The University of Exeter (UOE) has been awarded a top ten place in the Times Good University Guide ahead of Bristol, Edinburgh, and Kings College London.Graduation Hats

In just five years the university's position in the Time's rankings has risen from 34th to 9th. The performance driven by high levels of student satisfaction, which at 85%, is the second highest score of any university in Britain and just 1 percentage point below Cambridge.

"It had been the University’s aim to get into the top 10 by 2012, but this had been achieved three years early", said University of Exeter Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark Overton.

The University offers students’ 31 subjects across its campuses of which 21 have made the Time’s top ten and 9 the top 5, including English, Sports Science and Middle Eastern & African Studies. The UOE, which includes the Tremough Campus in Cornwall, is not complacent, however, and has ambitions plans that it hopes will keep it at the forefront of higher education long into the future by tackling the interrelated and crucial issues of the day such as climate change and energy and wildlife conservation.

"At Tremough, our ambition is to develop a world-leading institute focusing on the environment and sustainability. At the Environment and Sustainability Institute we will carry out internationally renowned research on climate change and other environmental issues," said Professor Overton.

Tremough Campus, which cost 100 million and an increasingly important part of the local economy, intends to continue to work with business and other universities across Cornwall and the South West. Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Convergence Partnership Office for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: "Congratulations to all at the University of Exeter for this achievement which sits well alongside Cornwall’s ambition to raise its game. We are fortunate to have such a partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall that will encourage us to keep working together to underline the huge contribution higher education facilities can have to a region’s economy."

As well as the high levels of student satisfaction the Times also identified that UOE students are more likely to complete their degrees (11th) and get good results (9th) making it increasingly likely the in 2009/10 UOE will be adding to its 15,523 students already part of the success story.

Stuart Franklin, Director of Communications at University of Exeter told the student guardian: "For the future, Exeter is investing around £270 million over the next three years in new facilities. This includes a doubling of the size of the Business School, new labs and an aquarium for Biosciences, new student accommodation and a redevelopment of the centre of the campus to create a new student services building called the Forum.  We're looking to internationalise the campuses by forming new overseas teaching and research links in places like China. We also want to continue building research capacity, particularly in the sciences where we have embarked on an £80 million science strategy. The important thing is to maintain an upward trajectory over a period of time so that we have a sustainable top 10 position. We're not intending to rest on our laurels."

 

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The University of Exeter now offers degrees in Biology, Modern Celtic and Cornish Studies, English, Geology, Geography, History, Law, Mining Engineering, Politics and Renewable Energy on its Tremough Campus, which has expanded rapidly as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative. 


Subject                                                       Times Ranking

Accounting and Finance

2

Archaeology

8

Business Studies

5

Classics

7

Drama, Dance and Cinematics

4

Economics

6

Education

4

English

5

French

9

General Engineering

7

German

6

History

10

Italian

10

Materials Technology

8

Middle Eastern and African Studies

3

Politics

9

Psychology

9

Russian and Eastern European

3

Sociology

10

Sport Science

2

Theology and Religious Studies

5