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Primate study ties importance of social environment to molecular markers of age in the brain

As people age, maintaining a positive and predictable social environment becomes more and more important.

Dieback of the Amazon rainforest under climate change in the latest Earth System Models

Dieback of the Amazon rainforest has long been touted as a possible climate tipping point, even though only a small minority of Earth System Models were projecting dieback. 

Underwater tsunamis created by glacier calving cause vigorous ocean mixing

Scientists on a research vessel in Antarctica watched the front of a glacier disintegrate and their measurements “went off the scale”.

First pandemic young people’s mental health review says service demand will rise

The first comprehensive study to evaluate research on the mental health of children and young people using evidence that spanned before and during COVID-19 has found an impact on mental health that could result in an increased demand for support services.

Egyptian lagoon vital to Cyprus turtles

The number of green turtles breeding in Cyprus has risen in recent years – but this bounce-back depends heavily on an Egyptian lagoon where many turtles feed, new research shows.

New technology maps movement of microscopic algae, crucial to ocean health

The movement patterns of microscopic algae can be mapped in greater detail than ever before, giving new insights into ocean health, thanks to new technology developed at the University of Exeter.

£2.6 million to fund largest ever study into social prescribing for dementia

A new study will investigate how social prescribing could be used in promoting a higher quality of life for people living with dementia. 

Scientists unravel mysteries of exoplanet atmosphere

Scientists using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have secured a major breakthrough in the quest to unravel the mysteries of the atmospheres of distant planets – a molecular and chemical profile of the exoplanet WASP-39b. 

Recognition of Kurdish rights by Persian protestors key to fundamental change in Iran

Fundamental change in Iran is only possible if there is recognition of Kurdish rights by Persian communities, an expert has said.

Guidance for solicitors on reporting serious misconduct is legally deficient and lacks clarity, experts warm

Current guidance for solicitors on reporting serious misconduct is legally deficient and lacks clarity, experts have warned.

Prestigious European research grants set to fund projects on disability-inclusive climate adaptation and women in philosophy

European Research Council Starter Grants totalling 3,000,000 Euros awarded to two Exeter academics

University of Exeter teaching resources for KS4 and KS5 pupils to bust myths around ‘common law marriage’ awarded PSHE Association Quality Mark

University of Exeter resources designed to help children learn at school about the legal consequences when relationships break down have been awarded the PSHE Association’s Quality Mark.

Exeter awarded £14 million for antimicrobial resistance research to fight “next global pandemic"

The University of Exeter and collaborators have recently been awarded £14 million for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) research – widely acknowledged as the “next global pandemic”

Exeter experts react to COP27

Researchers from the University of Exeter have given their views on the COP27 climate change conference.

Exeter Hip: history, science, and future of world-leading hip implant explored at museum event

Members of the public can learn about the history and science behind the life-changing Exeter Hip in a talk at Exeter’s largest museum.

Electric pulses save sharks from fishing hooks

Gadgets that emit small electrical pulses can drastically cut the number of sharks and stingrays caught accidentally on fishing lines, new research shows.

University of Exeter Business School wins THE Business School of the Year in industry “Oscars”

The University of Exeter Business School has been named Business School of the Year in the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards, known as the “Oscars” of higher education.

Learn about the spicy history of the chilli plant at hot chocolate-themed Exeter event

The hot and spicy history of the chilli plant will be on the menu as part of a special hot chocolate-themed event in Exeter.

Increased engagement with local communities could encourage a better sense of belonging among students

Dr Richard Vytniorgu, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, has written a policy note for the Higher Education Policy Institute on the issue of student belonging.

Exeter researchers recognised in global rankings

Twenty-one researchers from the University of Exeter have been recognised as leading experts in Clarivate’s annual highly cited researchers list.

Pension clawback adversely affected women and those with disabilities, analysis shows

Pension clawbacks have adversely affected women and those with disabilities, new analysis shows.

Artificial Intelligence can help companies better serve all shareholders, study recommends

Artificial intelligence can help reduce “short-termism” in companies and help firms better serve all shareholders, a new study recommends.

No sign of decrease in global CO2 emissions

Global carbon emissions in 2022 remain at record levels – with no sign of the decrease that is urgently needed to limit warming to 1.5°C, according to the Global Carbon Project science team.

‘Climate activism is everywhere – and not just on the streets,’ claim authors of new book

 A new book documents the ‘transformation’ of climate activism, arguing it has gone beyond the streets to exist in new and unexpected forms.

Children motivated by morality rather than social norms when it comes to the question of eating animals

Concenrs over animal welfare the chief driver of children's attitudes to meat-eating

Iranian regime “doubling down” on media manipulation in response to recent protests, analysis shows

The Iranian regime is “doubling down” on the manipulation of media in response to recent protests to create armed conflict between different ethnic groups, an expert has warned.

Ambition to succeed despite adversity motivates people from diverse backgrounds to pursue legal careers, study shows

A desire to succeed despite adversity motivates people to pursue a legal career, but barriers caused by finances and careers advice are obstacles, a new study suggests.

Alumni from Britain’s top girls’ public schools 20 times more likely to reach elite positions

Unique 120-year historical analysis of Who’s Who reveals that private girls’ schools have a propulsive effect on the trajectories of women to elite positions - but not the extent that leading private boys' schools do so with men.

New analysis shows “dire” supply and affordability gaps for housing in Cornwall

New analysis shows “dire” supply and affordability gaps for housing in Cornwall

Biodiversity economics research programme awarded £1m

A research project that will help the UK meet its biodiversity commitments and improve understanding of the effectiveness of biodiversity policies has been awarded a £1 million grant from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

New research to discover more about the “invisible community” of academics who have spent time in care

New research will reveal more about the largely invisible community of academics who spent time in care when they were children.

Exeter researcher receives prestigious Celebrating Impact Prize

A University of Exeter researcher has been named among the winners of the 2022 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) prizes.

University of Exeter at COP27 climate talks

A wide range of University of Exeter research and projects will feature at the COP27 climate talks in Egypt.

New way of exploring causes of rare condition could spare angst for families like Tilly’s

As a toddler, Tilly Douglas’s blood sugar was so variable that she would sometimes have to be on a feeding tube while eating – and would still experience dangerously low blood sugar levels within an hour. She was a regular resident at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

500 million year-old fossils reveal answer to evolutionary riddle

An exceptionally well-preserved collection of fossils discovered in eastern Yunnan Province, China, has enabled scientists to solve a centuries-old riddle in the evolution of life on earth, revealing what the first animals to make skeletons looked like. The results have been published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Regional Ambassador appointed to promote space industry in the South West

Grant Day appointed to inaugural position

Textiles industry faces ‘legislative challenges’ to clean growth, report finds

Businesses that make new products from old clothing and waste textiles face ‘legislative challenges’ that stop them from selling their products, a new report finds.

‘Summit meeting' set for South West’s artistic community

The Creative Peninsula Summit set for the Eden Project on 18-19 November

Lack of support to tackle school non-attendance leads parents to lose faith in the education system, study shows

Some parents have “lost all faith” in the education system because of a lack of support to tackle children’s non-attendance from teachers and local authorities, a new study warns.

Latest edition of influential Cyber Law Toolkit tracks online warfare around the globe

Experts behind an influential research project charting global cyber law are tracking major online attacks across the world.

Scientists say Earth is ‘unequivocally’ in midst of climate emergency

Earth’s vital signs have worsened to the point that “humanity is unequivocally facing a climate emergency”, according to an international coalition of researchers.

Transitioning from the military to civilian life can take a lifetime, new research shows

New study shows that transitioning from military to civilian life can take a lifetime and support should be available even decades after leaving service.

Online programme to support children with reading difficulties helped them make significant progress, study shows

An innovative programme to support children with reading difficulties helped them make significant progress when used online, new analysis shows.

Exeter wins £15 million NIHR funding for Westcountry’s first Biomedical Research Centre

More than £15 million in government funding will support a university-NHS partnership in setting up the Westcountry’s first Biomedical Research Centre, to translate scientific discoveries into tangible benefits for patients.

Breakthrough in protecting bananas from Panama disease

Exeter scientists have provided hope in the fight to control Panama disease in bananas.

Bumblebees revisit favourite flowers as sun sets

As the sun sets, bumblebees revisit "profitable" flowers they encountered during the day, new research suggests.

Traditional artforms take to the stage for social science festival

Camera obscura and seaside entertainment on show thanks to University academics

Why we need to talk about ‘gene-drive’ grey squirrels

Would the best way of controlling the UK’s rampant grey squirrel population be to spread genetic changes throughout the species?

A rapid switch in magmatic plumbing taps porphyry copper deposit-forming magmas

Scientists have made a fascinating new discovery about the formation of mineral deposits crucial to our transition to a ‘green economy’. 

New analysis shows “rising wave” of school absence among poorer pupils

New analysis reveals “deeply worrying” attendance gaps, with pupils entitled to free school meals increasingly likely to miss school in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pancreatic image bank expected to help advance diabetes research worldwide

The most extensive image bank of samples of the pancreas from children who developed diabetes shortly before death has gone live at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, with the aim to advance global medical research in the diabetes field.

How fluctuating oxygen levels may have accelerated animal evolution

Oxygen levels in the Earth’s atmosphere are likely to have “fluctuated wildly” one billion years ago, creating conditions that could have accelerated the development of early animal life, according to new research.

“Plant blindness” is caused by urban life and could be cured through wild food foraging, study shows

“Plant blindness” is caused by a lack of exposure to nature and could be cured by close contact through activities such as wild food foraging, a study shows.

Sustainable fishing plan for Caribbean spiny lobsters

A new project will help to ensure sustainable fishing and aquaculture (fish farming) of Caribbean spiny lobsters.

New study to map YouTube’s role in the Brazilian elections

Experts are working to discover how YouTube is influencing the Brazilian federal elections – and how the social media platform potentially contributes to a disinformation media ecosystem.

Research shows “worryingly” high levels of mental illness among those affected by the Post Office Horizon scandal

New research has shown “worryingly” high levels of mental illness in sub-postmasters affected by the Post Office Horizon Scandal.

Wastewater alert: research highlights antimicrobial resistance risk

As the dumping of untreated wastewater into the sea sparks pollution warnings, new research has identified a “significant risk” of increasing antibiotic resistance associated with wastewater systems across the UK.

UK obesity campaign risked turning fat-shaming into ‘wilful political strategy’

The government's Tackling Obesity campaign labelled “unproductive”, “ineffective” and “irresponsible”

Largest genome study provides insight into the genetics of human height

Researchers have discovered more than 12,000 genetic variants associated with human height in the largest known genome-wide study.

'Forgotten' forests and savannas vital to people, biodiversity and climate

With massive international focus on rainforests, the vital importance of tropical dry forests and savannas is being overlooked, researchers say.

Major new study shows 'concerning' levels of physical and mental health problems among farmers and agricultural workers

A major new study shows “concerning” levels of physical and mental health problems among farmers and agricultural workers.

Exeter partnership launches world-first national genetic testing centre

Partnership between healthcare professionals and academics in Exeter develops world-first national genetic testing centre.

£200,000 research grant awarded to find high-risk lung cancers

A £200,000 grant has been awarded by Cancer Research UK to improve early detection of lung cancer.

Positive childhood experiences of blue spaces linked to better adult well-being

New study concludes that adults with better mental health are more likely to report spending time around coastal waters, rivers and lakes as children.

Optimising mental health support for children with ADHD in schools

A new research project aims to provide a toolkit holding resources for teachers facing challenges of supporting children with ADHD in schools.

Search engine spinout company awarded innovation prize

Spinout company Senseful AI wins Blavatnik Prize for Innovation

Parental age could be key factor in helping thoroughbred horses be first past the post

In a sport where the finest of margins can determine the winner, a new study has shown that parental age can be a determining factor in who comes out on top in horse races.

Centre for Water Systems secures funding boost for pivotal research and education projects

Two pivotal new projects, led by experts from the University of Exeter and designed to bolster research and education within the water sector, have secured a significant funding boost.

Study is first to show role of genomic changes in specific brain cells in Alzheimer’s disease

New research - which studied genomic changes in different types of brain cell - has yielded a potentially surprising result.

 

Key breakthrough links changes in length-of-day with climate prediction

Scientists have made a key breakthrough in the quest to accurately predict fluctuations in the rotation of the Earth and so the length of the day - potentially opening up new predictions for the effects of climate change. 

Health, care and social services should be designed to be sensitive to people’s shame, experts urge

Experts call for health, care and social services to be designed in a manner that is more sensitive to shame experiences of their users.

Agricultural rewilding can help restore the environment and support production of high-welfare food, researchers say

Rewilding landscapes using elements of farming practice can help to restore ecosystems and produce high-welfare, high-quality food, researchers say.

New book raises the curtain on the history of British pierrot troupes and concert parties

New book examines the torigins, evolution and impact of the popular seaside performance

Offering healthcare services at livestock marts will help to remove stigma about seeking help among agricultural community, study shows

Research shows that offering healthcare services in lifestock marts will help erode stigmas associated with mental health in the agricultural community

Philanthropy expert curates exhibition with Yale in the United States of America

Dr Andrew Rudd invited to the USA for a series of public events on the nature and origins of charity

200 healthcare workers share experiences of shame as part of new podcast documentary series

New podcast documentary series highlights shame experiences of more than 200 healthcare workers

Extraordinary moments of coronavirus crisis seen in new interactive art exhibition

An interactive online exhibition captures extraordinary moments of the coronavirus pandemic, as expressed by millions across the country.

A study from the University of Exeter reveals a master regulator controlling fungal infection of wheat

The discovery of a "master regulator" for pathogenicity is crucial in the development of control strategies.

Family ties give animals reasons to 'help or harm' as they age

The structure of family groups gives animals an incentive to help or harm their social group as they age, new research shows.

New book published on acclaimed British filmmaker Bill Douglas

New book provides first major retrospective of the work of Bill Douglas in 30 years

Ancient documents give unique glimpse into Malta’s magic history

From love charms to getting rid of demons and curing illness, ancient documents give a unique glimpse into how magic was used in Malta 

Experiences of racism in society must form part of any evaluation of the long-term impact of coronavirus social distancing, study says

Experts suggests that people's experiences of racism prior to COVID-19 must be considered when evaluating impact of social distancing

Documentary film about improving the experience of living with dementia premieres

An innovative and interactive play exploring communication involving people with dementia has been made into a film.

New bid to 'outflank' antimicrobial resistance

A major new project will investigate the defence mechanisms of bacterial cells, to help stop the spread of drug-resistant genes.

Major new study to show how Parliament can be better adapted for disabled politicians

A major new study will show how Parliament can be better adapted for politicians with physical and mental health difficulties.

National prize for ground-breaking book on The First World War and Cinema

National prize awarded to film expert for ground-breaking book on wartime cinema

Fertilisers cause more than 2% of global emissions

Synthetic nitrogen fertilisers account for 2.1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, new research shows.

Research exploring honesty in gossip is winner of Ig Nobel Peace Prize

An Exeter academic's paper on the subject of gossip has been awarded the 2022 Ig Nobel Peace Prize.

Lack of public appreciation contributes to loneliness in farming, study shows

A lack of public appreciation for farmers and understanding of the work they do and the pressures they’re under contributes to feelings of loneliness, according to a new study.

Lack of technical and financial support hinders efforts to implement global guidelines for antimicrobial resistance in Benin and Burkina Faso, study shows

Lack of technical and financial support hinders efforts to implement global guidelines for antimicrobial resistance in Benin and Burkina Faso, new research shows.

New book that frames Second World War as 'violent end of global imperialism' wins Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History

A critically lauded account of the Second World War has been awarded the country’s foremost prize for military history writing.

Quest to uncover intricacies of exoplanet atmospheres reaches important milestone

The quest to uncover intricacies of the atmospheres of faraway planets has reached an important milestone.

Major new tipping points initiative launched at conference

Efforts to activate "positive tipping points" to tackle the climate crisis have been boosted by a £1 million (US$1.15m) grant from the Bezos Earth Fund.

Little Ice Age study reveals North Atlantic reached a tipping point

Scientists have used centuries-old clam shells to see how the North Atlantic climate system reached a "tipping point" before the Little Ice Age.

Ukrainian researchers welcomed under humanitarian programme

Six researchers from Ukraine are being offered the chance to continue their work in safety in Exeter and Cornwall thanks to a recently launched nationwide programme.

Researchers identify how science can help cities and companies to operate within Earth system limits

What businesses and cities must do to stay within ‘safe and just’ environmental limits for carbon, water, nutrients, land and other natural resources is the subject of a new set of recommendations from Earth Commission experts.

New national network launched to boost innovation

A multi-million-pound national network has been launched to accelerate UK innovation and assist the exchange of ideas and knowledge between industry and academia.

University of Exeter researchers host family fun day to share research and bust myths about ADHD

Families affected by ADHD will attend a day of fun activities at the University of Exeter, designed to bust myths, offer support and share the latest research.

Risk of passing multiple climate tipping points escalates above 1.5°C global warming

Multiple climate tipping points could be triggered if global temperature rises beyond 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, according to a major new analysis.

Prestigious medal awarded to Emeritus Professor for contribution to classical studies and ancient history

A world-renowned authority on Roman history and literature has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the field with a prestigious national award.

Experts unite to provide guidelines on exercise and physical activity in Cystic Fibrosis

World leading experts have joined forces to create a gold standard document to help people living with Cystic Fibrosis.

University of Exeter researcher wins prestigious diabetes fellowship

A University of Exeter researcher has been awarded the prestigious Diabetes UK RD Lawrence Fellowship.

Penguin publishing deal helped Virginia Woolf’s work reach a mass market, study shows

Careful deals negotiated by Virginia Woolf’s husband with Penguin Books helped her work reach a mass market, a new study shows.

Norman dominance of Europe inspired first crusades in the Holy Land, new book shows

First European crusaders of Holy Land were inspired by fame and fortune awarded to Norman conquerors in Europe.

Bees use patterns – not just colours – to find flowers

Honeybees rely heavily on flower patterns when searching for food, new research shows.

'Disconnection' and 'significant policy churn' may impact the success of T Level vocational qualifications, study warns

Disconnection between further education lecturers and industry and significant policy churn may impact on the success of T Level qualifications, a new study warns.

'Radical decentralisation' needed in Iran to allow Kurdish communities to benefit from natural resources, study argues

A radical decentralisation of politics and decision-making in Iran is needed to allow Kurdish communities to benefit from natural resources, experts have argued.

Research reveals potentially life-changing impact of internet forums on those in remission from opioid use disorder

Active participation in internet forums has the potential to provide life-changing social benefits and wellbeing for people who are in remission from opioid use disorder

Scientists study tourists to protect great apes

Researchers are protecting great apes from diseases by studying the behaviour and expectations of tourists who visit them.

Congo creates first Marine Protected Areas

The Republic of the Congo has created its first ever Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), supported by a research team including the University of Exeter and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

How ‘prediction markets’ could improve climate risk policies and investment decisions

A pivotal new study has shown that a market-led approach could be key to ensuring governments and businesses are properly informed about their exposure to future climate risks.

First exoplanet image from James Webb Space Telescope revealed

Astronomers from the University of Exeter have led the effort to capture the first-ever direct image of an exoplanet using the pioneering James Webb Space Telescope.

Crime-scene technique identifies asteroid sites

Analysing the charred remains of plants can confirm the locations of asteroid strikes in the distant past, new research shows.

Terrorism became more important issue for voters following Manchester bombing, study shows

Terrorism became a more important issue for voters during the 2017 General Election because of the Manchester bombing, a new study shows.

Half of pupils who get low grades in GCSEs already judged to be behind at age 5, study finds

Assessments of children as early as age 3 and 5 are powerful predictors of who will go on to fail to secure good GCSE results in English language and maths, a major study has revealed.

Expressing ‘true self’ may prove elusive for transitioning employees

Trans employees who are transitioning in the workplace go through a complex process of ‘endless becoming’, according to a new study.

Creative industries may hold the key to economic prosperity in coastal and rural communities

Increased investment in the creative industries and improved levels of business support could be the key to helping coastal and rural communities reduce their reliance upon tourism for economic prosperity. 

Longer wait for some forms of cancer diagnosis for Black and Asian patients

Black and Asian patients are waiting up to a month longer than White patients for some forms of cancer diagnosis from the point at which they first seek medical help, new research has found.

Majority of posts on extremist online forums made by “hyper” poster cliques, study shows

Most posts in extremist online forums are made by a clique of particularly committed members, a major new study shows.

Stronger religious beliefs linked to higher levels of sexual satisfaction, study shows

Having stronger religious beliefs is linked to higher levels of sexual satisfaction, a new study shows.

New method of measuring economic inequality could improve policy outcomes

Social scientists have urged policy-makers and governments to rethink how income inequality is measured.

Beef farmers want to transition to net zero – but practical and financial barriers are standing in their way, report warns

Practical and financial barriers associated with reducing carbon footprints and capturing more carbon are standing in the way of beef farmers making the transition to net zero, a report warns.

Struggling to choose between Liz or Rishi? New website will help you make your pick

Voters struggling to understand what the Tory leader contest means for them can get help from a new website.

Scientists stunned by vast insect migration

Migratory insects cross at least 100km of open sea to reach Cyprus on the way to mainland Europe.

Community relay run will bring the epic journey of the Exe Salmon to life

A community relay event designed to celebrate the epic journey of the Atlantic Salmon is set to take place along the banks of the River Exe next month. 

Government should enlist expertise of the private sector to fight kleptocracy, experts urge

Experts have urged the Government to enlist the expertise of the private sector to fight kleptocracy.

Considering genetic risk in prostate cancer referrals could lead to earlier diagnosis

Men at the highest risk for prostate cancer could be fast-tracked for investigation if their genetic risk was considered in general practice, new research has concluded.

Exeter researchers help secure £6.5m Wellcome Trust grant for new project on global health crises

Experts in Medical History and English Literature at the University of Exeter have helped to secure a new multi-million-pound research grant for a project that will look at how our concept of time impacts the way we approach global health crises.

Songs, stories and food used to showcase impact of Penryn’s Loveland Community Field at unique event

Songs, stories and vegetables and grain grown in Penryn helped showcase Loveland Community Field.

New study maps the influence of organised crime and the wealthy over Russian foreign policy

Russian foreign policy-making is often guided by elites, intermediaries, private companies, and organised crime groups rather than the national interest, a new study shows.

European cities need more legal flexibility to prepare and protect residents from the climate emergency, study warns

Laws intended to protect the environment in European cities must be more flexible in order to protect residents from the climate emergency, experts have warned.

Humour used in English-language terrorist propaganda magazines to reinforce identity, study shows

Humour is used in English-language jihadi terrorist magazines to reinforce identity and help groups bond, research suggests.

Learning how clothes are made has a “transformative” effect on people’s relationship with fast fashion

Knowing more about how clothes were made can have a transformative effect on people’s relationship with fast fashion, a new study shows.

University of Exeter researcher’s thought-provoking photograph among winners in Alzheimer’s Society’s first ever image competition

A thought-provoking photograph captured by a University of Exeter researcher has won the ‘Unexpected’ category in Alzheimer’s Society’s first ever image competition.

Community growing schemes and mapping empty housing identified as key sustainability goals for Cornwall

Supporting community growing schemes and mapping unused properties to house local people have been identified as sustainability goals for the coming year by community leaders across Cornwall, according to a new report.

University of Exeter leads global rock art symposium in the Amazon

Archaeologists at the University of Exeter are playing a leading role in a first-of-its-kind global event that will showcase ancient rock art from the earliest humans to enter the Amazon.

Amazon's growth limited by lack of phosphorus

Growth of the Amazon rainforest in our increasingly carbon-rich atmosphere could be limited by a lack of phosphorus in the soil, new research shows.

Study achieves longest continuous tracking of migrating insects

Insects are the world’s smallest flying migrants, but they can maintain perfectly straight flight paths even in unfavorable wind conditions, according to a new study from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (MPI-AB) and the University of Konstanz in Germany, and the University of Exeter in the UK.

Safeguarding Indigenous Peoples’ lands could save primates

Safeguarding Indigenous Peoples' lands offers the best chance of preventing the extinction of the world's primates, researchers say.

New book reveals the historical and political inspirations of Star Wars

Real-world historical events and political actors have played a pivotal role in shaping the Star Wars universe according to a ground-breaking new book published this week.

Education experts awarded prestigious National Teaching Fellowships

Two education experts renowned for their innovative approaches to teaching and learning and professional development have been recognised with a prestigious national fellowship.

Harmful antipsychotics prescribing jumped 50 per cent in dementia care homes during pandemic

Prescribing of potentially harmful antipsychotics to people with dementia has increased by more than 50 per cent on average in care homes during the pandemic, new research has found.

How measuring blood pressure in both arms can help reduce cardiovascular risk and hypertension

Blood pressure should be measured in both arms and the higher reading should be adopted to improve hypertension diagnosis and management, according to a new study.

Exeter’s environmental expertise makes Bristol Avon Catchment Market a world-first

Nature-based projects that help the environment will be incentivised through an innovative new online market.

Mindful employees find their jobs less boring and are less likely to quit

Employees who practise mindfulness are less bored at work and less likely to quit, according to a new study.

Climate change: potential to end humanity ‘dangerously underexplored’

Global heating could become “catastrophic” for humanity if temperature rises are worse than many predict or cause cascades of events we have yet to consider, or indeed both. The world needs to start preparing for the possibility of a “climate endgame”.

Cloud study demystifies impact of aerosols

Aerosol particles in the atmosphere have a bigger impact on cloud cover than previously thought.

Fieldwork carried out over 20 years will show comprehensive history of modern Shiʿism’s foundational intellectual moment

Fieldwork over two decades will help experts produce the first comprehensive account of modern Shiʿism’s foundational intellectual moment.

Breakthrough in understanding why we struggle to recognise the faces of people from different racial backgrounds

Cognitive Psychologists at the University of Exeter believe they have discovered the answer to a 60-year-old question as to why people find it more difficult to recognise faces from visually distinct racial backgrounds than they do their own. 

Metaphor and images should be used alongside traditional medical scales for patients to describe pain, study says

Patients should be able to use images and metaphors alongside traditional medical scales to describe their pain to doctors, a new study says.

‘New customer behaviours’ are key to developing circular economy, report finds

Consumer behaviour needs to change fundamentally to ensure the successful transition to a circular economy, according to a new report.

Scientists unravel mystery behind formation of first quasars in the early universe

The quest to unravel the mystery behind the formation of the first quasars in the early universe has taken a significant step forward.

Famine and disease drove the evolution of lactose tolerance in Europe

Prehistoric people in Europe were consuming milk thousands of years before humans evolved the genetic trait allowing us to digest the milk sugar lactose as adults. 

University of Exeter hosts British Association for Applied Linguistics Vocabulary Special Interest Group Annual Conference 2022

The University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education hosted the British Association for Applied Linguistics Vocabulary Special Interest Group’s Annual Conference 2022.

£850,000 NIHR funding for new Exeter bipolar research

More than £850,000 from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) will fund University of Exeter research into treatment for people living with bipolar, aimed at developing new talking therapies.

‘Democratic AI’ makes more favoured economic policy decisions

Artificial intelligence systems that are trained to align with human values could be used to develop more popular economic policies, a new study has found.

Exeter part of new £2.3m clinical trial to benefit children with neurodisability

The University of Exeter is part of a new £2.3m clinical trial called PARROT, led by UK researchers from the University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Women-led businesses hit harder during height of COVID, study finds

Businesses led by women were hit harder by COVID-19 than those led by men, according to a new study.

How wildflower seed can help business bloom

The vital role of wildflower seeds in pollinating our food, maintaining biodiversity and contributing to the economy will be highlighted on National Meadows Day (2 July) in two new reports published by the South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity Programme (SWEEP).

Introducing the Real Living Wage to Penzance would improve the local economy, new research suggests

Giving Living Wage Town status to Penzance would help improve the local economy and the reputation of the area, new research shows.

Little objective evidence to show effectiveness of learner-centred teaching methods, study warns

There is currently relatively little objective evidence that the much-promoted “learner-centred” approach to teaching is effective, according to new research.

Little objective evidence to show effectiveness of learner-centred teaching methods, study warns

There is currently relatively little objective evidence that the much-promoted “learner-centred” approach to teaching is effective, according to new research.