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At the University of Exeter we combine teaching excellence and high levels of student satisfaction with world class research at our campuses in Exeter and Cornwall.

The University of Exeter is globally recognised for education and research excellence, with expertise in connecting partners, nurturing collaborations, tackling complex environmental and societal challenges, and driving impact.

The University of Exeter is placing itself at the forefront of pioneering space research and innovation, collaborating with Spaceport Cornwall, Virgin Orbit, Goonhilly Earth Station and Aerospace Cornwall in the strategic development of the South West Space Cluster, to stimulate collaborative opportunities and commercial growth.

University of Exeter also leads the South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SWCoESA), which is part of the national Space network, established by Satellite Applications Catapult and UK Space Agency. SWCoESA helps to advance the regional Space sector, by supporting innovators, businesses and researchers to develop and commercialise Space technologies and satellite applications for wide-ranging sectors.

Key areas of space research include:

Earth Information

University of Exeter delivers world-leading research that is creating solutions for a Green Future. We are home to the UK’s most influential Climate Scientists, and pioneering environmentally-focused facilities include:

  • Environmental & Sustainability Institute
  • Global Systems Institute
  • Institute for Data Science & AI
  • Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence (UoE & Met Office)
  • Living Systems Institute
  • Space & Extreme Environments Hub


University of Exeter’s connectivity research, infrastructure and innovation capabilities include the ‘High Performance Computing & Networking Group’, tackling key computational and networking challenges associated with modern information and communications paradigms. SWCoESA also partner in the Goonhilly led satellite-enabled ‘Connected Health Care’ project.

In-Space Robotics

The University of Exeter has specialisms in Digital Engineering, to help develop advanced autonomous systems. Key capabilities include:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Optimisation & Data Science
  • Astrophysics
  • Autonomous Systems & Electronics
  • Control Systems
  • Quantum Systems & Nanomaterials
  • Simulation Design & Vibration Simulation
  • Smart Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing & Supply Chain Platforms

University of Exeter is also a member of the Alan Turing Institute, and hosts the Centre of Future Clean Mobility.

Low-Cost Access to Space

As part of the G7 legacy deal, the UK Government has pledged to Kernow Sat 1, a community satellite to be designed, manufactured and launched from Cornwall in Summer 2022. University of Exeter is the research partner, to support low-cost access to space, associated supply chains and environmental intelligence initiatives.

The University of Exeter is also the research partner for Spaceport Cornwall’s ‘Centre for Space Technologies’, to create cutting-edge facilities and unparalleled access to a unique space-focused environment, where innovative SMEs and academia will collaborate with large satellite launch primes, to develop new products and services.

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