Studying here

Academic excellence

The University of Exeter featured in the UK’s top 10 in the past 3 years (The Times Good University Guide) and ranks in the top one per cent of universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education international rankings. We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research intensive universities; the UK’s equivalent to the Ivy League.

The quality of education and experience received at the University of Exeter means we have never been out of the top 10 for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

According to the latest Higher Education Statistics Agency Data, we are placed eighth out of all UK universities for achievement: 84 per cent of our students graduate with either a First or 2:1.

Our students demand a lot of us and we of them – we aim to make our teaching inspirational and your learning exceptional.

Research-inspired teaching

Our academic staff are more than lecturers teaching from books. They undertake leading research in your subject area. Ninety per cent of our research is rated as world-leading or internationally recognised (Research Assessment Exercise 2008). You will be taught by experts and be part of a culture that is inspired by research – you will discuss the very latest ideas in seminars and tutorials and may become an active member of a research team.

Imogen Sanders, Students’ Guild Vice President Academic Affairs

At Exeter students are put at the heart of the system and provided with the skills and structures to voice their own opinions and wants. High levels of trust are invested in the students to shape their own university experience and the consequences are highly rewarding.

The Students’ Guild is there to facilitate and guide this, and the positive relationship we have with the University allows ideas for change to come to fruition.

This unique culture is predominantly achieved through the work done by our dedicated Subject Reps and the Change Agents scheme, but every student is encouraged to feedback and engage with the community that surrounds them. Here, everybody is invited to be part of this society, and the way students and staff come together at events like the teaching awards, for example, sums this up. Having voted in their thousands for staff they want to celebrate, students are then asked to join staff at a fabulous awards ceremony, seeing people from all over campus and even further coming together to recognise hard work.

We also host a shadowing scheme, with students following senior members of staff for a day and the staff echoing this by shadowing them in return. I took part in this last year, attending meetings with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education, Janice Kay, who then came to my lectures and seminars later that week. There are no divisions here, we are all working together and everyone feels approachable.

Imogen Sanders, Students’ Guild Vice President Academic Affairs