The University of Exeter Medical School has received a £1 million donation from The Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation towards its pioneering work in genetic disorders.

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The Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation donates £1 million for cutting-edge medical research


The University of Exeter Medical School has received a £1 million donation from The Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation towards its pioneering work in genetic disorders.

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Alumni News

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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 Honorary Degrees at the University of Exeter's winter graduation this month.

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Former Rugby Scholar wins "World's Toughest Row"

As part of the Ocean Reunion team, alumnus and former Rugby scholar Angus Barton (Exercise and Sport Sciences 2012) has triumphed in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, known as the "world's toughest row".

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.

Free online courses on Genomics and Climate Change

Two online learning courses launch this winter and it's completely free to take part. Click here to access a course on genomics, using Exeter's research expertise in diabetes. Click here to access Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions which looks at climate change, the risks it poses, and the solutions available to reduce those risks.

Discounts for 2016

We are here to support you throughout your life. A range of exclusive discounts are available to Exeter alumni, including sports, library, accommodation, learning and conference facilities.

Alumnae News

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Booking now open! Building Your Profile - 28 April 2016

This year's Exe-X: Women and Leadership Reception looks at building a personal 'brand' that will enhance your career prospects, whether with your existing employer or in a new or different role. Our panel of speakers bring a variety of experiences to help you develop your career, and we hope you will learn new skills and make new connections at the event.

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Overcoming Challenges in your Career

A series of webinars looking at the different challenges women face in their careers are available for you to view at anytime. To watch Approaching Interviews with Confidence, Self-Determination, Changing Direction in Your Career, and A little less conversation, a little more action please, you simply need speakers plugged in to your computer and away you go.

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Find out more about the Alumnae Group

To find out more about how we support our alumnae, visit our webpage or our LinkedIn group, where you can share challenges or highlight successes with your fellow Exeter graduates.

Humanities News

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Funding opportunities for PhD study in the College of Humanities

Are you considering a PhD? The College of Humanities offers a lively and engaging environment for postgraduate study, and is currently offering many funding opportunities for talented researchers. Find out more on our postgraduate study site.

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Exeter City FC is accumulating a significant heritage collection thanks to University research

The legacy and impact of more than a hundred years of Exeter City FC will be showcased at home ground St James Park thanks to the work of Exeter academics. Researchers are working with Exeter City staff, fans, current and former players to develop a rich archive, which includes film, photographs, sound, and artefacts, to showcase the fascinating history of ECFC and illustrate the role the Club and Supporters Trust have played in communities.

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Entries are now open for the 2016 Paddon Award Arts Competition

The Paddon Award Arts Competition has returned for another year. The annual prize is open to all current students, staff members and alumni of the University who are not working in the professional arts sector. In honour of the University's Diamond Jubilee, the theme for entries for this year's award is 'Celebration'.

Social Science News

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Sound and Music Studies MA Survey

This could be music to your ears! The Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology needs your help with developing their postgraduate portfolio. Your views on the proposed Masters in Sound and Music Studies will help lead academic Trever Hagen to design this innovative new programme. You can access the survey and further information by clicking here.

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Changing the use of agricultural land could massively reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Making farmland more productive could bring about significant reductions in the UK's greenhouse gas emissions, Exeter research has found.The study provides a radical and important new perspective on how to address the UK's climate change commitments.

Business News

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Expert help for Business Professionals

Professionals can understand trends and issues affecting businesses in the South West and globally through masterclasses run at the University of Exeter.Those attending the Business Insights 2020 masterclasses can network with industry experts and leading academics. The masterclasses are run by academics from the One Planet MBA at the University of Exeter's Business School and senior business practitioners with relevant industry experience in partnership with the Devon and Cornwall Business Council (DCBC)..

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Business School alumni reception with Lord Karan Bilimoria, CBE DL

Monday 9 May 2016, London. You are invited to our Business School alumni reception featuring Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL, Founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited and Honorary Graduate of the University. Kindly hosted by Nomura, this event will be an excellent opportunity to hear Lord Bilimoria speak on entrepreneurialism and to network with fellow Exeter alumni over canapes and drinks. There will also be an update on the Business School from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Professor Richard Owen. For more information and to sign up visit our website.

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Business School Informal Networking Evening at the IoD (March)

The Business School would like to invite you to the next in a series of informal networking events in London, on Monday 21 March 2016 from 6.30pm, in the downstairs bar of the IoD building in London. We welcome all alumni to come along including recent graduates from all disciplines as well as students currently on placement in the City. These networking events are a great way to meet, talk, connect and forge new contacts within our thriving alumni community in London.

Life and Environment News

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University scientist helps bring Great Barrier Reef into UK homes

A marine biologist from the University has taken part in a David Attenborough BBC series giving viewers unprecedented access to the Great Barrier Reef via an innovative new website. Dr Steve Simpson also worked with Attenborough for the first episode of Great Barrier Reef. Find out more on our website.

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£2m grant to reduce major aquaculture diseases

The University of Exeter and the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (Cefas) are leading on a £1.97M BBSRC-Newton Fund project to develop and apply new molecular biology techniques to reduce the impact of major diseases in aquaculture for the improvement of the livelihood of small-scale farmers in India, Bangladesh and Malawi.

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Where has your Sports Science degree taken you?

Our Sport Science students are looking for career inspiration - can you help? If you are a Sport Science graduate, please could you take just a few minutes to complete a short online survey, telling current students what you're doing now? Whether you had a specific career goal or no idea what to do after graduation, they would love to hear from you. Don't worry - we won't pass any contact details on to students - thanks for your help.

Field Course Fortnight

218 students. 35 academics. 8 field courses. 6 countries. 4 continents. 1 challenging fortnight. Review tweets and pictures here.

Engineering, Mathematics and Science News

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Exeter academics make world's best list

Six Exeter academics appear on a new list of the world's most influential scientific minds. Inclusion on the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list for 2015 puts the academics, who are working across the natural, biomedical and social sciences, in the top one per cent of researchers globally. Three are producing world class research on climate change and three in fields related to medicine.

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Exeter professor named in mining top 100

A professor at Camborne School of Mines, based at the University's Penryn campus, has been named one of the world's most inspiring women in mining. Frances Wall, Professor of Applied Mineralogy at CSM, currently the first female president of The Mineralogical Society in Great Britain and Ireland, has been chosen for inclusion in the 2016 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, a publication celebrating women in the mining professions.

Medicine News

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World-renowned clinical epidemiologist to visit Exeter

A world-renowned expert in diagnostic test evaluation will come to Exeter in March as a Visiting International Academic Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School.

Professor Patrick Bossuyt is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Amsterdam Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam, where his research has a particular focus on the development of methods for the evaluation of tests and biomarkers in medicine.

Dementia: new insights into causes of loss of orientation

New research has revealed how disease-associated changes in two interlinked networks within the brain may play a key role in the development of the symptoms of dementia.

The University of Exeter Medical School led two studies, each of which moves us a step closer to understanding the onset of dementia, and potentially to paving the way for future therapies.

University News

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Exeter ranked amongst top 100 most international universities

Exeter has been recognised as one of the most international universities in the world.The University ranked 65th in the latest Times Higher Education league table of the global 100 most international universities, published this month.

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

The University will pioneer new methods for managing and treating chronic health conditions at a ground-breaking new maths-based research centre. The new centre, led by Professor John Terry from the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, aims to revolutionise the diagnosis and prognosis of a range of common chronic health conditions.

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Flood expert helps create winning flood awareness app

A team featuring a flood expert from the University of Exeter's Centre for Water Systems (CWS) has claimed first prize for the creation of an app that will aid global flood management and help save lives.

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Exeter retains top-200 position for best employers for LGBT staff

The University has retained its top-200 status in the rankings, published by leading charity Stonewall. Exeter is ranked 185th in the charity's 12th annual Workplace Equality Index - with its overall scoring rising from 82 in 2015 to 87 this year.

Volunteering & Giving

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Alumnus supports entrepreneurial recent grads with time - and funds

Phil Cameron (English and Drama 1995), Founder & CEO of award-winning airport lounge operator No1 Lounges, is continuing his support of young Exeter entrepreneurs in 2016 with a capital investment of £40,000 in the online medical revision start-up, Pulsenotes.

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Volunteer in the Spotlight - Emma Fromant

Volunteer in the Spotlight is a regular feature that highlights the alumni that help current students achieve more. Emma Fromant (BSc Geography 2009) is a Senior EIA Consultant at Amec Foster Wheeler. Read about her career and why she volunteers at the University.

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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. Richard is the founder of Bhubesi Pride, a British charity that organises teams of volunteers for coaching expeditions to support rugby and community development in schools and community centres in nine countries across east and southern Africa.

Thank you to all our 2014/15 supporters

Our latest Thank You Report is now available on our website. Alternatively, download the PDF version here.

Sport

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Super League Cricket Comes to Exeter

The University has been named as one of six host sites in the inaugural Women's Cricket Super League starting this summer. The announcement comes after a rigorous application process held by The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Exeter finished last season ranked second of all UK universities for cricket in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) rankings.

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Support the Rugby Club and receive great rewards!

Four of our eight Rugby Union sides are currently at the top of their respective leagues and the Men's 1st XV remain unbeaten so far this season. To support the Club, take a look at their Crowdfunding appeal. Donations of any size are gratefully received and to thank donors for their support, the Club will issue rewards including polo shirts, branded rugby balls and club ties. Sponsorship packages are also available - please contact the club captain to discuss. This year's Rugby Varsity fixture will take place on Wednesday 24 February when our 1st XV take on their counterparts from the University of Bath at Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park.

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International Honours for Students and Alumni

Current students and Sports Scholars Meg Crowson and Kathryn Lane impressed as members of the GB Under-21 hockey team that competed in Pennsylvania, USA recently in a test series against the US. Five current students and alumni represented an England Academy rugby team in fixtures against Canada; Current students Clara Nielson and Poppy Leitch joined alumnae Lucy Demaine and Zoe Saynor and Alexandra Powell. Alumnus Tom Carson captained England's Indoor Hockey team at the Eurohockey Indoor Championships in Portugal, where the team was managed by alumnus and former Director of Sport Nick Beasant.

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BUCS Update

At the time of writing, the University sits in 5th position of 151 institutions in the overall BUCS league table, just behind Nottingham but ahead of Birmingham and level with our best ever finish. The coming weeks sees the culmination of many leagues and the crucial knockout stages taking place. Our top scoring sports are currently Hockey, Tennis, Rugby Union and Lacrosse.

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Alumni authors

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The Lichens of Jersey by Simon and Amanda Davey (Geography 1983)

It's Warmer Down Below: the autobiography of Sir Harold Harding, 1900-1986 edited by Amanda Davey (Geography 1983)

Surviving Solo by Mary Nicholson (Social Administration and Policy 1981)

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Crowd-funding launched to research & protect Dartmoor wildlife
A new crowd-funding initiative has been launched by an Exeter PhD researcher in a bid to secure backing to help expand their bird conservation research.




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