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Russell Seal Fitness Centre opens

The Russell Seal Fitness Centre, which represents a £6.5 million investment in fitness for the University, has opened.

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Alumni News


New protocol could lead to better medicine access

An alumnus who has been campaigning for better access to new medicines for people with life-threatening conditions, is putting forward a new UK protocol. Dr Les Halpin was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2011 and was shocked to discover there was only one drug available, which had been licensed over 20 years earlier. He launched the campaign Empower: Access to Medicine which aims to find ways for drugs to be taken earlier in the licensing process, by people with life-threatening conditions who have no alternatives.

Bend it like Burrett

Jyoti Burrett (Sports and Health Science 2012) has joined the National India Womens' Football squad of 23 after successfully making it through team trials earlier this year. Since her selection Jyoti has gained her first cap for India playing in the AFC Womens' Championship qualifiers in Palestine.

Record breaking TV appearance for graduate

An Exeter alumna has set new records after appearing on the popular television programme Countdown. Jen Steadman who graduated in English this summer from the Penryn campus, set records including eight successive 100+ scores. She will appear on the Channel 4 programme again later in the year in the series finals.

Time for a legacy?

It’s Remember a Charity week in the UK – a campaign to encourage people to consider leaving a gift to charity when drawing up their Will. Exeter is a registered charity and many alumni have already remembered their University in their Wills.

Into the Dragons' Den

Recent graduates Tom Carson (Management with Marketing 2012) and Chris Rea (Flexible Combined Honours 2013) show their business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit when they appear on the popular television show Dragons’ Den this week.  See how Chris and Tom get on when they appear on the programme, which is scheduled for broadcast on BBC Two on Sunday 15 September.

University News


Ana Botin (CEO of Santander UK) Lecture

Ana Botin (CEO of Santander UK) is speaking at the University on ‘The Future of the UK Economy and the Role of Entrepreneurs’ on Thursday 3 October 2013 at 11:00 in Newman Green Lecture Theatre. Ana Botin was appointed as CEO of Santander UK plc in December 2010. The lecture is free to attend and spaces are limited, so RSVP quickly to guarantee your place. To RSVP complete our online booking form or email alumni@exeter.ac.uk by October 1.

Research confirms Mediterranean diet is good for the mind

Over recent years many pieces of research have identified a link between adherence to a Mediterranean diet and a lower risk of age-related diseases such as dementia. The first systematic review of related research has found that a higher adherence to a Mediterranean diet was associated with better cognitive function, lower rates of cognitive decline and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Untold story of Churchill’s World War II speeches

Popular belief is that Churchill’s wartime speeches were received enthusiastically by almost the whole British population and that they were the decisive influence on the nation’s willingness to fight on against the Nazis. The Roar of the Lion, a new book by an Exeter historian re-examines this accepted national story and presents a new take on the politics of  the1940s. It shows that Churchill’s speeches generated considerable more controversy and criticism than historians previously thought.

Research trial into snoring brings new hope for sufferers

The solution to the age old problem of snoring has been right under our noses all along: if you want a decent night’s sleep then sing for it. The results of a clinical trial carried out by researchers in Devon show that certain singing exercises help reduce snoring in people with a history of simple snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea.



Go on, volunteer – it could be good for you!

To date, more than 1,600 alumni have volunteered their time to support the University. Anecdotally, we’ve known that volunteering with us makes many of our alumni ‘feel good’. That anecdotal evidence has been backed up by an Exeter study which indicates that volunteering could improve mental health and help you live longer.

Volunteering opportunities aplenty on the Cornwall Campuses

Ryck Williamson is doing his bit to give something back after receiving help and advice from alumni during his time as a student on the Penryn Campus. After graduation he secured a role as a Business Management Graduate with Thales UK and has returned to campus several times to volunteer.


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Rowing success

Our Womens Lightweight Quadruple Scull have been crowned European Universities Champions after seeing off teams representing Germany, Poland and Austria in the final in Poznan, Poland.  This was the first time a rowing crew from the University has represented Great Britain in the European Championships.

Exeter take the spoils in inaugural London Hockey Varsity

Our Mens' and Womens' hockey 1st teams took on their counterparts from Durham University in the first London Hockey Varsity. Alumni from both universities watched the games at Westminster University’s sports facilities. Exeter came out on top in both the Mens' and Womens' games. As a result of the success of this first event, planning is already underway for next year.
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International Exeter

A number of Exeter alumni have been making their mark on the international sports stage. In hockey, Tom Carson (Management with Marketing, 2012) has made his senior England debut, while Chris Rea (Flexible Combined Honours, 2013) continues to represent the USA. Hannah Diamond (Exercise & Sports Science, 2011) took the silver medal at the World Sailing Championships. Amber Reed (Exercise & Sports Science, 2013) and Zoe Saynor (current PhD student, Exercise & Sports Science) have represented the senior England Rugby team.


23 September: Business School Networking Event

Institute of Directors Wine Bar, Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ED

25 September: Annual Football Varsity

St James' Park, Exeter

26 September: Gulf Alumni Dinner

Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre of Gulf Studies, Sharjah

27 September: Psychology 50th Anniversary

Washington Singer, Streatham campus, University of Exeter

28 September: Networking in Russia - St Petersburg

James Cook Pub and Cafe, 2 Shvedsky Pereulok, St Petersburg, Russia

3 October: Ana Botin Lecture - The Future of the UK Economy and the Role of Entrepreneurs

Newman Green LT (formerly Newman E), Peter Chalk, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

3 October: ExeX: Through The Glass Ceiling

Building One, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

10 October: House of Lords Reception (Event full)

House of Lords, London

12 October: Networking in Russia - Moscow

15 Sretenka st., Moscow, Russia 107045

14 October: Nick Ross "Crime: How to solve it and why so much of what we're told is wrong"

Alumni Auditorium, The Forum, Streatham campus, University of Exeter

15 October: Exeter University Alumni Golf Society - Autumn Meeting

Huntercombe Golf Club Nuffield Henley-on-Thames Oxfordshire RG9 5SL

8 November: Law School's 90th Anniversary Celebration

The Forum, Streatham campus, University of Exeter

13 November: ExeX: Social Networking for Success

Willis International, 51 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7DQ

14 November: Beijing Alumni Reception

British Ambassador’s Residence, No. 11, Guang Hua Road, Jian Guo Men Wai, Beijing,100600, China

16 November: Shanghai Alumni Reception

Diamond Room, The Langham Xintiandi, 99 Madang Road, Xintiandi, Shanghai 200021, China

5 December: Alumni Carol Service

St Mary Woolnoth, King William St, London EC3V 9AN

5 December: Exetra Christmas Quiz

More details will be announced soon. For further information please contact Katie Wade (k.wade@exeter.ac.uk)
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