I'm delighted to have supported the development of successive generations of Exeter students through sport.

Nicholas Bull, (Chemistry 1973) has supported sport at Exeter for many years, including funding the Nicholas Bull Boathouse for the rowing team.

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 exceptional@exeter.ac.uk or +44 (0)1392 723141 and help us to make the exceptional happen.


Nurturing world-class sport



At Exeter we help the brightest stars own the spotlight.

Sport plays a massive part in the lives of many Exeter students and we are dedicated to providing an excellent sporting experience to all players, at all levels, of all ages and across all our sports.

We are home to some of the best sports facilities in UK universities and consistently finish in the top 10 of the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) league. At Exeter we support 50 different sports clubs, around 450 athletes on our Performance Programme, and more than 5,000 students to engage in intramural sport.

In addition, sports scholarships ensure that talented students can achieve their potential in both their sporting performance and academic study.

The bonds formed through taking part in sport at Exeter often last well beyond graduation: many of our alumni count former team-mates amongst their closest friends. Four alumni competed at the 2012 Olympic Games, five at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and at a recent ISAF World Cup Sailing event in Miami, four of Great Britain’s 11 medals were won by Exeter alumni. Eight former scholarship recipients competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

You can help with improvements to facilities like Topsham Sports ground, help individual sporting clubs like the Rowing Club or the Rugby Club to upgrade their equipment, or help the best student athletes to reach their full potential through elite sports scholarships.

Video voiceover kindly provided by sports reporter, presenter, author, endurance runner and University of Exeter alumnus Vassos Alexander (Russian, 1996).


Will you help sport at Exeter go from strength to strength?

A gift of £2,000 could fund a Women in Sport Scholarship. Women are underrepresented in Exercise and Sports Sciences at Exeter and these scholarships will help us to redress this imbalance.

A gift of £9,000 could fund a three year Sports Scholarship that will attract and support a talented student athlete during their time at Exeter and enable them to fulfil their academic and sporting potential.

A gift of £25,000 could be used to increase staff resource for community outreach activity, enhancing sporting opportunities for local schoolchildren and providing real-world coaching and teaching experience for our students.

A gift of £50,000 could fund advanced equipment such as a weight-supported treadmill to allow our researchers to work with individuals with Parkinson’s disease, those recovering from a stroke, and children with cerebral palsy.

Gifts of £12,000 - £100,000 could support a PhD studentship and help our world-leading research teams deliver impact in some of the biggest global health challenges. Gifts to PhD studentships can be paid over four years and matched 2:1 through our Diamond Jubilee Doctoral Scholarship Match Fund.

Gifts of £100,000 - £300,000 could enable us to develop a Human Performance Laboratory in our Streatham Sports Park, bringing our research to our student athletes and giving our students opportunities to develop sport and health sciences skills in a real-world setting.

Gifts of £200,000 - £1million towards developments at our Topsham Sports Ground site would have a profound impact on sporting opportunities for a huge numbers of students, schoolchildren and community members.

Gifts of £400,000 - £1.25million could allow us to develop a suite of translational exercise science laboratories to support our world-class research and teaching into age and lifestyle related clinical conditions as well as inherited conditions such as cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease.

Exceptional sport

World-class facilities, high levels of participation, support for elite student athletes… sport plays an important role across all our campuses.

Sports Scholarships

Our Sports Scholarship Scheme helps some of the UK’s most talented young athletes to reach their sporting potential

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Developing Topsham Sports Ground

Our ambitious development plans for the site will greatly enhance the sporting experience for students, spectators and community partners.

» Read more

Sport and Health Research

Exeter is at the cutting-edge of research and education in sport and health.

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Supporting sport at Exeter

Nicholas Bull (Chemistry, 1973) speaks at the Campaign launch about why sport is so important and why he supports clubs and athletes at Exeter.

20 Years of Sports Scholars

Since the programme was launched in 1999, nearly 200 students have benefited from the support on offer.

» Read some of the success stories