Exeter expands

ExeterUniversity has announced plans to invest £80m in science, medicine and engineering over the next three years. The fund incorporates £30m of existing university funds and an anticipated £50m from external sources, which will be spent on new appointments and infrastructure to boost research and teaching.

The university has identified five broad themes for the investment and this includes climate change and sustainable futures; system biology; extrasolar planets; functional materials; and translational medicine, personalised healthcare and public health. The university will be making a significant number of new appointments and investing in postgraduate research studentships in these areas.

The fund has already helped to develop new laboratories at the Geoffrey Pope Building within the School of Biosciences and recruit research teams to work alongside the Wave Hub. This £28m renewable energy project is being developed by the South West of England Development Agency.