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Exeter's Tremough students are among the UK's happiest

Students from the University of Exeter's Tremough Campus, Penryn, are among the most satisfied in the land according to this year's National Student Survey.

Some 91% of students from the University of Exeter's campuses in Exeter and Cornwall are satisfied with their experience compared to a national average of 81%. This means that Exeter is seventh in the national universities and colleges satisfaction ranking and fourth in the list of traditional universities. This is the third year in a row that Exeter has come within the top ten.

Professor Keith Atkinson, Provost of the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus, said: "This result shows that our academic departments are doing an excellent job in teaching our students. But university life is not just about studying and I believe that the wonderful environment and the excellent facilities of the Tremough Campus have played a part in this achievement. Applications to study with the University of Exeter on the Tremough Campus were up 164% this year, which shows how quickly the Campus has become a desirable destination for students."

More than 140 universities and higher education colleges took part in the survey which asked 177,000 final year students what they think of their course. Students are asked to rate their experience in seven areas: teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development and overall satisfaction. Exeter came in the top ten in each of the categories.

All 11 academic schools at the University matched or improved their score from 2006. Three academic subjects at Exeter topped the individual subject rankings – Sport and Health Sciences, Management and Business.

The National Student Survey is the latest piece of good news for the University which last month moved up 11 places in the Times Good University Guide to 17th in the UK. Undergraduate applications across the University as a whole were up 23% this year and research grant income up 43%.

The £100 million Tremough campus is a Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative ­of which the University of Exeter and University College Falmouth are two of the founding partners. It is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council. Set in 70 acres of countryside, but close to the waterside towns of Penryn and Falmouth, the campus offers a lively student community. The University of Exeter now offers degrees in Biology, Cornish Studies, English, Geology, Geography, History, Law, Mining Engineering, Politics and Renewable Energy on its Tremough Campus, which has expanded rapidly as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative.

For further information contact Sarah Hoyle, Press Officer, University of Exeter on 01392 262062/07989 446920 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University of Exeter is a partner of the CUC.


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