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Lord Myners of Truro takes up role as University Chancellor

A former Government Minister who has led some of the UK's best known businesses is to take up post as Chancellor at the University of Exeter.



Alumni News

Global Conversation London: A "New Europe": Lessons from Ancient and Modern History

The latest event in our Global Conversation series: A "New Europe": Lessons from Ancient and Modern History takes place at the prestigious British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences on 26 May. With June's referendum bringing the debate about Britain's future in the EU centre stage, this event provides an opportunity to assess the issues from the perspective of current research.


Penryn graduate crowned Energy Champion

An Exeter Renewable Energy graduate has won a prestigious Energy Institute (EI) award for her work in promoting carbon reduction. Kate Simpson, who graduated with a BSc degree in Renewable Energy from the University of Exeter's Penryn campus in 2013, received her prize at an awards ceremony and dinner, held in London.



International Summer School 2016

Want younger friends and family to have the Exeter experience? Open to students from around the world, the International Summer School is an opportunity to experience British University life with students from all over the world. With 11 accredited courses from a range of subject areas from Accounting to Climate Change, Law and Shakespeare there are options for everyone.



Alumnae News

Alumnae and Students Tackle Career Challenges

Alumnae and female students were able to discuss and build their career strategies at a recent workshop held on campus. The workshop was run by Kathryn Bishop, Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and alumna Jessica Gibby (Spanish and French 1984) of Jade Language and Events.


Humanities News

English Lecturer longlisted for Short Story Award

English and Creative Writing lecturer Dr Rob Magnuson Smith, has been longlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for his short story 'The Elector of Nossnearly'.


PhD Teaching Studentships in Sociology, Philosophy, and Anthropology

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies is pleased to offer up to five PhD Teaching Studentships for entry in 2016-17 to the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology.


University expertise key in "treasure" inquest

University of Exeter expertise has helped uncover the origins of treasure found by a metal detector on Devon farmland. Danielle Wootton, Devon Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, based at the University of Exeter, identified the owner of the 350-year-old silver seal matrix or "stamp".


Exceptional opportunities for outstanding humanities academics

If you are as ambitious to succeed on the world stage as we are, join us and make a difference. We are committed to building on our already impressive global reputation by making a significant investment in key new academic staff across Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, English, History, and Modern Languages.


Social Science News

Succession planning service launched to help farms stay in the family

Professor Matt Lobley joined a panel of experts to lead a debate, 'Playing the generation game', at NFU's annual Conference in Birmingham. NFU Mutual has launched a succession planning service to help farming families through the difficult process of bringing family members together to agree a plan for the long-term future of the farm.


President of the UK Supreme Court visits the University of Exeter

The Rt Hon Lord Neuberger, President of the UK Supreme Court, has visited the University to meet staff and students. Lord Neuberger's informal visit came following an invitation from student Ammar Khan, who spent time shadowing him earlier this year.


In focus: Careers with a Politics degree

Three alumni from the Politics Department were welcomed back to Exeter to talk about how their careers developed in the first few years after graduating. The panel covered all aspects of career planning and reflected on how important it was that they found out about what they didn't want to do, as well as discovering areas of interest during their studies.


Business News


A message from the Dean

As many of you may know, I am moving to a new role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Birmingham. As I step aside after almost five years as Dean, I would like to thank the many alumni who have helped the School enormously during my tenure. I continue to be surprised at the great generosity that our alumni show in terms of their time, advice, sheer energy and enthusiasm, and financial support for the School. It's a part of my role that I will very much miss, since I should add that it's also been a lot of fun getting to know you and engaging with you. I'm hoping that there'll be a fraction of the alumni support at my new university as there has been at Exeter. So once again, thank you. As I hand over the leadership of the School to Richard Owen, I know that you'll give him the same support as you've given me. My very best wishes to you all. Should you ever find yourself in Birmingham, do let me know and I'd be delighted to hear from you.


'Boldness in Business' with Lord Bilimoria CBE DL - Monday 9 May

We are delighted to invite you to our alumni reception on Monday 9 May in London, kindly hosted by Nomura. Lord Bilimoria, Founder of Cobra Beer and Exeter Honorary Graduate, will be speaking on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.


Studied MSc FAFM or International Management? What are you doing now?

If you studied MSc Fund Analysis or International Management we want to know what you are doing now. To help build our programme it is useful for us to know where our graduates end up. If you haven't already, let us know where you are now by completing a short online form. There are also many ways you can stay involved and help current students through volunteering. If this interests you, please get in touch:


Here's what you missed: Recent events

In February, the Business School welcomed Exeter alumni to events in Birmingham, Exeter and London. We covered a variety of themes, from effective networking, to emulating nature for innovation and sustainability. If you think these events would have interested you, why not find out what happened by reading our news articles.


Life and Environment News

Real-life aliens efficient at turning hosts into new parasites

The way parasitoid wasps feed may be gruesome, but it is an extremely efficient way to exploit prey. Exeter research has found. The wasps lay their eggs inside other animals and once the larvae hatches it starts feeding on the still living host from inside - as portrayed in the movie Alien. This is an unpleasant way for the attacked animal to die but it is a clever way for the wasps to eat.


Cystic Fibrosis Trust announces £750,000 investment in Exeter-based research centre

A pioneering new research centre, that will help health professionals design bespoke physical activity and exercise plans to improve the lives of young people with cystic fibrosis, has been launched.


Dementia: "illness" label can lower mood

People who perceive dementia symptoms as an illness feel more negative than those who see it as an inevitable part of getting older, a new study indicates. Research led by the University of Exeter looked at people who had recently been diagnosed with dementia, and encountered symptoms such as memory loss, difficulty concentrating or carrying out daily tasks.


New vaccine could save thousands of lives

Work led by University of Exeter experts could help to protect thousands of people from an often fatal disease found in most tropical regions. Academics have created a vaccine which has the potential to protect humans from the infection melioidosis, also called Whitmore's disease.


Engineering, Mathematics and Science News

Global farming practices must change, say climate change researchers

Human activities such as farming have caused the world's plants, animals and microbes to contribute to global warming, a major international study co-authored by an Exeter professor has found. The research findings have prompted an urgent call for landowners and policy makers to reduce greenhouse emissions from livestock and arable agriculture.


Exeter astronomer gets best ever view of ageing star

An astronomer from the University has had the sharpest ever view of a dusty disc around an ageing star 4,000 light years away which could signal a new generation of planets. Using an intensely powerful telescopic system at an observatory in Chile Dr Jacques Kluska, an associate research fellow in the department of Physics and Astronomy, and fellow scientists on a pan-European team, were able to get the clearest view so far of the star and compare discs around young and old stars for the first time.


Exeter physicist takes research to Parliament

A University researcher has been selected from thousands of competitors to present his research to MPs and expert judges at the House of Parliament. Ryan Edginton, who is studying for a PhD in Physics, has been asked to present on his research into the effects hydration has on the elastic proteins that form the connective tissue in the human body.


Medicine News

Pregnant mother's weight, glucose and blood pressure affect baby's size

Being overweight or obese in pregnancy causes babies to be born larger, according to new research. The study, led by the universities of Exeter and Bristol, also found that having higher blood glucose (sugar) during pregnancy causes babies to be born larger. Conversely, having higher blood pressure in pregnancy causes babies to be smaller.


School children solve genetic riddle

Children from Devon, Dorset and Somerset got hands-on in University laboratories as they used genetic processes commonly seen in TV crime dramas to help solve a mystery. The children tackled a scenario in which scandal had erupted on Devon's sporting scene as previously unknown athletes smashed all known records. Police called on the only team who can scrutinise the mysterious yeast found in their bags: The X-Men in White.



University News

House of Commons showcase for University of Exeter dementia research

Exeter research which can help people living with early-stage dementia to manage their everyday lives and remain independent will be showcased by politicians at the House of Commons. The work of Professor Linda Clare is assisting people with early-stage dementia to improve their well-being, and those who care for them to experience reduced stress.


New rankings strengthen Exeter's reputation

The Times Higher Education (THE) European Rankings has placed Exeter at number 38, further cementing our global reputation for excellence. The annual QS World University Rankings, published today, features Exeter amongst the world's elite institutions in 18 of the 42 subjects in its World University Rankings by Subject.


£1.5 million to train tomorrow's scientists and engineers

The Government is investing £1.5 million in the University of Exeter, to train the next generation of innovators in physical science subjects. The cash boost will contribute towards funding up to 22 additional PhD studentships, offering sector-leading training and development alongside Exeter's outstanding facilities and resources. The studentships will be within the key discipline areas of Physics, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.


Tributes paid to former University of Exeter Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor

Tributes have been paid to the former Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter, Professor Paul Webley, CBE, who has passed away aged 62. Professor Webley led SOAS, University of London, from 2006 until 2015 after 26 years of distinguished research, teaching and leadership at the University of Exeter. At Exeter he held several senior positions including Head of the School of Psychology and, latterly, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.


Volunteering & Giving

Students give almost 300 hours back to Exeter community

Exeter students have given almost 300 hours of their time back to Exeter communities as part of National Student Volunteering Week. More than 60 keen students signed up to get involved with 'Good Deeds Day', the highlight of National Student Volunteering Week, which sees student groups across the country head out in their droves to serve their local communities.


Volunteer in the Spotlight - Simon Vigar

Volunteer in the Spotlight is a regular feature that highlights the alumni that help current students achieve more. Simon Vigar (Politics 1991) is Royal Correspondent at Channel 5 News. Read about his career and why he volunteers at the University.


Alumni return to Exeter for Business and Finance Society annual dinner

The University of Exeter's student Business and Finance Society (BFS) welcomed 12 alumni to their annual flagship dinner at the Mercure Southgate Hotel. Graduates from companies such as HSBC, EY, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs attended the annual dinner, which allows members to meet with alumni who are industry professionals in business and finance.



Women's Cricket team win BUCS Indoor Super 8s Championship

The Women's Indoor Cricket team travelled to Sheffield Hallam as part of BUCS Big Wednesday to play against Loughborough in the Super 8s final. The game was played at a high intensity throughout, with Exeter winning several key moments on their way to an impressive 5 wicket victory over Loughborough.


EURFC take on Loughborough at Twickenham

EURFC take on Loughborough at 17:30 today in their Championship Final at Twickenham Stadium, home of England Rugby. You can catch all the action live on the BUCS YouTube channel. Exeter last reached the Men's Final in 2004 and last won the Championship in 2001. We go into the 2016 final as the number one ranked university for rugby in the current BUCS rankings.


The South West Storm

The South West consortium that will compete in the inaugural Women's Cricket Super League has been named the Western Storm, who make their competitive debut on Sunday July 31 against Lancashire Thunder. Former England international and World Cup winner Caroline Foster has been announced as the new head coach of the South West team. For more information on the tournament fixture list please click here. The University of Exeter was ranked in 2nd position overall in the 2014-15 BUCS Cricket rankings.


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Out of Doors Society Walk Saturday 21 May

The 2015/16 committee of the Out of Doors Society would like to invite all members past and present to join us on a re-enactment of the first ever organised OODS walk, from Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton, on the afternoon of Saturday 21 May 2016. This will be followed by fish and chips on Exmouth beach on our return. For further information, including booking details, please see the OODS website. We would love to see as many of you as possible!


Call for ambassadors to help shape the future of Wales' brightest students

Calls are being made for Welsh alumni from the UK's leading universities to lend their support to an exclusive network aimed at helping Wales' brightest school pupils access the best higher education institutions in the UK. To find out more about this rewarding opportunity please visit The Seren Network page on the Welsh Government's website. Alternatively, download their call to action here.


Keeping it in the family

Do you have a brother, sister, son, daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew thinking of applying to university in 2017? If so, why not book them a place at our upcoming Open Days on 3 and 4 June and take the opportunity to come along to share your memories of your student days at Exeter.

To pre-register your interest in attending visit please visit our website.


Calling all entrepreneurs!

Santander UK has announced the opening of the Santander Universities Enterprise Awards 2016.

The competition encourages and supports University students to be more entrepreneurial and is open to all students and graduates from a Santander UK partner university.

For more information see Santander's website or download the competition details here.