The University of Exeter is a world-class, research intensive university and a member of the Russell Group providing gold-standard education at campuses in Cornwall and Devon. It is also a world-leader on environment, climate and sustainability research, courses and partnerships.

According to a recent Reuters list, the University of Exeter has the UK’s five most influential climate scientists - all in the top 21 in the world. For more than 20 years the university has been leading the way in research and education to address climate and environmental change. By mobilising expertise, the University is seeking to accelerate global action in partnership with governments, businesses and communities.

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In 2021, the University launched a ‘Green Futures’ campaign to drive action on the environment and climate emergency ahead of the G7 in Cornwall and COP26 in Glasgow. The Green Futures campaign demonstrates how the University of Exeter is collaborating with businesses, influencing national and international policy, and working with people and communities who are being affected by environment and climate change to co-create solutions. The university has a team of over 500 researchers and professionals working across climate change and the environment and they include some of the world’s leading academics committed to urgent action.

The university’s expertise underpins research across a wide range of areas including Biodiversity, Energy, Environmental Intelligence, Marine and Positive Tipping Points to address the climate crisis through a range of institutes and centres - including the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence in partnership with the UK Met Office which positions the university as a global hub for climate research to develop solutions to the major challenges ahead. Working with partners, the University of Exeter has directly supported over 1,000 businesses in environmental science and sustainability related sectors.

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The University of Exeter, is also putting its research and education leadership in climate change at the heart of its own strategy. The university has created an innovative plan to cut emissions and improve the environment on its campuses and beyond which earned Exeter the sustainability prize in the 2020 Guardian University Awards.

Through education and courses, the university is training the next generation and inspiring thousands of students to become the leaders of tomorrow that can address the challenges ahead. The university is committed to building a sustainable, green future in the next decade through partnerships, skills and knowledge exchange.

Professor Lisa Roberts, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter, said: “As a university, and as a community, we are working together to tip the scales towards positive change. We will continue to pioneer new solutions across society to ensure a safe and stable environment and climate for future generations. And we stand ready to help others to do the same.”

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