Baroness Floella Benjamin is stepping down as Chancellor, your questions for Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, and many more alumni features, news and events

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Chancellor Baroness Floella Benjamin steps down after ten fantastic years

Winter Graduation 2016 will be the last to be presided over by Baroness Benjamin OBE DL after ten years as Chancellor.

Want to share your memories of Floella? Get in touch with us.

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Alumni News

Your questions for Minister Sajid Javid

Do you have a question you’d like to ask alumnus and Culture Secretary Sajid Javid? We’ll be interviewing Sajid for this year’s EXETER magazine (published in Autumn) and we’d like to pose some of your questions... So if you would like to ask him something about his time at Exeter or his life and career since - please email us with your question by Wednesday 8 April. 

Inspiring alumnae recognised

To celebrate International Women's Day 2015, each day this month we have been featuring the achievements of women associated with the University on our website homepage. Congratulations to all the inspiring alumnae who were nominated to feature in the campaign this year and to the six who were selected to be part of it – Catherine Thornhill, Harshita Mann, Ali Berryman, Amber Reed, Roz Evans and Liz Oldershaw (Liz will feature on Monday 30 March). You can read about all the women recognised here.

Win a night's stay at the Magdalen Chapter, Exeter

Fancy a relaxing stay at Exeter's Magdalen Chapter Hotel? We have a stay for two - including a three course dinner, cooked breakfast, use of the pool and fitness room - up for grabs. If you are hoping to visit Exeter soon for either business or leisure, enter our prize draw.

Alumni awards, accolades, and achievements

Congratulations to Caroline Pover who has been recognised by the Japan-British Society for her efforts to support survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011; and Dr Jean Claude Autrey who has been appointed Chancellor of the University of Mauritius. If you'd like to share an achievement with us, please get in touch

Have you got pictures of your halls?

We're looking for photos - old or recent - of the halls you were in while studying at Exeter for a feature in this year's EXETER magazine. Email us your photos and captions by Wednesday 8 April.

A fascinating evening at the Royal Society

Over 90 Exeter alumni gathered in the 'home of science’, the Royal Society, to hear an exclusive insight into our latest research from leading academics.

University News

Alzheimer’s Society & University of Exeter join forces in fight against dementia

Alzheimer’s Society has announced the launch of a new dementia-focussed Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Exeter. The centre will support eight PhD students to investigate the effect of dementia on the brain’s neural networks.

Paul hopes to solve the mysteries of flamingo fatherhood

A researcher at the University of Exeter has launched a bid to analyse the DNA of a group of flamingos in order to answer some of the questions surrounding paternity and social behaviour in the distinctive pink birds.

Old mothers know best: killer whale study sheds light on the evolution of menopause

A new study led by the Universities of Exeter and York has shown that female killer whales survive after menopause because they help their family members find food during hard times. This research provides insights into why women continue to live long after they can no longer have children.

Volunteering & Giving

Volunteer in the Spotlight

'Volunteer in the spotlight' is a regular feature which shares the stories of some of our alumni volunteers.
This month is the turn of Colin Pickard (Economics & Politics 1997). Currently working at EY as a Director in the Financial Crime team, he volunteers his time to help students find their career paths.

A trip to the Met Office

Alumna Ruth Steele (BSc Geography 2005 and MA Landscape Archaeology 2006) organised for 63 Geography students from both our Exeter and Penryn campuses to attend an Open Day at the Met Office where she works as Senior Operational Meteorologist. 

The Leventis Foundation's impact on Classics research

We were delighted to welcome representatives of the A. G. Leventis Foundation to a special event in London to celebrate and recognise the Foundation's generous philanthropic support.


Rowing gifts will be matched

We recently launched a rowing appeal to help fund a new boat for the University’s crews and one generous alumnus has offered to match all donations 1:1 up to £12,500. This means that a qualifying gift of £100 would be worth £250 to our Boat Club after it is match funded and Gift Aid has been claimed.

The Club recently enjoyed success in the BUCS Head in Boston, with the Women's Championship Coxed Four winning Gold by an astonishing 40 seconds. There are many ways to donate to the rowing appeal and gifts of all sizes are appreciated. The University simply couldn’t offer the sporting experience we do without the ongoing support of our alumni, for which we are extremely grateful.

BUCS business

The University reached the semi-final stage in five Championships this year (the highest level of inter-university competition). However, in a dark day for Exeter, Men’s and Women’s Rugby, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse and Women’s Hockey all lost, with defeats against Loughborough and Durham.

Men’s Hockey 2’s and Women’s Lacrosse 2’s fared better and progressed to their respective Trophy Finals, along with the Rugby Union 3rd team and the Women’s Fencing team, all part of BUCS Big Wednesday, held at Loughborough University. While we suffered three defeats, Men’s Rugby came through to win gold in dramatic fashion, winning 40-37 in extra time thanks to a last minute penalty. Earlier this term we celebrated the Men’s Rugby Varsity win against Bath, we enjoyed success in the  BUCS Head and the Women's and Men's indoor cricket teams qualified for the indoor finals, to be held this weekend at Headingly. Visit our news page to keep updated with the latest action.


27 March: The Place Symposium - celebrating 10 years in Penryn

Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus, University of Exeter, Penryn

27 March: Tokyo alumni social

Roof Top Bar and Terrace G (13th Floor), Granbell Hotel, Shinjuku, 2-14-5 Kabuki-cho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

28 March: University of Exeter Boat Club Alumni Gala Dinner

The Northcote, 2 Northcote Road, London

7 April: South West Alumnae Group Networking Evening

Magdalen Chapter Hotel, Magdalen Street, Exeter

14 April: Saudi Arabia gala alumni networking dinner

British Ambassador’s Residence, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh

25 - 26 April: Alumni Golf Weekend – Northcote Trophy

Warren Golf Club Dawlish Warren Beach Rd Dawlish, Devon

29 April: Lasok Law Lecture

Newman Blue LT, Peter Chalk Building, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, Exeter

30 April: Exe-X: Women and Leadership Reception

The University Women's Club, 2 Audley Square, London

5 May: Sir Michael Barber Hon LLD - How to Run a Government: So That Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don’t Go Crazy

Henderson Lecture Theatre, Xfi Building, Business School, University of Exeter, Exeter

12 May: Alumni mixer in Toronto

Duke of Devon pub, Toronto, Canada - see more info on the Canadian alumni Facebook group

4 - 11 June: EUC Holiday: The delights of the Amalfi Coast and Classical Italy

Grand Hotel Hermitage, Sorrento

4 July: Henley Royal Regatta alumni reception

Henley Cricket Club, Wokingham

4 July: Cornwall Politics & International Relations alumni reunion


16 July: Annual Alumni Golf Day 2015

St Georges Hill Golf Club, Surrey

For our full event listings please visit our website

Alumni authors

This month's featured authors...

Philip Blair
Faith, Culture and Conflict – A Middle Eastern Odyssey

Gerry Brown
The Independent Director: The Non-Executive Director’s Guide to Effective Board Presence

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