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


  • #12 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
  • #12 in the Complete University Guide 2021
  • #16 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2021

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 2020 place Exeter in the Top 100 universities globally for Arts and Humanities, Life Sciences and Social Sciences.

Within the in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, Exeter is ranked 3rd for Radiography and for Anthropology, 4th for Sports Science, 5th for Classics/Ancient History, 9th for English, 6th for Geology, 7th for Materials Technology, 8th for Accounting and Finance and for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, 10th for History and for Computer Science.

Kings alumni at University of Exeter

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