World’s largest gathering for people with no ‘mind’s eye’ takes place in Exeter

The first ever conference for people with Aphantasia – no visual imagination – took place in Exeter, and is the largest known gathering of people who experience the phenomenon.

Exeter climate change experts feature in major new documentary

World-leading climate change experts from the University of Exeter will give a fascinating insight into the impacts of global warming when they appear on a hard-hitting BBC documentary.

Plymouth beavers plan – what do you think?

Scientists want to know what the people of Plymouth think about plans to release beavers into a fenced enclosure in the city.

Britain’s earliest bunny found at Roman palace

Experts have found the remains of Britain’s earliest rabbit - a discovery which reveals bunnies arrived in the country 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Incredible collection of images of silent films can be seen for the first time

The only evidence left of lost films made in the golden era of silent movies can be seen for the first time after an unique collection was donated to one of the UK’s foremost cinema museums.

Lack of awareness of inequality means we penalise those who have least

People can automatically assume that someone who gives less money to charity is less generous, according to new research. The assumption was made in the study when people had no knowledge of how much someone had donated as a percentage of their overall income.  

Multi-million pound bid success for new Institute of Technology for the South West

University of Exeter celebrates multi-million pound collaborative bid success for new Institute of Technology for the South West

Banned pesticides in Europe’s rivers

Tests of Europe’s rivers and canals have revealed more than 100 pesticides – including 24 that are not licensed for use in the EU.

Professor Richard Moorhead appointed as Exeter’s new Head of Law

The University of Exeter has appointed Professor Richard Moorhead as the new Head of Law starting in September 2019.

Autism brings qualities which help at home and at work, study shows

Autism enhances characteristics such as loyalty and focus which help those with the condition at work and in their relationships with others, experts have found.

Research informs best outcomes on type 2 diabetes treatment

New research updates guidance to clinicians on how best to treat patients with type 2 diabetes who do not respond to glucose-lowering medication.

Exeter students exhibit entrepreneur skills in healthcare hackathon

Three teams of students from diverse backgrounds and departments came together this weekend to design tech solutions for better healthcare.

Exeter marine expert awarded prestigious medal for scientific contribution

One of the world’s foremost experts in fish ecology and bioacoustics has been awarded a prestigious prize from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Do crickets have personalities?

Do some crickets like to get up early, while others prefer staying up late?

How do sounds of nature make you feel? Take part in national study

A new national experiment gets underway today, aiming to shed light on how ‘listening to nature’ could boost wellbeing.

Plentiful females keep male crickets young

Male crickets age more slowly if they have access to plenty of females, new research shows.

Complex artefacts don’t prove brilliance of our ancestors

Artefacts such as bows and arrows do not necessarily prove our ancestors had sophisticated reasoning and understanding of how these tools worked, new research suggests.

Major new study will rewrite history of human colonisation of South America

A major new study will uncover the secrets of how humans colonised one of the most challenging landscapes on earth - and the legacy of their actions on today’s plants and wildlife. 

Exeter clinicians and researchers help shape proposals to improve stroke services in Northern Ireland

Pioneering work by a senior NHS clinician and a team of researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School, has been incorporated in proposals to improve stroke care for patients in Northern Ireland.

Historic records shed light on the gender pay gap and forced labour in England’s past

Experts will use ancient records to discover the truth about how women worked centuries ago and the history of the gender pay gap and forced labour.

Medical School head wins international award for brain research and leadership

The Executive Dean of the University of Exeter Medical School has won a prestigious international award recognising his outstanding research and leadership.

Exeter scientist secures major international fellowship

Exeter scientist Jess Spake has been selected for a prestigious international fellowship.

Marine conservation scientist wins ZSL award

A scientist who specialises in marine turtle research has won an award from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London).

Exeter experts give insight into environmental impacts of modern-day lifestyle choices on award-wining series

University of Exeter experts will give a fascinating insight into environmental impacts of modern-day lifestyle choices when they appear on the BBC’s latest Blue Planet UK series.

Trial to answer dilemma of treating childhood epilepsy

One of the largest ever clinical trials in children with epilepsy, which aims to find out which treatment approach works best for children and their families, is launching today.

UK performers could face falling wages thanks to the gig economy, experts warn

The gig economy could drive down wages and de-professionalise the UK voice-over industry as jobs are increasingly advertised online, experts have warned.

Zrinka Bralo, from Migrants Organise inspires with talk on inclusive communities

On 21st March 2019 the University hosted Zrinka Bralo, CEO Migrants Organise as part of the Individuality Speaker Series.

£50,000 awarded to University of Exeter and partners to develop Environmental Intelligence bid

UK Research and Innovation has awarded 24 shortlisted projects £50,000 in seedcorn money from the Strength in Places Fund to boost regional economic growth. 

RAMM hosts dementia-friendly museum tours

Exeter’s popular museum is opening its doors to people living with dementia, and their carers, in a series of bespoke dementia-friendly events.

University of Exeter and Exeter Cathedral mark pioneering research collaboration

A research collaboration uncovering the secrets of some of the UK’s most significant historical documents and artefacts has received a significant boost.

Attuned to others? Then you’re better able to judge the performance of a team

People who are naturally more attuned to others’ emotions are better able to judge how well small groups are performing, even when observation times are brief, according to a new study.

Want to increase staff loyalty? You'll need to be seen as important, new research suggests

Offering praise and having a good working relationship isn’t always enough to engender loyalty from staff - employees also need to feel that the relationship with their boss is important, according to new research.

Art exhibition and first conference of people with no ‘mind’s eye’

The first ever exhibition of paintings and works of art created by artists who have no “mind’s eye” will cast new light on the creative brain when it goes comes to Exeter in March.

Uncertain projections help to reveal the truth about future climate change

A new study by a team of scientists from the US and the UK explains how differing climate model projections can be used collectively to reduce uncertainties in future climate change.

Celebrated journalist to discuss landmark investigative work at University of Exeter event

Celebrated journalist Nick Davies will discuss his landmark investigative work at a University of Exeter event this month.

Celebrated journalist Nick Davies will discuss his landmark investigative work at a University of Exeter event this month.

 

Research paves the way for next generation of optical tweezers

Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique that could pave the way for the next generation of optical tweezers.

Buying and selling cattle can link individual farms to thousands of other farms with each purchase

Understanding the complex networks of “contact chains” between British farms, could help identify potential routes for spread of infections and improve disease control strategies for the cattle industry.

Hat-trick of Success at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference

Three academics from the University of Exeter Medical School were recognised for research excellence at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference (DUKPC).

UK wild newt species free from flesh-eating fungus for now…

Wildlife conservation charity urges private amphibian traders to prevent Bsal fungus from infecting wild populations

Remarkable letter reveals earthquake drama for nuns in exile

Travelling around Europe in search of a new home after the dissolution of the monasteries must have been dramatic enough for England’s oldest community of Bridgettine nuns. But a remarkable newly-catalogued letter shows they also experienced another harrowing event – the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755.

School children use University labs to bring supervillain to justice

Pupils from schools across Devon, Dorset and Somerset will use scientific techniques commonly seen in TV crime dramas to help solve the mystery of who sabotaged Devon’s very own Bake Off.

International research prize awarded to Exeter neuroscientist

A University of Exeter researcher has been awarded the Cavanagh Prize, selected as the top nominee from candidates across Europe.

Exeter Scholars shortlisted for Whatuni award

Exeter Scholars, the University’s pioneering fair access programme, has been shortlisted in the prestigious Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019.

Top UK company bosses are still more likely to be called Andrew or David than be a woman

The CEOs of the top 350 FTSE companies on the London Stock Exchange are still more likely to be called Andrew or David than they are to be a woman, according to a University of Exeter Business School expert.

Natural world and fantasy helps young children use sophisticated language, study shows

The natural world and fantasy helps young children use sophisticated words such as “slithering” and “abracadabra”, one of the largest studies to measure pupils’ language skills has found.

Exeter academic to be first nurse to give prestigious lecture at Diabetes UK conference

An academic from the University of Exeter Medical School is the first nurse ever to be awarded the Arnold Bloom lecture, at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference.

Nutritional supplements cannot prevent depression, research shows

A daily intake of nutritional supplements won’t help stave off the onset of depression, a new study has revealed.

Simple, cheap C-Peptide helps patients get the right diabetes diagnosis and treatment

A simple and inexpensive test to measure the body’s insulin levels is helping clinicians to determine what type of diabetes a patient has, meaning many people with diabetes can change treatment.

CSM professor receives prestigious award

Professor Frances Wall has been awarded the Geological Society of London’s William Smith Medal for 2019.

Ice-free Arctic summers could happen on earlier side of predictions

The Arctic Ocean could become ice-free in the summer in the next 20 years due to a natural, long-term warming phase in the tropical Pacific that adds to human-caused warming, according to a new study. 

Exeter researcher nominated for Health Scientist of the Year

A world-leading diabetes specialist at the University of Exeter Medical School is one of only two nominated to receive the highly prestigious NHS Healthcare Scientist of the Year award.

Wanted: Pet owners whose cats take a walk on the wild side

The University of Exeter is seeking cat owners to become researchers for a new study designed to test different techniques to reduce the amount of wildlife killed by domestic cats, while maintaining and improving cat health and welfare.

Research changes GP guidelines on frailty in diabetes

New guidelines will help GPs get the best outcomes for older people with diabetes after they were changed to include specific advice around frailty.

Exeter subjects ranked amongst world’s best

The University of Exeter’s science and humanities subjects have been ranked amongst the very best in the world, according to the latest influential global league table.

Nobel Peace Prize winner shares inspirational story of bringing democracy to Tunisia

Nobel Prize winner and influential African businesswoman Ouided Bouchamaoui spoke about her extraordinary role bringing democracy to Tunisia during a visit to the University of Exeter.

Understanding the rich social lives of animals benefits international conservation efforts

An international group of researchers working on a wide range of species, from elephants and crows, to whales and chimpanzees, argues that animals’ cultural knowledge needs to be taken into consideration when planning international conservation efforts.

 

Maasai farmers only kill lions when they attack livestock

Maasai farmers do not kill lions for retribution whenever they lose sheep or cattle, new research shows.

Wild carnivores stage a comeback in Britain

Once-endangered carnivorous mammals such as otters, polecats and pine martens have staged a remarkable comeback in Britain in recent decades, a new review shows.

Live long and prosper: Mongooses enjoy lifelong benefits of ‘silver spoon effect’

The benefits of the ‘silver spoon effect’ in mongoose pups extend across their lifetime, a new study has shown.

Research unravels genetics of insomnia and links to disease

A large-scale genomic study has identified which genes could be responsible for keeping you awake at night – which in turn could cause depression or heart disease.

South West pioneers to lead the way on reducing plastic waste

Pioneers on reducing plastic waste, backed by £1 million of government funding, are seeking to revolutionise the way the south west produce, recycle and utilise plastics.

Location, location, location: Proximity to the mainland determines how coral reef communities respond to major environmental disturbances

Severe weather and environmental disturbances, such as cyclones or thermal coral bleaching, affect specific areas of coral reefs differently, new research has shown.

Exeter researcher awarded Pew Fellowship to discover if commercial fishing harms endangered penguin populations

Experts will work to discover if commercial fishing is harming endangered African penguins by making it harder to forage for food in the ocean.

Exeter receives major funding boost to train next generation of Artificial Intelligence leaders

The University of Exeter has received a major funding boost to lead pioneering new research into using Artificial Intelligence to increase society’s resilience to changes in our environment.

His Royal Highness The Duke of York has met some of the rising stars of the UK’s next generation of young entrepreneurs, during a special visit to the University of Exeter

The Duke met with key representatives from the University’s Student Startup team, when he visited The Deck at the Streatham Campus on Monday, February 18.

Cornwall’s granite could hold key to South West England's geothermal potential

Granite from Cornwall will be examined by UK scientists as part of a £1.8 million project in order to help the country increase its use of geothermal energy.

Natural resources valued differently by men and women, study shows

Men and women value, access and use resources from the natural environment in distinct and different ways, a new study has shown.

Lost buildings and artworks of Renaissance Florence to be reunited for the first time in hundreds of years

People will be able to step back in time and experience the extraordinary treasures of Renaissance Florence as they would have looked hundreds of years ago thanks to new University of Exeter research supported through the Digital Art History initiative of the Getty Foundation.  

Controversial science critics who turn into believers can sway others, research shows

People who experience their own “Road to Damascus” moment over hotly-debated scientific issues can then become key advocates on the subject, new research has shown.

Awards for Exeter’s apprenticeship scheme

The University of Exeter’s innovative apprenticeships scheme has been recognised, by securing a number of honours at a regional awards ceremony.

Blood clot discovery could pave way for treatment of blood diseases

Scientists have discovered new ways in which the body regulates blood clots, in a discovery which could one day lead to the development of better treatments that could help prevent and treat conditions including heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia.

Efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance must take account of fourfold difference in use across Europe, report says

Global efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance will be more effective if they focus on the cultural context behind the fourfold difference in total antibiotic use and consumption across Europe, according to a new report.

Exeter expert backs calls for bold national Plastic Packaging Plan to help protect oceans

One of the world’s foremost experts in microplastics research has backed calls for a bold new national policy framework to help reduce the amount of ocean plastic pollution.

University of Exeter Campaign reaches £50 million in donations

The University of Exeter’s fundraising campaign, ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ has exceeded £50 million of philanthropic donations, taking the total to nearly 84% of target with less than two years to go.

Million pound grant for researchers working to solve social and economic challenges

University of Exeter researchers have been given a £1.1m grant to help improve people’s lives by working in partnership to solve pressing social and economic challenges.

New support for students sees NHS Senior Mental Health Practitioners based on University of Exeter campus

Three NHS Senior Mental Health Practitioners are now based on the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus, in order to provide direct support to students.

Skyglow over key wildlife areas

Light pollution affects the skies over most of the world’s key wildlife areas, new research shows.

MDMA users more empathetic than other drug users

Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests.

Exeter’s pioneering progression programme ‘Exeter Scholars’ recruits record numbers

A pioneering programme at the University of Exeter, designed to support and nurture high-achieving pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, is celebrating record success.

What do coffee, work-outs and a vivid imagination have to do with bipolar disorder?

Drinking tea or coffee, exercising and imagining events are things that most of us do sometimes, but they might tell us more about how people with bipolar disorder can manage their condition.

Being kind to yourself has mental and physical benefits, research shows

Taking time to think kind thoughts about yourself and loved ones has psychological and physical benefits, new research suggests.

Professor Sir Steve Smith made Freeman of the City of Exeter

Professor Sir Steve Smith’s extraordinary contribution to Exeter and the local community has been recognised at a ceremony today in the historic Guildhall where he was awarded Freeman of the City.  

Experience the Magic of the Oscars at The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

A fascinating selection of memorabilia, collectibles and curios that showcase the glitz and glamour of the world’s premier film award ceremonies has been put on public display.

Funding boost supports next generation of highly skilled scientists and engineers for offshore renewable energy industry

The University of Exeter’s role in developing the next generation of offshore renewable energy has received a significant boost, it has been announced.

Entrepreneurs and start-ups invited to make their dreams a reality at Pitch@Palace 11.0 On Tour Devon

Entrepreneurs and business start-ups are being invited to apply for Pitch@Palace 11.0 On Tour Devon – in Exeter on Monday February 18, 2019 - to help make their business dreams become a reality.

Graphene biosensor could provide early lung cancer diagnosis, research shows

The wonder-material graphene could hold the key to unlocking the next generation of advanced, early stage lung cancer diagnosis.

Poor diet may have caused nosedive in major Atlantic seabird nesting colony

The observed population crash in a colony of sooty terns, tropical seabirds in one of the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs), is partly due to poor diet, research led by the University of Birmingham has found.

Multilingual MP guest of honour at University of Exeter event to celebrate language learning

Multilingual MP Ben Bradshaw shared his experiences of how speaking German and Italian had shaped his career as a journalist and politician as part of a University of Exeter event for young people learning languages.

Endangered sharks being eaten in UK

Endangered species of hammerhead and dogfish are among the sharks being sold as food in the UK, researchers have revealed.

Plastic in Britain’s seals, dolphins and whales

Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain’s shores.

Exeter and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory strengthen commitment to world-leading marine science research

Two of the South West’s leading environmental research organisations have strengthened their commitment to collaborating to address some of the key questions facing the sustainable future of the ocean.

Exeter leads research into impacts of flooding and drought in South East Asia

Experts from the University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) will spearhead two pioneering new research projects that aim to boost local resilience to the devastating effects of natural disasters across South East Asia.

Research sheds light on body clock and links to mental health and disease

A large-scale genomic analysis has revealed some of the inner workings of the body clock, shedding new light on how it links to mental health and disease.

Persistent sore throat could be larynx cancer warning

GPs should consider larynx cancer when patients report a persistent sore throat, particularly when combined with other seemingly low-level symptoms.

Exeter psychologist receives prestigious award for Research in Traumatic Brain Injury

A leading Clinical Neuropsychologist from the University of Exeter has received a prestigious award for his work.

Exeter receives nearly £900,000 to fund dementia research

Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School have been awarded up to £900,000 to fund leading research into epigenetic causes of dementia.

Funding boosts Exeter’s research into the building blocks of galaxies

An Astrophysics expert from the University of Exeter has been awarded substantial funding to help solve one the most fundamental riddles of modern astronomy.

EU funding failed to win hearts and minds and prevent Brexit vote

People in one of the poorest parts of the UK voted for Brexit despite being given billions of pounds of EU cash because they don’t feel the funding improved their lives, according to a new report.

Faster CO₂ rise expected in 2019

With emissions already at a record high, the build-up of carbon-dioxide in the atmosphere could be larger than last year due to a slower removal by natural carbon sinks.

Innovative new technique could pave the way for new generation of flexible electronic components

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed an innovative technique that could help create the next generation of everyday flexible electronics.

Multi-million pound funding boost to develop virtual testing for next generation of lightweight aircraft structures

A groundbreaking new research project, designed to develop the next generation of lightweight aircraft structures, has received a multi-million pound funding boost.

University sees historic growth in donations

The University of Exeter has witnessed donor numbers increase by a record 85 percent over the past five years.

New study demonstrates benefits of undervalued saltmarsh

A new tool which helps land managers assess the costs and benefits of re-introducing valuable saltmarsh, has been developed by economists and environmental scientists from the South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) at the University of Exeter.

Almost half of us mistakenly believe that common law marriage exists

Almost half of people in England and Wales mistakenly believe that unmarried couples who live together have a common law marriage and enjoy the same rights as couples that are legally married. 

Virtual reality training for nuclear workers and police

Nuclear safety and counter-terrorism policing could be boosted by new virtual reality (VR) training being developed at the University of Exeter.

Near-term climate prediction ‘coming of age’, study shows

The quest for climate scientists to be able to bridge the gap between shorter-term seasonal forecasts and long-term climate projections is ‘coming of age’, a study shows.

Exeter cements position amongst top 200 best employers for LGBT staff

The University of Exeter has maintained its position as one of the top-200 best employers in Britain for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.

Devon teenagers hear incredible tales of courage from Holocaust survivor

Hundreds of Devon teenagers and students witnessed the incredible courage of concentration camp survivor Mala Tribich during an event organised to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Sean Fielding appointed as Chair of influential university-business collaboration organisation, PraxisAuril

Congratulations to Sean Fielding, Director of Innovation, Impact and Business at the University of Exeter who has been appointed as the new Chair of PraxisAuril until 2021.

Local focus could help tackle global problems

People’s love for their local areas could be harnessed to tackle global environmental problems, researchers say.

New risk score far more effective for diabetes diagnosis

A new way of screening babies and adults for future risk of type 1 diabetes will be much more effective at identifying the condition than current methods, new research has concluded.

Pioneering infrared imager gives sharpest-ever view of stars and planet-forming discs

A pioneering new instrument could give astronomers a glimpse into how the solar system looked more than 4.5 billion years ago.