University News in Brief for Staff
Wednesday 26 January 2011 Events

Budget update
In-year monitoring indicates a forecast surplus of £4.6m for 2010/11, up from £2.2m previously. The improvement has been achieved due to excellent work on in-year savings in all Colleges and Services, including £0.9m in central contingencies. The forecast surplus is still below the £7.0m needed to trigger the staff bonus but is sufficiently robust to warrant ending the recruitment slow-down. However, Colleges and Services must ensure that any recruitment in 2010/11 will still enable them to achieve their targeted surplus for 2011/12 and 2012/13.

New social sciences centre
The University has formed a partnership with Bristol and Bath to form one of the UK’s largest centres of postgraduate research training for social scientists. The South West Doctoral Training Centre will draw on the established research excellence of the three universities, including the expertise of more than 750 social science research staff. The Economic and Social Research Council has granted doctoral training centre status to the collaboration.

Staff awards
Professor John Dupré, director of Egenis, the University’s Centre for Genomics in Society, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one of the greatest honours in the scientific world. Professor Dupré has been recognised for his distinguished contribution to the history and philosophy of science. Professor Gilles Chabrier, a key member of our world-class Astrophysics team, has been awarded the Prix Jean Ricard, the highest prize for physics in France, by the Societé Francaise De Physique. He has also been awarded the Eddington Medal by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), an award which recognises investigations of outstanding merit in astrophysics. Professor David Stephenson of the Mathematics Research Institute has been elected a member of the Academia Europaea for his outstanding research in statistical climatology.

Diversity Week 2011
This week is the International Student Council’s Diversity Week. Events include an international-themed fashion show, food tasting, a movie night, workshops, a debate and a quiz. All events are open to staff and students. For further information, please contact the ISC at or look up the Diversity Week 2011 schedule.

Chinese New Year
We will be celebrating the Year of the Rabbit on Saturday 5 February in and around the new Business School building and Cornwall House at Streatham. Highlights include Dragon and Lion dancers at 3pm, fireworks at 6pm at Xfi, and live entertainment at the Northcott Theatre at 8pm. For full information, please visit our Chinese New Year 2011 web page.

New music building
The University’s new world-class music facility at Streatham will open on Wednesday 9 February with an invitation-only recital by the world-famous pianist, Imogen Cooper, an Honorary Graduate.

International Exeter film
Exeter, now ranked as a World Top-200 University, has released a film highlighting its growing international nature. Narrated by Jonathan Dimbleby, the seven minute film encapsulates our international strengths and ambitions as a top research-intensive university. The film can be viewed on the University website.

Anti-theft campaign
To help students safeguard their property, police will be delivering door-to-door advice this week in areas that have suffered from theft within the St James Ward - particularly in Pennsylvania and Union Road. Working with the University’s Student Community Wardens, police will offer, amongst other things, to ‘security mark’ valuables. Police are asking students to ensure ground floor doors and windows are secure. This advice should also be followed by those living on campus. Should you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to either a member of staff or to the police - using 999 if you have seen possible offenders in action.

Mood study: participants needed
Researchers at the Mood Disorders Centre in the Department of Psychology are conducting a study investigating the relationship between memories of past events and mood. They are looking for individuals who are feeling down or depressed at present, and have felt this way for at least two weeks. The study involves recording memories of events from your past as they pop up during everyday life. Participants who complete the study will receive a £29 voucher. If you think you may be suitable, please contact Dr Lynn Watson, 01392 726323.

Childcare voucher changes
The government is changing the rules for childcare vouchers with effect from 5 April. Higher rate taxpayers who sign up for childcare vouchers after then will only receive tax and NI relief on £124 of vouchers per month. Staff who currently receive vouchers, and both basic rate and higher rate taxpayers who join the scheme before 5 April, will be unaffected by the changes and can receive relief on £243 a month. For further information, please read: ‘2011 changes to childcare’ or contact Emma Hilton at

Post-Offer Open Days 2011
There will be eight Post-Offer Open Days taking place on Wednesdays from 2 February until 23 March, with up to 1,600 visitors expected on each occasion. Events are only open to invited offer-holders who have pre-registered. For further information, please contact Student Recruitment on 01392 724043.

Excellence awards
Nominations are open for the Professional Services Recognising Excellence Awards (PSRA), a new initiative. All staff and students are encouraged to nominate individuals or teams within Professional Services which made a positive contribution to the University throughout 2010. For nomination forms, please visit the Professional Services Recognition Awards web page. For staff without internet access, forms are available at Northcote House, reception desks, halls of residence and porters’ lodges. The deadline for entries is January 31.

GeoWeb mapping services
The Web Innovation Project is hosting a free GeoWeb awareness session on Wednesday 9 February. Maps can be created directly online and embedded in the University’s web content system in a matter of minutes. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to use Google Maps, Google Earth, Streetview and more. The session will be held at the Laver Building, Room 320, at 1pm. For more information, please contact Sue Milward.

Centre for Study of Islam
To launch the Centre for the Study of Islam in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, there will be an inaugural address on Thursday 27 January from Professor Robert Hoyland of the University of Oxford, as well as the opening of a new exhibition. A new exhibition of mosaic and calligraphy works, From Here to Eternity, will follow at 6.30pm in The Street Gallery. The address is at IAIS Lecture Theatre 1 at 5.15pm. Both events are free and open to all.

Name your price at Reed Hall
Reed Hall is offering a unique opportunity this January and February to turn the tables and name your own price for a meeting room. All that is asked in return is that you order refreshments. To make a booking, please email the Event Exeter team at, quoting ‘nyp11’.Offer applies to bookings made during January for January and February.

A Chorus Line
The Exeter Footlights, the University’s musical theatre society, is putting on A Chorus Line, from Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 January at the Northcott. The musical tells the story of a group of dancers as they audition to appear on Broadway.

Mon, 24 Jan to Fri, 28 Jan
Diversity Week 2011: Range of events. Please see Diversity Week 2011 schedule. Or contact the ISC at

Thurs, 27 January, 12 noon
Seminar: Professor William Martin of Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf on: “Hydrothermal vents and the origin of life.” Further information from: m.vandergiezen@

Location: LT6, Laver Building, Streatham.

Wed, 2 February, 4pm
Seminar: Dr Anna Gloyn, University Research Lecturer from the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, on: “Insights into glucose homeostasis from the functional characterisation of variants across the allelic spectrum.”
Location: Lecture Theatre, Peninsula Medical School, Barrack Road, Wonford, with a telematic link to the Lecture Theatre, John Bull Building, Plymouth.

Tues, 8 February, 5pm
Seminar: Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges, University of Cambridge, on: “Spaces where reading histories meet: socio-cultural, historical and spatial perspectives on young people as readers.”
Location: G18, PMS Building, St Luke’s.

Thurs, 17 February, 11.30am-2pm
Workshop: Designing and adapting buildings to meet the challenges posed by climate change. Aimed at engineers and architects. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Free of charge. Reservations: Pete Hodges, or 01392 722321.
Location: Council Chamber, Northcote House, Streatham.

Tues, 22 February, 1pm
Seminar: Professor Stephen Ball, University of London, on: “Teachers as actors/teachers as subjects: dealing with policy contradictions and contradictory policies!”
Location: BC114, St Luke’s.

Wed, 23 February, 10.30am-4.30pm
Workshop: Showcasing R&D applications of CARS Microscopy. Aimed at the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, biomedical and biochemical sectors. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Free of charge. Reservations: Pete Hodges, or 01392 722321. To try out our CARS microscope on the day, or for technical questions, please contact Dr Julian Moger, or 01392 724181.
Location: Innovation Centre.

Northcott Spring highlights

Tues 25 to Sat 29 January, 7.30pm and Sat 29, 2.30pm
A Chorus Line: Musical about Broadway performed by the University’s Exeter Footlights. Tickets from £10. Age 12+.

Tues 1 and Wed 2 February, 7.30pm
Geppetto: Cube Theatre presents Jon Welch’s new play set in 1950s New York with the help of puppets. Tickets: £12. Concessions on some seats: half price. Post show talk on Tues 1 February. Age: 12+.

Thurs 3 and Fri 4 February, 7.30pm
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical: A new musical that is entirely improvised. Comes to Exeter following three sell-out Edinburgh Fringe seasons and last year’s BBC Radio 4 debut. Tickets: from £16. Concessions on some seats: half price. Age: 12+. www.showstopper

Sat 5 February, 2.30pm
Potted Panto: CBBC's Dan and Jeff perform seven classic pantomimes in just eighty minutes and in 3D. Comes direct from the West End and a sell-out Edinburgh Festival premiere. Tickets: £9.50. Age: 6+. Family tickets available.

Saturday 5 February, 2.30pm
Potted Panto: CBBC's Dan and Jeff perform seven classic pantomimes in just eighty minutes and in 3D. Comes direct from the West End and a sell-out Edinburgh Festival premiere. Tickets: £9.50. Age: 6+. Family tickets available.

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