Lady Mireille Gillings to Open Neuroimaging Centre

Global business leader and philanthropist Lady Mireille Gillings, PhD, will officially open the cutting-edge new imaging centre which bears her name on International Women’s Day (March 8).

Twin doctors graduate from Exeter together after training during pandemic

Twin brothers Adam and Jack Tremlett have defied the odds by graduating in Medicine at the University of Exeter together.

Motion sensitivity research could benefit people with inner ear condition

Research into motion sensitivity could lead to improved rehabilitation programmes and an improvement in building designs for people with a rare inner ear condition that affects their balance

Exeter’s most successful philanthropy campaign comes to an end

The end of December 2020 marks the completion of the University of Exeter’s ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ philanthropy campaign.

Alumni honour former Vice-Chancellor with permanent scholarship fund

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

WWF and Exeter alumni join forces to protect natural habitat

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

Philanthropy supports COVID-19 drug trial

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

Sir Steve backs first ever Giving Day

Former University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Steve Smith, has supported the institution’s first ever Giving Day with a donation of £10,000 to the scholarship fund.

Exeter gears up for first ever Giving Day!

The University of Exeter is launching its first ever Giving Day on 22 September, 65 years since the institution was granted its Royal Charter by Her Majesty the Queen.

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

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

Alumni fund series of BAME scholarships

Four additional scholarships will be awarded to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students attending the University of Exeter this year, thanks to the support of Exeter alumni.

Westcountry medical graduates receive thank you hampers

Graduates in medicine-related subjects at the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth have received hampers thanking them for their work

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

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

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

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

2020 Volunteers of the Year named!

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

Dragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics announced

Professor Ben Groom has been appointed Dragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics at the University of Exeter. 

New project explores perceptions of China

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

New fundraising site launched to support COVID-19 work

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

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

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

Alumni support helps students facing hardship during pandemic

The University of Exeter’s Emergency Assistance Fund, set-up to provide financial support to students facing hardship due to the coronavirus crisis, has double the funds thanks to long-term supporter Santander Universities and alumni donations.

Funding appeal launched for potential Covid-19 test

A funding appeal has been launched to help fast-track the development of a “pocket laboratory” that carries out quick, accurate and cost-effective blood tests that could revolutionise how health professionals track, trace and monitor the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19.

Fundraising campaign hits target one year early

£60 million raised to support students and research at Exeter

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

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

$55,000 grant supports research into healthy oceans

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

Penryn Travel Bursary launched thanks to alumni

A new scheme to support prospective students attend open days on the Penryn Campus has been launched thanks to alumni donations.

Dedicate your Decade – develop through Alumni volunteering

Often with the start of a new year, and in this case a new decade, there is a time for reflection on the previous year/s, and setting plans and goals for the year ahead. If you’re looking for something achievable that makes a real difference why not give volunteering a go? 

£1.25 million boost puts Exeter at cutting-edge of genomics

A new, state-of-the-art genome sequencing platform will put Exeter on the cutting edge of research into the genomic basis of health and disease.

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

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

Garfield Weston Collaboratory officially opened

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

Construction begins on £10 million Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre

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

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

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

£1m donation for project to examine the price of birdsong

What is the natural world worth? Can you put a price on birdsong?

Alumni volunteering reaches 125% of goal

University of Exeter alumni have donated 75,000 hours to the institution’s ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ Campaign since it began in 2012.

2019 Volunteers of the Year named!

After a tough decision making process, the Alumni Volunteers of the Year for 2019 have been announced.

Medical students launch cancer support book alongside charity

A local cancer support charity project, founded by University of Exeter Medical School students, is launching a book to promote open conversation about cancer.

Alumni Volunteer Awards celebrate individual impact

In celebration of all of our amazing volunteers, and to say thank you to those exceptional individuals who do so much to support us all, we opened our ‘University of Exeter Alumni Volunteer Awards’ to nominations for the second year this spring.

RAMM hosts dementia-friendly museum tours

Exeter’s popular museum is opening its doors to people living with dementia, and their carers, in a series of bespoke dementia-friendly events.

Family raises £5,000 for research into disease that killed much-loved father

A Devon family have raised £5,200 to support research at the University of Exeter Medical School and Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E), to investigate the disease that killed a much-loved husband and father.

£250,000 for Centre of Excellence in Cornwall

The Garfield Weston Foundation has generously donated £250,000 to help fund the Stella Turk Building on the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus.

University of Exeter Campaign reaches £50 million in donations

The University of Exeter’s fundraising campaign, ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ has exceeded £50 million of philanthropic donations, taking the total to nearly 84% of target with less than two years to go.

Dementia research receives cash boost of nearly £200,000

Three additional PhD students will soon take up posts at the University of Exeter Medical School thanks to generous donations from supporters.

University sees historic growth in donations

The University of Exeter has witnessed donor numbers increase by a record 85 percent over the past five years.

Big Lottery Fund supports Exeter health research

A support programme to help parents of disabled children stay healthy in mind and body has received a funding boost of nearly £40,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest community funder in the UK, to help it expand.

Exeter alumna's legacy supports talented students

More talented students from underrepresented groups will be able to benefit from an Exeter education thanks to a generous legacy from alumna Verena Hoffman, née Fairs (German and Russian, 1967).

Donations fund PhD into insect biodiversity

Research into the importance of mining sites in the South West on insect conservation, will take place from 2019 thanks to donations to the University of Exeter’s ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ Campaign.

Santander opens Exeter’s new entrepreneurial space

Senior executives from Santander UK visited the University of Exeter last month to officially open a new incubator space within the Innovation Centre.

Autumn telethon raises more than £135,000

The University of Exeter’s autumn telethon has raised more than £135,000 to support students as part of the Making the Exceptional Happen Campaign.

Exeter alumnus supports research internships

Five additional undergraduate students in Natural Sciences will be able to benefit from research internships, thanks to a further donation from Exeter alumnus Mick Jackson (BSc & PhD Chemical Engineering, 1979, 1984).

New state-of-the-art optical spectrum analyser will help to detect disease

Pioneering research, conducted by Professor Frank Vollmer at the University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute, will advance even further thanks to support from the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung.

Exeter secures international autism research grant

A three year international research grant of $975,000 USD (almost £750,000) has been awarded to the University of Exeter for research by Professor Jonathan Mill into the genetics of autism.

New scholarships help top Canadian students visit Exeter

Students from Canada are being given the opportunity to study at the University of Exeter Business School, thanks to a new scholarship programme set-up by an Exeter alumnus.

£1 million gift to support vital agricultural research

Critical research at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR) is to expand thanks to further investment from the John Oldacre Foundation.

University Campaign enters home straight

The University of Exeter’s ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ Campaign has reached 75% of its ambitious target with two years to go.

Exeter smashes fundraising record, raising more than £15 million in single year

The University of Exeter’s ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ Campaign has raised more than £15 million of philanthropic income during the academic year (to 31 July 2018), the best ever fundraising performance in the University’s 63-year history.

University Campaign raises more than £1 million for School of Mines

More than £1 million has been donated to the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) this year, through the University of Exeter’s ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ fundraising Campaign.

Sports Scholar search-where are they now? Freya Davies

University of Exeter Law graduate and former women’s cricket Sports Scholar Freya Davies has recently joined Western Storm for the start of their 2018 Kia Super League campaign .

University Crowdfunder races past £12k thanks to Eagle One

A University Crowdfunding Campaign to help student entrepreneurs stay in the city after graduation

Reusable KeepCup Campaign supported by the Alumni Annual Fund wins Campaign of the Year at the Guild Awards

The student-led Give Up Your Paper Cup campaign has won the award for Campaign of the Year at the Guild Awards, for encouraging students and staff to use a re-usable KeepCup when buying hot drinks.

Exeter announces new Mireille Gillings Fellowships in Health Innovation to develop future women leaders

The University of Exeter Medical School is creating two new Mireille Gillings Professorial Fellowships, to help develop the next generation of leaders that excel in medicine, science, leadership and business. They have been funded from a £10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation – the largest single gift ever made to the University.

Scholarship programme established in honour of Mining alumnus

Richard Osman (MSc Mining Geology, 1999), a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines (CSM), has been honoured posthumously by friends and former colleagues who have set up a scholarship scheme at his alma mater.

Donation supports UK’s first co-living scheme to bring generations together

An Exeter-based programme that aims to build connections between younger and older generations is set to expand its activity, thanks to support from the UPP Foundation.

Campaign aims to reach 150% of target

In February the University of Exeter celebrated a huge milestone in the Making the Exceptional Happen Campaign, when the number of alumni volunteering hours given since the Campaign began passed 60,000.

Winners chosen for Exeter Alumni Volunteer Awards

In recognition of the contribution that our amazing alumni volunteers make to our institution, we recently launched our very first Alumni Volunteer Awards.

Significant grant will support sustainable fisheries

An important project to protect fish stocks in the Republic of Congo will be able to extend its work thanks to a grant from the Waterloo Foundation.

New speed track thanks to support from the Alumni Annual Fund

The St Luke’s Sport Centre was recently able to install a new speed track thanks to a £3,000 grant from the Alumni Annual Fund.

£250,000 funding boost to investigate whether vitamin D promotes brain health

A robust clinical trial to investigate whether taking vitamin D can help keep our brains sharp in older age has been supported by a donation of nearly £250,000 from the J P Moulton Charitable Foundation. 

The University of Exeter welcomes Santander UK

Senior representatives from Santander UK visited the University of Exeter on 12 April to meet with staff and students, and to see how the support from the partnership is benefiting the institution’s work.

£10M donation for Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre, medical research and leadership programmes

The new Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre will transform dementia research and diagnosis when it is built at the University of Exeter Medical School. It is being funded thanks to a £10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation – the largest gift ever made to the University of Exeter. 

Alumnus supports the next generation at Exeter

A new Widening Participation scholarship is to be introduced at the University of Exeter, helping to ensure even more students can benefit from a University education.

Carnwath Women in Sport Scholarships

This year’s recipients of the Carnwath Women in Sport Scholarships are MSc by Research in Sport and Health Sciences students Chloe Bland and Jodie Koep.  

Breakthrough in battle against rice blast

Scientists have found a way to stop the spread of rice blast, a fungus that destroys up to 30% of the world’s rice crop each year.

Shortlist announced for inaugural Alumni Volunteer of the Year awards

Nominations for Exeter’s very first Alumni Volunteer of the Year awards have closed and the shortlist has now been announced.

All-female crew to sail Pacific on plastics research mission

An all-female crew including sailors, scientists and film-makers will cross the north Pacific later this year to study plastic pollution.

Spring telethon raises nearly £130,000

University of Exeter alumni have demonstrated their exceptional generosity and commitment to their University by pledging £128,162 in the spring telethon.

Camborne School of Mines Trust funds more than £200,000 of scholarships

The Camborne School of Mines Trust has generously bestowed more than £200,000 to support students embarking on the first steps towards forging a successful mining career.

New awards celebrate alumni volunteers

The University of Exeter has launched new awards honouring the exceptional individuals who give their time to support students and fellow alumni.

Exeter alumni pass 60,000-hour volunteering target

Former students have spent more than 60,000 hours volunteering at the University of Exeter – beating a target with two years to spare.

New Head of Philanthropy at University of Exeter

The University of Exeter has appointed Dr Jonathan Snicker to take on the new role of Head of Philanthropy within the Global Advancement team.

£240,000 additional support for Classics and Ancient History

The A.G. Leventis Foundation has extended its support of Classics at the University of Exeter with a further donation of £241,990 over three years. This takes the total value of the Foundation’s support to more than £1 million since the partnership was first formed 20 years ago.

Staff giving supports two local students

Two local students have been supported in their studies thanks to University of Exeter staff.

Prestigious Scholarships for Exeter golfers

The R&A (Royal & Ancient) have increased their support of golf at the University of Exeter by awarding Foundation Scholarships to nine leading student golfers.

Charity funds Medicine students’ placements abroad

Final year Medicine students have spent the summer developing their clinical skills through international work placements in locations around the world, thanks to a charity donation.

New scholarships support students with disabilities

Students with disabilities can now receive support to complete postgraduate study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Exeter thanks to a donation from the Snowdon Trust.

Autumn telethon success

The University of Exeter’s autumn telethon has raised more than £112,000 to support students and research.

Research will help GPs diagnose dementia more accurately

Research at the University of Exeter designed to help identify patients with dementia and reduce the pressure on health services has received a generous boost of £120,000 from the Halpin Trust.

Dementia research at Exeter gets £190,000 boost

The dementia research charity BRACE and Kirby Laing Foundation have together awarded more than £190,000 to the University of Exeter Medical School to support cutting-edge genomic research to better understand the causes of dementia.

Alumni Annual Fund supports Exeter University Canoe Club

The Exeter University Canoe Club recently received a grant from the Alumni Annual Fund to purchase new white water boats.


Museum celebrates 20th Anniversary with endowment

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, the UK’s foremost museum of moving image history, has benefited from a further donation of £180,000 from one of its founders.

Fundraising Campaign hits £30 million

The University of Exeter’s largest ever philanthropy Campaign, ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’, has reached the halfway point in its fundraising target with three years still to go.

Sir Christopher Ondaatje extends support for cricket at Exeter with £100,000 donation

Excellence in cricket at the University of Exeter has been boosted further with the generosity of Sir Christopher Ondaatje CBE (Hon DLitt, 2003).

University Council supports PhD scholarship

The University of Exeter Council has demonstrated its commitment to the Making the Exceptional Happen philanthropic Campaign, by funding a full PhD scholarship.

University and Exeter Chiefs to offer rugby PhD

The University of Exeter has teamed up with Exeter Chiefs rugby club to fund a PhD study into the injury risks facing young rugby players.

Thank you to our exceptional volunteers

More than 1,000 alumni have volunteered their time to support the University of Exeter in this academic year 2016/17, bringing us to 94% of our Campaign target of 60,000 hours of volunteering time by 2020!

Legacy donation funds a year of PHD study for French scholar

The University of Exeter recently held their first Niklaus-Cartwright lecture in honour of two academics, one of which left a generous legacy to French at Exeter.


1000 alumni volunteer for Exeter this year!

More than 1000 alumni have volunteered with the University of Exeter in this academic year 2016/17  - the first time this milestone has ever been achieved! 

FXU football team wins Cornish league with the help of the Annual Fund

CSM (Camborne School of Mines) Football Club won the Trelawny Premier League Title after receiving a generous award from the University of Exeter Annual Fund.

Exeter Sailing Club benefit from generous alumni donation

The University of Exeter Sailing Club were recently able to purchase three new boats thanks to an Annual Fund award, a Crowdfunding campaign and donor support.

Additional support for Exeter Care Homes Reading Project

A community project at the University of Exeter has been given a boost thanks to support from two national charities.

Philosophize project success made possible by the Annual Fund

Philosophize, a project created by PhD student Laura Kerslake, recently held a children’s philosophy conference on the Streatham Campus thanks to the support of the Annual Fund.

Making the Exceptional Happen - Campaign launch event

On 9 February we officially launched our ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ fundraising Campaign at an event in London, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Sir Steve Smith.

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.

Volunteer in the spotlight – Nik Rahmel (BSc Information Technology Management for Business, 2015)

BBC iPlayer software engineer Nik Rahmel (BSc IT Management for Business, 2015) talks about his experience of volunteering at Exeter. 

Alumni mentor the business leaders of tomorrow

Student members of the University’s Business and Finance Society (BFS) once again had the chance to gain careers advice from Exeter graduates working in a variety of industries at their annual alumni dinner.

Exeter Extreme Medicine graduates to tackle 3,000 mile Atlantic row as first married couple

Two University of Exeter graduates in Extreme Medicine are preparing to tackle a 3,000 mile row across the Atlantic as the first ever married couple to race in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (TWAC).