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Professor Laurence Peter
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Press Release - 31 March 2005

Exeter chemistry students to transfer to Bath

Around 50 students studying chemistry at Exeter University are likely to accept places at the University of Bath to continue their courses when their department closes. The University of Bath sent letters to the students’ homes last week offering them places and expects most or all of the students to accept this. The students will begin at Bath in October.

Since November 2004, when the University of Exeter announced the closure of its Chemistry Department, the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter have been working with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to ensure that the students can continue their studies within the south-west region. Some of the students will be transferring to the University of Bristol as part of this.

Bath has secured funding for the students it has made offers to. Those now in the first year at Exeter will be funded by the funding council, while those in their second and third years will be funded by Exeter.

The University of Bath has made a major strategic investment in Chemistry at its Claverton campus in recent years, opening a £ 9 million Chemistry Research Building in 1999 and a £3.4 million Chemistry Teaching Building in 2003. This demonstrates its long-term commitment to chemistry, one of the subjects that the Government considers is of national strategic importance.

As part of this commitment:

“We look forward to welcoming all the students from Exeter, and we think that they will appreciate the well-equipped, dedicated and friendly department at Bath,” said Professor Laurence Peter, Head of Chemistry.

“The transfer of students from Exeter to Bath and Bristol safeguards the teaching of the subject in the West Country and puts an end to fears about its future here.

“The University of Bath is at the forefront of research in such vital areas as solar energy, nanotechnology, green chemistry and life sciences, and it’s important that the Department continues to flourish and pass on its expertise in these areas to its students.”

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