Mood Disorders Centre opens
The Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research will be officially launched in a series of events from 29-31 March. It provides state-of-the-art facilities to carry out experimental and applied clinical research into mood disorders. The Mood Disorders Centre (MDC) is a partnership between the NHS and the University and the new £3.6m building was funded by the Wellcome Trust Capital Awards in Biomedical Science initiative. There will be a public engagement day on 31 March highlighting mental health awareness, which is free and open to all.
The Forum – coming soon
On Thurs 5 April an exhibition for staff in the Great Hall from 10am -2pm showcases the range of services that will be available in the Forum – all staff are encouraged to pop in. A series of emails, tweets, and facebook and web updates is previewing different aspects of the Forum. Contact: the Forum Team.
Alumni couple Claire and Les Halpin have made a further generous gift to the University, taking their support for Exeter’s Halpin Scholarship programme, Biosciences and the Business School to over £1 million. Les also has also given in excess of 140 hours of his time working with staff, students and fellow alumni.
30 individual staff members are on the shortlist for this year’s Students’ Guild Teaching Awards, along with six departments. The winners will be announced on 3 May.
Professional Services Recognition Awards
Nominations must be submitted for this year’s Professional Services Recognition Awards by Mon 2 April. Contact Kathryn Coombes (ext 5022).
Recent grants - Exeter
Roger Maull from the Centre for Innovation and Service Research in the Business School has been awarded a £1.5m RCUK grant to develop a network for research into the New Economic Models of the Digital Economy. A £1.8 million National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment grant goes to David Richards (Psychology) for a randomised controlled trial of behavioural activation versus CBT for depression. Frederick Verbruggen, Ian McLaren and Aureliu Lavric in Psychology have received £546,626 from the ESRC to investigate how the human mind regulates monetary choice and gambling.
Recent grants – Cornwall
NERC grants that have come in to the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the Cornwall Campus include £618k to Mike Cant and Andy Young’s study of early life influences on the development of cooperation in wild mammals. Mike Boots is awarded £538K for work on resource availability and the evolution of host resistance to parasites.
Medical school progress
A positive meeting was held with the General Medical Council to brief them on the creation of the University of Exeter Medical School. Interest is still growing in the open day on 21 April, and a second is scheduled for 9 June. The School is also recruiting via UCAS fairs nationwide.
Summer Graduation ceremonies will take place from Mon 16 July to Fri 20 July in the Great Hall, and Mon 23 July 2012 in Truro Cathedral with three ceremonies per day.
Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, Geography, has been selected as a member of the new Social Science Expert Panel for Defra and DECC. The panel’s purpose is to bring high quality, multi-disciplinary social science advice to both departments. Prof David Richards, Psychology, has been appointed to the NIHR College of Senior Investigators. CEMPS Artist in Residence Pery Burge and physicist Prof Pete Vukusic won first and second prize respectively at the Institute of Physics South West regional photography competition.
Will Katene, Graduate School of Education, will be carrying the Olympic Flame in Exeter on 21 May. Please contact Abigail Dixon with other Olympic links.
Nathan Hill, NERC Knowledge & Innovation Manager will be giving talks at midday on 23 April (Cornwall Campus) and 24 April (Streatham Campus) to promote NERC collaboration and funding opportunities in Environmental Monitoring. Contact Helen Butler 01392 726208.
Library resources boosted
More than 10,000 new book titles have been purchased for the library this year, thanks to the University funding an extra £250,000 to boost core teaching materials. Over 7,000 of these are ebooks – these and new online databases are available 24/7 via the Electronic Library.
My PGR expands
From 2 April all PGR students will be able to apply online for interruptions, upgrades and continuation status requests. It’s not just the application form that’s online - the whole process is electronic, making it quicker, simpler and more efficient.
The University of Exeter has been voted the winner of the prestigious ‘Preparation for Work’ award by the Association of Graduate Recruiters. The award recognises the University’s impressive achievement in embedding career planning sessions and the eXfactor programme across the undergraduate curriculum.
Cornwall culture festivals
Cornwall is gearing up for the Daphne du Maurier Festival and Tremough Campus Culture Festival, 9-20 May. These are co-programmed by the Arts and Culture team, and showcase many University academics, this year from three Colleges. Our own festival, scheduled and publicised as the final day of the Du Maurier, takes place on the Cornwall campus, Sun 20 May (the day after the Olympic torch goes through Falmouth).
The Invoice Processing Automation Project will transform the current time-consuming manual processing of 80,000 supplier invoices received each year to an electronic automated solution. A key aspect is purchase order receipting - please advise your departmental administrators if you receive goods or services on behalf of the University so that they can process the receipt in Aptos. Contacts: Karen Best or Donna Miljus.
Welcome Week will be called Freshers’ Week from now on. There is a need and an appetite within the student body for a rebranding of the week. This will increase hits on the University or Guild websites rather than third party promoters. The ‘Welcome Team’ will continue to be called such.
Room 115 on the second floor of the Old Library, Streatham Campus, can now be used as a first aid room. It is also set up for breastfeeding and pregnant women with furniture and a fridge. Similar facilities will soon be available on St Luke’s and Cornwall Campuses.
Managed Print Service
The number of multifunctional printing devices provided by the Print and Copy Services team is set to rise from 64 to 100, with sites across all our campuses. Newer machines use less energy and paper. Feedback has been very positive with customers printing, copying, scanning and faxing on these machines and also specifying location to retrieve printing.
Cornwall House outdoor swimming pool is open from 14 April to 7 October, weather permitting.
Of the many staff members running the London marathon on 22 April, Gayle Vaughan, Sports Office, and Steve Popham, Finance, contacted NiB to ask for colleagues’ support. Click their names for online donations.
Vacation opening hours for libraries, retail and catering are available online.
Fri 30 Mar, 2-3.30pm
Big Dilemmas Symposium
The future of land use in the South West: food, water and energy security in the face of environmental change
Reservation is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Amory C417, Streatham Campus
Fri 30 Mar, 2.30-5pm
Egenis workshop: Epistemology of biology
Speakers: Prof Kenneth Waters (Minnesota), Prof John Dupré (Exeter), Eric Bapteste (Institute de l’Histoire et de Philosophie de Sciences en de Techniques, Paris)
Location: Byrne House, Streatham Campus
Info: Sabina Leonelli
Sat 31 Mar
Family Easter Egg Hunt
The Staff Association and Reed Hall are hosting a fun-packed Easter-themed morning, which will involve face painting, making of Easter baskets and an Easter Egg hunt around the beautiful Reed Hall grounds.
Info online. £3 per child (staff association members get first child free)
Sat 31 Mar
Mon 2 Apr, 2-3.30pm
Professor Kenneth Waters, University of Minnesota
Location: Byrne House, Streatham campus
Info: Claire Packman on 01392 725126
Mon 2 Apr
Staff Choir perform Faure Requiem
4.30pm, University Chapel
Free entry for all
Mon 2 Apr, 8.30pm
Camplyobacter – are happy chickens safer chickens?
Prof Tom Humphrey, University of Liverpool
Location: Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street
Mon 2-Tues 3 Apr
Centre for Medical History conference: The stress of life – gender, emotions and health after the second World War.
Supported by the Wellcome Trust
Location: Queen’s building, Streatham Campus
Info: Claire Keyte
Weds 11-Weds 25 Apr
Makers, Menders and Materials: Part 3
An exhibition of 40 images and accompanying texts celebrating the South West’s small-scale repair industries
Location: the Street Gallery, Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Streatham Campus
Thurs 12 Apr, 7pm
Smallholders, Fruit Growers, Allotment Holders around Exeter
Jyoti Fernandez (Five Penny Farm and The Land magazine) and others
Location: Jury’s Inn, Western Way, Exeter, EX1 2DB
Tickets £3/£2. Contact Andy Bragg or David Mezzetti
Sat 14 Apr, 1.30-3.30pm
Launch event for Makers, Menders and Materials: Part 3 exhibition
Meet researchers and the proprietors of the shops who took part in exhibition
Location: The Street gallery, IAIS, Streatham Campus
Weds 18 Apr, 4pm
Genetics and stratified medicine using clonal sequencing
Professor Graham Taylor (Leeds)
Location: Lecture Theatre, PMS Building, Barrack Road, Exeter with a telematic link to the Lecture Theatre, John Bull Building, Plymouth
Contact: Susan Westoby
Mon 23 Apr, 1-6pm
Research Showcase: Centre for Sport, Leisure & Tourism Research
Location: Church House Conference Centre, Westminster
Highlights from Exeter Northcott’s programme:
Weds 28 and Thurs 29 Mar, 7.30pm
Richard Alston Dance Company
Fri 30 Mar, 6pm
Tiddler and other terrific tales
Mon 2-Sat 7 Apr
The Sound of Music
Sat 14 Apr, 7pm
Tues 17 and Weds 18 Apr, 7.30pm
Fri 20 Apr
Sustainability and our Interconnected World TEDx Conference
Sun 22 and Mon 23 Mar
Science Museum Live on Tour