College of Humanities Alumni Newsletter

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As Dean of the College of Humanities, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the first College of Humanities Alumni newsletter, which you will receive three times a year. It is full of news about the College, our global community of staff, students and alumni, and the latest Arts and Culture events in Exeter and beyond.

The College of Humanities won’t be a familiar thing to many of you, but it is important to let you know that it comprises long-standing disciplines of the University, including the one(s) of which you are a graduate. In 2010 the University moved to a 6-College structure. Humanities comprises Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Drama, English, Film, History, Modern Languages (French, German, Hispanic, Italian, and Russian, along with new ventures in Chinese and Portuguese), and Theology and Religion; it has also introduced programmes in Art History and Visual Culture, and Liberal Arts. The College comprises 3,307 undergraduate students, 496 postgraduates, and 285 academic staff. It operates both on the Exeter Campus and at the Penryn Campus in Cornwall. It is the hub and powerhouse for the University’s arts and humanities activity. It has major achievements to its credit and huge potential for the future. 

The Humanities subjects have been a key part of the University’s success over many years, and never more so than in recent times as Exeter has powered its way up the league tables. Seven of Humanities’ disciplines now rank among the top five in the country. Exeter Arts and Humanities, the great bulk of which is within the College, has a strong global position, and this year maintained its outstanding ranking of 65th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

We have ambitious plans to build on our world leading standing and to push forward into the world top 50, by continuing to deliver outstanding and innovative research and an exceptional student experience based firmly on world-class standards in teaching and learning. We are increasingly moving towards major international partnerships with key global institutions. All of these things continue to preserve and enhance the perceived value of an Exeter degree.

Continued, and indeed increasing, support from our alumni community will be crucial to this success. This support can come in many forms, and I can vouch for the very positive effects that it has. We’re always glad to hear from our alumni, so please do keep in touch. Or feel free to come back to Exeter or Penryn and experience first-hand the exciting redevelopments which are taking place across our campuses.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this newsletter which will keep you up to date with the latest developments and upcoming events within the College. 

Best wishes,
Professor Andrew Thorpe, Dean of Humanities






Arts & Culture



Alumna’s bid to get British students cooking

A cookery book which started in an alumna’s kitchen is now being printed for the sixth time. Annabel Frere’s (née Warren-Gash) Help! There’s a Stove in my Kitchen is a book of recipes for those getting started in the kitchen or for quick-and-easy meals for those with too little time on their hands. The book is now on its sixth reprint and has been introduced to the UK market.  Read more


featured picture: opening of queen's building

May 1956

Her Majesty the Queen arrives to present the new University of Exeter with its Charter and unveil the foundation stone of the Queen's Building. Read more about the University of Exeter’s history here.


the paddon award 

Feeling creative? Entries are open for the Paddon Award 2015, an arts competition open to alumni, staff and students of the University of Exeter, who are not working in the professional arts. Entries can draw from many forms of art. Last year’s winner, Tom Stevenson, produced a painting of the River Exe in high flood running alongside Bonhay Road in St David’s, Exeter. Read more

Image © Tom Stevenson




It's never too late...

The College of Humanities is looking for 100 alumni who would like to be a part of our ‘It’s never too late…’ volunteering campaign between January - May 2015. ‘It’s never too late…’ helps final year students to make the most out of the career opportunities available to them during their final months of study. There are many great ways for alumni to get involved, from volunteering as little as 15 minutes of your time by offering students some quick ‘Top Tips’ for working in your industry, to spending a day on campus giving mock interviews to students. Read more


postgraduate scholarships for exeter alumni

Thinking of returning to study? Choose Exeter! The College of Humanities is a large interdisciplinary institution that is able to offer an excellent and rewarding experience for postgraduate study. We provide a lively study environment for both our taught and research students across our subject disciplines. We will have a number of postgraduate research studentships available for September 2015 entry, details of which will be released soon. Find out more about postgraduate study in the College of Humanities by visiting the Postgraduate Study webpages.




Lord of the Flies 60th anniversary marks handover of Golding archive to University

Lord of the Flies, the classic novel by William Golding, marked the 60th anniversary of its publication in September. The same day, a significant part of Golding’s archive including the manuscript of his most famous novel, was handed to the University of Exeter on long-term loan. Read more


Student-led publishing house makes way for regional literature

Penryn Press Ltd was set up in September 2013, and is developed and run by students of the University of Exeter, with support from the alumni donations to the Annual Fund. Their aim is to publish exciting new literature that represents the fresh authorial voices of the South West region. One of their recent publications, Did You Know There Are Dragons in Cornwall?, a collection of children’s stories and poems that step into a world of Cornish myth and adventure, does just that. Read more on the College of Humanities blog.


'Empire: the Controversies of British Imperialism' MOOC launched

A new free online course has been launched by the College of Humanities. Anyone who has an interest in Imperial history can sign up free for ‘Empire: the Controversies of British Imperialism’ which will run for six weeks, starting on 19th January 2015. Professor Richard Toye has worked with The Centre for Imperial Global History at the University of Exeter to produce an exciting and innovative programme exploring the Empire through the themes of money, violence, race, religion, sex, propaganda and power. Find out more and watch the trailer for the course here, follow The Centre for Imperial Global History on Twitter @ExeterCIGH or use the hashtag #FLEmpire.




The Sculpture Walk at our beautiful Streatham Campus: A great way to experience Arts and Culture at Exeter 

Experience the beautiful, autumnal transformations of the plants and wildlife across campus by following the Sculpture Walk. It’s a great way for returning alumni to fulfil items on their Exeter bucket list! To find out more details of the University’s sculpture collection and the Sculpture Walk, visit Arts and Culture Exeter. You can also ensure you are the first to hear about the latest events and exhibitions on the Arts and Culture Exeter calendar by signing up to their newsletter (form featured on their homepage).


Re-live campus life and experience world-class theatre all at once

What better way to re-live your time at Exeter than to visit Exeter’s Northcott Theatre? Right in the heart of campus, the Northcott is a 460-seat venue hosting a professional programme of events from family theatre to world-class opera. Upcoming shows include Tavaziva Ten, a special anniversary show celebrating ten years of African dance, and Antigone, a 21st century reworking of Sophocles’ classical play. For details of the wide range of theatre performances coming up, visit Arts and Culture Exeter.



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