University News in Brief for Students
Friday 21 January 2011 Events

Anti-theft campaign
As students return from the Christmas break, it is more important than ever to be security conscious. To help students safeguard their property, the University has arranged for the police to deliver door-to-door advice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week in areas that have previously suffered from theft within the St James Ward of Exeter, particularly in Pennsylvania and Union Road. Working with the University’s Student Community Wardens, police will offer, amongst other things, to ‘security mark’ valuables. Police are asking students to ensure ground floor doors and windows are closed and secure - especially when premises are unoccupied. This advice should also be followed by students living on campus. Should you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to either a member of staff or to the police - using 999 if you have seen possible offenders in action.

PhD funding awards
The University is offering more than 100 new funding awards for PhD students in 2011/12. Funding is available in science, arts, business, humanities and social science subjects, and range from full studentships covering all fees and a maintenance grant for three years to partial funding. Deadlines for applications vary but the first fall on 11 February. For further information, please visit:

Diversity Week 2011
The week of 24-28 January is the International Student Council’s Diversity Week. Events include an international-themed fashion show, food tasting, a movie night, workshops, a debate and a quiz. All events are open to staff and students. For further information, please contact the ISC at or look up the Diversity Week 2011 schedule.

Alcohol awareness workshops
Most of us are aware that alcohol can contribute to anti-social behaviour. Working with Addaction, a leading alcohol treatment charity, the University is taking steps to help students understand the negative impact. From February, students whose alcohol use results in anti-social or risky behaviour may be referred to an Alcohol Awareness Workshop where they will be encouraged to consider the consequences for their health, relationships, academic performance and long-term career prospects. The workshops will be held monthly until the end of this academic year, and may become a regular fixture. For further information, please contact Liz Murphy at or 01392 723034.

Graduation ceremonies 2011
Winter graduation ceremonies take place this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday. Summer graduation ceremonies will be held from Saturday 16 to Friday 22 July inclusive at Streatham, and on Monday 25 July at Truro Cathedral. The Streatham ceremonies will again be held at the Northcott Theatre due the building works on campus.

Noise Nuisance - Avoid Conviction
Many students are celebrating the end of exams - but we ask that students consider noise levels, particularly those living off-campus. Please remember that noise can lead to a statutory conviction if sensible precautions are not taken. If you live off-campus and you are hosting a party, please refer to advice in the 'Community Guide'. If you are walking through town late at night, please remember your sleeping neighbours. A series of 'Party Advice' posters are currently on display across campus with support from the Students' Guild.

StreetWise Fund
The StreetWise fund offers grants of up to £500 for projects linking students, local residents, community organisations and local agencies. The fund’s remit is broad and we are encouraging interested applicants to use their imaginations. Environmental projects, community events, and improved communication could all be relevant. Any society or individual is welcome to apply. For further information and application forms, please visit:

Help shape Forum Student Services Centre
The flagship Forum project is set to improve the student experience at Streatham by bringing 12 student support services together in one Student Services Centre. To ensure we deliver this improved service effectively, we are holding student focus groups, with the first sessions on 7 and 8 February. These will last for about an hour over lunchtime, with food and drinks provided. We would value and appreciate your input. For further information or to register, please contact Donna Miljus on 01392 725596 or

Placement counselling support
If you are starting (or already have started) your course placement and need emotional support, you can contact an online counsellor. Email or call us on 01392 264381 to make an appointment. Please also use these contact details for other counselling needs, either for face to face or online appointments. No problem is too big or too small.

Staff awards
Professor John Dupré, director of Egenis, the University’s Centre for Genomics in Society, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one of the greatest honours in the scientific world. Professor Dupré has been recognised for his distinguished contribution to the history and philosophy of science. Professor Gilles Chabrier, a key member of Exeter’s world-class Astrophysics team, has been awarded the Prix Jean Ricard, the highest prize for physics in France, by the Societé Francaise De Physique. Professor David Stephenson of the Mathematics Research Institute has been elected a member of the Academia Europaea for his outstanding research in statistical climatology.

International Exeter film
Exeter, now ranked as a World Top-200 University, has released a film highlighting its growing international nature. Narrated by Jonathan Dimbleby, the seven minute film encapsulates our international strengths and ambitions as a top research-intensive university. The film is aimed at a diverse audience, including senior management at university partners, overseas research agencies, our alumni, corporate sponsors, and governmental and non-governmental bodies. You can view the film on the University website.

Representation in India
A contract for the University’s first office in India, to be sited in Bangalore, was signed before Christmas, with interviews for prospective staff to be held mid-February. This follows on from last year’s opening of project offices in Beijing and Shanghai.

New music building
The University’s new world-class music facility at Streatham will open on Wednesday 9 February with a recital by the world-famous pianist, Imogen Cooper, an Honorary Graduate. The invitation-only event will be held in the facility’s Frank Oliver Recital Hall, named after the late Dr Frank Oliver, a long-serving staff member who established the Exeter and District Classical Music Trust to advance the cause of classical music locally.

Mood study: participants needed
Researchers at the Mood Disorders Centre in the Department of Psychology are conducting a study investigating the relationship between memories of past events and mood. They are looking for individuals who are feeling down or depressed at present, and have felt this way for at least two weeks. The study involves recording memories of events from your past as they pop up during everyday life. Participants who complete the study will receive a £29 voucher. If you think you may be suitable, please contact Dr Lynn Watson, 01392 726323.

Excellence awards
Nominations are open for the Professional Services Recognising Excellence Awards (PSRA), a new initiative. All staff and students are encouraged to nominate individuals or teams within Professional Services which made a positive contribution to the University throughout 2010. For full details and the nomination form, please visit For staff without internet access, nominations forms are available at Northcote House, reception desks, halls of residence and porters’ lodges. The deadline for entries is January 31.

New social sciences centre
The University has formed a partnership with Bristol and Bath to form one of the UK’s largest centres of postgraduate research training for social scientists. The South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) will draw on the established research excellence of the three universities, including the expertise of more than 750 social science research staff. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has granted doctoral training centre status to the collaboration. As one of only 21 Centres in the UK, the SWDTC has been allocated 41 studentships a year and will be part of a national network to be launched in October 2011.

Centre for Study of Islam launch
To launch the new Centre for the Study of Islam in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, there will be an inaugural address on Thursday 27 January from Professor Robert Hoyland of the University of Oxford, as well as the opening of a new exhibition. Professor Hoyland will speak on the ‘The Language of the Qur'an and Ancient Middle Eastern Storytelling’. The exhibition, From Here to Eternity, comprises mosaic and calligraphy works of the artists Elaine M Goodwin and Mohamed Abaoubida. The address will take place at IAIS Lecture Theatre 1 at 5.15pm, followed by a reception in The Street Gallery. The exhibition, to be introduced by Professor Robert Gleave and addressed by Dr Goodwin, will open immediately after the lecture, at 6.30pm. Both events are free and open to all.

A Chorus Line
The Exeter Footlights, the university’s musical theatre society, is putting on A Chorus Line, from Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 January at the Northcott. The musical tells the story of a group of dancers as they audition to appear on Broadway.

Appear on BBC4’s Only Connect
The BBC is calling for applications from those interested in appearing on its Only Connect quiz show. To request an application form, please email The deadline for completed forms is Wednesday 26 January.

Mon, 24 Jan to Fri, 28 Jan
Diversity Week 2011: Range of events. Please see Diversity Week 2011 schedule. Or contact the ISC at

Mon, 24 January, 6.30-8pm
The Bible and the Environment: Bishop of Exeter Michael Langrish and Professor David Horrell present findings of a three year research project, followed by informal discussion. Free of charge. Further information from:
Location: The Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral.

Tues, 25 January, 1pm
Seminar: Professor Anna Sfard, University of Haifa, on: “How discourses of identity encourage or hinder participation in discourses of mathematics and science (or any other school subject).”
Location: BC114, St Luke’s.

Thurs 27 January, 12 noon
Seminar: Professor William Martin of Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf on: “Hydrothermal vents and the origin of life.” Further information from:
Location: LT6, Laver Building, Streatham.

Wed, 2 February, 4pm
Seminar: Dr Anna Gloyn, University Research Lecturer from the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, on: “Insights into glucose homeostasis from the functional characterisation of variants across the allelic spectrum.”
Location: Lecture Theatre, Peninsula Medical School, Barrack Road, Wonford, with a link to the Lecture Theatre, John Bull Building, Plymouth.

Tues, 8 February, 5pm
Seminar: Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges, University of Cambridge, on: “Spaces where reading histories meet: socio-cultural, historical and spatial perspectives on young people as readers.”
Location: G18, PMS Building, St Luke’s.

Thurs, 17 February, 11.30am-2pm
Workshop: Designing and adapting buildings to meet the challenges posed by climate change. Aimed at engineers and architects. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Free of charge. Reservations: Pete Hodges, p.j.m.hodges@
or 01392 722321.
Location: Council Chamber, Northcote House, Streatham.

Tues, 22 February, 1pm
Seminar: Professor Stephen Bull, University of London, on: “Teachers as actors/teachers as subjects: dealing with policy contradictions and contradictory policies!”
Location: BC114, St Luke’s.

Wed, 23 February, 10.30am-4.30pm
Workshop: Showcasing R&D applications of CARS Microscopy. Aimed at the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, biomedical and biochemical sectors. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Free of charge. Reservations: Pete Hodges, p.j.m.hodges@
or 01392 722321. To try out our CARS microscope on the day, or for technical questions, please contact Dr Julian Moger, or 01392 724181.
Location: Innovation Centre

Northcott Spring highlights
Tues 25 to Sat 29 January, 7.30pm and Sat 29, 2.30pm
A Chorus Line: Musical about Broadway performed by the University’s Exeter Footlights. Tickets from £10. Age 12+.

Tues 1 and Wed 2 February, 7.30pm
Geppetto: Cube Theatre presents Jon Welch’s new play set in 1950s New York with the help of puppets. Tickets: £12. Concessions on some seats: half price. Post show talk on Tues 1 February. Age: 12+.

Thurs 3 and Fri 4 February, 7.30pm
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical: A new musical that is entirely improvised. Comes to Exeter following three sell-out Edinburgh Fringe seasons and last year’s BBC Radio 4 debut. Tickets: from £16. Concessions on some seats: half price. Age: 12+. www.showstopper

Saturday 5 February, 2.30pm
Potted Panto: CBBC's Dan and Jeff perform seven classic pantomimes in just eighty minutes and in 3D. Comes direct from the West End and a sell-out Edinburgh Festival premiere. Tickets: £9.50. Age: 6+. Family tickets available.

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