Students and staff view the exhibition celebrating the completion of the Cornwall House refurbishment project

Campus as a Living Laboratory

The Campus as a Living Laboratory project provides innovative opportunities to inspire the formal curriculum and go beyond the theoretical topics that are covered in lectures. Through this project, our Campus is transformed into a community-based 'living laboratory' for identifying, evaluating and assessing indicators of progress toward greater sustainability. Campus staff, academics, students and stakeholders all collaborate on various projects such as:

  • Cornwall House Energy Efficiency Refurbishment: Students from a wide range of disciplines can complete work-based learning during the exemplar project to increase the energy efficiency of Cornwall House. When the upgrade is complete, there will be a pool of relevant information available for study projects including a fully documented process, constant monitoring of utilities and a record of occupants feedback. This project is one of many that are undertaken by the Estate Services team each year. For more information on how you could be involved email the Sustainability Team.
  • Birds and Bees Campaign: This campaign collaborates with many local charities to increase the knowledge and engagement of students, staff and the wider community with the rich biodiversity on Campus. Bioblitz, tree and wildflower planting and a range of practical events take place, and there are opportunities for research projects undertaken by students and research staff. Contact the Sustainability Team.
  • Exeter Carbon Observatory (ExCO): A natural ecosystem field laboratory, that aims to explore the role that terrestrial ecosystems play in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and the effects of climate change on these systems. Email Dr Luiz Aragao for further details.