Many congratulations on your Diamond Jubilee year and to everyone at Exeter who has helped propel the University so far up the league tables. This was already a brilliant place to study in the 1980s and it’s come a long way since then.

Frank Gardner, BBC Security Correspondent (BA Hons Arabic & Islamic Studies 1984, Hon LLD 2007)

Society and Culture

Help us to enrich society and culture

Understanding and enriching society and culture through the arts and social sciences is central to tackling some of the greatest challenges of our times. In an age of globalisation, there has never been a greater need to understand and engage effectively with different cultures.

Research excellence in these areas informs key issues like human rights, politics, social justice and wellbeing. Through the study of modern and ancient history, art, literature and language, we increase our understanding of humanity and develop new ideas to push the frontiers of knowledge, vital to the evolution of society.

Exeter has an international reputation for academic excellence in the humanities and social sciences. Our alumni – including author J K Rowling, BBC journalist Frank Gardner, and Green Party leader Caroline Lucas – have used an Exeter education as a springboard to distinguished careers in literature, journalism, politics, and more.

Humanities and social sciences do not benefit from the same levels of research funding as the sciences, and there is scarce funding available to study at postgraduate level. There is also a growing concern that talented students are choosing other subjects over the humanities and social sciences.

Internships would allow us to hone the skills of exceptional students, helping to shape and support a new generation of digital creators. Costs for a 6-month placement are £6,000 - £8,000. A volunteer co-ordinator post would allow us to engage and train students, providing them with valuable opportunities to develop their digital skills. The cost per annum is £31,700.

You can provide a scholarship to support a talented student to complete a Masters in any one of our areas of expertise: Archaeology, Classics, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, History, Medieval Studies, Theatre Practice, Theology or Translation. UK/EU student scholarships are £10,000; international student scholarships are £20,000 (£30,000 with stipend).

You can support the next generation of humanities scholars. PhD studentships are £75,000 over the course of a three or four year programme. PhD travel bursaries of £500 will enable promising students to access research resources and conferences and deliver tangible outcomes, such as publications.

You can support our work to develop new research that pushes the boundaries of knowledge and delivers practical applications that improve human lives. £20,000 will enable us to sustain one of our world leading research centres for a year:

Additional capacity to develop new software and apps would allow us to create vital tools, advancing our knowledge and reaching audiences with attractive, interactive material. The cost per annum is £41,600 per post. 

A portable camera and conservation system would enable the team to photograph valuable collections in situ, rather than bringing items to Exeter, increasing access to important collections in private hands, including literary manuscripts, film and theatre memorabilia, and legal and historical documents. The equipment cost is £25,000. A high-spec 100 MPx camera and static conservation stand would enable us to photograph manuscripts and important documents at the resolutions required, helping us to preserve and access key regional resources of national and international significance. The equipment cost is £55,000. 

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.

Exceptional Society and Culture

Understanding and enriching society and culture through the arts and social sciences is central to tackling some of the greatest challenges of our times. In an age of globalisation, there has never been a greater need to understand and engage effectively with different cultures.

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