Giving News

Volunteer in the Spotlight: Rob Holmes

'In the Spotlight' is a regular feature which shares the stories of some of our alumni volunteers. This month is the turn of Devon entrepreneur Rob Holmes (Geography, 1990), founder of the highly successful Gro Company.

Gift of time reaches a new high

2013/14 has been a fantastic year for our alumni volunteering programme with more alumni involved than ever before. 

Students thank alumni for their career guidance

Students are often unsure about what career they would like to pursue or what awaits them when they leave Exeter and enter the world of work.

Volunteer in the Spotlight: Gillian Reeves

Gillian supports recent alumni as one of the inaugural committee members of Exetra and until recently was a trustee of the Students' Guild.

New children’s book produced by student-led publishing house featured on ITV The West Country Tonight

ITV The West Country Tonight has featured the book’s success at engaging with children and their imaginations.

Volunteer in the Spotlight: Domenic Caprani

With over 1700 alumni already in the US and more students attending Exeter every year we have a growing population of American alumni.

Annual Fund supports Riptide Publication

Riptide has launched its tenth volume of creative writing, this time exploring the theme of “Imagining the Suburbs.”

Cornish myths inspire new children's book produced by student-led university press

Did You Know There Are Dragons in Cornwall? Is the title of a new children’s book recently published by Penryn Press a brand new publishing house created by students from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

Three projects from the College of Humanities gain support from the Annual Fund

Each year, the Annual Fund supports projects across the University that benefit the wider student experience.

Volunteer in the Spotlight: Rob Dawson

'In the spotlight' is a regular feature which shares the stories of some of our alumni volunteers. This month is the turn of Rob Dawson (BSc Psychology with Sport & Exercise Science 2011).

Career Mentor Scheme broadens its horizons

Mentors, mentees and staff from the University’s Career Mentor Scheme came to together to celebrate its successes and discuss its future.

Cutting-edge health innovation centre will improve patient care

A newly-built £27.5 million health education and research centre is now open, streamlining the process from discovery to patient care.

New campaign to retain South West graduates

A new campaign to boost the number of graduates staying in Devon and Cornwall to work has been launched by the University and it’s seeking feedback from employers in the region.

Volunteer in the Spotlight: Sam Swadling

In our second ‘In the Spotlight’ feature, Economics alumnus and Alumni Secretary of the Boat Club, Sam Swadling, tells us what he’s been up to since graduating in 2011 and discusses his continued involvement with the University’s Boat Club.

Launch of new academic journal

New academic journal The Undergraduate launched its first issue this week. Supported by the Annual Fund, it is committed to showcasing the best undergraduate essays at the University of Exeter.

College of Benefactors welcomes new members

The Wellcome Trust and Ayudar Foundation were welcomed into the prestigious University of Exeter College of Benefactors at the recent winter graduation ceremony.

Legacy gift of £280,000 will help advance dementia research

Dementia research at the University of Exeter Medical School has received a boost in the form of a legacy gift of £279,933 from the late Michael Harnell.

Rare film screening at conference

A screening of the 1913 Italian-made Spartacus, with music provided by the renowned silent film accompanist and composer Stephen Horne, was the highlight of a conference which took place at the University.

The Annual Fund supports five projects across the College of Humanities

Initiatives from the College of Humanities successfully received funding last term including a postgraduate conference, a language exchange project and a student-led magazine.

Volunteering in the Spotlight: Andrew Bullock

In this new feature we hear from some of Exeter's volunteers with their stories. This month it’s the turn of television producer Andrew Bullock.

International students gather for evolutionary biology conference

Students from universities around the world travelled to the Penryn Campus to take part in the European Meeting of PhD students in Evolutionary Biology (EMPSEB), which received support from the Annual Fund.

Funding the Fringe

Scratchworks, a theatre company set up and run by Exeter graduates, has received five star reviews for its performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Time to remember Exeter?

This week (9-15 September) is Remember a Charity Week in the UK, when people are encouraged to think about leaving a gift in their Will to charity.

Open Day for largest Roman village ever found in Devon attracts nearly 1000 visitors

Over 900 people visited the unfolding excavations at the largest Roman village ever found in Devon. The site near Ipplepen in South Devon, is of tremendous importance and has produced excitement in the archaeological world and beyond.

Volunteering opportunities aplenty on the Cornwall campuses

As an undergraduate he received help from some Exeter graduates and now recent alumnus Ryck Williamson is doing his bit to give something back.

Annual Fund supports 37 projects across the University

More than £222,000 donated by alumni and supporters is set to fund a range of projects across the University of Exeter.

Alumni sought for green-fingered project

Keen alumni gardeners could join students, staff and fellow graduates to develop the University’s community garden on the Streatham Campus.

Spring telethon success

Alumni and supporters have got behind their University to pledge more than £70,000 and offer time as volunteers.

Exeter students launch Formula Student project

Engineering students from Exeter are gearing up for a UK competition which will pit their engineering skills against 120 other universities.

Student Entrepreneur in Residence on supporting student business at Exeter

With support from the Annual Fund, Guild and Innovation Centre, alumnus Matthew Rusk has taken over the role of Student Entrepreneur in Residence.

Scholars as Friends celebrated at Santander Scholars' Reception

More than 20 scholars supported by Santander Universities attended a recent reception at the University.

Memories triggered by students reading to older people

Students from the University's English department are reading to people in residential care homes, as part of a project that uses literature as a stimulus for senior citizens.

Ghanaian community boosted by Annual Fund project

Exeter students travelled to Ghana to volunteer in sport and education projects with support from the Annual Fund.

Exeter City FC welcomes Brazilian students to Park

The first football team to have played a match against Brazil has marked its historic ties with a special welcome to visiting students.

New room celebrates library benefactor

A room in the newly refurbished library on the Streatham Campus has been named as a tribute to an Exeter alumnus and philanthropist.

Exeter students take bronze at international biology competition

A multidisciplinary team of Exeter undergraduates captured bronze in the European round of the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition.

Alumni from eight decades celebrate boathouse opening

The University of Exeter’s new Boathouse was officially opened on Saturday 13 October.

University of Exeter to host BBC South West Children in Need party

The Forum at the University of Exeter has been chosen to host BBC Children in Need in the South West on Friday 16 November 2012.

Alumni donation funds new post in Xfi

A new post at the Business School's Xfi Research Centre is being funded by a generous donation from alumnus Howard Appleby (Economics & Statistics 1980).

Alumni couple donations exceed £1 million

Alumni couple Claire and Les Halpin have made a further generous gift to the University, taking their support for Exeter’s Halpin Scholarship programme, Biosciences and the Business School to over £1 million.

Annual Fund supports 31 projects across the University

More than £195,000 donated by alumni and supporters is set to fund a range of projects across the University of Exeter.

Royal visit legacy lives on through scholarships for Exeter students

The visit of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to the University of Exeter on 2 May will have a lasting legacy through new scholarships announced for overseas study.

Ruler of Sharjah makes Forum visit

The Ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Shaikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, PhD, Hon DLitt received a tour of University’s new Forum project, ahead of its official opening by Her Majesty the Queen.

Annual Fund project makes a difference

A group of Exeter alumni and supporters are preparing to sit on a special panel designed to choose which projects receive support from the Annual Fund.

Graduate donation boosts University of Exeter Medical School investment to £33 million

An Exeter graduate who went on to found the world’s largest provider of clinical trials has donated £1 million to help the University of Exeter Medical School attract the brightest and best clinicians to Devon and Cornwall.

Alumni luncheon funds sporting scholarship

A talented sailor is to receive a Sports Scholarship, thanks to the generosity of Exeter alumni.

Fundraising to the tune of thousands

An Exeter alumnus has found a novel way to raise funds for a vital medical research centre at the University – by allowing donors to choose to hear him sing – or not!

University’s £23m fundraising target exceeded – one year early

The University of Exeter and its supporters are celebrating surpassing a multi-million pound fundraising target, a year earlier than expected.

New projects sponsored by Annual Fund

The teachers of tomorrow, a project supporting Bulgarian orphans, the University mine and career development programmes are all to receive funding thanks to the generosity of alumni.

Targets in sight as campaign goes from strength to strength

Thanks to the generous support of our alumni and friends, the University is in line to meet its campaign targets a year early.

Scholarships for Cornwall MA

The College of Humanities has recently announced three new scholarships for students studying the MA in Writing, Nature and Place starting this October.

PhD and Masters funding available to alumni

The University of Exeter has announced PhD and Masters funding available to alumni .

Santander Universities to provide new scholarships for Exeter

Santander, through its Santander Universities global division, will be giving more scholarships to the University of Exeter. 

Class of 2010 leave a lasting legacy

The Class of 2010 has left a legacy of £1,000 to the University and future students.

Annual Fund supports 23 projects across the University

More than £80,000 donated by alumni and supporters is set to fund a range of projects across the University of Exeter.

Award winning team

The University’s Development and Alumni Relations Office was named University Outstanding Fundraising Team at the 2010/11 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.

Special event to thank donors and legacy pledgers who have laid foundation for campaign

More than 30 alumni and supporters attended a special event to thank donors and legacy pledgers for supporting Exeter's campaign.

Exeter alumnus funds new scholarship to reward academic excellence in the face of adversity

Alumnus Dr Michael Lawrence has made an extremely generous benefaction to establish The Lawrence Scholarship Programme.

Annual Fund grant application process goes live

The Annual Fund grant application process is now live.

Finalists leave their legacy to the University

Final year students ran a week in March to encourage the Class of 2010 to leave their legacy to the University.

Rowancroft welcomes new students

A new development of student flats has opened in Exeter, helping to ease the pressure on the city’s housing market.

International artist chosen for iconic Forum Project

Internationally-renowned glass artist Alexander Beleschenko has been commissioned to produce a stunning work for the University of Exeter’s new Forum Project.

Exeter and Santander Universities join forces

The University of Exeter and Abbey, part of the Santander Group, have joined forces to provide scholarship support and awards to students.

Philanthropy helps Exeter meet global challenges

The University of Exeter is meeting global challenges thanks to growing voluntary donations, according to a new report.

John Usher Memorial Fund

In September 2008, Professor John Usher, Head of the Law School, sadly died.

Alumni inspire law firm to support students

Two Exeter graduates have inspired their law firm to set up a scholarship to give financial assistance to students.

Cornish students bring successful new twist to ‘British Racing Green’ motorsport history.

A 12-strong team of students from the Penryn Campus, near Falmouth have competed in the prestigious Shell Eco-marathon competition.