University News in Brief for Students
Tuesday 26 January 2010 Events

Microsoft Vista virus warning
Last week the University experienced a serious computer virus, which has infected a number of PCs running Microsoft Vista. We have been working closely with our anti-virus supplier, Symantec, who have created a tool that can identify and fix infected machines. If you have a Windows Vista PC, you should look at the virus FAQ webpage to find out what to do. Please do not use your Vista PC until you can be assured that it is virus free. Contact the IT Help Desk with queries.

Severe weather
An enormous effort kept all campuses open during recent severe weather. Grounds staff started work at 6am, using 5 tonnes of grit and 30 tonnes of salt on Exeter campuses, and 3 tonnes combined in Cornwall. The Main Library had 500 visitors on the snowiest days, with 100 students revising through the night. An impressive selection of snow sculptures were spotted around our campuses. Web and email updates will resume if snow returns.

PhD funds
Over 100 funding awards have been announced to develop and attract the best researchers to study for PhDs at the University. The awards are for students starting this Autumn and cover many subject areas. These range from full studentships covering all fees and a maintenance grant for three years, to bursaries worth £7,000 a year for three years. See 2010 PhD funding page.

NSS returns
The National Student Survey is back. Final year undergraduates can provide feedback on their courses and the student learning experience at Universities nationwide. The results are used to enhance the student learning experience. Eligible students will be emailed soon with an invite to complete the survey online, or can do it on the National Student Survey 2010.

Planning for funding cuts
Cuts to university funding in England are due from 2010-13. The cuts total some £915m, around 12.5% of total Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) funding. We should know our position in March. We are in a good financial position to cope with the cuts, but contingency planning is underway on future risks after the general election.

Initiations concern
The University will not tolerate drinking games in which people are put under pressure to drink more than they want to. A minority choose to ignore this rule. The University will not hesitate to use the full force of its disciplinary procedures if we find evidence that students have compelled others to drink against their will. If you are put in this position, contact Professor Janice Kay, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor This has the full support of the Students’ Guild.

Online Application competition
You could win £250 by filling in a job application form online. You will get feedback to help you will come across in a positive light in future applications. Further details and the form can be found on the Employability website. Closing date: 5pm Fri 5 Feb.

Careers guide
The Careers Service Guide for 2010 is now available free in hard copy and as an online magazine at Exeter CSG 2010. The Guide introduces a range of employability support and opportunities available. There are sections on postgraduate study, working in the south west, making a career choice and applying for jobs, and student and graduate profiles. Book an appointment with a Careers Adviser on 01392 264493.

Be welcoming
Students are being recruited to be part of the Welcome Team in September. Undergraduate, Postgraduate, International, INTO and Arrivals Teams all need staffing; the only requirement is that you are still a student here for the 2010/11 academic year. Apply via: or see the Guild website. Contact

Forum time
A time capsule will go under the Forum building, nominate items for inclusion at by writing on the wall. Nominations will close at midday on 3 Feb; then online voting will run until midnight on 21 Feb. Preparatory works for the Forum Project are well in hand and the main contractors come on site in March. ‘Students as Agents for Change’ projects led by students range from embedding sustainability and internationalisation, to helping select furniture. Contact

Cornwall changes
The Phase 3 development project aims to improve the spaces used by both Exeter and Falmouth students on the Cornwall Campus. A new extension to the Learning Resource Centre is planned, provisionally called the Exchange, which will include a Welcome Centre, more library, IT and learning spaces and academic support and student support functions. Give input via this survey on the FXU Students Union website. Cornwall students’ opinions are also being sought in the FXU annual survey, to have your say on how the students’ union is run, see the FXU Students Union website.

Exeter Award reminder
Are you close to completing your Exeter Award? Don't leave it to the last minute before you graduate, make sure to book the sessions you need to complete the Award and your sign-off appointment with a Careers Adviser. See the Exeter Award website.

Drama aid
Students in Drama raised £500 for Cancer Research in memory of Dr Birgit Haas. They created a ‘Do they know it’s Christmas time’ video - see Youtube website.

Credit for careers
The Careers and Employment Service has been accredited with the national Matrix Standard for Information Advice and Guidance. A 4 day accreditation visit included focus groups of students, and meetings with staff and partners including the Guild and local employers.

Guild reshuffle
From Summer 2010 the Guild will be run by four full-time sabbatical officers who will be supported by six volunteer student forum members.
The new full time sabbatical officer positions are President, VP Participation & Campuses, VP Welfare & Community and VP Academic Affairs. The review of the representative structure began last year and culminated in a referendum at the end of last term. Nominations for the new sabbatical positions or for Athletic Union President are now. See the Guild website.

Cornwall nominations open
It’s that time of year when Cornwall students get to vote in a team to run FXU. Nomination packs and job descriptions are at Nominations need to be handed in to any FXU office between 9am 1 Feb and noon 12 Feb.

Forum Library plans
Information on the impact that the Forum Project will have on the Main Library can be found on the Library website, or at an exhibition at the Main Library entrance. The aim is to be a ‘top-10’ library facility with an emphasis on teaching and providing adaptable spaces for single and group work. Plans include a 25% increase in shelving capacity, nearly 100% more public cluster PCs, a resilient and secure wireless network and over three times more study seats.

Outstanding Ofsted
The Family Centre on the Streatham Campus has been awarded the highest accolade of ‘outstanding’ following an Ofsted inspection.

Dental applications up
Applications for the Peninsula Dental School have risen by 32% following a phenomenal 122 per cent last year. Nationally, applications for dentistry are up by around 10 per cent. There is a ratio of over seven applicants for each place, putting the PDS on a par with much longer-established dental schools that offer a four-year graduate entry course.

Bill Douglas loan
The Bill Douglas Centre has loaned items to the Estorick Collection in London for their exhibition On the Move Visualising Action. The BDC has one of Britain’s leading collections of materials on the development of moving images. The exhibition opens on 12 Jan, see the Bill Douglas Centre website and the Estorick Collection website.

Sports membership sale
Sports membership rates are now reduced in Exeter. Standard membership is £24, gold membership (free gym and discounted pay-as-you-go for everything else) is £134 and platinum membership £170. Contact the Sports Park: 01392 724452 and St. Luke's Sports Centre 01392 724940. In Cornwall 6 month gold all inclusive packages are £102 for students, or pay a £30 annual fee and £2 per session, see the Tremough Campus website.

Platinum trial
The Sports Park and St. Luke's Sports Centre are offering platinum membership for just £20 for 1 month, with no long term contract. A simple 1 month trial offers free unlimited use of the gyms, classes, badminton courts, squash courts, outdoor tennis, table-tennis and indoor swimming. Telephone 01392 724452 or 4940. Offer open until 31 Jan.

Fitness classes
A new timetable of fitness classes has started at the Sports Park and St. Luke’s Sports Centre. Try out Pole Dancing, Spinning, Tai-Chi, Yoga, Pilates, Body Combat, Dance, X Power, Funky Fat Burner, Circuits, Kick Boxing or even Body Blitz. Classes are free to platinum members or £2.80 with student standard membership. Non-members can attend for £4.50.

‘Pitfart’ to Paris
Win a trip to Paris while raising awareness of lymphoma – the most common cancer in the 15-30 age group. The Lymphoma Association has created a simple acronym: PITS – Persistent lumps, Itching, Tiredness and Sweating to warn of symptoms. Students are encouraged to pitfart (a noise made by cupping your hand over your armpit) and upload a clip of via the campaign hub at The video with the highest number of views wins. Deadline 2 Mar.

Tues 26 Jan, 6pm
William Golding annual public lecture
‘Bill & Mollie, an unwritten episode’ Prof John Carey, biographer
Location: Lecture A, Daphne du Maurier building, Cornwall Campus
Contact: wgoldinglecture@

Weds 27 Jan, 12.30-4.30pm
Join the Bone Marrow Register
Bone marrow donation is fairly quick and painless, and can save lives. Registering takes 20 mins and involves a medical questionnaire and a small blood sample.
Location: Great Hall, Streatham Campus

Wed 27 Jan, 2pm
Mass media effects - from economic news to coverage of climate change;
Neil Gavin, University of Liverpool
Location: Amory B308, Streatham Campus

Thurs 28 Jan, 4.15pm
‘The everyday urban spiritual: placing spiritual practices in context
Jennifer Lea (Reading)
Location: Amory 316, Streatham Campus

Thurs 28 Jan, 6pm
Opening of Silver Legend: ‘A Coin of Cosmopolitan Importance’ exhibition
Lecture by Clara Simple followed by a reception
Location: The Street, IAIS, Streatham Campus

Sat 30 Jan, 9pm
Chase & Status DJ set
Location: The Stannary, Cornwall Campus
Tickets £12.50 from Tremough Shop

Mon 1 Feb, 1-2pm
Sustainability seminar: The sustainability of high speed rail - Reinventing the Wheel
David Banister, Oxford University
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Labs, Streatham Campus

Tues 2 Feb, 4.15pm
The Psychology and Neuroscience of Risk
Luke Clarke, University of Cambridge,
Location: Room 105 Washington Singer, Streatham Campus

2 and 3 Feb, 7pm
RAG Fashion Show
Location: Great Hall, Streatham Campus
Tickets priced £8/£12 available from Lemon Grove box office
See the Fashion Show 2010 website.

Thurs 4 Feb, 4.15pm
Modelling individuals’ life-course exposure: Residential histories within the NZ Multiple Sclerosis Prevalence Study
Clive Sabel (Exeter)
Location: Amory 316, Streatham Campus

Mon 8 Feb, 1-2pm
Sustainability seminar: A Living Landscape - what does it look like and what does it contain?
Paul Gompertz, Director, Devon Wildlife Trust
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Labs, Streatham Campus

Mon 8 Feb, 6.15pm
Shaping the Future lecture
Richard Ward, CEO of Lloyds London.
Location: Newman A lecture theatre, Peter Chalk centre, Streatham Campus with videolink to Lecture B, Daphne du Maurier building, Cornwall Campus
All welcome

Tues 9 Feb, 5pm
‘Positionality, participation and community: teachers as readers’
Professor Teresa Cremin, Open University
Location: G18, St Luke's Campus

Weds 10 Feb, 12pm
Jean Monnet Lectures on EU governance
‘Puzzling vs. powering? Framing in EU decision-making revisited’
Falk Daviter (University of Potsdam)
Location: Amory A239C, Streatham Campus

Thu 11 Feb, 4.15pm
Designing places into bikes: doing trials and changing bodies.
Location: Amory 316, Streatham Campus

Sat 13 Feb
Chinese New Year celebrations, 3.30-6.30pm
Celebrate the year of the Tiger with the Chinese Student
Scholars Association (CSSA), the Hong Kong Society, the University and the Students’ Guild. Dragon and lion dancers, karaoke, craft fair and fireworks.
Location: Cornwall House, Lemon Grove, Streatham Campus

Mon 15 Feb, 1-2pm
Sustainability seminar: Sustainable Behaviour Change in Transport: Possibilities, Perception and Politics
Phil Goodwin, UWE Bristol
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Labs, Streatham Campus

Tues 16 Feb, 1-2pm
Art & controversy lecture
Sam Smiles, Plymouth’s Emeritus Professor of Art History
Location: Queens LT2, Streatham or videoconferenced to Peter Lanyon LT1, Cornwall 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

Sat 6 Mar
Abseil 140ft from Exeter’s old Debenhams building
In aid of the West of England School and College for young people with little or no sight
Registration fee £20, minimum sponsorship £70
Info: 01392 454 334

Until Easter break
Art Society exhibition
Life drawings and oil
Location: Queen’s gallery, Streatham Campus
See the Guild website

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