University News

Soapbox Science returns to Exeter

Ever wondered what happens in your brain when you eat chocolate? Or whether Nemo’s dad should’ve been less worried about finding his son and more concerned about ocean acidification?

Exeter’s teaching excellence officially recognised as ‘gold standard’

The University of Exeter’s commitment to providing world-class teaching has been recognised with the award of a “Gold” rating in the first national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment.

‘BEEHAVE’ project wins innovation award

A project which helps protect bees has won the 2017 BBSRC Innovator of the Year award for Social Impact.  

Exeter’s world diabetes expert awarded CBE

A world-leading expert diabetes has been awarded the CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

GW4 Alliance to unveil cutting-edge microscopy facility

A shared microscopy facility will lead to a better understanding of human health and disease at a molecular level.

Exeter retains strong position in influential league table

The University of Exeter has retained its strong position in the QS World University Rankings.

Exeter students discuss ‘Business of Brexit’ Grand Challenges

Students and staff heard about what philosopher and economist Adam Smith would have said about Brexit during an event held as part of this year’s University of Exeter Grand Challenges programme.

University of Exeter to showcase research at Royal Cornwall Show

Students and staff from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus will be at the Royal Cornwall Show again this year to showcase research taking place in Cornwall.

Exeter hosts IPCC meeting on the 1.5°C Global Warming target

Some of the world’s leading climate scientists are gathering in Exeter for a high-profile event to examine the impact, significance and implications of global warming, in relation to the Paris Agreement 2015.

University of Exeter launches new degree apprenticeship to tackle construction skills gap

Exeter joins Laing O’Rouke and Hinkley Point C partners to deliver BEng Civil Engineering Site Management apprenticeship.

Universities of Exeter and Queensland cement new global impact partnership

The University of Exeter and The University of Queensland (UQ) have reinforced their relationship by cementing a new multi-million pound partnership designed to bolster their joint global research impact.

Walk-in camera obscura and giant pop-up book part of family fun at the University of Exeter

Children can enjoy exploring a walk-in camera obscura and a giant pop-up book at a free family day at the University of Exeter.

Technician Commitment launched

The University of Exeter has joined more than 35 research institutions from across the UK to back a pledge to support their technicians.

Global climate change story map wins award

A web app created to share the stories from an online climate change course which attracted people from more than 160 countries has won an award.

Exeter secures respected university HR award

The University of Exeter has received a prestigious award in recognition of one of its most innovative and forward-thinking HR initiatives.

Professor Kei Miller nominated for prestigious literary prizes around the world

A novel by University of Exeter Professor in Creative Writing, Kei Miller, has been nominated for prestigious literary prizes around the world.

Top psychologist wins award

A psychologist who specialises in topics including leadership and motivation has won an award from the British Psychological Society. 

Top 10 status for Exeter subjects in latest Guardian league table

The University of Exeter’s teaching excellence across a wide range of subjects has been acclaimed in the latest national league table rankings.

University to host open mental health event

Helping people recover from extreme stress or psychological trauma will be the focus of a public event at the University of Exeter on Saturday (20 May).

Vice-President of Royal Society visits University of Exeter

One of the UK’s leading scientists has praised the “energy, commitment and enthusiasm” of researchers at the University of Exeter, during a special visit.

Rainbow flags flying with Pride at the University of Exeter

Rainbow flags are flying at the University of Exeter’s campuses this week as staff and students mark Exeter Pride.

Support for teachers will boost access to top universities

Boosting support for teachers could significantly increase the chance of pupils attending a top university, new analysis suggests.

‘BEEHAVE’ project up for award

A project which helps protect bees has been nominated for an innovation award. 

Exeter Geography department gets gender equality award

The University of Exeter’s Geography department has earned an Athena SWAN silver award for gender equality.

Cross-Pacific rowers visit Exeter

Four women who rowed 8,000 miles, from San Francisco in the United States to Cairns, Australia, will share their remarkable story at a film screening at the University of Exeter on Wednesday 17 May.

Environment and Sustainability Institute appoints new Director

Professor Juliet Osborne has been appointed as the new Director of the University of Exeter’s flagship Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI).

Tributes paid to former University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor Sir Geoffrey Holland

Tributes have been paid to the former University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor Sir Geoffrey Holland, who has died aged 78.

History of rich Indian textiles brought to life at free event in Exeter

The history of stunning rare Indian textiles will be brought to life by experts at a free event at the University of Exeter this week.

Exeter subjects secure top 10 status in latest influential rankings table

Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter has been recognised as the best course of its kind in the country in the latest influential rankings.

Special screening of landmark film to mark 20 years of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

A special screening of a landmark film will be held to mark the 20th anniversary of Exeter's Bill Douglas Cinema Museum this week.

University of Exeter on-campus accommodation plans given go-ahead

A revised planning application by the University of Exeter to develop new on-campus accommodation for students has been given the green light.

GCSE students get taste of university life

More than 160 GCSE students got a taste of university life during the Easter holidays.

Queen’s honours for outstanding academics

The Provost of the University of Exeter received her CBE this week after being recognised for services to higher education in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

University of Exeter teacher training rated as among the best courses in the country

Teacher training courses at the University of Exeter have been ranked as among the best in the country.

Cornwall physicist lives the same day twice in global speaking tour

A University of Exeter professor has gone round the world in 39 days to promote the importance of physics.

Student Jewish society wins prestigious award for ‘best newcomer’

Exeter’s Jewish student society has won a national award celebrating Jewish student life on campus.

Shared love of literature brings generations together

A shared love of literature has brought together University of Exeter undergraduates and older city residents, who studied alongside each other in a new course.

University of Exeter Supports TEDxExeter and Inspiring Ideas

Inspiring ideas, which aim to turn hope into action, will be at the centre of a publicly-accessible event this month at TEDxExeter, sponsored by the University of Exeter.

Educational equality expert to begin new role at the University of Exeter

A leading expert on social mobility and educational inequality has been appointed to work to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who want to study at the University of Exeter.

Exeter voted as UK’s top university for international students

The University of Exeter has won a prestigious award for providing the best international student experience of any university in the UK.

University of Exeter submits revised on-campus accommodation plans

The University of Exeter has submitted a revised planning application to develop new on-campus accommodation for students, following constructive community discussions.

One Planet MBA named among the best in the world

The University of Exeter’s unique One Planet course has been ranked again as among the best MBA programmes in the world.

University of Exeter and Keypath Education launch digital revolution in UK Higher Education

The University of Exeter and Keypath Education have announced a new ten-year partnership that will see the University provide a range of online Masters Degrees to UK and international students.

Outdated divorce law causes needlessly painful and destructive breakups, new research finds

Outdated divorce law is causing needlessly painful and destructive breakups and exacerbating conflict between couples, a major new study has found.

Chess bonds literary critic and Nobel Prize-winning author, newly uncovered letters show

They often found themselves thousands of miles apart but author Sir William Golding and journalist Anthony Curtis never let that stop them pursuing one of their favourite pastimes – chess.

Beach debris to be transformed into art as part of Falmouth Spring Festival

Families can make art from litter found in the sea and on beaches as part of a free event at Falmouth Art Gallery.

Cabinet Minister visits University - and gives students tips on how to become an MP

Cabinet Minister David Lidington visited the University of Exeter today and met academics who have given evidence to Parliament and students studying politics and history.

Explore the fascinating creatures on Cornwall’s shores with free guided rockpooling session

Families can identify the fascinating creatures found on Cornwall’s shores with the help of a University of Exeter animal ecology expert as part of the Falmouth Spring Festival.

Communities to work with archaeologists to research history of Devon and Cornwall, thanks to National Lottery players

Communities in Devon and Cornwall will be able to research the history of Roman, Iron Age and medieval settlements in the region by helping experts on a major archaeological dig and associated surveys this year.

Uncover Higher Education Programme launched

Over 300 visitors, made up of students from schools across Devon, Dorset and Cornwall in Year 9 and their parents/guardians attended a successful launch day for Uncover Higher Education (HE) Programme on Saturday 18 March 2017 on the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus.

Edible bananas grown for the first time at the University of Exeter

Edible bananas have been grown for the first time by the talented gardeners at the University of Exeter.

£25m fund could boost high-tech South West projects

Hi-tech South West businesses could be boosted by a new investment fund worth up to £25 million.

University of Exeter expert working to reform tax collection in Greece

A University of Exeter expert has been appointed to help the Greek authorities make the tax collection system more efficient and enhance tax compliance.

Community leaders attend opening of University of Exeter’s £1.2 million Master's Suite

The University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus marked the official opening of its new dedicated, state-of-the-art learning environment for Master's students with a special celebration.

Top social scientist boosts Exeter’s research excellence

One of the UK’s leading social scientists is joining the University of Exeter from her previous post as Chief Executive of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).

Remarkable history of Exeter City FC seen in new exhibition

Rarely-seen pictures will tell the remarkable story of Exeter City FC at a new exhibition dedicated to the club’s unique history.

School children unpick genetic baking riddle in University labs

Pupils from Westcountry schools used genetic processes commonly seen in TV crime dramas to help solve the mystery of who is sabotaging Devon’s very own Bake Off.

Artists invited to engage with University’s inspirational research

How do you link one of the University of Exeter’s many world-class research themes to an artistic vision or idea?

Devon’s beavers win top BBC Countryfile award

The remarkable story of Devon’s wild beavers goes on with the announcement that the Westcountry rodents have now won a top national award.

Exeter’s commitment to safety on campus strengthened through funding boost

The University of Exeter’s commitment to student safety on campus has been further strengthened, thanks to a funding boost.

More South West firms to use space technology and science thanks to new funding

Small businesses will be able to exploit the technology developed for space exploration thanks to a new project led by the University of Exeter funded by the UK Space Agency. 

Exeter celebrates 10th annual National Apprenticeships Week

Teams of experts from the University of Exeter helped organise a series of hands-on events and activities in Devon and Cornwall, to mark National Apprenticeships Week 2017.

Yachtsman to speak about ‘Mutiny’ adventure

A yachtsman who helped recreate an epic voyage for a new Channel 4 documentary will give a talk at the University of Exeter later this month.

Project tackling barriers to Higher Education receives £500,000 funding boost

A pioneering new project which seeks to tackle potential barriers faced by students with vocational qualifications when they enter higher education, has received a significant funding boost.

Exeter Engages with Europe

The University of Exeter has undertaken a week of engagement work with institutions and supporters across the European continent.

Student volunteers help Exeter’s homeless by distributing excess campus food

Students from the University of Exeter are joining forces with a local charity by distributing unsold food to the city’s homeless community.

New Performing Arts Academy launched

Exeter College has launched a new Performing Arts Academy to support exceptional talent in the performing arts.

Former United States Poet Laureate to return to Cornish roots on visit to Falmouth

The 19th Poet Laureate of the United States will return to her Cornish roots as she visits the Duchy to perform and discuss her work.

MEP meets University of Exeter European staff and students to celebrate their contribution to economy and society

Clare Moody MEP, Professor Sir Steve Smith, and University Exeter staff and students have celebrated the contribution EU nationals make to the economy and society of Exeter and the South West.

From monkeys to exotic birds, students showcase stunning variety of wildlife at Wild Film Festival in Falmouth

Budding wildlife film-makers, presenters and photographers will display their work at a national festival, organised by students at the University of Exeter.

Exeter hosts key Learning Analytics Network forum

The University of Exeter hosted a high-level forum to examine how ‘big data’ can utilised to enhance the student learning experience.

Holocaust survivor shares horror of Nazi atrocities with children and students

A Holocaust survivor who witnessed the horrors of Nazi persecution of Jewish families shared his experience with Devon pupils and students as part of a memorial event at the University of Exeter.

Bronze sculpture celebrates Baroness Benjamin’s tenure as Exeter Chancellor

The University of Exeter has commemorated Baroness Floella Benjamin’s successful tenure as Chancellor with a stunning bronze sculpture.

Exeter Primary School Children take on Plato and Aristotle

Great philosophical questions such as ‘What is art?’ and ‘Should you always tell the truth?’, are being debated by Exeter primary school children, with the help of University of Exeter philosophers.

University of Exeter launches its largest ever fundraising Campaign

The University of Exeter has launched its most ambitious philanthropic Campaign to date to reinforce its position as one of the leading research institutions worldwide.

Top of the league sports personalities to give students tips for success

The man in charge of the record-breaking British Paralympics team is one of a host of sports experts set to offer top tips to Exeter students.

Nobel Laureates to deliver keynote speeches at Living Systems Institute Opening International Symposium

Two Nobel Laureates will deliver keynote speeches at a prestigious international scientific symposium celebrating the opening of the University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute (LSI).

University backs the Exeter Cycling Charter

The University of Exeter is encouraging more students and staff to cycle to campus by signing a citywide charter aiming to tackle inactive lifestyles, congestion and pollution.

Vice-Chancellor Sir Steve Smith comments on US travel ban

Sir Steve Smith, Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter, said the US travel ban “undermines the principle of academic freedom and jeopardises the advancement of knowledge between nations.”

Exeter to offer prestigious scholarship for American students

The University of Exeter has entered into an important strategic partnership, designed to enable America’s leading students to embark on postgraduate studies at one of the UK’s leading universities.

New research to act as a catalyst to help GPs diagnose cancer

A revolutionary Cancer Research UK-funded project will investigate ways of bringing new and improved cancer diagnostic tests to GPs.

‘Great West’ region can make the UK a global leader, say Vice-Chancellors and industry leaders

South West England and South East Wales can recapture the ambitious vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel as a hyper-connected, smart and specialist region, MPs have heard.

Exeter Law Professor Addresses NATO Secretary-General and North Atlantic Council on Cyber Law

On 19 January, Professor Mike Schmitt spoke on international law of cyber operation to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller, and the North Atlantic Council (NAC).

University hosts vibrant Chinese New Year celebrations

Traditional dragon dancing, distinctive culinary delights, martial arts demonstrations and spectacular fireworks are just some of the colourful festivities planned to welcome in the Year of the Rooster.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer history of South West proudly celebrated at new festival

Oscar Wilde, Grindr, Chinese underground queer cinema, and the experiences of homosexual sailors in the Royal Navy during World War I will feature as part of Exeter’s first LGBT history festival.

Exeter Mathematics School Cited as Model by Prime Minister

The Exeter Mathematics School, sponsored by the University of Exeter, has been cited by the Prime Minister as a model for spreading specialist maths schools across the country.

GW4 joins industry partners to develop ‘first of its kind’ supercomputer

GW4 Alliance, together with Cray Inc. and the Met Office, has been awarded £3m by EPSRC to deliver a new Tier 2 high performance computing (HPC) service for UK-based scientists.

Exeter research helps protect loggerhead turtles

A long-running research and conservation project is helping save an at-risk species of turtle.

Exeter announces sponsorship of Cornwall School Games

The University of Exeter is to sponsor the Cornwall School Games for the next three years to enable more young people to be inspired by PE and school sport.

Exeter’s University Challenge Team has been chosen

The University Challenge Team has been selected from over 400 applicants across our four campuses.

Experts secure £5m to protect the South West’s natural capital

A partnership of three research institutions, led by the University of Exeter, has secured a £5m award to help protect the beautiful natural resources and the jobs dependent on them in the South West.

Exeter Provost takes pivotal role on Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel

Professor Janice Kay has been appointed to the key role of Deputy Chair of the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel, it has been announced.

Experts given £4m to tackle world’s most pressing health problems

Historians, literary scholars, social scientists and medical experts will work together to tackle some of the world’s most pressing public health issues as part of a new £4m research centre at the University of Exeter.

University of Exeter Business School retains status as one of the world’s elite institutions

The University of Exeter Business School has retained its status as one of the world’s elite institutions.

University of Exeter recruiting for key degree apprentice programme

The University of Exeter is seeking the next generation of digital prodigies to join its pioneering degree apprentice programme.

Students sparkle at winter graduation ceremonies

More than one thousand students will celebrate their graduation across three special ceremonies at the University of Exeter this weekend.

CEO of Unilever helps mark the fifth birthday of the University of Exeter’s One Planet MBA

Experts and leaders of industry are celebrating the fifth birthday of a pioneering University of Exeter course which helps talented business professionals address the global challenges of our time.

Mysteries of Father Christmas ‘solved’ by relativity theory

The mystery of how Father Christmas can deliver presents to 700 million children in one night, fit down the chimney and arrive without being seen or heard has been ‘solved’ by a physicist.

New public sector energy company announced for Devon

New public sector energy company announced for Devon.

Exeter research wins Elsevier Atlas prize

A University of Exeter research paper on using mobile phones to manage disease outbreaks has won a prestigious prize.

Science behind lightning strikes right note in festive family event hosted at the University of Exeter

Families from across the South West were given a dazzling flash of inspiration and entertainment during a special festive treat, organised jointly by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the University of Exeter.