University News in Brief for Students
Friday 26 June 2009 Events

Green League
We have been ranked 14th ‘greenest’ University in the UK. The People & Planet Green League Table 2009 has given Exeter a ‘First class award for environmental performance’. We have risen 22 places since last year.

Honorary Graduands
12 key figures will receive Honorary Degrees next month. They are: Dr Clive Lee and Professor Robin Ling, inventors of the Exeter hip; Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council; Sir Ian Carruthers OBE, Chief Executive of the South West Strategic Health Authority Board; Mr Gerald Sturtridge, Vice Chairman of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust; Professor Sir Denis Pereira Gray, GP; Professor Chris Mullard CBE, for community policy; government advisor Sir Michael Barber; Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith; and Dr Richard Ward, CEO of Lloyds insurance. Former Bishop of Truro Bill Ind and Jainist monk Satish Kumar will be honoured at the Cornwall ceremonies.

Building INTO
Work is expected to begin on 27 July on the new INTO University of Exeter international student centre. INTO are investing £47 million in a new building on Stocker Road and new accommodation at Duryard. This will help the University’s objective to become a more international institution. Both the student and staff car parks on Stocker Road will close. The building works will take until the Autumn of 2010 to complete and about 45 car parking spaces will be reinstated on completion.

Business School begins
Also beginning at the end of July is work to expand the Business School. This is the latest phase of a £25 million investment which will double the School’s annual turnover and create 60 new jobs. A new building will go up on the current staff car park, which will be permanently lost to use.

New parking arrangements
New car parks (signposted A and B) have been opened near the Innovation Centre, with lit paths and a new shuttle bus service which will operate between 8-10am and 4-6pm. There will not be an increase in parking charges next year.

Grand designs
Two public exhibitions will feature designs for the proposed Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) on the Cornwall campus, an internationally-competitive research centre for environment and sustainability. Visitors will be encouraged to give comments on the outline designs for the ESI from five architects. The exhibition runs from Weds 1 to Sat 4 July in Tremough House, Cornwall campus, and on Thu 2 July in the Lower Examination hall on Streatham campus.

Re-use project
Items such as good condition clothing, books, unopened food, kitchenware, CDs, cleaning products and stationery are being collected for re-use in Exeter and Cornwall. In Exeter, deposit items in halls of residence and Cornwall House before 4 August. Local charities ELF, Devon Air Ambulance and MIND will receive goods. Volunteers are needed, so if you fancy adding to your Exeter Award, email In Cornwall, take unwanted items up to the Porters’ Lodge. Items will be stored over the summer and redistributed to first years at Freshers’ Week 2009 or given to a local charity or supported living venue.

On the Move
The Students On the Move project has got off to a flying start. Over 1500 student houses across Exeter have now received special bin stickers and bulky waste 'tokens' to help with the disposal of end of year rubbish. We are urging all students to take advantage of this initiative. If you have any queries or haven't received stickers/tokens - or would like more - contact Rory on 01392 263721 or email

Keep it down
The University is working with Devon and Cornwall Police to reduce anti-social behaviour in the student community. Posters will be going up in key areas around Exeter campuses setting out three stages of response to incidents ranging from a fine and official University warning through to expulsion and a police ASBO. This is as a result of some concerns from residents, largely about noise. Extra Exeter City Council officers will also be patrolling to curb late night noise.

Swine Flu
See our webpage for up-to-date information and advice regarding Swine Flu.

Postgraduate Scholarships
It's not too late for finalists to sign up for Masters programmes for 2009, though places are filling up quickly. Many Academic Schools offer scholarships for existing Exeter students wishing to progress to postgraduate study; sometimes as much as 50 per cent of the cost of fees. There are over 150 vocational and interdisciplinary Masters available and many do not require you to have studied the subject area before. As a current student, applying is easy through our Fast Track System. See the Postgraduate Study website.

Temporary closure
Due to essential maintenance work at the Old Library, the Muslim Prayer Rooms will not be accessible between 29th June and 20th July. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period. The closest alternative prayer rooms are located at Exeter Mosque. £2 million is being invested in the Old Library to create a research-orientated library, with work taking place until December 2009. See Library Improvements webpages.

Kick start
Kick start your career with the University’s recession-busting Graduate Support Package. It offers free careers advice, free training in job hunting skills, help with work placements, a support group in London, Exeter and Falmouth, and advice from alumni. Careers and Employment Services can also support you after graduation. Call 01392 264493 or see the Employability website.

Participation prize
The Students’ Guild has won the NUS Participation Award. This recognises high levels of student involvement in its activities, services and events and considered elections, democratic participation and clubs and societies.

Book borrowing
Following feedback from students earlier this year, Library Customer Services increased book borrowing limits on a trial basis. The rise will continue indefinitely. Allowances are currently 15 items for undergraduates, 20 items for taught postgraduates and 25 items for research postgraduates.

Fairtrade status
We have been reaccredited as a Fairtrade University. The University’s Fairtrade Steering Group was praised for their support for the cause.

Cornwall mentors
A new Student Mentoring Scheme will offer support to incoming first year undergraduates joining the Cornwall campus in September. 100 mentors who are currently in their first and second years have been recruited and trained to help new students to integrate, to provide support and encouragement, and to signpost to the right people to provide help and advice.

Euro champs
The women's rugby team were crowned champions of Europe after they beat French team Lille 29-24 in the final of the European Students Rugby Sevens Championships.

Ten green prizes
Over 2000 students responded to the University sustainability survey in collaboration with the Students Guild and 10 lucky students won a great selection of prizes kindly donated by local businesses. See the Sustainability website.

Rwanda appeal
Eleni Bimpiri is a masters student in Special Education Needs. She is fundraising to participate in the Inclusive Education Project in Rwanda, a 10 day project which aims to increase the number of disabled children accessing quality and relevant education. See the Justgiving website.

Until Fri 26 June
From Arabia to Exeter: a family’s story
Exhibition by Leslie McLoughlin, Arabic Interpreter and research fellow
Location: IAIS gallery, Streatham campus

Fri 26 June, 6pm
Poetry night
In association with LitSoc and Support West Papua Society
Location: Long Lounge

Sat 27 June, all day
Campus bands: All Together Now
Location: Ram stage and Ram beer garden. Free

27-28 June
Public Dance
US director/choreographer Stephan Koplowitz is coming to Plymouth, working with Dartington, on a new commission to bring a public dance show to 8 historic sites throughout the city.
Location: Tinside Lido, Plymouth
see Dartington website

Mon 29 June, 8pm
The Summer Ball 2009
Devonshire House, Streatham campus
See Exeter Box Office website

Tues 30 June
Strawberries & cream and cake sale
Location: Room 112 Northcote House

Tues 30 June, 1pm
Developing Social Pedagogy in Schools
Dr Chris Kyriacou (University of York)
Location: G18, St Luke's Campus

Tues 30 June, 3.30-5.00pm
Egenis Seminar: 'Doing Epidemiology: The case of Bisphenol A'
Dr Iain Lang, Research Fellow and SpT in Public Health, PMS
Location: Byrne House

Thurs 2 July, 1pm
Forty Years in a SELL: Memories, Dreams, Reflections
Professor Bob Burden (University of Exeter)
Location: G18, St Luke's Campus

Thu 2 July, 5.45pm
Shaping the future lecture
"Shaping the Future of Biomedical Research"
Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council.
Location: Peter Chalk Building, Newman A lecture theatre (with a videolink to the Cornwall Campus, lecture B, Daphne du Maurier Building).
To book email or call 01392 725769
To book a place at the videolink email or call 01326 371805.

Mon 6 July, 6pm
Café Scientifique
Is there a purpose in nature - ancient and modern perspectives
Chris Gill, Professor of Philosophy, University of Exeter
Location: Exeter Phoenix

Tues 7 July, 5pm
Identity and argument in academic seminars
Dr Keith Richards (University of Warwick)
Location: G18, St Luke's Campus

11 July, 9am–1pm
Lunge for life
Abseil down Harrison building in aid of Cancer Research UK
£10 registration
Contact: Rachael or Ashley on 07739 404944 or

21-24 July
Exeter Graduation ceremonies, Great Hall, Streatham campus
See Graduation Ceremonies website

27 July
Graduation ceremonies, Cornwall Campus, Truro Cathedral
See Graduation Ceremonies website

Mon 27 July, 7.30pm
UECC Graduation Celebration
Dinner Party at the Falmouth Hotel.
Hosted by Falmouth and Exeter Students Union (FXU)

Until 31 July
Minutiae out of the Garden
Photographic exhibition of exquisitely detailed images of flora found in the University grounds by photographer Jonathan Thompson
Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

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