The University of Exeter (informally known as Exeter University, or Exeter) is a public research university located in South West England. The university was founded and received its Royal Charter in 1955, although its predecessor institutions, the Royal Albert Memorial College and the University College of the South West of England, were established in 1900 and 1922 respectively. The university’s Chancellor is Baroness Benjamin, an actress, author and businesswoman. Its Vice-Chancellor is Professor Sir Steve Smith, a former President of Universities UK (2009–2011). In post-nominals, the University of Exeter is abbreviated as Exon. (from the Latin Exoniensis), and is the suffix given to honorary and academic degrees from the university.
Exeter University is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-oriented UK universities. The university is also a member of Universities UK, the European University Association, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The university has three campuses: Streatham; St Luke’s (both of which are in Exeter); and Tremough in Cornwall. The university is centred in the city of Exeter, Devon, where it is the principal higher education institution. Streathamis the largest campus containing many of the university’s administrative buildings, and is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the country. The Tremough campus is maintained in conjunction with University College Falmouthunder the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative.
The University of Exeter has been described by The Sunday Times as one of nine universities which form England’s unofficial “Ivy League” due to the high academic attainment of its entrants.