Research News - 2015

Study uncovers the reason behind health and safety myths

New research from the University of Exeter reveals some of the complex reasons why health and safety regulations are used incorrectly and blamed for over-the-top decisions. 

New EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training officially launched

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing has been officially launched at the House of Lords.

New study will examine environmental antibiotic resistance

A new £1.2million grant from the Natural Environment Research Council is hoping to boost our understanding of how pollution can promote antibiotic resistance.

Wolfson Foundation donates £2m towards future of science at Exeter

Exeter has received a £2 million gift from The Wolfson Foundation to support the establishment of a new Living Systems Institute, which will pioneer a new approach to treating the world’s most serious diseases.

Plastic pollution threatens one of the ocean’s key inhabitants

Microscopic plastic pollution, which is present throughout the world’s seas, could affect the feeding habits of one of the ocean’s key inhabitants.

Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance

The union of a wealthy older woman who caused offence in polite society and a political nobody who would become one of the foremost politicians of the Victorian age is the subject of a new book.

Exhibition reveals the impact of WW1 on art and facial reconstructive surgery

A new exhibition exploring how facial injuries suffered by soldiers during the First World War have influenced artists and surgeons will open this weekend.  

Delve into the controversies of the British Empire with new free online course

The opportunity to explore the British Empire through stories of the individuals who contributed to its rise and fall and the themes of money, violence, race, religion, sex, propaganda and power is now available through a free online course.

Wild pollinators at risk from diseased commercial species of bee

A new study from the University of Exeter has found that viruses carried by commercial bees can jump to wild pollinator populations with potentially devastating effects. 

Study reveals why geese adopt a ‘roller coaster strategy’ to combat life’s highs and lows

A new study has discovered that the world’s highest flying bird, the bar-headed goose, employs an unusual flight strategy when migrating at extreme altitudes across the Himalayas in order to cope in the relatively low-density mountain atmosphere.

UK-first renewable heat network demonstration secures research funding

A low carbon heating project involving the University of Exeter has been awarded a Government research grant to carry out feasibility work to create a UK-first community-wide energy scheme.

Doubt cast on global firestorm generated by dino-killing asteroid

Pioneering new research has debunked the theory that the asteroid that is thought to have led to the extinction of dinosaurs also caused vast global firestorms that ravaged planet Earth.

Research pinpoints new technique for producing cheaper solar energy

Pioneering new research could pave the way for solar energy to be converted into household electricity more cheaply than ever before.

Law professor appointed as Honorary QC by Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of six new Queen’s Counsel Honoris Causa, exclusively bestowed upon lawyers who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales outside practice in the courts. 

Exeter academic contributes to UK parliament report on Iraq

A University of Exeter, Middle East political expert features heavily in a new report by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on ‘UK Government policy on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq’.

Global warming doubles risk of extreme La Niña event, research shows

The risk of extreme La Niña events in the Pacific Ocean could double due to global warming, new research has shown.

Negative patient-doctor communication could worsen symptoms

Doctors who unintentionally communicate to patients that they do not believe or understand them could actually make their symptoms worse, a new study suggests.

Exeter specialists work with Manchester United to revolutionise heart health

A unique research project to identify the effects of exercise on young hearts has been announced today.

Hydrogen sulfide could help lower blood pressure

A gas that gives rotten eggs their distinctive odour could one day form the basis of new cardiovascular therapies.

Exeter team to monitor impact of wild beavers on our waterways

A team at the University of Exeter is to study England’s only breeding population of wild beavers in order to understand their impact on pollution, flooding and water quality after an announcement yesterday.

James tells his story of surviving a traumatic brain injury

A man who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) will describe his incredible experience and the challenges faced by himself and others at a special event at the University of Exeter on February 4.

Prime Minister announces £10 million for Exeter Science Park

The Prime Minister has announced a major boost to Exeter’s cutting-edge weather and climate research, with a £10million cash injection for the Exeter Science Park.

You can be a coward or a fighter. Just pick one and stick with it, says study

When the chips are down, having a strong personality may be the difference between thriving and failing.

New interactive BBC documentary stars Exeter academic

A ground breaking interactive BBC documentary series exploring some of the biggest questions facing mankind about its past, present and future features expert commentary from University of Exeter religion scholar Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou. 

Genomic differences between developing male and female brains in the womb

New research by scientists at the University of Exeter and King’s College London has made significant progress towards understanding the complex process of prenatal human brain development.

Alzheimer’s Society & University of Exeter join forces in fight against dementia

Alzheimer’s Society has announced the launch of a new dementia-focussed Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Exeter. The centre will support eight PhD students to investigate the effect of dementia on the brain’s neural networks.

Unpublished works of Spanish feminist writers uncover Spain’s hidden past

Spain’s most famous children’s author Elena Fortún and companion Matilde Ras, a fellow feminist writer, are the subject of a new anthology which uncovers previously hidden diaries, a series of unpublished literature and evocative letters between the two whilst in exile.

Sunlight and vitamin D levels higher for coastal populations

People living close to the coast in England have higher vitamin D levels than inland dwellers, according to a new study published in the journal Environment International.

Skeletons uncovered at Ipplepen reveals major Roman cemetery

15 ancient skeletons have been discovered on an archaeological dig in Ipplepen, a major Romano-British settlement in Devon and now the best preserved Roman cemetery.

Plain packaging reduces ‘cigarette-seeking’ response by almost a tenth, says study

Plain tobacco packaging may reduce the likelihood of smokers seeking to obtain cigarettes by almost 10% compared to branded packs, according to research from the Universities of Exeter and Bristol.

Critical green turtle habitats identified in Mediterranean

A new study led by the University of Exeter has identified two major foraging grounds of the Mediterranean green turtle 

Night skies brightest in human history

Artificial sky glow around the world has been quantified for the first time by researchers using a global network of sky quality monitors.

Exeter academics win grant to lead public policy workshops in Kazakhstan

Politics academics from the University of Exeter were involved in leading a three day political science workshop in partnership with Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Study seeks to understand Amazonia's past to ensure its sustainable future

A new international project led by the University of Exeter will investigate the Amazon’s sustainable future by studying the way that ancient societies used and transformed the environment.

New research finds rivers can be a source of antibiotic resistance

 Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment.

#RU2Drunk breathalyser initiative reduced alcohol fuelled crime in Torquay

A scheme to breathalyse suspected drunks trying to get into pubs and clubs in Torquay has seen a 39 per cent drop in violent crime.

Online courts could increase access to justice and reduce costs by 2017

The future of civil law courts is likely to be online according to a new report. The study suggests that it will increase access to justice and streamline the court processes in England and Wales. 

Algae aid corals in their fight against climate change

Corals may be better equipped to tolerate climate change than previously believed, according to research led by the University of Exeter.

Study seeks to understand variations in the rate of global warming

A new study has looked at slow-downs in the rate of global surface warming, despite ongoing increases in the emissions of greenhouse gases.

Tudor orchards and bloody rebellions in Devon

The popularity of Tudor history has reached new heights with the TV adaptation of Wolf Hall.

Seeking sanctuary:Refugee Week events

Encouraging people to take a positive look at asylum and celebrating the contributions of refugees in the UK forms the basis of Refugee Week.

Join Dementia Research launched

A new nationwide online and telephone service that helps people in the South West of England to take part in dementia research studies is now live.

Weekend evolution: Bacteria ‘hotwire their genes’ to fix a faulty motor

Scientists have found how simple bacteria can restart their ‘outboard motor’ by hotwiring their own genes.

Black men less willing to be investigated for prostate cancer

The incidence of prostate cancer among men of Afro-Caribbean origin is higher than in white men, they are more likely to be diagnosed as emergencies and their mortality rates are higher. Until now it has been unclear why these disappointing outcomes exist.

Hormone disrupting chemicals and climate change increase the risk of population-level impacts in wildlife populations

The impact of pollution on wildlife could be made dramatically worse by climate change according to a new study published today in the journal PNAS. 

Tackling concussion with Exeter Chiefs

Specialists from the University of Exeter are working with Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club on a project to model what happens to the brain of a player when they are concussed in order to improve safety and manage the impact of injuries following head trauma.

‘No take zones’ in English Channel would benefit marine wildlife and the fishing industry

Marine conservationists are increasingly pinning their hopes on marine protected areas (MPAs) to save threatened species and reduce over-fishing.

First direct evidence that drought-weakened Amazonian forests ‘inhale less carbon’

For the first time, an international research team, including a tropical forest ecologist from the University of Exeter, has provided direct evidence of the rate at which individual trees in the Amazon Basin ‘inhale’ carbon from the atmosphere during a severe drought. 

Old mothers know best: killer whale study sheds light on the evolution of menopause

A new study led by the Universities of Exeter and York has shown that female killer whales survive after menopause because they help their family members find food during hard times. 

Being smart about SMART environmental targets

Successful environmental conservation needs to focus on the negotiation process, not just the end target.

Love, love me do: male beetles that have more sex are more insecure, study shows

Males that mate more often are more insecure about their social status than those mating less, according to new research on the behaviour of burying beetles.

PhD research celebrated at Medical School showcase

The wide range of research projects undertaken by PhD students at the University of Exeter Medical School was celebrated at a dynamic showcase and networking event.

England's treasured landscapes to benefit from new partnership

A pioneering partnership is being launched to care for some of England’s most beautiful and vulnerable high ground. The Uplands Alliance (UA) brings together for the first time practitioners, researchers and policy makers with interests in the highest areas of land, including treasured landscapes of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Dartmoor.

Nature’s inbuilt immune defence could protect industrial bacteria from viruses

Findings from a new study that set out to investigate the evolution of immune defences could boost the development of industrial bacteria that are immune to specific viral infections.

Prestigious award for Exeter genomic medicine expert

A leading light in genetic diabetes research has been awarded a prestigious national award for outstanding scientists.

Switch off the lights for bats

New research has discredited the popular belief that street lighting is attractive to common bats.

Light pollution shown to affect plant growth and food webs

Artificial night time light from sources such as street lamps affects the growth and flowering of plants and even the number of insects that depend on those plants for food.

Paul hopes to solve the mysteries of flamingo fatherhood

A researcher at the University of Exeter has launched a bid to analyse the DNA of a group of flamingos in order to answer some of the questions surrounding paternity and social behaviour in the distinctive pink birds.

Amazon’s carbon uptake declines as trees die faster

The most extensive land-based study of the Amazon to date reveals it is losing its capacity to absorb carbon from the atmosphere.

Devon school children solve genetic riddle

Scandal has erupted on Devon’s sporting scene as previously unknown athletes smash all known records. Police call on the only team who can scrutinise the mysterious yeast found in their bags: The X-Men in White.

New discovery: Queen Anne's coronation medal was designed by Isaac Newton

To mark Queen Anne’s coronation, a ‘highly political medal’ was issued, initially thought to be designed by Sir Godfrey Kneller turns out to be the work of Isaac Newton, who was Master of the Mint when Anne was crowned in 1702.

World-leading dementia research team joins the University of Exeter

A global figure in the field of dementia study has joined the University of Exeter to lead a new Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH).

A difficult climate: New study examines the media’s response to the IPCC

A study, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, has for the first time analysed how Twitter, TV and newspapers reported the IPCC’s climate evidence.

Consent for research participation:Time to change?

A major investigation into the views of volunteers on the consent process for medical research has been found to conflict with the standard practice required for consent in the UK. 

Fellowship awards for two outstanding scientists

Two rising research stars at the University of Exeter Medical School have been awarded prestigious Sir Henry Dale Fellowships.

University of Exeter top three in England for additional government research money

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has awarded the University of Exeter an additional £3.8 million for research, the third highest gain amongst English universities. The £3.8 million represented a 22% uplift on an already significant base figure.

Antibiotic resistance risk for coastal water users

Recreational users of coastal waters such as swimmers and surfers are at risk of exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria, according to new research published this week.

Easter baptism with BBC's Songs of Praise and Exeter theologian

As part of the Easter special on BBC ONE’s religious television programme Songs of Praise, a University of Exeter theologian will be exploring the practice of early Christian baptism and its symbolism of death and resurrection.

Short bouts of high-intensity exercise before a fatty meal best for promoting vascular health in youth

A short burst of intensive exercise before eating a high fat meal is better for blood vessel function in young people than the currently recommended moderate-intensity exercise.

Direct evidence for a positive feedback in climate change

A new study has confirmed the existence of a positive feedback operating in climate change whereby warming itself may amplify a rise in greenhouse gases resulting in additional warming.

Expedition studies Indian monsoon’s past to discover future impact of climate change

The quest to discover how future climate change will impact the formidable Indian monsoon phenomenon could find the answer rooted in the prehistoric past.

Biodiversity damage mapped by global land-use study

Humanity’s use of land for agricultural production has come at a cost to local ecosystems worldwide, but some of the damage can be reversed.

Discover breadth of health services research at Medical School

An insight into the wide range of research taking place at the University of Exeter Medical School’s Institute of Health Research will be on offer at a series of inaugural lectures which are open to all.

Public urged to report basking shark sightings for new tracking project

The University of Exeter and the Marine Conservation Society are joining forces in an exciting new satellite tracking project to tag and follow basking sharks in Cornish waters.

Magic, Malta and a Muslim during the Inquisition in 1605

Making a living by practising magic can have dramatic consequences, especially if you are a Muslim slave with mainly Christian clients at the time of the Inquisition in early 17th century Malta.

Research shows alternating antibiotics could make resistant bacteria beatable

Pioneering new research has unlocked a new technique to help combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, that cause debilitating and often life-threatening human illness.

Greatest mass extinction driven by changes to oceans, study finds

Changes to the Earth’s oceans, caused by extreme volcanic activity, triggered the greatest extinction of all time.

Scientists urge public to take part in final part of health survey

Scientists in Cornwall are making a final appeal for people to take part in research that will shed light on the health effects of marine pollution.

Queen of Crime's hidden talents revealed

Solving mysteries is the work of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple made famous by the creative hand of Agatha Christie; but few are aware of another of the author’s attributes – her astute business sense.

Warming seas pose habitat risk for fishy favourites

Popular North Sea fish such as haddock, plaice and lemon sole could become less common on our menus because they will be constrained to preferred habitat as seas warm.

Complex cognition shaped the Stone Age hand axe

New research has shown that the ability to make a Stone Age hand axe depends on complex cognitive control and memory.

Mindfulness-based therapy could offer an alternative to antidepressants for preventing depression relapse

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) could provide an alternative non-drug treatment for people who do not wish to continue long-term antidepressant treatment.

Online discussion forums good for well-being, study shows

A new study has found that internet discussion forums have positive links to well-being and are even associated with increased community engagement offline.

Water project scoops prestigious national award

A research project which showed how enhancing water storage on peat land can improve water quality and carbon storage – as well as releasing less water during times of flooding – has won a national award.

University of Exeter needs local people to hear or catch sight of a cuckoo

The people of Devon are being urged to get involved in the second phase of a project which is trying to map the movements of cuckoos.

Family becomes first in South West to take part in ground-breaking DNA research

A six-year-old boy and his mum and dad today became the first family in the South West to take part in ground-breaking DNA research at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E), with support from the University, to help fight rare health conditions.

Persistent swollen neck glands could indicate cancer

Referring patients with unexplained swollen neck glands for specialist investigations could help to avoid some of the thousands of deaths each year from lymphoma, a type of cancer.

New Zealand stoats provide an ark for genetic diversity

Extinct British genes have been preserved in the stoat population of New Zealand, a new study has found.

Defence and Uncertainty lecture by Strategy and Security expert

The issues behind unforeseen events like the disorder in the Ukraine to the revolutions of the Arab Spring which caught intelligence organisations off guard, is the subject of a fascinating lecture at the University of Exeter.

Climate change: how Brits feel about ‘smart’ energy

Reluctance to share data about personal energy use is likely to be a major obstacle when implementing ‘smart’ technologies.

Childhood Obesity – One Epidemic or Two?

New research has indicated that obesity in children has quite different causes at different ages.

New study shows parrotfish are critical to coral reef island building

Parrotfish, commonly found on healthy coral reefs, can also play a pivotal role in providing the sands necessary to build and maintain coral reef islands.

One percent of tree species in the Amazon forest account for half of its carbon

A new study published in the journal Nature Communications has discovered that fewer than 200 species of Amazonian tree, barely 1%, are responsible for half of all tree growth and carbon stored in the Amazon.

Male beetles up their game when they catch a whiff of competition

Male flour beetles increase their courtship effort and their sperm count if a female smells of other males according to a study published in the journal Behavioural Ecology.

Elderly crickets are set in their ways, study finds

As insects grow old their behaviour becomes increasingly predictable according to new research.

Commercial out-of-hours care providers score on average lower with patients

Patients receiving care from commercial providers of out-of-hours care report poorer ratings of care when compared with not-for-profit or NHS providers, a new study has shown.

£3 million research centre will target disease

A new research centre will bring together experts in a diverse range of fields to tackle some of the greatest health issues of our time – and the public are being invited to get involved.

Mine’s a pint…. Of science

A festival which pulls science out of the lab and into the pub is coming to Exeter for the first time.

Grant success for University of Exeter researchers at Cornwall’s Wave Hub

University of Exeter researchers are part of the biodiversity research team of a new EUR 17 million EU Horizon 2020 funded project 

New online resource to explore fashion in Thomas Hardy's writing

A new online facility has been developed by the University of Exeter and Dorset County Museum to catalogue references to clothing in Thomas Hardy’s writing and the time in which he lived.

Graphene holds key to unlocking creation of wearable electronic devices

Ground-breaking research has successfully created the world’s first truly electronic textile, using the wonder material Graphene.

Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide makes trees use water more efficiently

The increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration has allowed trees across Europe to use their available water resources more efficiently, new research has shown.

Mining pollution alters fish genetics in south west England

Pollution from historic mining activities in south west England has led to a reduction in genetic diversity of brown trout.

University of Exeter retains top 10 status in THE "Table of Tables"

The University of Exeter has retained its top 10 position in the Times Higher Education “Table of Tables”, announced today (October 15).

Ecosystem management that ignores ‘taboo tradeoffs’ is likely to fail

Research published today recommends a new approach to the difficult tradeoffs that environmental managers face when choosing between environmental sustainability and profitability. 

Sign up for health research on Clinical Trials Day

The public will be invited to get involved with medical research and show their love for scientific advances during an event in Exeter to mark International Clinical Trials Day.

Study highlights ways to boost weather and climate predictions

Long range weather forecasts and climate change projections could be significantly boosted by advances in our understanding of the relationship between layers of the Earth’s atmosphere - the stratosphere and troposphere.

New camera technology reveals body's hidden secrets

A dramatic way of seeing magnified parts of the human body is now possible through cutting edge filming technology. The BREATH project uses extreme slow motion and close up filming techniques to explore the ageing human body as a new landscape.

More than £500,000 to fund dementia research at Exeter

More than half a million pounds of new cutting-edge research which aims to advance us towards a dementia cure and improve dementia care has been awarded to the University of Exeter Medical School by Alzheimer’s Society.

Musical microbes to form part of permanent exhibition at Eden

A unique soundscape created through interpreting the sounds of bacterial molecules in the human body will form part of a new exhibition at the Eden Project.

University of Exeter placed 6 in UK, 8 in Europe and 34 globally in latest influential rankings

The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015, published today, has placed the University of Exeter sixth in the UK, eighth in Europe and top 40 in the world. The University also rose 24 places since 2014 in the overall rankings.

University of Exeter scientists receive Epilepsy Research UK research grant

University of Exeter scientists have received grant worth almost £150,000 to fund their crucial research, which could revolutionise epilepsy is diagnosed.

Asian family research answers questions on fatty acid in brain

New research conducted in a rural community in Pakistan highlights the crucial role that essential fatty acids play in human brain growth and function.

Climate engineering may save coral reefs, study shows

Geoengineering of the climate may be the only way to save coral reefs from mass bleaching, according to new research.

On the trail of the clever snail

Animals, like humans, excel at some tasks but not others according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports

Magna Carta experienced through Exeter's medieval law trail

In celebration of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta a sponsored 10km walk around Exeter’s legal sites on 3 June at 5pm, is being organised by the South West Legal Support Trust with assistance from the University of Exeter’s School of Law and the Devon and Somerset Law Society. 

Sharing Memories of cinema-going in the 1940s, 50s and 60s

An opportunity to share memories of going to the cinema in the UK during the 1940s, 1950s and 60s is being provided on 13th June at the University of Exeter’s Bill Douglas Cinema Museum between 2pm and 5pm.

Frogs face virus risk in garden ponds

Pond owners are being urged not to use garden chemicals, or to release goldfish into ponds.

Study reveals largest turtle breeding colony in the Atlantic

The Central African country of Gabon is providing an invaluable nesting ground for a vulnerable species of sea turtle 

New project to help farmers plan succession

A new initiative to help farmers effectively plan who will take over their farms is being announced at the Royal Cornwall Show on 5 June. The University of Exeter’s Centre for Rural Policy in partnership with NFU Mutual, a leading rural insurer, and Cornwall’s Rural Business School have developed the first UK-wide academic study of succession farming. 

Ladybird colours reveal their toxicity

For one of Britain’s best-loved and colourful group of insects, ladybirds, their colour reveals the extent of their toxicity.

Grant of £885,000 to fund important food crop research

A Physicist at the University of Exeter has received a substantial grant to help improve the sustainability of commercially valuable crops.

Scientists and Surfers team up to assess antibiotic resistance risk

World Ocean’s Day --- Scientists in Cornwall are about to begin an innovative study that will shed light on how surfers exposed to human sewage and diffuse pollution in seawater might be affected by antibiotic resistant bacteria.

University to host a series of events for national humanities festival

The University of Exeter is hosting a series of events for Being Human 2015, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

Teenagers should exercise like kids to achieve best health outcomes, study shows

As little as two minutes of high-intensity exercise four times a day improves health outcomes in adolescents, but the same amount of moderate-intensity exercise does not reap the same rewards.

Wild mongooses avoid inbreeding with unusual reproductive strategy

Mongooses can discriminate between relatives and non-relatives to avoid inbreeding 

Exeter researchers lead international initiative to face devastating crop disease

Exeter researchers lead international initiative to face devastating crop disease 

Queen to honour Exeter education expert with MBE

Debra Myhill, Professor of Education at the University of Exeter has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for her leadership of the Secondary PGCE programme and the Centre for Research in Writing.

Local schools join the fight against bacterial resistance

Researchers from Biosciences will be working closely with school pupils from Newton Abbot College to discover new antibiotics from soil bacteria.

A literary treasure trove awaits fellowship researchers

Two researchers from the University of Exeter will have special access to collections at some of the world’s most prestigious libraries and research institutions later this year. 

History of Labour Party explored in new book

The current battle for the leadership of the Labour Party is in full swing with televised show downs between the candidates hitting the airwaves.

Report lays bare public priorities for the natural environment

Public views on the challenges facing policy and decision makers to manage the natural environment have been revealed in a major national public dialogue project.

Exeter researchers and school pupils track ticks to reveal Lyme disease hotspots

University of Exeter researchers are set to work with local school pupils on a new study to explore the distribution of Lyme disease in the region. 

Minister for Universities and Science visits University of Exeter

Jo Johnson MP, the Minister for Universities and Science, has met with key researchers and representatives during a fact-finding visit to the University of Exeter.

Study concludes that racehorses are getting faster

A new study from the University of Exeter has found that racehorses are getting quicker

Letters from famous writers to 'Tarka the Otter' author given to University

A fascinating collection of personal letters from a host of British literature luminaries to Henry Williamson, the author of Tarka the Otter have been donated to the University of Exeter.

Exeter expertise helps underpin new cancer guidelines

Research by the University of Exeter has helped underline new national guidelines to help GPs diagnose cancer earlier, and save lives.

Giant comet-like tail discovered on small exoplanet

The prospect of finding ocean-bearing exoplanets has been boosted, thanks to a pioneering new study.

Breakthrough in graphene production could trigger revolution in artificial skin development

A pioneering new technique to produce high-quality, low cost graphene could pave the way for the development of the first truly flexible ‘electronic skin’, that could be used in robots.

Awards recognise Medical School researchers among UK’s best

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has recognised researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School as being among the most outstanding health researchers in the UK.

Online computer game can help shed weight and reduce food intake

A simple new computerised game could help people control their snacking impulses and lose weight.

Think you know your cat? New study suggests not

Study finds pet owners reluctant to face up to their cats’ kill count

Pesticide study shows that sexual conflict can maintain genetic variation

New research from the University of Exeter has shown that the sexually antagonistic gene for resistance to the pesticide DDT helps to maintain genetic variation. 

How to handle a Greek tragedy

A new book that shows actors and directors how to handle scripts from Greek tragedies has been produced as a practical guide.

Humans across the world dance to the same beat

Study reveals a common beat in global music

Key element of human language discovered in bird babble

New study deciphers bird sounds to reveal language precursors in babbler birds

Investors losing out to analysts' career aspirations

Investors are losing out to bias by banking analysts more concerned about career progression than accuracy of their forecasts, says new research by the University of Exeter and Harvard Business School.

Chat rooms can boost success in learning English as a foreign language research shows

Chat rooms play a positive role in motivating students and encouraging an independent approach to learning English as a foreign language.

Simple classroom measures may reduce the impact of ADHD

But more robust research is needed to identify best approach.

Devon pupils lead citizen science on plastic

Young people will take part in a unique outreach project in which they will lead and participate in a scientific research project on chemicals in plastic food packaging.

Genetic switch detects TNT

Cleaning-up post-war explosive chemicals could get cheaper and easier, using a new genetic ‘switch’ device.

Scientists warn of species loss due to man-made landscapes

Study found 35% fewer bird species in agricultural habitats.

Romeo and Juliet roles for banded mongooses

Mongooses take life-threatening risks to mate with partners from rival groups.

Study shows grey squirrels are quick learners

A new study from the University of Exeter has shown that grey squirrels are quick learners capable of adapting tactics to improve efficiency and reap the best rewards.

Topping-out milestone in £52.5 million research development

A topping-out ceremony has marked a major milestone in the construction of a new £52.5 million facility at The University of Exeter.

Milton and the South West

John Milton, the 17th century poet best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost has numerous links with the West Country that have remained unexplored.

Brawling badgers age faster

Research reveals the strain of living with competitive males

Future looks gloomy for Robben Island penguins

Fish feast boosts penguin numbers.

Surfing for science

Scientists from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) plan to use surfers to monitor the coastal environment.

Large-scale trial will assess effectiveness of teaching mindfulness in UK schools

A major Wellcome Trust study to assess whether mindfulness training for teenagers can improve their mental health launches today.

Exeter scientist planning to send microscopic worms into space

A University of Exeter scientist is set to send thousands of microscopic worms on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in an experiment aimed at increasing our understanding of what triggers the body to build and lose muscle.  

Selfishness lasts a lifetime, according to mongoose study

Researchers studying wild banded mongooses in Uganda have discovered that these small mammals have either cooperative or selfish personalities which last for their entire lifetime. 

Prestigious award for world-leading diabetes professor

An outstanding diabetes expert at the University of Exeter Medical School has been recognised through a prestigious Royal Society prize.

Sleep makes our memories more accessible, study shows

Sleeping not only protects memories from being forgotten, it also makes them easier to access, according to new research from the University of Exeter and the Basque Centre for Cognition, Brain and Language.

Free online therapy for depression offered as part of exciting new research trial

Researchers from the University of Exeter have launched a large-scale research study to improve understanding of treatments that are currently offered to people with depression. 

New research finds aquariums deliver health and wellbeing benefits

People who spend time watching aquariums and fish tanks could see improvements in their physical and mental wellbeing, according to new research published in the journal Environment & Behavior.

Butterflies heat up the field of solar research

The humble butterfly could hold the key to unlocking new techniques to make solar energy cheaper and more efficient, pioneering new research has shown.

Two top Exeter researchers secure distinguished science award

Two world-leading scientists from the University of Exeter have been honoured with a prestigious national science award.

 

Funding awarded to develop 85 year weather forecast

Researchers have been awarded a £1m grant to create a time series of predicted hourly weather from now until 2100, to better understand how building designs interact with different weather conditions.

Researchers call for Crediton residents to pool flood info

Crediton residents have so far provided a wealth of information about flooding vulnerabilities around the town.

Crop pests outwit climate change predictions en route to new destinations

Researchers highlight the dangers of relying on climate-based projections of future crop pest distributions.

Targeting the early-teens for extra exercise could cut diabetes risk

A study has found that physical activity provides the greatest benefits to adolescent insulin resistance when the condition peaks at age 13, but provides no benefit to it at age 16.

Animal-eye view of the world revealed with new visual software

New camera technology that reveals the world through the eyes of animals has been developed by University of Exeter researchers. 

New partnership will help manage Cornwall’s environment

An exciting new partnership in Cornwall is hoping to use academic research to inform the management of the county’s world-class natural habitats.

Severe droughts could lead to widespread losses of butterflies by 2050

Widespread drought-sensitive butterfly population extinctions could occur in the UK as early as 2050 according to a new study.

Newly identified tadpole disease found across the globe

Scientists have found that a newly identified and highly infectious tadpole disease is found in a diverse range of frog populations across the world.

Sediment dwelling creatures at risk from nanoparticles in common household products

Researchers from the University of Exeter highlight the risk that engineered nanoparticles released from masonry paint on exterior facades, and consumer products such as zinc oxide cream, could have on aquatic creatures.

Here’s looking at you: research shows jackdaws can recognise individual human faces

Wild jackdaws recognise individual human faces and may be able to tell whether or not predators are looking directly at them.

Colour changing sand fleas flummox predatory birds

Sand fleas have a remarkable ability to change colour in order to match dramatically different backgrounds.

Humans responsible for demise of gigantic ancient mammals

Early humans were the dominant cause of the extinction of a variety of species of giant beasts, new research has revealed.

University of Exeter rises in influential global rankings

The University of Exeter has reinforced its position as one of the best universities in the world, according to the latest influential rankings.

Genomic testing triggers a diabetes diagnosis revolution

Over a 10 year period, the time that babies receive genetic testing after being diagnosed with diabetes has fallen from over four years to under two months.

Police and University join forces to harness research potential

A new research project will unite police and researchers to increase evidence-based knowledge, skills and problem solving approaches within policing.

Persist and shout: Male bluebirds alter their songs to be heard over increased acoustic noise levels

Birds ‘shout’ to be heard over the noise produced by man-made activity, new research has shown.

Female guppies become better swimmers to escape male sexual harassment

In the animal world, sexual reproduction can involve males attempting to entice or force females to mate with them, even if they are not initially interested.

Can’t count sheep? You could have aphantasia

If counting sheep is an abstract concept, or you are unable to visualise the faces of loved ones, you could have aphantasia – a newly defined condition to describe people who are born without a “mind’s eye”.

Large parks key to city success

Cities should feature compact development alongside large, contiguous green spaces to maximise benefits of urban ecosystems to humans, research led by the University of Exeter has concluded.

Scientists in Cornwall turn to seaweeds in search for new drugs

Pioneering research in Cornwall is hoping to discover new ways of searching for antibiotics – from the seaweeds found along the county’s coastline.

Fishermen discards could increase prevalence of turtle disease in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Fishermen in the Turks and Caicos Islands could be increasing the local prevalence of a disease that is affecting turtle populations worldwide, by selectively harvesting healthy creatures and throwing back infected animals.

Sea temperature changes linked to mystery North Pacific ecosystem shifts

Longer, less frequent climate fluctuations may be contributing to abrupt and unexplained ecosystem shifts in the North Pacific, according to a study by the University of Exeter.

Butterfly wings help break the status quo in gas sensing

The unique properties found in the stunning iridescent wings of a tropical blue butterfly could hold the key to developing new highly selective gas detection sensors.

Do Beards Matter: Exploring health and humanity in the history of facial hair

Wellcome Trust funded project launched ahead of World Beard Day

Urgent research needed on predicting future regional climate change, report demands

Crucial research into the changing spatial patterns of future climate patterns is urgently needed, a new review article has concluded.

First glimpse of rare Peruvian animals revealed in extraordinary camera trap footage

A series of remarkable new camera trap videos has revealed some of the first ever footage of rare Peruvian animals.

Satellite technology puts ‘mussel’ into shellfish monitoring

University of Exeter researchers are working with a team of UK scientists to explore the use of satellites and meteorological data to monitor and forecast water quality 

Exeter UK’s top university for sport and best in the South West

The University of Exeter has retained its top ten place in the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, and has been named Sports University of the Year 2015-2016.

Beetroot juice improves sprinting and decision-making during exercise

Rugby players take note: drinking high nitrate beetroot juice improves both sprint performance and decision-making during prolonged intermittent exercise such as rugby and football, according to scientists from the University of Exeter.

Passion for the Devonshire coast reignited with new project

The University of Exeter and Bath Spa University have joined forces to revive public interest in the natural history of the Devonshire coast. 

World-leading engineer from the University of Exeter elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor David Butler, Director of the internationally-leading Centre for Water Systems, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

University of Exeter contributes to new underwater noise monitoring network

Underwater noise in the marine environment is the focus of a new UK-wide research partnership.

Pioneering research develops new way to capture light – for the computers of tomorrow

Pioneering research by an international team of scientists, including from the University of Exeter, has developed techniques that will allow the first memory chip that can capture light.

Cancer paper wins “Research Paper of the Year”

A research paper published in 2014 by the University of Exeter, working with researchers from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care and Cambridge University, has won Research Paper of the Year Award 2014 from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Research is transforming treatment of long-term conditions

South West patients with long-term health conditions are getting to see health experts when they need to, in an exciting project driven by research.

Kenyan actors visit Cornwall to share extreme weather experiences

Researchers at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus will today welcome actors from Kenyan charity, S.A.F.E. Kenya.

Offshore wind farms could be more risky for gannets than previously thought, study shows

Offshore wind farms which are to be built in waters around the UK could pose a greater threat to protected populations of gannets than previously thought, according to a new study by researchers at the universities of Leeds, Exeter and Glasgow.

Ocean circulation rethink solves climate conundrum

Researchers from the University of Exeter believe they have solved one of the biggest puzzles in climate science. 

Maintaining healthy DNA delays menopause

An international study of nearly 70,000 women has identified more than forty regions of the human genome that are involved in governing at what age a woman goes through the menopause.

Can food affect your mood? Researchers call for participants to take part in MoodFood trial

Researchers from the University of Exeter are seeking participants for a trial into whether certain types of food could prevent depression. 

Short, intense exercise bursts can reduce heart risk to teens

Adolescents who perform just eight to ten minutes of high-intensity interval exercise three times a week could be significantly reducing their risk of developing heart conditions, new research has concluded.

University of Exeter achieves global top 100 status in influential rankings

The University of Exeter has broken into the top 100 universities in the world for the first time in the most influential global league table, released today. 

Exeter professor Roy Sambles is new president of Institute of Physics

Professor Roy Sambles has today (Thursday, October 1) taken up his position as the new president of the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Exeter geographer contributes to new exhibition of unique black pigment, Bideford Black

An exhibition at a Devon gallery provides a surprising take on a traditional material. 

Cacti among world’s most threatened species

Thirty-one percent of cactus species are threatened with extinction.

Edible love gifts may influence female behaviour, suggests cricket study

Edible gifts given by male crickets to their female partners during mating contain unique proteins which could affect the females’ behaviour.

Rare bats win lottery boost

The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project has received a grant via the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Sea turtles face plastic pollution peril

All seven species of marine turtles can ingest or become entangled in the discarded debris that currently litters the oceans.

Exeter Physicist wins prestigious early career researcher award

A leading physicist from the University of Exeter has received a national award for pioneering research contributions in the field of quantum physics.

Insight into hypoglycaemia funded by Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK funds research into insulin awareness to help diabetes suffers better recognise hypos

APC charges paid for Springer open access journals

The library has signed a new JISC agreement with Springer that covers all Article Processing Charges (APCs) for articles published in Springer Open Choice (hybrid) journals.

Access to Research Professional

Research Professional allows users to keep up to date with funding opportunities.

Sitting for long periods not bad for health

There’s no harm in sitting down, say researchers

Exeter projects part of £21 million ‘Engineering Grand Challenges’ research announcement

Three new research programmes, led by or featuring the University of Exeter, that aim to tackle some of the major challenges facing science and engineering have been announced.

Greenland’s ice sheet plumbing system revealed

Pioneering new research sheds light on the impact of climate change on subglacial lakes found under the Greenland ice sheet.

Research reveals how global warming will impact Earth’s carbon cycle

New findings reveals how global warming will feedback on the carbon cycle and lead to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Prawns reveal the secrets of innovation

If necessity is the mother invention, who is the mother of necessity?

Exeter PHD Students awarded Library of Congress fellowship

Two University of Exeter postgraduates have won the opportunity to enhance their research at the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, USA.

Flying ants mate close to home and produce inbred offspring

Ant queens stay close to home in their hunt for a mate and as a result produce thousands of inbred offspring, a study led by a University of Exeter biologist has found.

Signs of faster ageing process identified through gene research

New research has shed light on the molecular changes that occur in our bodies as we age.

LEP appoints three new Board members

Professor Mark Goodwin has been appointed as a non-executive director for The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Exeter launches humanities festival with a touch of magic

The University of Exeter will launch a national humanities festival with a touch of magic this year as experts and academics come together to discuss our modern view of the mystical.

Females more promiscuous in colder climates, says insect study

Females have more sexual partners when they live in colder climates and are happier being monogamous when it is hotter, a study into the behaviour of insects has found.

Fellow appointments recognise Social Science excellence

Two leading academics from diverse fields at the University of Exeter have been appointed as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Exeter scientists receive the latest NERC funding for strategic research

University of Exeter researchers are pleased to be among the recipients of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) highlight topics grants – one of the new ways in which NERC is funding strategic research.

Professor Fleming receives prestigious award

Professor Lora Fleming received the prestigious Bruun Medal last week, recognising her outstanding work in the field of oceans and human health.

Exeter Professor wins prestigious global award

A leading Professor at the University of Exeter has been recognised by receiving the most prestigious European award in her field.

Exeter climbs up global 100 for Life Sciences

The University of Exeter has cemented its position among the very best universities in the world for Life Sciences.

New guidelines hope to improve decision making

New guidance released this week aims to help authorities make better evidence-based decisions about health and social care.

Moth and butterfly species respond differently to climate change

New research shows that certain species of moths and butterflies differ in how they respond to climate change.

High stress during pregnancy decreases offspring survival, according to mongoose study

Elevated stress hormones during the later stages of pregnancy can affect pup survival rate.

Professor Charles Tyler wins prestigious SETAC Award

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) has awarded Professor Charles R. Tyler this year’s Founders Award.

World-leading researcher appointed first Director of University of Exeter Living Systems Institute

One of the world’s most pioneering and influential developmental geneticists has been appointed as the inaugural Director of the University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute.

Festival of Social Science: A fascinating insight into social science and its influence on our lives

Exeter academics will be demonstrating how our research is investigating the key issues in modern day life at a series of events.

Exeter enters global 100 for Social Sciences

The University of Exeter has strengthened its position as being among the very best universities in the world for Social Sciences.

Spotlight on Black British Theatre

A University of Exeter academic has conceived a documentary on the history of black British theatre and screen, presented by Sir Lenny Henry.

 

Obesity conference aims for better weight loss management in the South West

Experts from across the South West will come together to discuss issues around weight loss management in the region.

University of Exeter researcher wins prestigious UK award

An Exeter engineering expert received a prestigious national award for research into how we can sustainably and reliably address emerging challenges around water supplies.

‘Global Conversation’ focuses on addressing literacy disadvantage in Canada and the UK

World-leading education experts will gather to discuss how to address the crucial issue of addressing literacy disadvantage in Canada and the UK, at a special event in Toronto.

Improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions

A team from the University of Exeter and PenCLAHRC have been awarded a grant of £285,000 to carry out a study aiming to improve ways to support children. 

Children’s mental health survey launched

The first report on the mental health of young people between the ages of two and 19 will involve an expert researcher from the University of Exeter Medical School.

How best to tackle dangerous climate change: Exeter’s ‘Global Conversation’ comes to New York

The pivotal issue of how best to address perilous global climate change will be discussed by world-leading experts, at a special event in New York.

Intensive farming link to bovine TB

Intensive farming practices have been linked to higher risk of bovine TB, new research has concluded.

Exeter lead pioneering research into elements crucial for low carbon technologies

The University of Exeter has received high-level funding for crucial research into accessing essential elements needed for a variety of environmental technologies.

Exeter launches Doctoral College

New world-class Doctoral College aims to enhance the student experience for doctoral research students and early career researchers.

Early farmers exploited beehive products at least 8,500 years ago

Humans have been exploiting bees as far back as the Stone Age, according to new collaborative research involving the University of Exeter that is published in Nature today.

A new countryside legacy from Roman Britain

New research from the University of Exeter has found that the Roman influence on our landscape extends beyond the legacy of our urban infrastructure to also shape the countryside and our rural surroundings.

Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser visits University of Exeter

The UK’s Chief Scientist, Sir Mark Walport FRS, has made a special visit to the University of Exeter to meet with key representatives.

Extinction can spread from predator to predator, researchers have found

The extinction of one carnivore species can trigger the demise of fellow predators, conservation biologists at the University of Exeter have confirmed.

Exeter student project to monitor space weather events

University of Exeter students are leading a project with the Met Office, British Geological Survey and Lancaster University to better understand space weather events and the prediction of their impacts.

'Global Conversation' takes key issue of tackling dementia to San Francisco

The crucial issue of how to tackle the challenge of dementia across the global community will be discussed by leading experts in the field, at a special event in San Francisco.

Researchers devise new diabetes diagnostic tool

Researchers at University of Exeter have developed a new test to help diagnose diabetes, which they say will lead to more effective diagnosis and patient care.

Pioneering research boosts graphene revolution

Pioneering new research by the University of Exeter could pave the way for miniaturised optical circuits and increased internet speeds, by helping accelerate the ‘graphene revolution’.

Tale of Siberian wilderness solitude filmed

A documentary showcasing the life of a Siberian cut off from society has been captured in a poignant film made with the involvement of a University of Exeter PHD student.

Exeter academic highlights impact of climate change on migration in Europe

Following a summer which has seen huge migration flows into Europe from neighbouring regions, Professor Neil Adger, will speak on the role that climate change plays in the mass movement of people.

Many hands make light work and improve health, researchers have found

Getting help with baby care could keep families healthier and extend their lives, according to a new study into bird behaviour.

Marine fungi reveal new branches on tree of life

Researchers from the University of Exeter have discovered several new species of marine fungi inhabiting previously undescribed branches of the tree of life.

Study to tackle transient loneliness

Exeter researchers hope a new study will raise awareness of ‘transient loneliness’.

Exeter student secures placement at world renowned pharmaceutical company

A budding student researcher is among the first from Exeter to secure a prestigious undergraduate placement at the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company.

University hosts regional festival of physics

The University of Exeter will host a South West physics festival this weekend as experts and academics come together to discuss planets, astronomy, wind, rain and light.

Half of all Amazonian tree species may be globally threatened

More than half of all tree species in the world’s most diverse forest may be globally threatened, according to a new study.

Marine airgun noise could cause turtle trauma

Scientists from the University of Exeter are warning of the risks that seismic surveys may pose to sea turtles.

Mountain ranges evolve and respond to Earth’s climate, study shows

Ground-breaking new research has shown that erosion caused by glaciation during ice ages can, in the right circumstances, wear down mountains faster than plate tectonics can build them.

Strategy and Security experts address Select Committee over Defence Review

Experts from the University of Exeter will appear before the Defence Select Committee on Tuesday, November 24th to give specialist comment on the new Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

Exeter researcher wins science outreach competition

A University of Exeter scientist has won the ‘I’m a Scientist: Get me out of here’ competition, beating four other science enthusiasts to the prize.

SETsquared has been ranked as the top university business incubator in the world

University business incubator SETsquared, a partnership involving the University of Exeter, has been ranked as the best in the world by UBI Global.

Rice basket study rethinks roots of human culture

A new study from the University of Exeter has found that teaching is not essential for people to learn to make effective tools.

Don’t forget plankton in climate change models, says study

A new study found that phytoplankton - microscopic water-borne plants - can rapidly evolve tolerance to elevated water temperatures.

New research exploits extraordinary properties of Graphene

Innovative new research has demonstrated how the extraordinary properties of graphene can be exploited to create artificial structures that can be used to control and manipulate electromagnetic radiation over a wide range of wavelengths.

Schizophrenia-associated genetic variants affect gene regulation in the developing brain

An international research collaboration has shed new light on how DNA sequence variation can influence gene activity in the developing human brain.

World-leading molecular genetics at Exeter celebrates 20 years

The University of Exeter Medical School has celebrated 20 years of molecular genetics research.

‘Fish fraud’ across Europe in decline, study shows

Tough new policies to combat fish fraud across Europe appear to be working, according to a new study.

Cultural heritage “crucial” to climate change debate

An exploration of the relationship between cultural heritage and climate change is being led by an expert from the University of Exeter at the world’s largest ever climate change talks.

Exeter academic appointed to lead the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Professor Andrew Thompson, Director of the Centre for Global & Imperial History at the University of Exeter, has been appointed as interim Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

£4.6M boost for future biomedical research leaders

GW4 Alliance receives £4.6 million funding for new doctoral training partnership.

Scientists and fiction writers unite for sleep anthology

Scientists from the University of Exeter have joined forces with storytellers to explore the link between sleep and fiction in a new book about the science of sleep.

Protected area design secrets revealed in new study

It is not only size that matters when planning a protected area, other spatial features such as shape are also critical to the number of animal species found there.

Free online course: how genomics are transforming diabetes care

A free online course led by world-renowned experts at the University of Exeter will offer participants the opportunity to explore how developments in the field of genomics are transforming knowledge and treatment of conditions such as diabetes.

Immediate and aggressive action needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, study says.

Greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced aggressively and immediately because there are significant constraints to large-scale deployment of negative emissions technologies in the future, new research has shown.

Victorians exposed to fine art through Christmas cards

Designers of Christmas cards used fine art on their products to divert attention away from concerns that the festival was becoming too commercialised.

Exeter leads the way in prevention of suicides

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a new practice resource for local authority public health teams in England, which will help them take action to prevent suicides in public places.

How to teach Christmas: A new approach to primary Religious Education

New teaching resources that use cartoon characters to teach Religious Education in primary schools are being rolled out in time to explain the story of Christmas to children across the country.

Study uses ‘evidence maps’ to signpost conservation research

Researchers have used a new technique to ensure research findings in the field of nature conservation are more visible and accessible.

Christmas lecture unwraps the science behind light

Families from across the South West are invited to take part in an enlightening festive treat, at a special event hosted by the University of Exeter.

Vice-Chancellor joins Minister’s delegation to India

Professor Sir Steve Smith has joined a high-profile delegation visiting India this week to promote UK Higher Education.

Science for managing climate change risks across Europe under the microscope

An exploration into how science can manage climate change risks across Europe will be presented by an expert from the University of Exeter at the world’s largest climate change talks.

New consortium drives forward congestion-busting project for Exeter

Experts from the University of Exeter are taking part in a new initiative that will put the city at the heart of intelligent use of data to cut traffic jams.

Magnetically controlled metamaterials improving medical procedures

A magnetically controlled metamaterial which will revolutionise medical devices, implants and targeted drug delivery is being developed with funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 scheme

Volcanic event caused ice age during Jurassic Period, new research suggests

Pioneering new research has shed new light on the causes behind an ‘ice-age’ that took place on Earth around 170 million years ago.

Mystery of missing exoplanet water solved

Astronomers from the University of Exeter have helped shed light on the atmospheres of a group of planets which orbit stars outside our solar system, known as exoplanets.

Exeter professor named in mining top 100

A professor at Camborne School of Mines, based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus, has been named one of the world’s most inspiring women in mining.

MPs and peers live far longer than UK average

Members of Parliament and Lords are likely to live far longer than the UK average, according to research involving the University of Exeter.

Outstanding researcher recognised through fellowship

A Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School has been awarded a Fellowship from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in recognition of her excellence in research, education and partnership working.

Growth potential remains at risk on even the most remote coral reefs

Coral reefs in the Indian Ocean that were severely damaged by a global warming event 17 years ago have bounced back to optimum health.

Baby fish will be lost at sea in acidified oceans

The ability of baby fish to find a home, or other safe haven, to grow into adulthood will be severely impacted under predicted ocean acidification, academics have found.

Exeter part of £10 million investment for new maths centres to tackle life-threatening diseases

Exeter will pioneer new methods for managing and treating chronic health conditions at a ground-breaking new maths-based research centre.

Exeter scientist secures prestigious award for mental health research

A University of Exeter scientist has been awarded a Distinguished Investigator Award by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, a US charity that funds research into the causes of mental illness.

Phytoplankton like it hot: Warming boosts biodiversity and photosynthesis in phytoplankton

Warmer temperatures increase biodiversity and photosynthesis in phytoplankton, researchers at the University of Exeter and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have found.

New Exeter research boosts antibiotic hope

Research carried out at the University of Exeter has advanced understanding of how some damaging bacteria behave and may pave the way for new and more targeted antibiotics.

Depression therapy research makes waves in top 100

A University of Exeter- led study has been ranked as among the most shared and discussed academic research of 2015.

Clinical Psychology at University of Exeter celebrates 40th anniversary

Exeter’s internationally-renowned Clinical Psychology training programme celebrated its 40th anniversary, with a gathering of 100 leading psychologists, alumni and staff.

Exeter receives royal tribute for 60 years of success

The University of Exeter has received a royal message of congratulations from Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of 60 years of heritage and success.

Better understanding of hybrid warfare needed, University of Exeter academic warns

It is essential that the UK and allied nations gain a better understanding of the legal challenges posed by new methods of warfare.

Exeter academics make world’s best list

Six University of Exeter academics appear on a list of the world’s most influential scientific minds that is published this week.

University of Exeter research explains the worldwide variation in plant life-histories

A “window on the tree of life” created by a team which includes a University of Exeter researcher is helping to explain the worldwide variation in plant life-histories.

Crows caught on camera fashioning special hook tools

Scientists have been given an extraordinary glimpse into how wild New Caledonian crows make and use ‘hooked stick tools’ to hunt for insect prey.

Exeter scientists call for reduction in plastic lab waste

Three researchers at the University of Exeter are calling for action to cut down on the five and a half million tonnes of plastic being generated globally in the course of scientific research.

Cornwall Campus pioneer awarded MBE

A key figure in establishing and building the University of Exeter’s Cornwall campuses has been awarded an MBE for services to the community.