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"The vision for Exeter is very clear;  it is ambitious and will not be realised without action and energy. The SSI is one of the tangible ways we are taking the idea of Exeter as the university of choice for the leaders of the future and turning that concept into reality."

Professor Sir Steve Smith
Former Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

"Exeter will be the place that aspiring leaders and strategists come to learn their 'craft', and where those in need of policy-facing, objective research come to better understand how to frame, and then confront, the challenges they face."

General (Retd) Professor Sir Paul Newton writing in Exeter - the Magazine for University of Exeter Alumni
Director, Strategy and Security Institute

About us

The Strategy and Security Institute (SSI) is an interdisciplinary research centre directed by Lieutenant General (Retd) Professor Sir Paul Newton KBE. The institute is part of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies and is based in Knightley on Streatham Drive.

Academics in the Institute carry out research, consultancy and teaching in the fields of global security and strategy, particularly relating to how individuals and organisations deal with conflict under intense pressure.

The SSI is a response to the strategic imperative made stark in recent interventions, and an opportunity to fill the gaps these interventions have uncovered by enhancing the strategic competence of the leaders of the future. In a world with no lack of sources of potential confrontation, and in which the form conflict takes is constantly evolving, the work of the SSI is highly relevant and policy-focused.

It was formed in 2012 following several years of professional collaboration between Paul Newton, Professor Gareth Stansfield, and the University's Vice Chancellor and Chief-Executive, Professor Sir Steve Smith, in the areas of Middle East security and international relations.

The SSI is based in Knightley, a gracious detached period building on the edge of Exeter University’s beautiful Streatham Campus, it is building 55 on the Campus Map.  

Knightley’s interior blends traditional relaxing comfort with contemporary meeting requirements, including state of the art AV equipment. It is the perfect venue for bespoke events: conferences, ‘away days’ or research workshops. The Board Room is ideal for lectures, seminars or discussion and the elegant Meeting Room suits smaller meetings or groups while refreshments are served in the spacious Hall. Knightley’s discrete location and calm ambience combined with its discreet staff allow visitors to relax and focus entirely on their work.  

Please note that car parking is limited at Knightley so please park in the University’s visitors car park or next to Holland Hall. Knightley is only a 10 minute walk from either Exeter St David’s Station or Exeter Central Station.