Whether you are a student, researcher, industrial partner or research collaborator, I hope your experience with us is fulfilling, enjoyable and successful. We will always strive to deliver a first-rate experience for everyone who works and studies with us.

Professor Dan Charman, Pro Vice Chancellor

About us

With over 4,100 students including over 280 international students from around the world, the College of Life and Environmental Sciences prides itself in being a vibrant community supported by excellent research and teaching across a number of related disciplines. Our areas of expertise span Biosciences, Geography, Psychology, and Sport and Health Sciences.

We are committed to pursuing world class research that impacts positively on the world. Our research is frequently interdisciplinary in nature, embracing disciplines within and outside of the College, and combining expertise from across humanities, social sciences and sciences, and collaborating with other world leading researchers from around the globe.

We play a significant role in contributing to the University’s Science Strategy, and three of the five constituent key research themes: climate change and sustainable futures; systems biology; and translational medicine, personalised healthcare and public health.

We place considerable emphasis on providing outstanding, innovative teaching inspired by our research and to creating a learning environment that offers a rich student experience to those who study in the College. Our degrees have high academic standing and are designed to prepare students optimally for employment or further training in a wide variety of professional careers.

Through our programmes and associated opportunities, we aim to equip students with the discipline-specific and generic skills and experiences that are highly sought by employers.

Working collaboratively with both small and large scale organisations on regional, national and international level, we have helped solve challenges and deliver innovative solutions that help to provide our industry partners with a competitive edge.

Some of our key business partners include:

AstraZeneca
Our research collaborations with AstraZeneca have included a Knowledge Transfer Partnership investigating the effects of man-made chemical discharges on local wildlife.

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl)
Research partnership collaborations with our students and academic staff across the colleges of Life and Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences have helped dstl carry out important work in their key business areas, such as infectious diseases and biophysics.

Met Office
As well as conducting vital research into climate science, we have collaborated as members of academic and climate business networks.

Shell
Working in partnership with us Shell have been able to access Dr John Love’s research into advanced biofuels, helping the company meet the challenges in sustainable mobility and carbon reduction facing the fuel industry. We continue to work together to solve globally important issues.

The College, which has a presence on each of the University’s campuses in Exeter and Cornwall, benefits from fantastic facilities including specific equipment and facilities appropriate to each of our component subjects. Investment in new and refurbished facilities has already enhanced our environment and, with further major investment underway, additional state-of-the-art benefits will be available in the near future.

Find out more about each of the subjects within the College: