University News in Brief for Staff
Thursday 24 November 2011 Events

Impact shortlist announced
The shortlist for the inaugural Exeter Impact Awards is now online. 28 finalists across seven categories include representation from all Colleges. Much of the work of the finalists is helping to tackle major global problems. Winners are announced on 7 Dec.

Student views
More than 1,000 international and 2,400 UK students responded to the annual exit ‘barometer’ survey. They report high levels of satisfaction in their overall experience – 88% of international students (up 1%) and 90% of UK students (up 2%) – making us number 1 among 1994 group competitors and 9th in the UK for international students. 78% of international and 80% of home students would recommend Exeter to others thinking of applying. Satisfaction has increased in areas of careers advice, multicultural experience, personal learning and English language support. The survey highlights concerns about contact hours for undergraduates, and tackling PGR students’ feelings of isolation.

New appointments
Three professors, all renowned in their fields, have been appointed to the new £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) in Cornwall, due to open in October 2012. Prof Stuart Townley (Applied Mathematics) has recently taken up his post while Profs Katrina Brown (Social Science) and Robbie McDonald (Natural Environment) follow soon.  These are the first of 23 planned ESI appointments. Kevin Price is joining the University as Commercial Director, to develop a sustainable portfolio of earned income. Professor Alan Booth has been appointed as Director of Programmes, Interdisciplinary Studies Cornwall, with effect from 1 Jan 2012.

Green gown
The University of Exeter Business School has won a prestigious Green Gown award for its ground-breaking One Planet MBA programme. This is the first Green Gown win for the University.

SW Doctoral Training Centre
The ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) is an exciting new partnership between the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter to form one of the UK’s largest centres of postgraduate research training for social scientists. It draws together the established research excellence of more than 770 academic and research staff at the three institutions. A launch event is on Mon 28 Nov, 5-7pm in the Xfi building atrium, Streatham Campus.

Investors in People
Following a four-day assessment, Professional Services have successfully retained their Investors in People status. The whole ethos of IiP is to ensure staff feel involved and valued when working at the University, as well as providing a business tool framework. Thank you to everyone who was interviewed as part of the process. A full report will be provided to Professional Services early in December.

Library survey
The Library quality survey is your chance to have your say about library services on our Exeter campuses. Fill in survey online before 1 Dec and you could win an iPad. Past responses to this survey have led to an extra £75k being invested in core texts.

Travel survey
The annual travel survey is live until 3 Dec – fill it in online. Great prizes can be won. Results from last year’s survey were used to inform the University’s Sustainable Travel Plan for the Exeter Campuses 2010 -2015. For more information contact Julia Jack.

Research support
Special events have been running this week to showcase the research resources available to academics at Exeter, and enable colleagues to discuss partnership development, knowledge transfer and ways of enhancing the impact of research. Tomorrow sees the launch of the Open Innovation Platform, 2-3pm in the Innovation Centre phase 2 conference rooms 1 and 2.

Recent grants
A NERC grant of £562,510 funds Mat Collins’ multi-partner work on improving the prediction of the South Asian monsoon. Dr Ed Keedwell will be working with PCMD on a project using nature-inspired techniques to search genomes for disease markers, with £99K EPSRC funding. Dr Steven Penfield in CLES has received a BBSRC grant of £344,258.

Staff Association winners
Over 350 staff joined the Staff Association between 22 Sept and 31 Oct so were included in a prize draw. The lucky winner of an iPad was Vicki McKenna from Estate Development while Katy Griffiths from Research and Knowledge Transfer and Laura Ottery from Strategic Planning and Change both won £50 of Capital Bond Vouchers. More info on staff association website.

Christmas Lunch present plea
Following from the success of last year’s event Campus Services and the International Student Support Office will be hosting a Christmas Day lunch for any student, family member of staff who are still in Exeter. Tickets are £10 and are available until 16 Dec. 100 small presents are needed for a lucky dip for students – if you can donate one (wrapped or not) please bring it to room 160 Northcote House or contact Sue O’Hara. Student Services Christmas opening times will be available on the student webpages and via the student portal from 1 Dec.

Christmas by Candlelight
A scratch choir of over 30 staff are rehearsing madly for the Christmas by Candlelight service in the Mary Harris Memorial (University) Chapel on Tues 20 Dec at 4.30pm. All staff and students are welcome to come for carols and reflections for Christmas followed by mince pies and mulled wine.

Excellence in Exeter
The Excellence in Exeter awards ceremony celebrated the city’s young people with guests Phillip Pullman and Exeter Chief’s fly-half Henry Slade. Over 180 young people were nominated from all five Exeter secondary schools, special schools and Exeter College. The awards are a key outreach activity for the University, aiming to raise aspiration among Exeter’s young people.

International Relations alumnus Lieutenant David Alexander Grant Boyce from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards was killed in Afghanistan on Thurs 17 Nov. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Internet downtime
Planned maintenance work will affect access to the internet on Sat 17 Dec and Tues 20 Dec. More details online (scroll down page).

Savvy cyclists
The University is keen to promote savvy cycling on campus as part of UK Road Safety Week; to join the discussion on twitter use#savvycycling. A small minority of cyclists have been cycling the wrong way down Queen’s Drive, please be aware of one way routes on campus. Low price D locks (£14.34) and LED lights (£6.60) are available through the University’s Travel Plan Coordinator, Julia Jack

Sports vouchers
This year the Sports Park are offering an innovative Christmas present in the form of sports gift vouchers. Staff ‘No Strings Attached’ badminton sessions run on Tuesday lunchtimes. Just pop up to the sports park any time between 12:30-14:00. Sessions are free for platinum members and £2 for everyone else.

New Year, New Language
The FLC is offering new language courses starting in January 2012 as part of its popular Evening Language Programme. Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish will all be available as 10-week Beginners courses starting in Term 2. All courses are available for a fee to staff, students and members of the public.

Party venues
The Students’ Guild bars have a few remaining days available for office Christmas parties, with no booking fees. Food, drink and audio-visual provision are all available Call Chris Young or Tom Stephens on 01392 723563.

Fri 25 Nov, 9am – 2pm  
College of Life and Environmental Sciences ShowcaseBridging the Gaps event
Location: Geoffrey Pope 328, Streatham Campus. Please register with Helen Butler

Fri 25 Nov, 1-2pm
Seminar: Research in the media
Location: Innovation Centre phase 2

Sat 26 Nov, 7pm
Performance: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
University of Exeter Drama Department, Homerton College and HATS present ‘Simultaneous Shakespeare’
Location: Roborough, Streatham Campus

Sun 27 Nov, 2pm
Green walk
Meet outside Exeter Cathedral
Contact: Kloe Wood Lyndorff

Mon 28 Nov, 3pm
Egenis seminar
Dr Elena Simakova (Exeter)
Location: Byrne House, Streatham campus
Info: Claire Packman, 01392 725126

Mon 28 Nov, 4-6pm
Launch of the Exeter Initiative for Statistics and its Applications (ExIStA)
Location: Innovation Centre, Streatham Campus. To attend, register online.
Enquiries to Steve Brooks:

Tues 29 Nov
Housing Information Fair
Location: Great Hall, Streatham Campus

Tues 29 Nov, 4-6pm
Valuing Wildness in Animals: Migratory Birds.
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building.
Register with Helen Butler

Weds 30 Nov, 5.30pm
Bracton Law Lecture
Professor Richard Susskind
Location: Amory Moot Room, Streatham Campus

Thurs 1 Dec, 1.30pm
Vice-Chancellor’s open meeting:
Facing the future with confidence
Prof Sir Steve Smith
All welcome
Location: LT1, Queen’s, Streatham Campus

Thurs 1 Dec, 5pm
Libraries as points of communication in the Roman world
Matthew Nicholls (Reading)
Location: Amory 105, Streatham Campus

Fri 2 Dec, 9am-2pm
Farmer’s market
Location: Piazza, Streatham Campus

Fri 2 Dec, 8pm
Presentation: 1.4 billion reasons by The Global Poverty Project, to end poverty and malaria
Location: Harrison building

Sun 4 Dec, 12.30pm
Santa Sunday Lunch
2 course set lunch, disco and a gift from Santa for all children.
Location: Reed Hall

Sun 4 Dec, 4.30pm
University Service of lessons and carols
Followed by mulled wine and mince pies
Location: University chapel, Streatham Campus

Mon 5 Dec, 1pm
Vice-Chancellor’s open meeting:
Facing the future with confidence
Prof Sir Steve Smith
All welcome
Location: Room 501, Amory, Streatham Campus

Tues 6 Dec, 1pm
Seminar: Developments in Critical Disability Studies: Implications for Inclusive Education
Professor Dan Goodley (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Location: BC114, St Luke’s Campus

Thurs 8 Dec, 4pm
Xmas Conservation Lecture – The Ocean of life
Callum Roberts (York)
Location: Chapel Lecture Theatre, Cornwall campus

Thurs 8 Dec, 5pm
Ciceronian Ethics: debate and/or guidance
Malcolm Schofield (Cambridge)
Location: Amory 105, Streatham Campus

Fri 9 Dec, 12pm
Regulation of the interplay between tumour cells and non tumour cells by Eph receptors and ephrins Dr Catherine Nobes (Bristol)
Location: Lecture Theatre, Peninsula Medical School, Barrack Road, Wonford, Exeter
To register contact: Jan Smith Tel: 01392 406808

Mon 12 Dec, 3pm
Egenis seminar
Speaker: Professor Hub Zwart, Centre for Society & Genomics, Radboud University Nijmegen
Location: Byrne House, Streatham campus
Info: Claire Packman, 01392 725126

Tues 13 Dec, 12.30pm
Vice-Chancellor’s open meeting:
Facing the future with confidence
Prof Sir Steve Smith
All welcome
Location: Baring Court 114, St Luke’s Campus

Thurs 15 Dec, 9am-2pm
Tipping Points @Exeter –
Bridging the Gaps workshop led by Tim Lenton to explore how the concept of tipping points can be applied in a wide range of disciplines.
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building, Streatham Campus. register with Helen Butler

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
All welcome
Location: Newman E, Peter Chalk Centre, Streatham Campus

Exeter Northcott theatre events

Until Sat 26 Nov
Friend or Foe theatre

Weds 30 Nov – Sat 3 Dec
Black Bird theatre

Thurs 8 Dec – Sun 1 Jan
We’re going on a bear hunt family show


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