News archive

January 2018

Bosses with mood swings make workers most anxious

Bosses who have “Jekyll and Hyde” personalities cause their staff the highest levels of anxiety, a new study has shown.

More than 10,000 people sign up to health research at Exeter

Thousands of people in Devon have signed up to take part in high-quality research, accelerating meaningful benefits to patient health.

National research extended to stop young adults with ADHD slipping through the net

Researchers at the University of Exeter have launched the second phase of a national survey to help identify existing services and gaps in provision for young adults with Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD).

Pioneering new technique could boost understanding of causes of heart disease

The complex and mysterious mechanisms that drive communication and reactions within human cells could be on the verge of being unravelled, due to a pioneering new technique.

More than Food: foodbanks and the challenges of resilience

A striking selection of photographs, designed to raise awareness and create debate around food poverty, will go on display at a special exhibition later this month.

Fragile images of Devon on show for the first time in a century

Thousands of fragile and irreplaceable images of Devon have been preserved for future generations to see thanks to University of Exeter experts.

Orangutans, like people, use medicinal plants to treat joint and muscle inflammation

Scientists have discovered that the same plant used by indigenous people on Borneo is also used by wild orangutans to treat joint and muscle inflammation.

New studies aim to boost social science methods in conservation research

Scientists have produced a series of papers designed to improve research on conservation and the environment.

Obese fat becomes ‘inflamed’ and scarred, which may make weight loss harder

The fat of obese people becomes distressed, scarred and inflamed, which may make weight loss more difficult, research at the University of Exeter has found.

Exeter research helps shape Government blueprint for natural environment

Pioneering research from the University of Exeter has helped shape the Government’s new blueprint to improve the natural environment.

Surfers three times more likely to have antibiotic resistant bacteria in guts

Regular surfers and bodyboarders are three times more likely to have antibiotic resistant E. coli in their guts than non-surfers, new research has revealed.

No-fishing zones help endangered penguins

Small no-fishing zones around colonies of African penguins can help this struggling species, new research shows.

Future Climate Change Revealed by Current Climate Variations

Uncertainty surrounding the extent of future climate change could be dramatically reduced by studying year-on-year global temperature fluctuations, new research has shown.

Free climate change courses starting soon

A series of free climate change courses run by the University of Exeter will begin next week.

Firms should encourage disagreements between staff to generate new ideas

Companies should encourage more disorder between staff because disagreements can encourage better decision making, research suggests.

Students moved to tears by testimony of Holocaust survivor

A Holocaust survivor has revealed the day-to-day fear and horror experienced by those evading capture and persecution in Nazi-occupied Holland during the Second World War.

Seabed mining could destroy ecosystems

Mining on the ocean floor could do irreversible damage to deep-sea ecosystems, says a new study of seabed mining proposals around the world.

People with prosthetic arms less affected by common illusion

People with prosthetic arms or hands do not experience the “size-weight illusion” as strongly as other people, new research shows

Dorset to benefit from green spaces and health research

A new partnership will further research into the health benefits of the natural environment in Dorset’s communities.

Data Science at Exeter receives substantial funding boost

The University of Exeter has received a substantial funding boost to help cement its position as one of the UK’s leading centres for data science.

Exeter dementia research showcased in New York

Exeter’s world-leading dementia research will soon be showcased at a special event in New York.

Gut instinct makes animals appear clever

Animals, including humans, can make surprisingly good decisions just based on the food in their stomach, new research suggests.  

Behind the scenes of Blue Planet II: marine biologist from hit series explores the secrets of the deep

A contributor to the BBC’s blockbuster nature series, Blue Planet II, is to discuss the science behind the film that captured the imagination of millions, in a public lecture at the University of Exeter.

Exeter receives EPSRC grant to revolutionise detection and treatment of life-threatening illnesses

The University of Exeter has received a multi-million pound research grant to lead pioneering new research to develop vastly more accurate procedures to detect, identify and treat life-threatening diseases, such as cancer. 

New pharmacist training to upskill workforce

Qualified post-registration community pharmacists in the South of England can now enrol in the University of Exeter Medical School’s new Master in Clinical Pharmacy.

Acclaimed Actor Charles Dance launches Creative Dialogues series

Charles Dance OBE, the celebrated actor, screenwriter and film director, has launched the University of Exeter’s new Creative Dialogues series.

University of Exeter to play key role in £20 million Institute of Coding

University part of new consortium announced by Prime Minister to train next generation of digital specialists

Pulling power reveals new insights into membrane dynamics in human cells

Scientists have discovered how the movement and membrane dynamics of a specific organelle – called peroxisomes – are mediated. 

Programme which empowers people to speak up about sexual and domestic violence set to expand

Experts at University of Exeter hope to expand a pioneering programme designed to help empower people to speak up about sexual and domestic violence.

New study looking for lithium ‘fingerprint’ from space

Camborne School of Mines is part of a pioneering study to discover it's possible to detect a lithium ‘fingerprint’ from space.

Physics and Astronomy department awarded IOP 'Juno Champion' status

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has been named a champion of gender equality as part of the Institute of Physics' Project Juno initiative.

Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme helps young people see scale of First World War losses

A programme which allows a group of pupils from every English school to tour First World War battlefields is helping young people better grasp the scale of loss caused by the battles on the Western Front, analysis shows.

Over-60s needed for memory study

People aged over 60 who suffer minor memory problems are needed for a new study at the University of Exeter.

UK chalk-stream salmon genetically unique

Salmon from the chalk streams of southern England are genetically unique, researchers have discovered.

Brain food: How to eat well for a healthy brain in later life

A new international report gives the clearest evidence to date on the impact of diet on brain health in older adults.

Coral Reefs are in trouble - how can people adapt?

An international team of scientists has developed a strategy to boost people’s ability to adapt to climate change, revealed in a new study published in Nature Climate Change.

Complete the staff travel survey for a chance to win £100 in Amazon vouchers

Complete the annual staff travel survey for a chance to win £100 in Amazon vouchers.

Teens need vigorous physical activity and fitness to cut heart risk

Guidelines for teenagers should stress the importance of vigorous physical activity and fitness to cut the risk of heart disease, new research suggests.

Exeter climbs in national ranking of best employers for LGBT staff

Exeter has been named as one of the top-200 best employers in Britain for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.