News archive 2020
Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows.
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.
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.
A University of Exeter researcher has won recognition in the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK.
Two World War Two ping pong balls, from Penryn Campus Archives, have been shortlisted for Object of the Year in the Cornwall Heritage Awards.
Loggerhead turtles feed in the same places year after year – meaning key locations should be protected, researchers say.
Beach cleans can provide vital information on plastic pollution, researchers say.
People power will be the driving force behind new wildlife havens in three Cornish towns.
Older people could hold the key to revitalising rural communities, researchers say.
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’.
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.
Researchers have developed a catchy way to reach communities on the island of São Tomé, in West Africa.
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.
One of South America’s most prominent volcanoes is producing early signals of potential instability, new research has shown.
Prince Charles has awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education to a team at the University of Exeter.
First investment of a £30m initiative supporting the UK’s transition to a circular economy
Seagulls favour food that has been handled by humans, new research shows.
Scientists have discovered the earliest known example of an animal evolving to lose body parts it no longer needed.
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.
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.
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.
Students raise more than £4,500 for charity, before reclaiming historic trophy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Older parents are less flexible when it comes to raising their offspring, according to a new study of beetles.
Colour-changing crabs struggle to camouflage themselves when exposed to noise from ships, new research shows.
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.
A University of Exeter researcher has been chosen for the Forbes “30 Under 30” list of innovators in science and heath across Europe.
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.
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.
Academics and technical staff at the University of Exeter have united to send thousands of items of protective equipment to the frontline
Academics and clinicians across Devon and Cornwall are collaborating and innovating to improve testing capacity for COVID-19.
Beaches in or near England’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have the same levels of litter as those in unprotected areas, new research shows.
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.
Medicine students who opted to graduate early to accelerate becoming junior doctors in the COVID-19 crisis
A pioneering new project, designed to nurture students’ innovative product development and marketing skills with industry partners, has received a £1 million funding boost.
History holds valuable lessons – and stark warnings – about how to manage fisheries and other ocean resources, a new study says.
An exciting national experiment reopens today, aiming to shed light on how listening to nature could impact wellbeing.
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.
A pivotal new project, involving Renewable Energy experts from the University of Exeter, has been launched to pioneer new initiatives for greener home heating.
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.
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.
The University of Exeter’s Student Startup team has launched a new funding initiative, designed to support innovative projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
A rapid assessment of COVID-19 implications for disabled people in Cornwall has illustrated a failure by central government to support people
Pine martens need neighbours but like to keep their distance, according to new research.
Scientists have created an online simulation to help people understand how individual actions affect the spread of diseases.
Two prestigious Athena SWAN awards have just been granted to three University of Exeter departments to recognise their commitment to gender equality.
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.
Smartline, the University of Exeter technology and wellbeing project, is supporting the development of a ground-breaking app
People of all ages are being given the opportunity to spend time in the company of insects, through a series of fascinating new poems.
The University of Exeter has retained its position inside the top 200 universities worldwide, according to the latest influential international league table.
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.
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.
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.
People who go in the sea are more likely to experience symptoms of illness compared to non-bathers.
Cornwall’s voluntary organisations have been adapting services to support more vulnerable people for longer during the Covid-19 crisis.
Three marine conservation projects involving University of Exeter scientists have been awarded funding by the UK government’s Darwin Initiative.
A pioneering new project to develop revolutionary new energy saving windows and facades has received a significant funding boost.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New study identifies benefits to mood and well-being associated with short, frequent walks near bodies of water
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.
Better-managed road verges can help boost pollinating insects, new research shows.
Two students at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus have received prestigious local awards for promoting the Celtic spirit of Cornwall.
Researchers at two leading Westcountry institutions have teamed up with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in a study
Microplastics have been found in the guts of sharks that live near the seabed off the UK coast.
Graduates at the University of Exeter celebrated finishing their degrees in an online ceremony to mark their achievements
Graduates in medicine-related subjects at the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth have received hampers thanking them for their work
Two "outstanding" University of Exeter staff have won prestigious National Teaching Fellowships.
Geologists have developed a machine learning technique that highlights the potential for further deposits of the critical metal tungsten in SW England.
A new 3D camera will help people living with disabilities in Cornwall gain unprecedented access to some of Cornwall's gems.
Plans to build floating windfarms in the Celtic Sea to generate clean power and create thousands of green jobs have taken a major step forward after being shortlisted by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Pioneering new research has highlighted some of the political difficulties with the UK’s energy transition, in particular around vested fossil fuel interests.
Shortening food supply chains and improving local public procurement could provide a significant boost to the Cornish economy post-Covid-19, according to new research.
On 1 September 2020, Professor Lisa Roberts becomes the new Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at the University of Exeter. She takes over from Professor Sir Steve Smith who is retiring from the role and who has held the post since October 2002.
Researchers and conservationists who have been tracking turtle migration for over a decade believe a new study highlights the need for investment and conservation of vital marine habitats which play a key role in turtle’s formative years.
Cat owners fall into five categories in terms of their attitudes to their pets’ roaming and hunting, according to a new study.
The world's oceans soak up more carbon than most scientific models suggest, according to new research.
Herring gulls notice where approaching humans are looking, and flee sooner when they're being watched, a new study shows.
A University of Exeter scientist has been chosen as president of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB).
The University of Exeter has agreed a partnership with Halo, the UK’s first commercial provider of saliva-based PCR tests for Covid-19.
Pioneering new analysis of deep-sea sediments has revealed the climatic changes over the last 66 million years of Earth’s history - which can be studied like a ‘colourful barcode’.
Galapagos tourist guides are being retrained to catalogue the islands' famous biodiversity.
A platform designed to aid in the building and launching of floating wind turbines is being researched and tested with support from Marine-i.
The University of Exeter has retained its position amongst the best universities in the UK, according to the latest influential rankings.
The importance of playfulness, the link between nature and sexuality, and the pioneering work to combat anti-microbial resistance are among the key topics to be explored by the next generation of extraordinary collaborations between academics and artists at the University of Exeter.
Staff and students at the University of Exeter will be rewarded for taking action on climate change through the launch of a new scheme.
Global warming is affecting daytime and night-time temperatures differently – and greater night-time warming is more common than greater daytime warming worldwide – new research shows.
Pioneering new research has helped geologists solve a long-standing puzzle that could help pinpoint new, untapped concentrations of some the most valuable rare earth deposits.
Researchers working on a project across four European countries have seen a "significant rise" in volunteering and community action during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A national authority on the links between allergy and asthmas has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours.
Penryn Campus gardens and grounds have been recognised by the international Green Flag Award Scheme as among the very best in the world, for the fourth year in a row.
The University of Exeter’s spectacular campuses have been recognised as being among the best green spaces in the country.
The number of sea turtles spotted along the coasts of the UK and Ireland has declined in recent years, researchers say.
A University of Exeter expert has been awarded a prestigious medal for his cutting-edge research to explain the complexities of animal sensory systems, coloration, and behaviour.
A University of Exeter researcher has been named among the winners of the 2020 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.
Researchers have launched an ambitious project to discover the impacts of plastic pollution in the oceans of Southeast Asia – and how the problem might be tackled.
A new four-year project ‘GREENPEG’ has received a grant of €8.3 million from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to develop new techniques to explore for pegmatite rocks containing lithium and other green technology metals.
A scientist trained at the University of Exeter has won Peru’s highest award for conservation.
Mantis shrimps carefully survey burrows before trying to evict rivals, new research shows.
Artificial night-time lighting has a diverse range of effects across the natural world and should be limited where possible, researchers say.
A significant milestone has been reached in a major development refurbishing and upgrading academic and social space at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus, which it shares with Falmouth University.
People are significantly less likely to smoke – and are more likely to successfully quit – if they live in green neighbourhoods, new research has found
Giving people with existing mental health conditions formal ‘green prescriptions’, may undermine some of the benefits
An environmental online hub for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will help protect the region’s precious wildlife and landscape.
Scientists specialising in the marine environment will answer questions on ocean conservation during a free online event organised by the University of Exeter.
Animals that live slowly – breeding less rapidly and living longer – could be "reservoirs" of diseases that could jump to new species including humans, new research suggests.
Female banded mongooses lead their groups into fights then try to mate with enemy males in the chaos of battle, new research shows.
Groups of animals consider multiple factors before deciding whether to fight rivals, researchers say.
Asian short-clawed otters learn from each other when solving puzzles to get food, a new study shows.
A new scholarship scheme set-up in honour of former Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Steve Smith, targeting applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds, will support six students to attend the University of Exeter each year.
The University of Exeter will lead a pioneering new research centre, designed to revolutionize how crucial metals are extracted, used and reused in clean and digital technologies across the UK.
New epidemic diseases have an evolutionary advantage if they are of "intermediate" severity, research shows.
Community activism and a higher profile in schools will be essential for the numbers speaking Cornish to increase, an expert in the language has said.
Conservation of tropical peatlands could reduce the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the likelihood of new diseases jumping from animals to humans, researchers say.
Animals that migrate "live fast and die young", new research shows.
The human ability to teach and our use of complex tools may have evolved together, according to new research.
Thirteen graduates from the Camborne School of Mines have been offered places on Barminco’s graduate scheme, based in Australia, starting in the New Year.
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.
Indonesian wildfires that cause widespread air pollution and vast carbon emissions are a "fixable problem", according to the leader of a project set up to help tackle the issue.
A plant used in traditional Chinese medicine has evolved to become less visible to humans, new research shows.
Students from the University of Exeter have raised more than £136,000 for charity through a series of hair-raising challenges and events.
Drones are a powerful tool for conservation – but they should only be used after careful consideration and planning, according to a new report.
Cornish Lithium has partnered with The University of Exeter to provide geoscience staff and students at the Camborne School of Mines in Penryn with e-training in practical geocommunication.
A pioneering project involving the University of Exeter, which is seeking to develop the next generation of offshore renewable energy leads has been nominated for a prestigious award.
Renewable Energy expert to pioneer new station-keeping systems for marine renewable energy devices (MRE).
A leading Renewable Energy expert from the University of Exeter has received a prestigious visiting scientist funding, to develop new station-keeping systems for marine renewable energy devices (MRE).
Waste fishing gear in the River Ganges poses a threat to wildlife including otters, turtles and dolphins, new research shows.
Pivotal work conducted by staff and students to transform the University of Exeter’s approach to sustainability has won a prestigious Guardian University Award.
Inspirational and innovative software that provides virtual field trips to almost anywhere in the world, developed by academics at the University of Exeter, has won a prestigious national award.
Build Solar has won funding to explore whether their technology could be used extensively across UK rail networks in order to harvest solar energy at scale.
Plastics in the ocean can release chemicals that cause deformities in sea urchin larvae, new research shows.
Electronic tags released in the Ganges river show plastic pollution can travel thousands of kilometres in just a few months.
An innovative project involving the University of Exeter, which is seeking to develop the next generation of offshore renewable energy leads, secured two awards at a recent ceremony.
The University of Exeter has created a comprehensive plan to cut carbon emissions and improve the environment on its campuses and beyond.
Support from Marine-i is enabling Falco Drone Technologies to develop a pioneering new drone which could play a vital role in the inspection and maintenance of floating offshore wind installations. A prototype of their innovative design will commence trials in summer 2021.
People in European countries with the strictest COVID-19 lockdown policies were more likely to show symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to an international study investigating the impact of disconnecting from nature.
UK heat pump targets will become more achievable with the development of an exciting new course by the University of Exeter in response to a national scarcity of suitable qualifications at this level.
Small and medium sized businesses from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly came together to celebrate the Cornwall Sustainability Awards at a virtual ceremony on Friday 4 December.
For new and returning students we know that this year so far has been a very different experience than you were expecting. Many of the usual activities of previous freshers didn’t happen, and we know a lot was asked of you in returning to University, or leaving home for the first time.
Animals can fall into an "ecological trap" by altering their behaviour in the “wrong direction” in response to climate change, researchers say.
The key challenges, priorities and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues will be showcased at a special event this week.
Why does Santa use reindeer to help him deliver his gifts, and could he have chosen another animal?
Bans on shark fishing are only partially effective in protecting sharks, new research suggests.
Experts have begun a major new research project to help pupils around the world to use history and heritage to promote peace and make sense of past violence.
Ivory Coast has announced the creation of its first Marine Protected Area (MPA).