University News in Brief for Students
Thursday 14 May 2009 Events

Birks boost
Exeter City Council has granted planning permission for an additional 832 bed spaces on the Birks Grange site. This is a vital component of a £130 million scheme to accommodate 75% of future students in purpose-built student accommodation. The new buildings will be provided by University Partnerships Programme (UPP). The new accommodation will reduce pressure on the local rented housing market.

Forum update
We are looking for student volunteers to join a Student Services Centre Consultation Group for the Forum Project - ideally, a spread of people representative of the UG, PG and international student population. If you are interested in taking part, please email the Forum Project Team on forum–

Education Strategy
The University is currently refreshing its Education Strategy for the next five years. The draft Strategy aims to enable Exeter to provide one of the best experiences for all our students, and is central to the University’s Top 10 ambition. Three open meetings for staff and students will outline the draft strategy and seek views with a presentation by Prof Janice Kay, Senior DVC Education, followed by a Q&A session. Meetings: Thu 21 May, 4-5pm at St Luke’s in PMS G18; Fri 22 May, 1-2pm at Streatham in Amory 417; and Fri 29 May, 10-11am at Tremough in Lecture Rm B. See the Governance website.

Cornwall designs
As student numbers are planned to rise, shared spaces on the Cornwall Campus are being analysed to make sure they can cope. Also, initial design principles for the proposed Environment and Sustainability Institute have been established and an architect will be shortlisted from 5 companies. The ESI will generate world-class research into the causes and consequences of environmental change and how to manage its effects.

Old library closure
The Old Library will be closed on Saturday 16 May for essential structural tests required for refurbishment works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. £2 million has been allocated to refurbish the Old Library.

Exeter Award
More than 3,000 students have signed up for The Exeter Award, an award to enhance the employability of undergraduates and taught postgraduates. The Exeter Award enables you to get University recognition for your extra-curricular achievements so is a great way of making yourself stand out from the crowd when you enter the jobs market. If you signed up for The Exeter Award and are graduating this year, please don't forget to complete your Award and book your sign-off appointment with a Careers Adviser. To be eligible for the award ceremony on 24 June you need to complete your Award by 19 June and for the 24 July award ceremony, by 17 July. See the Exeter Award website.

10 green minutes
Exeter based students are being asked to fill in a 10 minute questionnaire on sustainability issues. 10 prizes are on offer including lunch at Michael Caine’s Restaurant and a selection of Otter Ale. Answers will be used to develop a student sustainability communication strategy. The results of the survey will be posted on the Sustainability website in July. If you have any questions please email Julia Jack.

Swine flu
There are now 55 confirmed cases in the UK – 50 in England and five in Scotland. So far all infections in the UK have been mild, and cases have been diagnosed and treated early, helping to limit the spread. Advice says if you have flu like symptoms and are concerned, stay at home. If you can go online check your symptoms on the symptom checker on or call the swine flu information line on 0800 1 513 513. If you have taken these steps and are still concerned call your GP or NHS Direct.

Open wide
Peninsula Dental School clinics are recruiting patients. If you would like free dental treatment, call 0845 1558109 for Devonport Plymouth or 01392 405350 for Heavitree Exeter. You will be treated by dental students under the supervision of experienced general dental practitioners.

Employee prize
If you are a student that has been in part-time work this year you can be nominated for Student Employee of the Year and win £200. Ask your employer to nominate you. See the NASES (National Association of Student Employment Services) website. Closing date for applications is 5pm on 28 May. If you have any queries e-mail and they will be very happy to help.

Sport success
The Men's Rugby Sevens squad won the BUCS championships on Sunday 26 April at Bristol University. The squad overcame rivals UWIC and Loughborough in the Semi and Final to become national champions. University Men's Hockey 1st team have won promotion to the top domestic hockey league in the country, the EHL Premier Division.

Bike challenge
Andrew Adams from the Sports Park is organising a charity bike ride for ‘Help for Heroes’ on Sunday 28th June. The plan is to ride 116 miles between the Royal Marine training centre at Lympstone to The Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose in Cornwall. To join in contact Andrew on

Swimming varsity
Exeter University Swimming Club raised over £500 for the Exeter Leukaemia Fund at the annual varsity competition on 2 May.

Pinhoe Organics
On Thursdays from 10-3 a small market stall selling fruit and veg is in Devonshire House, in association with the Students’ Guild. Pinhoe Organics is a student run company which commenced trading toward the end of the last academic year to supply veg and fruit boxes to students and staff. Volunteers are needed to staff the stall.

Campus elections
Elections are running until Friday 15 May for part-time posts within the Students’ Guild at Guild Council, on the Guild Trustee Board and as student representatives. Posts include Disability Rep, Student Parents Rep and Societies Officer.

Cornwall survey
Cornwall based students are being surveyed by FXU to improve services, with £20 cash prizes up for grabs. See survey.

NUS survey
The NUS is doing an online survey into student lifestyle, with a prize draw of £200. The survey takes 15 minutes to complete.

Thurs 14 May, 1-2pm
‘Plagiarism Pitfalls’ workshop run by Students’ Guild Advice Unit and University Education Enhancement Unit.
Location: Group room, entry floor, Main Library

Thurs 14 May, 2.30-3.30pm
Secondlife Seminar
Privacy Issues in Online Social Networks
Abhilash Nair, lecturer in Law, Sheffield Hallam University.
Location: Room 1 of the Centre for European Governance's Second Life Building. See the SLurl.
Register with Alison Harcourt for this seminar with the name of your avatar to receive access to site:

Fri 15 May
Car washing
In aid of a Community Action project for local young carers, donations suggested.
Location: Great Hall car park.

Tues 19 May, 7pm
Presentation on the Royal Air Force
Wing Commander Simon Firth BSc RAF
Location: Lectures theatres A & B, Daphne du Maurier Building, Cornwall Campus
Drinks & canapé reception; also music by the Central Band of the RAF. Students welcome after contacting Presentation Team website.

Weds 20 May, 4pm
‘Diabetic retinopathy: targeting vasoregression’.
Professor Hans-Peter Hammes, University Hospital Mannheim,
Location: Lecture Theatre, North Cloisters (NC12), St Luke’s Campus, Exeter with a telematic link to the Lecture Theatre, John Bull Building, Plymouth.

Weds 20 May, 6pm-7.30 pm
Deborah Moggach - novelist and screenplay writer
She will talk about her latest adaptation for the BBC, The Diary of Anne Frank and her writing for cinema (she won a Bafta for Pride and Prejudice), as well as her 16 novels.
Location: LT1, Queen's Building, University of Exeter
Tickets: £3.50 telephone 01392 667080.

Sun 24 May, 7.30pm
Paddy Ashdown
Hear him talking about his life and times, taking questions and signing his book, A Fortunate Life.
Location: Northcott Theatre
All tickets £15. See Northcott Theatre website.

Tues 26 May, 1pm
ICT and the Spirit of the School
Professor Julian Stern, York St John University
Location: BC114, St Luke’s campus.
See Education and Lifelong Learning website.

Tues 26 May, 11.30-1pm
STIGMA: Evidence for Discrimination and Evidence for Reducing Discrimination.
Professor Graham Thornicroft, King’s College London.
Location: Lecture theatre NC12, St Luke’s Campus. Telelinked to Plymouth JBB Lecture Theatre
Contact: 01392 262974.

Weds 27 May, 2pm
‘The diseased body of law’
Dr Matthew Weait, Birkbeck College, London.
School of Law Research Seminars Programme
Location: Seminar 10, Peter Lanyon Building, Cornwall campus.

Thurs 28 May, 6pm-8pm
Society of Arab & Islamic Studies General Meeting
Location: Queens Lecture Theatre 7.1 + 7.2
For info email

Mon 1 June, 8pm
Café Scientifique
Designer Babies? The future of prenatal genetic testing
Susan Kelly, Senior Research Fellow, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society
Location: Café bar, Exeter Phoenix arts centre. Free.

Tues 2 June
De La Soul
Location: Lemon Grove.

Thu 4 June, 11am
Yemen Panel Series
Conference for people with interest in the Republic of Yemen.
Location: Amory 417
Convened by the Society of Arab & Islamic Studies
Contact: Fernando Carvajal, President, for information

Sun 7 June, 9am start
400m open air pool swim then 5km campus run.
Entry Form in Downloads section. See Sport website.

Tues 9 June
Annual Academic Event
‘Collaboration for Clinical Translational Research: Lessons from the Scottish Academic Health Science Collaboration’
Sir John Savill, Head of the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
Location: PMS Building, Barrack Road, Exeter. See flyer.

Tues 9 June, 5pm
‘Rethinking education for the 21st Century: not school - not home - schome - the education system for the information age’
Dr Peter Twining, Open University
Location: G18, St Luke’s campus.
See Education and Lifelong Learning website.

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