University News in Brief for Students
Wednesday 17 February 2010 Events

Leading from the front
The Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Smith has been leading the HE sector's opposition to further cuts in public funding in his role as President of Universities UK.
The sector faces a cut in the funding of £449m in 2010/11 and a further £600m is to come from the overall Higher Education and research budget by 2012/13. Exeter has already instituted savings of 5% which puts us in a good position to deal with reductions in HEFCE funding. The University is able to continue with its investment plans and is recruiting new staff to areas such as science and business. However, going forward close attention will need to be paid to use of resources.

Distinguished visitors
The University played host to visits from five senior government figures on Fri 6 Feb as part of the Cabinet's trip to Exeter, see who gave lectures to students and staff. Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, visited the Streatham Campus last month to deliver a keynote speech and lay the foundation stone of the new £18 million Business School building. Jim Knight MP visited the Cornwall Campus for a briefing on marine renewables.

Widen your Options
Widen your Options Fortnight runs from 22 Feb - 5 March. Sector specific presentations, Q&A sessions, and professional networking will help develop broad skills to help with job hunting. Many of the employers and alumni are not on campus at any other time of the year. To book sessions go to the Employability website. See events (right) for a part time job fair and events and media industry day.

Career development awards
Five students are each celebrating a £1,000 payout from the University’s Floella Benjamin Career Development awards. Innovative career ideas getting financial support include engineering projects overseas and law and nursing courses. The annual awards, now in their fourth year, look to develop employability.

National Student Survey
Final year undergraduates will receive emails soon asking for feedback in the National Student Survey. The confidential survey is a Government-led, nation-wide initiative that finds out how universities support the student learning experience. It is of great importance as it gives us an impartial, detailed picture of what we do well and where we can improve. Students’ feedback from previous surveys has been used to develop teaching in each academic school. See The National Student Survey website.

Cornwall Campus developments
On 14 Jan, business plans for our Environment & Sustainability Institute (ESI) along with University College Falmouth’s Academy for Innovation & Research (AIR) were submitted to the South West Regional Development Agency. The ESI will generate world-class research into the causes and consequences of environmental change. Business plans were also submitted for the shared learning and social space known as The Exchange, to be designed by Nicholas Burwell Associates. This is all part of Phase 3 development to the Cornwall Campus.

Northcott graduations
Summer Graduation this year at the Streatham Campus will take place from 12-17 July in the Exeter Northcott Theatre. The Great Hall is unusable due to Forum construction work. A letter sent to all finalists and 2nd years explains venue choice and addresses some concerns raised by students. For the first time, graduating students will process to Reed Hall and nearby marquees for refreshments and photographs. The Graduation Team in Academic Services are working with a number of finalists and 2nd year students to ensure that the ceremonies are a fitting conclusion to their studies here.

St Luke’s library 24/7
Following an extensive refurbishment, and for a trial period, the First Floor Study Room at St Luke’s Library will be open 24 hours a day for quiet study.

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.

Power problem
Thanks to students at Birks Grange, Moberly and Duryard for your patience yesterday when evacuated from halls. Contractors damaged a power cable, severing electricity, gas and water supplies. Alternate arrangements were made at Holland Hall for dinner, vouchers were given for the Ram bar and Lemon Grove, and generators were brought in to allow students to return to hall at 10pm before mains power was restored this morning. We apologise for the inconvenience and will be taking up this issue with the contractors at the highest level.

Exeter community strategy
A Community Engagement Strategy has been developed with the Students’ Guild. A range of initiatives aim for positive interaction between students, staff and permanent Exeter residents over the next three years. The strategy incorporates info from a recent Community Survey, student steering groups, Resident Liaison Group meetings and a review of feedback gathered from the StreetWise answerphone service. See the Community Engagement Strategy on our Community news web page or contact A Community Engagement Plan is being drafted in Cornwall.

Equality Matters
Staff and students from a diverse mix of backgrounds and from all areas of the University are needed for Equality Impact Assessment consultation groups. Contact Anna Morley ( or 01392 722037.

Student Harassment Advisors
Five student Harassment Advisors are available to discuss any issues of bullying or harassment with you in confidence. This is in addition to a network of staff members who are Harassment Advisors. So if you feel happier talking to a student advisor contact them through the Academic Services website. Remember no-one should have to put up with bullying.

Recycle batteries
Battery recycling collection points are now available in: Amory Porters Lodge, Cornwall House Reception, Devonshire House Porters Lodge, Harrison Mail Desk, Hatherly Porters Lodge, Innovation II Reception, Islamic Studies Reception, Laver Reception, Northcote House Mailroom, Old Library Porters Lodge, Peter Chalk Reception, Physics Reception, Sports Hall Reception, Thornlea Reception and Xfi Reception.

Cornwall path closed
The footpath linking the Old Drive with Greenwood Road on the Cornwall Campus will be closed for two weeks from 22 Feb for essential works by South West Water. Signage will redirect walkers.

Get voting
The Students’ Guild Sabbatical Elections are from 19 to 26 Feb. All students can vote in the election for 5 new sabbatical officers. See the Guild website. In Cornwall, vote from 22 Feb to 1 Mar for 3 president and 7 executive officer positions, see the FXU website.

Burglary warning
Police have alerted us to a series of burglaries in Kilmorie Hall, Northernhay House, Mardon Hall and Moberly House. Student houses are also being targeted. Thieves are walking into insecure student rooms or entering unlocked windows to steal laptops, I-pods, mobile phones and cash. Prevent your property being stolen by ensuring rooms are locked when you leave and by closing/locking windows. See the Police website.

Accommodation scams
Some people are being tricked out of money after seeing adverts for private accommodation on websites such as Gumtree. Do not send money prior to viewing accommodation, verifying that the person is the actual landlord or a representative of the landlord (such as a letting agent) and seeing the tenancy agreement. If you have been caught out please keep any correspondence (emails/texts etc) and report it to the UK police.

Accommodation advice
If you visit a property alone make sure someone knows where you are going. Make sure you understand a license or tenancy agreement and take legal advice if necessary. Keep copies of everything you sign. Agree the rent with the landlord in writing and check if you are paying for vacations. Get a receipt for any deposit and make sure it states the deposit is returnable if the property is handed back in good condition. Prospective tenants are not usually asked for proof that they have sufficient funds to pay rent so if you are asked to do this seek advice. See the Accommodation Office, the Guild Advice Unit or Cornwall’s housing advice.

Printing changes
From 22 Mar, the self-service print and copy service for students will move from Northcote House Print Services to the Guild Print Shop in Queens Car Park. The Main Library on Streatham Campus and St Luke's Print Shop also offer this service. See the Print Services web page.

LGBT history week
This week is lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history week. On Weds 17 Feb at 12 there is a LGBT Lunch and talk in the Long Lounge, Devonshire House, stalls on Streatham Campus on Fri 19 Feb and a social in the Ram at 8pm on Sat 20 Feb. Contact

Chlamydia aware
NHS Devon has designated 14-28 February as Chlamydia fortnight. One in 12 people between 15-24 years old test positive for Chlamydia, a potentially serious sexually transmitted infection that can lead to infertility. It can be easily detected and treatment usually involves simple antibiotics. Get a Chlamydia self-test postal kit by going to

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

Thurs 18 Feb, 10am-4pm
Mini Squash
Find out about and sign up to Guild Societies, Athletics Union Clubs, Community Action volunteering projects and RAG fundraising ventures.
Location: Lemon Grove, Cornwall House, Streatham Campus

Thurs 18 Feb, 4.15pm
‘The transnational spaces of things: South Asian textiles in Britain and The Grammar of Ornament’
Phil Crang (Holloway)
Location: Amory 316, Streatham Campus

Fri 19 Feb, 5.45pm
Shaping the Future lecture
‘The Maritime Contribution to UK Defence and Security’
Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, First Sea Lord and chief of naval staff
Location: Peter Chalk, Newman A (with videolink to lecture B, Cornwall Campus)

Weds 17 to Sat 20 Feb, 8pm
Cheekish Productions' double bill exploring the impact of terrorism on British society
Location: Exeter Northcott
Box Office 01392 493493.
See the Exeter Northcott website

Sat 20 Feb, 2-6pm
Exeter Pride 6-a-side football tournament
Exeter Lions FC are celebrating awareness of diverse community groups who share a passion for football
To enter contact Jimmy on 07834 231165 or email:
Location: Sports Park, Streatham Campus

Mon 22 Feb,12-2pm
Part Time Jobs Fair
Summer jobs including: Butlins, Exeter Summer School, Mad Science, Chagstock Festival, Jobsurfing, STEP Programme, Southbourne School, Bovey Castle, Piper's Farm, Catering Cheltenham, Medico, BUNAC.
Location: JCR, Devonshire House, Streatham Campus

Tues 23 Feb, 12-2pm
Brighten Up Event for Cyclists
Subsidised cycle lights, high vis kit and advice
Location: Cross Keys, St Luke’s Campus

Tues 23 Feb, 5pm
Sex and Lies in the Classroom: Methodological and Ethical Dilemmas in Researching Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in Schools
Professor Pat Sikes (University of Sheffield)
Location: G18, St Luke’s Campus.
See the Graduate School of Education website

Weds 24 Feb, 12-2pm
Brighten Up Event for Cyclists
Subsidised cycle lights, high vis kit and advice
Location: Lower Exam Hall, Streatham Campus

Weds 24 Feb 10am-2.45pm
International Mother Language Day
Pupils who have English as an additional language from local schools will take part in Community Action's day of arts, mentoring sessions and networking. Part of CA's Global Touch project, which pairs international students with school pupils who have English as an additional language.

Thurs 25 Feb, 4.15pm
Deborah Dixon (Aberystwyth)
Location: Amory 316, Streatham Campus
Contact: M.W.D.Paterson

Thurs 25 Feb, 5.30pm
UCF Approaches to Journalism lecture
Blake Morrison (Goldsmiths)
Location: Lecture B, Daphne Du Maurier Building,
Cornwall Campus
Info: 01326 370420

Mon 1 Mar, 1pm
Fairtrade Fortnight secret event
Location: Devonshire House foyer

Mon 1 Mar, 1-2pm
Sustainability and Slow Food on a Devon farm
Mary Quicke MBE, Quickes Cheese, Newton St Cyres, Devon
This seminar will include the opportunity to taste Quickes Cheese
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Labs, Streatham Campus
See the School of Geography website.

Mon 1 Mar, 5pm
Politics seminar series
Dan Stevens (Exeter)
Location: SR6, Peter Lanyon building, Cornwall Campus

Mon 1 Mar, 6pm
BACKSTAGE 2010 : Events & Media Industry Day
The University of Exeter Business School presents an opportunity to meet, chat and network with the people behind the scenes of some of the world's most renowned events.
Location: The Lemon Grove.
See the Employability website.

Wed 3 Mar, 12pm
Free fair-trade chocolate tasting with ChocSoc
Location: Devonshire House foyer

Thurs 4 Mar, 3-4pm
Fairtrade Tea Party, Free tea and flapjack if you bring your own mug.
Location: Refresh, Devonshire House

Thurs 4 Mar, 4.15pm
The ‘cultural offer’ of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Hannah Macpherson (Sussex)
Location: Amory 316, Streatham Campus
Contact: M.W.D.Paterson

Thurs 4 Mar, 5.30pm
‘Time’s Winged Chariot:
Placing Nature Writing and the Nature of Writing
about Place’ Prof Andrew McNeillie
Location: Lecture 3, Peter Lanyon Building
Cornwall Campus
Info: 01326 370420

Sat 6 Mar, 10am-12.30pm
'Education in Obama's America’.
A Conversation with Prof Joe Richardson (Georgia State University) and Prof Bob Michael (North Georgia College and State University)
Location: St Luke’s Campus BC115
Fee £5.00 students £1.00

Mon 8 Mar, 5pm
Politics seminar series
Robin Durie (Exeter) and Katriona Wyatt (Peninsula Medical School)
Location: SR6, Peter Lanyon Building, Cornwall Campus

Tues 9 Mar, 3.30-5pm
Egenis seminar
Nicola Davies and Kai Wang (Egenis PhD students)
Location: Byrne House, Streatham Campus

Tues 9 Mar, 4.15pm
School of Psychology Research Seminar
Integrating Brain, Body, and Mood Disorders: A Polyvagal Theory of Emotional Regulation;
Tom Lynch (Exeter)
Location: 105 Washington Singer Building, Streatham Campus

Tues 9 - Sat 13 Mar
Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan Society production of 'Ruddigore'.
Location: Exeter Northcott Theatre

Weds 10 Mar, 2pm
Islam on the Popular Battlefield
Information Society seminar series
Liesbet van Zoonen (Loughborough University)
Location: Amory B316, Streatham Campus

Mon 29 Mar, 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

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