Oli Haydon, final year Geography student, is carrying the Olympic flame in Shere, Surrey on 20 July. Look out for alumna Sarah Thomas (who graduated in 2002) playing hockey for Great Britain, and Ian Haley (graduated 2005) also playing hockey but for South Africa. Robin Williams, statistics PhD student, will be playing for the GB blind football team.
The University will celebrate the achievements of graduates at the summer graduation ceremonies from 16 – 20 July in Exeter and on 23 July in Cornwall. The Chancellor, Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE will preside over all the ceremonies, in which 4000 students will be graduating. Exeter campus students will graduate in the Great Hall and following each ceremony a graduation College reception will be held so graduands and their guests can celebrate their achievements with members of staff from their subjects. Graduating students will receive tickets and further details regarding the day in early July. See the Graduation website.
Honorary degrees will be awarded to 14 notable people at the graduation ceremonies on 16-23 July. From the world of media we will be welcoming Armando Iannucci, comedy writer and broadcaster; journalist Nik Gowing, and Steve Backshall, adventurer. Bryn and Emma Parry OBEs, who founded Help for Heroes, are honoured. Public figures Baroness Helena Kennedy QC; Judge Demetrios Hadjihambis; Sir Michael Pownall, retired Clerk of the Parliaments, and Alan Milburn, former MP and now advisor to PwC Global Health Practice; along with John Hirst of the Met Office, Professor Dame Athene Donald, and Dr Russell Hamilton from the Department of Health all receive honorary degrees.
The Career Zone has opened in the Forum, and has seen a 900% increase in student footfall, email and online enquiries. Pop in to find out about anything relating to your future career, further study, looking for a summer job etc. The online My Career Zone now includes events and the Exeter Award and you can use it to access jobs, sign up to events, book careers appointments and more. Make sure you log in and set your preferences so the information you receive is targeted to your needs.
Students on the Move
Students moving out at different times and wanting to throw out lots of stuff can lead to problems with rubbish being left out for days. From now until 1 August the Students on the Move project is sending out extra rubbish trucks to collect moving-out rubbish between normal collection times. Special green stickers have been delivered to houses – stick onto rubbish, then text RUBBISH and the first line of your address to 07500 977333. More stickers are available from the Guild Information Point in the Forum or Cross Keys Information Point. Glass will not be taken – please recycle it. The City Council (in partnership with the University) has added three additional temporary bottle banks to the recycling area on Old Tiverton Road. For bulky items see council website.
Class of 2012 legacy
The Class of 2012 committee is a student fundraising group who are raising money to install a mosaic as a lasting gift/legacy. They will be around throughout graduation week to help students celebrate their big day and collecting final donations to help reach the £1000 target needed. Artist Elaine Goodwin, who has already provided some stunning artwork for the University, is creating the new piece.
The University of Exeter Students’ Guild has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading students’ unions for the third year in a row, by being once again shortlisted for the NUS Higher Education Students’ Union of the year award. The Guild won the award in 2010 and was shortlisted in 2011.
Business planning competition
RBS EnterprisingU is a national business planning competition open to students and recent graduates who believe they have what it takes to run a successful business. There are cash prizes of £25k, £10K and £5k up for grabs, and the backing of a network of investors and mentors.
Career Mentor Scheme 2013
Applications for the next Career Mentor Scheme will be open for new 2nd years in the autumn term. This is a fantastic opportunity for enthusiastic students to improve their career connections and employability skills in their career area of choice. For further information, please visit our website or contact the co-ordinator, Jenny French.
University accommodation available
University accommodation is still available to all students for 2012/13. With all inclusive rents, a great location and no guarantors needed, why not enjoy the convenience of campus living and take the hassle out of housing? Find out more on the accommodation website.
New data from the British Council show Exeter is now 6th in the UK in terms of the numbers of students studying and working abroad on Erasmus schemes. 361 of our students participated in Erasmus last year. Only the larger universities of Nottingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield send out more students.
The University has been awarded a First Class Award for the fourth year running and ranked 24 out of 145 in the People & Planet Green League 2012.
Medical School update
The creation of the Medical School is progressing as planned, with changes to PCMD designed to not impact on current students’ studies. It is hoped to reach a final agreement shortly. Exeter will admit 120 UK medical students and 10 international students a year, with Plymouth admitting 80 UK medical students and six international students and all 64 dental students a year. Students will still work in healthcare settings around the South West. The University of Exeter Medical School will be based at the St Luke's Campus and at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where facilities are being expanded through a new teaching and research centre. In Cornwall, the University of Exeter Medical School will continue to operate from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health and the Knowledge Spa in Truro.
TV Presenter and Exeter Alumnus Steve Backshall is the narrator for a new film that illustrates the wide range of science and engineering expertise at the University. Penzance-based Three S Films has produced a film showcasing the world class science research undertaken across Devon and Cornwall.
Discounted bus passes ranging from one week to one year are now issued from the Campus Services Help Desk at Streatham Farm during office hours. Payment by card or cheque.
The Cornwall House outdoor swimming pool is open every day until 7 October, weather permitting.
Sports Park Summer offer
Platinum membership costs £24 per month from now until 9 Sept, with no annual contract or joining fee. Entry to the outdoor pool is included for first time this year. Info: 01392 724452 or online.
Fri 15 June, 11am-3pm
Location: Great Hall Piazza, Streatham Campus
Mon 18 June, 1pm
Graduate School of Education seminar
Musical Creativities in Practice
Dr Pamela Burnard (Cambridge University)
Location: Baring Court, BC114, St Luke’s Campus
Tues 19 June, 6pm
Ted Hughes in Devon: Moortown
Poems rooted in the Devon landscape and community
Dr Jo Gill
Location: LT2, Queen’s building, Streatham Campus
Free and open to all
Fri 22 June, 9am – 12.30pm
Open Exeter :Discuss Debate Disseminate
Discuss issues around the management of research materials and data and network with other researchers: PhD students and early career researchers from all disciplines welcome.
Confirm attendance via email to Hannah Lloyd-Jones or on Event page.
Location: Upper Lounge, Reed Hall, Streatham Campus.
Sat 23 June
Cornwall Campus Open Day
Sun 24 June, 10am
One Game, One Community football tournament
Organised by Exeter City Football Club. Part of the Kick It Out programme to challenge discrimination
Location: Sports park, Streatham Campus
Tues 26 June, 5pm
Educational Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities: Increased Expectations but Unrealised Gains
Dr Nidhi Singal (Cambridge University)
Location: BC114, St Luke’s Campus
Sat 30 June, 2.30pm
Andrew Stratton Convocation Lecture: Dartmoor’s Wildlife – a Photographic Exploration
Explore the delights of Dartmoor’s wildlife and surroundings in a stunning photographic display and lecture from Prof Charles Tyler, Biosciences.
Location: Alumni auditorium, Forum, Streatham Campus, EX4 4PZ
Contact Rachael Magee, or 01392 72 6349
Free and open to all
Tues 10 July, 6.15pm
Shaping the Future lecture
Disaster Relief – The way ahead
Mr Tom Henderson OBE, CEO and founder of Shelterbox
Location: Xfi Lecture Theatre, Streatham Campus with videolink to Cornwall Campus
Contact Margaret House-Hayes or 01392 725769.
Weds 11 July, 7.30pm
Between Sensationalism and Scholarship: The Bible on TV
Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Theology and Religion
Location: St Michael's Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB. Free.
Info: David Beadle
Fri 13 – Sat 14 July
SOS Global Challenge community event
It’s a knockout competition organised by SOS Global, a social enterprise based at the Innovation Centre.
Location: Topsham Rugby Club
Northcote Theatre events
Sat 16 and Sun 17 June
The Enormous Turnip
Tues 19 and Wed 20 June
Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete World of Sport
Fri 22 June 1.30pm and Sat 23 June 3pm
Henry IV Part 1
Outside on the Piazza.
Student tickets £4
Sat 23 June, 3pm
Outside on the Piazza
Student tickets £4.
Fri 22 – Sat 23 June