News archive 2018
The devastating yet often unreported effect that “fast fashion” has on the natural environment will be exposed at a special symposium, held later this month.
The complex and mysterious mechanisms that drive communication and reactions within human cells could be on the verge of being unravelled, due to a pioneering new technique.
A striking selection of photographs, designed to raise awareness and create debate around food poverty, will go on display at a special exhibition later this month.
Scientists have discovered that the same plant used by indigenous people on Borneo is also used by wild orangutans to treat joint and muscle inflammation.
University of Exeter sponsors the Cornwall Business Awards’ Sustainable Business of the Year category
We are delighted to be sponsoring the Cornwall Business Awards in 2018, supporting the Sustainable Business of the Year category.
Scientists have produced a series of papers designed to improve research on conservation and the environment.
Pioneering research from the University of Exeter has helped shape the Government’s new blueprint to improve the natural environment.
The University of Exeter’s commitment to apprenticeships has been strengthened with a growing number of positions at its Penryn Campus in Cornwall.
Small no-fishing zones around colonies of African penguins can help this struggling species, new research shows.
Regular surfers and bodyboarders are three times more likely to have antibiotic resistant E. coli in their guts than non-surfers, new research has revealed.
University part of new consortium announced by Prime Minister to train next generation of digital specialists
Camborne School of Mines is part of a pioneering study to discover it's possible to detect a lithium ‘fingerprint’ from space.
Exeter has been named as one of the top-200 best employers in Britain for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.
The Camborne School of Mines has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK).
The Government is investing more than £2 million in the University of Exeter to train the next generation of innovators in physical science subjects, it has been announced.
A scientist who used tea strainers for his research sparked a social media storm after posting a review on Amazon.
Universities in Cornwall are cutting plastic pollution by removing all plastic straws from the Falmouth and Penryn campuses.
CSM return to the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Annual Convention in 2018.
100 years ago women over the age of 30 finally won the right to vote. To mark the anniversary, here are some examples of Exeter's inspiring women who blazed a trail across the world.
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, one of the UK’s leading space scientists, spoke about the crucial role that Cornwall could play in the next stage of space exploration during a special lecture event.
Growing up in a large social group makes Australian magpies more intelligent, new research shows.
A team of students and staff from the University of Exeter are set to embark on a 12-day voyage to measure pollution in the Arctic.
New research shows that the loss of biodiversity can increase the risk of “extinction cascades”, where an initial species loss leads to a domino effect of further extinctions.
New research shows that males and females of the same species can evolve to be so different that they prevent other species from evolving or colonising habitats.
Microplastics can transfer up the food chain from fish to top predators, such as seals, new research shows.
Dr Hannah Hughes, a Lecturer in Exploration and Mining Geology, has been awarded the William Smith Fund for 2018 from the Geological Society of London.
National Audit Office report examines low-carbon heating of homes and businesses and the Renewable Heat Incentive
The SETsquared partnership has been ranked as the world’s leading business incubator for its outstanding contribution to developing the next generation of UK tech entrepreneurs.
People who spend time in the sea are more likely to experience stomach bugs, ear aches and other types of illness than those who do not.
Over 150 Cornish businesses attended the sell-out Future Focus Event at the Eden Project on Tuesday 20 February. The ground-breaking People, Planet, Profit event saw delegates leave with the resounding message to make their ‘business with purpose, business as usual’.
Drones are changing the face of turtle research and conservation, a new study shows.
Both science and humanities subjects at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, in the latest influential global league table.
Whether you are looking to advance your scientific knowledge or just need an excuse to go the pub on a school night, Science in the Pub will offer fun, stimulating and free interactive talks run by leading academics from the University of Exeter that will entertain and inspire.
Renewable Energy Engineering students from the University of Exeter met with three Government ministers as part of a special fact-finding trip to the House of Commons.
The Camborne School of Mines Trust has generously bestowed more than £200,000 to support students embarking on the first steps towards forging a successful mining career.
There is no shortage of inspirational and high-achieving women working here at Exeter - including award-winning scientists, one of the army’s first helicopter pilots and a chef who has cooked for the Queen.
Falmouth Marine Conservation Group, which is led by two University of Exeter students, has helped the Cornish town achieve Plastic Free Community Status.
One of the world’s foremost microbiologists has been appointed as Exeter's new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact).
A high-profile conference will showcase the work of inspirational women across the energy sector, to mark international Women’s Day.
The Mining and Mineral Engineering course at Camborne School of Mines has been ranked as one of the very best in the world, according to the latest QS World University Subject Rankings.
The next generation of miners are making final preparations ahead of the International Mining Games, to be held in Cornwall.
Mongooses living in large groups develop “specialist” diets so they don’t have to fight over food, new research shows.
The University of Exeter has been recognised as one of the most international universities in the world.
Tiny jumping fish can leap further as they get older, new research shows.
An all-female crew including sailors, scientists and film-makers will cross the north Pacific later this year to study plastic pollution.
Cornish schoolchildren will be given a fascinating insight into the county’s rich mining heritage when they take part in a special competition next week.
The Government has granted permission for the University of Exeter Medical School to train an additional 88 Medicine students each year, in a major boost to the South West.
Efforts to create pesticides that are not toxic to bees have been boosted by a scientific breakthrough.
Fishing nets suffer six times more damage when dolphins are around – and overfishing is forcing dolphins and fishermen ever closer together, new research shows.
Work by archaeologists and historians to highlight Perranporth’s incredible mining history has been honoured at the first Cornwall Heritage Awards.
The University of Exeter and the University of South Florida (USF) renewed agreements for collaboration in Education and Research during recent meetings in Florida.
Cornish school children were given a fascinating insight into the county’s rich mining heritage when they took part in a recent special competition.
Atlantic bluefin tuna are known for being amongst the biggest, fastest and most valuable fish in the sea.
Bees could be at risk from climate change because more frequent droughts could cause plants to produce fewer flowers, new research shows.
Viruses are more likely to evolve in similar ways in related species – raising the risk that they will “jump” from one species to another, new research shows.
People in crowded urban areas – especially poor areas – see fewer songbirds such as tits and finches, and more potential “nuisance” birds, such as pigeons, magpies and gulls, new research shows.
More than 100 bug rooms for the bug hotel will start to help bring a Redruth playing field back to life as students from year 4 at Treleigh Community Primary School provide accommodation for unloved insects to help grow nature.
The University of Exeter were proud to sponsor Sustainable Business of the Year at the Cornwall Business Awards 2018.
The quest to develop the ‘Holy Grail’ of affordable, viable and environmentally-friendly fuels using sunlight has taken an exciting new twist.
A second year marine biology student, is to join a team of women kayaking the length of Wales collecting plastic.
Both science and humanities subjects at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best nationally in the latest influential league table.
The “blue light” emitted by street lights including LEDs, and commercial outdoor lighting such as advertising, is linked to a significant increase in the risk of breast and prostate cancer, innovative new research has concluded.
The achievements of young people in Cornwall have been celebrated through the University of Exeter’s Excellence Awards.
A pioneering new renewable energy teaching and research centre has officially opened on the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall.
An important project to protect fish stocks in the Republic of Congo will be able to extend its work thanks to a grant from the Waterloo Foundation.
Jackdaws recognise each other’s voices and respond in greater numbers to warnings from familiar birds than strangers, new research shows.
The power of the ocean to bring mental health benefits to humans is a growing field of research as scientists increasingly understand the value of the marine realm in human health and wellbeing.
Orangutans, already critically endangered due to habitat loss from logging and large-scale farming, may face another threat
Many of the European mammals whose habitat is being destroyed by climate change are not able to find new places to live elsewhere.
The University of Exeter has strengthened its position amongst the leading universities both nationally and internationally
The University of Exeter, as part of the SETsquared Partnership, today launched a programme to enable some of the UK’s best tech
The University of Exeter has rubber-stamped a new agreement with the University of British Columbia (UBC).
Researchers are asking the public to help them create the first high-resolution photographic map of Earth at night.
The many threats facing bumblebees can be tested using a “virtual safe space” created by scientists at the University of Exeter.
Young mongooses learn lifelong habits from role models rather than inheriting them from genetic parents, new research shows.
An invisible layer of biological compounds on the sea surface reduces the rate at which carbon dioxide gas moves between the atmosphere and the oceans, scientists have reported.
Students and staff from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus will be at the Royal Cornwall Show again this year to showcase research taking place in Cornwall.
Prawns have personalities – and cautious crustaceans do better in the battle for food, new research shows.
A delegation of senior representatives from the Chinese University Hong Kong (CUHK) has visited the University of Exeter
Tens of thousands of sea turtles are caught each year by small-scale fishers off South America’s Pacific coast, new research shows.
Poisonous moths use bright red spots to warn predators to avoid them
Top scientists will answer your questions about sea turtles in a live online Q&A on Friday (June 8).
Richard Osman (MSc Mining Geology, 1999), a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines (CSM), has been honoured posthumously by friends and former colleagues who have set up a scholarship scheme at his alma mater.
Plants use many of the same methods as animals to camouflage themselves, a new study shows.
The University of Exeter has strengthened its position inside the top 200 universities worldwide, according to the latest influential international league table.
A turtle tagged by University of Exeter scientists in Brazil has swum thousands of miles.
An all-female crew is set to embark on a mission across the Pacific to learn more about plastic pollution.
Potential changes in the frequency and intensity of storms off the coast of the UK and around the world could have a “catastrophic impact” on the livelihood of fishermen and sustainability of fishing industries, research led by the University of Exeter has shown.
Managing woodlands to a greater extent could help stop the decline of Britain’s dormice, new research suggests.
Young athletes from across Cornwall are making their final preparations before competing in the county’s largest school sports event this week.
A sophisticated new type of mooring rope has been successfully deployed at a cutting-edge wave energy device.
UK wave technology development company Marine Power Systems (MPS) has successfully installed its prototype WaveSub.
Electronic radio tags could be used to track invasive Asian hornets and stop them colonising the UK
A new research project in Truro is calling for members of the public to help study the effects of virtual reality on health.
A University Crowdfunding Campaign to help student entrepreneurs stay in the city after graduation
Illuminating fishing nets with low-cost lights could reduce the terrible impact they have on seabirds and marine-dwellers by more than 85 per cent, new research has shown.
Former Home Secretary, legendary journalist and record-breaking female rower among University of Exeter honorary graduates
A former Home Secretary, an LGBT campaigner, the leader of the first all-female crew to cross the Pacific and a legendary journalist are among those being given honorary degrees by Exeter.
The UK’s tallest bird – the common crane – is here to stay and the UK could have as many as 275 breeding pairs within 50 years, a new study says.
Virus particles that infect bacteria can work together to overcome antiviral defences, new research shows.
Sheltered pockets of cooler and more variable conditions in the British countryside may help native species
A wide range of subjects at the University of Exeter have been ranked amongst the world’s best, according to an influential international league table.
Striking portraits of Dr Sarah Buck OBE and Dame Clare Marx, members of the University of Exeter’s Council
The skeleton of a huge seal that washed up on a Cornish beach will go on display at the University of Exeter on Friday.
Night-time lighting from streetlights and other sources has complex and unexpected effects on communities of plants and animals, new research shows.
The University of Exeter is part of national consortium awarded £5million to bring together a network of academic,
Students rate teaching quality and learning experience at Exeter amongst the highest in the Russell Group universities, according to the latest results from the NSS 2018.
The University of Exeter has strengthened its commitment to investing in, and developing, people by joining a pioneering national initiative
A devastating crop pest called the fall armyworm – discovered this week in India – will continue to spread, a researcher says.
New research exploring women’s roles in fishing families officially gets going this week, as the Women in Fisheries project launches its new website.
A jellyfish that looks like a fried egg and a crab that can live on land for 40 years are among the subjects for this year’s Science in the Square.
Plastic has been discovered in the stomach of a leatherback turtle found dead on a Cornish beach on Sunday.
Exeter has cemented its position as one of the best universities in the world, according to the latest influential rankings.
Scientists have revisited – and confirmed – one of the most famous textbook examples of evolution in action.
Countries including China, Indonesia and Australia all face a “high threat” of invasion by the fall armyworm, new research shows.
Dolphins learn tricks from each other in the wild, new research shows.
The physical abilities of male and female tennis stars decline at the same rate as they age, new research shows.
Two leading academics at the University of Exeter have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships - one of the most prestigious awards for higher education teaching.
The pecking order of garden birds is determined by their size and weight, new research shows.
A study of a songbird and a bacterium that infects it has revealed how species in conflict evolve in response to each other.
Newly acquired state-of-the-art equipment will help The Camborne School of Mines (CSM) to dig up the next generation of talented minerals process engineers.
A University of Exeter academic will inform ecologists about the importance of ecological interactions to restoration in a webinar tomorrow.
The event, held at the University’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at the Penryn Campus on Thursday 27 September from 5-7pm, will celebrate Jackson’s new painting Taxonomy and Biodiversity and the reinstallation of water sculpture Cornish Trembling Sea Mat.
Exeter has been named the top university in the South West in the influential The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
Microplastics have been found deep in the sand on beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs.
Businesses from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly gathered at the University of Exeter campus, Penryn today for the 2018 Circular Economy Summit.
Researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge have shed light on why some species cannot tell the difference between their own offspring and those of intruders that have been slipped into their nests.
Twelve thousand people living in the Ethiopian town of Nekemte, now have access to free, clean water thanks to money raised by University of Exeter Medicine students.
A new home-based rehabilitation programme could help thousands of heart failure patients to achieve a better quality of life.
Research into equine vision leads to trial of new fence and hurdle design to further improve safety in jump racing
The colours deployed on hurdles and fences on British racecourses may be set to change following cutting-edge research led by the University of Exeter into the way that horses perceive colour.
Electronic radio tags have been used for the first time on the UK mainland to help find a nest of invasive Asian hornets, which was then destroyed.
An Exeter Student has been awarded a prestigious fellowship to further her research into the threats river dolphins face from fisheries and infrastructure in the Peruvian Amazon.
Firefighters on one of the Galapagos Islands will wear UK fire brigade kit thanks to a surprising series of events sparked by a University of Exeter student.
Countries around the world can retain distinct cultures despite migration, new research shows.
Do animals – like humans – divide the world into things that move and things that don’t? Are they surprised if an apparently inanimate object jumps to life?
University of Exeter academics and experts looking after Cornwall’s historic treasures will collaborate to shed more light on Cornwall’s unique history and help local museums thrive.
A powerful film made by campaigners showing the impact of plastic pollution in the Arctic Ocean will be shown in Cornwall.
Up to 13% of US beekeepers are in danger of losing their colonies due to pesticides sprayed to contain the Zika virus, new research suggests.
Students and staff at the University of Exeter will join the local community in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, at a series of special services on campus and in the city.
One of the foremost experts on social mobility in Britain has been appointed as a Professor at the University of Exeter.
Frogs from groups exposed to a deadly virus are breeding at younger ages, new research suggests.
Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter said: “We are all deeply saddened, shocked and concerned by the life sentence given to Matt Hedges today, following his detention and trial in the United Arab Emirates.
A pioneering new study has revealed the value of pollination services to courgette.
Leading academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.
Genes that act late in life could explain why women have poorer health than men in older age, according to new research.
Two organisations based at the Penryn Campus have been announced as finalists for this year’s Cornwall Sustainability Awards.
The University of Exeter’s role in a high-level strategic fund, designed to pioneer new ways to tackle some of today’s greatest global challenges, has received a commendation.
A University of Exeter researcher has won a photography prize from the British Ecological Society.
Christmas dinner is an international evolutionary feast – with only the humble carrot native to British soil, a leading scientist says.
A team of researchers has won two prestigious awards for the impact of work highlighting the presence, and potential impacts, of microplastics in our oceans.
Tests on more than 100 sea turtles – spanning three oceans and all seven species – have revealed microplastics in the guts of every single turtle.
Rudolph the reindeer probably wasn’t bullied for his crimson snout – because he and his fellow reindeer can’t see red.
Build Solar, an innovative spin-out company from the University of Exeter, lead the way at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards with a win in the "Innovation - Tomorrow's Contribution to Sustainability" category for their impressive new product Solar Squared, a multifunctional glass brick.
Research conducted by Exeter experts has been recognised amongst the top 100 influential in 2018.
Drones can be used to create low-cost and accurate 3D maps of coastal areas, new research shows.
Pioneering new research on major environmental issues, led by scientists from the University of Exeter, have received a major funding boost, it has been announced.
The quest to discover what drove the last, long-term global climate shift on Earth, which took place around a million years ago, has taken a new, revealing twist.
A Masters student and recipient of the first Fulbright scholarship for the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, is hoping her work on pollinator research in Cornwall will have a positive impact on conserving pollinators in the U.S. territory of Guam and the wider Mariana Islands in the western North Pacific Ocean.
Up to 93% of green turtle hatchlings could be female by 2100, as climate change causes “feminisation” of the species, new research suggests.