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A day in the life with alumna Gemma Joyce

Here Gemma Joyce (Philosophy and Sociology, 2015) shares 'a day in the life' of her work as Senior Content Manager at Brandwatch a digital consumer intelligence company.

Catching up with alumnus Sam Jackson

Here Sam (BA Philosophy with advanced proficiency in French - 2016) tells us what he’s been doing since graduating and reflects on the highlights of his studies at Exeter and the skills and experiences it gave him.

Exeter achieves global top 150 status in influential rankings

The University of Exeter has broken into the top 150 in the QS World University Rankings for the first time.  

2021 Volunteers of the Year named!

After a tough decision making process, the Alumni Volunteers of the Year for 2021 have been announced.

Catching up with alumna Aastha Tyagi

Here Aastha Tyagi (International Relations with Study Abroad, 2017) tells us what she’s been doing since graduating and reflects on the highlights of her studies at Exeter and the skills and experiences it gave her.

Catching up with Mehmet Yilmazo

Mehmet Yilmazo (Master of Public Administration, 2015) is Group Director of HR & Strategy, Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BRSA) in Istanbul, Turkey. Here he reflects on the highlights of his time at Exeter and how the skills and experiences it gave him have helped in him in his career to date.   


English alumna wins distinguished literary prize

University of Exeter alumna Ruth Gilligan (PhD English, 2014) has won the 2021 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for her book The Butchers. This annual prize of £10,000 is awarded for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place.

Two of our new alumni reflect on graduating early and joining the NHS during a pandemic

We recently caught up with alumni Owen Rhys Foster and Molly Dineen, who opted to graduate from the College of Medicine and Health early to join the fight against COVID-19, to find out what graduating early and joining the NHS during a pandemic has been like.

Students produce new EP thanks to Alumni Annual Fund support

A wide range of projects are supported by the  Alumni Annual Fund every year which includes students societies such as the University of Exeter's award-winning, all-male a cappella group ‘Semi-Toned’ who in the 2020-21 round received funding to support the recording and release of their new EP: Infrared.

Alumnus supports some of China’s brightest students to study at Exeter

A new scholarship fund to support Chinese PhD students during their time at Exeter has been launched thanks to alumnus James Goulding, founder of investment management company LimeTree Capital Partners, which has offices across China.

Alumni in China Share Employability Insights

The Exeter China Alumni Association (ECAA) organised their annual employability events during March and April, where alumni and student guests benefitted from networking and hearing interactive career presentations from alumni across different sectors.

International Alumni Communities Reunite

Volunteers and alumni network groups around the world were brought together throughout the first half of this year in networking reunions, many using virtual platforms to match alumni and student guests for an interactive and fun experience.  

Exeter alumni recognised with New Year Honours

Congratulations to the Exeter alumni and Honorary Graduates who were honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours earlier this year.

Medical School alumnus awarded prize for ‘Excellent Medical Education’

Alumnus Dominic Proctor (MSc Clinical Education, 2019) has won the undergraduate category in the ‘Excellent Medical Education’ Programme.

Earth Day event to explore how finance sector can help save the planet

University of Exeter academics and business leaders will explore how the finance sector can save the planet in a special documentary screening and panel event for Earth Day on 22 April.

Celebrating our Alumni authors

 Massive congratulations to our alumni authors who have had their books published.

Alumnus involved in prestigious prize win for ‘the Spotify playlist for learning’

Alumnus George Cowell (BA Hons Geography, 2008) is International Director at Rising Academies which has recently won a $90,000 prize in Schmidt Futures Tools Competition with their project proposal of an AI powered chatbot tutor called Rising On Air Interactive, or “Rori” for short. The chatbot is designed to support students from around the world who have had learning harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Exeter Telethon breaks records with fundraising

The University of Exeter’s spring telethon has raised a record £226,513, an increase of more than £60,000 over the past highest total.

University of Exeter entrepreneur brings traditional Italian dishes to UK homes

Pasta Evangelists was founded in 2016 by Exeter alumnus Alessandro Savelli (Business Economics, 2002).

Alumnus treats Exeter Medicine students to £30 food delivery, to boost wellbeing during pandemic

Thanks to a generous donation from Exeter alumnus Mr David Higgins (Law 1990), all 913 Medicine (BMBS programme) students at the University of Exeter have been offered a £30 voucher to spend at one of three food retailers.


Alumna releases debut single 'Wild Ocean' for first album

Alumna Victoria Halliburton (Fine Art and English, 2000) is a teacher, painter and also known as the musician Drawn Tide. She has just released a new music single ‘Wild Ocean’ an eclectic mix of ambient vocals, rap and downtempo instrumentals, from her upcoming first fully produced album ‘Archive’.

Alumna shares memories of Exeter

Alumna Marcelle Hoff (French and German, 1981) founded specialist travel company Expressions Holidays in 1989. She shares some of her memories from her time at Exeter and how it helped her career.

Academics congratulate “brilliant first-class” Oscar-nominated alumna

Oscar-nominated University of Exeter alumna Vanessa Kirby was a “genuinely brilliant first-class student”, her lecturers have said.

Exeter alumnus to help restore natural ecosystems as part of pioneering internship

A University of Exeter graduate will help restore natural ecosystems as part of a “rewilding” internship.

Alumnus launches new brand of alcoholic sparkling water

Alumnus James Smith (Economics, 2020) and his brother Rob started their drinks business while James was still a student at the University of Exeter.

A. G. Leventis Foundation funds new Chair in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter

Classics teaching and research at the University of Exeter will benefit for years to come, thanks to additional support from the A. G. Leventis Foundation.

Exeter alumnus appointed Youth Mental Health Ambassador

Exeter alumnus Dr Alex George (Medicine, 2015) has been appointed as a Youth Mental Health Ambassador to advise government and raise the profile of mental health education and wellbeing in schools

University of Exeter students affected by coronavirus given £1 million in hardship and emergency funds

The University of Exeter has distributed £1m in hardship and emergency funding to students most significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Alumnus helps provide IT solutions for COVID-19 testing and booking websites

Alumnus Laurence Leach (Engineering, 2003) has been working as the lead architect on the new NHS COVID-19 national testing and booking websites with the company ACF Technologies where he is Technical Director. We recently caught up with him to find out what the experience has been like.

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

Celebrating our Alumni authors

 Massive congratulations to our alumni authors who have had their books published.

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.

Celebrating our Alumni authors

 Massive congratulations to our alumni authors who have had their books published.

Volunteering in the spotlight – Exe-X: The Alumnae Group

2020 has been a year of unexpected challenges, but it is also a year where we have seen so many communities coming together to support each other. Exeter’s alumnae network has been no exception.


Alumni launch ecological restoration charity during National Tree Week

Alumni David Bartholomew (MSc Conservation and Biodiversity, 2016) and Harry Fonseca Williams (MSc Conservation and Biodiversity, 2016) have recently founded an ecological restoration charity called the Little Environmental Action Foundation, or LEAF for short.

Recent alumnae successfully launch feminist-surrealist publication: The Debutante

Recent alumnae Rachel Ashenden (English Literature, 2017) and Molly Gilroy (English Literature, 2018) fell in love with surrealism whilst studying at the University of Exeter and since graduating have launched The Debutante, a feminist-surrealist art publication - which is now sold in numerous bookshops across the world. We recently caught up with them to find out more.

EURFC alumni Lasha Jaiani to start for Georgia against England

EURFC are delighted to announce that recent graduate and Georgian international Lasha Jaiani will win his third cap for his country against England on the hallowed turf of Twickenham on Saturday, in both sides opening fixture in the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup.

New banners for the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel thanks to alumni support

A wide range of projects are supported by the Alumni Annual Fund every year. This year the University of Exeter Anglican Chaplaincy received a £700 grant to replace all three banners at the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel of the Holy Trinity, located on the Streatham Campus.

Student radio station increase their activities due to laptops purchased with Alumni Annual Fund support

A wide range of projects are supported by the Alumni Annual Fund every year which includes students societies such as Radio Falmouth (Surf Radio) at The Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union who in the 2019-20 round received funding to support their 24/7 broadcasting station.

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.

Join expert discussion on saving the oceans

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

Distinguished alumnus wins prestigious prize

David Bates, who received his PhD from the University of Exeter in 1970, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Prix Syndicat national des Antiquaires du Livre d’Art 2020’ for the book La Tapisserie de Bayeux published in 2019 and co-authored with the art historian Xavier Barral i Altet. 

Catching up with alumna Sophie Webb

Here Sophie Webb (LL.B. Law with International Study, 2015) tells us what she’s been doing since graduating and reflects on the highlights of her studies at Exeter and the skills and experiences it gave her.

Exeter-trained scientist honoured in Peru

A scientist trained at the University of Exeter has won Peru’s highest award for conservation.

Three Exeter alumni involved in Chiefs' triumph

Three University of Exeter alumni played a part in the Exeter Chiefs' Champions Cup victory on Saturday.

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.

Knighthood for Exeter Honorary Professor allergy and asthma expert

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

Alumnus and member of University Council to host virtual book launch

Exeter alumnus, University Council member, and Chair of the Campaign Board, Gerry Brown (Economics & Economic History, 1966) is hosting a virtual launch event for his new book Independent Director in Society: Our current crisis of governance and what to do about it.

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.

Alumna develops new business in lockdown

When lockdown forced alumna Gillian Hovell (Classics, 1983), to stop giving in-person lectures and tours she came up with a completely new way to engage her audiences and diversify her business.

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.

Memories of St Luke's

A number of our graduates will have attended St. Luke’s College in the days before integration with the University. We welcome any news or stories they may have to share with their former colleagues.

Ron Delve (1961-1964) shares some of his memories.

Memories of St Luke's

A number of our graduates will have attended St. Luke’s College in the days before integration with the University. We welcome any news or stories they may have to share with their former colleagues.

Keith Mollard (PE Diploma, 1958-9) shares some of his memories.

Memories of St Luke's

A number of our graduates will have attended St. Luke’s College in the days before integration with the University. We welcome any news or stories they may have to share with their former colleagues.

Alan Laurent (1976-79) shares some of his memories.

Celebrating our Alumni authors

 Massive congratulations to our alumni authors who have had their books published.

Student’s business idea helps local brewers survive lockdown

A University of Exeter Business School student handed independent craft breweries a lifeline during lockdown by helping them tap into new online markets.

Alumnus selected as Cyprus’ Attorney-General

Congratulations to George Savvides (Law, 1982), who was appointed at the end of June 2020 by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades to the position of the Attorney–General of the Republic of Cyprus; the highest independent and autonomous institution in the country.

Three Flashbacks and a Flash-Forward: Returning to Student Life at Exeter, Decades On

Alumnus and current student Mike Cooper (English and Drama, 1975) shares his story of studying at Exeter several decades apart.

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

Important notification regarding the data the University of Exeter holds about you

We were informed at the end of last week that Blackbaud has been the victim of a ransomware attack. The University of Exeter uses Blackbaud systems to hold the data of our alumni and supporters and we understand that historic backup files were accessed.

Female editor inspires Exeter students with media ambitions

Monicha Tully, the editor of Arcadia magazine, visited Exeter on 30 January 2020 to speak to budding journalists about her career path and to give some top tips on breaking into the media scene. This event was organised by the student team behind Exeter’s RAZZ magazine and went ahead with support from the Alumni Annual Fund.

Students from the Cornwall campus clean up on the beaches

Three guesses on how The Beach Clean Project spends its time?! This student society based in Penryn was awarded £150.00 from the Alumni Annual Fund this year for new litter pickers that can extend to up to six feet to get at that hard-to-reach rubbish.

Celebrating our Alumni authors

 Massive congratulations to our alumni authors who have had their books published.

Catching up with Jack Berringer (Politics & International Studies 2014)

Jack Berringer (Politics & International Studies 2014) is an account manager for Burson Cohn & Wolfe in Belgium. Here he reflects on the highlights of his career since graduating. 

Catching up with Tomas Plaza Reneses (BA International Relations 2015)

Tomas Plaza Reneses (BA International Relations 2015) is a Health, Nutrition and Population Consultant with The World Bank in Washington DC, US.  Here he reflects on the highlights of his time at Exeter and how the skills and experiences it gave him have helped in him in his career to date.

Memories of St Luke's

A number of our graduates will have attended St. Luke’s College in the days before integration with the University. We welcome any news or stories they may have to share with their former colleagues.

Carol Walters (Education and Maths, 1988) shares some of her memories.

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.

Alumni Industry Insights, Hong Kong – 24 June 2020

The first of our virtual events organised by the Exeter Hong Kong Alumni Group (EHKAG) took place on Wednesday 24 June. The event featured three speakers and was hosted by Chris Tang (LLB Law 1996).

Celebrating our Alumni authors

 Massive congratulations to our alumni authors who have had their books published.

Alumni Profile: Becca McAuley

Becca McAuley (BA International Relations 2018) reflects on her career since graduating and her current role of Sub-Editor at the Daily Mail.

Alumni Profile: Jamie Pitts

Jamie Pitts, BSC Sociology and Criminology (2017) reflects on his career since graduating and his current role as an Executive Project Manager for Cancer Research UK.

Alumni Profile: Susan Kendall

Susan Kendall (Geography & French 1980) reflects here on her life in law, what brought her to live in Hong Kong and recalls her time in Exeter and shares how she has got back involved to support current students and the alumni community in Hong Kong.

Alumni Profile: Duncan Gorst

We recently caught up with alumnus Duncan Gorst (LLB Law –European- Magister 2012) who is an associate at Hogan Lovells in Munich, Germany. He tells us what he’s been doing since graduating and reflects on the highlights of his studies at Exeter and the skills and experiences it gave him

Alumna film wins Berlinale award

A film which alumna Naomi Pacifique (English and Creative Writing, 2015) produced was recently awarded a Silver Bear at the Berlinale International Film Festival.

Alumnus launches business to help people offset their carbon footprint

Alumnus Jacques Sheehan (Politics, Philosophy and Law, 2013) and his business partner Jack Curtis, have set up a new website designed to make it easier for individuals and businesses to combat climate change.

Alumnus launches Law support network

Alumnus Ikenna Henry Onyebuchi has co-founded a new network to help international and BAME aspiring lawyers understand the process of breaking into the legal industry in England & Wales.

2020 Volunteers of the Year named!

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

Becoming a junior doctor

Alumna and doctor Molly Dineen gives a update after her early graduation and working on the NHS frontline – written for Wesleyan, original article can be viewed here.

Alumni launch new site to analyse global COVID data

Exeter alumni Richard Londesborough and Mike Laflin have launched a new site to understand how COVID-19 is impacting the world.

Memories of St Luke's

A number of our graduates will have attended St. Luke’s College in the days before integration with the University. We welcome any news or stories they may have to share with their former colleagues.

Edwin Astill (1966-1970) has used lockdown time to send us some memories.

Free online course to improve employability of international UK graduates and alumni

The British Council is running a free Study UK: Preparing for Work online course, aimed at international final-year student, graduate and alumni.

Celebrating our Alumni authors

 Massive congratulations to our alumni authors who have had their books published.

Alumna helps small businesses stay on track

Katie O’Connor (Business Economics, 2017) has helped to set up an online venture that supports independent businesses during the lockdown and helps them to grow post lockdown.

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.

Alumnus discards the dreadlocks to raise money for Bude food bank

Alumnus and full-time musician James Dixon (Bio-Chemistry, 2010) has lost his trademark locks in order to raise more than £4000 for his local food bank. James had planned to change his ‘surfer-dude’ look for a while, but when lockdown hit it presented the perfect opportunity to bite the bullet and raise money for charity at the same time.

ChargedUp supports the fight against COVID-19 by switching its charging stations to hand sanitiser stations

ChargedUp, Europe’s largest phone charging network, Co-Founded by Exeter alumni is switching its network of charging stations to hand sanitiser stations, in an initiative dubbed CleanedUp aimed at supporting the UK’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

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.

Alumni father and son help get masks to the NHS

The Masks for NHS Heroes fundraising campaign has raised more than £2 million to provide protective equipment for NHS staff around the UK. However distributing more than a million masks along with gowns and other equipment is a logistical challenge, so alumni father and son David and Cameron Wilkinson offered up some help.

Ensuring essential supplies get where they’re needed

We often think of transport workers as being the backbone of Britain, but in the current crisis many organisations are supporting in more ways than you might expect.

Student society Exeter Student Nightline wins National Award

Exeter Student Nightline is a student-led volunteer helpline for students, and this month were awarded the ‘Nightline of the Year’ award, supported by Accenture at the Nightline Association (NLA) Spring Conference. We caught up with current Nightline Co-President, Emma Meehan, to find out more about the award, the important work the group does supporting students, and their achievements this year.

Exeter alumna shortlisted for Rising Star Award

Virginia Stuart-Taylor (Modern Languages, 2012) has been shortlisted for a WeAreTheCity 2020 Rising Star Award.

Father and son doctor duo work at the same hospital in fight against COVID-19

A graduate from the University of Exeter is working alongside his clinician father in a Westcountry hospital in treating patients battling COVID-19.

Medical students joining fight against COVID-19 honoured in first Exeter virtual graduation

Medicine students who opted to graduate early to accelerate becoming junior doctors in the COVID-19 crisis 

Celebrating our Alumni authors


Massive congratulations to our alumni authors who have had their books published.

Crawling into the record books!

Next month at the London Marathon, numerous people will attempt to break World Records. However back in 1977 alumnus Ian Bailey (Geography, 1979) broke a very different kind of endurance record when he set about crawling more than nine miles for Rag Week!

Going for gold (in pyjamas)

Alumna Jennifer Graham (Exercise and Sports Science, 2012) will be joining thousands of runners taking on the London Marathon next month, but in slightly different attire to the others.

Alumnus takes Mrs Doubtfire to Broadway

Iconic family film Mrs Doubtfire is to reach a whole new audience thanks to a musical adaptation hitting Broadway this spring.

Fundraising campaign hits target one year early

£60 million raised to support students and research at Exeter

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.

Taking to the Stage

The South Devon Players Theatre and Film Club is based in Torbay, Devon and was set-up in 2005/6 to create opportunities and experience for local performers seeking to work professionally in theatre. The company was founded by Exeter alumna Laura Jury (Masters in Education, 2013) and has progressed well including winning awards both locally and in New York in 2019. They are also currently undergoing a rapid expansion.

Alumnus honoured with Petroleum Award

Alumnus John Williams (Chemistry, 1974 and PhD, 1979) has been honoured with the 2019 Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Middle East and North Africa Region.

Exeter alumna shortlisted for Entrepreneurial Award

Han Wang (MSc Finance and Management, 2004), Co-founder and CFO at Asien Credit Company Ltd, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the entrepreneurial awards category of the British Council UK Alumni Awards 2019-20 in China.

Alumnus wins French literary award

Alumnus David Bates (History, 1966 and PhD History, 1970) has won a prestigious French literary award. 

Recent publications from our Alumni authors

Massive congratulations to our alumni authors who have had their books published.

COMEX 3 participants reunite after 50 years

Participants from COMEX 3 (the Commonwealth Overland Expedition to Pakistan and India) recently reunited in London for a 50th anniversary reunion of the adventure.

Three Generations at Exeter

Three generations of alumnus Nick Colwill’s (Economics, 1986) family have studied at Exeter, including his parents, and youngest daughter who is currently studying here for one year. We caught up with him to find out some of the Colwill family's favourite memories of studying and living in Exeter.

A snapshot of life on the wild side

Alumnus Benjamin Harris is a Wildlife Camera Operator/Assistant and graduated with a Zoology degree from our Penryn Campus in 2014. Since then he’s travelled the world and turned his love of wildlife and the outdoors into a career. We recently caught up with him to find out more about what life has been like since graduating and his top tips for those who are interested in pursuing this career.

Looking back on the founding of the Canadian Law Society

Victoria Stephens (LLB 2017) reminisces here about her role as one of the founders of the Canadian Law Society at Exeter University and reflects on how the experience has helped her in her professional life since graduating. She is currently a pupil at Marshall Diel and Myers Limited in Hamilton, Bermuda, and the Country Contact for Exeter in Bermuda.

Law alumna's charity seeks justice in Malawi

Charlotte Mackenzie (Law, 2010) was called to the Bar in 2011 and is now a tenant at Staple Inn Chambers in London practicing in Family Law and Immigration (Asylum). She is also the Founder and Director of the Malawi Bail Project (MBP), a UK registered charity that funds and delivers access to justice initiatives and activities in Malawi.

MARDON REVISITED – by Peter Sampson (1956-59)

Alumnus Peter Sampson (Economics, 1959) recently returned to campus for a 60th anniversary reunion with his old house mates. Below he has shared his memories of his time at Mardon Hall, and what it was like to be back. 

Touring success: Alumna honoured at Travel Awards

Dr. Eireann Marshall (PhD Ancient History, 2001) has just been awarded the Top History & Culture Guide prize at Wanderlust magazine’s 2019 World Guide Awards.

Alumnus selected as Cyprus’ Minister for Justice and Public Order

George Savvides (Law, 1982) was chosen by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, this year for the important position of Minister of Justice and Public Order, after 35 years of practicing as a lawyer.


Alumnus helps bring prosthetics to those in need in Colombia

Alumnus Theo Gwyther (History and Spanish, 2017) took some time to go traveling before starting a new job and ended up staying away for longer, volunteering to help communities in Colombia.

Senior alumni support student and graduate careers in Hong Kong

Exeter Hong Kong Alumni Group volunteers organised their annual employability event, kindly hosted for the third year at the LinkedIn headquarters in Hong Kong.

New books published by alumni

Many congratulations to our alumni authors who have recently had their books published.

From Bedroom to Boardroom: Exeter Alumni celebrate 20th year in business

In 2000 alongside their final year at university three Computer Science students started a business designing and building websites for friends and families which became Optix Solutions based in Exeter. We recently caught up with Exeter Alumni and Directors Alastair Banks and James Dawkins (Computer Science, 2000) to talk about their last 20 years in business and the journey from bedroom to boardroom.

Alumnus joins the slow fashion revolution

Alumnus Russ Avery (French and Russian, 2007) has set up a new sustainable and ethical fashion brand for men, women, and children.

Alumna Ali Golds' Globetrotting Adventure

Alumna Ali Golds (PGCE, 2009) has spent the last nine months travelling the world whilst running her own business and charity remotely. We caught up with her to find out why she set off on this globetrotting adventure, and what it's been like so far.

Exeter alumnus awarded Governor General's Gold Medal

Dr Ifeanyi Nwachukwu (MSc in Biocatalysis, 2009) has been awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal – Canada’s highest academic achievement in coursework completed for any doctoral degree.

Steel City to rural England

Two Super Bowl championships, three Conference championships, eight Division championships, 10 Play-offs appearances, and one summer in Exeter!

Obituary - Sir Rex Richards

Sir Rex Richards FRS, FRSC, FBA DSc, Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1982-98, has passed away at the age of 96.

Students gain sector insights at Professional Pathways

This June the Professional Pathways Programme enabled students to gain invaluable knowledge and experience in the sectors they were most passionate about.

Shape the new Masters in Circular Economy

In 2017, the University of Exeter was designated as a Global Pioneer University by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the Circular Economy and supporting decision makers across business, academia, and government.

Volunteer in the Spotlight: Rae Ahmed

Rae (International Business Law LLM, 2011) volunteered with the Pathways to Law programme for 2 consecutive years, advising students on how they could get the most out of attending the Law Fair on campus and also helped with the Client interviewing skills workshop.  She has also facilitated a workshop for  students from the School of Law on applications to training contracts and  vacation schemes. Rae currently mentors 2 students through the career mentoring scheme.

Taking community work from Exeter to Hebron

Last year alumna and PhD student, Charlotte Littlewood (Applied Security and Strategy, 2015), spent four months working with young people in Hebron, Palestine, delivering community workshops and training people to support victims of domestic violence.

Counting the Memories: Malcolm Sweeney

We recently caught up with one of our alumni, Malcolm Sweeney (Physics, Economics and Philosophy, 1970) to chat about his time at Exeter. Malcolm knew from a young age that he wanted to be an accountant and following graduation worked in finance in the plastics, technology and pharmaceutical industries.

Celebrating University Cricket & 10 years of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Devon Cricket Centre

A fitting end to the University’s cricket season for 2019 as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Devon Cricket Centre opening on the 6th July and the achievements of all our teams this year.

Project to examine ‘price of birdsong’

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

British Council Alumni Awards 2019-20

Applications are currently open for the British Council Alumni Awards 2019-20. 

Championship success for Exeter alumni

Alumni couple Linda and Keith Whitehead have both won medals for Great Britain at the European Middle Distance Duathlon Championships.

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.

30 years since statue's mystery appearance

30 years ago staff and students on our Streatham Campus awoke to a new statue on the grounds outside Devonshire House. Overnight a twelve foot high metal sculpture had been erected by a group of students as a memorial to the events in Tiananmen Square. The sculpture now stands on the Queen’s Drive Lawn and can be seen by all who visit the campus.

20 years of meetings for the Out Of Doors Society alumni

Alumni who were members of the Out of Doors Society whilst at Exeter have been meeting for 20 years, co-ordinated voluntarily by alumna Sandie Brunnen (nee Blizard) (Philosophy, 1976). We take a look at how these meetings have come about and what they’ve looked like over the last 20 years.

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.

Weekend ‘Business Brunch’ launched in Hong Kong

Volunteers of the Exeter Hong Kong Alumni Group (EHKAG) identified the need for in-depth employability and networking for recent graduates in Hong Kong. In response to the need to support the careers of young Exeter alumni, the network group organised the first Business Brunch event, which took place on a Saturday morning in March 2019 in Central, Hong Kong.

Volunteers share “Industry Insights” across China

Three employability events took place in China during April 2019 with thanks to the volunteer network group, Exeter China Alumni Association (ECAA). 

Investing in inclusion: Basirat Razaq-Shuaib – Founder/CEO of The Winford Centre for Children and Women

Alumna Basirat Razaq-Shuaib (Finance & Investment, 2009) is the Founder/CEO of The Winford Centre for Children and Women which is dedicated to supporting children with developmental and learning difficulties as well as empowering disadvantaged women. She shares her career journey and insights, as well as the skills which have been most useful along the way.


Northcote Trophy retained by students

The Northcote Trophy was retained by the students in the 11th playing of the Northcote Trophy between the University Golf Club and University Alumni Society that took place this May. In this article we review the matches, highlights, and share the final scores.

Top tips for using the Career Zone

Recent alumna Marie Johns (Sociology, 2017) writes about how pleased she was to discover that the Career Zone is available to graduates, and therefore the wider alumni community, forever! She outlines how these resources have supported her in her career so far and shares her Top Tips for using them. 

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.

New Work Shadowing Scheme Launched

This April saw the launch of the Work Shadowing Scheme, a programme which gives students the opportunity to shadow a professional for a day in their workplace. These opportunities provide a brilliant chance for students to see what it is like to work in a particular sector, job role or company, helping them with their career plan and development.

Keeping Law Entertaining

Alumna Mary Brehony (Law, 1979) runs her own firm, Brehon & Co., specialising in legal and business affairs advice for media and commercial clients. She shares where her degree has taken her in her career.


Exeter graduate entrepreneur raises over £1 million for circular economy start-up backed by the founder of Fitness First

the Bike Club, a subscription lending business, has raised over £1m in a seed round led by the founder of Fitness First.  Co-Founded by Exeter graduate James Symes, the financial technology company provides pay-monthly kids bikes which you exchange as your children grow. 

A career in heritage and the arts

Alumna Catherine Farnell (PGCE 2008) runs Heritage Arts and People (HAP), a community interest company based in Exeter which aims to bring communities together to enjoy and explore the Southwest’s rich and varied heritage. She shares where her degree has taken her in her career.

New books published by alumni

Congratulations to our alumni authors who have recently had their books published.

Explore Cornwall’s fascinating wildlife at this year’s BioBlitz Penryn

Join a team of students at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus for a day filled with interactive wildlife activities for all the family.

Alumni return to campus wedding venue to celebrate 50 years together

A couple who met while studying at the University of Exeter in the late 1960s have returned to campus as part of their golden wedding anniversary celebrations.

Social Sciences Alumni Return for Q&A and Networking with Exeter Scholars Students

A panel of alumni from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies attended an Exeter Scholars event, answering questions posed by Year 12 students on this prestigious programme, followed by a round table networking session.

Alumnus shortlisted as Digital Leader

A start-up founded by Exeter alumnus Luke Loveridge (Biological Sciences, 2008) has been shortlisted for a Digital Leaders award.

Alumni design child psychology app

A group of Exeter alumni are developing an app aimed at parents of children under five, designed to enhance a range of cognitive, social and emotional skills.

Alumna's business has social impact in Africa

Alumna Alice Cracknell (Law, 2009) has set up her own social impact business based near Exeter. ORIGIN is a 100% not-for-profit sustainable fashion business inspired to drive humanitarian projects in the communities from which its fabrics originate; Mali, Ethiopia and Gambia. 

International Management alumni hear from award-winning Social Intrapreneur in London

Exeter graduates had the chance to reconnect with fellow alumni last month at the Business School’s latest alumni reception, where Gib Bulloch, who founded Accenture’s global "not-for-loss" consulting business, Accenture Development Partnerships, gave a keynote speech on 'Putting Purpose on a Par with Profit'.

University of Exeter Women & Men's Rugby Union 1st XVs in Semi-Finals of Championship Cup

Two games and two results for EURFC as the Green Machine marches into the Semi Finals of Knockout Rugby. 

Fast Bowler and former Sports Scholar Freya Davies makes England debut

Stepping onto the field for her 1st England cap former UoE Sports Scholar Freya Davies made an immediate impact on the international stage as England cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka to go one-nil up in their IT20 series in Colombo.

University of Exeter Netball Club and Exeter Netball Club partnership make it four from four

The University of Exeter Netball Club (EUNC) 1st team and Exeter Netball Club (ENC) Regional 1 side have ended their league season undefeated with the opportunity to progress through playoffs into Premier South and Premier 3 next year. Showing the strength and depth of the University Netball Performance Programme EUNC 2nd team have also won their BUCS league with the ENC Regional 2 side taking the Regional 2 title, both who are automatically promoted for next season.

Celebrating our alumni authors

Congratulations to our alumni authors who have recently had their books published.

Volunteer in the Spotlight: Loukas Sarakinos (MSc International Management 2004)

'Volunteer in the Spotlight' is a regular feature which shares the stories of our fantastic alumni volunteers.

Exeter alumna named Mumbai Icon for her achievements in football coaching

Durva Vahia, University of Exeter alumna (MSc Paediatric Exercise and Health 2017), has been making a big impact in India, coaching both women’s football and being the lead sports scientist for one of four elite boys youth academies in the country.

Working with renewables

Electricity generation from renewable sources has grown 230% in the last decade and now accounts for 30% of electricity produced in the UK. This makes renewable energy an exciting sector to work in for many Exeter graduates.

University of Exeter entrepreneurs feature in Forbes 30 under 30 list

University of Exeter alumni and founders of ChargedUp, Hugo Tilmouth and Hakeem Buge have made it onto the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list of social entrepreneurs, which was published in February. 

Exeter alumni embrace School Governors programme

University of Exeter alumni have signed up in their droves to support schools via the Governors for Schools Programme.

Women in House: my role as Senior Lawyer in a Children’s Legal Team

Alumna Lindy Stephens (Law 1992) In House Senior Lawyer in a Children’s Legal Team, reflects how redundancy from her role as a partner in a solicitors firm and an out of the blue approach by a recruitment agent to cover staff shortages at Plymouth City Council has led her to the most rewarding professional role she has ever had.

Exeter alumnus honoured by British Council in Egypt

Exeter alumnus Samir Omara (Teaching English as a Foreign Language, 2003) has won the British Council Egypt Professional Achievement Award at the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019.

Alumni volunteers support college events

Our fantastic alumni have continued to support a wide range of college activities this academic year benefiting hundreds of current and prospective students in the process.


Alumni volunteers supporting current students

A number of Medical Sciences graduates recently returned to Exeter to inform current students about potential career paths open to them following completion of their degrees.  

‘Waking up to Planetary Health’ and other CPD opportunities for alumni

On 7 November 2018, Exeter University’s Medical School facilitated the ‘Waking up to Planetary Health’ conference at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital. 

Flying high-Former Cricket Sports Scholar Freya Davies awarded a full time England Cricket Contract

University of Exeter alumnae Freya Davies (LLB Law 2014-2017) has been announced in the new central contracts for England Cricket in 2019.

The University of Exeter US Foundation

Hear from alumnus Graham Hill, President of the Board of the US Foundation, about what the group does and how it supports the University.

A career in writing

Bill Kirton (French, 1962) is an award-winning author and a former fellow of the Royal Literary Fund. We asked him to share highlights from his career and tips for new graduates.

Alumnus helps bring clean water to rural communities

Exeter alumnus Harry Chaplin (MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2015) has helped set-up a project in Madagascar to deliver fresh drinking water to communities.

Memories from the field

Anthony ‘Tony’ Moore (Philosophy & Sociology, 1968) entered the finance sector upon leaving Exeter, and has since worked in six countries, nine cities, and conducted business in another 20+ countries around the world. However for Tony, like so many Exeter students, his experiences were shaped just as much by his time on the sports field as in the classroom.

Celebrating our alumni authors

Congratulations to our alumni authors who have recently had their books published.

Working in business and finance with a Humanities degree

Alumnus Tim Blaxall recently talked with Humanities students about working in Business and Finance with a Humanities degree. 

Alumni attend Sport and Health Sciences networking event

On 20 November, the Sport and Health Sciences networking evening took place in in Cross-Keys. 

Annual Christmas reunion in China

The Exeter China Alumni Association (ECAA) kindly organised three Christmas reunion events which took place during December and January. 

Exeter alumnus talks about where a science degree can take you

Exeter alumnus, Gameli Adzaho (MSc Environment and Human Health, 2014) talked to us about life after graduating.

Exeter alumnus to lead local charity

Exeter alumnus Peter Brennan (MBA, 2012) has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hospiscare, a local, independent charity which provides care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses and those close to them.

Alumna's animated film to raise awareness around pollution and mental health

Alumna and filmmaker Lottie Graham (English, 2015) is directing a short animation film about plastic pollution and mental health.

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).

A new law society

A new student-led academic law society is to be formed at the University of Exeter. It will offer a wide range of opportunities for students to help to broaden their career development, to promote interdisciplinarity and to equip themselves with the skills employers find most valuable. 

The Radical Sabbatical

In 2017, unsure about the career path set out before her, alumna Emma Rosen (MA Applied Security and Strategy, 2015) changed tack and spent a year trying 25 careers before her 25th birthday.

Portfolio careers

Alumna Emma Rosen (MA Applied Security and Strategy, 2015) talks about her portfolio career as a Public Speaker and Writer discussing the benefits and challenges of the decisions she has made, the skills needed for portfolio working and advice for taking this path.

From balancing the books to riding the airwaves

Gregory Watson (Accountancy, 1986) is the Managing Director of radio business Folder Media. We asked him about his career and what advice he’d give to students and recent graduates wanting to get into the industry.