News archive

May 2009

Exeter student set to complete marathon challenge

University of Exeter PhD student Jenny Timms was the 5th female student to finish the 2009 Flora London Marathon on Sunday 26 April and has so far raised £300 for her charity, The Brain Research Trust.

Emotional support leads to sporting success

Sportsmen and women could get the edge on their opponents by accepting more emotional support in their personal and professional lives.

Exeter at the forefront of new diplomatic initiatives on Iran

The shift in diplomatic thinking by the Obama administration regarding the re-entry of Iran into the international community has thrust the work of Exeter researchers into the centre of world policy debates.

Exeter advises Iraq on future of higher education

The University of Exeter is advising the Iraqi Government on how to rebuild higher education.

University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory join forces to tackle environmental issues

The relationship between the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory has moved a step closer, with the signing of a memo of understanding.

University of Exeter receives $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for malaria research

The University of Exeter has received a US$100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Discover why dirt holds the key to survival

Dirt is everywhere we go; it is the root of our existence, supporting our feet, our farms, our cities.

Ministerial appointment for rural professor

Volatile food and energy prices and a changing climate are major concerns for the UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). 

Cornish Families on film, in sound and on record

For the first time in history, the oral traditions of Cornish families will be made available through a major multi media resource which explores Cornish identities and the way families in Cornwall interact.

Tolkien Day in Cornwall

The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular literature will be explored at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus as part of a special Tolkien Day on Wednesday 13 May.

Sporadic play activity as beneficial to child health as continuous bouts of exercise, study suggests

New research suggests for the first time that frequent bouts of sporadic activity could be just as beneficial to children’s health as longer exercise sessions.

Daphne du Maurier Festival gets new expert sessions

Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and My Cousin Rachel are some of the great literary works by the famous English writer Daphne du Maurier, whose popularity and international acclaim are being used as a catalyst to promote and celebrate literature in and around the South West.

Student’s short stories published

‘Love Me Tender’ a collection of short stories by Jane Feaver was written during the first year of her PhD and has been published this month by Harvill Secker.

Launch for Turkish language course

Exeter Airport was the venue for the launch of the University of Exeter’s Foreign Language Centre ‘Holiday Turkish’ course.

Lifetime achievement award for Professor Keith Atkinson

Emeritus Professor Keith Atkinson has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Cornwall Works WISE awards.

Why people fall victim to scams

The psychological reasons consumers may fall victim to mass marketed scams are revealed today in groundbreaking research.

Genes that influence start of menstruation identified for first time

Researchers from the Peninsula Medical School, along with collaborators from research institutions across Europe and the United States, have for the first time identified two genes that are involved in determining when girls begin menstruation.

Scientists identify world’s largest leatherback turtle population

An international team of scientists has identified a nesting population of leatherback sea turtles in Gabon, West Africa as the world's largest.

Exeter’s PG Prospectus is officially the best

The University’s 2009 Postgraduate Prospectus was awarded top honours in the annual HEIST Higher Education Marketing Awards on 7 May, receiving the Gold Award for Best Postgraduate Prospectus.

Youngsters encouraged by Exeter Progression Awards

The University of Exeter and Exeter College are collaborating with five city secondary schools to assist young people in their route into further education.

Acclaimed writer crosses the boundaries between film and fiction

Award winning writer Deborah Moggach will be sharing her experience of writing for film and prose fiction at the University of Exeter as part of the Creative Writing visiting speakers programme on Wednesday 20 May.

University gets gold for garden

The University of Exeter has won a Large Gold Medal for its floral display at the Devon County Show.

Exeter Students up for national award

The University of Exeter Students’ Guild has been announced as a finalist in the 2009 NUS Awards for the Participation Award.

Turkish official informs students of foreign policy

Students from the Turkish Society invited a senior government official to give a talk on Turkey’s current foreign policy perspectives on its neighbouring countries, reflecting the new profile that Turkey has assumed since 2002. 

Forging links with China

The University of Exeter is developing new research and teaching links with a number of leading Chinese universities.

Philanthropy helps Exeter meet global challenges

The University of Exeter is meeting global challenges thanks to growing voluntary donations, according to a new report.

Exeter student shortlisted for national award

A PhD Physics student from the University of Exeter has been shortlisted for a major national award.

Exeter student takes GB Dragons to China

A Great British sports team is preparing to secure a gold medal in the fiercely competitive China Five-City International Dragon Boat Racing Festival in China later this month.

Exeter scientist up for major book prize

University of Exeter geologist Professor Chris Turney has made it onto the longlist of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books for Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climate Past.

Investing in the future

The University of Exeter will be investing more than £270 million over the next three years in its Streatham Campus.

Disney originals expand collection

World renowned film scholar Dr Robin Allan, author of ‘Walt Disney and Europe’ has generously donated a new collection of Disney material to the University of Exeter’s Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture.

University subsidises bike locks for staff and students

The University of Exeter Cycle Forum is pleased to launch a new scheme which will see subsidised bike locks put on sale for staff and students.