University News in Brief for Staff
Thursday 19 April 2012 Events

Royal visit
As you are no doubt aware, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will visit the University on Weds 2 May, as part of the Diamond Jubilee Tour. The Queen will officially open and tour the Forum, and meet University staff and students and representatives for the counties of Devon and Cornwall. They will watch music and theatre performances by students, view an exhibition of research and then join guests for a Devon and Cornwall-themed lunch, prepared by University chefs.

Catalyst award
The University has been awarded £300,000 by RCUK to become a centre of excellence for public engagement in research. Becoming one of eight University Catalysts for Public Engagement will ensure public engagement becomes an embedded part of our research culture. The grant will support a three-year programme to establish new structures and processes across the University and develop the ‘Exeter Catalyst’.

International contribution
An independent report has shown that the University’s international students contribute over £104 million each year to the South West economy, supporting 3,280 jobs across the region. They boost Exeter’s economy by over £88 million a year (up by 54%) and support 2,880 jobs, equivalent to 2.8% of all employment in the city.

ESI topping out
The topping out ceremony for the Environment and Sustainability Institute takes place today (Thu 19 April) on Cornwall Campus. A traditional builder’s ceremony, the event marks reaching the highest point of construction. Representatives from the University, the Leadbitter Group, local community, our students and stakeholders will come together to celebrate this important milestone. The ESI is due to be ready for occupation in autumn 2012. Follow the ESI on Twitter and Facebook.

Student experience in spotlight
On Fri 4 May the Education Conference focuses on ‘The Student Experience: 2012 and beyond’. It is open to academics, professional staff and students with an interest in discussing and disseminating good practice about student experiences and how these might evolve going forward. The conference is the first to be held in the Forum, and has 14 workshops plus keynote speakers. Register online.

HASS strategy
Six interdisciplinary research themes have been identified to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) strategy forward, to address global challenges through a multi-disciplinary approach and tie in with funding bodies’ priorities. The themes and leading Professors are: Medical Humanities (Mark Jackson), Identities and Beliefs (David Horrell), Science, Technology, Culture (Stephen Hinchliffe), Environment and Sustainability (Neil Adger), Societal and Lifestyle shifts (Manuela Barreto), and Global Uncertainties (Steve McCorriston). £1.5m will be invested in the HASS strategy through new academic posts and a project development fund to support new interdisciplinary projects and events.

Council election
Pete Hodges (Research & Knowledge Transfer) won the recent election for a Professional Services staff member of Council with 58% of the vote. He will begin his three-year term of office in August 2012. Full results can be viewed online.

Recent grants, Exeter
Surajeet Chakravarty and Miguel Fonseca in the Business School have £150,000 from the ESRC for joint work with the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata, India on inter-group discrimination and its effects on public good provision in India. The National Institute for Health Research has awarded funding to Tamsin Ford (PCMD) for research into non-pharmacological interventions for ADHD delivered in school settings and to Christopher Morris (PCMD) for a study on what outcomes of NHS care should be measured for children with a neurodisability.

Recent grants, Cornwall
Catriona Pennell, History (Cornwall Campus) has been awarded a BA Small Research Grant of £9,700 to investigate the experiences of the 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) divisions on the Somme in 1916. Within the ESI, Kevin Gaston and Fiona Mathews (Biosciences, Streatham Campus) have obtained a DEFRA grant of £184,000 to conduct research into the impacts of street lighting on biodiversity. Robbie McDonald has obtained funding from FERA worth £92,000 for two, two-year Masters studentships for the MRes in Wildlife Disease Management.

Staff Survey coming soon
All staff will be invited to give their opinion in an anonymous staff survey running from Monday 30 April until Friday 11 May. This online survey is shorter than before, taking around 10 minutes. It provides essential feedback to ensure the University understands the views and concerns of its staff. Further information will follow shortly.

Gold Guild
The Students’ Guild achieved Gold in the national NUS Green Impact Awards. The team, led by Norrie Blackeby, has made many improvements throughout the year including lobbying IT suppliers to reduce packaging as well as launching the Exeter Community Garden. The Guild has also been awarded Gold accreditation by the NUS for its work in supporting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sport success
March’s international sport month was a great success, engaging people who have not been previously involved in campus sport. 721 International students (18.3% of all International students) took part together with 1,259 Domestic students.

Culture Festival
On Sun 20 May the Tremough Campus Culture Festival takes place, featuring Honorary Graduates Tony Robinson, Alan Cotton and Neil Canning. University staff appearing include Nicola Thomas from Life and Environmental Sciences, on Cornwall’s creative heritage, and Chris Gill from Classics and Ancient History and Nicky Britten from the Medical School, on healthcare and wellbeing in the classical and modern worlds. There will be a costume-in-context drama about Titanic, and a live celebration of folk singer Woody Guthrie’s centenary. It is associated with the Daphne du Maurier Festival in Fowey.

Sport survey
A short Sports Park Staff Survey is open until Mon 23 April; feedback and suggestions will contribute to work on the £8 million investment in new facilities.

Alumni weekend
Staff members who are also alumni are reminded that the annual Alumni reunion is on Sat 30 June. Programme and more is online. At 2.30pm Charles Tyler will give an open lecture on Dartmoor wildlife in the Alumni auditorium in the Forum.

AccessAbility matters
The AccessAbility team has been working with the Guild and Campus Services to review routes around Streatham Campus and improve accessibility. The numbers of prospective students contacting AccessAbility is higher than ever before, and dedicated email has been set up for students and parents or external organisations, with for university staff and services.

Community seeds sown
Students, staff and Exeter residents have joined forces to reinvigorate land at Queens Crescent, St James, Exeter. This builds on a series of gardening days organised by local food-growing charity Harvest. The University also donated materials.

Savings made
Campus Services saved £10,000 when appointing a supplier to read electricity meters. They worked with Procurement Services to arrange an electronic reverse auction among shortlisted suppliers. 35 minutes and a flurry of competing bids separated the starting bid of £26,500 and the winning bid of £16,000.

Cornish challenge
Kate Leyshon, Geography, is running the London Marathon, followed by the Helston Triathlon, then the Classic Quarter from Lizard to Land's End in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care. For the Classic Quarter, Kate will be joined by Mike Leyshon (Geography) and Dan Stephens (Politics) from Cornwall. Support her on the JustGiving website.

An intramural rounders league will meet on Fridays (6-10pm) from 11 May and Saturdays (4-8pm) from 12 May at the Sports Park. Team entry costs £100, deadline 8 May. Sign up at the Athletic Union Office or the Sports Park Reception.

Sport relief
Staff in the Admissions Office, Laver Building, raised just over £80 for Sport Relief.

Female exercise study
Sport and Health Sciences are looking for women aged 25 -45, not currently taking regular exercise, for a research project. Participants will receive information on their bone mineral density and body composition as well taking part in a 16 week supervised training study. Contact Prof Peter Krustrup or 01392 722878.

Until Mon 30 April
Based on Baskin
Prints inspired by the work of Leonard Baskin by young people aged 13-19 years from across Devon taught by the University of Exeter Art Society and Double Elephant Print Workshop.
Exhibition open Mondays 9am – 8pm, Tuesdays 9am – 5pm
Location: Kay House Duryard, Lower Argyll Road, Exeter, EX4 4RG

Until Weds 25 April
Makers, Menders and Materials: Part 3
an exhibition of 40 images and accompanying texts celebrating the South West’s small-scale repair industries
Location: the Street Gallery, Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Streatham Campus

Mon 23 April, 1-6pm
Research Showcase : Centre for Sport, Leisure & Tourism Research, Business School
Location: Church House Conference Centre, Westminster

Mon 23 April, 12-2pm
Environmental Monitoring Seminar
Nathan Hill, NERC Knowledge & Innovation Manager
Location: videoconferenced to Geoffrey Pope 328a, Streatham Campus from PR9, Peter Lanyon building, Cornwall Campus
Contact: Helen Butler 01392 726208.

Tues 24 April, 12-2pm
Environmental Monitoring Seminar
Nathan Hill, NERC Knowledge & Innovation Manager
Location: Kay Building, Poldhu, Streatham Campus
Contact: Helen Butler 01392 726208.

Weds 25 April, 4pm
Cardiac peptides in myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion
Prof Gary Baxter, Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Cardiff Location: North Cloisters (NC12) Lecture theatre, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter with a telematic link to the Lecture Theatre, John Bull Building, Plymouth
Contact: Susan Westoby

Thurs 26 – Fri 27 April
Centre for Medical History conference: Desiring statues: statuary, sexuality, history
Supported by the Wellcome Trust
Keynote speakers: Dr Stefano-Maria Evangelista (Oxford) Dr Ian Jenkins (British Museum)
Location: Innovation Centre, Streatham Campus
Contact: Jana Funke

Tues 1 May, 9am to 2pm
Workshop led by Professor Jim Haywood to showcase geoengineering research at Exeter and the G360 project, with speakers from the University and Met Office and ending with a buffet lunch.
Location: Streatham Court 0.28
Register with Lois Spence. For more information about G360, please contact Jim Haywood.

Tues 1 May, 5pm
Politics, politicians and English comprehensive schools
Dr David Crook (Brunel University)
Location: Baring Court, BC114, St Luke’s Campus

Fri 4 May
Education Conference 2012
Location: The Forum, Streatham Campus

Tues 8 May, 5-6pm
Waking the Dead: Religion, Secularism, and Coping with Corpses
Inaugural lecture: Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Theology and Religion
Location: Queen’s Building, Lecture Theatre 2, Streatham Campus

Weds 9 May, 9am-2.15pm
College of Social Sciences and International Studies Showcase
Location: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies Lecture Theatres, Streatham Campus
Register with Lois Spence (

Thurs 10 May, 10am-4.30pm
The Health Technology & Society (HTS) research group inaugural symposium:
‘Bridging the gap between the sociologies of diagnosis and intervention’
Headed by Dr Susan Kelly (Egenis)
Location: Byrne House seminar room, Streatham Campus

Fri 11 May, 1-5pm
Weekend Celebration of Research and Research Methodology
The Graduate School of Education is hosting social science students from across the College (SSIS) and the wider ESRC Doctoral Training centre for practical, methods-based workshops.
Location: Baring Court, St Luke’s campus
Info: Lucy Smith on 01392 724910 or by email

Sat 12 May
Bioblitz 2012 - Hoopern Valley, Exeter

Sat 12 May
Graduate School of Education Annual Student Conference
Location: Baring Court, St Luke’s Campus
Info: Lucy Smith on 01392 724910 or by email

Sun 13 May, 7.30-10pm
Concert in aid of Hospicecare
Stan Hacking concert band
Location: St Peter’s School, Exeter EX2 5AP
Tickets £8/4 Contact 01392 447672

Tues 15 May, 1pm
The challenges of researching digital interaction: multimodality, embodiment, time and space Prof Carey Jewitt (University of London)
Location: Baring Court, BC114, St Luke’s Campus

Tues 15 May
Shaping the future lecture
The Challenges of Public Health in the 21st Century
Professor Dame Sally C Davies, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
Register by email or contact Margaret House-Hayes 01392 72576
Location: videolink to Lecture Theatre A, Streatham Court, Streatham Campus from the Chapel Lecture Theatre, Cornwall Campus.

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