University News in Brief for Staff
Monday 9 May 2011 Events

International students rate Exeter ‘excellent’
An independent survey of international students has confirmed the University as one of the highest-rated in the UK. The survey, I-Graduate’s Autumn 2010 International Student Barometer, awarded Exeter ratings of over 90 per cent for student support, international support office, careers service and assessment. Over 90 per cent of international students also rated Exeter as a good place to live. The response rate, of 41 per cent, was our highest ever and 10 percentage points above the sector average.

International travel
Recent events in New Zealand, Egypt, Japan, Libya and beyond have highlighted the importance of letting the University know where you are when travelling overseas for work. To ensure staff safety, the University has signed up risk management company Red24 to provide assistance when needed. This is available if international travel is booked through a preferred supplier. For further details, please visit the Staff web pages.

Staff honours
Professor Helen Taylor of the English department, the University’s Arts and Culture fellow, has been awarded this year’s British Association for American Studies Honorary Fellowship. Professor Mark Goodwin, Dean of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, has been elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Organisational development e-zine
The Staff Learning and Development team has launched an interactive e-zine: Organisational Development & You. The first edition includes pieces on: PDRs for Academic and Professional Services staff; change and managers’ experiences; internationalisation; and professional standards for learning and teaching.

Common Action Teams
The eight Common Action Teams (CATs) established last year are now up and running. These were formed with the creation of the five Colleges and bring together College and Central Professional Services staff to deliver joined-up developments across the University. The teams are identifying and addressing priorities such as timetabling improvements and shared training needs. Wikis have been created to provide further information.

Crisis management volunteers needed
The University has made provisions for a call centre that can be activated by the Crisis Management Team in the event of an emergency. There are already about 50 volunteers who have been trained but more are needed, particularly those with language skills. At present, we are not inviting students to volunteer. For further information, please contact Ann Pollard, 01392 725775.

New café coming soon
The new café in Building:1 of the Business School will open on 23 May. The Café:1 menu will provide both traditional and contemporary cuisine, including international street food, a breakfast range and takeaway items in modern, light surroundings.

Turf-cutting marks start of ESI construction
A ceremony has marked the start of construction work on the Environment and Sustainability Institute’s building on the Cornwall Campus. Leadbitter Group has been appointed as the construction contractor and is aiming for the highest environmental classification (BREEAM ‘outstanding’). The building is set for occupation in October 2012.

Respect 2011: volunteers needed
Respect in the Park’, Exeter's free annual two-day diversity and equality festival, takes place 4-5 June in Belmont Park. The University and the Guild sponsor the event which features student-run stalls. To volunteer, please email, putting ‘volunteering’ in the subject line.

Dragon’s Den entries
Dragon’s Den, the BBC business programme, is looking for entrepreneurs for its 2011 series. The programme gives entrants the chance to pitch business propositions to investors.

Hutton Prize for Excellence
The University has been endowed with a new prize to encourage ethical conduct. The Hutton Prize for Excellence, comprising a gold medal containing one Troy ounce of gold, will be awarded annually for the best dissertation or PhD that accords with the aim of promoting good governance. The prize is open to Politics, Law and Business students and recent graduates from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies and the Business School.

Falmouth Energy Week
‘Frameworks for a low carbon future: Key building blocks for success’ is the theme of this year’s Falmouth Energy week. The annual conference, organised by the Energy Policy Group, will take place 23-24 May. It will bring together central decision-makers and stakeholders within energy policy in the UK. For further information, please visit FEW.

Cornwall House pool open
The Cornwall House outdoor pool on the Streatham campus has opened for the summer season. The 25m pool is heated to a constant 29° Celsius and has both lane and public swimming sessions. This year there is also a coached length session aimed at competent swimmers. For further information, please visit the Sport website.

Tues, 10 May, 1pm
Seminar: Bob Jeffrey, Open University, ‘Witherto the post-modern primary: Creative teaching and performativity 1990-2010’. Further information: Tamara Snell.
Location: BC114, St Luke’s.

Tues, 10 May, 6pm
Book launch: Celebration of Ginny Baily’s novel Africa Junction. Tickets: £3.50 on door or in advance from the Phoenix, 01392 667080. Includes glass of wine.
Location:  Senior Common Room, Queen's Building, 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.

Wed, 11 May, 11am-2.15pm
Workshop: ‘Energy @ Exeter’ – to explore ideas for a new centre of excellence for energy research at Exeter, sponsored by the Bridging the Gaps project and CEMPS. Lunch provided. Bookings: Dr Helen Butler, 01392 726208.
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building, Streatham

Thurs, 12 May, 2pm
Management seminar: Professor Andrew Fearne, University of Kent, ‘Sustainable value chain management’.
Location: Xfi lecture theatre, Streatham.

Fri, 13 May, 5pm
Lasok Lecture 2011: Professor Paolo Mengozzi, Advocate General, Court of Justice of the European Union, 'The Judicial Protection of Individual Rights and the Principle of Proportionality after the Lisbon Treaty'.
Location: Xfi lecture theatre, 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?’ Further information: Lucy Smith.
Location: Baring Court, St Luke’s.

Mon, 16 May, 3-4.30pm
Seminar: Dr Nina Hallowell, Newcastle University, 'Genetic screening for Familial hypercholesterolemia: what does it mean?' Further information:
Location: Egenis, Byrne House, Streatham.

Mon, 16 May, 5.15-6.45pm
Seminar:  Dr Nick Megoran, Newcastle University, ‘Saying 'sorry' for the Crusades: the Christian 'Reconciliation Walk' through Turkey’.
Location: Amory A239AB, Streatham.

Wed, 18 May, 3-4.30pm
Seminar: Dr Stefanie Ortmann, University of Sussex, ‘Russia as a hyper-Westphalian Great Power’.
Location: Amory 239AB, Streatham.

Tues, 24 May, 5pm
Seminar: Professor Rosalind Gill, King’s College, ‘Beyond the binary: Diversity, complexity and contradiction in girls’ responses to ‘sexualized’ culture’. Further information: Tamara Snell.
Location: G18, St Luke’s.

Wed, 25 May, 9.30am-2pm
College of Humanities Showcase: Bridging the Gaps event to present research in Humanities and consider how it links to other disciplines. Reservations: Dr Helen Butler, 01392 726208.
Location: LT1, Queens, Streatham.

Fri, 27 May, 3-4.30pm
Seminar: Professor Maurice Biriotti, SHM Productions Ltd, 'Medicine, Innovation and the Humanities: an experience from the private sector'. Further information:
Location: Egenis, Byrne House, Streatham.

Wed, 1 June, 3-4pm
Seminar: Dr Bryce Lease, ‘The Shift in Polish Theatre after '89'’.
Location: Amory A239AB, Streatham.

Thurs, 2 June, 6pm
Seminar: Professor Mark Bedau, Reed College, ‘Why emergence drives the science and politics of synthetic biology’, followed by a reception. To attend, please contact: Dr Helen Butler, 01392 726208.
Location: Xfi Lecture theatre, Streatham.

Fri, 3 June, 8.45am-late
Exeter Synthetic Biology Sandpit: event to increase awareness of synthetic biology research and to foster internal collaborations. Only a few spaces remaining. Expressions of interest to: Dr Helen Butler, 01392 726208.
Location: Egenis, Byrne House, Streatham.

Wed, 8 June, 9.45am–2pm
RKT event: Centre for Sport, Leisure and Tourism Research presentations on current initiatives and funding opportunities for future projects. Includes lunch and networking opportunities. RSVP: Pete Hodges, 01392 722321.
Location: Xfi Lecture Theatre, Streatham.

Mon, 20 June to Tues, 21 June
Egenis conference: ‘Making Sense of Large Datasets’. Please register with Laura Dobb, 01392 725 140. Further information: Sabina Leonelli, or 01392 725 137.
Location: IAIS, Streatham.

Mon, 6 July, 2-2.45pm
Research Speed Updating: quarterly sessions hosted by RKT providing updates on research projects across the University and informal networking. To speak at the next session, please contact: Pete Hodges.
Location: Xfi Lecture Theatre, Streatham, with video-link to Peter Lanyon LT1, Tremough.

Northcott Spring/Summer highlights

Tues, 17 to Sat, 21 May, 7.30pm
Sat matinee 2.30pm
Spring Awakening: Sell a Door Theatre Company presents cult rock musical. Tickets from £12, concessions half price. Age: 14 yrs+ (contains strong language). Post show talk: Wed 18 May.

Tues, 24 May, 6pm
Frank Gardner OBE. Alumnus and BBC Security Correspondent talks about his career and signs new book. Tickets: £4.50

Sun, 29 May, 7.30pm
Edith Piaf: Celebration of a Legend with Tina May and her musicians. Tickets: £15.

Wed, 1 June, 7.30pm
Bill Giles' Weather Show: Bill Giles OBE led the BBC weather team for 17 years. Tickets: £15.

Sat, 4 June, 7.30pm
Dr Phil's Rude Health Show: Dr Phil Hammond returns to Exeter after his sell-out performance in 2010. Tickets: £14, concessions £12. Age: 14yrs+.

Thurs, 9 to Sat, 11 June, 7.30pm
BLOK/EKO: cast of 110 perform premiere of Howard Barker’s latest work. Presented by The Wrestling School in collaboration with the Drama Department. Tickets: £14, concessions half-price. Age: 16yrs+. Post show talk: Fri, 10 June.

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