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Future structure

Strategy 2030 sets out our bold and inspiring vision to use the power of our education and research, to lead progress towards a sustainable, healthy and socially just future through our people, place and partnerships. To help us deliver Strategy 2030, we are evolving our academic and professional structures that have served us so well over the last decade as we have doubled in size and value of our operations.

Why change and why now?

These changes will enable the delivery of Strategy 2030.

  • The world faces very serious challenges and we intend to play our part in addressing these by reframing the University to focus even more on our significant strengths and expertise in environment and sustainability, social justice, and health and wellbeing in ways that are ambitious, clear and impactful.
  • We are becoming even more agile and entrepreneurial and improving our student and staff experience further. More resilient and substantial academic groupings will aid our ability to drive discovery, interdisciplinarity and to prepare the leaders of tomorrow, while at the same time weathering any changes in the funding and policy environment.

By making these changes now, we will be able to drive forward Strategy 2030 with more clarity of purpose as the World resets following the COVID-19 pandemic. We plan to change our academic faculties and departments and professional services appointing key leadership roles to start the new structures by 1 September 2022.

What will we achieve together through the changes?

By making changes to the way our academic and professional services structures are organised, we aim to create:

  • A simpler structure focused on our three strategic goals, (Environmental Sustainability, Health and Social Justice) and improving interdisciplinary opportunities for colleagues and students and improving our global reputation
  • Empowered academic departments with clearer accountability and local decision-making leading to a more inclusive learning community, a better student experience and vibrant research culture
  • Fewer departments enabling us to bring professional services support closer to academic and learning communities with improvements to students’ and colleagues’ experience as a result.

What is changing?

Three new faculties

We are retaining all our current disciplines, in some cases reconfigured in new ways, grouped into three faculties. Each faculty champions one of our strategic goals (Environmental Sustainability, Health and Social Justice) and leads the University-wide approach to tackling these big societal challenges.

  • Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy (ESE), led by Professor Dan Charman
    We are one of the world’s best universities in environment and sustainability-driven science and engineering, with a highly ranked Business School. This faculty will lead our work to take meaningful action against the climate emergency and ecological crisis.
  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (HLS), led by Professor Sallie Lamb
    Exeter is a leader in the biological, social and environmental aspects of health, with a rapidly growing and innovative Medical School. This faculty will champion our work on making key breakthroughs to transform health and wellbeing.
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS), led by Professor Gareth Stansfield
    Our globally highly-ranked Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences disciplines combine our strengths in evaluating the past, understanding societies and cultures, and unlocking creativity. This faculty will lead progress towards creating a fair, socially just and inclusive society.


All faculties are represented in the renamed ‘University of Exeter, Cornwall’ which has a strengthened identity and will have a new Deputy Vice-Chancellor in a largely externally-facing role to drive the reputation and engagement of Cornwall-based activities.

Professional Services

We are combining our 12 professional services directorates into 8 divisions that are better aligned to our strategic priorities.

What are the benefits?

Our new structures will significantly build on our academic strengths, enhance our agility and provide greater local ownership – bringing our people together to face the big societal and global challenges of our time.

Further information

If you have any queries regarding the changes to our future structures, or require any further information, please email