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St. Luke's Campus redevelopment

The University of Exeter is seeking a wide range of views to help shape an ambitious vision to redevelop its St Luke’s Campus over the next decade and enhance its reputation as a world-leading centre of excellence for health and wellbeing research and education.

We invite views from colleagues, students, and the public as we begin to draft a vision to redevelop the St Luke’s site. The new plans will boost health-related education and research, directly benefitting the local community. In addition to this, the plans aim to greatly improve the look of the historic site, whilst creating a modern and biodiverse landscape that will enhance the campus’ role in the area.

St Luke’s was founded in 1854 as a teacher training college, an activity that is still going strong through the University’s School of Education. The campus has a proud 160-year history of delivering high-quality research and training, with an increasing focus on health and wellbeing since the University of Exeter Medical School was established a decade ago. Now, the campus also houses the Academy of Nursing, and activities including biomedical, public health, the UK’s number one sports and health sciences research groups, as well as the training of the next generation of nurses, doctors, medical scientists, and radiographers.

The University’s health and wellbeing research has already led to a number of significant global breakthroughs, meaning better diagnosis and treatment in key areas. Specific examples include new ways of treating babies with neonatal diabetes across the world, finding new ways of diagnosing cancer to improve survival rates, and better ways of caring for people with early-stage dementia.

In partnership with Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the University has also established the UK’s first National Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) Service, which has revolutionised the diagnosis of children and babies with rare genetic diseases across the UK. And the region’s first ever National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Exeter Biomedical Research Centre. The first of its kind in the South-West peninsula, the new centre aims to make scientific discoveries that have the potential to make a real difference by ensuring key breakthroughs are rapidly adopted to benefit patients.

The new vision for the campus aims to build on the close proximity to key partner the Royal Devon, to help stimulate an expansion of health-related activity, which would mean health and economic benefits for the area.

As we continue to grow our strengths in health and wellbeing research and teaching, we need to ensure our facilities are modern, suitable, and sophisticated so we can progress our research into tangible benefits and can train the next generation of health professionals, whilst also increasing the capacity of all of our student and staff spaces for teaching, research, study, and wellbeing. 

Consultants tor&co have been appointed by the University to develop the vision for the future redevelopment of St Luke’s Campus.

Public Engagement Event in November 2023

A public engagement event took place on Thursday 16 November to showcase which buildings and areas being considered for redevelopment, at a point where people can help shape the plans. 

You can view the display materials from the enagement event, here: St Luke's engagement display material Nov 2023 v2  

The online feedback form for the engagement period closed on Thursday 14 December.

There will be a further opportunity to view and comment on the emerging proposals for the campus in 2024. 

The vision for St Luke's will demonstrate how future development of the campus can complement and contribute to the aspirations of planning policy and other planned development throughout the city including CityPoint, Liveable Exeter and the new Exeter Local Plan.



Project Update


Following the November event and engagement period, the project team will reflect on the feedback received. There will be a further opportunity to view and comment on the emerging proposals for the campus in 2024. 

Contact us

John Vickery is the project manager. 

If you have any queries about the proposal for St. Luke's Campus, please contact: