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What has changed from September 2022?

Academic

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.

If you have any questions about the changes to our structure please ask them via this form if you are an Exeter-based student; or if you’re Cornwall-based please email studentvoice@thesu.org.uk

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Bringing together our highly ranked Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences into a connected, open and resilient faculty will inspire students and colleagues to think creatively and critically. In a time of volatility, complexity and uncertainty research and education across the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences are critical to unlocking human creativity, to engaging in a human-centered way with the world around us, and to building the inclusive understanding that will help us to co-create a better future.

This faculty will champion our work on ‘making progress towards creating a fair, socially just and inclusive society’.

view the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences chart

 

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

The Health, Wellbeing and life sciences agenda continues to grow rapidly in regional, national and global importance. The faculty reinforces our identity in this area and sets us up to tackle not just the traditional health, biological and medical sciences agendas, but signals our existing excellence and intent on the broader but increasingly important areas of social and environmental aspects of human health. This faculty will champion our Strategy work on ‘making key breakthroughs to transform human health and wellbeing’ within the context of strong fundamental health and life sciences.

view the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences chart‌

 

Faculty of the Environment, Science and Economy

The creation of sustainable futures is a key pillar of Strategy 2030, arising from our institutional strength in environment and sustainability research and education, and a recognition that this is now a regional, national and global priority. We are one of the world’s best universities in environment and sustainability-driven science, engineering and business, founded on strong fundamental disciplinary research and education.

This faculty will champion our work on ‘taking meaningful action against the climate emergency and ecological crisis’.

view the Faculty of the Environment, Science and Economy chart

 

Strategy 2030 clearly states our commitment to our place and building an exceptional education and research ecosystem in Cornwall. The three-faculty model enables a distinctive offer and clearer identity around which a renamed University of Exeter, Cornwall can base its future ambitions for growth and contribute to the major opportunities for development and collaboration in Cornwall including sustainability, marine, space, technology metals, renewable energy, culture and environmental and public health.

Key features for University of Exeter, Cornwall include:

  • Elements of all three faculties will be located in Cornwall, ensuring a whole-university approach to our Cornwall activity with a distinctive offer and clearer identity including maintaining the brand of Camborne School of Mines (CSM).
  • We will grow the standing, political influence and reputation of University of Exeter, Cornwall, enabling strong partners, like Cornwall Council and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and the region’s communities to have a clearer understanding of the University of Exeter, Cornwall and see the value that a research-intensive university can contribute to the county’s future.

See the diagram showing the configuration of faculties in Cornwall.

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

New departmentsComprising the following existing departments/ disciplines/ units
Communications, Drama and Film  Drama
Discipline of Communications
Discipline of Film from English and Modern Languages and Culture
English and Creative Writing English, including discipline of Creative Writing
Languages, Cultures and Visual Studies Modern Languages and Cultures, including discipline of Art History and Visual Culture (AHVC)
Classics, Ancient History, Religion and Theology
Classics and Ancient History
Theology and Religion
Archaeology and History

Archaeology
History

Social and Political Sciences, Philosophy, and Anthropology Politics, SPA (Disciplines of Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology and Criminology)
Law School Law School
School of Education Graduate School of Education
HASS Penryn Humanities (Penryn)
Politics (Penryn)
Law School (Penryn)**
University Research Institute Societies and Cultures Institute
Faculty Institute IAIS

 

** Strategic decisions on Law School teaching programmes will be made by the Head of the Law School in line with external accreditation and validation criteria.

Flexible Combined Honours and Liberal Arts are cross-faculty programmes (Liberal Arts to be homed in English and Cultural Studies)

 

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

New departmentsComprising the following existing departments/ disciplines/ units
Biosciences   Biosciences  
Psychology Psychology
Health and Care Professions Academy of Nursing
Medical Imaging
Medical School
Health and Community Sciences Current primary care within Institute of Health Research (Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care), and new School of Primary Care Research (SPCR), together with the Applied Research Collaboration (ARC), and including other smaller groups such as PenTAG
Clinical and Biomedical Sciences  Much of current Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science (including Neuroscience), and BMBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), Medical Sciences and Neuroscience education programmes

Public Health and Sports Sciences

Sports and Health Sciences
ECEHH
Public Health group (CMH) (e.g. as covered within the School of Public Health Research (SPHR)

University Research Institutes

Living Systems Institute

 

Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy

New departmentsComprising the following existing departments/ disciplines/ units
Engineering  Engineering including the cross-campus Renewable Energy group
Physics and Astronomy  Physics and Astronomy
Geography Geography (Streatham)
Mathematics and Statistics Mathematics (except Environmental Mathematics Group, Penryn - see below)
Computer Science Computer Science
Earth and Environmental Science  Camborne School of Mines (Penryn)
Centre for Geography and Environmental Sciences
Environmental Mathematics Group (Penryn)
Ecology and Conservation  Biosciences (Penryn)  
Business School
Management Management, SITE, Sustainable Futures (Penryn)  
Economics Economics
Finance and Accounting Finance and Accounting
Research Institutes Environment and Sustainability Institute,
Global Systems Institute,
Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Natural Sciences is a cross-faculty programme where the course leaders are based in Physics and Astronomy

Establishment of a centre of excellence under consideration for the management of Degree Apprenticeships across the Faculty/University with strong links to Professional Services (Impact, Innovation and Business, Education and Academic Services) and academic oversight, for OFSTED purposes. Discussions with the Business School about academic oversight will continue.

 

Cornwall

 Faculty DepartmentDetails
Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy (ESE)



Earth and Environmental Sciences Camborne School of Mines
Centre for Geography and
Environmental Sciences (Penryn)
Maths (Penryn)
Ecology and Conservation Biosciences, Penryn
Engineering Renewable Energy
Management (Business School, Cornwall) Sustainable Futures
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (HLS) Public Health and Sports Sciences (Medical School, Cornwall) ECEHH
Clinical and Biomedical Sciences (Medical School, Cornwall) Medical Education
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) HASS Penryn English and Cultural Studies (Penryn)
Languages and Visual Cultures (Penryn)
Archaeology and History (Penryn)
Social and Political Sciences, Philosophy, and Anthropology (Penryn)
Law School*

Strategic decisions on Law School teaching programmes will be made by the Head of the Law School in line with external accreditation and validation criteria.