University News in Brief for Staff
 
Wednesday 30 March 2011 Events
 
 

Tuition Fees
Oxford, Durham, Manchester and Warwick are among the universities which have joined Exeter in setting fees at £9,000 a year from 2012. As of March 29, 20 universities had declared their intentions, with only five set to charge lower than £9,000, the maximum allowed.

Supporting financial hardship
The Vice Chancellor’s Executive group has agreed to provide £163,000 from additional fee income to supplement the Access to Learning Fund in 2010/11. Staff working with students experiencing financial hardship should refer enquiries to the Student Funding Team in Northcote House. Application forms can also be downloaded online from the University's Student Finance web pages.

Holiday arrangements
The Main Library will remain open 24/7 throughout the vacation period. Staffed hours will be 8.30am-8.30pm weekdays and 10am-6pm on weekends and Bank Holidays. All other libraries will open every day, including all Bank Holidays - please check individual library web pages for details. For revision purposes, all libraries will revert to term time opening hours (except on Bank Holidays) from Monday 18 April. Please note this is earlier than the official start of term.

Northcott Theatre funding
The Arts Council (ACE) will no longer provide an annual grant to the Northcott Theatre from April next year, although the theatre will be able to bid for other ACE funding. The University is disappointed after working hard with staff and other stakeholders in the past year to restore a vibrant programme. The University will work with theatre management and with Exeter City Council to see whether the Northcott can be maintained after April 2012. Details of the upcoming Summer Season will be released shortly and the theatre will operate as normal for the next year.

Corporate Services Expo
The newly named Corporate Services Expo will take place on Tuesday, 5 April, 12-2.30pm in the Peter Chalk Centre. Highlights of this year’s event include an update on the Forum project with a preview of the new retail facilities, demonstrations of the new Campus Services reporting system and an opportunity to find out more about the latest biodiversity and sustainability initiatives. 

KPMG extends school leavers’ programme to Exeter
Professional services firm KPMG has agreed in principle to include the University in its school leavers’ scheme, from September. Under the scheme, students will enter a six year programme that includes work experience at KPMG, a relevant honours degree and a professional accountancy qualification. They will receive a salary and have their fees and accommodation costs paid. For further information, please visit the Business School's news page or contact Sue Hudson.

Paddon Award deadline
The annual Paddon Competition was established in memory of two alumni and reflects their interest in the arts. This year entrants are invited to submit an original piece of music around the theme, ‘New horizons – music in a cross-cultural landscape.’ The deadline for entries is 5pm on 11 April. The competition is open to all former or current students and staff, other than those who are currently (or recently) professional musicians.

Arts and Culture update
The new Arts and Culture Team started 1 March. It comprises: Dominic Jinks, Arts and Culture Manager, Gina Cox, Visual Arts Curator, and Naome Glanville, Arts and Culture Assistant. Along with Professor Helen Taylor, University Arts and Culture Fellow, the team will co-ordinate the University’s arts and culture programme and strategy, and create new opportunities for cultural engagement across campuses.

Breast cancer screening study
Peninsula Medical School researchers are conducting a review of literature about the psychological effects of going for routine mammogram screening and then being recalled for further assessment, only to find out from this that there is no cancer (a false-positive). We would like someone who has had this experience to be part of a virtual expert advisory group (no meetings). For further information, please contact Mary Bond, 01392 726077.

Mood Disorders Research Centre
Work on the Mood Disorders Research Centre has recommenced. It was suspended last autumn when Rok, the main contractor, entered administration. Following the retendering process, a new contractor, Leadbitter, has been appointed and has started work. Construction will be completed in late 2011 and the building will be occupied by early 2012.

Graduation ceremonies 2011
Summer graduation ceremonies will be held from Sunday 17 to Friday 22 July inclusive at Streatham, and on Monday 25 July at Truro Cathedral. The Streatham ceremonies will again be held at the Northcott Theatre due the building works on campus.

New self-study resources for undergraduates
To help students study more effectively, the Education Enhancement team has launched three new online resources: ‘Strategies for Reading’, ‘Critical Reading’, and ‘Note Making for Reading and Research’. They can be accessed in ELE under Student Resources – Undergraduate Skills. For more details, please contact Kellie Cox.

Food and drink festival
Event Exeter, the University’s events management team, is one of the official sponsors of the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink. University Chefs will be competing in a challenge judged by Michael Caines. The annual festival takes place 29 April to 1 May and will showcase local food and produce.

Mindfulness studies: volunteers needed
Researchers at the Mood Disorders Centre are seeking volunteers for two studies on Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. The first study, ‘Does mindfulness alter a person’s ability to recover from a sad mood?’ is looking for adults who have previously suffered from depression but are not feeling low at the moment. Exeter psychology students will receive course credits for the ‘PSY1206 Introduction to Research Methods’ module, if eligible; others will receive £10 for attending a one-off assessment of approximately two hours. The second study involves a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy course for parents who have previously experienced depression and have a child aged between 2 and 6. For further information about either study, please contact Jessica Cardy.

New destinations for Commonwealth students
Postgraduate students in Commonwealth countries can apply to several new destinations, following the launch of additional scholarships by the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan endowment fund. The first scholarships, set to start between September 2011 and February 2012, include study in Kenya, Mauritius, Tanzania, the South Pacific, South Africa and Nigeria. Further details are available at www.csfp-online.org.

D Bus Changes
The bigger D buses now used are unable to turn around in the Magdalen Street car park. As a result, the short route for D buses that operate between Streatham and St. Luke’s via the City Centre has changed slightly. The 'long D' (Digby to St. Luke’s to Streatham) route remains the same. Stagecoach has produced a revised timetables and route map. For further information, please contact Julia Jack.

Thurs, 31 March, 2-5pm
Peninsula Collaboration in Obesity Research (PenCORE) event: Professor Paul Trayhurn, University of Liverpool, ‘Funding and the MRC Strategy for Obesity Research’ and ‘Adipose Tissue Dysfunction in Obesity - Not Enough Oxygen?’ Please confirm attendance to: Jenny Pilkington, 01392 726142.
Location: Lecture theatre, PMS, Barrack Rd, Exeter.

Tues, 5 April, 10.30am-5pm
Psychology of Sustainability seminar series: Identity and Communication. Further information: a.rabinovich@exeter.ac.uk.
Location: Room 105, Washington Singer, Streatham.

Tues, 5 April, 1-2pm
Seminar: Professor Steven Gieseg, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, “Oxidative stress induced cell death during Atherosclerosis”. Registration: Susan Westoby, 01392 262040.
Location: WK Norman Conference Room, PMS, St Luke’s Campus.

Tues, 5 April, 5.45-9pm
Business Leaders Forum: Professor Dragan Savic –‘Water: Demand is escalating - what are the implications for business?’ More information from the Business School’s event page.
Location: Holland Hall, Streatham.

Tues, 5 April, 7pm for 7.30pm
Cafe Scientifique: Dr Leo Salter, Cornwall College, ‘D.H.Lawrence and the Environment’. Suggested donation: £2. Further information: Louise Hopes.
Location: Penzance Arts Club, Cornwall.

Thurs, 7 April, 10.30am-4pm
Conference: Impact & Knowledge Transfer in the Arts & Humanities. A one day conference aimed at early careers researchers and PhD students studying subjects in the arts and humanities. Keynote speech: Susan Amor, Head of Knowledge Transfer, AHRC. Reservations: Pete Hodges, 01392 722321.
Location: XFi Building, Streatham, with video-link to Chapel Lecture Theatre, Tremough.

Wed, 13 April, 5-6.30pm
Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum lecture: Dr Sam Fankhauser, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, LSE, ‘Decarbonising Britain’. Bookings: Kay Bishop.
Location: Business School, Streatham.

Thurs, 14 April, 9.30am-4pm
Workshop:  Innovation - Lost or found in translation? Organised by Egenis and RKT. Opportunity for those interested in innovation and adaptive business models to engage with entrepreneurs who have either founded or transformed businesses grounded in life sciences. Reservations: Jon Toomey, 01392 725248.
Location: Senate Chamber, Northcote House, Streatham.

Thurs, 14 April, 6.15-8.30pm
Shaping the Future lecture:  John Hirst, chief executive, Met Office, ‘Separating science from politics’, and Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, Technical University, Berlin and Chair, IPCC Working Group, ‘The IPCC, climate policy and the value of scientific knowledge’.  Bookings: Kay Bishop.
Location: XFi Lecture Theatre, Streatham, with a video link to Lecture Theatre 4, Peter Lanyon Building, Cornwall.

Wed, 4 May, 2pm
Research Speed updating: quarterly session aimed at improving communications between research staff across departments. All staff with an interest in research welcome. To register or for further information: Pete Hodges.
Location: LT2, Queen’s, Streatham, with video-link to Peter Lanyon LT1, Tremough.

Wed, 4 May, 4.15-5.45pm
Communism and Post-Communism Seminar Series: Professor Katharine Hodgson, ‘Preservation versus Selection: Revising the Canon of Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry since 1991’.
Location: Rm 315, Amory, Streatham.

Mon, 9 May, 3-4.30pm
Seminar: Professor Robin Williams, Durham University, 'Forensic DNA Databasing Policy & Practice: Imagining and Assessing Utility'. Further information: egenis@exeter.ac.uk.
Location: Egenis, Byrne House, Streatham.

Tues, 10 May, 6-7pm
Inaugural lecture: Professor Declan Bates, Biological Systems Engineering, ‘Coping With Uncertainty’. Further information: Vetri Shivakumar.
Location: Harrison Building, Theatre 04, Streatham.

Sat, 14 May, 9am-4pm
Graduate School of Education’s Annual Staff Student Research Conference: Keynote speaker – Professor Stephen Gorard, University of Birmingham, on ‘Logic: the unifying theme of research?’ Supported by the Annual Fund. Further information: Lucy Smith, 01392 264910.
Location: Baring Court, St Luke’s.

Northcott Spring highlights

Fri, 1 April, 7.30pm
The Devil Has Quentin’s Heart: new production from one of the UK pioneers of Hip Hop theatre. Presented by Breaking Cycles. Tickets: £12, concessions half price. Age: 15+.

Sat, 2 April, 7.30pm
Shore to Shore: folk concert from Wren Music in association with SingSong. Tickets: £12, concessions half price. Suitable for all ages.

Mon, 4 April, 7.30pm
Here Comes the Sun: Big Noise Chorus, the community choirs’ network, presents an evening of singing. Tickets: £8. Suitable for all ages. All proceeds to the BBC Radio Devon Air Ambulance Appeal.

Wed, 6 to Sat 9 April, various times
Private Peaceful: Scamp Theatre presents Michael Morpurgo’s story of a WW1 soldier. Tickets: £12 all seats, concessions half price. Age: 8+. Post Show Talks: Thurs 7 April (matinee and evening).

Sat, 16 April, 7.30pm
Special performance from Devon Youth Theatre, the culmination of a series of workshops from around the county. A Daisi project, funded by Devon County Council. Tickets: £8, concessions £5.

 
 
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