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Westcountry medical graduates receive thank you hampers

Graduates in medicine-related subjects at the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth have received hampers thanking them for their work

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Exeter graduates celebrate with online ceremony featuring celebrity alumni

Graduates at the University of Exeter celebrated finishing their degrees in an online ceremony to mark their achievements

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Plastics found in sea-bed sharks

Microplastics have been found in the guts of sharks that live near the seabed off the UK coast.

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Defra report features Westcountry research on health benefits of being by the sea

Researchers at two leading Westcountry institutions have teamed up with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in a study

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Penryn students receive awards for Cornish community voluntary work

Two students at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus have received prestigious local awards for promoting the Celtic spirit of Cornwall.

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Road verges could be havens for pollinators

Better-managed road verges can help boost pollinating insects, new research shows.

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Innovative Cornish project creates landscape art - with a twist

Cornish residents have played an integral role in a breath-taking new project that has given an unusual twist to the traditional way of creating landscape paintings.

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Walking Along Blue Spaces Such as Beaches or Lakes Benefits Mental Health

New study identifies benefits to mood and well-being associated with short, frequent walks near bodies of water

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Next-generation triple antibody test for Covid-19 given green light by MHRA

University of Exeter scientists have developed a revolutionary new device that could allow health professionals to test patients’ antibody response to Covid-19 in as little as seven minutes.

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Law and Business module redesign is national example of best practice

The University of Exeter team for the National Learning Design BootCamp 2020 presented their redesign of a core undergraduate module to the final national conference last week.

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Exeter in global top five for research on green space and public health

The University of Exeter has leapt into the top five institutions in the world for research output on the links between green space and public health.

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Penryn student receives prestigious award for her work on tackling plastic waste

A University of Exeter postgraduate student has been honoured with The Diana Award - the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts.

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University of Exeter’s Cornwall IIB Team secure prestigious Knowledge Exchange award

The University of Exeter’s Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) Team for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are celebrating after securing a prestigious national award.

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Marine-i will stage a special online event on 6th July titled: “Celtic Sea Floating Offshore Wind – An Industrial Response to Supply Chain Opportunity”.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation.

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Exeter project to develop new energy-saving windows and facades given £1.65 million funding boost

A pioneering new project to develop revolutionary new energy saving windows and facades has received a significant funding boost.

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Darwin grants for Exeter research

Three marine conservation projects involving University of Exeter scientists have been awarded funding by the UK government’s Darwin Initiative.

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Less than a quarter of Cornwall’s voluntary sector operating as usual amid COVID-19 crisis

Cornwall’s voluntary organisations have been adapting services to support more vulnerable people for longer during the Covid-19 crisis.  

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Sea swimming linked to illness, study shows

People who go in the sea are more likely to experience symptoms of illness compared to non-bathers.

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Appetite for fast fashion goes out of style when people learn about impact of mass-produced clothing, study shows

Learning in groups how to make, mend and modify clothing reduces the appetite for fast fashion, a new study shows.

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University of Exeter nominated for PraxisAuril KE Award

The University’s Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) Team for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are finalists for Team of the Year at the PraxisAuril KE Awards.

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Virtual event in Cornwall explores link between art and the natural world

The distinctive relationship between art and the natural world will be explored during a special virtual event in Cornwall, to be held later this month.

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Exeter retains position in top 200 in QS World University Rankings

The University of Exeter has retained its position inside the top 200 universities worldwide, according to the latest influential international league table.

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Poems offer unique opportunity to spend time in the company of insects

People of all ages are being given the opportunity to spend time in the company of insects, through a series of fascinating new poems.

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Let's talk about money: Smartline supports financial wellbeing app

Smartline, the University of Exeter technology and wellbeing project, is supporting the development of a ground-breaking app 

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Marine-i event highlights new wave of opportunities in Floating Offshore Wind

Over 100 marine tech businesses joined a Marine-i online event on the plans for deployment of industrial scale Floating Wind turbines in the Celtic Sea and to explore the supply chain opportunities that this will bring.

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Celebrating Prestigious Athena SWAN Awards

Two prestigious Athena SWAN awards have just been granted to three University of Exeter departments to recognise their commitment to gender equality. 

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Online simulation to help public understand how diseases spread

Scientists have created an online simulation to help people understand how individual actions affect the spread of diseases.

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Pine martens like to have neighbours – but not too near

Pine martens need neighbours but like to keep their distance, according to new research.

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Cornish charity exposes Governmental failure to support the most vulnerable

A rapid assessment of COVID-19 implications for disabled people in Cornwall has illustrated a failure by central government to support people 

 

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University of Exeter Student Startup Team launches COVID-19 Startup Support Fund

The University of Exeter’s Student Startup team has launched a new funding initiative, designed to support innovative projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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‘Pingers’ could save porpoises from fishing nets

Underwater sound devices called “pingers” could be an effective, long-term way to prevent porpoises getting caught in fishing nets with no negative behavioural effects, newly published research suggests.

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Masters students shortlisted for national award

MSc Conservation Science and Policy students at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus were shortlisted in this year’s National Societies & Volunteers Awards which took place on 6 May.

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University of Exeter health and housing project to combat isolation during lockdown

A project that links technology and housing to improve health and wellbeing in Cornwall is developing a guide to using online devices to reduce feelings of isolation during COVID-19 lockdown.

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Pivotal new project aims to promote and implement green domestic heating

A pivotal new project, involving Renewable Energy experts from the University of Exeter, has been launched to pioneer new initiatives for greener home heating.

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Hyperlocal project shows that “home is where the art is”

A unique snapshot of life in a Cornish boatyard and a novel quest to find love provided the inspiration for Cornish artists to show that ‘home is where the art is’, through a special regional initiative.

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Nature soundscape experiment relaunched

An exciting national experiment reopens today, aiming to shed light on how listening to nature could impact wellbeing.

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Learn from past to protect oceans

History holds valuable lessons – and stark warnings – about how to manage fisheries and other ocean resources, a new study says.

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Student ‘Enterprise Hub’ received £1 million funding boost

A pioneering new project, designed to nurture students’ innovative product development and marketing skills with industry partners, has received a £1 million funding boost.

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Medical students joining fight against COVID-19 honoured in first Exeter virtual graduation

Medicine students who opted to graduate early to accelerate becoming junior doctors in the COVID-19 crisis 

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University of Exeter spin-out company secures investment for sustainable mining

A spin-out company focussed on driving environmental sustainability in the mining and raw materials sector, founded by experts from the University of Exeter, has secured investment to help develop the business.

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Litter problem at England’s protected coasts

Beaches in or near England’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have the same levels of litter as those in unprotected areas, new research shows.

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University and health trusts collaborating to accelerate genomic testing

Academics and clinicians across Devon and Cornwall are collaborating and innovating to improve testing capacity for COVID-19.

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University donates PPE to frontline COVID-19 workers in Exeter and Truro

Academics and technical staff at the University of Exeter have united to send thousands of items of protective equipment to the frontline

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‘Tequila’ powered biofuels could be used for transport fuel and hand sanitizer, research shows

The agave plant - which is used to make tequila – could be the key ingredient to unlocking a new way of producing environmentally-friendly transport fuel and hand sanitizer, new research has found.

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Devon and Cornwall’s creative communities invited to show that “home is where the art is”

A playful and innovative set of new small-scale arts commissions, designed to harness Devon and Cornwall’s creative talents by showing that ‘home is where the arts is’, have been launched.

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Exeter sea turtle expert on Forbes 30 Under 30 list

A University of Exeter researcher has been chosen for the Forbes “30 Under 30” list of innovators in science and heath across Europe. 

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Exeter’s Ocean Technology Group selected to receive Scottish Government support for Floating Offshore Wind innovation

An engineering research team at the University of Exeter’s Offshore Renewable Energy Group will carry out research into innovative mooring systems for floating offshore wind energy applications.

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Ship noise hampers crab camouflage

Colour-changing crabs struggle to camouflage themselves when exposed to noise from ships, new research shows.

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Older beetle parents ‘less flexible’

Older parents are less flexible when it comes to raising their offspring, according to a new study of beetles.

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Truro medical students to deliver hand-made teddies to children in Ethiopia

Medical students are heading by bear-o-plane to Ethiopia to volunteer in a new Maternity unit in Ethiopia, whilst delivering teddy bears to local children.

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Exeter appoints Professor Zhongdong Wang as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean for CEMPS

Professor Zhongdong Wang has been appointed as the new Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean at the University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

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Exeter subjects ranked amongst the world’s best, according to influential league table

Subjects across the Arts and Sciences at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best worldwide, in the latest influential global league table.

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Residents invited to contribute to plans to improve biodiversity and community use of the green space in Newquay

The University of Exeter is holding a workshop on Saturday 14 March to transform the green space on Towan Blystra Road, Newquay, TR7 2RP. 

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CSM sports team students enjoy double celebration at historic 'Bottle Match'

Students raise more than £4,500 for charity, before reclaiming historic trophy.

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Male-killing bugs hold key to butterflies’ curious colour changes

It is a spectacular butterfly breed with an intriguing back story – now scientists have revealed how male-killing bacteria are helping to create a dazzling hybrid of the African monarch.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? – new exhibition offers fascinating insight into Cornwall’s hidden world

A stunning new exhibition will offer a fascinating glimpse into the colourful and often kaleidoscopic world of bacteria, hidden out of sight throughout the distinctive Cornish landscape.

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Plans to improve biodiversity and community use of Ridgegrove’s green spaces

A special workshop has been organised to give members of the public the opportunity to help transform community green spaces in a distinct site in Launceston.

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Early worm lost lower limbs for tube-dwelling lifestyle

Scientists have discovered the earliest known example of an animal evolving to lose body parts it no longer needed.

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Seagulls favour food humans have handled

Seagulls favour food that has been handled by humans, new research shows.

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New national circular economy coordinators announced

First investment of a £30m initiative supporting the UK’s transition to a circular economy

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World-leading plastics research team collect Queen’s Anniversary prize

Prince Charles has awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education to a team at the University of Exeter.

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South American volcano shows potential signs of instability, research shows

One of South America’s most prominent volcanoes is producing early signals of potential instability, new research has shown.

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‘Disruptive Innovation’ in the spotlight at Cornwall Lecture

One of the UK’s most prominent digital experts, Tony Moretta, has spoken about the crucial role that ‘disruptive innovation’ can play in revolutionising the business landscape, during a special lecture event.

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University of Exeter wins £4 million extension for health and housing project

The University of Exeter has announced that it has been awarded £4 million in further funding to continue with a project researching technology, health and housing in Cornwall.

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Using the power of pop to change minds over sea turtle meat consumption

Researchers have developed a catchy way to reach communities on the island of São Tomé, in West Africa.

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School pupils join University of Exeter for Environment and Sustainability Day

Year 9 pupils from schools around Cornwall spent the day at the Penryn Campus for the annual Environment and Sustainability Day, which was this year based on the theme ‘Sustainable Futures for Cornwall’.

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Power of older people could save villages

Older people could hold the key to revitalising rural communities, researchers say.

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People power key to new wildlife havens

People power will be the driving force behind new wildlife havens in three Cornish towns.

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Beach clean data could boost science

Beach cleans can provide vital information on plastic pollution, researchers say.

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Turtle tracking reveals key feeding grounds

Loggerhead turtles feed in the same places year after year – meaning key locations should be protected, researchers say.

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WWII ping pong balls shortlisted for award

Two World War Two ping pong balls, from Penryn Campus Archives, have been shortlisted for Object of the Year in the Cornwall Heritage Awards.

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Exeter researcher finalist in Blavatnik Awards

A University of Exeter researcher has won recognition in the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK.

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Exeter experts lead free online course on metals in the Green Revolution

Experts from the University of Exeter are leading an innovative, free online course to explore the pivotal role that critical raw materials can play in sustainable, green technology.

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Reconnecting with nature key for sustainability

People who live in more built up areas and spend less free-time in nature are also less likely to take actions that benefit the environment, such as recycling, buying eco-friendly products, and environmental volunteering.

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Plant life expanding in the Everest region

Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows.

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Exeter joins Venice International University Consortium

Exeter has joined a prestigious international consortium comprising of 20 of some of the world’s leading universities, it has been announced.

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Hundreds of budding scientists gather for sixth annual Christmas Schools' Science Lectures Day

Schoolchildren were given a fascinating insight into some of the most captivating scientific discoveries and breakthroughs, at a special annual event.

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Edible insects: Mealworms on your menu?

Cricket brownies and “chocolate chirp cookies” were served at a meeting about the future of edible insects.

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Magic Lanterns, Movement and Mental Wellbeing key themes for new Arts & Culture Fellowships

Magic lanterns, movement and mental wellbeing are among the key topics to be explored through between academics and artists.

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New Vice-Chancellor appointed for University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is pleased to announce that Professor Lisa Roberts will be taking up the post of Vice-Chancellor in September 2020 following the retirement of Professor Sir Steve Smith.

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Secrets of orangutan ‘language’ revealed

“Climb on me”, “climb on you” and “resume play” are among the requests wild orangutans make to each other, researchers say.

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Cornwall hosts ‘future foods’ event to explore sustainable bug production

Experts and stakeholders will gather at the Penryn Campus on Thursday 12 December to explore the potential for producing insects for food and animal feed in Cornwall.

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University of Exeter signs Global Climate Letter and halts investments in fossil fuel companies

The University of Exeter is one of nearly 250 higher and further education institutions who have signed a Global Climate Letter which will be presented at COP25 in Madrid on Friday 6th December and on Thursday 12th December during a UN event on Climate Change Education. 

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Breakthrough in battle against invasive plants

Plants that can “bounce back” after disturbances like ploughing, flooding or drought are the most likely to be “invasive” if they’re moved to new parts of the world, scientists say.

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Lights on fishing nets save turtles and dolphins

Placing lights on fishing nets reduces the chances of sea turtles and dolphins being caught by accident, new research shows.

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Alcohol tolerance may have saved our ancestors from extinction

The ability to process alcohol may have saved humanity’s ancestors from extinction, a new book suggests.

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University students celebrate Fibonacci Day with World Record Attempt

University students celebrate Fibonacci Day with World Record Attempt

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Coastal beauty of Devon and Cornwall shines in photo competition

The beauty of Devon and Cornwall’s coasts and seas has been celebrated with the Exeter Marine photo competition.

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Humans closer to seeing though the eyes of animals

Humans are now closer to seeing through the eyes of animals, thanks to an innovative software framework developed by researchers from the University of Queensland and the University of Exeter.

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CSM receive £1.5m software donation from global petroleum experts

Students at the Camborne School of Mines will be able to gain fascinating new insights into 3D geological modelling of the subsurface, though pioneering software.

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Hundreds of trees planted at Penryn Campus

Hundreds of trees are being planted today (Friday) at the Penryn Campus as part of the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback.

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CNE Project leaves a mark in Cornwall

The planting of 175 native trees will represent the businesses supported in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly by the ERDF-funded CNE project, as part of the legacy of the successful energy-related scheme.

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Animals could help humans monitor oceans

Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic tags.

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Spaceport Cornwall investment is giant leap for science and innovation in the South West

The Cornwall Council multi-million pound investment in Spaceport Cornwall is set to revolutionise businesses, jobs and skills in the region.

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48 hour design challenge to re-think fashion of the future

Plymouth based company, BAM Bamboo Clothing, and the University of Exeter have joined forces to address the issue of sustainability in fashion.

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Exeter achieves University of Sanctuary award

The University of Exeter has achieved a ‘University of Sanctuary’ award in recognition of the work it does to support forced migrants.

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Penryn Campus responding to climate emergency

Renewable energy and re-usable cups are among the features of the ever-greener Penryn Campus.

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Exeter research centre named key collaborator by World Health Organisation

The University of Exeter’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health has been designated as a Collaborating Centre by the World Health Organization.

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University of Exeter’s world-leading plastics research wins Queen’s Anniversary Prize

The University of Exeter has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for the pivotal role it has played to expose the devastating effect that plastics pollution has on the health of humans and wildlife.

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University experts feature in prestigious ranking of world’s most influential scientists

Leading climate, environment and health academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.

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Anglo American Chief Executive gives prestigious lecture at the University of Exeter in Cornwall

Staff, students and guests of the University of Exeter in Cornwall were pleased to welcome Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American plc, to deliver the Cornish Institute of Engineers’ Victor Phillips Memorial Lecture on Friday 15 November.

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Jackdaw mobs flip from chaos to order as they grow

Chaotic mobs of jackdaws suddenly get organised once enough birds join in, new research shows.

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Countries and cities show significant response to climate change, report suggests

According to the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, which includes the University of Exeter, countries and cities are responding to the growing threat that global warming poses.

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University of Exeter academic wins prestigious research prize

A University of Exeter academic has been awarded the prestigious Fleming Prize by the Microbiology Society.

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Severity of earthquake impact may change with the seasons, study shows

The devastating impact caused by earthquakes on the local communities and environment could differ in severity depending on the season, a pioneering new study on two historic earthquakes in Kazakhstan has suggested.

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University panel reveals climate emergency plan

The University of Exeter must take rapid action to tackle the environment and climate emergency, according to a panel of staff and students.

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Public invited to ‘future proof their body’ at immersive VR arts performance

One of the world’s most iconic and historic theatres will play host to an innovative and immersive performance experience, designed to give members of the public the opportunity to explore their body’s potential in the virtual world.

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Millions of seabirds rely on discarded fish

Millions of scavenging seabirds survive on fish discarded by North Sea fishing vessels, new research shows.

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Showcasing Cornwall’s marine tech pioneers

A capacity audience attended the Marine Tech Transformers event on 1st November, hosted by Marine-i at Heartlands, Pool. 

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SETsquared ranked global #1 university business incubator for third time

The SETsquared Partnership has been ranked the global number one university business incubator for the third consecutive time by UBI Global.

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Satellites are key to monitoring ocean carbon

Satellites now play a key role in monitoring carbon levels in the oceans, but we are only just beginning to understand their full potential.

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Growing Cornwall’s profile as a leader in ‘Green Business’ growth

Cornwall’s business community is working with leading environmental charities to pioneer ‘green business’ growth, according to business leaders and university experts.

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University of Exeter hosts schools environment conference in Cornwall

More than 160 secondary school pupils from around the county have attended a schools environment conference at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus yesterday (Tuesday), in association with Cornwall Secondary Schools.

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New B-Lines to put the buzz back into Cornwall

An ambitious new plan for helping our bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects is being launched today by Buglife, the University of Exeter and Cornwall Council.

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Garfield Weston Collaboratory officially opened

A dedicated research space within the new Stella Turk Building on the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, has been named in recognition of the exceptional generosity of the Garfield Weston Foundation.

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Evolving alongside other bacteria keeps hospital bug potent

Bacteria that evolve in natural environments – rather than laboratory tests – may become resistant to phage treatments without losing their virulence, new research shows.

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Indonesia under ‘blanket of smoke’ amid wildfires

Indonesia is under a “blanket of smoke” amid wildfires that threaten humans, wildlife and the global climate, researchers say.

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Exeter experts to play key role in ‘game-changing’ tidal energy project for Channel regions

Renewable Energy experts from the University of Exeter will play a pivotal role in a new “game-changing” tidal energy project, it has been confirmed.

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Partners sign multi-million pound deal for South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT)

A multimillion pound partnership that will revolutionise digital technology education across the South West has been given the green light.

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Bid to reconstruct richness of prehistoric oceans

Scientists are reconstructing the world’s “pristine” prehistoric oceans.

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New international project will investigate hidden costs of floods communities

The University of Exeter will lead an international project to investigate the hidden impact of adaptation measures designed to protect flood-prone communities worldwide.

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Project launched to study artificial lighting at night from space

Citizen scientists are being urged to help shine a light on one of the most significant, yet often neglected, environmental issues by using photos taken from space.

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Darwin Landing Day Seminar

Each year, the Darwin Landing Day Seminar celebrates Charles Darwin’s landing in Falmouth in 1836 after his voyage on HMS Beagle, a journey which changed humanity’s understanding of its place in the universe.

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Arts and Humanities strengthen top 100 position in influential rankings

The flourishing international reputation and research strengths of the University of Exeter’s Arts and Humanities subjects have been recognised in the latest leading rankings.

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University of Exeter celebrates and reflects on Black History Month with series of talks, plays and exhibitions

The University of Exeter is celebrating and reflecting on Black History Month with a series of talks, plays and exhibitions.

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Mob mentality rules jackdaw flocks

Jackdaws are more likely to join a mob to drive off predators if lots of their fellow birds are up for the fight, new research shows.

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Cornwall could lead circular economy transition

Cornwall could be at the cutting edge of a transition towards a “circular economy”.

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Pupils given ‘out of this world’ virtual tour of exoplanets

Schoolchildren are being given an ‘out of this world’ opportunity to explore distant worlds discovered and studied by astronomers and climate scientists– all from the comfort of their classroom.

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Jackdaws learn from each other about ‘dangerous’ humans

Jackdaws can learn from each other to identify “dangerous” humans, new research shows.

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Diving birds follow each other when fishing

Diving seabirds watch each other to work out when to dive, new research shows.

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Exeter retains position amongst UK’s best universities in influential rankings

Exeter has retained its position amongst the best universities in the UK, according to the latest influential rankings.

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Exeter researchers help to raise awareness about the amount of plastic waste generated in labs

Scientists at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall have taken to social media to help raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste generated in laboratories and encourage more sustainable science.  

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Exeter receives substantial funding boost for business growth

The University of Exeter has received an £800,000 funding boost to create a vibrant and innovative ‘Enterprise Zone’, it has been announced.

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Additional £7.8m cash boost to reduce flood risk in Par and St. Blazey

Residents in Par and St Blazey are to benefit from a major flood prevention scheme which has received a £7.8m cash injection today, bringing the total flood alleviation investment in the area to £32m.

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Students to offer free legal support for community as part of new degree course

University of Exeter students will provide free legal support for those in need in their community as part of a new law degree in Cornwall.

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Food proves to be the magic ingredient in changing Cornish lives

New research from the University of Exeter shows that the Food for Change programme, which uses growing, cooking and trading activities to inspire change, is making a huge difference to people’s lives across Cornwall.

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Exeter retains top 150 global position in latest rankings

The University of Exeter has retained its place in the top 150 universities worldwide in the latest influential league table.

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Genetics Society awards for two Exeter Academics

Two academics at the University of Exeter are set to receive prestigious awards from the Genetics Society.

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Exeter Science Park businesses soar with support from global number one incubator

Award-winning business support provider, SETsquared Exeter has helped to raise significant investment for its growing client base in Exeter as part of the World-leading SETsquared Partnership.

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Exeter retains position amongst world’s best universities in influential ranking

The University of Exeter has retained its position as one of the best universities in the world, according to the latest influential rankings.

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Leatherback turtle spotted off Cornwall

A leatherback turtle has been spotted off the coast of Cornwall – the first confirmed sighting of a live leatherback in UK waters this year.

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RAD smashes new record for fundraising total

The fundraising totals for the 2018/19 academic year for the Cornwall campuses are in and the Raise and Donate society (RAD) has smashed it, raising nearly 90k for charity.

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New technique can show links between prey and microplastics

A brand new method has been developed to investigate links between top predator diets and the amount of microplastic they consume through their prey, offering potential insights into the exposure of animals in the ocean and on land to microplastics.

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Pioneering project in running for prestigious pan-European award

A pioneering project seeking to lead an ethical and sustainable international ‘mining revolution’ has been selected to compete for prestigious European-wide award for women-led innovation.

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Graduating Business students donate trees to the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus

Students graduating from the University of Exeter’s BSc Business programme have gifted a trio of Cork Oak trees to be planted at the university’s Penryn campus.

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Eden Project event marks massive clean-up of plastic on pristine Indian Ocean atoll of Aldabra

Environmental champions from the Seychelles, Oxford and Cornwall met at the Eden Project to show what the paradise island of Aldabra can teach the world about the scourge of ocean plastic.

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Green turtles eat plastic that looks like their food

Green turtles are more likely to swallow plastic that resembles their natural diet of sea grass, new research suggests.

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Staring at seagulls could save your chips

Staring at seagulls makes them less likely to steal your food, new research shows.

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Road verges provide refuge for pollinators

Roadside verges provide a vital refuge for pollinators – but they must be managed better, new research shows.

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South-west can lead the way on tackling plastic pollution and creating new bio economy

At a University of Exeter event in Penryn, Cornwall today an audience that included government policy makers, local businesses, community organisations and campaigners discussed how the south-west can lead the way on transforming our approach to plastics.

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Study reveals how bacteria beat immune systems

The evolution of more severe infections is not necessarily driven by bacteria multiplying faster, new research shows.

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Supergen ORE Hub awards £1million to advance research in offshore renewable energy sector

The Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub has awarded almost £1million to UK universities to support ambitious research projects investigating all aspects of offshore renewable energy (ORE).

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Cornish degree ceremony marked with pasties and cream teas

Hundreds of students studying in Cornwall celebrated with a cream tea and pasty as they graduated this week at ceremonies in Truro Cathedral.

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Explore nature’s mysterious hidden worlds

Delve into the hidden world of microorganisms, discover the strange creatures that lurk in the deep ocean and the frozen continent, and be amazed by secretive glowing animals at this year’s Science in the Square.

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University of Exeter campuses recognised as among the best green spaces in the country

The University of Exeter’s beautiful campuses have been recognised as among the best green spaces in the country.

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‘Intensive’ beekeeping not to blame for common bee diseases

More “intensive” beekeeping does not raise the risk of diseases that harm or kill the insects, new research suggests.

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No new males: Climate change threat to Cape Verde turtles

Rising temperatures could mean no male loggerhead turtles hatch at a key breeding ground by the end of this century, new research suggests.

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Students tackle infectious diseases and extreme heat at Glastonbury Festival

Staff and students from the University of Exeter Medical School treated nearly 5,000 patients at Glastonbury Festival, including a case of mumps.

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Student satisfaction at Exeter amongst the best in prestigious Russell Group

Exeter has maintained its position as one of the leading Russell Group universities for overall student satisfaction, it has been confirmed.

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Hundreds of sharks and rays tangled in plastic

Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world’s oceans, new research shows.

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‘Gentle recovery’ of Brazil’s leatherback turtles

Brazil’s leatherback turtles are making a “gentle recovery” after 30 years of conservation efforts, new research shows.

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It’s dog eat dog on the canine social ladder

Climbing the social ladder is a ruff business for dogs, new research shows.

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Penryn students make waves at international solar-powered boat competition

A team of intrepid students from the University of Exeter has been making waves at a special, pan-European eco-racing competition.

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Colour change and behaviour enable multi-coloured chameleon prawns to survive

Chameleon prawns change colour to camouflage themselves as the seaweed around them changes seasonally, new research shows.

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Skin bacteria could save frogs from virus

Bacteria living on the skin of frogs could save them from a deadly virus, new research suggests.

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Exeter remains in top 200 in QS World University Rankings

The University of Exeter has retained its position inside the top 200 universities worldwide, according to the latest influential international league table.

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“Power shift” needed to improve gender balance in energy research, report says

Women still face significant barriers in forging successful and influential careers in UK energy research, a new high-level report has revealed.

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Honeybee mite raises bumblebee virus risk

A mite that spreads a dangerous virus among honeybees also plays an indirect role in infecting wild bumblebees, new research shows.

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Migratory hoverflies ‘key’ as many insects decline

Migratory hoverflies are “key” to pollination and controlling crop pests amid the decline of many other insect species, new research shows.

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Consortium awarded extra funding to create £9million offshore renewables hub

A national consortium, including the University of Exeter, has been awarded additional funding to cement the UK’s position as a global leader in offshore renewable energy (ORE) innovation and research.

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Climate change benefits for giant petrels

Giant petrels will be “temporary” winners from the effects of climate change in the Antarctic region – but males and females will benefit in very different ways, a new study shows.

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Site of biggest ever meteorite collision in the UK discovered

The quest to discover the exact location of where the biggest meteorite hit the British Isles -around 1.2 billion years ago – has taken a new twist.

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Exeter secures top 10 status in Guardian league table

The University of Exeter has been ranked as one of the top 10 UK universities in the UK in the influential Guardian University Guide 2020.

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Exeter graduates donate over 75,000 hours to help Devon and Cornwall students thrive

To mark volunteers week (1-7 June), the University of Exeter is delighted to announce that since 2012 Exeter alumni have donated over 75,000 hours to the ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ Campaign.

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New partnership to educating next generation of offshore renewable energy leaders

The University of Exeter is a key member of a new international partnership initiative designed to boost multilateral education partnerships to pioneer new developments addressing global challenges.

 

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University of Exeter to showcase research at Royal Cornwall Show

Students and staff from the University of Exeter’s campuses in Cornwall will be at the Royal Cornwall Show again this year from the 6th- 8th June to showcase some of the exciting research taking place in the county.

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Fishing among worst jobs for health

People working in the fishing industry have among the poorest health of all workers in England and Wales, new research suggests.

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Greater transparency needed over lobbyist influence on UK renewable energy schemes, research claims

Greater transparency is needed to understand the influence of lobbyists when delivering crucial renewable energy schemes in the UK.

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‘Loser effect’ evolves separate from fighting ability

The “loser effect” – which causes animals to shy away from violence after losing a fight – evolves independently of any change in fighting ability, new research suggests.

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CSM expert named as Distinguished Lecturer

An Exeter mining expert has spoken of her delight after being awarded a significant honour.

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Exeter hosts Summit on Environmental Intelligence

Some of the UK’s leading academics and stakeholders involved in environmental intelligence have gathered at Exeter to take part in a special event.

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Crabs’ camouflage tricks revealed

Crabs from a single species rely on different camouflage techniques depending on what habitat they live in, new research shows.

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Wolf-dog ‘swarms’ threaten Europe’s wolves

“Swarms” of wolf-dog crossbreeds could drive Europe’s wolves out of existence, according to the lead author of new research.

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Older male crickets attract more females – but have less sex

Older male crickets are better at getting females to live with them – but they mate less than younger rivals once they find a partner.

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Exeter experts lead free online course on transforming energy systems

Experts from the University of Exeter are leading an innovative, free online course to explore how the UK’s energy systems must evolve in order to help tackle climate change.

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Penguins and their chicks’ responses to local fish numbers informs marine conservation

How adult penguins fish and the body condition of their chicks are directly linked to local fish abundance, and could potentially inform fishery management, a new study has found

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Exeter rises in influential global rankings

Exeter has reinforced its position as being amongst the leading universities worldwide, according to the latest influential global rankings.

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Five rules to tackle antibiotic resistance

Current efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance are “not nearly radical enough”, a leading scientist says.

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£1.6m grant to improve building façade technologies for better energy efficiency

A pioneering project to create new technologies to improve the energy efficiency of buildings has begun, after receiving a substantial grant.

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University of Exeter Excellence Awards reach out to more young people in Cornwall

The University of Exeter, Penryn Campus Excellence Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 2 May, to celebrate the achievements of young people in Cornwall.

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Study reveals how social relationships transform bird flocks

Flocks of birds may appear to move with a single mind, but new research shows jackdaws stick with their mates – even though it harms the flock.

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Exeter experts join Ganges plastic pollution mission

Two University of Exeter scientists will be part of an international team studying plastic pollution in the River Ganges.

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Early intervention could be key to battling invasive species

An international team of ecologists has carried out the first global meta-analysis of the characteristics and size of invasive alien species’ impacts on native species as invaders become more abundant.

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Exeter subjects among very best nationwide, according to new influential rankings

Exeter’s science and humanities subjects are among the very best in the country, according to the latest league table.

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Explore Cornwall’s fascinating wildlife at this year’s BioBlitz Penryn

Join a team of students at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus for a day filled with interactive wildlife activities for all the family.

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CSM receive £1.3m software donation from global petroleum experts

Students at the Camborne School of Mines will be able to gain fascinating new insights into 3D geological modelling of the subsurface, though pioneering new software.

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Innovative seaweed farm introduced to Cornwall

An innovative seaweed farm is set to spring up this summer in Cornwall, thanks to a new collaboration  featuring researchers from Exeter.

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Business School accredited by prestigious international body

The University of Exeter Business School has joined an elite group of international institutions to achieve the coveted “triple crown” accreditation status.

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Prof Sir Steve Smith Speaks at Launch of China-UK Higher Education Young Talent Alliance

On the 18th April, the inaugural China-UK Higher Education Young Talent Alliance (HEYTA) was launched at Tsinghua University in Beijing, with a number of Exeter staff and students in attendance. 

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Exeter climate change experts feature in major new documentary

World-leading climate change experts from the University of Exeter will give a fascinating insight into the impacts of global warming when they appear on a hard-hitting BBC documentary.

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Multi-million pound bid success for new Institute of Technology for the South West

University of Exeter celebrates multi-million pound collaborative bid success for new Institute of Technology for the South West

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How Science Works 2019

How Science Works is a recent collaboration between Penryn College and the University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES). 

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Do crickets have personalities?

Do some crickets like to get up early, while others prefer staying up late?

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Plentiful females keep male crickets young

Male crickets age more slowly if they have access to plenty of females, new research shows.

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Marine conservation scientist wins ZSL award

A scientist who specialises in marine turtle research has won an award from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London).

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Exeter researchers feature in Royal Society special issue on CRISPR

Researchers based at the Environment and Sustainability Institute have guest edited and published in a new special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

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Colourful male fish have genes to thank for their enduring looks

Striking traits seen only in males of some species – such as colourful peacock feathers or butterfly wings – are partly explained by gene behaviour, new research suggests.

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CSM student wins prestigious scholarship

CSM Postgraduate student James Heslington has secured a prestigious international scholarship, it has been announced.

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Call for artists for commission on how coastlines benefit mental health

Artists are being invited to bid for a commission to take part in an innovative project that will combine science and the arts to explore mental health, starting at the Cornish coast.

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Buying and selling cattle can link individual farms to thousands of other farms with each purchase

Understanding the complex networks of “contact chains” between British farms, could help identify potential routes for spread of infections and improve disease control strategies for the cattle industry.

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University of Exeter entrepreneurs feature in Forbes 30 under 30 list

University of Exeter alumni and founders of ChargedUp, Hugo Tilmouth and Hakeem Buge have made it onto the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list of social entrepreneurs, which was published in February. 

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University hosts South West Higher Education Advisers’ Days

More than 100 teachers and career advisers from South West schools attended two HE Advisers’ Days.

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Exeter Scholars shortlisted for Whatuni award

Exeter Scholars, the University’s pioneering fair access programme, has been shortlisted in the prestigious Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019.

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CSM professor receives prestigious award

Professor Frances Wall has been awarded the Geological Society of London’s William Smith Medal for 2019.

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Wanted: Pet owners whose cats take a walk on the wild side

The University of Exeter is seeking cat owners to become researchers for a new study designed to test different techniques to reduce the amount of wildlife killed by domestic cats, while maintaining and improving cat health and welfare.

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University of Exeter names new building after revered Cornish scientist

The University of Exeter has named their new £12.4 million state of the art research facility in Penryn after Cornish scientist and honorary graduate, Stella Turk.

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Exeter subjects ranked amongst world’s best

The University of Exeter’s science and humanities subjects have been ranked amongst the very best in the world, according to the latest influential global league table.

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World leading researchers give insight into link between evolutionary medicine and early life effects

The quest to determine why people experience different long-term reactions to adversity in early life has received a new, ground-breaking boost.

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Understanding the rich social lives of animals benefits international conservation efforts

An international group of researchers working on a wide range of species, from elephants and crows, to whales and chimpanzees, argues that animals’ cultural knowledge needs to be taken into consideration when planning international conservation efforts.

 

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Maasai farmers only kill lions when they attack livestock

Maasai farmers do not kill lions for retribution whenever they lose sheep or cattle, new research shows.

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Wild carnivores stage a comeback in Britain

Once-endangered carnivorous mammals such as otters, polecats and pine martens have staged a remarkable comeback in Britain in recent decades, a new review shows.

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Live long and prosper: Mongooses enjoy lifelong benefits of ‘silver spoon effect’

The benefits of the ‘silver spoon effect’ in mongoose pups extend across their lifetime, a new study has shown.

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English student from Penryn Campus writes play for stage

University of Exeter student, Arthur Greenhalf, has written a play about madness, human agency and the relationship between art and audience which will be on stage at The Poly, Falmouth on 9 and 10 March.

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South West pioneers to lead the way on reducing plastic waste

Pioneers on reducing plastic waste, backed by £1 million of government funding, are seeking to revolutionise the way the south west produce, recycle and utilise plastics.

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Location, location, location: Proximity to the mainland determines how coral reef communities respond to major environmental disturbances

Severe weather and environmental disturbances, such as cyclones or thermal coral bleaching, affect specific areas of coral reefs differently, new research has shown.

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Exeter researcher awarded Pew Fellowship to discover if commercial fishing harms endangered penguin populations

Experts will work to discover if commercial fishing is harming endangered African penguins by making it harder to forage for food in the ocean.

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Exeter receives major funding boost to train next generation of Artificial Intelligence leaders

The University of Exeter has received a major funding boost to lead pioneering new research into using Artificial Intelligence to increase society’s resilience to changes in our environment.

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Cornwall’s granite could hold key to South West England's geothermal potential

Granite from Cornwall will be examined by UK scientists as part of a £1.8 million project in order to help the country increase its use of geothermal energy.

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Awards for Exeter’s apprenticeship scheme

The University of Exeter’s innovative apprenticeships scheme has been recognised, by securing a number of honours at a regional awards ceremony.

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Exeter expert backs calls for bold national Plastic Packaging Plan to help protect oceans

One of the world’s foremost experts in microplastics research has backed calls for a bold new national policy framework to help reduce the amount of ocean plastic pollution.

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Skyglow over key wildlife areas

Light pollution affects the skies over most of the world’s key wildlife areas, new research shows.

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Exeter’s pioneering progression programme ‘Exeter Scholars’ recruits record numbers

A pioneering programme at the University of Exeter, designed to support and nurture high-achieving pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, is celebrating record success.

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Funding boost supports next generation of highly skilled scientists and engineers for offshore renewable energy industry

The University of Exeter’s role in developing the next generation of offshore renewable energy has received a significant boost, it has been announced.

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Poor diet may have caused nosedive in major Atlantic seabird nesting colony

The observed population crash in a colony of sooty terns, tropical seabirds in one of the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs), is partly due to poor diet, research led by the University of Birmingham has found.

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Plastic in Britain’s seals, dolphins and whales

Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain’s shores.

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Exeter and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory strengthen commitment to world-leading marine science research

Two of the South West’s leading environmental research organisations have strengthened their commitment to collaborating to address some of the key questions facing the sustainable future of the ocean.

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Exeter cements position amongst top 200 best employers for LGBT staff

The University of Exeter has maintained its position as one of the top-200 best employers in Britain for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.

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Wild insects ‘get old’ before they die

Short-lived wild insects “get old” – losing some of their physical abilities – before they die, new research shows.

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Call to increase number of specialist Maths Schools following Exeter's success

The success of the Exeter Mathematics School in helping pupils from all backgrounds to attend top universities has been highlighted in a new, high level report.

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Whale Tail Sculpture displayed at ESI

A creative and environmentally aware teenager from North Devon has designed and built a whale tail sculpture to raise awareness of the impact of single use plastic. The sculpture, which is made from 1500 recycled water bottles, is currently on display in the ESI building on the Penryn Campus until the end of term. 

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Roaming cats prey on their owners’ minds

Many cat owners worry about their pets wandering the streets, but perceive cats hunting mice and birds to be unavoidable instinct, researchers at the University of Exeter have found.

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