow further growth in Exeter Business School, the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Construction will continue throughout the year with project completion scheduled for spring 2018.