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The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. It has invested heavily in science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine research, and has a world-class reputation in the humanities and social sciences. One of the University’s most famous alumni is Harry Potter author J.K Rowling.

Key Facts


  • #21 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • #13 in the Complete University Guide 2022
  • #15 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2022

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • Just under 20,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • Just over 5,000

Year founded

  • 1855

  • It was awarded gold in the first Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in recognition of the high quality of its teaching. 
  • 98% of its research was rated as international quality in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF). 
  • The University is organised into six academic colleges and has campuses in Exeter, and Penryn and Truro in Cornwall.
Areas of recognition

The Times Higher Education World subject rankings 2022 place Exeter in the Top 100 universities globally for Arts and Humanities, and Psychology.

Within the in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, Exeter is ranked 1st for Drama, Dance and Cinematics, 5th for Geology and Middle Eastern and African studies, 6th for Anthropology, Classics, Materials Technology, Radiography and Sports Science, 7th for Communication and Media and Theology and Religious Studies, 8th for Russian, and 9th for Italian.

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