New Year Honours for alumni and Honorary Graduates

Alumni and Honorary Graduates have featured strongly in this year’s UK New Year Honours list. 

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Alumni News

Jeremy Farrar 

College of Benefactors welcomes new members

The Wellcome Trust and Ayudar Foundation were welcomed into the prestigious University of Exeter College of Benefactors at the recent winter graduation ceremony.

International democracy award for graduate

A graduate who established an online and television forum to encourage young Arabs to take part in public life and debate, has been recognised with an award in the United States.

Digital award for new magazine

A graduate, who launched his own magazine last July, has already scooped a Cornish business award. Ian Pogonowski (English Literature 2011) combined his passion for sport, culture, outdoors life and technology, and built on his degree to create the digital magazine Outfit Cornwall.

A gift of a lifetime

Our first London-based gathering for our legacy supporters took place before our Christmas carol service.  We enjoyed the opportunity to thank twenty of our supporters for their planned future support which will help us to continue to provide the very best for our students.  We would love to hear from you if you are considering a gift in your Will to the University so that we can thank you properly or send you helpful information, please contact

Graduate is President of the Supreme Court of Cyprus

Law graduate and former Exeter academic Judge Demetrios Hadjihambis is currently President of the Supreme Court of Justice in Cyprus. Demetrios, who has also been an ad hoc Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, will continue the Presidency until his retirement later this year.  

Update your details for the chance to win a £20 Amazon voucher

If you haven’t been in touch with us in a while, update your details in February for a chance to win a £20 Amazon voucher. Follow the instructions on our update pages to ensure you receive tailored emails and invitations to alumni events where you live. If you have any questions email the alumni office on

University News

South West by South East - Exeter strengthens links with China 

Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive Professor Sir Steve Smith led a delegation from the University of Exeter to China in November to meet alumni and consolidate the University’s links with three of the leading universities in China.

Exeter student one of Time magazine's most influential teens

Beth Reeks, a first year Physics student, has been named as one of Time magazine’s Most Influential Teens of 2013. Beth, who comes from Newport in Wales, self-published her debut novel The Kissing Booth when she was 15. It has since gone on to register 19 million online hits. She has subsequently been awarded a three book deal with top publishers, Random House.

Research into fruit fly cells could lead to cancer insights 

New research by scientists at the University has shown that cells demonstrate remarkable flexibility and versatility when it comes to how they divide – a finding with potential links to the underlying causes of many cancers.

Antarctic’s Pine Island Glacier in ‘irreversible retreat

An international team of scientists has shown that Pine Island Glacier, the largest single contributor to sea-level rise in Antarctica, has entered a period of irreversible, self-sustained retreat and is likely to increase its discharge into the ocean in comparison to the last decade. 

A year in the life of the University of Exeter
Thanks to the support and enthusiasm of our alumni and friends, last year was very successful for the University. We were ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for the first time (according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings), we saw UK applications rise by over a third, we reached 8th position in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide league table and continued to produce groundbreaking research.   Watch our 'A year in the life of the University of Exeter' video which summarises some of these wonderful achievements. 



In the spotlight: Andrew Bullock

Last year almost 700 Exeter alumni volunteered their time to help current students. This took many forms, from giving a careers talk, to providing a profile, hosting practice job interviews, to one to one mentoring. We want to thank each and every volunteer for their generosity. In this new feature we hear from some of the volunteers with their stories. This month it’s the turn of television producer Andrew Bullock, who shares stories from the celebrity world and tells us what it really takes to work in the world of television.



Sports alumni web pages online

We recently launched our Sports Alumni webpages which trace our successes over the decades and take a nostalgic look back at years gone by. On these pages you'll find photo archives, an interactive Hall of Fame and a timeline charting our major milestones. An active sports alumni scene exists for the benefit of all University of Exeter alumni and supporters, with event listings also online.  


Keep the Look: Online store now open

You can now show your support for the University of Exeter wherever you go, thanks to our new online sports merchandise store. A wide choice of items is available and all are branded with the University crest. A percentage of all purchases go towards supporting student sport at the University. 

Rowers power through first GB trials

The University of Exeter’s rowing elite have sailed through the first round of Great Britain trials. Ten rowers from the University of Exeter Boat Club (EUBC) travelled to the test weekend which doubled up as the British Universities and Colleges Sport Indoor Rowing Series.


8 February: Kolkata Alumni Afternoon Tea

The Oberoi Grand 15, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata 

8 February: Delhi Alumni Dinner

19 Oriental Avenue, Shangri La Hotel, Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi, DL 110001 

8-9 February: Chinese New Year

Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, Exeter 

10 February: Research Uncovered: Quiescent Period Prediction

Alumni Auditorium, The Forum, Streatham Campus, Exeter

19 February: Rugby Varsity 2013/14

Sandy Park, Exeter

20 February: Sydney New Year Drinks

Sydney, Australia

24 February: Research Uncovered: Metamaterials - the future is by design

Alumni Auditorium, The Forum, Streatham Campus, Exeter 

Save the Date: 6 March: Paris Law Dinner

For more information please email Katie Wade (

Save the Date: 7 March: Paris Alumni Social

For more information please email Katie Wade (

10 March: Research Uncovered: Outside the Box - Engineering the Cardboard Surfboard

Alumni Auditorium, The Forum, Streatham Campus, Exeter

13 March: Paddon Award

Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, Exeter

24 March: Business School Informal Networking Evening at the IoD

Institute of Directors Wine Bar, 116 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ED

3-4 May: Northcote Golf Trophy

East Devon Golf Club and The Warren, Dawlish

Save the Date: 5 May: New York Alumni Event

For more information please email Rachael Green (

Save the Date: 8 May: Women on Boards - Networking Reception, London

For more information please email Katie Wade (


Alumni authors

This month's featured authors...

Carol Rowan
Bloodletting at Lammas

Julie Sampson

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