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Solving global challenges

At the University of Exeter we are at the forefront of research, and tackle issues on a global level from transforming the treatment of diabetes, to pioneering climate change research. Each year we hold a grand challenges project week, in which you can work in interdisciplinary groups with other like-minded students to design innovative solutions to real world challenges. Top academics and invited speakers will share their views and help you apply your skills and knowledge to a real-life problem. You will further develop your transferable skills including team work, presentation skills and project planning.

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Open days at Exeter Campuses: 31 May, 1 June, 7 September, 19 October 2019

Open days at Penryn Campus: 30 May, 21 September, 23 October 2019


"With the current state of the world’s ecosystems, communicating science to the general public has never been more important"

"Over the past few years I have been lucky enough to work with some equally wildlife obsessed, camera loving Zoology students on the online natural history series ‘NatureWatch’. Four of us decided that our filmmaking adventures couldn’t end there and we booked a trip to Scotland to film bottlenose dolphins, red squirrels and generally just have a bit of a laugh. It was there in the Scottish Highlands that Muddy Duck was born! Our aim is to combine the scientific knowledge gained from our degrees with the filmmaking experience developed through NatureWatch to produce high quality videos that educate and inspire. With the current state of the world’s ecosystems, communicating science to the general public has never been more important and, in collaboration with the university of Exeter, we hope to showcase the latest biological research to a wider audience"

Billy, studying Zoology


"This programme has exposed me to interesting topics"

"I hope to be involved in science and technology R&D. I am particularly interest in systems biology and the semi-conductor industry. This programme has exposed me to interesting topics in such interdisciplinary areas"

Daniel, studying Natural Sciences


"The programme is interdisciplinary and allows flexibility in specialisation"

"Exeter has cutting-edge research in topics such as climate science and extrasolar planets which appealed to me. The course at Exeter also provided most breadth and flexibility regarding choice of science modules, compared to this course at other universities. The programme is interdisciplinary and allows flexibility in specialisation. It places a strong emphasis on research which is very valuable for anyone considering a career in science. It also teaches programming and mathematical skills, which are invaluable in any modern day career.I hope to pursue a career in scientific research and this programme has further fuelled my enthusiasm and opened up a variety of paths I could follow. It has helped me to define my scientific interests and become an independent and proactive learner"

Egle, studying Natural Sciences


"Having graduated with a law degree from Exeter, I took my Barrister’s exams at the College of Law and joined global insurance broker Willis as an in-house lawyer in 1978. I was instrumental in building Willis' European network as well as the Group's operations in China, Latin America, India and other high-growth markets, before rising to become Chief Executive of its international operations in 2001, and Chairman in 2006"

Sarah, studied Law


"I wanted to attend a campus university with a sense of community and a good reputation"

"I chose to study at Exeter University because it had an interesting Business Economics course which I could combine with a year out studying abroad. I wanted to attend a campus university with a sense of community and a good reputation that would help my career prospects after graduation. Since leaving Exeter I went into a career in marketing/public relations. I worked for some of the world's largest PR agencies, in Europe and Australia. I've worked on projects for various private sector companies, from food, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, as well as projects for the UK Government and international NGOs such as Oxfam. Since 2010 I have been working as a Senior Partnership Manager at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Working for the world's largest humanitarian organisation, my role involves building and managing Corporate partnerships for WFP to end hunger. I get to work with smart people who understand that the private sector has a crucial role to play in ending hunger. The funds that we raise ensure that WFP can continue to serve the most vulnerable people in the world, whether they have no access to food because of war, disaster or displacement"

Caroline, studied Business Economics