News archive

March 2019

CSM professor receives prestigious award

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

New VSimulators Facility To Boost Multi-Disciplinary Research in Exeter

A turf-cutting ceremony has taken place at Exeter Science Park to mark the start of construction on the University of Exeter’s pioneering VSimulators experimental facility.

Simple, cheap C-Peptide helps patients get the right diabetes diagnosis and treatment

A simple and inexpensive test to measure the body’s insulin levels is helping clinicians to determine what type of diabetes a patient has, meaning many people with diabetes can change treatment.

Nutritional supplements cannot prevent depression, research shows

A daily intake of nutritional supplements won’t help stave off the onset of depression, a new study has revealed.

Exeter academic to be first nurse to give prestigious lecture at Diabetes UK conference

An academic from the University of Exeter Medical School is the first nurse ever to be awarded the Arnold Bloom lecture, at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference.

Professor Collects CBE from Buckingham Palace

A Professor who has helped make great strides in life-saving cancer diagnosis in the UK has collected his CBE from Buckingham Palace.

Largest-ever study identifies gene regions associated with sleep duration

A study has identified 76 new gene regions associated with sleep duration.

Natural world and fantasy helps young children use sophisticated language, study shows

The natural world and fantasy helps young children use sophisticated words such as “slithering” and “abracadabra”, one of the largest studies to measure pupils’ language skills has found.

Experts to explore impact of queer films shown covertly to LGBT communities in China

A new research project will examine the impact of queer films shown covertly in China on the development of LGBT+ culture and rights.

Exeter diabetes expert recognised for positive patient impact

A world-leading diabetes specialist at the University of Exeter Medical School has received an NHS award for improving health outcomes for patients.

Top UK company bosses are still more likely to be called Andrew or David than be a woman

The CEOs of the top 350 FTSE companies on the London Stock Exchange are still more likely to be called Andrew or David than they are to be a woman, according to a University of Exeter Business School expert.

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.

International research prize awarded to Exeter neuroscientist

A University of Exeter researcher has been awarded the Cavanagh Prize, selected as the top nominee from candidates across Europe.

School children use University labs to bring supervillain to justice

Pupils from schools across Devon, Dorset and Somerset will use scientific techniques commonly seen in TV crime dramas to help solve the mystery of who sabotaged Devon’s very own Bake Off.

Remarkable letter reveals earthquake drama for nuns in exile

Travelling around Europe in search of a new home after the dissolution of the monasteries must have been dramatic enough for England’s oldest community of Bridgettine nuns. But a remarkable newly-catalogued letter shows they also experienced another harrowing event – the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755.

UK wild newt species free from flesh-eating fungus for now…

Wildlife conservation charity urges private amphibian traders to prevent Bsal fungus from infecting wild populations

Hat-trick of Success at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference

Three academics from the University of Exeter Medical School were recognised for research excellence at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference (DUKPC).

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.

Research paves the way for next generation of optical tweezers

Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique that could pave the way for the next generation of optical tweezers.

Celebrated journalist to discuss landmark investigative work at University of Exeter event

Celebrated journalist Nick Davies will discuss his landmark investigative work at a University of Exeter event this month.

Celebrated journalist Nick Davies will discuss his landmark investigative work at a University of Exeter event this month.

 

Uncertain projections help to reveal the truth about future climate change

A new study by a team of scientists from the US and the UK explains how differing climate model projections can be used collectively to reduce uncertainties in future climate change.

Art exhibition and first conference of people with no ‘mind’s eye’

The first ever exhibition of paintings and works of art created by artists who have no “mind’s eye” will cast new light on the creative brain when it goes comes to Exeter in March.

Want to increase staff loyalty? You'll need to be seen as important, new research suggests

Offering praise and having a good working relationship isn’t always enough to engender loyalty from staff - employees also need to feel that the relationship with their boss is important, according to new research.

Family raises £5,000 for research into disease that killed much-loved father

A Devon family have raised £5,200 to support research at the University of Exeter Medical School and Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E), to investigate the disease that killed a much-loved husband and father.

Attuned to others? Then you’re better able to judge the performance of a team

People who are naturally more attuned to others’ emotions are better able to judge how well small groups are performing, even when observation times are brief, according to a new study.

University of Exeter and Exeter Cathedral mark pioneering research collaboration

A research collaboration uncovering the secrets of some of the UK’s most significant historical documents and artefacts has received a significant boost.

Innovative health app to be showcased at national exhibition

An innovative app which helps patients to see real-time waiting times at their nearest hospitals and health centres has been chosen to be part of an interactive exhibition showcasing the impact of business and management research from around the UK.

£762,000 Innovate UK award to commercialise world’s first anaesthetic recycling

The University of Exeter has partnered with a Westcountry-based medical equipment specialist to test a world first approach to recycling anaesthetics which are routinely used in operations.

RAMM hosts dementia-friendly museum tours

Exeter’s popular museum is opening its doors to people living with dementia, and their carers, in a series of bespoke dementia-friendly events.

£50,000 awarded to University of Exeter and partners to develop Environmental Intelligence bid

UK Research and Innovation has awarded 24 shortlisted projects £50,000 in seedcorn money from the Strength in Places Fund to boost regional economic growth. 

Zrinka Bralo, from Migrants Organise inspires with talk on inclusive communities

On 21st March 2019 the University hosted Zrinka Bralo, CEO Migrants Organise as part of the Individuality Speaker Series.

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.

UK performers could face falling wages thanks to the gig economy, experts warn

The gig economy could drive down wages and de-professionalise the UK voice-over industry as jobs are increasingly advertised online, experts have warned.

Trial to answer dilemma of treating childhood epilepsy

One of the largest ever clinical trials in children with epilepsy, which aims to find out which treatment approach works best for children and their families, is launching today.

Exeter experts give insight into environmental impacts of modern-day lifestyle choices on award-winning series

University of Exeter experts will give a fascinating insight into environmental impacts of modern-day lifestyle choices when they appear on the BBC’s latest Blue Planet UK series.

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).

Exeter scientist secures major international fellowship

Exeter scientist Jess Spake has been selected for a prestigious international fellowship.

Medical School head wins international award for brain research and leadership

The Executive Dean of the University of Exeter Medical School has won a prestigious international award recognising his outstanding research and leadership.

Diabetes Research shortlisted for The Guardian ‘Research Impact Award’

Research to improve diagnosis and treatment of diabetes by The University of Exeter Medical School has been shortlisted for The Guardian Research Impact Award.

Historic records shed light on the gender pay gap and forced labour in England’s past

Experts will use ancient records to discover the truth about how women worked centuries ago and the history of the gender pay gap and forced labour.

Exeter clinicians and researchers help shape proposals to improve stroke services in Northern Ireland

Pioneering work by a senior NHS clinician and a team of researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School, has been incorporated in proposals to improve stroke care for patients in Northern Ireland.