News archive 2019
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.
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.
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.
Short-lived wild insects “get old” – losing some of their physical abilities – before they die, new research shows.
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.
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.
Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain’s shores.
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.
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.
A pioneering programme at the University of Exeter, designed to support and nurture high-achieving pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, is celebrating record success.
Light pollution affects the skies over most of the world’s key wildlife areas, new research shows.
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.
The University of Exeter’s innovative apprenticeships scheme has been recognised, by securing a number of honours at a regional awards ceremony.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The benefits of the ‘silver spoon effect’ in mongoose pups extend across their lifetime, a new study has shown.
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.
Maasai farmers do not kill lions for retribution whenever they lose sheep or cattle, new research shows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Frances Wall has been awarded the Geological Society of London’s William Smith Medal for 2019.
Exeter Scholars, the University’s pioneering fair access programme, has been shortlisted in the prestigious Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019.
More than 100 teachers and career advisers from South West schools attended two HE Advisers’ Days.
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.
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.
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.
CSM Postgraduate student James Heslington has secured a prestigious international scholarship, it has been announced.
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.
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.
A scientist who specialises in marine turtle research has won an award from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London).
Do some crickets like to get up early, while others prefer staying up late?
Male crickets age more slowly if they have access to plenty of females, new research shows.
How Science Works is a recent collaboration between Penryn College and the University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES).
University of Exeter celebrates multi-million pound collaborative bid success for new Institute of Technology for the South West
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.
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.
The University of Exeter Business School has joined an elite group of international institutions to achieve the coveted “triple crown” accreditation status.
An innovative seaweed farm is set to spring up this summer in Cornwall, thanks to a new collaboration featuring researchers from Exeter.
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.
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.
Exeter’s science and humanities subjects are among the very best in the country, according to the latest league table.
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.
Two University of Exeter scientists will be part of an international team studying plastic pollution in the River Ganges.
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.
The University of Exeter, Penryn Campus Excellence Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 2 May, to celebrate the achievements of young people in Cornwall.
A pioneering project to create new technologies to improve the energy efficiency of buildings has begun, after receiving a substantial grant.
Current efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance are “not nearly radical enough”, a leading scientist says.
Exeter has reinforced its position as being amongst the leading universities worldwide, according to the latest influential global rankings.
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.
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.
Older male crickets are better at getting females to live with them – but they mate less than younger rivals once they find a partner.
“Swarms” of wolf-dog crossbreeds could drive Europe’s wolves out of existence, according to the lead author of new research.
Some of the UK’s leading academics and stakeholders involved in environmental intelligence have gathered at Exeter to take part in a special event.
Crabs from a single species rely on different camouflage techniques depending on what habitat they live in, new research shows.
An Exeter mining expert has spoken of her delight after being awarded a significant honour.
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.
Greater transparency is needed to understand the influence of lobbyists when delivering crucial renewable energy schemes in the UK.
People working in the fishing industry have among the poorest health of all workers in England and Wales, new research suggests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Migratory hoverflies are “key” to pollination and controlling crop pests amid the decline of many other insect species, new research shows.
A mite that spreads a dangerous virus among honeybees also plays an indirect role in infecting wild bumblebees, new research shows.
Women still face significant barriers in forging successful and influential careers in UK energy research, a new high-level report has revealed.
The University of Exeter has retained its position inside the top 200 universities worldwide, according to the latest influential international league table.
Bacteria living on the skin of frogs could save them from a deadly virus, new research suggests.
Chameleon prawns change colour to camouflage themselves as the seaweed around them changes seasonally, new research shows.
A team of intrepid students from the University of Exeter has been making waves at a special, pan-European eco-racing competition.
Brazil’s leatherback turtles are making a “gentle recovery” after 30 years of conservation efforts, new research shows.
Exeter has maintained its position as one of the leading Russell Group universities for overall student satisfaction, it has been confirmed.
Climbing the social ladder is a ruff business for dogs, new research shows.
Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world’s oceans, new research shows.
Staff and students from the University of Exeter Medical School treated nearly 5,000 patients at Glastonbury Festival, including a case of mumps.
Rising temperatures could mean no male loggerhead turtles hatch at a key breeding ground by the end of this century, new research suggests.
More “intensive” beekeeping does not raise the risk of diseases that harm or kill the insects, new research suggests.
The University of Exeter’s beautiful campuses have been recognised as among the best green spaces in the country.
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.
Hundreds of students studying in Cornwall celebrated with a cream tea and pasty as they graduated this week at ceremonies in Truro Cathedral.
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).
The evolution of more severe infections is not necessarily driven by bacteria multiplying faster, new research shows.
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.
Roadside verges provide a vital refuge for pollinators – but they must be managed better, new research shows.
Staring at seagulls makes them less likely to steal your food, new research shows.
Green turtles are more likely to swallow plastic that resembles their natural diet of sea grass, new research suggests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A leatherback turtle has been spotted off the coast of Cornwall – the first confirmed sighting of a live leatherback in UK waters this year.
The University of Exeter has retained its position as one of the best universities in the world, according to the latest influential rankings.
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.
Two academics at the University of Exeter are set to receive prestigious awards from the Genetics Society.
The University of Exeter has retained its place in the top 150 universities worldwide in the latest influential league table.
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.
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.
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.
The University of Exeter has received an £800,000 funding boost to create a vibrant and innovative ‘Enterprise Zone’, it has been announced.
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.
Exeter has retained its position amongst the best universities in the UK, according to the latest influential rankings.
Diving seabirds watch each other to work out when to dive, new research shows.
Jackdaws can learn from each other to identify “dangerous” humans, new research shows.
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.
Tracking the world’s second-largest shark species has revealed that it moves to different depths depending on the time of year.
Cornwall could be at the cutting edge of a transition towards a “circular economy”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The University of Exeter will lead an international project to investigate the hidden impact of adaptation measures designed to protect flood-prone communities worldwide.
Scientists are reconstructing the world’s “pristine” prehistoric oceans.
A multimillion pound partnership that will revolutionise digital technology education across the South West has been given the green light.
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.
Indonesia is under a “blanket of smoke” amid wildfires that threaten humans, wildlife and the global climate, researchers say.
Bacteria that evolve in natural environments – rather than laboratory tests – may become resistant to phage treatments without losing their virulence, new research shows.
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.
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.
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.
Cornwall’s business community is working with leading environmental charities to pioneer ‘green business’ growth, according to business leaders and university experts.
Satellites now play a key role in monitoring carbon levels in the oceans, but we are only just beginning to understand their full potential.
The SETsquared Partnership has been ranked the global number one university business incubator for the third consecutive time by UBI Global.
A capacity audience attended the Marine Tech Transformers event on 1st November, hosted by Marine-i at Heartlands, Pool.
Millions of scavenging seabirds survive on fish discarded by North Sea fishing vessels, new research shows.
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.
The University of Exeter must take rapid action to tackle the environment and climate emergency, according to a panel of staff and students.
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.
A University of Exeter academic has been awarded the prestigious Fleming Prize by the Microbiology Society.
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.
Chaotic mobs of jackdaws suddenly get organised once enough birds join in, new research shows.
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.
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.
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.
The University of Exeter’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health has been designated as a Collaborating Centre by the World Health Organization.
Renewable energy and re-usable cups are among the features of the ever-greener Penryn Campus.
The University of Exeter has achieved a ‘University of Sanctuary’ award in recognition of the work it does to support forced migrants.
Plymouth based company, BAM Bamboo Clothing, and the University of Exeter have joined forces to address the issue of sustainability in fashion.
The Cornwall Council multi-million pound investment in Spaceport Cornwall is set to revolutionise businesses, jobs and skills in the region.
Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic tags.
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.
Hundreds of trees are being planted today (Friday) at the Penryn Campus as part of the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback.
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.
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.
The beauty of Devon and Cornwall’s coasts and seas has been celebrated with the Exeter Marine photo competition.
University students celebrate Fibonacci Day with World Record Attempt
The ability to process alcohol may have saved humanity’s ancestors from extinction, a new book suggests.
Placing lights on fishing nets reduces the chances of sea turtles and dolphins being caught by accident, new research shows.
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.
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.
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.
“Climb on me”, “climb on you” and “resume play” are among the requests wild orangutans make to each other, researchers say.
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.
Magic lanterns, movement and mental wellbeing are among the key topics to be explored through between academics and artists.
Cricket brownies and “chocolate chirp cookies” were served at a meeting about the future of edible insects.
Schoolchildren were given a fascinating insight into some of the most captivating scientific discoveries and breakthroughs, at a special annual event.
Exeter has joined a prestigious international consortium comprising of 20 of some of the world’s leading universities, it has been announced.