News archive

July 2010

Killer whales and the mystery of human menopause

The evolutionary mystery of menopause is a step closer to being solved thanks to research on killer whales.

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?

Arabia through the eyes of a Princess

A collection of historic photographs that chronicle the journey across the deserts and cities of Saudi Arabia by Princess Alice, the youngest granddaughter of Queen Victoria, are on display at the University of Exeter. 

Exeter Students’ Guild is best in country

The University of Exeter Students’ Guild has been officially recognised as the best Students’ Union in the country.

University of Exeter staff recognised for environmental improvements

A unique awards ceremony, called the Green Impact Awards, recently took place at the University.

Funding awarded for world class research centre

The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry has been awarded £4.75m capital funding by the Wellcome-Wolfson Capital Awards initiative towards the development of the world class Centre for Translational Medicine in Exeter.

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.

Research uncovers why conventional wisdom on radicalisation fails

The reasons behind radicalisation and violent extremism are far more complicated than politicians and the media are presenting to the public according to new research at the University of Exeter. 

Putting research into practice with the GWCT

Conservation of the British countryside and its biodiversity will be key research themes for collaborative work between the University of Exeter and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).

Revitalising the seaside prom

Seaside esplanades and the beaches of the English Riviera were once awash with popular performances, variety shows and songs such as ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.’

Honorary graduands - Monday 12 July

In the first day of summer graduation ceremonies at the University of Exeter, Kuljit Bhamra musician and composer of Asian music will receive a DMus honorary degree and Dame Julia Cleverdon will be awarded an honorary degree (LLD).

Honorary graduands - Tuesday 13 July

On the second day of summer graduation at the University of Exeter, Professor Dame Sally Davies, Sir John Rose, Eric Dancer and Richard Lambert are due to receive their honorary degrees.

Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of cognitive decline in the elderly

Low vitamin D levels may be an early warning signal for the risk of dementia.

Beijing summer school attracts Exeter students

Leading institutions the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) and the University of Exeter will once again celebrate their strong partnership as 22 students travel from Exeter to Beijing this July to attend a summer school in the Chinese capital.

Visit by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

A team of seven academics from one of the world’s top science institutes has paid a visit to the University of Exeter.

'Quiet Eye' helps you putt like a pro

Whether you're sinking the ball to win the Open at St Andrews or on a practice round at your local course, researchers at the University of Exeter have one bit of advice for golfers taking that crucial putt — keep your eye on the ball.

Honorary graduands celebrate sporting life

English sporting legend Sir Ian Botham is among those picking up an honorary degree on the third day of summer graduation 2010 at the University of Exeter.

Shami Chakrabarti and Dame Barbara Young become Honorary Graduates

On the fourth day of graduation, two eminent women are honoured.

Queen’s Award win at University of Exeter Innovation Centre

July 2010 saw the Innovation Centre play host to the presentation of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade.

Dragon’s Den star honoured on day five of graduation

Deborah Meaden, eminent local business woman and best known for her involvement with the BBC series ‘Dragon’s Den’, is the first to collect an Honorary Degree today.

Final day of Exeter graduation honours lawyer and artist

The last day of graduation on the Exeter campus sees Fiona Shackleton and Peter Randall-Page receive their Honorary Degrees.

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. 

Ceremony marks start of work on £3.6 million research facility

The start of work to create a £3.6 million research centre to improve the understanding and treatment of depression has been marked with a turf-cutting ceremony.

Family fun with film

On Saturday 24th July The Bill Douglas Centre of the History of Cinema and Popular Culture, the University of Exeter’s own public museum, holds its first Family Fun Day.  

University celebrates Gordon’s Golden Jubilee

When Gordon Newton started work at the University of Exeter much of the Streatham Campus, now known for its fine botanical gardens, was turned over to growing fruit and vegetables, or to fields.

Peninsula Medical School graduation honours Professor Sir John Tooke

The Peninsula Medical School will today confer an honorary graduateship to Professor Sir John Tooke, the inaugural Dean of the School and now University College London Vice Provost (Health), Head of the UCL School of Life & Medical Sciences and Head of the UCL Medical School.

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?

Exeter Alumnus at World University Games

Exeter Alumnus Elliott Parsons has just returned from Crete, Greece, where he represented Exeter in the World University Games Sailing Championships.

Exeter’s high profile role in climate change report

Experts from the University of Exeter will play a high profile role in creating what is set to be the world’s most comprehensive report on climate change.

University establishes new offices in China

The University of Exeter has recently established a presence in both Shanghai and Beijing under the auspices of the China British Business Council’s “Launchpad” initiative.

Exeter Vice-Chancellor joins high level delegation in India

Speaking from Delhi as part of the UK government trade mission to India,  University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor and President of Universities UK Professor Steve Smith today underlined the importance of higher education in the UK's future relationship with India.