jane chafer - University of Exeter

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Jane ChaferDirector of Communications and Corporate Affairs

Jane has had a marketing and communications career that has taken her from mining, through chocolate to telecoms and now higher education. Starting her career in 1985 with a marketing sponsorship for ECC Limited, based in St Austell, and completed a BSc in Business Studies at Bradford University, with a six-month spell in Milan. This was followed by a move to Mars confectionery and subsequently BT, where she held various senior marketing and communication roles with responsibility for integrated customer-facing campaigns.

Jane joined the world of higher education in 2004, firstly as Director of Marketing at the University of Sheffield before the lure of the South West proved irresistible and in 2009 Jane joined Plymouth University as Director of Marketing and Communications.

In February 2014 Jane joined the Executive team at the University of Exeter as its inaugural Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs. Leading a team of over 90 staff focusing on communications, marketing, digital, and stakeholder engagement she has initiated a number of projects to put Exeter firmly on the map as a world-class university.

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter (UOE) is a public research university founded in 1955, with institutional roots stemming back to 1851 where schools for Art and Science were established as part of a radical vision for the city. With over 4,600 staff members, four campuses between Exeter and Cornwall, and international links with hundreds of institutes around the world, the university is at the forefront of global collaboration.

Exeter’s strong, driving vision is to be a global 100 research leader and create graduates of distinction within a community of the most talented and creative minds.

Exeter have been a member of the World 100 Reputation Network since 2017.

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Graduates who are global citizens

The University of Exeter has connections to hundreds of institutional bodies globally and works to engage with partners overseas in order to widen academic talents and extend their research portfolio. Exeter participates in student exchanges and double degrees in connection with universities in France, Germany and China.

It is a member of The Russell Group, a research-intensive collective of 24 leading UK universities, including Cambridge and Oxford, committed to maintaining the very best research.


  • Ambition
  • Challenge
  • Collaboration
  • Community
  • Impact
  • Rigour

Challenging opposition and driven by ambition


Of research was rated as of international quality


awarded for Research following REF2014

98% of University of Exeter’s research has been rated as being international quality in REF (Research Excellence Framework) in 2014.

The University has three times been awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize. The most recent award was made to a team of scientists who have transformed the lives of hundreds of diabetes sufferers. This is the second Queen’s prize won by a member of staff at the Peninsula Medical School. The Dean, Professor John Tooke, won a Queen’s Prize in 1996 also for work on diabetes. It is the third Prize won by the University.

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