Interdisciplinary research is an engine to innovation and a hallmark of Exeter’s recent success. Our research bridges the gap between the arts, humanities, social sciences and pure sciences to tackle global challenges, such as food security and ageing, in a holistic way. Professor Nick Talbot, Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research and Knowledge Transfer
Our research activities have played a central role in securing our success. We have a growing reputation for research excellence: our research quality has risen by 20 places since 1996 and all our subjects include world-leading (4*) research. Nearly 90 per cent of our research is internationally recognised with sixteen of our 31 subjects ranking in their respective top 10, and 26 in their respective top 20. Subjects ranking in the top 20 are listed below and further information can be found on our Research Assessment Exercise 2008 webpages.
Since 2007/08, our research income has doubled to an impressive £50 million in 2011/12. As part of our sustained commitment to developing new talent and building research capacity, we continue to invest millions of pounds in PhD funding and we are highly successful in securing external funding, such as the new South West Doctoral Training Centre funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, one of only 21 such centres nationally.
Our continued success and ambition is enabling us to strengthen our position further. An £80 million investment programme in science, medicine and engineering is boosting research and teaching in beacon areas. As well as attracting world class professors, this funding is also being used to buy new equipment and provide numerous studentships and bursaries for postgraduate research students. Our Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences strategy complements this Science Strategy consolidating our outstanding research and teaching in beacon areas.
Exeter’s research success is not confined to our campuses in the cathedral city: the Cornwall Campus provides the opportunity to study alongside outstanding researchers in an unrivalled environment. The campus is home to a number of leading academics, six of whom are independently funded Research Fellowships from the Royal Society, NERC and the Leverhulme Trust, along with the Environment and Sustainability Institute, a £30 million interdisciplinary centre leading cutting-edge research into solutions to problems of environmental change.
Additional specialist research facilities and expertise available in Cornwall include the Camborne School of Mines’ world-class analytical mineralogical suite; the Centre for Conservation and Ecology; the Energy Policy Research Group; and internationally recognised researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
- Accounting and Finance
- Arab and Islamic Studies
- Business and Management
- Classics and Ancient History
- Health Services Research (Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry)
- Hospital Based Clinical Subjects (Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry)
- Hispanic and Latin American languages
- Mathematics (Applied and Pure)
- Politics and International Relations
- Sport and Health Sciences
Subject areas which feature in their respective top 20 when compared to other UK Universities based on the percentage of 4* (world leading) and/or percentage of 4* and 3* (internationally excellent) subjects.