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What has changed from September 2022?


Departments at the University of Exeter are grouped into three large faculties as follows:

Our Strategy 2030 proposes to use the power of our education and research to lead progress towards a sustainable, healthy and socially just future. Each faculty acts as a champion for one of the University strategic missions (Sustainability, Health and Social Justice). However, the missions are supported by all three faculties. All colleagues and students are now part of these new faculties. We are retaining all our current disciplines and programmes, we have retained all teaching and research staff.

All faculties comprise of departments, disciplines and institutes. They retain all the disciplines and programmes contained in the previous departmental structures. Two large schools (Business School and Medical School) will also form part of Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy and Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Each Faculty hosts at least one of our University Research Institutes, although Research Institutes retain their cross-faculty interdisciplinarity. All faculties are represented in Cornwall which will have a much stronger profile. Cross-college or cross-department programmes such as Flexible Combined Honours, Liberal Arts or Natural Sciences have not been affected by this change.

Professional Services

You will also be aware that there are staff who work in our professional services, in areas such as SID, the library, wellbeing, marketing, estates, human resources and business planning. We have reorganised the current 12 directorates into 8 larger divisions, further details can be found below. This change will not impact on your studies but will ensure you can access the support you need and will better align with our academic disciplines.

Professional Services Structure Chart

Why we are changing

The next decade will be an important one for the University of Exeter, as a global Russell Group University with a diverse student community, further building our research and education power and strengthening our approach to interdisciplinary and partnership working. Our new Strategy 2030 positions Exeter as a leader in environmental sustainability, social justice, and health & wellbeing. It is vital that we have the shape, structure, systems and processes to enable our students and colleagues to succeed, address new challenges and seize new opportunities.

The new three-faculty model will build on our academic strengths, improve resilience, encourage even more interdisciplinarity, and link to our three major strategic priorities. This will signal that we are coming together in new ways to face the big societal and global challenges.