Celebrating summer graduation, alumni recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours, and more news from the University and other alumni...


celebrating summer graduation

4,000 students were welcomed into the alumni community earlier this month on the Streatham and Penryn campuses.

View photos of the new cohort on Flickr or see the celebrations in action on Storify.



Alumni News

Honorary degrees awarded at Summer graduation

15 new Honorary Graduates were recognised during graduation week. From the arts to medicine and sports, the University honoured people who have made a significant contribution to their field and to society, including athlete Jo Pavey (pictured)

For a full list of Honorary Graduates visit the website.


Alumnus Jolyon Hedges on an alternative path after University

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.


Alumni recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours 2015

Congratulations to the alumni, supporters, and staff recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours this year. Karen Armstrong, Robin Budenberg, Amanda Butcher, Derek Esp, Dr Elizabeth Goodwin, Prof Patricia Leopold, Prof Debra Myhill, Michelle Newman, Lynne Owens, and Lord Harry Woolf were all recognised for their exceptional service in their respective fields.


University News

Topping-out milestone in £52.5 million research development

Due to open in Autumn 2016, the ground-breaking Living Systems Institute will tackle some of the most severe diseases facing humanity. The University held a traditional topping-out ceremony to mark the construction of the highest aspect of the building at 40 metres.


The search for life beyond Earth

Is there life beyond Earth and if so how close are we to finding it? Some of the world’s leading astronomers and astrophysicists gathered in Paris to explore questions like these for the latest in Exeter’s Global Conversation lecture series.


Your University city is changing

If you have visited Exeter recently you may have noticed some prominent changes in and near the city. The University has undeniably grown but it is not alone. Find out more about how the Met Office’s new High Performance Computer, innovative science and new developments are turning the city into a successful knowledge economy. 


How greenspaces affect health

The findings from a two-year in-depth investigation into how different types of green space can affect health have been released, painting a complex picture of how ‘greenspace’ can impact upon health.


Volunteering & Giving

Volunteer in the Spotlight - Pete Jackson

Volunteer in the Spotlight is a regular feature that highlights the alumni that help current students achieve more. Pete Jackson (MSc International Management 2007) works in Advertising Strategy in London. Read about his career and why he volunteered at the University.



10th Annual Alumni Golf Day

Alumni spanning seven decades enjoyed the annual Alumni Golf Day in July. This year’s Golf Day was the tenth annual event and funds raised are being used to create The Alumni Golf Society Performance Analysis Suite that will be of huge benefit to our student athletes and will open in September 2015. This year’s event also paid tribute to Rod Alexander, who, alongside John Gilbert (Economics 1972) founded the Alumni Golf Society.


Henley Royal Regatta Alumni reception

Over 100 alumni joined us for the annual alumni reception at Henley Royal Regatta. Spirits were high after beating the University of Virginia by 1 length in The Prince Albert Challenge Cup. Exeter progressed onto the Friday heats, but lost to a competitor from closer to home in the shape of Durham University. Exeter are placed in 6th position in the overall BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport, formally BUSA & UAU) ranking table.


Exeter Sailor World Champion

Former Sailing Scholar Nick Thompson (Exercise & Sport Sciences 2008) has been crowned the Laser World Champion. Nick remained one of the top 5 competitors for the entire event, which took place in Kingston, Canada, and went into the final day with a 20 point lead. Nick becomes the first British Laser World Champion in six years. He has since been selected alongside two fellow Exeter alumni to represent Team GB at the Rio 2016 test event in August. This is the final event held in Rio before the 2016 Olympic Games and will likely be an important event for Olympic selection.


Exeter Golfer at GB Universities

Golf Scholar Katie Bradbury recently represented Team GB in the World University Games in Korea. This is the second largest multi-sport competition in the world behind the Olympic Games. Katie had a momentous day two where she finished in 4th place out of 50 competitors and finished in an excellent 25th place overall. Exeter is currently the number one ranked UK University for Golf, having won more BUCS points this season than any other university has previously.



Saturday 1 August: Malaysia Alumni Summer Social

Crackhouse Comedy Club, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur


Tuesday 4 August: South West Alumni Group Networking Evening

Magdalen Chapter Hotel, Magdalen Street, Exeter, Devon


Saturday 15 August: Vancouver alumni social

2586 Lawson Avenue, West Vancouver, B.C.


Monday 17 August: EUC Wessex Branch Quiz Walk

Fleet area


Sunday 6 September: Alumni Ashes 2015

Schloßstrasse 24, 2111 Seebarn, Niederösterreich


Wednesday 9 September: EUC Exeter Branch visit Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, University of Exeter


Thursday 10 September: Webinar - Changing Direction in Your Career



Thursday 17 September: Alumni social in Sydney

The RedOak, 201 Clarence Street, Sydney, New South Wales


Wednesday 14 October: Law Network Reception 2015

Berwin Leighton Paisner, Adelaide House, London Bridge, London


Thursday 15 October: Wine tasting for recent graduates

Camino Blackfriars, 33 Blackfriars Lane, London


For our full event listings please visit our website


Alumni authors

alumni authors

This edition's featured alumni authors:

Charlotte Pike
Fermented: A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Own Sourdough, Yogurt, Sauerkraut, Kefir, Kimchi and More


Jenny Balfour-Paul

Deeper than Indigo: tracing Thomas Machell, forgotten explorer


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