Exeter’s Arts & Culture Creative Fellows announced

The importance of playfulness, the link between nature and sexuality, and the pioneering work to combat anti-microbial resistance are among the key topics to be explored by the next generation of extraordinary collaborations between academics and artists at the University of Exeter.

Celebrate the diversity and history of the landscape of England and Wales as part of unique arts project

A stunning digital map of England and Wales will provide the inspiration for new poems celebrating the diversity and history of both countries.

Screening UK Biobank blood samples identifies thousands of undiagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes

A study of approximately 200,000 blood samples from the UK Biobank has identified more than 2,000 undiagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes. 

Research to explore farmers’ experiences of isolation, loneliness and mental health issues

New research led by the University of Exeter and The Farming Community Network (FCN) aims to explore how social isolation, loneliness and mental health issues within the farming community are experienced and managed – and how to improve support available.

Exeter retains position in latest influential league ranking

The University of Exeter has retained its position amongst the best universities in the UK, according to the latest influential rankings.

University of Exeter nominated for four “Oscars of higher education”

The University of Exeter has been nominated for four “Oscars of higher education” which honour the best teaching and research in the country.

Third of people feel “angry” at prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal

A third of people feel “very angry” at the prospect of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, according to a major new survey which suggests people are resigned to the failure of Brexit talks.

Physicists “trick” photons into behaving like electrons using a “synthetic” magnetic field

Scientists have discovered an elegant way of manipulating light using a “synthetic” Lorentz force — which in nature is responsible for many fascinating phenomena including the Aurora Borealis.

A change at the top before elections boosts MP turnover across Europe, research shows

Appointing a new leader just before an election leads to a higher turnover of MPs after the poll, a study of political parties across Europe during the past 80 years shows.

Major new project will show impact of communist medical innovations on global healthcare

A major new project to uncover the impact and origins of socialist and communist medical innovations will help experts to produce a new history of global healthcare.

Galapagos guides to 'barcode' wildlife

Galapagos tourist guides are being retrained to catalogue the islands' famous biodiversity.

Scientists unravel 66 million years of climate history from ocean sediments

Pioneering new analysis of deep-sea sediments has revealed the climatic changes over the last 66 million years of Earth’s history - which can be studied like a ‘colorful barcode’.

People prefer coronavirus contact tracing to be carried out by a combination of apps and humans, study shows

People prefer coronavirus contact tracing to be carried out by a combination of apps and humans, a new study shows.

University of Exeter secures partnership with Halo for rapid Covid-19 tests

The University of Exeter has agreed a partnership with Halo, the UK’s first commercial provider of saliva-based PCR tests for Covid-19.

Feeling misunderstood boosts support for Brexit

Feeling misunderstood by other groups makes people more likely to support separatist causes like Brexit and Scottish independence, new research suggests.

More progress needed to achieve gender equality in NHS leadership

NHS leadership that more fairly represents women in senior roles is “essential, overdue and needed now”, according to research carried out by the University of Exeter Business School on behalf of the NHS Confederation.

Exeter spin-out secures almost £900,000 funding boost

An innovative University of Exeter spin-out company, which uses sophisticated mathematical modelling to help develop treatment plans for patients with epilepsy, has secured two prestigious government funding awards.

3D printing poses a “grave and growing threat” to people’s privacy, experts warn

3D printing technology poses a “grave and growing threat” to individual privacy because of the potential for products to reveal private information about individuals, experts have warned.

Ancient hunters stayed in frozen Northern Europe rather than migrating to warmer areas, evidence from Arctic fox bones shows

Ancient hunters stayed in the coldest part of Northern Europe rather than migrating to escape freezing winter conditions, archaeologists have found.

The Exeter MBA launches free and inspirational online events to tackle today’s biggest global challenges

Some of the world’s leading thinkers for social and environmental change are to take part in an exclusive series of free online events launched by the University of Exeter Business School’s MBA programme.

Gulls pay attention to human eyes

Herring gulls notice where approaching humans are looking, and flee sooner when they're being watched, a new study shows.

Landmark agreement between Exeter Science Park and University of Exeter drives opportunities for growth

In a landmark agreement, Exeter Science Park Limited and the University of Exeter, a Russell Group University, have joined forces to create a joint focal point for science, technology, engineering, maths and medical (STEMM) innovation at Exeter Science Park.

Pioneering new Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence announce leadership team

The Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence has appointed its inaugural leadership team.

Ocean carbon uptake widely underestimated

The world's oceans soak up more carbon than most scientific models suggest, according to new research.

Scientists discover a warped disc “torn apart by stars” in a triple Tatooine-like system

Pioneering new research has revealed the first direct evidence that groups of stars can tear apart their planet-forming disc, leaving it warped and with tilted rings.

Old males vital to elephant societies

Old male elephants play a key role in leading all-male groups, new research suggests.

Researchers identify five types of cat owner

Cat owners fall into five categories in terms of their attitudes to their pets’ roaming and hunting, according to a new study.

Study sheds light on killer fungus

Scientists have identified an "Achilles heel" that could help in the fight against a killer fungus.

Weapons not used by officers in majority of police incidents involving force, data suggests

Weapons were not used in the majority of police incidents where officers had to use force, the first detailed analysis of statistics from a new national reporting system suggests.

Insect-based animal feed could help UK reach net zero

Insect-based feeds for farmed animals could help the UK reach its net zero carbon emissions target, researchers say.

Professor Lisa Roberts starts as new Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter

On 1 September 2020, Professor Lisa Roberts becomes the new Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at the University of Exeter. She takes over from Professor Sir Steve Smith who is retiring from the role and who has held the post since October 2002.

Glacial lakes 50 per cent bigger since 1990

The amount of water in glacial lakes worldwide has risen by about 50 per cent since 1990, researchers say.

Ventilators and PPE donated to Devon NHS by University of Exeter partner at Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University has donated through its links with the University of Exeter a remarkably generous gift of 5 ventilators, 5,250 face masks and 500 isolation gowns for the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust to help with the continuing fight against the coronavirus. 

Floella Benjamin and Black Lives Matters protests inspires musician 220 Kid to set up new scholarship for BAME students

Legendary broadcaster, actress and writer Floella Benjamin and the recent Black Lives Matters protests have inspired a new University of Exeter scholarship.

Shoulder replacements benefit most patients for more than ten years, study shows

More than 90 per cent of shoulder replacement implants last more than ten years, according to the largest study of its kind.

Technology reunites lost buildings and art of Renaissance Florence for the first time in centuries

The extraordinary lost buildings and art of Renaissance Florence can be viewed together for the first time in centuries thanks to innovative free technology which helps transform the way people experience museums.

Software firm highlights Exeter 'success story'

The University of Exeter has been chosen as a "customer success story" by a global software company for inventive use of technology called GIS (geographical information system).

Exeter physicist earns prestigious fellowship

A University of Exeter physicist has earned a University Research Fellowship (URF) from the Royal Society.

New research highlights ‘challenging nature’ of vested interests in the energy transition

Pioneering new research has highlighted some of the political difficulties with the UK’s energy transition, in particular around vested fossil fuel interests.

Recent global warming trends are inconsistent with very high climate sensitivity

Research published this week in Earth System Dynamics reports that the most sensitive climate models overestimate global warming during the last 50 years.

Swans reserve aggression for each other

Swans display more aggression to fellow swans than other birds, new research shows.

Exeter experts receive prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering award for work to tackle COVID-19

Experts from the University of Exeter’s Centre for Water Systems (CWS), have received a prestigious award for their exceptional engineering achievements in tackling COVID-19.

Rising Engineering research star receives prestigious Fellowship

One of the University of Exeter’s rising research stars has been awarded a prestigious Engineering Research Fellowship, it has been announced.

Digital transformation will be key to ensuring survival of theatre industry during coronavirus, research shows

Digital transformation will be key to ensuring the survival of the theatre industry during coronavirus because people are willing to pay to see shows online, new research shows.

‘Critical’ questions over disease risks from ocean plastics

Key knowledge gaps exist in our understanding of how ocean microplastics transport bacteria and viruses – and whether this affects the health of humans and animals, researchers say.

Exeter takes part in project to support underrepresented students

A large number of partners have collaborated in an innovative project reaching out to underrepresented students across the UK.

Churchill refused to apologise over unfounded accusation of fake news, study shows

Winston Churchill refused to apologise after he wrongly accused a newspaper of printing a fake picture of him, new research shows.

Prioritising patients with unexpected weight loss for cancer investigation

New research will help GPs to identify the signs, symptoms, and blood test results they should look for to swiftly diagnose cancer in people with unexpected weight loss. The findings have implications for existing health policy and guidelines.

Share your experiences of loneliness and Covid-19 as part of a major new project to help people feel less alone

People can share their experiences of the isolating impact of the coronavirus pandemic as part of a major new project designed to collect stories of loneliness and community.

Boost for South West’s floating offshore wind ambitions

Plans to build floating windfarms in the Celtic Sea to generate clean power and create thousands of green jobs have taken a major step forward after being shortlisted by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Seafood study finds plastic in all samples

A study of five different seafoods has found traces of plastic in every sample tested.

Personal connections key to helping communities cope with devastating impact of climate change

Connections with friends and family are key to helping communities adapt to the devastating impact of climate change on their homes and livelihoods, a new study shows.

The brains of nonpartisans are different from those who register to vote with a party, major new study shows

The brains of people with no political allegiance are different from those who strongly support one party, major new research shows.

How fish stocks will change in warming seas

New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK fisheries. 

Home-educated children left without qualifications as exams replaced with teacher-predicted grades, study shows

The cancellation of exams this year in favour of teacher-predicted grades has had a “significantly detrimental” impact on many home-educated children, who are not able to gain qualifications this summer, a study warns.

Machine learning research may help find new tungsten deposits in SW England

Geologists have developed a machine learning technique that highlights the potential for further deposits of the critical metal tungsten in SW England.

'Outstanding' Exeter staff awarded teaching fellowships

Two "outstanding" University of Exeter staff have won prestigious National Teaching Fellowships.

Government says beavers can stay in their Devon home

After years of uncertainty, England’s first wild breeding population of beavers for 400 years has been given the permanent right to remain in their East Devon river home.

State of the art computational analysis used to track online extremist far-right European groups

State of the art computational analysis is being used to track the growth and influence of online extremist far-right groups in Europe as part of a major new study.

Electricity data shows real-time GDP change during COVID-19 lockdown

Electricity market data can play a vital role in measuring the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown policies on GDP, according to a new study.

‘Price of life’ lowest in UK during COVID-19 pandemic, study finds

The price the UK government was prepared to pay to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic was far lower than in many other developed nations, a study has revealed.

Small trees offer hope for rainforests

Small trees that grow up in drought conditions could form the basis of more drought-resistant rainforests, new research suggests.

Surface clean-up technology won't solve ocean plastic problem

Clean-up devices that collect waste from the ocean surface won't solve the plastic pollution problem, a new study shows.

New study to discover inequalities caused by coronavirus pandemic and Brexit across Britain

Mass surveys and in-depth fieldwork across England will be used to explore how the coronavirus pandemic is both creating new social inequalities as well as reinforcing existing ones.

Gorilla relationships limited in large groups

Mountain gorillas that live in oversized groups may have to limit the number of strong social relationships they form, new research suggests.

University of Exeter recognised for life-changing work to promote social mobility

The University of Exeter has been recognised for life-changing work to support disadvantaged young people and help them achieve their potential.

Labour must engage seriously with the rural community to win again, study by former MP and historian says

Labour must take rural politics seriously and actively campaign in the countryside in order to win power again, a study by a historian and a former MP says.

Experts to discuss impact of internet and medicine on modern masculinity at major conference

Experts from around the world will discuss the impact of the internet and medicine on modern masculinity at a major conference.

Exeter academics elected to British Academy

Two University of Exeter academics have been elected fellows of the British Academy.

Earliest humans stayed at the Americas ‘oldest hotel’ in Mexican cave

A cave in a remote part of Mexico was visited by humans around 30,000 years ago – 15,000 years earlier than people were previously thought to have reached the Americas.

Mammal cells could struggle to fight space germs

The immune systems of mammals – including humans – might struggle to detect and respond to germs from other planets, new research suggests.

New soap opera, comic and apps being used to tackle kidnappings in Mexico

A new soap opera, comic and app are the latest weapons being used to tackle the epidemic of kidnappings in Mexico.

Plastics found in sea-bed sharks

Microplastics have been found in the guts of sharks that live near the seabed off the UK coast.

Research to reveal the evolutionary reasons why we get by with a little help from our friends

The quest to discover why friendship plays such a pivotal role in social and mental well-being has been given a significant boost, it has been announced.

Collecting footballing memories for the future

Exeter City Football Club’s Grecian Archive has been gathering ‘memories for the future’ with the help of the University of Exeter.

How governments actively resist a World Heritage ‘In Danger’ listing

 A study published today finds that governments worldwide have repeatedly resisted the placement of 41 UNESCO World Heritage sites on a list of “World Heritage In Danger”.

Concerns over police head injuries

Head injuries may be worryingly common among police officers, according to a new pilot study led by the University of Exeter.

Exeter Astrophysics expert awarded prestigious international prize

Professor Isabelle Baraffe, a leading expert in astrophysics research, has been awarded a prestigious international science prize.

Pioneering spin-out company’s test identifies fungal lung disease in COVID-19 patients

A revolutionary point-of-care test developed by experts from a University of Exeter spin-out company has been used to safely diagnose a lethal fungal lung disease during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

New solar panels at University of Exeter

Three new solar installations will cut the University of Exeter’s carbon footprint by more than 100,000kg per year.

Penryn students receive awards for Cornish community voluntary work

Two students at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus have received prestigious local awards for promoting the Celtic spirit of Cornwall.

COVID risk calculator aims to help keep BAME healthcare workers safer

A newly-developed tool aims to help workers and employees calculate the biological risk of an individual’s exposure to COVID-19.

COVID-19 a driver of widespread gender inequality, study finds

Women are almost twice as likely as men to have lost their job and suffered an anxiety attack during lockdown, according to a study that reveals how COVID-19 has driven widespread gender inequality.

Exeter partnership to pioneer use of data science and AI to solve global environmental challenges

A new initiative designed to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges has been announced.

Road verges could be havens for pollinators

Better-managed road verges can help boost pollinating insects, new research shows.

Waste industry under pressure during COVID-19 outbreak

The impact of COVID-19 on the UK waste sector will be investigated in a new project led by the University of Exeter.

Innovative Cornish project creates landscape art - with a twist

Cornish residents have played an integral role in a breath-taking new project that has given an unusual twist to the traditional way of creating landscape paintings.

University of Exeter collaboration shortlisted for prestigious national KTP ‘Best of the Best’ Awards

A ground-breaking collaboration, between experts from the University of Exeter and Supacat Ltd, to spearhead a green revolution in defence and off-highway transport has been short-listed for a prestigious national award.

Next-generation triple antibody test for Covid-19 given green light by MHRA

University of Exeter scientists have developed a revolutionary new device that could allow health professionals to test patients’ antibody response to Covid-19 in as little as seven minutes.

Coconut confusion reveals consumer conundrum

Coconut oil production may be more damaging to the environment than palm oil, researchers say.

 

Project to enhance climate hazard resilience and related disease prevention in Africa receives funding boost

Experts from the University of Exeter will lead a pioneering project to design digital innovations to help communities across Africa become more resilient to climate hazards and prevent outbreaks of associated diseases.

University of Exeter student project with Babcock International proves huge success

An innovative collaboration between the University of Exeter and Babcock International, designed to give students unparalleled industry experience, has proved a resounding success.

New breakthrough in ‘spintronics’ could boost high speed data technology

Scientists have made a pivotal breakthrough in the important, emerging field of spintronics – which could lead to a new high speed energy efficient data technology.

Thermophones offer new route to radically simplify array design, research shows

Scientists have pioneered a new technique to produce arrays of sound produced entirely by heat.

Endurance expert takes on marathon challenge

A scientist who has worked with runners including Eliud Kipchoge and Paula Radcliffe is preparing for his own endurance challenge – running his first sub-three-hour marathon at the age of 50.

Exeter part of national project to support disadvantaged students affected by COVID-19 to enter higher education

The University of Exeter has joined a national project designed to offer pivotal support to disadvantaged students, who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to enter higher education.

Public in France and Germany support a European military, security and defence policy, survey shows

People in France and Germany support building greater European military capacity and security and defence policy, a survey shows.

‘Gatekeepers’ of biodiversity hotspots facing COVID crisis

Impoverished communities and diverse ecosystems in Colombia are under threat due to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.

University of Exeter’s 3D printers help to produce thousands of items of PPE for key workers

The University of Exeter’s 3D printers have been used as part of a city-wide effort to produce thousands of items of PPE for key workers.

New study will investigate risks COVID-19 "immunity passports" pose to human rights

A new study will examine the risks coronavirus “immunity passports” pose to human rights as more countries begin to use technology to monitor health during the pandemic.

Exeter City’s legendary players to have a “seat” in the crowd at Wembley playoff game

Exeter City legends from the past century and beyond such as Dick Pym, Alan Banks and Adam Stansfield will have a seat ‘together’ at a game for the very first time at the club’s Wembley playoff match.

Ecosystem degradation could raise risk of pandemics

Environmental destruction may make pandemics more likely and less manageable, new research suggests.

Coronavirus builds new connections between students and refugees living on opposite sides of Europe

They may live thousands of miles apart, separated by lockdowns, but coronavirus has forged new connections between a group of students in England and refugees living in Italy.

Gender bias kept alive by people who think it’s dead

Workplace gender bias is being kept alive by people who think it’s no longer an issue, new research suggests.

Anfield poem celebrates Liverpool FC and memories of a ‘swaying, pulsating Kop’

Liverpool Born Football Poet, Sharon Jones has written a moving tribute to Anfield and Liverpool FC as part of a national Places of Poetry project.

Word describing alcohol-fuelled electioneering added to dictionary to describe boozy voting of the past

A new word for alcohol-fuelled electioneering has been officially added to the dictionary thanks to the popularity of boozy voting in the past.

Giving people “digital literacy” tips can help them spot dubious information online, study shows

Giving people “digital literacy” tips can help them identify dubious information online, a new study shows.

Students tackle Grand Challenges Online

For the first time, University of Exeter students, staff and external experts are coming together to tackle the major challenges of our time online.

UK leads green revolution in defence and off-highway transport

The University of Exeter and Supacat pioneer ‘off-road’ electric and ‘optionally manned’ autonomous vehicle

Exeter researcher in Women’s Engineering Society top 50 list

A University of Exeter researcher has been named as one of the Women’s Engineering Society’s Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability.

Awards for Exeter climate scientists

Two Exeter climate scientists have received prestigious awards from the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS).

Research sheds new light on the role of sea ice in controlling atmospheric carbon levels

A new study has highlighted the crucial role that sea ice across the Southern Ocean played in controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during times of past climate change, and could provide a critical resource for developing future climate change models.

Innovation by ancient farmers adds to biodiversity of the Amazon, study shows

Innovation by ancient farmers to improve soil fertility continues to have an impact on the biodiversity of the Amazon, a major new study shows.

University of Exeter research leads to historic introduction of no fault divorce in England

Influential University of Exeter research has led to the historic introduction of no fault divorce in England and Wales.

New training to help ministers experiencing trauma due to coronavirus

Ministers struggling with trauma caused by coronavirus will get special training to help them cope with the challenges of the pandemic.

Exeter joins new European initiative to turn wastewater into valuable resource

Experts from the University of Exeter will play a crucial role in a new pan-European initiative to develop new techniques to turn wastewater into a valuable resource.

Half of the world’s population exposed to increasing air pollution, study shows

Half of the world’s population is exposed to increasing air pollution, new research has shown.

Steroid cuts death risk in some hospitalised patients with COVID-19

A steroid which was part of a nationwide COVID-19 trial that included patients in Exeter has been found to reduce the risk of dying in patients. 

‘Matador’ guppies trick predators

Trinidadian guppies behave like matadors, focusing a predator’s point of attack before dodging away at the last moment, new research shows.

Oldest relative of ragworms and earthworms discovered

Scientists have discovered the oldest fossil that can be assigned to the living annelid worms, the group of animals that contains earthworms, leeches and many different forms in the ocean including polychaetes (such as ragworms and lugworms).

Crop pathogens ‘remarkably adaptable’

Pathogens that attack agricultural crops show remarkable adaptability to new climates and new plant hosts, new research shows.

Warm springs increase risk of severe summer droughts

Warm and sunny springs – like the one just seen in the UK – can create conditions that pave the way for severe summer droughts, a new study has shown.

Exeter retains position in top 200 in QS World University Rankings

The University of Exeter has retained its position inside the top 200 universities worldwide, according to the latest influential international league table.

Presence of airborne dust could signify increased habitability of distant planets, research shows

Scientists have expanded our understanding of potentially habitable planets orbiting distant stars by including a critical climate component – the presence of airborne dust.

Poems offer unique opportunity to spend time in the company of insects

People of all ages are being given the opportunity to spend time in the company of insects, through a series of fascinating new poems.

Threats to global food security from emerging fungal crop pathogens

Amongst the world's most challenging problems is the need to feed an ever-growing global population sustainably. 

Exeter plays pivotal role in developing UK’s first fully electric-powered domestic ferry

The University of Exeter will play a pivotal role in a pioneering project designed to develop the UK’s first fully electric-powered domestic ferry.

Replacing GDP with Gross Ecosystem Product reveals value of nature

Replacing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with a new “ecosystem” measure reveals the enormous value of the natural world, new research shows.

Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor at the University for Exeter appointed to prestigious new role as International Education Champion from September 2020

Professor Sir Steve Smith, the current Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter has accepted a highly prestigious appointment with the UK government from September 2020.

Pinker flamingos more aggressive

Bright pink flamingos are more aggressive than paler rivals when fighting over food, new research shows.

“Unparalleled” discovery of ancient skeletons sheds light on mystery of when people started eating maize

The “unparalleled” discovery of remarkably well-preserved ancient skeletons in Central American rock shelters has shed new light on when maize became a key part of people’s diet on the continent.

 

Insurers should be willing to negotiate coronavirus claims to avoid courts being overwhelmed, study warns

Insurers should be open to negotiating coronavirus claims to avoid courts becoming overwhelmed with disputes, a new study warns.

Public relying on BBC news as source of information about coronavirus, analysis shows

News from the BBC about coronavirus has been shared significantly more on social media than articles from journalists in other organisations, new research suggests.

Sustainable plastics vital for greener world

Creating sustainable plastics is vital for the future of our environment, a new report says.

Efforts to speed up police digital forensic analysis must be more efficient, study shows

Efforts by police forces to speed up digital forensic analysis could lead to oversights in evidence gathering and interpretation, a new study warns.

Exeter receives £1.2 million grant for pioneering new research hub

The University of Exeter has been awarded a grant of more than £1 million to create a new research hub to boost diagnosing and managing some of the world’s most debilitating long-term health conditions and antimicrobial infections.

Information on new opportunities to help shape Project Enhance

We are disappointed that the Exeter branch of the UCU has released a statement relating to a number of new student employment opportunities which unfortunately contains a number of inaccuracies.

Climate could cause abrupt British vegetation changes

Climate change could cause abrupt shifts in the amount of vegetation growing in parts of Great Britain, new research shows.

Training bystanders to intervene will help to prevent domestic violence and abuse, study shows

Empowering people to intervene when they witness unacceptable behaviour can help to prevent domestic violence and abuse, a new study has found.

Age, gender and culture ‘predict loneliness’

Young people, men and people in “individualistic” societies report higher levels of loneliness, according to a large-scale global study.

Celebrating Prestigious Athena SWAN Awards

Two prestigious Athena SWAN awards have just been granted to three University of Exeter departments to recognise their commitment to gender equality. 

Online treatment to help young people tackle depression, anxiety and worry

An online treatment proven to prevent anxiety and depression in young people is set to become available to the NHS and other mental health services worldwide.

Early African Muslims had a halal – and cosmopolitan diet - discovery of thousands of ancient animal bones shows

Early Muslim communities in Africa ate a cosmopolitan diet as the region became a trading centre for luxury goods, the discovery of thousands of ancient animal bones has shown.

Partnership receives funding boost to develop AI to meet equipment supply and demand in Covid-19 pandemic

A partnership between the University of Exeter and Applegate has secured a significant funding boost to help develop new, cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence technology to help match supply and demand for vital health equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Special relationship gets Maddy and Megan through coronavirus crisis

Two University of Exeter students Maddy and Megan have forged a special relationship that has kept Seattle resident Maddy safe and well at Megan’s UK home during the global coronavirus crisis. 

COVID-19 crisis causes 17% drop in global carbon emissions

The COVID-19 global lockdown has had an “extreme” effect on daily carbon emissions, but it is unlikely to last – according to a new analysis by an international team of scientists.

Online simulation to help public understand how diseases spread

Scientists have created an online simulation to help people understand how individual actions affect the spread of diseases.

Eavesdropping on single molecules with light by replaying the chatter

Scientists have pioneered a new technique to expose hidden biochemical pathways involving single molecules at the nanoscale.

Pine martens like to have neighbours – but not too near

Pine martens need neighbours but like to keep their distance, according to new research.

Dementia among “overlooked” conditions linked to high risk of severe COVID19 in older people

A new analysis shows which certain pre-existing diseases may put older people at risk of developing more severe COVID-19, implying they may need special treatments and more shielding.

Chemical composition of bedrock limits vegetation growth in karst regions, research shows

Scientists have revealed the critical role that the chemical composition of bedrock plays in limiting vegetation growth in some of the world’s most barren and rocky terrains.

University of Exeter Student Startup Team launches COVID-19 Startup Support Fund

The University of Exeter’s Student Startup team has launched a new funding initiative, designed to support innovative projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dozens of prehistoric, Roman and medieval sites discovered by archaeology volunteers working at home during lockdown

Dozens of previously-unrecorded Roman, prehistoric and medieval sites have been discovered by archaeology volunteers based at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

‘Pingers’ could save porpoises from fishing nets

Underwater sound devices called “pingers” could be an effective, long-term way to prevent porpoises getting caught in fishing nets with no negative behavioural effects, newly published research suggests.

Exploring the Exe Estuary with Tidelines community project

A new community project designed to celebrate and explore the Exe Estuary and coast, has been launched.

Professor Sir Steve Smith announced as patron of Exeter College

University of Exeter Vice Chancellor Sir Steve Smith has been announced as a Patron of Exeter College, becoming just the second person to be awarded the prestigious title.

New test identifies lobster hybrids

Scientists have developed a test that can identify hybrids resulting from crossbreeding between European and American lobsters.

Voters across Europe perceive the EU as less democratic than it is, survey suggests

Large portions of voters across Europe misunderstand the workings of the European Union and think it is less democratic than it actually is, research suggests.

Traumatised communities reflecting on loss of war meant many didn’t celebrate on VE day

It is remembered as a time when seemingly everyone in Britain lined the streets to mark the end of six years of conflict around the world – but in reality the trauma of war meant many people didn’t celebrate on Victory in Europe Day.

University volunteers help build thousands of face shields for local NHS workers

Volunteers from the University of Exeter have teamed up with the local community to build thousands of disposable face shields, to help protect frontline NHS workers during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Look beyond rainforests to protect trees, scientists say

Temperate and tropical dry forests – not just rainforests – are home to thousands of unique tree species, a new study reveals.

 

Otters juggle stones when hungry, research shows

Hunger is likely to be the main driver of stone juggling in otters, new research has shown.

Spending time in the garden linked to better health and wellbeing

Spending time in the garden is linked to similar benefits for health and wellbeing as living in wealthy areas, according to a new large-scale study.

State-of-the-art imaging method provides new insights into how bacteria move and exchange genetic information

Scientists have made a pivotal breakthrough in advancing our understanding of how bacteria move and perform genetic exchange.

‘Near-unlivable’ heat for one-third of humans within 50 years if greenhouse gas emissions are not cut

Areas of the planet home to one-third of humans will become as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara within 50 years, unless greenhouse gas emissions fall, according to research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Coronavirus has led to major change in attitudes about parental responsibility for children’s education, survey shows

School closures have led to a change in attitudes among parents about who should be responsible for their child’s education, a major new survey shows.

European partnerships to research depiction of girlhood in the media brings multinational research opportunities for students

Innovative European partnerships set up by University of Exeter academics have created new cross-border research opportunities for students.

Hyperlocal project shows that “home is where the art is”

Artists from across Devon and Cornwall have harnessed their creative talents and shown that home is where the art is, to produce an inspirational set of new, small-scale arts commissions.

Exeter postgraduate researcher is Hospiscare Hero

A University of Exeter postgraduate researcher and teaching assistant has made an extraordinary donation of 3000 facemasks to help Hospiscare doctors and nurses in Devon provide compassionate end of life care during the coronavirus crisis.

Exeter scientist elected Royal Society Fellow

A leading scientist from the University of Exeter has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.