Supporter e-newsletter

Vice-Chancellor thank you message

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Dear ,

Welcome to Exeter’s very first supporter e-newsletter dedicated to sharing stories of impact and demonstrating the importance of your support, I hope you will find it an inspiring and motivational read.

As the new Director of Development & Alumni Relations at Exeter, I am personally very proud to have joined such an established and successful team. During my first weeks here, I was most struck by the breadth of our supporter base and the diversity of projects you, our alumni and friends support. It is increasingly clear that with your contribution the University is changing the way we support and deliver education and address some of the World’s most pressing challenges.

It is our community of supporters that makes everything we do possible. From our scholars at the start of their University experience to our PhD students who are the lifeline of our research. Your support has helped us to attract the brightest minds to the University of Exeter. I am also encouraged by our work to continually raise the student experience here at Exeter. Thank you.

We are grateful for every donation, volunteer offer and legacies pledged and undertake to do our very best with each of them, to harness all that is great about Exeter, and most importantly to make a difference.

Sarah Jarman

I hope that you enjoy reading about the many ways in which your contribution has helped to change lives and shape the future of your University. Whether you have supported the University for the first time this year, or have been supporting us for many years - thank you.


Sarah Jarman,

Director, Development & Alumni Relations

Students hunt for hidden treasures

Students hunting for hidden treasures on a remote Cambodian Island have unearthed intriguing discoveries that will improve understanding of the ecology of a rapidly changing part of the world. They received support from the Annual Fund and alumnus Steve Backshall for the project.

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The rise of the University volunteer

Alumni volunteers at the University of Exeter are changing the way that universities develop, ensuring our next generation of graduates are fit and ready for work. Debbie Hill, Head of Volunteering and Diversity at the Children’s Society and alumna (Drama 2006), asked what the charity sector can learn from the University of Exeter’s alumni volunteering programme in a blog post. 

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New room celebrates alumnus benefactor

Staff and alumni at the University joined family members to celebrate the legacy of an Exeter alumnus and his wife.  Their generous support is improving access to an Exeter education for many.

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A teacher's belief in education

A former teacher has left  a lasting legacy to education at Exeter. It is the biggest ever legacy gift to Exeter’s unrestricted endowment – the Exeter Forever Fund.


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Career Mentoring goes global

The University’s Career Mentor Scheme welcomes its first five international mentors, providing students with the opportunity to be matched with a career mentor based outside the UK.

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The Annual Fund enhances Exeter's research culture

A student-led Guild project supported by the Annual Fund aims to engage and improve the experience of postgraduate students at Exeter. The group’s role will be to engage large numbers of PGR students, explore long-standing problems, and propose solutions based on the needs of their community.

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Half a decade of Santander support

The University of Exeter celebrates its five-year partnership with Santander Universities Global. Santander Universities UK have generously supported the University by funding initiatives including travel bursaries, studentships and research initiatives. 

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Donor supports new University Golf Centre

Alumnus and donor Vic Ambler generously supported a new purpose built, short-game golf practice area at the Streatham Sports Centre. The Vic Ambler University of Exeter Golf Centre will offer golfers from across the region the latest in golf green technology and deliver an exceptional all-weather practice facility to students and the wider community. 

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Help across the miles

International alumni and supporters Barbara Schudel and Wenjie Li share their experiences of supporting Exeter graduates wherever they are in the world.


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Water project well on the way

The One Planet MBA student-developed WaterWell venture was the winning entry in the MBA Sustainability Challenge 2013 thanks to support from the Annual Fund. As a result the team hope to create and share new knowledge on water balances, consumption, discharge and quality.

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Recognising your support

Philanthropic gifts support our students, scholars, staff, academics and provide our buildings.  In acknowledgement of the importance of this support we recognise our supporters through membership to exclusive circles.

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Help us decide

To ensure funds raised through the Annual Fund are disbursed across the University, a dedicated panel exists to review applications for grants from the Fund, and to make recommendations to the University as to which applications should be supported. You can be a part of this.

The panel represents all parts of the University community. Current membership includes professional and academic representatives from each of our Colleges, members of Professional Services, the student body and the Students' Guild. We also recruit volunteers who have supported the Annual Fund to join the panel.

Staff and students from across the University will be invited to submit applications for funding in 2014/15. We ask panel members to remotely review applications put forward for funding on a termly basis.

If you are interested in helping to disburse the funds raised by alumni and would like to become a panel member please contact Sabina Szydlo at