Ice Age wolf DNA reveals dogs trace ancestry to two separate wolf populations

An international group of geneticists and archaeologists have found that the ancestry of dogs can be traced to at least two populations of ancient wolves.

Investing in nature is key to levelling up rural regions in the UK says new report

Investing in the environment and thinking more creatively about our reserves of “natural capital” should be at the heart of the government’s levelling up agenda, a new report suggests.

University of Exeter to lead consortium for Dstl’s new Defence Data Research Centre

The University of Exeter (UoE) will lead the consortium on a new Defence Data Research Centre (DDRC), which will focus on improving the use of data for Artificial Intelligence applications.

Journalists Lyse Doucet and Krishnan Guru-Murthy and author Dolly Alderton to receive honorary degrees from the University of Exeter

Journalists Lyse Doucet and Krishnan Guru-Murthy and author Dolly Alderton will receive honorary degrees from the University of Exeter this week.

New resources designed to prevent cruel and inaccurate representation of self-harm in literature

Experts and campaigners working to prevent cruel and inaccurate representation of self-harm have created new resources to encourage better portrayal of those in mental distress.

Exeter students deliver top medical care to revellers at Glastonbury

Nursing and medical students from the University of Exeter put their learning into action by volunteering in the delivery of first-rate medical care to festival goers at this year's Glastonbury event.

People power can tackle climate crisis

An audience at the Glastonbury Festival has heard how people power can tackle the climate crisis.

Two Exeter diabetes researchers named "Rising Stars"

Two researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School have been recognised as rising stars in diabetes research.

Exeter researcher wins Lister Prize

A University of Exeter researcher has won the prestigious Lister Prize to support her research into fungal pathogens.

Acclaimed musician and social justice campaigner Stormzy receives honorary degree from the University of Exeter

Influential musician and social justice campaigner Michael Owuo Jr praised the "guts, grit and dedication" of students as he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Exeter for his work to promote education and fighting racial inequality.

Inspiring diversity and refugee campaigners and pioneering media and election experts amongst those being honoured at University of Exeter graduation ceremonies

Expert election number cruncher Professor Sir John Curtice, pioneering campaigner for diversity in publishing Margaret Busby and Chief Executive of Migrants Organise Zrinka Bralo will be awarded honorary degrees at the University of Exeter this week.

Gene discovery indicates motor neurone diseases caused by abnormal lipid processing in cells

A new genetic discovery adds weight to a theory that motor neurone degenerative diseases are caused by abnormal lipid (fat) processing pathways inside brain cells.

Thousands of students set to celebrate graduation as ceremonies return at the University of Exeter

Thousands of students will finally be able to mark the end of their studies in traditional style as summer graduation ceremonies return at the University of Exeter.

Volunteers mark decade of horticulture and friendship at community garden connecting students and their neighbours

Volunteers are marking a decade of innovative horticulture at Exeter’s Community Garden - where students work with their neighbours to cultivate food and friendship.

Celebrate winners of the PRISM Exeter's Queer Science Competition 2022 at special Pride Month event

Young people will be honoured for their work to highlight the achievements and impact of LGBTQ+ scientists, engineers and mathematicians at a special Pride Month event.

Who wants to be a billionaire? Most don’t – which is good news for the planet

A new study busts the long-held economic belief that humans are all motivated to want more and more, which could have important implications for sustainability policies.

 

Researchers develop the world's first ultra-fast photonic computing processor using polarisation

New research uses multiple polarisation channels to carry out parallel processing – enhancing computing density by several orders over conventional electronic chips.

University of Exeter receives £1.8 million funding boost

The University of Exeter has been awarded more than £1.8 million to enable researchers to unlock the potential value of their work, and kickstart new ways in which to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Research reveals true extent of sea turtle conservation success

The true extent of how successful conservation efforts to protect sea turtle populations along the western coast of Central Africa have been revealed in a new study. 

Numbers and experience count in mongoose warfare

Strength in numbers and experienced individuals are both vital in mongoose warfare, new research shows.

New research gives insights into how organelles divide in cells

A pioneering study has shed new light on how subcellular organelles divide and multiply.

Science Futures to make Glastonbury debut

Festivalgoers can learn about climate change, space travel, plant power and much more at Glastonbury's new Science Futures area.

Evocative new sculpture to be unveiled at the University of Exeter

An unusual and thought-provoking new sculpture, created to characterize how science is confronting one of the world’s biggest threats to human health and food security, is set to be unveiled at the University of Exeter. 

Universities of Exeter and Queensland renew their commitment to working in partnership to find solutions to pressing global challenges

During a recent visit to the University of Exeter, Professor Deborah Terry AO, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland, and Professor Lisa Roberts, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter, signed an agreement renewing the Universities’ partnership through the QUEX Institute for a further five years, and discussed their shared vision for the future.

Multiple heart-related conditions linked to triple dementia risk, regardless of genetics

Having multiple conditions that affect the heart are linked to a greater risk of dementia than having high genetic risk, according to a largescale new study.

Otters learn from each other – but solve some puzzles alone

Otters learn skills from each other – but they also solve some mysteries alone, new research shows.

Exeter researcher rediscovers unique story of an African prince in Exeter

The rediscovery of a unique visit by an African prince to Exeter has encouraged a researcher to find links between the city and the Eritrean Ethiopian region.

Free Soapbox Science talks in Exeter

Fish on painkillers, the power of tiny shrimps and late-night snacking by bumblebees are just some of the subjects on offer at this year's Soapbox Science in Exeter.

Award success for ‘healthy’ chocolate business

A climate conscious confectionary business based in St Austell has won two coveted Free From Food Awards after receiving support from the University of Exeter, Cornwall Student Start-up programme.

Major new international research reveals new evidence about when, where, and how chickens were domesticated

New research transforms our understanding of the circumstances and timing of the domestication of chickens.

Experts celebrate shipshape partnership to reveal more about Cornwall’s maritime history

Experts from the University of Exeter and National Maritime Museum Cornwall are celebrating their continuing partnership. They are working together to spread the word about the region’s fascinating maritime history.

Social mobility prospects bleak for Jubilee Generation

Social mobility prospects for the current generation of school-aged young people are bleak, warns a major new report published today to mark the 25th anniversary of the Sutton Trust.

Art installations across Exeter to feature a Deaf pub night, graffiti, second-hand furniture and balloons

Empty Exeter shops will be filled with pioneering art installations featuring second-hand furniture, graffiti and balloons as part of a now-annual festival.

Talking Deck to help people with life and health issues

A new "Talking Deck" will help shape conversations at an Exeter wellbeing hub.

Legislation focused on obscenity and indecency will not help to keep children safe online, expert warns

Laws that are premised on the traditional notions of obscenity and indecency will not help to keep children safe online, a leading expert has warned.

Stunning new exhibition connects computer art with the ancient tradition of glassmaking

A stunning new exhibition connecting paintings made by computers with the ancient tradition of glassmaking is part of major new research to document, exhibit and preserve digital art.

No "echo chambers" in Reddit climate debate

Climate change debates on Reddit don't happen in polarised "echo chambers", new research suggests.

Influence of remarkable Hispanic women honoured though major historical project

More remarkable Hispanic female pioneers in journalism, sport and the arts have been honoured as part of a major historical project.

AI learns coral reef "song"

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can track the health of coral reefs by learning the "song of the reef", new research shows.

Medical Student sets up community Triathlon Club, inspired by Truro’s scenery

University of Exeter Medical Student sets up a community triathlon club to engage the people of Truro.

British coral predicted to be resilient to climate change

An iconic coral species found in UK waters could expand its range due to climate change, new research shows.

Drug resistance molecule can spread though bacterial 'communities'

DNA molecules called plasmids – some of which protect bacteria from antibiotics – can spread rapidly through bacterial "communities" that are treated with antibiotics, new research shows.

People must be 'heart' of climate action

Tackling the climate crisis can only be achieved by "placing people at the heart of climate action", researchers say.

Pioneering study identifies global dynamics of Antibiotic Resistance

Scientists have used ideas from artificial intelligence to identify patterns of antibiotic resistance around the world.

Peer visits University of Exeter to see state-of-the-art Offshore Energy Research

The Royal Society’s annual Pairing Scheme brings together scientists and policymakers to let research inform policy-making and policy questions shape the research.

Exeter partners with Surrey to support set-up of new medical school

The University of Exeter is supporting the University of Surrey in setting up a medical school for the first time.

Newly discovered ancient Amazonian cities reveal how urban landscapes were built without harming nature

A newly discovered network of “lost” ancient cities in the Amazon could provide a pivotal new insight into how ancient civilisations combined the construction of vast urban landscapes while living alongside nature.

'Democracy' governs mass jackdaw take-offs

Jackdaws use a "democratic" process to decide when to leave their roosts en masse, new research shows.

'Make or break' year for protecting nature

2022 is a "make or break" year for protecting nature and tackling climate change, a leading scientist says.

Children who play adventurously have better mental health, research finds

Children who spend more time playing adventurously have lower symptoms of anxiety and depression, and were happier over the first Covid-19 lockdown, according to new research.

'Traffic calming' boosts breeding on coral reefs

Coral reef fish breed more successfully if motorboat noise is reduced, new research shows.

Satellites and drones can help save pollinators

Satellites and drones can provide key information to protect pollinators, researchers say.

University of Exeter’s Q-Step centre helping to plug shortages of graduates able to analyse data, evaluation shows

The University of Exeter’s Q-Step centre is helping to tackle the national shortage of graduates with the skills to use data to better understand society, an evaluation shows.

Uncovering hidden cultures in workplaces can help make businesses more inclusive, according to social mobility expert

Companies should introduce ways of uncovering informal hidden cultures to create more inclusive workplaces, a social mobility expert has told parliamentarians.

Comic illustrated by former UK Comics laureate depicts experiences of shame in medical learning

A new comic will be used to teach medical students about the role of shame in their training to become doctors.

Scallops swim into illuminated fishing pots

Scallops are drawn to illuminated fishing pots like moths to a flame, new research shows.

Deep ocean warming as climate changes

Much of the "excess heat" stored in the subtropical North Atlantic is in the deep ocean (below 700m), new research suggests.

Exeter signs MoU to boost collaboration on Spaceport Cornwall

A strategic partnership, designed to help place Cornwall at the forefront of British science and innovation in space, has received a significant boost. 

Track which political parties represent your views with new online tool

A new online tool helps people to see how closely their views match with policies of political parties around the UK.

Pioneering research facility receives funding boost to achieve net zero

A pioneering new research facility, designed to solve some of the most pressing global environmental challenges of our time, has received a near £1 million funding boost to achieve “Net Zero” status.

Exeter’s museum to host a pop-up exploring the future of the High Street

The pop-up, RAMM about Town, is a pilot project of the Creative Arc, a unique collaboration between the University of Exeter, Exeter City Council, Art Work Exeter, and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM).

Asking for ideas boosts collective action

Members of minority groups can boost collective action by seeking the ideas and perspectives of fellow group members, new research shows.

Sea turtle success stories along African east coast – but thousands still dying

Conservation of sea turtles along Africa's east coast has made good progress – but tens of thousands still die each year due to human activity, researchers say.

New exhibition shows stories of parents navigating work and family life in Exeter

Families in Exeter navigating the challenges and joy of working alongside bringing up children have told their stories as part of a new exhibition.

University of Exeter’s growth in Research Power recognised in REF2021

The University of Exeter’s commitment to producing world-leading research has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Peru "pinger" trial deters dolphins but not whales

A trial of underwater sound devices called pingers reduced the number of dolphins caught in fishing nets – but did not deter humpback whales.

First detailed academic study of East African maritime traditions shows changes in boatbuilding

The first detailed academic study of East African maritime traditions shows changes in boatbuilding techniques but the continuing use of wooden vessels by fishers.

Exeter extreme medicine experts deliver £890,000 in life-saving medical aid to Ukraine

Global experts in delivering medical training for people working in remote environments have galvanised more than £645,000 worth of life-saving medical supplies to the frontline of the Ukrainian war zone.

Research ship delves into ocean history

A research ship is taking seabed samples from the North Sea and North Atlantic to find out what the oceans were like before major changes caused by humans.

Exeter researcher elected Fellow of Royal Society

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

AI set to transform science and engineering in Canada

Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to transform how science and engineering is conducted and funded in Canada, bringing both tremendous opportunities and risks, according to a new expert panel report from the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA).

Major new study will investigate impact of innovative orchestra performances which use dance, drama and film

A major new study will analyse the impact of ‘theatrical’ performances by British orchestras, which use dance, acting and film, and are attracting new audiences.

Historic graffiti made by soldiers sheds light on Africa maritime heritage, study shows

Historic graffiti of ships carved in an African fort were drawn by soldiers on guard duty watching the sea, University of Exeter experts believe.

Exeter undergraduate wins prestigious national award

University of Exeter student Isabelle Brown is celebrating after securing a prestigious national award.

Efforts to take fake news and misinformation in Africa must take account of the continent’s unique “pavement media”, study shows

The spread of fake news through “pavement media” in Africa means the continent needs unique techniques to tackle the spread of misinformation, a new study says.

Immigration rules mean reforms to give domestic workers access to the minimum wage will be hard to enforce, study says

Reforms to remove legal exemptions to give live-in domestic workers access to the minimum wage are an important step against the devaluation of this work but will be difficult to enforce because of Britain’s immigration rules, a new study says.

Experts to establish new archive of Kurdistan’s culture, history and politics

An international team of experts are establishing a major new archive of Kurdistan’s culture, history and politics.

GW4 Generator Award: Seven collaborative research communities awarded £125k funding

Projects exploring the circular economy in building construction, net zero transport systems, and antibiotic-resistance genes are among seven research communities awarded £125,000 in GW4 Alliance funding.

Royal Geographical Society awards for two Exeter academics

Two professors at the University of Exeter have received prestigious awards from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

New environmental education manifesto launch led by University of Exeter expert

A new manifesto, led by a University of Exeter academic has been launched to help young people meet the environmental challenges of the future.

Resilience of ecosystems can be measured from space

A natural habitat's ability to withstand and recover from damage can be empirically monitored from space.

Marine-i helps National Lobster Hatchery to develop an innovation to improve lobster stocks

Marine-i is supporting the National Lobster Hatchery to develop a new kind of larval rearing vessel.

South West blighted by low social mobility, experts warn in new report

The South West suffers some of the lowest levels of social mobility in the UK, blighting the prospects of hundreds of thousands of young people across the peninsula, experts have warned.

Exeter secures global top 50 position in THE Impact Rankings 2022

The University of Exeter has secured a place in an influential ranking’s global top 50 for the first time – in recognition of its steadfast commitment to sustainability, improving health and tackling inequality.

University of Exeter decarbonising supply chain

The University of Exeter is decarbonising its supply chain as part of the drive for net zero by 2030.

Pandemic left hospitality workers more vulnerable to conflict from customers and less able to challenge managers over safety due to financial insecurity, study shows

Hospitality workers felt less able to challenge and negotiate bad practice or unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study shows.

Loneliness leads to higher risk of future unemployment, study finds

Experiencing loneliness appears to lead to a higher risk of future unemployment, according to new research.

Origin of complex cells started without oxygen

The origin of complex cells started without oxygen, new research suggests.

Lighting Up Artificial Neural Networks

A team of international scientists have performed difficult machine learning computations using a nano-scale device, named an “optomemristor”.

Cut emissions "starting now" – Global Carbon Project experts

The Global Carbon Project has published its full analysis for 2021, reinforcing the need for rapid emissions cuts.

UK wildlife watchers welcome "ecological refugees"

Wildlife watchers generally welcome species that have arrived in the UK due to climate change, new research suggests.

Online lockdown outdoor science lessons boosted teachers’ skills, study shows

Online outdoor science lessons run during the pandemic helped to engage children with the subject and boosted teachers’ skills, analysis suggests.

Protected areas don’t always boost biodiversity

Protected areas such as national parks have a "mixed impact" on wildlife, according to the largest ever global study of their effects.

Scientists solve key exoplanet questions through Hubble observations

The quest to solve some of the most crucial mysteries surrounding the atmospheres of planets far outsider the solar system has taken a significant step forward

Major new poem about Cornwall’s Red River to be premiered at Tate St Ives

A major new poem inspired by Cornwall’s unique Red River – the most “unnatural” in the UK – will be premiered at Tate St Ives.

Multi-million funding for new 'terrestrial blue economy' research

A pioneering new research project, designed to unlock the true potential of sustainable shrimp production in the UK using renewable energy technology, has received a multi-million pound funding boost.

Landmark new technology to improve efficiency of sewer system surveys

A new AI tool is set to improve the efficiency of surveying sewerage systems and has the potential to benefit the entire water industry. 

Blockchain to play a key part in ensuring copyright laws can be used for 3D printing

Blockchain technology will soon be able to be applied within items produced by 3D printers thanks to pioneering work by experts.

University of Exeter experts nominated for the prestigious Wolfson History Prize 2022

Two University of Exeter experts have been nominated for the UK’s most prestigious history writing award.

Fertility support for people with variations in sex characteristics overlooked by medics, report shows

An over-medicalised approach to support for adults with variations in sex characteristics means their emotional and psychological needs are being overlooked, a new report shows.

'Whup' and 'grumble' calls reveal secrets of humpback whales

Sounds made by humpback whales – including a previously unknown call – have given researchers a glimpse of their lives in the high seas.

Experts develop new ways of visualising ancient small objects by combining technologies from archaeological research, computer graphics and video game development

Experts have developed new ways of visually representing ancient objects such as stone tools and fossils developing technologies currently only used in video games and computer graphics.

Close bond between two of Spain’s finest female writers brought to life in new stage show

The close bond between two of Spain’s finest female writers will be brought to live in a major new London stage show.

Blockchain has potential to redefine democracy and can support electoral law, an expert has said

Blockchain has the potential to redefine politics and support new electoral law, an expert has said.

Musical treasures from West Side Story, The Pink Panther and Breakfast at Tiffany’s on show as part of Bridport’s From Page to Screen Festival

Some of the best-known music from films, including The Pink Panther and ‘Moon River’ from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, is on display as part of Bridport’s From Page to Screen Festival.