University News in Brief for Students
Wednesday 30 September 2009 Events

Welcome, or welcome back, to University News in Brief. This is a round-up of news from the University. It will pop into your inbox about every 3 weeks, and aims to keep you up to date without taking too much time to read. Contact:

Term dates
A reminder of the standard University terms dates: Autumn Term runs from Mon 5 October – Fri 18 December; Spring Term is from Mon 11 January – Fri 2 April and Summer Term starts on Mon 3 May and ends on Fri 18 June.

Campus full
A big rise in student applications combined with problems in our admissions process has led to a higher than expected number of students being accepted onto courses in Exeter this year. Applications were up nearly 20% from home undergrads, by more than 50% for international students and nearly 160% for research postgraduates. This in turn has led to pressure on accommodation. As a temporary measure, 50 single rooms in halls have been converted into doubles through the use of bunk beds. Rents have been reduced by £60 pw for these rooms and the University has already started to move students into alternative accommodation.

Sign up for Exeter Award
The Exeter Award is an achievement award for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students at the University. The Award is designed to enhance the employability of our graduates by providing official recognition and evidence of extra-curricular activities and achievements. See the Exeter Award website.

Satisfied students
Results of the latest National Student Survey reveal high levels of satisfaction at Exeter - we rank fourth in the UK amongst traditional universities. The University scored 90% for overall satisfaction (national average 81%).

Employability booklet
Every undergraduate should receive a copy of an Employability booklet soon - this outlines all training and opportunities run by the University and Students' Guild to help develop employability. Pdfs can be downloaded from the Employability website.

Virtual Careers Fair
Take part in a traditional careers fair in a virtual environment from 12 Oct – 11 Dec. Get the latest information on graduate jobs and vacation opportunities from the comfort of your computer. Highlights include live web chats with employers. See the Employability website.

Corporate Responsibility praise
Exeter has been ranked one of the leading Universities for Corporate Responsibility. CR measures how we behave as a corporate citizen, considering the needs of students, staff, the community, suppliers, investors and the environment.

Nominate Honorary Degrees
Students now have the chance to make nominations for honorary degrees via the Guild. Nominations are invited online until midday on 2 Oct. A committee will then narrow this list down for a vote during Week 1 (5 – 9 Oct). A debate will be held on 9 Oct at 7pm in the Parker Moot Room, Amory, with people representing each nominee. The five most popular nominees will then be submitted for consideration by the University’s honorary degree panel.

Ambassadors needed
Student ambassadors are being recruited from across all three campuses to work on various outreach and recruitment events. Ambassadors also have opportunities to take part in activities including tutoring in schools, giving tours of the campus, helping to deliver workshops in schools and helping out with University Open Days. See the Student Ambassador website. Deadline is 30 Oct.

Equality groups
We are looking for students from a diverse mix of backgrounds and from all areas of the university to join our Equality Impact Assessment consultation groups. Volunteering for the groups will enhance your employability, count towards the Exeter Award and provide you with valuable consultative experience. Contact Anna Morley by email or phone 01392 262037.

Building knowledge
A new website has been created to help you keep up to date on the £270 million worth of building works going on across the Streatham Campus over the next 3-4 years.

Forum update
Preparatory work has begun on the Forum Project. It will feature an extended library, new teaching space, frontline services for students like careers and counselling, and new retail facilities. The preparatory work involves creating a new access road to Devonshire House and diversion of services like gas and electricity. Building work begins in January. See the Forum website.

Birks works
Pedestrians heading to and from Birks Grange should now use the newly improved, lit path at the Glenthorne Road end of the site. Construction work is taking place at Birks to create new student accommodation, providing more than 800 beds. The traditional pedestrian access route of Cardiac Hill has been closed for health and safety reasons for the duration of the work.

Building Business
The construction of the new £25 million Business School building has now started in earnest. A small amount of demolition in Xfi has been undertaken and the groundworks are progressing as planned. The teaching spaces in Xfi will be returned to use as soon as possible. The Xfi café remains open as normal.

Health and safety
Health and safety is paramount during the building works around our campuses. Please do not enter a site under any circumstances. Where necessary alternative routes and footpaths will be clearly marked around the campus. For your own safety and that of others please follow them and be aware of construction traffic.

Bicycle briefs
140 new cycle parking spaces on St Luke’s campus will be unveiled on 5 Oct. All welcome to the launch event on the quad between 11am – 2pm. Subsidised cycle locks will be on sale. The project cost £23,000 with half being funded by Cycle Exeter. See the Sustainability website. On the Cornwall campus, get your bike tagged on Mon 12 Oct 11am - 1pm.

Ticket to ride
A new Unirider Bus Ticket is now available to Exeter based students. Affordable student bus travel starts at £1.13 a day. Buy online from the Stagecoach website.

Cornwall news
Ian Pogonowski, UECC President, will be holding monthly Question Time forums in Lecture Theatre (Chapel), starting at 3pm on Tues 27 October. Contact Ian at FXU are working closely with the Guild this year to offer Exeter Cornwall students a comparable student experience to those in Exeter. A new website will be launched next week, see the FXU Students' Union website and look out for new campus newspaper FLEX.

Learn a language
The Foreign Language Centre’s Evening Language Programme offers courses in Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. Courses available at Streatham and St Luke’s, beginning w/c 12 October. Student discount available. See the Foreign Language Centre.

The Works
Need a part time job? Want to enhance your employability? If so The Works can help you. They have part time, temporary and vacation vacancies, on campus, locally and nationally. They also send you regular information on training and events. The Works can now be found on the first floor of Devonshire House, outside the Advice Unit, open 10am - 4pm weekdays and 5pm - 7pm Tues evenings. Register for weekly jobs emails at the Guild website.

Waste not, want not
The ‘freestuff’ event on 28 September gave away 3 tonnes of items donated by former students to current students. Fancy dress stuff, pans, ring binders and bedding proved popular. Similar events will be held in February 2010 and June 2010. Contact:

Prayer Rooms
Due to essential maintenance work at the Old Library, there will be no out-of hours access (between 5pm and 8.30am) to the Muslim Prayer Rooms between 1 September and 31 October. The closest alternative prayer rooms are at Exeter Mosque.

Thu 1 Oct, 2 – 4pm
Mock the Welcome Week Quiz
A quiz in the style of popular news programmes with an opportunity to meet the Exeposé team
Location: Long Lounge, Devonshire House, Streatham Campus.

Fri 2 Oct, 9pm – 2am
Radio 1 DJ’s Jaguar Skills and Nihal
The Stannary, Cornwall Campus
£12 on door or free with wristband

Fri 2 Oct, 7 – 10.30pm
Caricaturist Night
Location: Cross Keys, St Luke's Campus

Sat 3 Oct, 10 – 4
Open Day
Cornwall Campus
See the Undergraduate Study website.

Sat 3 Oct, 9pm
Open Decks night
The Stannary, Cornwall Campus

Sun 4 Oct, 11am – 4pm
The Squash (Fresher’s Fair)
The biggest single event in the entire Exeter student year. Come and sign up to clubs and societies. Over 100 Guild societies, RAG (Raising And Giving), CA (Community Action), XMedia, the Athletics Union and trade stands giving away freebies.
Locations: Great Hall, Devonshire House, Peter Chalk Centre, Lower Exam Hall, Sports Hall and the Ram.
See the Guild website.

Sun 4 Oct, 12 – 4pm
Cornwall Campus Freshers’ Fayre
Sign up to sports, societies and community action events as well as seeing what local companies, organisations and services can offer.
Contact Kim Reay

Mon 5 Oct, 6 – 7pm
Art Exhibition and Music Performance exploring bonds of memory and place. Part of AHRC ‘Beyond Text’-funded project ‘De-Placing Future Memory.
Location: IAIS
See the Beyond Text Projects website.
Followed by:
Mon 5 October, 8:30 – 10:00pm
Café Scientifique
Dr. Elena Isayev, Department of Classics and Ancient History.
Location: Phoenix Arts Centre

Mon 5 Oct, 7pm
A Chapel Service of Welcome
All are invited to come and worship, celebrate a new year at Exeter and meet others for whom their Christian faith matters and seekers. "Where do I belong?" will be the theme.
Location: University Chapel
Info: Charles Hadley, University Lazenby Chaplain (

Tues 6 Oct, 9pm – midnight
Hawaiian Film Night & BBQ
Location: The Stannary, Cornwall Campus
Contact: Ian Pogonowski

Tues 6 Oct
The Cribs
Location: Lemon Grove
See the Exeter Box Office website.

Thurs 8 Oct, 5.30pm – 8pm
The Exeter Postgraduate reception
An ideal opportunity for postgrads to network and meet academic and educational enhancement representatives, fellow postgrad students, members of the Students’ Guild and the Athletics Union.
Location: Coffeexpress, Devonshire House (Streatham Campus).

Thurs 8 Oct
Funeral for a Friend
Location: Lemon Grove
See the Exeter Box Office website.

Fri 9 Oct
Cornwall campus Fresher’s Ball. Hollywood themed.
Location: The Stannary
See FXU Students’ Union website.

Sat 10 Oct, 11am – 3pm
Family fun day
The Cornwall Mammal Group is celebrating its 10th birthday in style by running a family fun day.
Location: Cornwall Campus, Penryn

Mon 12 Oct, 6-7pm and each Monday
Faces of Buddhism
The Buddhist Chaplains, in conjunction with the Meditation Society, are presenting a series of talks on the various schools of Buddhism to be found in and around Exeter. Location: Margaret Room 1B Queens Building.
Contact: Meg Surrey or Jude Taylorson

Mon 12 Oct, 8pm – 2am
Freshers’ Ball
Great Hall and Devonshire House

Tues 13 Oct to Sat 17 Oct
Soho Theatre and Out Of Joint present Dreams Of Violence by Stella Feehily directed by Max Stafford-Clark.
A new comedy about a dysfunctional family, set against the collapse of the financial world.
Location: Exeter Northcott
Box Office: 01392 493493
Info: Northcott Theatre website

Tues 13 Oct, 3 – 5pm
Egenis seminar: 'Global bioethics and local concerns: Framing the New Reproductive and Genetic Technologies in South Asia'
Dr Robert Simpson, Reader, Department of Anthropology, University of Durham
Location: Egenis, Byrne House

Wed 14 Oct, 5.45pm
Launch of Vol. 4 of Riptide short story journal.
Wine, live music and readings by authors including Helen Dunmore.
Location: SCR and LT1 (for readings), Queen's Building, Streatham Campus.

19-23 Oct
SSHH Week (Silent Student Happy Homes)
Watch out for pubs/clubs/police/FXU promotions and support.
Location: On and around Cornwall Campus.

Tues 20 Oct
Blood donation session
Lower examination hall, Streatham campus
To book a session ring 0845 7 711 711.
For info contact

Tues 20 Oct, 3.30 – 5pm
Egenis seminar: 'From the Origin to Cairo; rogues and purity in British genetics, 1900-1925'
Speaker: Berris Charnely, PhD Student, IPBio Network, University of Leeds
Location: Egenis, Byrne House

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