University News in Brief for Students
Thursday 10 February 2011 Events

Go Green Fair
The University’s sustainability team, in partnership with the Students’ Guild and the Green Society, is holding a Go Green Fair tomorrow, Friday 11 February, at the Lemon Grove, Cornwall House, from 11.30am-2.30pm. There will be sustainability-themed stalls with freebies and information on everything from sustainable food to sustainable travel. The Energy Saving Trust will demonstrate a fun state-of-the-art driving simulator between 10am and 3.30pm to help you learn how to save carbon and cash when you drive. Free bicycle tune ups will be available at the Halfords Metro stand at Xfi Plaza 11.30pm–2pm. For more information or to book your slot on the simulator, please contact Julia Jack.

Erasmus student competitions
Are you currently studying or working on an Erasmus placement? If so, why not enter the Erasmus Essay and Photography Competitions? This is your chance to win a sixth generation iPod Nano, £50 of Wagamama vouchers or £25 of book tokens. The deadline for entries to both competitions is Friday, 1 April. For further details, please visit Erasmus competition.

Scam HMRC email
An email purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs ( has recently been sent to University email addresses. The subject is “Submit Your Payment Refund” and the message invites the recipient to complete an online application in order to receive a tax refund. This is a scam email and should be ignored.

New recycling scheme
The University, in partnership with Coca-Cola Enterprises, has launched a new recycling scheme. This has involved the siting of 200 recycling collection points around the Exeter campuses to encourage students and others to recycle bottles, cans, paper and card. This follows on from research showing that students would like to see more focus on recycling in public, rather than just through home waste collection.

Tremough Post-Offer days
The Tremough Campus Post-Offer Days will take place on Saturday 19 February, Saturday 12 March, Saturday 26 March and Friday 1 April. Bookings for attendance are up from the same time last year.

Student Support Services workshop
Student Support Services is offering a two hour workshop on ‘Overcoming Procrastination’ for undergraduates on Tuesday 1 March at 10.30am. Places are limited to 20 and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. For more information and to book a place, please email:

Everyday Futures
The Everyday Futures project, partly organised by PhD students at Tremough, will host a one-off event to share information on how to tackle climate change and live healthily on Tuesday 15 February in Falmouth. Based around the themes of energy, food and transport, the Forum Event will bring together visiting speakers and community members for a panel discussion. It will also host community stalls run by Cornish organisations, businesses and schools. Free locally-sourced food and drink will be provided courtesy of Sanjay Kumar of Slow Food Cornwall. The event will be held at The Poly in Church Street, 5-8pm. Free entry.

PACT meetings
Please consider attending your local ‘Partners and Communities Together’ (PACT) meeting. At these, the police listen to the concerns of the local community and decide upon the priorities for their local team. The next PACT meeting for the St James area is on Wednesday 23 February, at 6pm at St David’s Church (opposite Exeter College). Please feel free to approach our Student Community Wardens for further information. To find out more about community meetings where you live, please email:

Still confused about refuse collections?
Not sure when to leave refuse out? Like to find your nearest bottle bank? Need to order a new bin? You can find specific information at and general information in the 'talking rubbish' section of the community guide.

Met Office research aircraft tour
Professor Jim Haywood is kindly providing a guided tour of the Met Office/NERC BAe146 research aircraft on Monday 28 February at Exeter airport. The aircraft is fitted with state-of-the science atmospheric measurement equipment including optical particles counters. Full details can be found at: Professor Haywood is employed by the Met Office but spends one day a week as a research scientist at the University. There are 24 places which will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. To register, please email:, copying in Beth Beasant.

“Positive About Disability” status
The University has achieved the Positive About Disabled People “Two Ticks” status. “Two Ticks” is a nationally recognised symbol, awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have demonstrated a positive attitude towards employing disabled people.

Great West Run 2011
The University is looking for enthusiastic runners to take part in the 2011 Great West Run. The event, now in its 27th year, is the South West’s largest and most popular running event. You may wish to take part in fancy dress, enter as a group of friends/colleagues, raise funds for others, or put your own performance to the test and nothing else. If you are considering running for charity, did you know that the University is an exempt charity (Ref X9538)? Entry costs are discounted for those selecting the University as their chosen charity. For more information, please visit the events section on the Sport website or contact Andrew Fry at Already entered? Great. Please let us know.

Pay as you Play Badminton
‘No Strings Badminton’ sessions run every Tuesday 1-2pm at St Luke’s Gym and Tuesday 4-5pm at Streatham Sports Park, and are open to all students. We supply the rackets, shuttlecocks and playing partners, so all you need to do is turn up. There are no membership fees or commitments, just pay as you play badminton at £2 per session. All abilities welcome.  For further information, please contact: Jimmy Kelly, University Badminton Officer.

Thurs, 10 February, 4.15pm
Human Geography Research seminar:  Dr Beth Greenhough, Queen Mary, University of London, ‘Room with a rhinovirus? Blurring the boundaries between research and therapeutic space’.
Further information is available on our website or from: Dr Mark Paterson.
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building, Streatham.

Thurs, 17 February, 4.15pm
Human Geography Research seminar: Dr Kathryn Yusoff, ‘Speculative Humanism’: ideas of animality, ‘concepts’ and the human through Pleistocene cave art.
Further information is available on our website or from: Dr Mark Paterson.
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building, Streatham.

Tues, 22 February, 1pm
Seminar: Professor Stephen Ball, University of London, on: ‘Teachers as actors/teachers as subjects: dealing with policy contradictions and contradictory policies!’
Location: BC114, St Luke’s.

Tues, 22 February, 6pm
Film and discussion: ‘Utopia or dystopia? New technologies, medicine and society’. Screening of Never Let Me Go, based on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel of the same name, followed by an open discussion led by Dr Christine Hauskeller, deputy director of Egenis, and Dr Oonagh Corrigan of the University of Plymouth and Peninsula College of Medicine, and chaired by Professor Steve Hughes, co-director of Egenis. Tickets, from the Picturehouse, £7 (£6 concessions, £5 members).
Further details:
Location: Exeter Picturehouse Cinema, Bartholomew Street West, Exeter.

Thurs, 24 February, 4.15pm
Human Geography Research seminar:  Dr Adrian Franklin, University of Tasmania,
‘An improper nature?  Introduced animals and 'species cleansing’ in Australia’.
Further information is available on our website or from: Dr Mark Paterson.
Location: Rm 128, Amory Building, Streatham.

Sat, 26 February, 12noon-4pm
Family Fun Day: The Bill Douglas Centre hosts activities, for families and children of all ages, including animation, shadow puppets, flick book making and a computer animation workshop.
Location: Bill Douglas Centre, Old Library building, Streatham.

Monday, 7 March, 6pm
Sustainability seminar: Dr John Blewitt, Aston University, ‘I say, I say, I say. What has eight wheels and flies?’ Education for Sustainability.
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building, Streatham.

Thursday, 17 March, 1pm
Sustainability Seminar: Tony Greenham, New Economics Foundation.
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building, Streatham.

Thursday, 17 March, 5.15pm
Nicolas Orme Lecture in Medieval History 2011: Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, University of Oxford, on ‘Reformation Perspectives on the Middle Ages’. Free public lecture open to all.
Location: Rm 106, Harrison Building, Streatham.

Wednesday, 30 March, 12.45pm-1.45pm
Sculpture lecture: Peter Randall-Page, Honorary Graduate, delivers a one-off lecture on sculpture, including his work on loan, Flayed Stone II. Free event open to all. Further information: and
Location: LT2, Queen’s Building, Streatham.

Northcott Spring highlights

Until Sat 12 February, 7.30pm
Kes: Based on Barry Hine’s novel A Kestrel For A Knave, Kes follows the story of Billy Casper, a troubled young boy growing up in a community that cannot understand him.
Presented by Exeter University Theatre Company.
Tickets from £10. Concessions £3 discount on all price bands. Age: 12+.

Sun 13 February, 7.30pm
Classical Concert Series 2010/11: The Vienna Mozart Trio plays piano trios by Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak. All tickets £15.

Wed 16 and Thurs 17 February, 7.30pm
Richard Alston Dance Company presents a diverse collection of pieces, set to composers including minimalist icon Steve Reich and 17th century lutenist Denis Gaultier. Post show talk Wed 16. Tickets from £10. Concessions half price on some price bands. Age: 10+.

Sat 19 and Sun 20 February
Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play, based on the characters created by Lauren Child. Presented by Watershed Productions. Sat 10.30am, 12.30pm; Sun 10.30am, 12.30pm and 3pm. Tickets from £10. Age: 3yrs+.

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