University News in Brief for Staff
Thursday 26 January 2012
Cornwall edition

£4.2m for doctoral training
The BBSRC has awarded £4.2m to a new partnership to establish the South West as a centre for international excellence in training for bioscience and food security research. The South West Doctoral Training Partnership unites the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Rothamsted Research to train future generations of scientists. Our increasing strength in science and technology is reflected by the doubling of awards granted from the BBSRC in the last year. We are now part of two major doctoral training centres, following the ESRC funding a collaboration between the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Bath to train PG social scientists last Autumn.

Tremough Innovation Centre
The new state-of-the-art business innovation centre on land adjacent to the Cornwall Campus has now been completed. The £13m Tremough Innovation Centre (TIC) will provide facilities and resources to help both existing and start up companies to accelerate and grow. The low carbon building will house up to 70 businesses with four shared meeting rooms, break out rooms and a conference facility, and will help create more than 140 jobs.

Exeter Spending Review
David Allen has launched the Exeter Spending Review process, to make more efficient use of College and Professional Services resources and reduce duplication of activity. It aims to empower staff and direct resources towards meeting the Students’ Guild priorities, such as improving our staff:student ratio. The purpose of the exercise is to set us on course to deliver on student expectations, while creating a sustainable Academic community. Alongside the Spending Review, Neil Armstrong will be leading a review of planning and budgeting, with outcomes feeding into planning for 2013/14.

LEAN begins
An integral part of the Exeter Spending Review is to implement a LEAN approach to improve efficiency and the customer experience. Starting in March, LEAN aims to improve process and is driven by staff and informed by customers. Michele Shoebridge is sponsoring the initiative, which will be programme managed by Gill Preston and pilot LEAN projects are being identified.

More academics
100 more academic members of staff are currently being recruited, growing numbers from 844 at present. A key priority for the University this year is to improve the staff:student ratio, and by September around 960 academics will working on our campuses.

Charity funds boosted
Fundraising at the Cornwall Campus generated over £3600 last term from a combination of FXU activities (including Community Action and Movember), a retiring collection at the Christmas Carol Concert and sales of festive lunches in the Stannary. Benefiting charities included the St Petroc’s Society which works with single homeless people in Cornwall. Well done everyone and thank you!

Offer-holder visit days
Offer-holder visit days are taking place on the Cornwall Campus on Sat 18 Feb, Sat 3 Mar and Sat 17 Mar. The days are one of our best opportunities to showcase our campus, departments and programmes so please get involved. Last year’s visitors reported such comments as: “My visit strengthened my impression of the department” and “Revisiting the campus made me fall in love with it all over again”. For further information, please contact Richard Prest or Jo Thacker

New £20 million research centre
A new £20 million interdisciplinary research centre will be built on the Streatham Campus to help understand how cells operate and how diseases are caused. The centre’s research will bring a new approach to understanding how diseases operate in the human body by applying engineering principles to living cells. Building work will start this year, and the centre will be funded through the University of Exeter’s £230 million investment in science, medicine and engineering.

Medical School changes
The two founding members of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry have outlined their plans to expand independently. Exeter will create a new Medical School (University of Exeter Medical School), while Plymouth will create a new Medical and Dental School (the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry). Students, patients and staff will continue to come first. Helen Ratcliffe is project managing the creation of our new medical school. Linda Peka becomes College Manager in CLES and Paula Sanderson becomes Acting College Manager in EMPS.

Top 10 matters
The Vice-Chancellor’s pre-Christmas talk is still available to view online, outlining the benefits of the University’s top 10 status. We can recruit brighter students and charge £9K fees, giving us a surplus that can be reinvested. Top 10 status increases our international profile and make-up and boosts our confidence. We can recruit the best staff and increase research income. He also revealed that the University generated £408 million for the local and UK economy last year.

Staff news
David Allen, the Registrar and Deputy Chief Executive, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List, for services to higher education. Greta Bosch in Law has been awarded a Senior Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy via the University of Exeter ASPIRE scheme - a fellowship granted for leaders in education. Sabina Leonelli in Egenis has been elected to the Global Young Academy, an organisation which selects 200 top early-career scientists to identify science-related issues of relevance to policy and society.

Election to Council
The term of office of the current Professional Services staff member of Council expires in July and members of the Professional Services staff are encouraged to consider putting themselves forward. If there is more than one nomination, an election will be held. Last time, six members of staff put themselves forward for election and there was a 34% turnout from the PS staff electorate. Download a Nomination Form or for an informal chat contact El James tel 01392 723045. Deadline Mon 6 Feb.

National Student Survey opening
The National Student Survey (NSS) will open on Mon 23 Jan, so final year undergraduates will soon get emails from the NSS team asking them to complete the survey. Please encourage students to fill it in as a high response rate in all subject areas across all campuses provides us with detailed information on what we can do to continue to improve the student experience. For more info email

Fundraising success
In an eight week campaign a team of 47 students did a great job speaking to 3,702 alumni to ask them to pledge a financial gift to the University’s Annual Fund (see below). They raised a total of £54,728, with the largest gift being £5K and the average donation £187. 68 alumni have offered to volunteer here.

Fund open
This year’s Annual Fund is now open for applications. It funds projects which enhance the University experience. Previous recipients have included a student entrepreneur in residence, the new study garden at St Luke’s and the Community Action European Project. Over £200,000 is available. Deadline for applications is Mon 20 Feb. See the website for how to apply.

We are sad to report the deaths of Dr Richard Orme, a consultant paediatrician at the RD&E and lecturer; Mike Wendon, former Assistant Director of Finance; Thomas J Barling, former Senior Lecturer in Education (French); and Dr Peter Chalk, former Treasurer, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council who of course lends his name to a key building on the Streatham Campus.

New website search
An improved search facility has been launched for the University website.  As well as improved search results, the new service has useful options to help you narrow down your search.

Film partners
A new partnership between the University of Exeter and the London Film School will lead to a unique programme offering doctoral students the opportunity to develop both research and professional skills in film.

Office at home
As an extension of our Microsoft Campus Agreement, staff can now download a personal installation of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 for £8.95. Full details are online (accessible only to staff).

Discounted gym membership
Members of staff from the University of Exeter (and University College Falmouth) who sign up online for direct debit membership of the Tremough Campus Sports Centre will receive their first month’s membership for free. To sign up visit the membership page and enter in promotional code: Trem001.

Sat 28 Jan, 9.30am to 9.30pm
Ways of Watching – A Winter Dance Symposium, exploring issues around how we watch dance,
Location: Studios B and C, The Performance Centre, Cornwall Campus, Ticketed

Tues 31 Jan, 1pm
Talk: Postgraduate admissions Q&A followed by Why do a Postgraduate degree at 1.35pm
Location: Videolink to Seminar Room C, Daphne du Maurier building, Cornwall Campus

Weds 1 Feb, 4.30pm
Tremough Seminar Series
Sympathy vs. Intimacy: George Eliot, M. E. Braddon and Mid-Victorian Taxonomies of Feeling
Dr Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi (University of Exeter)
Location: Peter Lanyon LT 2, Cornwall Campus

Thurs 2 Feb, 7-9pm
Cornish Institute of Engineers lecture
Mines, Maps and Models: a remarkable display of 3D computer-generated models of Cornish mines. Dr Keith Russ
Location: Chapel Lecture Theatre, Cornwall Campus

Weds 15 Feb, 4.30pm
Tremough Seminar Series
Climate change and public engagement in archaeology
Dr Tom Dawson (University of St Andrews)
Location: Peter Lanyon LT 2, Cornwall Campus

Thurs 16 Feb, 4.15pm
University of Exeter Human/Cultural Geography Seminar
Views of (Distant) Bridges: Landscape, Affect and Emotion Memories (Method Acting) with Owain Jones, Countryside & Community Research Institute
Location: LT1, Peter Lanyon building, Cornwall Campus

Weds 22 Feb
Mental health and wellbeing day
Info: Rachel Bragg

Weds 29 Feb, 4.30pm
Tremough Seminar Series
Gender, Theatricality and Spiritualism in Florence Marryat's Fiction
Dr Tatiana Kontou (University of Sussex)
Location: Peter Lanyon LT 2, Cornwall Campus


Mon 30 Jan, 6.30pm
Illustrated lecture: Why silent film still matters
Bryony Dixon, BFI
Location: Seminar Room A/B Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, Streatham Campus

Tues 31 Jan 12-4.30pm
College of Life and Environmental Sciences Postgraduate Open Day
Location: Streatham Campus

Tues 31 Jan, 2-4.30pm
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences Postgraduate Open Day
Location: Harrison foyer, Streatham Campus

Weds 1 Feb, 10am-2pm
Biosciences, Psychology and Sport and Health Sciences Postgraduate presentations

Weds 1 Feb, 12-3.15pm
College of Social Sciences and International Studies Postgraduate Open Day
Location: Streatham Campus

Thurs 2 Feb, 6pm
Exhibition opening:
behind a camera in front a hawza - images by Massimiliano Fusari
with an address by Professor Robert Gleave, University of Exeter
Location: The Street Gallery, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Streatham Campus
Exhibition runs until 16 March

Sat 4 Feb, 3 -6.30pm
Chinese New Year celebrations,
Celebrate the year of the Dragon with the Chinese Student Scholars Association (CSSA, the University and the Students’ Guild. Dragon and lion dancers, karaoke, craft fair and fireworks. A evening performance will follow in the Great Hall.
Location: Business School and Cornwall House, Streatham Campus


This is an edited version of News in Brief, omitting some Exeter campus notices and highlighting Cornwall events. The Exeter version can be seen at Contributions for the next newsletter should be sent to Abigail Dixon, Communications Officer,