News archive

October 2010

Is explaining variation in height a tall order?

Hundreds of genetic variants across the human genome influence adult height, according to a study of more than 180,000 individuals.

New accommodation opened

Students have moved into brand new accommodation built at Birks Grange.

Alumni going for gold at Commonwealth Games

University of Exeter alumni are preparing to compete on the hockey fields and bowling greens of Delhi at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Twelfth Night at the Northcott Theatre

Following a critically acclaimed London run and an extensive list of international dates, Filter continue a UK tour of their production of TWELFTH NIGHT at Exeter Northcott Theatre from 5- 9 October.

Research suggests climate change target ‘not safe’

An analysis of geological records that preserve details of the last known period of global warming has revealed ‘startling’ results which suggest current targets for limiting climate change are unsafe.

Aeronautical engineering takes off for South West teens

About 200 teenagers from 20 schools became aeronautical engineers for the day in a special event hosted by the University of Exeter and Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline.

Report highlights cost of Bovine TB to South West farmers

A new report highlighting the economic impact of Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) to the South West’s farming industry has been produced by experts at the University of Exeter.

Outstanding award for drama

A major American prize for books on theatre practice has been awarded to an Exeter drama academic.

Doctor Who writer returns to Exeter

Award-winning author Robert Shearman best known for his Doctor Who scripts is returning to his old stomping ground in Exeter. 

Global health challenges under the spotlight

One of the University of Exeter’s most successful alumni is returning to deliver a special lecture on the global health challenges we face in the 21st century.

Alumnus Nick Baker launches Birds & Bees Campaign at the University of Exeter

On 9 October, broadcaster and naturalist Nick Baker led a group of over 150 volunteering students, academics, members of the public and Devon Wildlife Trust experts for the first ever Bioblitz at the University of Exeter.

Genetic test for early menopause

Researchers from the University of Exeter are working on a study which could lead to a test to predict a woman's reproductive lifespan.

Sex before the sexual revolution

What did sex mean for ordinary people before the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s? is a question that University of Exeter historian Dr Kate Fisher and Professor Simon Szreter from the University of Cambridge set out to answer in their new book.

University project shortlisted for Times Higher Education award

A community project supported by staff and students from the University of Exeter has been shortlisted for a prestigious Times Higher Education award.

Chronicling Stephen Fry’s film career

Stephen Fry’s new memoir ‘The Fry Chronicles’ telling the story of the rise to fame in the 1980s of one of Britain’s most famous entertainers and public figures proved an instant bestseller.

Esther rides the waves of success

University of Exeter student claims bronze in the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Surfing Championships 2010.  

Once upon a time...reading and writing began

The future of children’s reading and writing beyond today’s literary favourites such as Harry Potter and Tracey Beaker will be explored on Wednesday 27 October at the University of Exeter.

Warm welcome for 2010 Nobel Prize winner

The University of Exeter laid on a warm welcome for 2010 Nobel Prize winner, Professor Kostya Novoselov.

Research proves ‘gender-bending’ chemicals affect reproduction

New research has provided the first evidence that ‘gender bending’ chemicals which find their way from human products into rivers and oceans can have a significant impact on the ability of fish to breed in UK Rivers.

A future for farmed uplands

The distinctiveness and future of the South West’s farmed uplands is under discussion following recent research by the University of Exeter’s Centre for Rural Policy and Research.

Imagination let loose at literary festival

Awesome authors and wicked writers have been handpicked by a group of pupils to top the bill at the EXEtreme Imagination Festival of Literature for Children and Young People.

New research on Highland witch

The witchcraft confessions of Isobel Gowdie in Scotland, 1662, are widely celebrated as the most extraordinary on record in Britain.