Graduate's role in destruction of Syria's chemical weapons

Exeter alumna Sigrid Kaag is overseeing the timely elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme. 

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Alumni News

FREE online course ‘Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions’

Learn about the science of climate change, the risks it poses and the solutions available to reduce those risks. This free 8-week online course, starting January 2014, is presented by an interdisciplinary team of leading academics – from mathematicians to marine biologists – in partnership with the Met Office. Watch the trailer and enrol today.

Top England Cricket role for alumnus 

Alumnus Paul Downton (Law 1980) has been appointed as the Managing Director of England Cricket. Paul represented England in 30 Tests between 1981-1988 and 28 one-day internationals with more than half his Tests coming against the powerful West Indies team of the 1980s. He played in both the 1981 and 1985 Ashes-winning series, the 1984/5 series win in India and the Cricket World Cup final in 1987 in Kolkata.

Cabinet reshuffle promotion for Exeter alumnus 

Exeter alumnus Sajid Javid MP (Economics & Politics, 1991) has been promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle. Sajid became MP for Bromsgrove in Worcestershire in the 2010 general election and is being seen as one of the Conservative Party’s rising stars.

Emmy award for Exeter writer

Graduate Abi Morgan has won a prestigious Emmy Award as the writer of the popular television drama The Hour.  Abi (English and Drama 1991) picked up the award at the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles.

Finals bid for TV record breaking graduate

Alumna Jen Steadman (English 2013), who set new records during her appearance on popular television programme Countdown, takes part again next month.  Jen will battle against the show's top contestants in a bid to become the Countdown Champion 2013.

Alumni book to attend second carol service

Nearly 100 graduates are already planning to join this year’s Exeter carol service in central London. It’s the second year the service will take place, at St Mary Woolnoth Church in the City. Last year the Church was full for the popular 45-minute event which is based on the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The service takes place on Thursday 5 December at 6.15pm and is followed by mince pies and refreshments. It is free to attend but please register using our online registration form.

University News

University of Exeter breaks into THE top 150 globally for first time

The influential Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings have placed Exeter in the top 150 for the first time, in 148th position. The THE rankings are the only global university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Major new TV series ‘The Tipping Points’ features University of Exeter climate researchers 

University of Exeter climate scientists Professor Tim Lenton and Professor Peter Cox have contributed to a major new television series –‘The Tipping Points: 6 Places on Earth Where Climate’s Changed’. Based on a research paper by Professor Tim Lenton in which potentially dangerous climate ‘tipping points’ were  identified, the series examines which of these critical thresholds has the potential to dramatically alter the climate and tip the climate system past a point of no return. The series is already airing in the US and Holland, and is expected to be broadcast in the UK in 2014.

Business School accredited by prestigious international body 

Following a rigorous assessment process, the University of Exeter Business School has joined an elite group of international management educators accredited by EQUIS. It becomes one of fewer than 150 Schools worldwide to gain this accreditation, placing it in the top 1% of business schools globally.

Insulin ‘still produced’ in most people with Type 1 Diabetes 

New technology has enabled scientists to prove that most people with Type 1 Diabetes have active beta cells, the specialised insulin-making cells found in the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system destroys the cells making insulin, the substance that enables glucose in the blood to gain access to the body’s cells.


Exe-X: Women Working Together - The Alumnae Group

The Alumnae Group is represented in London and the South West. The Group offers self-supporting gatherings for alumnae of all professions, ages and stages, who engage and network with each other, as well as finding support and advice; all with the common experience of being a University of Exeter graduate. Event Topics covered to date have included Leadership and the Glass Cliff, entrepreneurship and Inspirational Women. This is a Group unique to this University and we would like to see membership grow, leading the way by putting a focus on the world of work for women. It is supported by the most senior female executives from the University. Please join us and bring along your ideas!



Golf Team 4th in Europe
The University’s Golf Team finished in fourth position at the European Universities Sports Association Golf Championships in Saint Saens, France. The team won the right to represent the UK after winning last year’s BUCS Championship. The team has also started this domestic season brightly with some impressive individual results.  


BUCS season off to great start

Exeter teams have made a great start to the 2013/14 BUCS season and at the time of writing we currently sit in 3rd position of 148 UK institutions, two places higher than last year's record finish of 5th place. Our teams travel all over the UK and may be competing near you soon. Fixtures for all Exeter teams can be found on the BUCS website

Russell Seal Fitness Centre a huge success

Opened on the 5 September, the Russell Seal Fitness Centre on Streatham Campus is already proving a huge a success. The £6.5m two storey facility houses over 200 stations of the latest equipment as well as a new exercise studio and changing rooms. The step change in variety and interactivity is already proving extremely popular with a huge 70% increase in gym visits compared to this time last year.


5 December: Alumni Carol Service

St Mary Woolnoth Church, King William St, London

5 December: Exetra Christmas Quiz

The Horniman at Hays, Unit 26, Hays Galleria, London SE1 2HD

10 December: Water, Waste, Disease and the Arts

Newman Collaborative Lecture Theatre, Peter Chalk Building, Streatham Campus, Exeter

11 December: CLES Annual Lecture: Lost Lands

Steve Backshall (English & Drama 1995, Hon DLitt 2012), talks and answers questions about his expeditions of discovery
Alumni Auditorium, The Forum, Streatham Campus, Exeter

19 December: Hockey Club Alumni Christmas Lunch

Old Dr Butler's Head, Moorgate, London


Calling all writers!

Alumni are invited to submit short stories, poems and life writing on the theme of 'The suburbs' for possible inclusion within Riptide Journal’s tenth volume.  

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