The Medical School provides an exciting opportunity for Exeter to become a leader in medical education and research. Your donation will help the University to attract the brightest and best staff to work in Devon and Cornwall.

Alumnus Dr Dennis Gillings (Mathematics 1966) Founder of Quintiles, Former World Dementia Envoy and Dr Mireille Gillings, Founder of HUYA Bioscience, have given £12 million to support the Medical School through the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation.

Recognising exceptional generosity

We are committed to recognising your support. From naming opportunities for buildings and rooms or academic posts and scholarships, to events publicly thanking our supporters, we would be delighted to discuss options with you.

Contact us today at or +44 (0)1392 723141 and help us to make the exceptional happen.


Making a difference to the lives and health of millions


From locally to globally, the University of Exeter Medical School makes a difference to the lives and health of millions of people. With particular expertise in areas such as neonatal diabetes, dementia care and prevention, cancer diagnosis, neuroscience and mental health, our research is characterised by ‘embedded care’.

This means that instead of the traditional model of pure scientific research; at Exeter research is initiated by a clinical question, takes place in a clinical setting and is measured by its clinical outcome. This means that research can be quickly adopted into practice. With the increasing pressures on the NHS and healthcare provision worldwide, our approach has the potential to revolutionise patient care.

Our research has recently entered the world top 30 for Biomedical and Health Sciences, according to an influential international ranking of the research quality of thousands of universities worldwide.

Will you help Exeter make the next medical breakthrough?

How you can help

Support medical research by becoming a member of the Dean's Circle
Your gift of £30,000 will help support the activities of a research group.

Support a PhD student
Your gift of £90,000 will fully fund a PhD studentship.

Advance our research and clinical excellence 
Your gift of £100,000 or more will provide substantial support to a research group, for example through funding equipment and research activities.
Your gift of £750,000 or more can support the provision of key technologies such as DNA sequencing.

Fund academic talent
Your gift of £250,000 or more will provide revenue funding to support clinical fellowships and clinical lectureships.
An exceptional gift of £1 million or more can establish an endowed professorship or academic chair.

News: Largest single gift received by Exeter

£10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation will fund Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre, medical research and leadership programmes.

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News: Dementia research receives cash boost

Three additional PhD students will soon take up posts at the University of Exeter Medical School thanks to generous donations from supporters totalling nearly £200,000.

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News: £1.25 million expands genomics research

The Illumina NovaSeq sequencer has just been installed at Exeter, part-funded by over £600,000 from the Wellcome Trust. The investment represents a significant upgrade to Exeter’s ability to sequence whole genomes faster and in much greater depth than before.

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Our research: Tackling the global health challenge of dementia

With your support, we believe our dual approach of focussing on dementia and dementia care will shed light on new treatments and help people live better with the disease.

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Our research: Boosting early recognition and diagnosis of cancer by GPs

In the UK, one in three people will develop cancer during their lifetime. Exeter is helping to provide earlier diagnosis, one of the main ways to improve survival, and better treatment for cancer patients.

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Our research: Understanding connections between the environment and health

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health focuses on emerging threats to health posed by the environment, and wellbeing benefits the natural environment can provide

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Our research: Transforming the treatment of diabetes

Exeter is the leading centre in the world for the genetics of diabetes, receiving samples for testing from 60% of all children born with diabetes.

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Our research: Providing hope to IBD patients

The Exeter IBD and Pharmacogenetics Research group is a world-leading centre, developing genetic tests which will enable the better targeting of drugs to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

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Our research: Centre for Clinical Excellence

We plan to build a Centre for Clinical Excellence to expand our unique ‘embedded research’ approach which identifies and solves key questions in clinical care.

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Our research: Help us to advance genomic research

Exeter’s expertise ranges from translating findings from studies to improve patient care, to using genomics to understand the evolution of infectious disease.

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Our research: Supporting cutting-edge medical research

The University of Exeter Medical School is conducting pioneering work in genetic disorders.

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Watch: Neonatal diabetes


Emma Matthews, a mother whose son received pioneering treatment thanks to University of Exeter research, speaks about the impact it had on her family.

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