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Science and Engineering Research Support Facility

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

SERSF is home to the University of Exeter Business School and houses offshore renewable energy research laboratories belonging to the University’s Marine Renewables team and the growing Centre for Ecology and Conservation.

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 the Centre for Ecology and Conservation.

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.

The Stella Turk building

The £12 million extension, named after a prominent female Cornish scientist, is an established centre of excellence for research and teaching. The Stella Turk building has supported the growth of the Business School, the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, Renewable Energy and Camborne School of Mines. It is also the home for Law, Energy policy and Mathematics.

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