University News in Brief for Staff
Thursday 26 January 2012 Events

£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.

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.

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 be here.

Green grant
Exeter is one of only four universities to be awarded £1 million grant funding by HEFCE’s Revolving Green Fund. We will use it to improve the carbon performance of Cornwall House, through building fabric, lighting and renewable energy. Students and staff will continue to use the building as a social space, however they will also play a key role as the building becomes a living laboratory for learning and research. HEFCE also awarded a £82,753 grant for small-scale energy efficiency projects across the estate.

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.

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.

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 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 spoke 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.

Chinese New Year
Celebrate the year of the Dragon with the Chinese Student Scholars Association, the University and the Students’ Guild on Sat 4 Feb. A free event is in the Business School and Cornwall House from 3-6.30pm.

Venue award
The Event Exeter team are finalists in the nationally recognised Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards 2012, for Best Academic Venue. The awards are based on nominations from customers who have used the Event Exeter service to organise conferences, exhibitions, events and group accommodation trips. Winners are announced in March.

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.

Room for returning students
The University’s Accommodation team is now offering students a range of rooms for their second, third or PG years, as due to recent building work there are more rooms available on campus. Please advise any students who may be interested that applications can be made via the Accommodation website.

LGBT Equality Group lunches
Members of the LGBT Equality Group meet regularly for informal lunches in the Long Lounge in Devonshire House. If you are interested in coming along please contact the Equality & Diversity team.

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).

New year sport
The sports office has made fitness new year resolutions much easier with a platinum membership offer and updated fitness class timetable. St. Luke’s Sports Centre’s 2012 newsletter is now available. Golfers might be keen to know that a staff golf society is being formed and will meet every few months to play a local course at discounted rates. Please contact Andy Jack.

Until Sat 28 Jan
Thoroughly Modern Millie
‘Footlights’ society production
Location: Exeter Northcott theatre

Thurs 26 Jan, 5pm
Classical Association meeting
‘Emperors, Popes, and Phantoms: Making Sense of Rome at the End of Antiquity’
Professor Mark Humphries (University of Swansea)
Location: LT1 Queen's Building, Streatham Campus
All welcome, contact Lynette Mitchell

Sat 28 Jan, 10am to 4pm
Around the World in Story
A free University of Exeter exetreme imagination event aimed at children aged 4-11
Location: Exeter Central Library

Mon 30 Jan, 3-4.30pm
'Genes' inescapable ecologies'
Egenis seminar with Dr. Christophe Bonneuil (Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris )
Location: Byrne House, Streatham Campus
Info: Claire Packman

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, 1pm
Talk: Postgraduate admissions Q&A followed by Why do a Postgraduate degree at 1.35pm
Location: LT6 Laver building, Streatham Campus with videolink to SRC, Daphne du Maurier building, Cornwall 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

Thurs 2 Feb, 6pm
Gallery talk: Prof Gabriella Giannichi, College of Humanities
Location: Spacex, 45 Preston Street, Exeter EX1 1DF

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
Chapel lecture theatre, Cornwall Campus

Fri 3 Feb, 9am-2pm
Farmers’ market
Location: Forum Piazza, Streatham Campus

Sat 4 Feb, 3 -6.30pm
Chinese New Year celebrations,
Location: Business School and Cornwall House, Streatham Campus

Weds 8 Feb, 4pm
Oxidative stress and autoimmunity in lung disease
Dr Paul Kirkham, National Heart and Lung Institute and Imperial College London
Location: Lecture Theatre, North Cloisters (NC12), St Luke’s Campus, Exeter with a telematic link to the Lecture Theatre, John Bull Building, Plymouth

Fri 10 Feb, 2.30-5.30
Workshop: 'Ethical Issues in Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops and the Organic Movement'
Professor Paul Thompson, University of Toronto
Location: C501 Amory building, Streatham Campus.

Mon 13 Feb, 3-4.30pm
'Exnovation of Safety Practices in Critical Care'
Egenis seminar with Dr Jessica Mesman ( Maastricht University)
Location: Byrne House, Streatham Campus
Info: Claire Packman

Weds 15 Feb
PGCE Open Day
Location: St Luke’s Campus

Wed 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: Lecture 1, Peter Lanyon Building, Cornwall Campus

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


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