University News in Brief for Students
Wednesday 10 March 2010 Events

Applications up
The University remains extremely popular with prospective students - applications to the University are up 6% overall. Applications to study in Cornwall are up 18%. Home/EU postgraduate research applications are up 39%. We are also more popular with international students than ever before – undergraduate application rates are up 45%, we have received 53% more applications for international PG taught and international PGR applications are up by 9%. Competition is fierce - 43% of undergraduate applicants are predicted 3 or more Grade A’s or equivalent.

Cornwall boost
An extra 100 students will be able to study University of Exeter degrees at the Cornwall Campus next year – new student places have been allocated to support the expansion of the campus.

Investment in posts
100 new academic posts will be created in the next 3 years, which will help to boost teaching and reduce pressure on lecturing staff. £5 million per year is being invested in new posts over the next three years.

National Student Survey
Remember that final year opinion is now being sought on The National Student Survey website.

Top volunteer
Psychology student Callum Mackay has won a national award from Volunteering England in recognition of his work as an outstanding student volunteer. Callum managed the 2009 Summer Adventures camp for Devon’s young carers, and he is project leader for Active Children in Exeter, where young carers play a different sport or active game every Sunday. Callum has also developed projects taking young people out with local environmental organisations and is on the Safer Sex Ball committee.

Teaching Awards
Nominations are now open for students to nominate staff members in Teaching Awards. The Teaching Awards are about recognising, celebrating and promoting excellent teaching. There are five categories: ‘Lecturer of the Year’, ‘Tutor of the Year’, ‘Feedback-er of the Year’, ‘Innovative Lecturer of the Year’ and ‘Support Staff member of the Year’. Nominate on the Guild website by Fri 12 Mar.

Open Days
Over 12000 visitors are booked to visit the University campuses on our Post-Offer Open Days. Student ambassadors from the Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme have been leading campus tours and assisting prospective students and visitors whilst on campus. The next Pre-application Open Day will be on Tues 22 June at the Exeter campuses and Fri 11 June at the Cornwall Campus.

Student elections
A record breaking 5742 voted in last week’s University of Exeter Students’ Guild sabbatical elections (36% of students). Jonnie Beddall will be President. The FXU elections in Cornwall also recorded their highest turnout, with 1458 votes cast (34.9% of students). 41% of Exeter students in Cornwall voted, and Kristy Wallace will be the UECC President. See FXU website.

General election
The Students’ Guild and FXU have launched campaigns encouraging students to register to vote in this year’s General Election. Exeter’s parliamentary candidates will take part in a Q&A session on Fri 19 Mar, 7pm in Newman A Lecture Theatre, Peter Chalk Centre, Streatham Campus. On Cornwall Campus, a political awareness day on Mon 15 Mar in the Stannary, will include Question Time at 3pm with party candidates.

Exeter Award
The Exeter Award is designed to enhance the employability of University of Exeter graduates by providing official recognition and evidence of extra-curricular activities and achievements, see the Exeter Award website. Make sure you book sessions and a sign-off appointment with a Careers Adviser throughout the year to avoid a pre-graduation scramble.

Charity cycle
20 cyclists, 15 of whom are members of the student St John Ambulance division, rode 80 miles to Bristol. They have nearly raised £2,500 so the Devon branch of St John Ambulance can buy two specially equipped bicycles to launch its Cycle Response Unit. See

Eco Cornwall
A group of students from the Eco Society, Cornwall Campus, are taking part in a biodiversity project at College Reservoir, Penryn. Monitoring is taking place to see if there are otters, mink or dormice on site. The students made mink rafts and removed invasive plants which were damaging native fauna.

Give blood
On Thurs 11 Mar the National Blood Service is holding a donor session in Cornwall House from 9.30-11.45am and 2-4.15pm. To book an appointment or find out eligibility call 0300 123 2323. The need for blood is constant; an average of 100 pints is donated at University sessions which is a great sum. The next session is Thurs 22 April. See the National Blood Service website or contact

Rubbish disposal
All the information and advice you need on getting rid of rubbish from houses in Exeter, from collection days and reminders about how to get rid of big items or bulky waste can be found on If you need to know anything else, you can call 01392 665010 or send an email to

Exeter Northcott
The trustees of the Exeter Northcott have decided to place the theatre into administration after being presented with financial information which showed the theatre to be insolvent. The University has agreed to work with Exeter City Council to explore ways of continuing to use the Theatre as an arts venue for the benefit of local people and the Guild is particularly looking to support the societies which use the theatre. We have no reason to believe that this will have an effect on this Summer’s graduation ceremonies, see the Graduation Services website.

Open wide
Peninsula Dental School clinics are recruiting patients. Call 01392 405350 for free dental treatment at Heavitree Exeter. You will be treated by dental students under the supervision of experienced general dental practitioners.

Paddon Award Ceremony
This year’s Paddon Award annual performing arts competition asked entrants to create theatre in an unconventional space. Entries will be screened at the award ceremony on 11 Mar, 7pm Newman A, Peter Chalk Centre, Streatham Campus. The winner receives £100. Contact Ashley Petrons.

Web future
The University Web Innovation Project is holding a briefing on current and future web tools on Fri 26 Mar – drop in between 11.30 and 2pm in the Kay Building, Streatham Campus. Discover wikis, blogs, social networking, messaging, and GeoWeb and how they can enhance your learning and research.

Snow success
The University Officer Training Corps gave an impressive performance at the British Army Divisional and Territorial Army Nordic Ski and Biathlon Championships. Despite having very little training time they came top of all the UOTCs competing and Eddie Wilks won Champion TA junior, Austin Squibbs Runner-Up, and Casey Fuke won top TA lady. In the military patrol race, testing not only ski ability but also military skills and knowledge, the team finished top UOTC unit and top ladies team, and came 5th overall, unheard of for a university unit.

Sports snippets
The Exeter tennis centre is offering various free and reduced courses for anyone wishing to get involved with tennis volunteering, coaching or officiating over the next few months, email Lizzie on A new beginners running group leaves the Sports Park on Wednesday evenings, 5.30pm. £2 a session. Contact The Sports Centre on the Cornwall campus is offering free body fat, BMI and blood pressure checks, and comprehensive health checks for £12, tel 01326 370770 (extn 1770) or email

Carbon monoxide warning
The Health and Safety Executive is launching a new campaign in the South West to make parents, landlords and students aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide. Every year 15 to 20 people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in the UK. Ask to see a copy of your rental property’s gas safety certificate and ask your landlord to fit life-saving audible carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. See the HSE website.

Psychology study
Two psychology third years are looking for participants for a study and offering free chocolate. If you can spare 10-20 minutes and get to the Washington Singer building contact or

Virgin media survey
A group of second year Consumer Behaviour students are doing a research project on Virgin Media. Help them with a short 3-5 min survey by picking the department that most closely reflects your degree: Business School, Psychology, Law, Engineering, Modern Foreign Languages. Or contact Anna on

Until Sat 13 March
Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan Society production of 'Ruddigore'.
Location: Northcott Theatre
See the Northcott Theatre website

Weds 10 Mar, 6pm
Opening of Polish Film Festival featuring ‘Runaway’ (Uciekinier)
Screening and discussion with the director, Marek Pawłowski.
Location: LT1, Queens Building, Streatham Campus
See the Exeter Polish Film Festival website
All welcome, free event

Thurs 11 Mar, 4.15pm
‘Bioliberties:  Towards a biosecurity borderlands’
Steve Hinchcliffe (Exeter)
Location: Amory 316, Streatham Campus

Thurs 11 Mar, 5.45pm
The Material World: ‘Invisible Cloaks and a Perfect Lens’
Professor Sir John Pendry (Imperial)
Location: XFI Lecture Theatre, Streatham Campus (Video Conferencing to Lecture Theatre 4, Peter Lanyon Building, Cornwall Campus)
Contact: RSVP to or 01392 269101 (x5101)

Fri 12 Mar, 1-5pm
Egenis Workshop: ‘Genomics, Medicine and the Humanities’
Location: Byrne House, Streatham campus

Mon 15 Mar, 1-2pm
Expanding biogas plants in the UK: A win-win-win solution to sustainable energy production?
Allan Butler, Centre for Rural Policy Research
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Labs
See the School of Geography website

Mon 15 Mar, 5pm
‘Joint Task Force Guantanamo and the political practice of US military detention in the Global War on Terror’
Elspeth van Veeren (Bristol)
Location: Seminar Room 6, Peter Lanyon Building, Cornwall Campus

Mon 15 Mar, 7pm
Film: Zero
Location: Campus Cinema, University of Exeter
See the Exeter Polish Film Festival website

Mon 15 Mar and Mon 22 Mar, 7.30pm
Battle of the Campus Bands
Location: Timepiece, Exeter Free entry

Tues 16 Mar, 12-2pm
St Luke's General Meeting
Location: Cross Keys, St Luke's Campus

Tues 16 Mar, 1-2pm
Art History lecture series: Testing Limits
Professor Sam Smiles (University of Plymouth)
Location: Queen's LT2, Streatham Campus and by video link to LT1, Peter Lanyon Building, Cornwall Campus

Tues 16 Mar, 7pm
Film: My flesh, my blood
Location: Campus Cinema, University of Exeter
See the Exeter Polish Film Festival website

Tues 16 Mar, 7pm
Public meeting: ‘Non-invasive prenatal genetic testing – a moral maze?’
As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, organised by Egenis,
Location: Exeter Central Library
Free and open to all

Weds 17 Mar, 1-5pm
Toroid Wars 2010
Programming competition for 1st and 2nd year undergrads. First prize of a site visit to games company Creative Assembly (a SEGA company).
Location: Blue Room, Harrison, Streatham Campus

Thurs 18 Mar, 4.15pm
‘Young people, self-esteem and the possible politics of ‘just going on’ with life’
Peter Kraftl (Leicester)
Location: Amory 316, Streatham Campus

Thurs 18 Mar, 5.30pm
‘Truth and lies’ in documentary film-making - Olly Lambert
Location: Media Centre Cinema, Cornwall Campus
Info: 01326 370420

Thurs 18 Mar, 6pm
The Students’ Guild is launching the Exeter Global Poverty Project Campaign. Make simple lifestyle changes to help the world’s poorest break the poverty cycle.
Location: Parker Moot Room, Amory Building

Mon 22 Mar, 5pm
Department of Politics seminar series
Georgios Xezonakis (Exeter)
Location: Seminar Room 6, Peter Lanyon Building, Cornwall Campus

Weds 24 Mar, 11am
‘A Copyright for News? Uses of Intellectual Property Rights to Protect Traditional Media from Competition’
Information Society seminar series
Robert Picard (Jönköping International Business School)
Location: Amory B219 , Streatham Campus

Thurs 25 Mar, 6pm The Lasok Lecture 2010:
‘When the State is the Owner: the Wavering Strategy of the European Court of Justice’ Prof Andrea Biondi (King’s College London)
Location: Moot Room, Amory, Streatham Campus followed by wine reception
RSVP by Fri 19 Mar to

Mon 29 Mar, 5pm
Renegotiating the Just War tradition
Cian O'Driscoll (Glasgow University)
Location: SR6, Peter Lanyon Building, Cornwall Campus

Mon 29 March, 5.45pm
Any Questions about the Arts?
Join Jonathan Dimbleby and experienced members of the UK arts community to discuss the status of arts and culture and launch the University’s Arts and Culture strategy.
Location: Exeter Northcott
Places are free but limited.

Weds 31 Mar, 9am-5pm
Annual Research Conference
Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy
Location: Cornwall Campus

Until Easter break
Art Society exhibition
Life drawings and oil
Location: Queen’s gallery, Streatham Campus
See the Guild website

Until Fri 30 April
Silver Legend: ‘A Coin of Cosmopolitan Importance’ exhibition
Location: The Street, IAIS, Streatham Campus

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