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Chancellor announces £1.6m to unlock genetic secrets

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, visited the new  Research, Innovation, Learning and Development centre,  where he announced a heavy investment into disease research.

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Alumni News

Expedition reports on rare findings

The flora and fauna of a rarely visited part of the world are now better understood thanks to donations made by our alumni to the Annual Fund. Expedition Samloem 2013 saw 15 students from the universities of Exeter and Falmouth, alongside the Royal University of Agriculture (Cambodia) conduct baseline surveys of the biodiversity on Cambodian island, Koh Rong Samloem. As well as discovering several reptiles which may be new species or subspecies, their work will go towards helping local people conserve their island in the future. Read their full report

Alumna's dream magazine becomes a reality

The first issue of Biosphere magazine, created by alumna Roz Evans (Conservation Biology and Ecology 2014), has now been released. Around 500 subscribers have already received their first copy of the magazine. Roz, who graduated from the Penryn Campus this year, is not only the founder but also the director and editor of the magazine.

A busy period for the France Alumni Group

The France Alumni Group recently organised a reunion for French graduates, along with those who studied French, to return to Exeter and reminisce together. A few weeks later, members of the group welcomed the Exeter University Club's London branch to Provence.

Put your art into it!

Talented writers, visual artists, film-makers and musicians are invited to enter The Paddon Award 2015. The competition is open to students, staff and alumni of Exeter who are not working in the professional arts.

Alumni to "sail" the Andes

This January, Exeter graduates Gareth Davies (Spanish 2014) and Joe Barrs (Politics 2013) will land-sail 2,500 miles from the southern tip of South America to Santiago in 56 days, they will also ascend the highest peak in the world outside the Himalayas, Mt. Aconcagua.

Graduate appointed as Young Poet Laureate for London

Aisling Fahey (English 2014) has been appointed as Young Poet Laureatte for London. She talks about her experience at Exeter and offers an excerpt from one of her poems.

XTV connections

Were you a member of XTV during your time at Exeter? XTV are looking to reconnect with former members via a termly newsletter. If you’d like to receive this newsletter, with XTV updates and links to our content and events, then please email Mini Warren at We look forward to hearing from you.

Alumnus President of Lute Society

A concert held at the University in 1965 gave alumnus David Van Edwards (English 1965) the chance to hear live lute playing for the first time. He is now the President of the Lute Society, which has over a thousand members around the world.


Employability at Exeter

To keep all of our students, alumni and employers up-to-date with the exciting employability developments at Exeter, we have created a new e-magazine called ‘In the Zone.'  Follow this link to read the latest highlights and successes and to find out how you can get involved.

SMEs recruit students to develop international trade

With a growing number of students interested in international business, Exeter has teamed up with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to bring together SMEs and talented Exeter student interns to add valuable capabilities to UK companies’ export activities.

Employer benefits with the University

The University can be a key resource for your business. Students are always looking for opportunities to advance their careers, you can aid their development whilst supporting fellow students and alumni. Find out how the University can benefit you, subscribe to the careers enewsletter for employers by emailing

University News

St Luke’s Campus celebrates 160 years of teacher training

The University of Exeter’s St Luke’s Campus is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year. Originally founded as a teacher training college, the campus is now home to the University of Exeter Medical School, Sports and Health Sciences, as well as the Graduate School of Education.

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. Since its successful run in 2014, this free 8-week online course, will be re-run in January and will be 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.

Minister for Universities, Science and Cities visits University of Exeter

Greg Clark MP, the Minister for Universities, Science and Cities met with key researchers and business representatives during a fact-finding visit to the University of Exeter.

Diwali 2014 video highlights

We celebrated Diwali on Streatham campus this year with workshops, dancing, fireworks, and even a snake! Watch the video highlights here:



'Empire: the Controversies of British Imperialism' online course 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 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.




Volunteer in the Spotlight: Rob Holmes

'In the Spotlight' is a regular feature which shares the stories of some of our alumni volunteers. In recognition of Global Entrepreneurs Week, this month is the turn of Devon entrepreneur Rob Holmes (Geography 1990), founder of the highly successful Gro Company.

Gift of time reaches a new high

2013/14 was a fantastic year for our volunteering programme with more alumni involved than ever before. More than 800 alumni volunteered across the last academic year to support Exeter, between them completing more than 1,000 volunteering activities and donating more than 9,000 hours of their time.


Sports Scholar Welcome Reception

New and current Sports Scholars across the ten Focus Sports were recently welcomed to the University. The new Director of Sport, Alison Davidson said that, “It was lovely to meet with all of our High Performance Sports Scholars. To have such high standard sporting athletes within our student body is hugely encouraging.” Ross Reid, a freelance sports journalist also delivered a workshop on the use of social media in sport. Many of our 42 Sports Scholars are kindly supported by the generosity of University of Exeter alumni. On behalf of all the Scholars we would like to thank you for your ongoing support. 

Aiming high with early BUCS success

At the time of writing we are 3rd in the overall BUCS rankings. The highest point scoring sports at present are Hockey, Tennis, Rugby and Lacrosse. Our Rugby Union 1st team has enjoyed a particularly successful start to the season, winning four out of five games so far. For the first time this season, we have entered seven Men’s Rugby Union teams into the BUCS competition and the 7th XV recorded a tremendous 60-0 win against Southampton Solent’s 1st team. Our Women’s Rugby 1st team also enjoyed a big win, defeating Chichester 41-3. Men’s and Women’s Hockey 1st teams have also enjoyed successful starts to the season.

High Performance Programme 1st team captains leadership group

The High Performance Unit have set up a High Performance Programme 1st team captains group that will deliver workshops to enable athletes to share experiences and develop as leaders. Alumnus Neil Twogood (Economics 1979) delivered an inspiring first workshop on identifying and developing athletes' own leadership skills in High Performance sport, with the transfer of these skills from sport to business. One club captain said: “I really enjoyed having lots of different sports there and getting different people's perspectives on leadership”. If you are interested on delivering a workshop please contact


20 November: International security: is it as bad as it seems?
The Alumni Auditorium, University of Exeter

22 November: Come and Sing Handel's Messiah!
The Mary Harris Memorial Chapel, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

2 December: South West Alumnae Group Networking Evening
The Magdalen Chapter Hotel, Exeter

2 December: Recent Alumni Christmas Quiz
The Horniman at Hays, Unit 26 Hays Galleria, London

4 December: Third Alumni London Carol Service
St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall, London

8 December: Dangerous Ideas Wanted - Fairtrade in 2050
The Alumni Auditorium, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

10 December: EUC Wessex Branch: Christmas celebration in Winchester

10 December: Swimming Club Christmas Dinner
The Imperial, Exeter

11 December: EUC Exeter Branch: Christmas Lunch at Reed Hall
Reed Hall, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

11 December: Tokyo Alumni Networking Evening
Shangri La Hotel, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

18 December: Hockey Club Alumni Christmas Lunch
Old Dr Butler's Head, Moorgate, London

Save the Date - 10 February 2015: Exe-X: Women and Leadership Reception
The University Women's Club, London

25 February: Leventis Lectures 2015
The Hellenic Centre, London

28 February - 1 March: Inaugural Badminton Masters Alumni Tournament
Sports Park, Streatham Campus, Exeter

Alumni authors

This month's featured authors...

Joseph Inniss and Ralph Miller
A hip hop themed cookbook, with the likes of LL Cool Soufflé.

Maxine Ridge
First in a trilogy about an adventure in a darker parallel world

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