University News in Brief for Students
Tuesday 30 March 2010 Events

Funding rise
Our government grant for teaching and research will increase by 3.7% next year to £66.17 million - the largest increase of any English research intensive university. It reflects recent growth and improved research performance. It includes funding for more student places in science, technology, engineering and maths and on the Cornwall Campus. Research funding is up by 5.5% and includes money for more research students and more work with industry. However, more challenging times are expected with future cuts in years ahead.

So far 50% of our final year undergraduates have filled in the National Student Survey. The survey remains open until the end of April, have your say at the National Student Survey website.

Exeter Award
Since October, nearly 1,500 students have registered on the Exeter Award and booked a total of 15,400 places on over 600 employability activities. 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.

Take your career global
An online database is now available offering career resources for over 30 countries across the world including employment opportunities, salary ranges, work permit/visa regulations, and cultural advice.

In your second or final year? Want to get ahead in the job market? Then consider a STEP placement over the summer. 8-12 week placements in the location of your choice can develop skills and make an impact on the business you are working for. You can attend Business Training sessions and earn £210 per week free of tax and NI deductions. Contact or register online at

Studying abroad
All students who will be working or studying abroad next academic year as part of their degree course must attend the Pre-Departure Briefing on Weds 5 May in the Peter Chalk Centre, 1– 5.30 pm. Meet other students heading abroad, and those returning and find out about accommodation and country specific issues. Contact:

Science excites
School pupils from across the South West took part in National Science and Engineering Week events organised by the University. 200 14-17 year olds came onto campus in Exeter and in Cornwall the ‘Borrow a scientist’ scheme saw science students go out to 9 local schools to share their expertise and enthusiasm.

XTV awards
The Guild student television station XTV has returned from the National Student Television Awards with a record haul of six awards. The awards were judged by industry professionals and involved 30 student TV stations.

World in motion
The University’s Football Club and the Guild’s International Society held a 6-aside football tournament aimed at integrating the University’s international community with UK students. The event, organised entirely by students, attracted over 250 students and staff, of which over half were from outside the UK. 34 men’s and women’s teams took part in the tournament and each was assigned a different country to represent for the day.

Cyclists set
Seven engineering students are preparing to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats from 12 - 25 April to fundraise for a project to improve sanitation and freshwater supplies at remote, rural schools in the Mubende District of Uganda. See

Lakes adventure
On 30 April six Exeter students from the Officer Training Corps will be taking on the Bob Graham Round – 72 miles over 42 of the Lake Districts highest peaks with a total ascent of 26,000ft within 24 hours. They aim to raise £2500 for the charity Talking2Minds. Donate at
or follow their progress at

Cornish challenge
40 students from the Cornwall Campus will be raising funds for Shelterbox’s Haiti help by travelling 230 miles around the Cornish coast by bike, kayak, running and swimming. They start on 8 May at Gylly Beach, Falmouth. See

‘Zip-It’ Campaign
After the Easter break look out for Zippy from Rainbow around Exeter. He’s fronting a new campaign to cut down late night street noise. Street noise is a reoccurring issue in certain areas of the city and this campaign kicks off in the St. James area. The ‘Zip-It’ campaign has been developed by the University, Students’ Guild and the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and supported by Exeter Community Safety Partnership.

Birds up
The latest bird survey on the Streatham Campus between Nov – Jan shows an overall 3% increase in the number of different species recorded. The survey has been running for three years and is carried out by an independent expert. The surveys have consistently shown the campus to be an important habitat for some rare species like the house sparrow which is now on the RSPB's Red List.

South West students needed
Did you go to a non-selective state school in Devon, Cornwall or Somerset? We are looking for students in all years to take part in a research project to discover what you wish you had thought about earlier - either before you applied to university or as you have made your way through. The results will be used to help develop resources to support future students make the most of higher education. Contact: Emma Stephenson, Outreach Officer, giving your course and year and the school you attended for your GCSEs

Islam research
Caroline Neumueller, PhD candidate at IAIS, is working on a comparative thesis on German and British converts to Islam, aged between 20 and 35. She is looking for British origin converted/ reverted Muslim men and women. Interviews are done anonymously and in person. Contact or 07746 755284.

Northcott update
Exeter’s Northcott Theatre will remain open for the spring season. The Arts Council will now provide around £100,000 to enable the Northcott to run the majority of its spring programme. The University and the City Council are working with other stakeholders on a longer term plan, likely to involve the setting up of a new company and Board to run the theatre. Buying a ticket and bringing a friend is the best way that theatre-goers can support the Northcott.

Learn to swim
St Luke’s Sports Centre in conjunction with the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) is offering another chance for 16 adults to learn to swim for free. These sessions are aimed not just at non-swimmers but those who want to be more water confident and improve technique. 6 week courses start in May on Sundays 2-3pm or Thursdays 5-6pm. Contact Chris Waller on 01392 262905.

Vote for Martin
Cornwall Campus (CSM, Renewable Energy) student Martin Drake-Knight has been shortlisted for the Enterprising Young Brits 2010 competition, with his green clothing company Rapanui. You can vote for him at

Psychology search
PhD students from the Mood Disorders Centre are looking for students to participate in two new studies. For details on an online study on rumination and worry, which includes the chance to win a £125 Amazon voucher: study website or contact For details on an experimental study on mood and thinking processes, which pays £5, visit the psychology experiment booking system or contact

Easter opening times
For opening times of catering and shopping outlets during the Easter vacation visit the Campus Services website for Exeter services and the Tremough Campus Services website for Cornwall.

Until Fri 30 April
Silver Legend: ‘A Coin of Cosmopolitan Importance’ exhibition
Location: The Street, IAIS, Streatham Campus

Weds 31 Mar, 9am-5pm
Annual Research Conference
Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy
Location: Cornwall Campus

Weds 31 Mar, 5.15pm
Exeter University Singers ~ Ancient and Modern
Location: St David's Church, Exeter.
Tickets £5 (£3 students)

Weds 31 Mar, 4.15pm
School of Psychology Research Seminar
The Dark Side of Human Behaviour - As Measured in the Lab;
Benedikt Hermann, University of Nottingham,
Location: 105 Washington Singer Building, Streatham Campus

Weds 31 Mar (date change from 3 Feb)
Peninsula Oxidative Stress Research Forum
Location: Lavendar House Hotel, Ashburton

Fri 9 April, 2.30pm
How the Koala learned to hug
Family Show
Location: Exeter Northcott
Box Office 01392 493493.
See the Exeter Northcott website

Sat 3-Mon 5 Apr, 10am-5pm
Trereife Easter Food and Craft fair
Location: Trereife Park, nr Newlyn
Contact: Rob Lewis 01736 362750
See Trereife House website.

Fri 9- Sun 11 Apr
The Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink
Location: Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle
See the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink website.

Thurs 15 Apr, 10am
Egenis Open public debate: Data-driven science: why and how?
Prof Douglas Kell (BBSRC/University of Manchester) and Prof Tony Hey (Microsoft)
The characteristics of data-driven research and its significance for future research in the biological and biomedical sciences.
Location:Lecture Hall, Streatham Court C

Thurs 15- Sat 17 Apr
James and the Giant Peach
Northcott Young Company
Location: Exeter Northcott
Box Office 01392 493493.
See the Exeter Northcott website

Thurs 22 Apr 9.30-11.45am & 2-4.15pm
Blood Donation session
Location: Cornwall House, Streatham Campus
Info: or phone 0300 123 23 23

Thurs 22 Apr, 6pm
Towards Fair and Sustainable Communities:
A question time for Exeter Parliamentary Candidates
Graham Oakes (Liberal Democrat), Hannah Foster (Conservative), Ben Bradshaw (Labour), and Paula Black (Green Party) have confirmed their attendance.
Location: Peter Chalk Building, Newman A Lecture Theatre
Enquiries: 01647 24789 or 0789 618 4434 or

Mon 26 Apr, 5.30pm
Parkinson's Disease Specific Interest Group (PDSIG) meeting:
"Too much of a good thing? - The role of physiotherapy in Parkinson's disease"
Vicki Goodwin (PCMD)
Location: Postgraduate Education Centre, RD&E (Wonford), Barrack Road.

Mon 26 Apr, 6.15-7.30pm
The Government's Chief Scientific Adviser Professor John Beddington
"Global Challenges for the 21st Century"
Location: Lecture theatre C, Cornwall Campus
with a videolink to Xfi lecture theatre, Streatham Campus.
Register: or 01326 371805 (Cornwall) or or 01392 725769 (Exeter)

Tues 27 April, 5pm
Fifty Years of Systems Thinking for Managers
Professor Mike Jackson
(Hull University)
Location: G18, St Luke’s Campus
See the Graduate School of Education website.

Tues 4 May, 1pm
Resituating creativity discourses in education and the arts
Dr Pamela Burnard
(University of Cambridge)
Location: BC114, St Luke’s Campus
See the Graduate School of Education website.

Tues 4 May, 7pm
Astrophysics open evening – public event
Location: Peter Chalk Centre, Streatham Campus

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