Alumni News

Alumna adventurer tackles Europe’s waterways

Exeter alumna Anna Blackwell (Psychology, 2016) will be putting herself to the test next spring by kayaking across Europe with her friend, Kate Culverwell.

Alumnus nominated for top education award

Recent Exeter graduate Liam Taylor (Geography, 2017) has been shortlisted for a British Education Award.

Exeter alumna finds the perfect match in New York

Exeter alumna, Alice Tapfield (Politics with European Study, 2004), has helped to take matchmaking firm The Vida Consultancy across the pond.

Alumnus talks how he combined his career with his love of cricket

Alumnus, Tim Brooks (History, 1999), talks about how his time at Exeter led him to pursue his passion for Cricket.

Trip down memory lane for MBA Class of 95-96

Alumni from our MBA Class of 95-96 recently returned to campus for their weekend 20 year reunion visit.

Exeter alumnus named as Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Highly Commended Graduate of the Year

Camborne School of Mines graduate Kieran Lean (BEng Mining Engineering 2016) was given the award at the CIBSE North East and Yorkshire awards in November.

Serial tech entrepreneur and Exeter alumnus supports entrepreneurial community

Serial tech entrepreneur and Exeter alumnus, Chris Howard has returned to Exeter this week to support Global Entrepreneurship Week and run a pitch practice session.

Alumnus and Adventurer John Peck gives HPP athletes an insight into succeeding under pressure

John Peck (M.Phil 1994) returned to campus to offer an insight into how having your resilience and resourcesfulness tested can ultimately help athletes succeed.

Exeter alumni make second shop opening a success

Alumni business and Santander Entrepreneurship award winner, Sancho's Dress successfully opened its second organic and ethical shop.

Exeter alumna talks about her time at Exeter and career path that followed

Exeter alumna, Alice Tapfield (Politics with European Study, 2004), talks about her time at Exeter and career path since she graduated.

Award winning producer talks shows, advice and volunteering

Alumnus Gub Neal (English Literature and American Studies 1981) is an award-winning producer and former head of Drama for Channel 4. 

Alumni theatre company stages Shakespeare production in World War I setting

Alumni from the English and Drama departments at the University of Exeter will be staging a local performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

COMEX - the journey of a lifetime

COMEX 2 was an expedition that saw university students across the country jump on buses and drive across Europe and the Middle East and beyond, for a two and a half month overland expedition to India, and back. 

Living through WWII at Exeter

Letters from alumnus John Saunders (Engineering, 1943) share an insight into what it was like to study at Exeter during the war.

"'89, don't turn back the clock…" Remembering Exeter University in the late 1980s

Alumnus Shaun McCrindle (English Literature and Fine Art, 1991) had a particularly creative experience during his student days at Exeter, combining art with literature and a good helping of music on the side.

Finding my happy place in Exeter

Alumna Clairre C. Abeyratne shares her experience of travelling from the US to study MSc International Management at the University of Exeter Business School in 2016.

‘Breaking 2’: Exeter scientists take the lead in Nike’s marathon mission

Exeter scientists and alumni spearheaded the science behind Nike’s moonshot to achieve the first sub two-hour marathon, ‘Breaking 2.’ 

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.

Mine waste water project seeks gold in International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM)

This November, a team of undergraduate students will travel to the USA in their campaign to take home a fourth gold medal in the iGEM competition. 

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.

Fifty years on - memories of Exeter

We caught up with two alumni who featured in Westward TV’s series ‘The Privileged?’, filmed at the University of Exeter in the late sixties.

Lazenby visit marks 50 years since graduation

A group of alumni have travelled from all over the world to reunite in Exeter after 50 years.

Making the Exceptional Happen in schools - Headteacher of the Year Alan Gray

University of Exeter alumnus Alan Gray (Chemistry, 1979) was recently named TES Headteacher of the Year for his leadership of Sandringham School in Hertfordshire.

British Council International Alumni Awards: Open for Applications

Applications are currently open for the British Council Alumni Awards 2017-18.

25th anniversary for alumna-founded Devon Air Ambulance

Devon Air Ambulance, a charity set-up by an Exeter alumna, is set to mark 25 years of service at celebration event in September.

Innovate Energy wins Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award

Innovate Energy, founded by recent graduates from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, have won £5000 to invest in their business, which will hire out battery packs to charge mobile phones.

A Warm Welcome to Exeter University Club and Friends for a Discovery Visit to Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Members of the Exeter University Club (EUC) and friends were recently given a warm welcome at the Penryn campus to view some of the latest developments. 

Exeter graduates make elephant conservation film

Two University of Exeter graduates have visited Nigeria to make a film promoting conservation of elephants and their forest habitat.

Recent graduate wins award for student support group

Exeter alumna Leah Fuller (Psychology, 2016) set up the Eating Difficulties Peer Support Group in her final year of study.

Local alumna wins two top sporting awards

Exeter alumna Helen Reddy (Exercise and Sports Sciences, 2000), Head of Performing Arts at Ivybridge Community College, has won two top accolades at the Devon Sports Awards.

Students’ Guild rewards its student superstars with a night of glamour

This year's Students' Guild awards featured an alumni award for the first time.

Exeter graduates highlighted at prestigious awards

Four Exeter graduates were recently featured at the prestigious Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Award semi-finals.

The legacy of Exeter

Howard Woodhouse (Philosophy, 1968) shares his experiences of studying at Exeter in this blog.

How will Brexit affect London?

Exetra, the recent alumni group, recently held an event which focused on Brexit and looked to tackle the questions of how different sectors could be affected by Brexit, and what affect might this have on the young workers of today?

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

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

Exeter reflects on 95 years of exceptional education

The University of Exeter has a colourful history that goes as far back as the 1920s.

Exeter alumnus sets up charity to support disadvantaged children in Tanzania

A charity set up by an alumnus in 2011 is expanding its activity programme after recent success.  

Online election advice website built by former student reaches 800,000+ voters

A website,, set-up by Exeter alumnus Matthew Morley (History, 2015) has reached more than 800,000 voters in the run up to this year's General Election. 

Alumna author shortlisted for award

The latest book by Exeter alumna and author, Kathleen Jowitt (English, 2006), has been shortlisted for the Society of Authors’ Betty Trask Prize – the first ever self-published book to receive this honour.

Politics of (Mis)Information?

More than 100 alumni and supporters attended a special event at the historic Reform Club in London last week, marking 100 days of Donald Trump’s Presidency.

Celebrating 20 years of friendship at 2017 Leventis Lectures

Around 100 people attended a special event to celebrate the partnership between the University of Exeter and the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

Exeter host Director of Santander UK on campus to celebrate ongoing relationship

The University recently hosted Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander UK, to celebrate the ongoing relationship between the two organisations.

Northcote Trophy 2017 – Alumni retain the trophy

The Alumni team that headed down to Devon for the annual Northcote Trophy fixture was the most numerous and strongest to date.

Adjusting by degrees; ‘coming up’ 50 years ago

Derek Lamb (Economic History & Geography, 1970) writes about his experiences at Exeter in the late 1960s.

Students graduate from Pathways to Law programme

29 students from 13 schools and colleges from across the South West region graduated from the Pathways to Law programme.

Alumnae Learn about the ‘Glass Cliff’

Alumnae recently listened to research about the ‘Glass Cliff’ at the annual Exe-X: Women and Leadership Reception, organised by the Alumnae Group.

Alumnus runs 240km and raises over £11,000 for charity

Exeter alumnus Adam Acworth (Sports Science, 2008) has recently run the 240km ‘Marathon des Sables’ and has raised over £11,000 for the charity Mencap.

Memories of UCSWE

2017 marks 95 years since the University College of the South West of England (UCSWE) was founded in Exeter.

History alumnus to publish great grandfather’s first-hand account of WWI in the Middle East

Henry Austwick (History, 2011), is set to publish an unseen first-hand account of his great grandfather’s time in the Middle East during WWI.

Exeter voted as UK’s top university for international students

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

Warm Welcome to Campus for University of Exeter Retired Staff Association

Members of the University of Exeter Retired Staff Association (UERSA) were recently given a warm welcome back to campus to view some of the latest developments. 

Business School host alumni reception at London Stock Exchange

In February, the Business School Alumni Association hosted a special reception at The London Stock Exchange, attended by alumni and senior Business School staff.

An Exeter alumnus and his daughter, a current Exeter student, publish book together

A University of Exeter physics alumnus has recently published two books, one of which is with his daughter, a current student at Exeter.

Exeter Alumnus set to write official song for the 2018 World Cup

An Exeter Alumnus has had the prestigious honour of being asked to write the official song for one of Russia’s official 2018 World Cup host cities, Saransk.


Recent alumni benefit from Careers Advice

Exetra, the recent alumni group, recently ran an event which aimed give practical advice and guidance to graduates who were looking to change their career. 

The Santander Entrepreneurship Awards are now open

Are you a student or recent graduate with your own business or a great idea for one? If so, you could take part in the 2017 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. 

Exeter Engages with Europe

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

International Women's Day 2017 - Sarah-Jane Chilver-Stainer

We're celebrating International Women's Day with just a few of our great alumnae. Sarah-Jane Chilver-Stainer talks to us about life in Finance.

International Women's Day 2017 - Joanne Butcher

We're celebrating International Women's Day with just a few of our great alumnae. Joanne Butcher talks to us about life in the media industry.


International Women's Day 2017 - Jessica Pryce-Jones

We're celebrating International Women's Day with just a few of our great alumnae. Jessica Pryce-Jones talks to us about her career since leaving Exeter.


Exeter graduate combines her passion for Art and Science - IWD 2017

We're celebrating International Women's Day with just a few of our great alumnae. Dr Olivia Osborne talks to us about her work with nanotechnology in California. 

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.

A valentine's tale: Exeter exchange students find love after 20 years

Exeter alum, James Marjoribanks (Education and French, 1983), met his first love on an exchange trip to Hungary but lost touch after graduation. He shares the story of how they were reunited after more than 20 years. 

A valentine's tale: Kenyon exchange leads to love

For the last 40 years, groups of students from Kenyon College, a liberal arts college in the US state of Ohio, have been coming to Exeter to study for a year as part of their degree programme. Marc Millon was on the first year of the programme in 1975 and has some great memories of this time. Not least because he met his wife Kim during the trip.

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.

Celebrity divorce lawyer backs research to help strengthen couple relationships

Prominent divorce lawyer Baroness Shackleton is funding new University of Exeter research which could help uncover the secret of finding life-long love.

Exeter alumnae challenge gender inequality in post-16 Physics

Five Exeter graduates from Physics recently volunteered at an event on campus to support the University’s commitment and continuing efforts to tackle gender inequality in STEMM... 

Exeter alumnus breaks Guinness World Record

An Exeter graduate has become a Guinness World Record holder following a charity challenge last year.

Santander W50

Santander have launched the 2017 edition of its W50 Programme for female graduates...

UN report recommends Exeter alumnus’ interview technique

An interview technique developed with an Exeter alumnus in the early 1990s, has been recommended for wider use in a United Nations report.


Adam Lees (Geography, 2010) is taking part in a charity run from Johannesburg to Cape Town...

What next for Semi-Toned singers?

The end of 2016 saw Semi-Toned, the University of Exeter’s own all-male a cappella group, achieve national success by winning the BBC’s TV singing competition The Choir, Gareth’s Best in Britain.

Semi-Toned crowned champions of national TV sing-off

Exeter’s all-male student a cappella group, Semi-toned, has won the BBC’s national TV singing competition The Choir, Gareth’s Best in Britain.

Sustainability award for alumni business

A company set-up by two University of Exeter alumni was presented with the award for 'Best Contribution Towards Creating a Sustainable Food Economy’ at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards this month.

Record numbers enjoy Exetra Christmas Quiz

Always a popular event, this year’s Exetra Christmas Quiz attracted its largest ever attendance to network and show-off their knowledge.

Exeter’s New Living Systems Institute hosts ‘Global Conversation’

The pioneering and world-leading research conducted at the University of Exeter’s state-of-the-art Living Systems Institute (LSI) will form the basis of the latest high-profile Global Conversation event.

Exeter alumnus presents biography to University

On 16 November, the University of Exeter presented an evening with Professor David Bates, Professorial Fellow at the University of East Anglia.

Grandmother and Granddaughter at Graduation

When Lucy Cowen graduated, she was joined at the ceremony by her grandmother Pamela Cowen (née Mabley), who had graduated from Exeter almost 70 years before...

Exeter graduate realises a dream

Ammar Khan graduated from Exeter with a degree in law in July 2016.  He has just started training as a solicitor at a global top 10 law firm, realising a long-held ambition...

Exeter graduate wins the ‘nicest job in Britain’

In October, after two months of gruelling campaigning, a public vote and a fundraising challenge which saw her and her fellow finalists raise more than £13,000 in just 10 days, Exeter graduate Alice Biggar...

Young medical alumni come together to share career insights

Over 70 students from Medical Sciences were recently inspired by the huge range of career paths open to them, thanks to...

Alumni give a tonne of their time to the Business School

We are delighted to report that for the first time ever, in the last academic year Exeter alumni gave over 1,000 hours in volunteering time...

'Global Conversation' takes key issue of the future of mining to Vancouver

Solutions to the challenges facing the global mining sector will be shared by a leading expert from the University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines at a special event in Vancouver, Canada.

Kenyon and Exeter celebrate 40 years as partners at New York alumni reception

The University of Exeter and Kenyon College are celebrating the 40th anniversary of a successful partnership at a special event in New York City. 

Alumni Authors - September 2016

A new feature to recognise achievements and publications of alumni writers. 

Hockey Alumni Christmas Lunch

Shortly after he graduated, Tim Ireland (Chemical Engineering, 1983) began organising a reunion for his friends from the Hockey Club at Exeter

Gifts of time and money prove powerful together

Thanks to financial support from The Annual Fund in 2013, The Undergraduate...

Trust Inspires New Generation of Scientists

The charitable trust established in 2013 by Exeter alumni, the late Les Halpin...

Expert Insights into the Middle East Today

When ‘An Afternoon with Frank Gardner’ was hosted by the Arabic and Middle Eastern...

Trevor and Dominica Yang One Planet MBA Bursary

Prior to starting her studies, Erin worked as a Fraud Investigator in China and began...

1,950 Thank You’s

In the past year alone, more than 1,950 alumni donors have made a gift to support...

Alumnus provides inspirational support to students

The ‘Tony Allen Scholarship Programme’ created in 2010 through Tony’s generosity...

Culture of Giving Back Continues to Grow

The University’s Career Mentors come in many guises; teachers, scientists, bankers...

A Magic Moment

It’s a chilly Saturday in March 2016 and alumnae and female students have gathered...

Alumni Authors - May 2016

A new feature to recognise achievements and publications of alumni writers. 

Alumni win back the Northcote Trophy

This year’s Northcote Trophy Alumni team was under new leadership in the form of...

Alumni support helps smash boundaries in women’s cricket

The generous support of two Exeter alumni is to provide a major boost to women’s cricket in the...

English and Drama alumni company Forced Entertainment win International Ibsen Award

Forced Entertainment, founded by alumni from the English and Drama departments at the University...

Alumnae Look to Build their Brands

Alumnae recently shared knowledge and expertise of ‘how to build your brand’ at the annual Exe-X...

Prime Minister David Cameron visits the University of Exeter

Students questioned Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to the University of Exeter to launch a new campaign...

Alumnae and Students Tackle Career Challenges

Alumnae and female students were able to discuss and build their career strategies at a recent workshop held on campus.

Alumni return to Exeter for Business and Finance Society annual dinner

The University of Exeter’s student Business and Finance Society (BFS) welcomed 12 alumni to their 6th annual flagship dinner at...

Penryn graduate crowned Energy Champion

An Exeter Renewable Energy graduate has won a prestigious Energy Institute (EI) award for her work in promoting carbon reduction.

Former Scholar Angus Barton wins “World’s Toughest Row” with record-breaking Ocean Reunion team

As part of the Ocean Reunion team, alumnus and former Rugby scholar Angus Barton (Exercise and Sport Sciences, 2012) has triumphed...

Congratulations to Exeter alumni recognised in 2016 New Year Honours

Congratulations to all Exeter alumni who were presented with an award in the New Year honours list 2016.

Inspiring figures honoured at winter graduation

Olympic Gold medallist Sally Gunnell, Eddie Farwell, founder of Children’s Hospice South West, and distinguished genomics expert Professor Richard W Michelmore were awarded...

Exeter Alumni receive funding for innovative service

Three graduates from the University of Exeter have received funding for their new and innovative online medical revision service.

Alumni ask whether ‘Voluntourism’ does more harm than good with Debating Society

Richard Bennett (PGCE 2007) and his colleague Oliver Munns attended the Debating Society’s Friday Night Debate to support the role of ‘Voluntourism’ in developing countries.

Alumni Authors - January 2016

A new feature to recognise achievements and publications of alumni writers. 

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.

Telethon raises £163,267 for student projects

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni we have raised £163,267 in our autumn telethon.

Alumni Authors - November 2015

A new feature to recognise achievements and publications of alumni writers. 

University alumni who died in war remembered

A new memorial to University of Exeter alumni who died in war since 1945 was dedicated in the University’s Chapel at Streatham Campus on Remembrance Sunday.

Exeter delivers inaugural international careers fair in Shanghai

Exeter delivered its first international careers fair in China as part of the GW4 partnership with the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Cardiff. 

Exeter alumna shortlisted to rocket into space

26-year-old Virginia Stuart-Taylor (Spanish, Italian and Portuguese 2012) is among a select few shortlisted for the privilege of rocketing into space.

Recognition in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015 list

Several alumni and an Honorary Graduate were included in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Your University city is changing

Alumni based elsewhere who have visited Exeter recently may have noticed some prominent changes in and near the city. The University has undeniably grown but it is not alone.

Alumnus Jolyon Hedges on an alternative path after University: volunteering with ICS – International Citizen Service

Jolyon Hedges (German and Spanish 2014) spent time volunteering in Honduras after his degree through a government-funded development programme, International Citizen Service, open to all 18 – 25 year olds.

The search for life beyond Earth

In June Exeter’s Global Conversation series visited Paris bringing together leading experts to discuss their work into the search for Earth-like exoplanets beyond our Solar System. 

A novel coincidence - alumna published by alumnus

In a stroke of coincidence, an alumna has had her book published by an alumnus.

Rediscovering fermented food and drink

Alumna Charlotte Pike’s latest book delves into the world of fermented food and drink. From bread to cheese to kimchi, Charlotte aims to help people rediscover the art of fermentation.

Exeter alumnus earns Harvard Scholarship

Exeter alumnus Tom O’Bryan has been awarded a Kennedy Scholarship to study a Masters of Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard in 2015/16.

First Exeter alumni event held in Munich

In late April, 25 University of Exeter alumni gathered in Munich for the first ever Germany alumni event.

An alumna's different approach to dieting

Alumna Janice Thomson thinks she has the right formula for keeping slim

Alumnae tackle challenges in their careers

Alumnae recently shared their advice and guidance for overcoming challenges in your career at the annual Exe-X: Women and Leadership Reception, organised by the Alumnae Group. 

New book states nodding dogs need not apply

What makes a great chairperson or board member? Alumnus Gerry Brown, a member of the University’s Council and Chair of the Campaign Board, explores just that in his new book

Forging a career in the Middle East

Faith, Culture and Conflict – A Middle Eastern Odyssey is Philip Blair’s attempt to distil 35 years of life into an autobiographical and reflective book. 

Alumna awarded for Japan tsunami and earthquake relief

Caroline Pover (Education and Mathematics 1995) has been recognised by the Japan-British Society for her efforts to raise money for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.

Global Conversation: Exeter academics lead the way on world issues

Global Conversation, a new programme of world lectures from some of Exeter's pioneering academics, launches in Hong Kong. 

A fascinating evening at the Royal Society

Over 90 Exeter alumni gathered in the inspiring surroundings of the ‘home of science’, the Royal Society, to hear an exclusive insight into the latest research from the University.

52 weeks stepping out of the comfort zone

Alumnus Nick J. Thorpe wages war on the boredom of modern life

Congratulations to Exeter alumni recognised in 2015 New Year Honours

Five exceptional Exeter alumni are recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2015.

World record for team rowing from California to Hawaii

Emily Blagden was part of the first all-female team to row the demanding 2,400 mile route over the Pacific Ocean.

Battle re-enacting, cosplaying and dog showing – a hidden Britain explored

Alumna Lucy Feltham (Sociology and Philosophy 2008) sees Britain in an entirely different light after exploring its weird and wonderful communities for a year.

Tracing footsteps in the arctic

Alumni Oli Luscombe and Ed Cooper are part of an expedition team retracing the route of British explorer David Haig-Thomas through the Arctic.

Alumnus appointed as Chancellor of the University of Mauritius

Congratulations to alumnus Dr Jean Claude Autrey who has been appointed Chancellor of the University of Mauritius.

University of Exeter deepens ties with China and Hong Kong

A senior delegation from the University of Exeter, led by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Steve Smith, visited China and Hong Kong this week to enhance Exeter’s links with its partners and alumni in the region.

Guardian ranking means Exeter now top 10 in all UK league tables

The University of Exeter has been ranked as one of the top 10 UK universities in the influential Guardian University Guide 2016.

Santander Scholarships provide Brazilian Boost for Summer School Study

Thanks to support from Santander Universities UK, eight students from Brazil will come to Exeter this summer.

Hunting for the world's largest viper

Dan Eatherley tells us about his new book, Bushmaster: Raymond Ditmars and the Hunt for the World’s Largest Viper

Alumni Golf Society Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The University’s annual Alumni Golf Day took place on 16th July at the picturesque St George’s Hill Golf Club in Surrey. This year marked a special anniversary as it was the tenth annual event and 72 competitors enjoyed one of the UK’s most prestigious courses.