News archive - 2010

South West businesses and academics join forces to generate power

Business professionals and researchers will gather in Cornwall on 8 January to identify opportunities to get involved with developing wave and tidal energy in the South West.

Exeter geographer helps generate sense of belonging

A geographer on the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus is helping shape a series of arts projects designed to generate a sense of community belonging.

100 new PhD funding opportunities at Exeter

The University of Exeter will be awarding funding for over 100 new PhD places for 2010.

Golding treasures mapped

Cornwall’s most famous literary son, Sir William Golding, left unpublished at his death in 1993 a number of writings, including novels, a piece of science fiction, and extensive notes towards an autobiography.

Exeter geographer reveals peatland surface patterns

A team of UK scientists led by Dr Karen Anderson of the University of Exeter have developed a new technique for monitoring the condition of peatlands.

Career driven students rewarded

Five ambitious students are each celebrating a £1,000 payout from the University of Exeter to further their careers. 

Exeter scientist discovers how the butterflies got their spots

How two butterfly species have evolved exactly the same striking wing colour and pattern has intrigued biologists since Darwin’s day.

Cornwall research project inspires major new BBC series

A research project based at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus has inspired the BBC’s latest primetime wildlife documentary series.

Cornwall scientists speed up marine renewable testing

A team from the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus has designed a unique facility that will help deliver reliability and risk control for wave energy device developers, investors and insurance companies.

Does promiscuity prevent extinction?

Promiscuous females may be the key to a species’ survival, according to new research by the Universities of Exeter and Liverpool.

Exeter geographer advises Indian government on climate change

A University of Exeter geographer has advised the Indian Government on the links between climate change and national security.

Record breaking election turnout

A record breaking 5742 students voted in last week’s University of Exeter Students’ Guild sabbatical elections (36% of students).

Anniversary celebrations for Cornish culture

The Cornish Audio Visual Archive (CAVA) celebrated its tenth anniversary at the Cornwall Centre in Redruth.

Schools celebrate science at Exeter

School pupils from across the South West will measure the speed of light, discover artificial intelligence and see what happens to everyday objects at -200° C.

Increased grant package for Exeter

The University of Exeter’s government grant for teaching and research is to increase by 3.7% next year to £66.17 million.

Nick Clegg tours Renewable Energy lab

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg toured the University of Exeter’s Renewable Energy laboratory on Wednesday 31 March.

Geographer celebrates history of Cornish science

A geographer from the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus has written the first full-length book on the history of science in Cornwall.

History student brews up business idea

A student on the Cornwall Campus, is setting up a brewery with a difference. He is now looking for local businesses or individuals who might be able to help provide space for his company.

Government Chief Scientific Advisor tackles global challenges at Cornwall Campus

People in Cornwall will have the opportunity to hear from one of the UK’s most high profile and influential scientists at a free public lecture.

Exeter wins national mooting competition

Law students from the University of Exeter won the coveted Weekly Law Reports Annual Mooting Competition, hosted at the Law Society in London.

UK’s leading energy experts gather in Falmouth

Following the success of last year’s energy conference the University of Exeter will be staging another world-class event in Falmouth on 24 and 25 May.

Social impacts of mining at home and abroad

The University of Exeter’s, Camborne School of Mines, hosted visitors from Europe who carry out research on the social impacts of mining. 

Big Brother in the wild

Tracing the success of individual wild insects in leaving descendants is now possible according to new research by University of Exeter biologists using a combination of digital video technology, tagging and DNA fingerprinting.

Cornish farming heritage project wins the lottery

A new project which traces Cornish farming and heritage from the late 19th century to the present day through photography, video, film and artefacts is being documented by researchers from the University of Exeter’s Cornish Audio Visual Archive (CAVA).

Mongoose traditions shed light on evolution of human culture

A groundbreaking study of banded mongooses in Uganda has shown even small-brained animals pass on traditions, giving a valuable insight into how complex human culture could have evolved.

Battle of the sexes exists in the plant world too

A University of Exeter scientist has contributed to research which shows plants, like animals, also have a battle of the sexes when it comes to raising their offspring.

Oral history exhibition celebrates Truro communities

While much has been written about the history of Truro’s historic centre, what about the story of the council housing estates that have developed around the outskirts of the city since the 1920s – 1960s?

Cornwall leads the way with ‘Clear About Carbon’ project

A three year project to instil better carbon literacy skills into both the public and private sector is being rolled out in Cornwall as the first initiative of its kind nationally.

Cornish students prepare for a sustainable future

More than 120 young people from Cornish schools took part in a day of hands-on activities aimed at inspiring and informing Year 10 students about the increasing ‘green’ career opportunities that exist locally.

Congratulations to Cornwall Campus graduates

The hard work of hundreds of students from the University of Exeter’s Tremough Campus, Penryn, is recognised today as they receive their degrees at a graduation ceremony at Truro Cathedral.

It's a first for law graduates in Cornwall

July 2010 is a landmark for Cornwall, as it is the first time in Cornish history that a campus based full time law degree is sending out qualified LLB graduates. 

£30 million investment in new research institute

A £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) is set to be built at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus.

Historical gold for Spain

First the tennis, then the football and now a Spaniard triumphs as this years highest achieving history graduate at the University of Exeter’s summer graduation.

Creative Cornwall in words and pictures

Three very different writers will be looking at how Cornwall has made an impact on their creative writing in a special free event open to the public at the University of Exeter’s Tremough Campus, Penryn. 

Do snails have sat-nav?

A scientist from the University of Exeter is helping to solve one of the great gardening mysteries – do snails have sat-nav?

University of Exeter staff volunteer in the local Cornish community

On Wednesday 8th September, members of staff from the University Admissions, Registry and Finance Teams volunteered their services for a day at the BF Adventure centre.

Exeter scientist helps expose the secret life of snails

A national competition to find the UK’s top amateur scientist has been won by a 69-year-old grandmother from Devon — with a little help from the University of Exeter.

CSI-style detection work reveals the advantage for crafty crows

Scientists from the University of Exeter have used ‘CSI-style’ detective work to help reveal the huge evolutionary advantage that can be gained by animals using tools to forage for food.

£10 million for world class learning, teaching and research facility

A £10 million investment in innovative learning, teaching and research facilities at the Tremough Campus in Penryn will help the University of Exeter (UoE) and University College Falmouth (UCF) to achieve their shared vision to create a world class campus for Cornwall.

University of Exeter in top 200 in the world

For the first time, the University of Exeter has been hailed as one of the top 200 institutions across the world.

Last chance to see farming heritage exhibition

A final exhibition of photographs, film and interviews, collected from the year long project, ‘Family, Farming and Tradition,’ will be exhibited in the Engine Room, at the Exchange, in Penzance, from the 23rd November- 16th December 2010.

Exeter contributes to the history of the world

History experts from the University of Exeter have contributed their geographical and subject knowledge to the latest edition of the prestigious copy of The Times Complete History of the World.

Head of Cornwall's first university environmental research institute appointed

Professor Kevin J Gaston has been appointed inaugural Director of the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI).