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University of Exeter

University of ExeterThe University of Exeter (UNEXE) will lead the research in the United Kingdom. It is a top UK university which combines world leading research with high levels of student satisfaction.  With 16,000 students and 3,000 staff, it is ranked 7th out of more than 100 UK universities in the Times league table. It was the 2007/08 Times Higher Education University of the Year.  Exeter has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times University of the Year Award more times than any other university and has won three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for its research.

Exeter’s School of Psychology is ranked 11th in the UK for researchand 10th in The Sunday Times University Guide 2012. It has 60 academic staff, 96 postgraduate research students, awarded 25 PHDs in 2009/10 and achieved over 90% for Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 20112. Each year it attracts around £1.5 million in external research funding from UK Research Councils and charities, while also conducting a range of research for governmental organisations (such as the National Health Service and the armed forces) and the commercial sector (including IBM and Microsoft).

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 100% eligible Psychology staff were submitted for assessment. 90% of their research was classified as being of international quality, with 15% classed as ‘world leading’ and 40% as ‘internationally excellent’. 

The School of Psychology’s work with Somerset Care was recently honoured for “Outstanding Dementia Research” at the National Dementia Care Awards.

The Marchmont Observatory is a policy focused research centre within the University of Exeter. Its focus is on forging a bridge between research, policy and practice and ensuring research impact. Marchmont works in partnership with a wide range of organisations that are responsible for developing public policy, such as the Trades Union Congress, Arbitration Conciliation and Advisory Service, the South West Strategic Health Authority, South West Public Health Observatory, National and local Government Departments and government funded agencies such as Jobcentre Plus.

Marchmont is contracted by the South West Regional Development Agency and ESF Technical Assistance to deliver SLIM – the Skills and Learning Module of the South West Observatory. SLIM provides data and analysis on the needs of individuals and businesses across the South West to inform policy and projects focused on inclusion, employment and competitiveness.

Marchmont will provide project management and mainstreaming support for this project, building on its previous experience of delivering multi-partner EU projects, such as:

  • Leading the £2.5m ADAPT ‘Marchmont Project’, delivering e-learning solutions for small companies;

  • Leading a £3.5m EQUAL project ‘SWOOP’, delivering South West Opportunities for Older People;

  • Providing the secretariat for multiple Trade Union Congress-led EQUAL projects (e.g. ‘High Road‘ and ‘Building Opportunities through Workplace Learning’)

  • Managing a €1.2m FP7 Science in Society project;

  • and a range of projects under the Lifelong Learning programme and PROGRESS (e.g. Evalvet, Flexicurity, New Skills for Green jobs).

Marchmont also undertakes contract research, provides external evaluation and valorization services.