University News in Brief for Students
Thursday 19 January 2012 Events

More academic staff
100 more academic members of staff are currently being recruited, growing numbers from 844 at present. A key priority for the University this year is to improve the staff:student ratio, and by September around 960 academics will be here.

£1,000 for Postgraduate study
University of Exeter graduates progressing directly from undergraduate to postgraduate study here in 2012 will automatically receive a £1,000 scholarship towards the cost of tuition fees. A series of Postgraduate Open Events beginning on 25 Jan (see events column, right) offer a chance to find out more, or see details of the scholarship.

Library refurbishment complete
All three original library floors in the Main Library have now been fully refurbished, with Level 0 now re-opened. Study seats have increased to 420, including a new 30 seat computer cluster, 10 dedicated Accessibility seats as well as 90 silent study, 120 group study and 90 PC seats. Meanwhile work continues on the new spaces which will form part of the expanded library when the Forum opens in the spring, when peak seating capacity will more than double. It is anticipated that disruption within the Main Library from construction noise will be much reduced from now on.

Internet boost
A large upgrade over the Christmas break has significantly increased the University’s internet capacity, and doubled the internet bandwidth to student bedrooms across the Exeter campuses. This should improve download speeds and access to all types of internet usage. Contact Julian Shaw for more details.

Sanctuary starts
Work will begin this month on transforming the Lower Exam Hall to provide term time quiet study space for over 180 students to complement the adjacent Forum. It will be re-named the Sanctuary after the refurbishment is completed in April. It will continue to be a key examination venue.

National Student Survey opening
The National Student Survey (NSS) will open on Mon 23 Jan, so final year undergraduates will soon get emails from the NSS team asking them to complete the survey. It is very important that we receive a high response rate in all subject areas as this will provide the University with detailed information on what we can do to continue to improve the student experience. All responses are anonymous so do give considered and honest perceptions of your experience. For more info email

Making the first year count
What are the best things about coming to the University of Exeter for the first time? What could be made better? A student research team is going to make recommendations to the University about making sure that students get the most out of the first year. To get involved to share your experience and help to improve the University see website or email Derfel Owen.

Medical School changes
The two founding members of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry have outlined their plans to expand independently. Exeter will create a new Medical School (University of Exeter Medical School), while Plymouth will create a new Medical and Dental School (the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry). Students, patients and staff will continue to come first and will not be affected in any way by the proposals. Existing students, including those entering the college’s programmes in 2012, will be taught under the terms of the current joint arrangements and will graduate with joint degrees of the two universities. New students entering from 2013 will study for Exeter or Plymouth degrees. Read full story online or see student FAQs on the notices of the PCMD site.

New £20 million research centre
A new £20 million interdisciplinary research centre will be built on the Streatham Campus to help understand how cells operate and how diseases are caused. The centre’s research will bring a new approach to understanding how diseases operate in the human body by applying engineering principles to living cells. Building work will start this year, and the centre will be funded through the University of Exeter’s £230 million investment in science, medicine and engineering.

Green grant
The University is one of only four universities to be awarded £1 million grant funding by HEFCE’s Revolving Green Fund. Cornwall House, one of our worst performing buildings, will be worked on to improve its carbon performance through building fabric, lighting and renewable energy. Students and staff will continue to use the building as a social space, however they will also play a key role as the building becomes a living laboratory for learning and research. HEFCE also awarded a £82,753 grant for small-scale energy efficiency projects across the estate.

Fundraising success
In an eight week campaign a team of 47 students did a great job speaking to 3,702 alumni to ask them to pledge a financial gift to the University’s Annual Fund (see below). They raised a total of £54,728, with the largest gift being £5K and the average donation £187. 68 alumni have offered to volunteer here.

Fund open
This year’s Annual Fund is now open for applications. It funds projects which enhance the University experience. Previous recipients have included a student entrepreneur in residence, the new study garden at St Luke’s and the Community Action European Project. Over £200,000 is available. Deadline for applications is Mon 20 Feb. See the website for how to apply.

China job alerts
An e-mail alert service for graduate vacancy and internship opportunities in China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan) is open. To receive job alerts for China please send an email from your Exeter email address to with the subject line: subscribe china job alert 2012-2013. If you were on the 2011-12 China job alert service you will need to re-subscribe. See the My CareerZone portal for more.

Chinese New Year
Celebrate the year of the Dragon with the Chinese Student Scholars Association (CSSA, the University and the Students’ Guild on Sat 4 Feb. A free event is in the Business School and Cornwall House from 3-6.30.

DecAid appeal triumph
A team of current and former students of Exeter and Plymouth Universities raised over £150,000 for Service charities in a year-long charity appeal. The DecAid appeal included events such as the Munro Mission where two Exeter students climbed all 283 mountains in Scotland in 49 days without using motorised transport.

Christmas Day fun
Over 80 students joined in the festive spirit at the second annual Christmas Day Lunch supported by the International Student Support Office and Campus Services. Students tucked in to a traditional Christmas lunch and received a gift from Santa - an unforgettable Christmas for students who were far away from home and family.

Room for returning students
The University has a range of living options available to students after their first year. With weekly prices from around £120 and contracts starting from 40 weeks, there is a choice of room types in various locations including Lafrowda, Birks Grange Village, St. David’s and St. Luke’s. The prices are all inclusive so there’s no need to worry about bills or hidden costs. Applications from groups or individuals are welcome.

Photography competition
The Sustainability Photography competition is open to all students and aims to document the issues of sustainability across the campuses and the wider community. The deadline for submission is Fri 23 March 2012. For more information, check out the competition website or contact Finn Woodhill.

£250 prize for Paddon Award
Student film-makers, writers and composers have until the end of this month to enter the 2012 Paddon Award, established in memory of two graduates with a keen interest in the arts. The theme is Your Exeter, Your University. The winner will receive £250. See full entry requirements.

New Year sport
The sports office has made fitness new year resolutions much easier with a fantastic platinum membership offer and updated fitness class timetable. Sports membership can generally now be paid for via the Sport website. St. Luke’s Sports Centre’s 2012 newsletter is now available. Like the Facebook page to keep up to date with information and special offers.

Books online
Just launched this week- ‘Sell My Book’ is a business founded by two final year students at the University of Exeter. Sell My Book is a student book hub that allows students to buy and sell new and used course books online. The website compares all of the prominent UK book retailers, including its’ own student market place to help students find the cheapest book prices.

Thurs 19 Jan, 5pm
The Social Function of Alcman's Louvre Partheneion
James Smith, PhD student in Classics and Ancient History
Location: Amory 105, Streatham Campus

Thurs 19 Jan, 5.30pm
Lecture from the Science, Culture and Law research group:
Public rights in copyright: what makes up the public domain.
Prof Graham Greenleaf, (University of New South Wales)
Location: Room 501, Amory, Streatham Campus

Mon 23 Jan, 12-2pm
Health and Wellbeing Fair
Advice and information from a wide range of health professionals as well as Sports and Fitness staff from the University. Health tests for blood pressure, body fat, BMI and more.  
Location: Great Hall, Streatham Campus

Mon 23 Jan, 3-4.30
'Model as a “stable target of explanation”: Mendelian population like model organisms?'
Egenis seminar with Dr. Emanuele Serrelli (University of Milano-Bicocca)
Location: Byrne House, Streatham Campus
Info: Claire Packman

Tues 24 Jan 2012, 1pm
Super-diversity and social class: the view from interaction
Professor Ben Rampton (Kings College London)
Location: BC114, St Luke’s Campus

Weds 25 Jan, 11.30am-4.30pm
College of Humanities Postgraduate Open Event
Streatham Campus

Weds 25 Jan, 1-4.30pm
Business School Postgraduate Open Event
Location: Business School, Streatham Campus

Wed 25 – Sat 28 Jan
Thoroughly Modern Millie
‘Footlights’ society production
Location: Exeter Northcott theatre

Thurs 26 Jan, 1-2.30
From ‘desperate measure’ to ‘curative intent’: Bone marrow transplantation 1957-1977
Egenis/CMH seminar with Dr. Alison Kraft (Egenis)
Location: 115 Amory building, Streatham Campus
Info: Claire Packman

Sat 28 Jan,  10am to 4pm
Around the World in Story
A free University of Exeter exetreme imagination event aimed at children aged 4-11
Location: Exeter Central Library

Mon 30 Jan, 3-4.30pm
‘Genes' inescapable ecologies’
Egenis seminar with Dr. Christophe Bonneuil (Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris )
Location: Byrne House, Streatham Campus
Info: Claire Packman

Mon 30 Jan, 6.30pm
Illustrated lecture: Why silent film still matters
Bryony Dixon, BFI
Location: Seminar Room A/B Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, Streatham Campus

Tues 31 Jan, 1pm
Talk: Postgraduate admissions Q&A followed by Why do a Postgraduate degree at 1.35pm
Location: LT6 Laver building, Streatham Campus with videolink to SRC, Daphne du Maurier building, Cornwall Campus

Tues 31 Jan 12-4.30pm
College of Life and Environmental Sciences Postgraduate Open Day
Location: Streatham Campus

Tues 31 Jan, 2-4.30pm
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences Postgraduate Open Day
Location: Harrison foyer, Streatham Campus

Weds 1 Feb, 10am-2pm
Biosciences, Psychology and Sport and Health Sciences Postgraduate presentations
Location: Streatham Campus

Weds 1 Feb, 12-3.15pm
College of Social Sciences and International Studies Postgraduate Open Day
Location: Streatham Campus

Thurs 2 Feb, 7-9pm
Cornish Institute of Engineers lecture
Mines, Maps and Models: a remarkable display of 3D computer-generated models of Cornish mines.  Dr Keith Russ
Location: Chapel lecture theatre, Cornwall Campus

Fri 3 Feb, 9am-2pm
Farmers’ market
Location: Forum Piazza, Streatham Campus

Sat 4 Feb, 3 -6.30pm
Chinese New Year celebrations,
Location: Business School and Cornwall House, Streatham Campus

Tues 7 Feb, 5pm
The social networks of a year abroad: students and their contribution to second language learning
Professor Rosamond Mitchell (Southampton)
Location:  BC114, St Luke’s Campus

Weds 8 Feb, 4pm  
Oxidative stress and autoimmunity in lung disease
Dr Paul Kirkham, National Heart and Lung Institute and Imperial College London
Location: Lecture Theatre, North Cloisters (NC12), St Luke’s Campus, Exeter with a telematic link to the Lecture Theatre, John Bull Building, Plymouth

Fri 10 Feb, 2.30-5.30
Workshop: ‘Ethical Issues in Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops and the Organic Movement’
Professor Paul Thompson, University of Toronto
Location: C501 Amory building, Streatham Campus.

Mon 13 Feb, 3-4.30pm
‘Exnovation of Safety Practices in Critical Care’
Egenis seminar with Dr Jessica Mesman (Maastricht University)
Location: Byrne House, Streatham Campus
Info: Claire Packman

Weds 15 Feb
PGCE Open Day
Location: St Luke’s Campus


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