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."

 

Student Information

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

 Tolkien

The University of Exeter  has brought together three leading experts on J.R.R. Tolkien, to celebrate his work and place in English literature.

Regarded by many as the "father" of fantasy literature Tolkien has written extensively in the field and entered the imaginations of millions through his 1937 children’s classic adventure The Hobbit. Tolkien is best known, however, for the Lord of the Rings a trilogy that began it's literary life in Cornwall in the 1930’s under the name The Lost Road.

"Steeped in Arthurian legend, Cornwall is often experienced and treated as a mysterious and mystical landscape, haunted by other worlds." Professor Nick Groom of Exeter University told the student guardian.     The seeds for The Lord of the Rings were sown and published in three volumes during 1954/5.  

Today three of the world's leading experts on Tolkien, are preparing to give presentations as part of Tolkien Day at Exeter University's Tremogh Campus in Cornwall  to raise the profile of Tolkien's work as worthy of serious academic study.

‘The academic neglect of Tolkien can be put down to sheer prejudice, as his work doesn’t fit into an easy category", said Professor Nick Groom of Exeter University.

Professor Groom teaches Tolkien at postgraduate level and plans to launch an undergraduate option for BA English students dedicated to Tolkien’s achievements as a writer, scholar, and critic. ‘At the University we are interested in Tolkien’s mythology of England and his approach to different regional identities, which are deeply rooted in English literature and the landscape. We use his work as a point from which to focus on writing, place and identify,’ Professor Groom added.

Famously adapted to the screen Tolkien’s influence is unquestionable, under the direction of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King was critically acclaimed winning 11 Oscars from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, in 2004, including Best Picture and Best Director. Tolkien’s work is also believed to have inspired the online computer game the World of Warcraft, which amuses millions across cyberspace every day, but it is Tolkien’s literary and scholarly quality that are often overlooked.

"Although Tolkien’s work goes in waves of fashion and popularity, the University of Exeter’s School of English is committed to developing academic research into one of England’s most popular and influential English writers." Esther White, Press Officer for Exeter University told the studentguardian:

The free event is open to members of the public and will take place at Chapel Lecture Theatre on the Tremough Campus from 11:30 – 16:00 on the 13th May 2009. Patrick Curry, Tom Shippey and Terri Windling will share their knowledge on the far-reaching impact of Tolkien. To reserve a place at the Tolkien Day event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  

Student Information: Professor J. R. R. Tolkien, C.B.E.,

Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and from 1945 to 1959 Merton Professor of English Language and Literature

He was the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which sold millions of copies and is widely translated.

Tolkien died in 1973 aged of 81.