University News in Brief for Staff
Thursday 28 October 2010 Events

Top 200
Exeter has been recognised as a ‘truly world class’ university by the Times Higher Education after being ranked in the magazine’s top 200 universities worldwide for the first time. The University was ranked 184 in the 2010-11 THE World University Rankings. This year’s league table was produced using new methodology that places less importance on reputation and heritage, and gives more weight to research, teaching and knowledge transfer. The University has also been moving swiftly up the domestic league tables, rising from 34 to 12 in ten years in The Times Good University Guide.

USS consultation
The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is proposing to make changes to the USS pension scheme. Members of the scheme (and other staff who are eligible to join) have been sent details of the proposed changes and how they can participate in the consultation exercise. See the USS consultation website for more information about how to respond.

In anticipation of the Comprehensive Spending Review, the University has set up task and finish groups looking at value for money and income generation. They will ensure that we are working as efficiently and effectively as possible in addition to investigating both new and existing opportunities for additional funding.

VC open meetings
The Vice-Chancellor will once again be delivering his annual presentation to staff, this year looking at the implications for Exeter of the Browne Review of Higher Education and the Comprehensive Spending Review. There are various opportunities to attend on all three campuses. Dates are 3 November at Streatham; 1 November at St Luke’s; 29 October at Tremough. Please check the Staff website for locations and further details.

Engage in equality
The University's Equality Groups (Disability, Gender, LGBT and Race) meet termly to explore and highlight issues around equality and diversity. Open to both staff and student members, the Groups aim to send out a message that is welcoming and inclusive of everyone. Anyone interested in joining or finding out more about any of these Groups should contact

Kids Lit
The EXEtreme Imagination Festival of Literature for Children and Young People is on between 29 October – 16 November at various venues around the city. Produced by the University in partnership with Exeter City Council and funded by Arts Council England, it offers a variety of events and the chance to engage with some outstanding authors. For more information see the EXEtreme Imagination website.

Celebrate Diwali
Staff are invited to participate in Diwali Celebrations including a bollywood film, food demonstrations, dance workshop, authentic Indian food, crafts, dohl players, performance and fireworks! Taking place on 6 November 2010 at Cornwall House. See posters around campus for more information.

Festive fun
Christmas at Reed Hall is once again set to be a jolly affair. Whether you choose to join one of our shared festive party nights or enjoy a more private affair you are certain to have a ball. Choose from an array of sensational cocktails, enjoy a 3 course festive feast and then dance the night away. Prices start from £26.95 per person. For a more relaxed celebration why not take time out from the office and indulge in a Christmas Lunch in the Woodbridge Dining Room. A seasonal menu is available daily throughout December between 12 - 2pm (booking is advisable). Contact for further information.

Web help
New Web Support pages for all staff who publish and maintain information on the University website have just gone live. The pages provide guidance on using the Site Manager content management system, writing for the web, University house style, image copyright and web accessibility, together with how to get help when you need it. We will be adding more resources over the coming months to assist the rapidly growing community of University web authors. Visit the Web Support site for more information.

Stylish Exeter
To help maintain a consistent linguistic style across print and web publications, the University’s style guide is available for you to consult online in the Marketing Office website as well as in the new Web Support site. All staff are encouraged to use the style guide when producing any promotional materials, in print or on the web.

Campus creatures
Exeter alumnus, broadcaster and naturalist Nick Baker led a group of over 150 volunteering students, academics, members of the public and Devon Wildlife Trust experts for the first ever Bioblitz at the University of Exeter. The Bioblitz, a quick census of species at the University, will be expanded and future activity will be delivered in partnership with Devon Wildlife Trust and Exeter Wild City.

Disco diva
Alumnus Matt Macklin beat off 30 other break dancers from all over the world to carry off the top prize in the UK Solo BBoy world championships held in Brixton, London. Matt, who teaches break dancing in Exeter, beat the favourite and previous UK champion, the inimitable Spin, in the face-off final to take the title.

Healthy meetings
Event Exeter has garnered some excellent coverage in the local media with its new initiative. Launched to coincide with the current National Meetings and Events Week, guided power walks will be offered to companies booking meetings at Reed Hall. Led by a qualified sports trainer, delegates are taken out of meeting rooms for an invigorating power walk around the leafy campus to help boost attention spans.

Award nominations
The University has been shortlisted for two prestigious Times Higher Education awards. The Relays project, a community project supported by staff and students which is a partnership of all the universities in the south west region, has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community Award. We have also reached the shortlist for the Excellence and Innovation in the Arts Award, a reflection of the strength of the Arts and Culture strategy, launched earlier this year. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on Thursday 25 November.

Thurs 28 October, 6.15pm
Graphene:  Materials in the Flatland – A lecture by Professor Konstantin Novoselov, this years joint winner of the Nobel prize, from the University of Manchester. The lecture will be preceded by a drinks reception at 5.45pm. To register, please contact Helen Chapman, email: or call 01392 722304 to confirm your place.
Location: Newman A, Peter Chalk Centre

Thurs 28 October, 4.15pm
Speaker: Nick Gill, University of Exeter
Title: Is there anybody there?: reflections on using evidence from other worlds
Location: Xfi

Tues 2 November, 5pm
Festival Launch and Riptide Short Story Competition Prize
Exeter Central Library
Join us to celebrate the launch of the festival and a special volume of Riptide (6) for older children. Acclaimed novelist and journalist Philip Hensher will present the awards including 1st prize of £1000.
Apply for free tickets by email to

Wed 3 November, 6.15pm
Shaping the Future: Professor Robert Watson, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Climate change, Sustainable agriculture and food security: A global challenge for the 21st century? For more details visit the Shaping the Future website.
Location: Xfi

Thurs 4 November, 4.15pm
Speaker: Jamie Lorimer (KCL)
Title: Bovine biopolitics and the fraught biogeographies of European rewilding.
Location: Xfi

Sat 6 and Sun 7 November, 11am to 4pm FREE
EXEtreme Activity Hub, Queen’s Cafe, University of Exeter
Exciting book related events including poetry corner, printmaking, storytelling, arts activity, sculpture trail and much more. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sat 6 November, 11am
Floella Benjamin, Exeter Northcott.
A special celebrity event with actress and television producer, Baroness Floella Benjamin. Meet her in person and hear all about her new books Arms of Britannia and MyTwo Grandads. Images created in response to the books by Devon school children, supported by artist Alan Cotton, will be on display in the theatre and Queen’s Building. Adults £4 Children £2.

Sat 6 November, 4.30pm
Musical Magic, Exeter Northcott. Exeter University Music Scholars with a magical tour of the Orchestra, with music from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Get up close to the instruments and join in with the singing. Come dressed as your favourite character, or just bring your ears!
£3 Box Office 01392 493 493

Sun 7 November, 2pm
Bel Mooney, Exeter Northcott.
Join Bel Mooney and hear how Bonnie the rescue dog waves a magical doggy wand which makes everything turn out better for Harry, his family and friends. Adults £4 Children £2. Box Office 01392 493493

Sun 7 November, 4.30pm
John O’Farrell, Exeter Northcott.
Best-selling author and Spitting Image comedy writer John O’Farrell talks about how he got started and shares some of the hilarious highs and lows of his literary journey.
For 13yrs+ and adults. £4 Box Office 01392 493 493.

Tues 9 November, 1pm
Speaker: Professor Constant Leung, King’s College London
Title: The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: time to re-think communicative competence?
Location: BC114, St Luke’s Campus

Thurs 11 November, 4.15pm
Speaker: Andrew Schaap, University of Exeter
Title: Aboriginal sovereignty and the politics of reconciliation: The constituent power of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Australia.
Location: Xfi

Thurs 18 November, 4.15pm
Speakers: Sam Randalls UCL and Roger Pielke Jr. University of Colorado
Titles: Optimal climate change: Histories of climate change as an economic issue.
The climate fix: What scientists and politicians won’t tell you about global warming.
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building

Tues 23 November, 5pm
Speaker: Dr Sarah Parsons, University of Birmingham
Topic: Methodological and conceptual issues in developing and evaluating innovative learning technologies for children on the autism spectrum.
Location: G18, St Luke’s Campus

Fri 26 November, 2pm
Graham Watson MEP
Title: Building a Liberal Europe - Presentation of a new book
See Jean Monnet Lectures on EU governance website
Location: Queens 1H

Tues 7 December, 1pm
Speaker: Dr Sheila Trahar, University of Bristol
Title: Fellow Travellers: The Value of Narrative Inquiry in Higher Education Research
Location: BC114, St Luke’s Campus

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