University News in Brief for Staff
Thursday 15 December 2011 Events

Impact winners
Seven outstanding project teams were congratulated at the first Exeter Impact Awards. The awards featured 28 finalists across all Colleges who attended alongside 300 guests and heard a keynote speech from Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE. The awards were sponsored by Midas. Read about the winners on our Exeter Impact Awards website.

International student rise
The University has recorded a huge 17% increase in its total international student population over the past year. As of Dec 2011, there are 3,116 non-EU students across the three campuses. Once INTO-Exeter students in credit bearing courses are factored in, the number rises to 3,617 international students. We plan to recruit 4,000 international students by 2015.

Academic Services puts Customers First
Academic Services has been accredited with the Customer First Standard in recognition of excellent customer services offered to students and staff on the Exeter and Cornwall campuses. The assessor commented that it is unusual to find such a large organisation compliant after the initial assessment and commended the department on its excellent staff morale and commitment to customer service.

Winning widening participation
The Realising Opportunities partnership between the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Essex, Exeter, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Warwick, York and KCL won Widening Participation Initiative of the Year in the THE Awards.

USS Seminar
Representatives from the USS pension scheme will be here on Fri 6 Jan to give a presentation on the changes to USS and the scheme arrangements. It will start at 10am in the Moot Room, Amory building, Streatham Campus with a video link to Baring Court at St Luke’s and Seminar room E at the Cornwall Campus. To attend please email USS direct at

UCAS review
The UCAS Board is undertaking the first comprehensive review of the admissions process and has published a consultation paper with a deadline of 20 Jan. The University is supportive of change and welcomes the debate on moving to a post-results application process from 2016. We will engage with the consultation process to ensure we end up with a system that meets the needs of students and higher education providers.

Recent awards
During the Vice-Chancellor's visit to Bangalore in November it was announced that Exeter had won four UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) grants. These will develop split site PhDs in Archaeology and Drama (with the National Institute of Advanced Studies), Engineering (a project involving mobile sensor networks with the Indian Institute of Science) and Business (staff exchange with the University of Delhi). MRC funding has been awarded to a research team from Sport and Health Sciences and Psychology who will be collaborating with PCMD on a pilot randomised controlled trial with depressed patients that adds a focus on physical activity.

Internet downtime
Planned maintenance work will affect access to the internet (including for users on the Cornwall Campus) on Sat 17 Dec and Tues 20 Dec. More details online.

Staff achievements
Dr Aude Alapini Odunlade in Physics won the Institute of Physics’ inaugural Early Career Communicators’ Award. Prof Dragan Savić has been elected to the IWA Strategic Council - the global network of over 10,000 water professionals . The New Psychology of Leadership by Professor Alex Haslam et al is one of 25 books to be shortlisted for the coveted title of CMI Management Book of the Year.

Statistical expertise
The launch of ExIStA (Exeter Initiative for Statistics and its Applications) was attended by over 100 local representatives from the public and private sector. Funded jointly by Select Statistics and the University under the Bridging the Gaps initiative, ExIStA is fast becoming the region’s centre for statistical expertise, aiming to foster and promote inter-disciplinary statistical activity.

Police appeal
Devon & Cornwall Police Major Crime Investigation Team are continuing their investigation into a serious assault on a student, in Exeter in the early hours of Weds 7 Dec. The investigation team would like to re-iterate its appeal for witnesses to anyone who was in the area of Union Road, Pennsylvania Road and Prince of Wales Road, in Exeter that night who may have seen suspicious activity or heard a disturbance to contact them on telephone number 101.

Free personal alarms
As part of an increased focus on security on campus, a free allocation of personal alarms has been supplied by Campus Services. These are available on the Streatham Campus at Estate Patrol in Northcote House, Premier supermarket by Queens and Cornwall House International store; and also at St Luke’s supermarket and St Luke’s porters lodge. In addition, the Guild have more available at the Information Point in Devonshire House, the Ram bar and also the Library for students. The alarms will be issued on production of a University ID card to any member of staff who would like one.

Staff at the Cornwall Campus should be aware that the Tremough Campus Services Group and the FXU take all incidents like this and the general welfare and safety of our students extremely seriously. We work very closely with the police and other local authorities. Please encourage students to come in and see either Rich Pearson at the FXU or Michelle Lewis in the Accommodation and Welfare team if they have any issues or concerns over their own personal safety.

Laptop encryption
University laptops that store or access information that is confidential or personal must be protected. Go online to find out how to get your laptop encrypted.

We are sad to report the deaths of Sandy Simpson, former Faculty Clerk in the Faculty of Education Office in Northcote House and Membership Secretary of UERSA, and Thomas J Barling, former Senior Lecturer in Education (French), who died on 22 September 2011 at the age of 99. Dr Peter Corbin, who was Head of English and an active member of UERSA also died recently.

QR codes
The Software Office has recently launched an online Quick Response code generator. A QR code is a 2D barcode used to encode information like web links, email addresses or images to be scanned with a Smartphone. Example uses of QR codes include recruitment adverts or research publications.

£250 prize for Paddon Award
Keen film-makers, writers and composers are invited to enter the 2012 Paddon Award, established in memory of two alumni with a passion for the arts. The theme is Your Exeter, Your University. The winner will receive £250. Deadline is 30 Jan. See full entry requirements.

Staff Book Club
There are now two staff book clubs up and running – one at lunchtime, the other in the early evening after work. Books are chosen in advance to allow colleagues who are not able to make it each time to join in. The evening group meets at venues in Exeter city and the lunchtime one on the Streatham campus. If staff at the St Lukes’ or Cornwall campuses would like to join the lunchtime group via videolink please get in touch. For the latest books and meeting information see the Staff Association website.

Get sporty
Platinum sports membership at the Exeter campuses is available for £22 a month if purchased 19 Dec 2011 - 31 Jan 2012. It can be bolted onto standard or gold membership or purchased as a one-off by a non-member and includes unlimited use of the gym, fitness classes, swimming, outdoor tennis, squash, badminton, climbing and punch bag. This year the Sports Park are offering an innovative Christmas present in the form of sports gift vouchers, and sports socials for staff looking to play tennis, cricket or badminton with colleagues in the week before Christmas - contact Andy Jack.

Season’s greetings
Christmas opening hours of retails outlets, libraries and student services are available online. Holiday period arrangements for facilities on the Cornwall Campus are also available online. News in Brief will return in late January – wishing you a merry Christmas and enjoyable break.

Thurs 15 Dec, 5pm
Chronology, dialect or genre? Homer and early Greek relative clauses
Philomen Probert (Oxford)
Location: Amory 105, Streatham Campus

Fri 16 Dec, 12.30pm
Vice-Chancellor’s open meeting:
Facing the future with confidence
Prof Sir Steve Smith
Final date in a series. All welcome
Location: LT6 Laver Building, Streatham Campus

Tues 20 Dec, 4.30pm
Christmas by Candlelight
All welcome to come for carols and reflections for Christmas followed by mince pies and mulled wine.
Location: University Chapel, Streatham Campus

Thurs 5-Sat 7 Jan 2012
SUNY Model EU conference
a simulation of a European Council meeting to educate students about the EU.

Tues 10 Jan 2012, 10am – 4pm
Making links with SW stakeholders for the humanities: maximising existing connections and coordinating interdisciplinary engagements. More info online.
HUMS-LES pump-priming initiative - Phase 1
Location: Queens Building MR1

Tues 10 Jan 2012, 5pm
The Art of Listening
Professor Les Back (Goldsmiths University of London)
Location: BC114, St Luke’s Campus

Weds 11 Jan, 2-2.45pm
Research Speed Updating
Location: XFi Lecture Theatre, Streatham Campus with video link to Peter Lanyon LT3, Cornwall Campus

Mon 16 Jan, 6pm
100 years of geochronology
Professor Randy Parrish (University of Leicester and the British Geological Survey) Mineralogical Society Distinguished Lecturer
Location: Chapel Lecture Theatre, Cornwall Campus
Contact: Peter Frost

Tues 17 Jan, 5.30pm
Digital Economy: research in practice talk
Location: Chapel Lecture Theatre, Cornwall Campus

Tues 17 Jan, 6.30-8.30pm
The Sport of Science
A celebration of the relationship between Sport and Science in the lead-up to London 2012. Hosted by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.
Location: Xfi lecture theatre, Streatham Campus

Thurs 19 Jan, 5pm
The Social Function of Alcman's Louvre Partheneion
James Smith, PhD student in Classics and Ancient History
Location: Amory 105, Streatham Campus

Tues 24 Jan 2012, 1pm
Super-diversity and social class: the view from interaction
Professor Ben Rampton (Kings College London)
Location: BC114, St Luke’s Campus


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