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The Exeter hip: 50 years of making healthcare better

An innovative hip stem developed in Exeter 50 years ago today has now been implanted in more than two million patients across the globe

Exeter’s pioneering approach to sustainability secures prestigious Guardian award

Pivotal work conducted by staff and students to transform the University of Exeter’s approach to sustainability has won a prestigious Guardian University Award.

Participants wanted for most in-depth brain study of early Alzheimer’s disease

Exeter researchers are seeking local volunteers to take part in the world’s most detailed study into the onset and development of Alzheimer’s disease

The danger of Z-drugs for dementia patients

Strong sleeping pills known as ‘Z-drugs’ are linked with an increased risk of falls, fractures and stroke among people with dementia

University of Exeter, Dorset Museum and Dorset History Centre mark pioneering research

Experts from the University of Exeter, Dorset Museum and Dorset History Centre have celebrated their pioneering research, including on the life and work of the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy.

Exeter students raise more than £136,000 through Movember challenges

Students from the University of Exeter have raised more than £136,000 for charity through a series of hair-raising challenges and events.

Pioneering health research at the University of Exeter to continue thanks to renewed Wellcome funding

Pioneering University of Exeter work on worldwide health challenges will continue thanks to renewed funding for a unique research centre.

Exeter experts recognised as being among world’s most influential scientists

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

Exeter part of UK-wide genomics consortium in £12.2million funding boost

A £12.2 million funding boost will help scientists at the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust contribute to national efforts to map how COVID-19 spreads and evolves

University alliance urges G20 leaders to prioritise net zero

A coalition of leading climate research universities is calling on world leaders to prioritise net zero carbon emissions.

Nearly a third of hospitals in England reached maximum ventilator bed capacity during first wave of Covid-19 pandemic

Thirty percent of hospitals in England reached their maximum occupancy levels for beds with mechanical ventilation support during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic

University of Exeter and Medicines Discovery Catapult combine to industrialise academic medicines research

Today (November 12th 2020) the University of Exeter and Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) announce their strategic partnership to accelerate medicines Research & Development (R&D), creating value for the sector and enhancing translational skills.

University of Exeter Business School ranks among world’s best in prestigious global MBA rankings

The University of Exeter Business School’s internationally accredited MBA programme, The Exeter MBA, has ranked in the top four programmes for the UK and Europe in the Corporate Knights’ Better World MBA Rankings 2020.

Pioneering new Circular Economy Centre in Technology Metals announced

The University of Exeter will lead a pioneering new research centre, designed to revolutionize how crucial metals are extracted, used and reused in clean and digital technologies across the UK.

Alumni honour former Vice-Chancellor with permanent scholarship fund

A new scholarship scheme set-up in honour of former Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Steve Smith, targeting applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds, will support six students to attend the University of Exeter each year.

Business owners in South West offered free support through Peer Networks programme

The University of Exeter Business School is to offer ‘action learning’ sessions for local business owners, to help SMEs respond to COVID-19 and Brexit by building their resilience and ability to adapt to the ‘new normal’, while positioning themselves for future success.

Join expert discussion on saving the oceans

Scientists specialising in the marine environment will answer questions on ocean conservation during a free online event organised by the University of Exeter.

New scheme to boost Devon’s recovery and cut carbon emissions

The University of Exeter will play a pivotal part in a new project, which will use Artificial Intelligence to boost Devon’s economic recovery and help the environment.

Living near green space linked to lower rates of smoking and higher chances of quitting

People are significantly less likely to smoke – and are more likely to successfully quit – if they live in green neighbourhoods, new research has found

New ‘epigenetic’ clock provides insight into how the human brain ages

A relatively new concept – the epigenetic clock – could inform us about how swiftly we age, and how prone we are to diseases of old age

Innovative Exeter student-led projects secure double award success

Two innovative student-led projects, to create a washing machine filter that breaks down plastic microfibres and bring sustainable biofuel to remote communities in Africa, have secured a double success in a prestigious national competition.

Invitation to submit photos for major climate report

Photographers are invited to submit images for inclusion in a major scientific report on climate change in the UK and around the world.

Death rates among people with severe COVID-19 drop by a half in England

Death rates from people with severe COVID-19 in hospital have dropped to around a half of the rate at the peak of the pandemic

Rare posters showing glamorous stars of cinema’s golden age return to Britain

Rare posters showing the glamorous stars of cinema’s Golden Age have returned to Britain, thanks to a donation by one of the world’s foremost movie memorabilia collectors.

Survey shows one in six children having a probable mental disorder

The proportion of children experiencing a probable mental disorder has increased over the past three years

Join film-makers, experts and translators to discuss world cinema and take part in free screenings

People can join film-makers, experts and translators to watch and discuss classic films past and present as part of a special event to celebrate world cinema and documentaries.

WWF and Exeter alumni join forces to protect natural habitat

A consortium of Exeter alumni have joined the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and the University of Exeter, in setting up a new PhD project to protect the Cerrado ecosystem in Brazil.

University of Exeter’s campuses recognised as among the best green spaces in the country

The University of Exeter’s spectacular campuses have been recognised as being among the best green spaces in the country.

Challenges Online returns in 2021 after success of virtual event

Challenges Online will return – bigger and better – in 2021 following the success of the virtual event this summer.

Astronomy expert secure prestigious national fellowship

One of the University of Exeter’s most prominent astrophysics experts has received a prestigious national fellowship, it has been announced.

Life-changing work to promote social mobility by University of Exeter recognised at UK Social Mobility Awards

Life-changing work by the University of Exeter to support disadvantaged young people has been recognised at awards which honour excellence in promoting social mobility in Britain.

UK’s first fully electric powered sea-going ferry revealed

The UK’s first fully electric powered sea-going ferry, designed and developed by consortium of engineering experts and businesses including the University of Exeter, has been revealed.

Knighthood for Exeter Honorary Professor allergy and asthma expert

A national authority on the links between allergy and asthmas has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Watching nature on TV can boost wellbeing, finds new study

Watching high quality nature programmes on TV can uplift people’s moods and reduce negative emotions

New code of conduct calls for universities to do more to protect academic freedom in their international partnerships

UK higher education institutions should be more transparent about their international partnerships and more accountable to their staff and students in order to protect academic freedom, experts have said.

Could BCG vaccine protect against COVID-19? UK recruitment begins

A largescale global trial, designed to test the theory that the widely-used BCG vaccine could help protect against COVID-19 will soon recruit healthcare staff and care home workers in the UK.

Professor Roy Sambles awarded knighthood in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Professor Roy Sambles FRS has received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, announced today.

Here’s to Thee – new art collaboration explores the rich ecology and culture behind cider making

A fascinating and thought-provoking new collaboration will seek to uncover the complex ecology and cultures that surround the art of cider making.

£1.2 million to roll-out dementia care home programme to COVID-hit sector

£1.2 million in government funding will help researchers develop an innovative online programme to improve and personalise care for people with dementia in care homes.

University of Exeter Business School and J.P. Morgan to launch UK's first apprenticeship scheme for aspiring investment bankers

The University of Exeter and J.P. Morgan are offering the first UK apprenticeship that gives school leavers the opportunity to secure a front-office investment banking role.

New lecture series will examine role of humanities in today's global crises

A new University of Exeter lecture series will examine the role of humanities experts in tackling global crises, including health, the climate emergency and racial injustice.

100 Great Black Britons author to kick off Black History Month at University of Exeter Business School

100 Great Black Britons author to kick off Black History Month at University of Exeter Business School

£2.5 million to study group treatment programme for people with severe obesity

A team of researchers based in the Westcountry has been awarded nearly £2.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research.

University of Exeter staff and students rewarded for sustainable actions

Staff and students at the University of Exeter will be rewarded for taking action on climate change through the launch of a new scheme.

Exeter’s Arts & Culture Creative Fellows announced

The importance of playfulness, the link between nature and sexuality, and the pioneering work to combat anti-microbial resistance are among the key topics to be explored by the next generation of extraordinary collaborations between academics and artists at the University of Exeter.

Climate scientists enlist celebrity help to sound ‘Arctic alarm’ for UN General Assembly

Climate scientists including from the University of Exeter Business School are to sound the ‘Arctic alarm’ in a virtual panel event ahead of the UN General Assembly’s high-level meeting on climate action this week. 

Celebrate the diversity and history of the landscape of England and Wales as part of unique arts project

A stunning digital map of England and Wales will provide the inspiration for new poems celebrating the diversity and history of both countries.

University of Exeter and Charles Causley Trust celebrate current and future collaborations

The University of Exeter and the Charles Causley Trust have celebrated current and future collaborations with a special ceremony held online.

Exeter retains position in latest influential league ranking

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

University of Exeter nominated for four “Oscars of higher education”

The University of Exeter has been nominated for four “Oscars of higher education” which honour the best teaching and research in the country.

Business School to celebrate Black History Month with ambitious events programme

The University of Exeter Business School will mark Black History Month in October with a programme of events that celebrate and reflect on black history as well as promote dialogue around diversity, inclusion, cohesion and equality (DICE).

Marine-i supports development of innovative platform for floating offshore wind construction

A platform designed to aid in the building and launching of floating wind turbines is being researched and tested with support from Marine-i.

University of Exeter secures partnership with Halo for rapid Covid-19 tests

The University of Exeter has agreed a partnership with Halo, the UK’s first commercial provider of saliva-based PCR tests for Covid-19.

Landmark agreement between Exeter Science Park and University of Exeter drives opportunities for growth

In a landmark agreement, Exeter Science Park Limited and the University of Exeter, a Russell Group University, have joined forces to create a joint focal point for science, technology, engineering, maths and medical (STEMM) innovation at Exeter Science Park.

The Exeter MBA launches free and inspirational online events to tackle today’s biggest global challenges

Some of the world’s leading thinkers for social and environmental change are to take part in an exclusive series of free online events launched by the University of Exeter Business School’s MBA programme.

Pioneering new Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence announce leadership team

The Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence has appointed its inaugural leadership team.

Exeter Hosts Major Student Conference with China

Between August 24th and August 27th, the University of Exeter hosted the Higher Education Youth Talent Alliance (HEYTA), a major student conference held annually by the China - UK Association for the Humanities in Higher Education (UKCHA).

Noam Chomsky in conversation on free speech with Exeter Professor

Linguist and philosopher, Noam Chomsky, will speak to Professor Robert Lamb from the University of Exeter, in a free online event.

Professor Lisa Roberts starts as new Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter

On 1 September 2020, Professor Lisa Roberts becomes the new Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at the University of Exeter. She takes over from Professor Sir Steve Smith who is retiring from the role and who has held the post since October 2002.

Ventilators and PPE donated to Devon NHS by University of Exeter partner at Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University has donated through its links with the University of Exeter a remarkably generous gift of 5 ventilators, 5,250 face masks and 500 isolation gowns for the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust to help with the continuing fight against the coronavirus. 

Floella Benjamin and Black Lives Matters protests inspires musician 220 Kid to set up new scholarship for BAME students

Legendary broadcaster, actress and writer Floella Benjamin and the recent Black Lives Matters protests have inspired a new University of Exeter scholarship.

Exeter experts receive prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering award for work to tackle COVID-19

Experts from the University of Exeter’s Centre for Water Systems (CWS), have received a prestigious award for their exceptional engineering achievements in tackling COVID-19.

Exeter takes part in project to support underrepresented students

A large number of partners have collaborated in an innovative project reaching out to underrepresented students across the UK.

Share your experiences of loneliness and Covid-19 as part of a major new project to help people feel less alone

People can share their experiences of the isolating impact of the coronavirus pandemic as part of a major new project designed to collect stories of loneliness and community.

Exeter graduates celebrate with online ceremony featuring celebrity alumni

Graduates at the University of Exeter celebrated finishing their degrees in an online ceremony to mark their achievements

ADHD services map reveals major gaps in care, failing the vulnerable

New research has called for urgent action after creating a map that identifies gaps in services for adults with ADHD across the UK

University of Exeter KTP team reaches Top Ten

The University of Exeter has reached the Top Ten for the number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) awarded nationally, delivering 19 active, high quality, KTP projects across the UK.  

University of Exeter recognised for life-changing work to promote social mobility

The University of Exeter has been recognised for life-changing work to support disadvantaged young people and help them achieve their potential.

£430,000 Government funding to study COVID-19 nursing care

A national team of scientists and nurses, led from the University of Exeter, are researching nursing care for patients in hospital with COVID-19. 

Exeter academic wins prestigious national BMJ award for climate change in healthcare

David Pencheon, Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter, has won the BMJ Outstanding Contribution to Health Award

Collecting footballing memories for the future

Exeter City Football Club’s Grecian Archive has been gathering ‘memories for the future’ with the help of the University of Exeter.

Defra report features Westcountry research on health benefits of being by the sea

Researchers at two leading Westcountry institutions have teamed up with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in a study

Exeter Astrophysics expert awarded prestigious international prize

Professor Isabelle Baraffe, a leading expert in astrophysics research, has been awarded a prestigious international science prize.

New solar panels at University of Exeter

Three new solar installations will cut the University of Exeter’s carbon footprint by more than 100,000kg per year.

Penryn students receive awards for Cornish community voluntary work

Two students at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus have received prestigious local awards for promoting the Celtic spirit of Cornwall.

Exeter professor in conversation with BBC Dynasties director

A director from David Attenborough’s Dynasties series will speak to Professor Steve Simpson, of the University of Exeter, in a free online event.

Exeter partnership to pioneer use of data science and AI to solve global environmental challenges

A new initiative designed to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges has been announced.

Research into what helps couples to thrive used to teach teenagers about healthy relationships

Research showing the key features of healthy relationships will be used in schools around the country to help teenagers learn how to build healthy relationships of their own.

Innovative Cornish project creates landscape art - with a twist

Cornish residents have played an integral role in a breath-taking new project that has given an unusual twist to the traditional way of creating landscape paintings.

University of Exeter collaboration shortlisted for prestigious national KTP ‘Best of the Best’ Awards

A ground-breaking collaboration, between experts from the University of Exeter and Supacat Ltd, to spearhead a green revolution in defence and off-highway transport has been short-listed for a prestigious national award.

Next-generation triple antibody test for Covid-19 given green light by MHRA

University of Exeter scientists have developed a revolutionary new device that could allow health professionals to test patients’ antibody response to Covid-19 in as little as seven minutes.

University of Exeter student project with Babcock International proves huge success

An innovative collaboration between the University of Exeter and Babcock International, designed to give students unparalleled industry experience, has proved a resounding success.

Students develop innovative ideas to help tackle the world’s greatest problems during Grand Challenges week

From new technology to end loneliness to children’s books and food labelling to tackle the climate emergency – University of Exeter students have developed innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

Exeter in global top five for research on green space and public health

The University of Exeter has leapt into the top five institutions in the world for research output on the links between green space and public health.

New technique in which drugs make bacteria glow could help fight antibiotic resistance

A new technique could help reduce antibiotic prescribing by predicting which drugs could be effective in fighting bacteria within minutes.

Exeter part of national project to support disadvantaged students affected by COVID-19 to enter higher education

The University of Exeter has joined a national project designed to offer pivotal support to disadvantaged students, who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to enter higher education.

Using operational research to reorganise crucial dialysis services during the COVID-19 outbreak

The University of Exeter and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust are making a major contribution to the management of dialysis services.

First measurement of spin-orbit alignment on planet Beta Pictoris b

Astronomers have made the first measurement of spin-orbit alignment for a distant ‘super-Jupiter’ planet.

Exeter project to develop new energy-saving windows and facades given £1.65 million funding boost

A pioneering new project to develop revolutionary new energy saving windows and facades has received a significant funding boost.

Anfield poem celebrates Liverpool FC and memories of a ‘swaying, pulsating Kop’

Liverpool Born Football Poet, Sharon Jones has written a moving tribute to Anfield and Liverpool FC as part of a national Places of Poetry project.

Research finds indirect effects of COVID-19 on young people’s mental and physical health

New research suggests there may be substantial indirect adverse effects of COVID-19 on children's physical and mental health.

Exeter researcher in Women’s Engineering Society top 50 list

A University of Exeter researcher has been named as one of the Women’s Engineering Society’s Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability.

Students tackle Grand Challenges Online

For the first time, University of Exeter students, staff and external experts are coming together to tackle the major challenges of our time online.

‘Make economic recovery low carbon or risk new crisis,’ warns Exeter climate expert

Governments will be “walking into the next crisis” if climate change is not at the heart of rebuilding the economy, a leading expert has warned.

Darwin grants for Exeter research

Three marine conservation projects involving University of Exeter scientists have been awarded funding by the UK government’s Darwin Initiative.

Former Foreign Secretary heads panel discussion

David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, is headlining an online panel discussion that is examining the impacts of COVID-19 on developing countries.

Acclaimed playwright and University of Exeter experts to collaborate on new production exploring LGBTQ+ loneliness and history

An acclaimed playwright will collaborate with University of Exeter experts on a new production exploring how LGBTQ+ communities have experienced loneliness and isolation in the past and present, including during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sea swimming linked to illness, study shows

People who go in the sea are more likely to experience symptoms of illness compared to non-bathers.

Steroid cuts death risk in some hospitalised patients with COVID-19

A steroid which was part of a nationwide COVID-19 trial that included patients in Exeter has been found to reduce the risk of dying in patients. 

“Living prospectus week” allows future students to experience University of Exeter virtually

Potential university students unable to tour universities to make decisions about their future are flocking online to innovative “virtual prospectuses”, lectures and advice sessions.

Genetics could help diagnose diabetes in Indians, study shows

A new way of using genetics to diagnose diabetes could pave the way for better diagnosis and treatment in Indians, new research has concluded.

Online exhibition and new book celebrates art made by people living with dementia

An art project involving people living with dementia has led to a book as well as an art exhibition that has been moved online to be enjoyed by all.

Virtual event in Cornwall explores link between art and the natural world

The distinctive relationship between art and the natural world will be explored during a special virtual event in Cornwall, to be held later this month.

Exeter retains position in top 200 in QS World University Rankings

The University of Exeter has retained its position inside the top 200 universities worldwide, according to the latest influential international league table.

Poems offer unique opportunity to spend time in the company of insects

People of all ages are being given the opportunity to spend time in the company of insects, through a series of fascinating new poems.

£1.4 million for genetics research on how obesity in pregnancy affects mother and baby

A new £1.4 million award from the Wellcome Trust will help researchers at the University of Exeter investigate pregnant mothers' obesity and health

Exeter plays pivotal role in developing UK’s first fully electric-powered domestic ferry

The University of Exeter will play a pivotal role in a pioneering project designed to develop the UK’s first fully electric-powered domestic ferry.

Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor at the University for Exeter appointed to prestigious new role as International Education Champion from September 2020

Professor Sir Steve Smith, the current Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter has accepted a highly prestigious appointment with the UK government from September 2020.

Let's talk about money: Smartline supports financial wellbeing app

Smartline, the University of Exeter technology and wellbeing project, is supporting the development of a ground-breaking app 

Pinker flamingos more aggressive

Bright pink flamingos are more aggressive than paler rivals when fighting over food, new research shows.

2020 Volunteers of the Year named!

After a tough decision making process, the Alumni Volunteers of the Year for 2020 have been announced.

“Major gaps” in understanding how land-use changes affect the spread of diseases, researchers claim.

The quest to discover how new diseases – such as Covid-19 - emerge and spread in response to global land-use change assessed by researchers

Research finds new genes contributing to severe childhood obesity

In the largest study of the genetics of childhood obesity, researchers have looked at why some children gain weight very easily.

Exeter in £14 million international consortium to improve obesity treatment and narrative

The University of Exeter has joined an international, research consortium which aims to improve how obese people will respond to treatment

Exeter dementia researchers take on 300km running challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK

A group of eight dementia researchers from the University of Exeter are aiming to run over 301km to raise money for pioneering dementia research.

Make writing a positive experience and don’t force it, experts say

A team of experts at the University of Exeter have given their top tips for parents to support their children’s writing as they begin to return to school following more than two months of lockdown.

£2.5 million award to fund new evidence review facility at Exeter

The University of Exeter has received £2.5 million to establish one of two evidence review facilities to assess quality of research.

Student raises £10,000 for mental health charity by running five marathons in five days

A University of Exeter student has raised £10,000 for those affected by mental health issues during the coronavirus pandemic by running 131 miles in just five days.

New project explores perceptions of China

A new research project exploring how the West perceives China is to be launched at the University of Exeter.

Celebrating Prestigious Athena SWAN Awards

Two prestigious Athena SWAN awards have just been granted to three University of Exeter departments to recognise their commitment to gender equality. 

Dementia gene raises risk of severe COVID-19

Having a faulty gene linked to dementia doubles the risk of developing severe COVID-19, according to a large-scale study.

Medical Imaging students graduate early online to support NHS in COVID-19

Medical Imaging students from the University of Exeter Medical School who opted to graduate early had a successful online graduation ceremony

New fundraising site launched to support COVID-19 work

Supporters of the University of Exeter can now support COVID-19 related projects across the institution via a dedicated fundraising website.

Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union Sustainability Week wins National Award

Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union have won Collaboration of the Year at the National Societies and Volunteering Awards for their Sustainability Week, it has been announced.

‘Care Under Pressure’: developing interventions to tackle doctors’ mental ill-health

 

A project led by the University of Exeter has developed guidance and recommendations to optimise strategies to tackle mental ill-health in doctors

 

£100,000 grant for rising-star medical researcher at Exeter

A rising research star from the University of Exeter has won £100k to launch her work into depression as part of a prestigious grant scheme.

Online medicine lectures attract thousands of students – and Peter Andre!

A Medicine student at the University of Exeter has teamed up with two clinicians to launch an online seminar series.

Researchers track COVID-19 isolation effects on older people’s health and wellbeing

An online study of 25,000 people is recruiting participants to help study the impact of COVID-19 isolation on the health and wellbeing of older people

More than 300 million cases of hip and knee osteoarthritis worldwide in 2017

There were more than 300 million cases of hip and knee osteoarthritis worldwide in 2017 reveals a new analysis

University of Exeter Student Startup Team launches COVID-19 Startup Support Fund

The University of Exeter’s Student Startup team has launched a new funding initiative, designed to support innovative projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dozens of prehistoric, Roman and medieval sites discovered by archaeology volunteers working at home during lockdown

Dozens of previously-unrecorded Roman, prehistoric and medieval sites have been discovered by archaeology volunteers based at home during the coronavirus lockdown.