Men donned fake sideburns to join in with 19th century craze for whiskers

The mid nineteenth century was the age of the ‘beard movement’, a time when huge beards suddenly became all the rage, as the ultimate badge of manliness. But new evidence shows there was also a long-forgotten earlier mania for whiskers.

Wild insects ‘get old’ before they die

Short-lived wild insects “get old” – losing some of their physical abilities – before they die, new research shows.

Tree-mendous benefits from campus ecosystem

Mature trees at the University of Exeter have an annual economic value of more than £46,000, a recent survey has shown.

New policy design needed to tackle global environmental threat, according to report

A pioneering new report has devised a seven-point plan to help policymakers devise new, coherent and collaborative strategies to tackle the greatest global environmental threats.

Pioneering collaboration will reimagine the future of museum visitor experiences

Experts from the University of Exeter are working with leading organisations from the fields of culture, entertainment and education as part of a pioneering collaboration which aims to reimagine the museum visitor experience using storytelling and cutting-edge virtual technology.

Call to increase number of specialist Maths Schools following Exeter's success

The success of the Exeter Mathematics School in helping pupils from all backgrounds to attend top universities has been highlighted in a new, high level report.

Exeter neuroscience expert secures prestigious award

A neuroscience expert from the University of Exeter has secured a prestigious Wellcome Trust Investigator Award to pioneer new research into the function of neural circuits.

Climate model uncertainties ripe to be squeezed

The latest climate models and observations offer unprecedented opportunities to reduce the remaining uncertainties in future climate change, according to a new study. 

Roaming cats prey on their owners’ minds

Many cat owners worry about their pets wandering the streets, but perceive cats hunting mice and birds to be unavoidable instinct, researchers at the University of Exeter have found.

CBE for cancer diagnosis professor whose deafness “boosted research career”

Professor Willie Hamilton, whose research in improving cancer diagnosis has helped save thousands of lives, has been awarded the CBE.

Research highlights what helps people live well with dementia

New research has identified the factors that enable people with dementia and their carers to live as well as possible.

Experts tackle Mars settlement problems

Ugly interior design, interplanetary “jetlag” and personality clashes are among the problems hampering humanity’s efforts to settle on Mars, experts say.

Tudor England shunned ‘festive fatigue’ for three-month Christmas celebrations

Those who are beginning to suffer from ‘festive fatigue’ may want to spare a thought for those who lived in the Tudor times – when Christmas celebrations ran for three months.

Lifeboat engineering and science enthrals at festive family event hosted at the University of Exeter

Families from across the South West were immersed in fun, facts and physics about lifeboats and the incredible work carried out by the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) during a special festive treat, organised jointly by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the University of Exeter.

Pollutants from wild fires affect crop and vegetation growth hundreds of kilometres from impact zone, research shows

The startling extent to which violent wild fires, similar to those that ravaged large swathes of California recently, affect forests and crops way beyond the boundaries of the blaze has been revealed.

Teachers should teach Muslim, feminist and other views of Jesus this Christmas

Lessons about Jesus should include exploration of how Muslims view him as a prophet and investigation of his Jewish identity, experts have said.

Higher radiation dose needed to X-ray obese patients increases cancer risk

Extremely obese people are needing a far higher dose of radiation during x-ray examinations than people of normal weight, increasing their risk of cancer, new research has shown.

Newly discovered adolescent star seen undergoing ‘growth spurt’

Astronomers have discovered a young star undergoing a rare growth spurt – giving a fascinating glimpse into the development of these distant stellar objects.

Popular children more likely to give less to pals at Christmas

Popular children are likely to be less generous towards their friends at Christmas than other kids, but only if their giving takes place in private and their classmates won’t be told.

Warming warning over turtle feminisation

Up to 93% of green turtle hatchlings could be female by 2100, as climate change causes “feminisation” of the species, new research suggests.

Research sheds new light on what drove last, long-term global climate shift

The quest to discover what drove the last, long-term global climate shift on Earth, which took place around a million years ago, has taken a new, revealing twist.

£1 million circular economy research hub at the University of Exeter to re-think plastics production and use

The University of Exeter has been awarded £1 million to create a new centre to tackle the use of plastic and plastic waste.

Convincing evidence that type 2 diabetes is a cause of erectile dysfunction

Evidence that type 2 diabetes is a cause of erectile dysfunction has been found in a largescale genomic analysis.

Warning over deep-sea ‘gold rush’

A “gold rush” of seabed mining could lead to unprecedented damage to fragile deep-sea ecosystems, researchers have warned.

First international academic “Santa survey” shows children stop believing in Father Christmas aged eight

It’s that time of year when children look forward to a stocking full of presents - but the first international academic “Santa survey” shows many adults also wish they still believed in Father Christmas and some had felt betrayed when they discovered the truth.

Low skilled, low paid workers of the world don't unite, research shows

Workers in low-skilled, low paid employment aren’t prone to band together and form a common bond, new research has shown.

UN genocide prevention expert honoured at University of Exeter winter graduation

A campaigner leading the UN’s international efforts to fight genocide is among the experts being honoured at the University of Exeter’s winter graduation ceremonies this week.

Crucial environmental research receives major funding boost

Pioneering new research on major environmental issues, led by scientists from the University of Exeter, have received a major funding boost, it has been announced.

First women parliamentary candidates utilised their gender to win votes, records show

Britain’s first female parliamentary candidates utilised their gender as a campaigning tool to win votes and championed new policies such as equal citizenship, analysis of records show.

What if global warming passes 1.5°C?

What will happen if humanity fails to limit global warming to 1.5°C?

Drones help map sea level rise

Drones can be used to create low-cost and accurate 3D maps of coastal areas, new research shows.

Exeter research ranked among the most influential of 2018

Research conducted by Exeter experts has been recognised amongst the top 100 influential in 2018.

Dartmoor National Park prepares for population rise

Dartmoor National Park Authority has released details of a new study, undertaken with academics from the University of Exeter, looking into the possible affects and opportunities of a growing local population in surrounding areas on the special qualities of the National Park.

Human antibody discovery could save lives from fungal killer

A new way to diagnose, treat and protect against stealth fungal infections that claim more than 1.5 million lives per year worldwide has been moved a step closer, according to research published in Nature Communications.

Hong Kong’s waters benefit health and wellbeing

A ground-breaking study has revealed how spending time in and around Hong Kong’s ‘blue spaces’ (harbours, coastlines and beaches) is linked to better health and wellbeing, especially for older adults.

A win for Build Solar at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards

Build Solar, an innovative spin-out company from the University of Exeter, lead the way at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards with a win in the "Innovation - Tomorrow's Contribution to Sustainability" category for their impressive new product Solar Squared, a multifunctional glass brick.

Rudolph ‘not bullied for red nose’

Rudolph the reindeer probably wasn’t bullied for his crimson snout – because he and his fellow reindeer can’t see red.

Exeter Recognised in UK’s Top Breakthroughs List for Revolutionary Hip Replacement

The Exeter Hip has been listed as one of the UK’s 100 best breakthroughs for its life-changing impact on nearly two million lives across half a century.

‘Hangxiety’ higher in shy people

Very shy people are more likely to suffer “hangxiety” – anxiety during a hangover – than their extrovert friends, new research shows.

Helium exoplanet inflated like a balloon, research shows

Astronomers have discovered a distant planet with an abundance of helium in its atmosphere, which has swollen to resemble an inflated balloon.

Innovative technology centre opening at Oceansgate development

A new centre for marine innovation, based at Plymouth’s Oceansgate development, is now up-and-running thanks to European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding.

Scientists secure prestigious awards for global impact of microplastics research

A team of researchers has won two prestigious awards for the impact of work highlighting the presence, and potential impacts, of microplastics in our oceans.

Turning climate change from a ‘tragedy of the commons’ to positive action

Climate change must no longer be viewed as a “tragedy of the commons”, researchers say.

Scheme to improve wellbeing of parent carers to start trials

A support programme to help parents of disabled children stay healthy in mind and body will begin its first trial in the coming months, and is looking for participants.

Microplastics found in all sea turtle species

Tests on more than 100 sea turtles – spanning three oceans and all seven species – have revealed microplastics in the guts of every single turtle.

Exeter student awarded Undergraduate Achievement Grant

A University of Exeter student has been awarded an Undergraduate Achievement Grant for her commitment to engineering.

Christmas dinner a ‘global feast’

Christmas dinner is an international evolutionary feast – with only the humble carrot native to British soil, a leading scientist says.

Graphene unlocks new potential for ‘smart textiles’

The quest to create affordable, durable and mass-produced ‘smart textiles’ has been given fresh impetus through the use of the wonder material Graphene.

Library charity appoints University Professor as Chair of the Board of trustees

Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs Devon Libraries and Torbay Libraries, has appointed Professor William Harvey as Chair of the Board of trustees.

Asylum hearing help from new video

People seeking asylum will be helped to prepare for appeal hearings by a new video created by experts from the University of Exeter and Asylum Aid.

More than £340,000 funding for international trial to support people with dementia

More than £340,000 of UK funding will support the University of Exeter’s role in a new trial that aims to test a new way of supporting people who live with dementia to cope with life’s challenges.

Exeter’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Strategy commended

The University of Exeter’s role in a high-level strategic fund, designed to pioneer new ways to tackle some of today’s greatest global challenges, has received a commendation.

University of Exeter expert to receive historic key to mark Freedom of the city

A University of Exeter expert will receive a fitting keepsake to mark being awarded the Freedom of the City for his services to history - the key to an iconic lost building.

Exeter City’s incredible history brought to life in new stand

Exeter City’s incredible history has been brought to life in the club’s new Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand thanks to the efforts of academics, volunteers, fans and former players.

Extreme heat damaging health and livelihoods and threatening to overwhelm world’s hospitals

New research published in The Lancet medical journal shows that rising temperatures as a result of climate change are already exposing us to an unacceptably high health risk. It warns, for the first time, that older people in Europe and the East Mediterranean are particularly vulnerable to extremes of heat, markedly higher than in Africa and SE Asia.

Exeter experts among world’s most influential scientists, according to new ranking

Leading academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.

Climate change could lead to threefold increase in storms that bring flooding to Europe and North America, research shows

Powerful storms that cause extreme weather conditions such as flooding across Europe and North America could increase threefold by the end of the 21st century.

Exeter fungal experts win prestigious awards

Two University of Exeter researchers have won prestigious awards for their work in mycology.

Study reveals why older women are less healthy than older men

Genes that act late in life could explain why women have poorer health than men in older age, according to new research.

Exeter Maths School named Sunday Times Sixth Form College of the Year

Exeter Mathematics School has been named as The Sunday Times Sixth Form College of the Year.

Business School’s ‘Oscars’ shortlisting for industrial placement programme

The University of Exeter Business School’s innovative industrial experience programme has been shortlisted for an international award, dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of its field.

One in eight of five to 19-year-olds had mental disorder in 2017: major new survey

The University of Exeter has played a key role in a national survey which found that one in eight (12.8%) of children and young people aged between five and 19, surveyed in England in 2017, had a mental disorder.

Matthew (Matt) Hedges: A statement from the University of Exeter

Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter said: “We are all deeply saddened, shocked and concerned by the life sentence given to Matt Hedges today, following his detention and trial in the United Arab Emirates.

Exeter academic receives prestigious fellowship

A law academic from the University of Exeter has been awarded a prestigious Academic Fellowship that recognises outstanding contribution of legal teaching and research.

New explainer videos for Antarctic climate change game

A popular game which demonstrates the impact of climate change in Antarctica now has an exciting new feature – explainer videos, narrated by the penguin characters from the game.

Primary teachers have 'higher psychological distress’ than other professional groups

Primary school teachers experience higher levels of clinically significant distress than people in comparable professions, according to the first study to make the comparison over a sustained time period.

Frogs breed young to beat virus

Frogs from groups exposed to a deadly virus are breeding at younger ages, new research suggests.

Voters would have forgiven Cameron for failing to hold an EU referendum, study shows

Many voters would have forgiven David Cameron if he had failed to deliver on his campaign promise to hold an EU referendum, a study suggests.

Improving dementia care and treatment saves thousands of pounds in care homes

Improving staff training in care homes and reducing reliance on harmful medications saves thousands of pounds per year, as well as improving quality of life and reducing agitation in dementia, new research has demonstrated.

Exeter experts help in hunt for new antibiotic drugs

Exeter scientists are part of an international team helping to find new antibiotic drugs to treat killer infections.

Female vets still face discrimination

Female vets still face discrimination, a new study has revealed.

University of Exeter team pioneers virtual field trips in 3D

3D gaming technology is being used by a team from the University of Exeter to take students and researchers on virtual field trips to the Arctic Circle.

Leading social mobility expert joins University of Exeter

One of the foremost experts on social mobility in Britain has been appointed as a Professor at the University of Exeter.

Marine and citizen scientists take to the seas to help secure a future for Atlantic bluefin tuna in UK waters

Cefas and University of Exeter have launched a bluefin tuna tagging programme to try and find out more about the migration patterns of these enigmatic predators.

£500,000 further funding for teacher classroom management study

Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School have received £500,000 from the Education Endowment Foundation to further enhance a study that supports teachers to improve behaviour in their classroom by developing their classroom management technique.

Experts trace remarkable history of colonial Indian wildlife paintings

The mysterious origins of remarkable paintings of Indian wildlife are no longer shrouded in mystery thanks to detective work by experts around the world.

University of Exeter expert contributes to Government’s bovine TB strategy review

A University of Exeter expert has contributed to the review of the Government’s 25 Year Bovine TB Strategy.

Great War Armistice was marked in Devon with joy and sadness

Those on the “Home Front” in Devon marked the end of World War One with both joy and sadness, a University of Exeter historian has found.

DNA discovery gives new insight into ancient history of South America

The discovery of ancient DNA from the earliest inhabitants of South America has revealed important new information about how people settled in the Americas.

Being overweight likely to cause depression, even without health complications

A largescale genomic analysis has found the strongest evidence yet that being overweight causes depression, even in the absence of other health problems.

Students find way to make oxygen on Mars

University of Exeter students have found a way to produce oxygen on Mars, earning a gold medal at a prestigious competition.

Remembrance Day service commemorates 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War

Students and staff at the University of Exeter will join the local community in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, at a series of special services on campus and in the city.

Exeter expert shortlisted for NERC Impact Awards 2018

4,000 tons of microbeads no longer released into ocean after pioneering plastics research

Thousands of WW1 soldiers packed out bombed buildings to watch films

Cinema-going was so popular among troops serving in the trenches in World War One thousands regularly packed into bombed out buildings near the front line to watch the latest films, new research shows.

Female volunteers needed for stress study

Researchers at the University of Exeter are looking for volunteers to help them explore whether assigning a more positive meaning to a stressful event can reduce stress and improve emotional wellbeing.  

Health services must address multiple conditions in dementia care

Most people living with dementia also have at least one other health condition, and health services need to adapt to optimise their health and quality of life, a new study concludes.

Broadcaster and writer Simon Mayo to speak at University’s Creative Dialogues series

One of Britain’s best-loved and well-known broadcasters, Simon Mayo, will talk about the fascinating real life events which inspired his Devon-set novel at an event in Exeter this month.

University of Exeter among top 100 universities in the world for arts and humanities

The University of Exeter has been named as one of the best places in the world to study arts and humanities in new influential rankings.

Theresa May on ‘glass cliff’ as prime minister

Theresa May was put on a “glass cliff” when she became UK prime minister after the Brexit vote, a leading researcher says.

University appoints first Associate Director for Arts and Culture

Victoria and Albert Museum expert Sarah Campbell has been appointed as the University of Exeter’s first Associate Director for Arts and Culture.

Are Frankenstein and Dracula Blood Brothers?

In Hollywood films, Frankenstein’s monster (or ‘Being’) usually appears as a shambling zombie. Count Dracula is sleek and sophisticated. Though they have often appeared on double bills, they are very different monsters – or are they?

3% of children hit daily activity target

Only one in 30 children does the recommended amount of daily physical activity, new research suggests.

Bonfire Night provided another excuse for a riot in city ruled by “the tyranny of a mob”

Exeter may now have a genteel image – but centuries ago the city was known for its disorderly and violent mobs who would cause havoc on occasions such as Bonfire Night, according to new research.

Free movement can protect humans from environmental threats

Greater freedom of movement and investments in human rights and social opportunities can help protect humans from environmental threats like rising sea levels, new research says.

Honeybees at risk from Zika pesticides

Up to 13% of US beekeepers are in danger of losing their colonies due to pesticides sprayed to contain the Zika virus, new research suggests.

Influential film critic Mark Kermode appointed Honorary Professor

Influential film critic Mark Kermode has been appointed as an Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter.

£2.7m study to focus on dementia support workers in primary care

A new study is investigating how to introduce dementia support workers into GP surgeries, with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of life for dementia patients and their carers.

University of Exeter wins gender equality award

The University of Exeter has won an Athena SWAN silver award for the advancement of gender equality.

 

Birds startled by moving sticks

Do animals – like humans – divide the world into things that move and things that don’t? Are they surprised if an apparently inanimate object jumps to life?

Losing control of gene activity in Alzheimer’s disease

Pioneering research into the mechanisms controlling gene activity in the brain could hold the key to understanding Alzheimer’s disease and might help identify effective treatments in the future.

Boost for Exeter’s construction workforce

The construction sector across Greater Exeter is set to benefit from additional support to help attract, retain and upskill its workforce.

New University of Exeter arts and culture strategy unveiled

Ambitious new plans have been unveiled showing how the University of Exeter will play a leading role in supporting innovative arts and culture projects in the South West and beyond.

High stakes decision-making causes a little more cheating, a lot less charity, research shows

The age old adage of virtue being its own reward may not hold true in the corporate world – in fact, honourable acts could lead workers to behave more selfishly later on, new research has shown.

Research gives new insight into the evolution of the nervous system

Pioneering research has given a fascinating fresh insight into how animal nervous systems evolved from simple structures to become the complex network transmitting signals between different parts of the body.