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World-leading plastics research team collect Queen’s Anniversary prize

Prince Charles has awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education to a team at the University of Exeter.

Exeter launches Master in Public Health to develop future global leaders

A new Master in Public Health programme is launching at the University of Exeter, to nurture future global leaders with skills around complexity, leadership and decision-making.

Researchers to investigate impact of shame on doctors, medical students and patients as part of major new study

Patients, doctors and medical students will share their experiences of shame as part of a new project that aims to understand the impact that the emotion has on healthcare.

World-class musician Nitin Sawhney to star in ‘Creative Dialogues’ event

One of the most important musicians of his generation will give a fascinating new insight into his influential and innovative work, during a special event at the University of Exeter.

‘Disruptive Innovation’ in the spotlight at Cornwall Lecture

One of the UK’s most prominent digital experts, Tony Moretta, has spoken about the crucial role that ‘disruptive innovation’ can play in revolutionising the business landscape, during a special lecture event.

Exeter in global initiative to use wearables to revolutionise dementia detection

The University of Exeter is part of a global initiative to revolutionise the early detection of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Teenagers learn of the horrors and legacy of the Holocaust at University of Exeter event

Teenagers learned of the horrors and legacy of the Holocaust – including a secret Nazi family past - as part of a University of Exeter event.

The Political Studies Association announces its new Chair and Vice Chair

Professor Claire Dunlop has been appointed as Vice Chair of Political Studies Association of the UK (PSA)

Fundraising campaign hits target one year early

£60 million raised to support students and research at Exeter

Ceremony marks handover of Exeter’s new VSimulators facility

Distinguished guests have gathered to participate in a special ceremony, to mark the handover of a new building that will house the University of Exeter’s pioneering VSimulators experimental facility.

First radiography degree apprenticeship launched in Exeter

The first degree apprenticeship in the UK for diagnostic radiography has been approved and will launch this March.

University of Exeter and University of Madrid welcome new student exchange programme

A new exchange programme between the University of Exeter and University of Madrid will bring exciting new opportunities for staff and students.

Research into ecosystem-based solutions to climate change receives philanthropic support

A project exploring how carbon capture and storage can help limit global warming to a 1.5°C temperature rise has received philanthropic funding from American organisation, One Earth. 

Climate scientist receives prestigious ERC funding award

One of the University of Exeter’s most talented climate researchers has received a significant funding boost from the European Research Council (ERC), it has been announced.

$55,000 grant supports research into healthy oceans

A project to help more accurately measure the health of our oceans has been supported with a grant from the Simons Foundation.

BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner highlights importance of learning languages

Esteemed BBC journalist Frank Gardner highlighted the importance of learning languages and shared his expertise on the complexities of Middle East politics during a special event at the University of Exeter.

Medicine co-director in top 100 inspirational women in healthcare leadership

A cancer researcher who heads up the medicine programme has been recognised in the top 100 inspirational women in healthcare.

Exeter experts lead free online course on metals in the Green Revolution

Experts from the University of Exeter are leading an innovative, free online course to explore the pivotal role that critical raw materials can play in sustainable, green technology.

University and Hospiscare to recycle Christmas trees

The University of Exeter and Hospiscare will team up to recycle Christmas trees and support terminally ill people and their families.

BBC’s Frank Gardner to feature in University of Exeter event celebrating languages and international cultures

BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner will be the guest of honour at a special University of Exeter event which celebrates languages and cultures around the world.

MBE for inspiring Exeter professor dedicated to improving patient care

An active GP and professor of general practice and primary care at the University of Exeter Medical School has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year’s 2020 Honours List.

Exeter joins Venice International University Consortium

Exeter has joined a prestigious international consortium comprising of 20 of some of the world’s leading universities, it has been announced.

Hundreds of budding scientists gather for sixth annual Christmas Schools' Science Lectures Day

Schoolchildren were given a fascinating insight into some of the most captivating scientific discoveries and breakthroughs, at a special annual event.

Magic Lanterns, Movement and Mental Wellbeing key themes for new Arts & Culture Fellowships

Magic lanterns, movement and mental wellbeing are among the key topics to be explored through between academics and artists.

Marathon star tells graduates: ‘No human is limited’

Marathon star Eliud Kipchoge has told University of Exeter graduates: “No human is limited”.

One of the great marathon runners of all time honoured by the University of Exeter

One of the great marathon runners of all time, Eliud Kipchoge, will be honoured at the University of Exeter's Winter Graduation ceremony this weekend.

University of Exeter academic’s work named as “book of the year” by Time magazine

A poignant and timely story that addresses the current global refugee crisis, written by a University of Exeter academic, has been named as one of the “Best Children’s Books of the Year” by Time Magazine.

Families ‘Diving home for Christmas’ come together for festive fun event

Families from across the South West were given a fascinating and inspirational insight into what it takes for scientists to be ‘diving home for Christmas’ during a special festive event.

New Vice-Chancellor appointed for University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is pleased to announce that Professor Lisa Roberts will be taking up the post of Vice-Chancellor in September 2020 following the retirement of Professor Sir Steve Smith.

Cornwall hosts ‘future foods’ event to explore sustainable bug production

Experts and stakeholders will gather at the Penryn Campus on Thursday 12 December to explore the potential for producing insects for food and animal feed in Cornwall.

University of Exeter signs Global Climate Letter and halts investments in fossil fuel companies

The University of Exeter is one of nearly 250 higher and further education institutions who have signed a Global Climate Letter which will be presented at COP25 in Madrid on Friday 6th December and on Thursday 12th December during a UN event on Climate Change Education. 

Newly appointed Mireille Gillings Fellows will develop future women leaders in health science

The University of Exeter has appointed three Mireille Gillings Professorial Fellows in Health Innovation.

CNE Project leaves a mark in Cornwall

The planting of 175 native trees will represent the businesses supported in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly by the ERDF-funded CNE project, as part of the legacy of the successful energy-related scheme.

Spaceport Cornwall investment is giant leap for science and innovation in the South West

The Cornwall Council multi-million pound investment in Spaceport Cornwall is set to revolutionise businesses, jobs and skills in the region.

New partnership will help experts discover more about the history of Devon’s most illustrious family

A new partnership between the University of Exeter and Powderham Castle will help experts to continue to discover more about Devon’s most illustrious family.

Exeter achieves University of Sanctuary award

The University of Exeter has achieved a ‘University of Sanctuary’ award in recognition of the work it does to support forced migrants.

University signs waste and recycling contract with city council and Binit

General waste and recycling from the University of Exeter will now be handled by Exeter City Council and Binit.

Penryn Campus responding to climate emergency

Renewable energy and re-usable cups are among the features of the ever-greener Penryn Campus.

Exeter research centre named key collaborator by World Health Organisation

The University of Exeter’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health has been designated as a Collaborating Centre by the World Health Organization.

University of Exeter’s world-leading plastics research wins Queen’s Anniversary Prize

The University of Exeter has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for the pivotal role it has played to expose the devastating effect that plastics pollution has on the health of humans and wildlife.

University experts feature in prestigious ranking of world’s most influential scientists

Leading climate, environment and health academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.

Anglo American Chief Executive gives prestigious lecture at the University of Exeter in Cornwall

Staff, students and guests of the University of Exeter in Cornwall were pleased to welcome Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American plc, to deliver the Cornish Institute of Engineers’ Victor Phillips Memorial Lecture on Friday 15 November.

Author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera to discuss prize-winning career as part of University of Exeter’s Creative Dialogues series

Prize-winning author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera will discuss his influential work as part of the University of Exeter’s Creative Dialogues series of events.

Appointment of Director of Global Exeter

The University of Exeter has appointed Peter Clack as its inaugural Director of Global Exeter. He will join the University in January 2020.

Experts unite to improve dementia research

Data scientists, artificial intelligence experts and clinicians are among a range of professionals invited to join a new national network to find innovative ways of conducting dementia research and care.

Pioneering spin-out company Attomarker wins prestigious award

Attomarker, a pioneering spin-out company based at the University of Exeter, has secured a prestigious national award, it has been announced.

DE-STRESS Project shortlisted for Mind Media Award

A series of items about antidepressant use on Radio 4s PM programme featuring a collaborative project between the universities of Exeter and Plymouth, has been shortlisted for an award at the Mind Mental Health awards

New Joint Chair Post Agreed with Tsinghua University’s Institute for International and Area Studies

Tsinghua University’s Institute for International and Area Studies (IIAS) has signed a new agreement with the University of Exeter, which will see the two universities appoint a joint chair in Area Studies. 

One hundred letters sent to Thomas Hardy made public for the first time

Thomas Hardy’s position as one of Britain’s preeminent writers meant he received thousands of letters from fans, friends and members of the public to express their admiration or enlist his support.

University panel reveals climate emergency plan

The University of Exeter must take rapid action to tackle the environment and climate emergency, according to a panel of staff and students.

Public invited to ‘future proof their body’ at immersive VR arts performance

One of the world’s most iconic and historic theatres will play host to an innovative and immersive performance experience, designed to give members of the public the opportunity to explore their body’s potential in the virtual world.

Pioneering new ‘smart needle’ could revolutionise cancer diagnosis

Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique that can detect and diagnose one of the most common types of cancer within seconds - using light.

Poignant new art display shines spotlight on risks to civil liberties posed by facial recognition technology

The intrinsic danger that facial recognition technology could pose to civil liberties and freedoms has been highlighted in a new, hard-hitting art display.

University of Exeter strengthens partnership with University of British Columbia Okanagan

Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter and Professor Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of University of British Columbia Okanagan have signed a new partnership agreement

SETsquared ranked global #1 university business incubator for third time

The SETsquared Partnership has been ranked the global number one university business incubator for the third consecutive time by UBI Global.

The Exeter MBA ranked amongst the world’s best

For the first time, the University of Exeter Business School’s internationally accredited MBA programme, The Exeter MBA, has secured a spot in The Economist’s Which MBA? Rankings 2019.

LSI and Nanyang Technological University launch pioneering Biomedical PhD studentship scheme

The University of Exeter’s pioneering Living Systems Institute has teamed up with one of the world’s fastest-rising universities to offer a new, exceptional student opportunity.

£2.2 million collaboration to enhance quality of life in care homes

The University of Exeter is collaborating in a £2.2 million project to improve how researchers and health and social care services can use data to improve the care and quality of life for care home residents, families and staff.

Exeter celebrates being only UK city to be awarded UNESCO City of Literature status

Exeter has been awarded prestigious UNESCO City of Literature status, it has been announced.

Exeter residents invited to learn more about plans for a pioneering new research building in the city

The University of Exeter is seeking local peoples’ thoughts on plans for a new research and teaching facility designed to address some of the most pressing issues facing society today.

LSI hosts its first Fulbright US Scholar

The Living Systems Institute will host its first recipient of the Fulbright scholarship to study mathematical biology.

Britain mapped in verse by major 2019 arts project

Thousands of writers have been inspired by Britain’s diverse landscape and heritage to produce new poems as part of one of the year’s most successful arts projects, drawing to its conclusion this week.

Exeter expert receives prestigious Turing AI Fellowship

A leading applied mathematician at the University of Exeter has been awarded a prestigious AI Fellowship from UK Research and Innovation, it has been announced.

Garfield Weston Collaboratory officially opened

A dedicated research space within the new Stella Turk Building on the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, has been named in recognition of the exceptional generosity of the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Celebrate Diwali in Exeter with fireworks, food and dancing

Diwali will be marked at the University of Exeter with a free spectacular firework display, dancing, food and storytelling.

Dragons’ Den star and businesswoman Deborah Meaden launches new Centre for Entrepreneurship

Dragons’ Den star and businesswoman Deborah Meaden has helped to launch the University of Exeter’s new Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Construction begins on £10 million Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre

Work is now under way to construct a cutting-edge new imaging centre expected to rapidly accelerate dementia research and improve healthcare.

Exeter experts to play key role in ‘game-changing’ tidal energy project for Channel regions

Renewable Energy experts from the University of Exeter will play a pivotal role in a new “game-changing” tidal energy project, it has been confirmed.

Partners sign multi-million pound deal for South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT)

A multimillion pound partnership that will revolutionise digital technology education across the South West has been given the green light.

Professor Claire Dunlop conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

A University of Exeter expert has been made a fellow of the prestigious Academy of Social Sciences for her research on regulatory design and policy evaluation.

‘Great West’ can lead world in tackling climate change

The ‘Great West’ can lead the world in efforts to tackle climate change.

New partnership will help to protect and celebrate the South West’s historic treasures

A new partnership between the University of Exeter and the South West Heritage Trust is furthering research and access into the region’s remarkable heritage. 

Coveted awards recognise Exeter’s commitment to gender equality

Prestigious Athena SWAN awards have just been granted to two University of Exeter departments to recognise their commitment to gender equality.

University of Exeter signs clean energy deal

Universities including Exeter have joined forces to sign a landmark green energy deal.

University gains £1.2 million funding to battle Anti-Microbial Resistance

The University of Exeter has received a substantial £1.2 million of funding to further understanding into antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Autopsy reveals Sidmouth fatberg’s dirty secrets

Household cooking fats and hygiene products played a pivotal role in the formation of the giant fatberg found lurking under a Devon seaside town, scientists have revealed.

College of Medicine and Health Awards Celebrate Student and Staff Success

The University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health celebrated student and academic staff successes across the college at an award ceremony in Cornwall.

Victims Commissioner launches pioneering football programme to tackle toxic locker room culture

Dame Vera Baird has praised a pioneering programme which trains football coaches to act as role models and intervene when they witness unacceptable locker room behaviour.

 

Arts and Humanities strengthen top 100 position in influential rankings

The flourishing international reputation and research strengths of the University of Exeter’s Arts and Humanities subjects have been recognised in the latest leading rankings.

Adjust children’s test scores by age to tackle summer-born disadvantage, education experts urge

Children’s test scores should be adjusted according to their age to tackle the disadvantage suffered by pupils born in the summer, influential education experts say.

University of Exeter celebrates and reflects on Black History Month with series of talks, plays and exhibitions

The University of Exeter is celebrating and reflecting on Black History Month with a series of talks, plays and exhibitions.

World-leading stem cell researcher appointed new Director of Living Systems Institute

One of the world’s most influential and renowned stem cell researchers has been appointed as the new Director of the University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute.

Celebrate the world’s languages and cultures at Exeter’s Translation Festival

The beauty of the thousands of languages around the globe will be marked at events across Exeter.

Pupils given ‘out of this world’ virtual tour of exoplanets

Schoolchildren are being given an ‘out of this world’ opportunity to explore distant worlds discovered and studied by astronomers and climate scientists– all from the comfort of their classroom.

Alumni fund research into mitigating impacts of sport and leisure in the marine environment

Scientists know that light, litter and noise are all major stressors on marine life but we don’t yet have a full understanding of their combined and comparative effects on the environment. However this is set to change thanks to two Exeter alumni. 

University of Exeter pledges to support the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant

In recognition of the value that serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to the University, the University of Exeter has pledged their support to the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

Celebration of major new partnership between the University of Exeter and Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

Experts from the University of Exeter and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) are celebrating the start of a major new partnership.

First nurses embark on pioneering new Exeter programme

The first intake of nurses today (Monday September 23) embark on a ground-breaking new pre-registration Masters programme at the University of Exeter.

Exeter retains position amongst UK’s best universities in influential rankings

Exeter has retained its position amongst the best universities in the UK, according to the latest influential rankings.

Exeter receives substantial funding boost for business growth

The University of Exeter has received an £800,000 funding boost to create a vibrant and innovative ‘Enterprise Zone’, it has been announced.

Spotlight shines on “invisible” family carers though poignant public art display

A poignant public art display will shine the spotlight on the pivotal, yet often unseen, role played by family carers across both Devon and the wider UK.

Discovery of rare Roman cattle bones sheds new light on ancient farming

The “incredibly rare” discovery of Roman cattle bones by archaeologists has shed new light on how ancient farmers butchered and sold meat.

Pioneering University of Exeter research nominated for higher education “Oscars”

Two pioneering University of Exeter research projects which will help bring about major reforms to divorce law and improve lives for people with dementia in care homes have been nominated for prestigious awards.

Drama and impact of cricket captured by Kia Oval’s first Poet-in-Residence

The beauty and history of cricket – a game which has captivated the country this summer - will be captured in verse by the Kia Oval’s first Poet-in-Residence.

Exeter retains top 150 global position in latest rankings

The University of Exeter has retained its place in the top 150 universities worldwide in the latest influential league table.

Powerful poetry project mapping national and cultural identity extends deadline to 31 October to chart Brexit emotions

An extraordinary project, which enables poetry writers to post their work on a beautiful historical and a modern-day digital map, has been charting the way people feel about identity and place in England and Wales since May 2019. 

Genetics Society awards for two Exeter Academics

Two academics at the University of Exeter are set to receive prestigious awards from the Genetics Society.

Major new study tracing the history of psychiatry will show roots of today’s global mental health

A major new study of the history of psychiatry will show how efforts to create a “global standard” for mental health has left a lasting legacy on the treatment offered today.

Tickets available for free, family-friendly weekend event in Bude

A spectacular weekend of sound, light, music and art will bring together regional and international artists to explore the connection between coastal living and wellbeing.

Major fungal research centre moves to Exeter

A top research centre focussed on tackling fungal diseases has relocated to the University of Exeter.