News archive

February 2018

Global science to support coastal communities in SE Asia

During January 2018 world-class experts from the South West UK attended the Kick-Off meeting for the Grand Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Blue Communities Programme, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Exeter secures £2 million funding to train tomorrow’s scientists and engineers

The Government is investing more than £2 million in the University of Exeter to train the next generation of innovators in physical science subjects, it has been announced.

Staff giving supports two local students

Two local students have been supported in their studies thanks to University of Exeter staff.

Scientist’s tea strainer review goes viral

A scientist who used tea strainers for his research sparked a social media storm after posting a review on Amazon.

Pioneering new centre that tackles world’s most pressing health problems officially opens

A world-leading new research centre, designed to address some of the most challenging public health issues across the globe, has officially opened.

New research on why GPs quit patient care

New research has shed light on the reasons driving doctors out of General Practice.

Ex-forces personnel needed for study

The University of Exeter is inviting Armed Forces veterans who were deployed to a combat zone during their career to take part in a research study. 

Hubble Probes Atmospheres of Exoplanets in TRAPPIST-1 Habitable Zone

Scientists have made the first steps towards understanding what makes up the atmospheres of several Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting the red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1.

Business booms after Dragons’ Den decision

Young entrepreneurs who turned down an offer on TV programme Dragons’ Den now say their business is worth £2.6 million. 

Exeter academics co-author four of BJGP’s top ten most read articles

Four of the British Journal for General Practice (BJGP)’s top ten papers of 2017 were co-authored by University of Exeter Medical School academics.

Space and technology in the spotlight at Cornwall Lecture

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, one of the UK’s leading space scientists, spoke about the crucial role that Cornwall could play in the next stage of space exploration during a special lecture event.

Exeter marks 100-year anniversary of women gaining right to vote

100 years ago women over the age of 30 finally won the right to vote. To mark the anniversary, here are some examples of Exeter's inspiring women who blazed a trail across the world.

Exposure to chemical found in plastics ‘hard to avoid’ in everyday life

86 per cent of teenagers have traces of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical compound used to make plastics, in their body, an Engaged Research public engagement project in collaboration with the University of Exeter has found.

Dementia care improved by just one hour of social interaction each week

Increasing the amount of social interaction for people with dementia living in care homes to just one hour a week improves quality of life when combined with personalised care.

Large-group living boosts magpie intelligence

Growing up in a large social group makes Australian magpies more intelligent, new research shows.

Memory loss identified years before Alzheimer's symptoms appear

Experts have developed a cognitive test to detect subtle memory deficits years before Alzheimer's disease symptoms develop.

Forgotten crop pathogen may be about to return

Scientists, breeders, farmers and conservation groups must continue to work in close collaboration to prepare for the potential re-emergence of a forgotten crop pathogen, a new study says.

Exeter’s world diabetes expert awarded CBE

A world-leading diabetes expert today received his CBE for his work in revolutionising global diagnosis and treatment.

New discovery could lead to prevention of organ damage in chronic disease

Researchers at the University of Exeter have worked with researchers from Cardiff University and the Wales Kidney Research Unit to find a potential new method for preventing the process that causes scar formation in organs.

The mysteries of the deep: behind the scenes of BBC Blue Planet II

One of the most startling sequences from Blue Planet II was the result of a ‘fisherman’s tale’, according to a scientific adviser to the series, speaking at the University of Exeter. 

Pretentious ‘executive’ job titles were a Victorian invention

Pompous job titles, such as hygiene technician and communications executive are not a 21st or even 20th century invention

Pimavanserin: relief from psychosis in dementia, without devastating side-effects

A new kind of antipsychotic has been found to relieve terrifying and disturbing symptoms suffered by millions of people with Alzheimer’s disease worldwide.

Dominant male pheasants learn faster

Dominant male pheasants learn faster than their downtrodden rivals, new research shows.

Sex tips for Victorians: Men with broad noses make passionate husbands

The Victorians may have a reputation for prudery, but new research shows that 19th Century manuals contained explicit sex and flirtation advice.

BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind launches loneliness survey

A new survey about people’s experiences of loneliness launches today on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind.

Bipolar mood swings trial recruiting participants

People who have bipolar or cyclothymic disorder and live in Devon are being recruited for a scientific study.

Newspaper small ads used by Victorians for their equivalent of ‘texting’

150 years before the advent of ‘texting’, the small ads of the Evening Standard were used by Victorian lovers to send each other illicit messages, beg forgiveness and arrange trysts.

Forest fires increasingly dominate Amazonian carbon emissions during droughts

Carbon emissions from the Brazilian Amazon are increasingly dominated by forest fires during extreme droughts rather than by emissions from fires directly associated with the deforestation process, according to a study in Nature Communications.

Exeter alumni pass 60,000-hour volunteering target

Former students have spent more than 60,000 hours volunteering at the University of Exeter – beating a target with two years to spare.

Biodiversity loss raises risk of ‘extinction cascades’

New research shows that the loss of biodiversity can increase the risk of “extinction cascades”, where an initial species loss leads to a domino effect of further extinctions. 

Exeter researcher running Bath Half to beat diabetes

A researcher from Exeter will be pounding the pavements in the Bath Half Marathon in aid of Diabetes UK, the charity that funds her work.

Innuendo and pointing suspicion in news coverage can fuel conspiracy theories, research shows

Innuendo and hinting at fake information in news coverage is enough to fuel belief in conspiracy theories, new research shows.

Research offers new insight into workings of building blocks of life

Pioneering new research could offer a fascinating new insight into how genomic information is read.

Grey squirrels beat reds in ‘battle of wits’

Problem-solving powers may help to explain why grey squirrels have taken over from native red squirrels in the UK, new research says.

Conflict between males and females could replace evolution of new species

New research shows that males and females of the same species can evolve to be so different that they prevent other species from evolving or colonising habitats.

Lecturer from Camborne School of Mines secures prestigious award

Dr Hannah Hughes, a Lecturer in Exploration and Mining Geology, has been awarded the William Smith Fund for 2018 from the Geological Society of London.

First evidence that marine top predators are exposed to microplastics via their prey

Microplastics can transfer up the food chain from fish to top predators, such as seals, new research shows.

Pioneering research into the family tree of today’s horses sheds new light on the origins of the species.

The earliest known domesticated horses are not at the root of today’s modern breed’s family tree, as had previously been thought, new research has shown.

Priests of ancient faith threatened with extinction share their traditions for future generations

The leaders of an ancient religion threatened with extinction by conflict in the Middle East have allowed their highly complex water-based rituals to be recorded by outsiders for the first time.

Exeter Energy Policy expert plays leading role in key national renewables report

National Audit Office report examines low-carbon heating of homes and businesses and the Renewable Heat Incentive

Road map to improve dementia research by 2025

A new Alzheimer’s Society roadmap has outlined the steps that must be taken on dementia prevention, diagnosis, intervention and care by 2025.

SETsquared partnership ranked as world’s top business incubator

The SETsquared partnership has been ranked as the world’s leading business incubator for its outstanding contribution to developing the next generation of UK tech entrepreneurs.

Exeter Mathematics School ranked amongst the best in the country

Exeter Mathematics School has been named as one of the best places in the country to study A-levels after students scored record exam results. 

Fireworks, dancing and music on campus to mark Chinese New Year

Thousands of people will mark Chinese New Year at the University of Exeter with fireworks, dancing and dragons.

Sea swimming increases ailments

People who spend time in the sea are more likely to experience stomach bugs, ear aches and other types of illness than those who do not.

Check offenders for history of head injuries, experts say

Offenders should be routinely checked for signs of past head injuries, researchers say.

Exeter researcher awarded honorary doctorate

A University of Exeter researcher will receive an honorary doctorate from a leading Dutch university.

New ranking puts Exeter subjects amongst the very best worldwide

Both science and humanities subjects at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, in the latest influential global league table.

Stunning footage shows how drones can boost turtle conservation

Drones are changing the face of turtle research and conservation, a new study shows.

Apprenticeship awards for University of Exeter

Apprenticeships at the University of Exeter have been boosted by two prizes at the Exeter College Apprentice and Employer Awards.