New national circular economy coordinators announced

First investment of a £30m initiative supporting the UK’s transition to a circular economy

World-leading plastics research team collect Queen’s Anniversary prize

Prince Charles has awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education to a team at the University of Exeter.

Nine new staff join Global Systems Institute

A University of Exeter research institute has been boosted by the arrival of nine new staff.

Male doctoral graduates more likely to have a full-time, permanent job than their female counterparts, study shows

Male doctoral graduates are more likely to get a permanent job compared to their female counterparts, a new study shows.

Jet stream not getting ‘wavier’ despite Arctic warming

Rapid Arctic warming has not led to a “wavier” jet stream around the mid-latitudes in recent decades, pioneering new research has shown.

Researchers to investigate impact of shame on doctors, medical students and patients as part of major new study

Patients, doctors and medical students will share their experiences of shame as part of a new project that aims to understand the impact that the emotion has on healthcare.

World-class musician Nitin Sawhney to star in ‘Creative Dialogues’ event

One of the most important musicians of his generation will give a fascinating new insight into his influential and innovative work, during a special event at the University of Exeter.

Trial finds benefits to people and wildlife from beavers living wild in English countryside

A major five-year study into the impacts of beavers on the English countryside has concluded that the water-living mammals can bring measurable benefits to people and wildlife.

‘Disruptive Innovation’ in the spotlight at Cornwall Lecture

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.

Build-up of brain proteins affects genes in Alzheimer’s disease

New research has shed fresh light on how the build-up of two proteins in the brain might affect the activity of genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

University of Exeter wins £4 million extension for health and housing project

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.

Exeter in global initiative to use wearables to revolutionise dementia detection

The University of Exeter is part of a global initiative to revolutionise the early detection of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Testosterone levels affect risk of metabolic disease and cancers

Having genetically higher testosterone levels increases the risk of metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes in women, while reducing the risk in men. Higher testosterone levels also increase the risks of breast and endometrial cancers in women, and prostate cancer in men.

Power of older people could save villages

Older people could hold the key to revitalising rural communities, researchers say.

People power key to new wildlife havens

People power will be the driving force behind new wildlife havens in three Cornish towns.

Teenagers learn of the horrors and legacy of the Holocaust at University of Exeter event

Teenagers learned of the horrors and legacy of the Holocaust – including a secret Nazi family past - as part of a University of Exeter event.

Beach clean data could boost science

Beach cleans can provide vital information on plastic pollution, researchers say.

£1.2 million USA grant to investigate psychosis in Alzheimer’s disease

Funding expected to total £1.2 million ($1,566,874) over four years from the USA’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help Exeter academics advance understanding about the underlying biological mechanisms leading to some people with Alzheimer’s disease developing psychosis.

Fundraising campaign hits target one year early

£60 million raised to support students and research at Exeter

University of Exeter and University of Madrid welcome new student exchange programme

A new exchange programme between the University of Exeter and University of Madrid will bring exciting new opportunities for staff and students.

First radiography degree apprenticeship launched in Exeter

The first degree apprenticeship in the UK for diagnostic radiography has been approved and will launch this March.

Zoo improvements should benefit all animals

Zoo improvements should benefit all animals and include a wide range of “enrichment” techniques, researchers say.

Tougher start could help captive-bred game birds

Tougher early lives could help captive-bred game birds develop survival skills for adulthood in the wild, new research suggests.

Shortness of breath and cough increase as first symptom of lung cancer

GPs are being urged to consider shortness of breath and cough as potential predictors of lung cancer, after a study found they were becoming more common as the first symptom in diagnosis.

Cutting road transport pollution could help plants grow

Cutting emissions of particular gases could improve conditions for plants, allowing them to grow faster and capture more carbon, new research suggests.

Turtle tracking reveals key feeding grounds

Loggerhead turtles feed in the same places year after year – meaning key locations should be protected, researchers say.

Perception of when its acceptable to sacrifice one person to save a larger group led by cultural differences, research shows

Cultural differences play a pivotal role in how people in different parts of the world perceive when it is acceptable to sacrifice one person to save a larger group, new research has shown.

Poor mental health “both cause and effect” of school exclusion

Children with mental health needs require urgent support from primary school onwards to avoid exclusion, which can be both cause and effect of poor mental health, new research concludes.

Arctic sea ice can’t ‘bounce back’

Arctic sea ice cannot “quickly bounce back” if climate change causes it to melt, new research suggests.

Medicine co-director in top 100 inspirational women in healthcare leadership

A cancer researcher who heads up the medicine programme has been recognised in the top 100 inspirational women in healthcare.

Strongly ‘handed’ squirrels less good at learning

Squirrels that strongly favour their left or right side are less good at learning, new research suggests.

Exeter researcher finalist in Blavatnik Awards

A University of Exeter researcher has won recognition in the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK.

Reconnecting with nature key for sustainability

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.

Climate change increases the risk of wildfires confirms new review

Human-induced climate change promotes the conditions on which wildfires depend, increasing their likelihood - according to a review of research on global climate change and wildfire risk published today.

Atlantic circulation collapse could cut British crop farming

Crop production in Britain will fall dramatically if climate change causes the collapse of a vital pattern of ocean currents, new research suggests

Plant life expanding in the Everest region

Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows.

University and Hospiscare to recycle Christmas trees

The University of Exeter and Hospiscare will team up to recycle Christmas trees and support terminally ill people and their families.

Highlighting women’s achievements makes them want to be the boss, research shows

Highlighting female achievements in the workplace makes capable women significantly more likely to want to be the boss, a study shows.

Professor Jane Elliott awarded CBE for services to social sciences

A University of Exeter sociologist who has had a leading role in managing longitudinal studies which give vital information about the wellbeing of the nation has been awarded CBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

Members of University of Exeter community celebrating recognition in New Year’s Honours

Members of the University of Exeter community are celebrating their achievements being recognised in the New Year Honour’s list.

 

MBE for inspiring Exeter professor dedicated to improving patient care

An active GP and professor of general practice and primary care at the University of Exeter Medical School has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year’s 2020 Honours List.

Exeter joins Venice International University Consortium

Exeter has joined a prestigious international consortium comprising of 20 of some of the world’s leading universities, it has been announced.

London Aquarium captures rare fish choir sounds in a first for underwater recording

The extraordinary sounds of fish communicating to one another has been captured for the first time in the UK at SEA LIFE London Aquarium.

Hospital action to reduce length of ward stay can be effective

Hospital-led efforts to reduce the amount of time older people spend on wards before being allowed home can be effective, reducing length of stay in hospital by more than three days in some areas.

Hundreds of budding scientists gather for sixth annual Christmas Schools' Science Lectures Day

Schoolchildren were given a fascinating insight into some of the most captivating scientific discoveries and breakthroughs, at a special annual event.

Edible insects: Mealworms on your menu?

Cricket brownies and “chocolate chirp cookies” were served at a meeting about the future of edible insects.

Motor neurone disease linked to cholesterol imbalance in cells

Scientists have developed a new theory on the underlying cause of motor neurone disease, which could lead to more accurate diagnosis for patients and new treatments.

Magic Lanterns, Movement and Mental Wellbeing key themes for new Arts & Culture Fellowships

Magic lanterns, movement and mental wellbeing are among the key topics to be explored through between academics and artists.

Families ‘Diving home for Christmas’ come together for festive fun event

Families from across the South West were given a fascinating and inspirational insight into what it takes for scientists to be ‘diving home for Christmas’ during a special festive event.

Marathon star tells graduates: ‘No human is limited’

Marathon star Eliud Kipchoge has told University of Exeter graduates: “No human is limited”.

One of the great marathon runners of all time honoured by the University of Exeter

One of the great marathon runners of all time, Eliud Kipchoge, will be honoured at the University of Exeter's Winter Graduation ceremony this weekend.

University of Exeter academic’s work named as “book of the year” by Time magazine

A poignant and timely story that addresses the current global refugee crisis, written by a University of Exeter academic, has been named as one of the “Best Children’s Books of the Year” by Time Magazine.

It could take a century to hit the latest official university access targets

The Higher Education Policy Institute has published a new report on access to higher education which shows that, at the current rate of progress, it will take 96 years to hit the Office for Students’s targets for access to highly-selective universities.

Brexit positions drive voter attention at least as much as party loyalties, study shows

Voters find information from politicians more “interesting” if they have the same views on Brexit – even if they don’t represent the party they normally support, a study shows.

Close friends help macaques survive

Close friendships improve the survival chances of rhesus macaques, new research shows.

PenARC researcher wins prestigious £200,000 Fellowship

A University of Exeter healthcare researcher has secured a prestigious £200,000 Post-Doctoral fellowship after a highly competitive selection process.

Secrets of orangutan ‘language’ revealed

“Climb on me”, “climb on you” and “resume play” are among the requests wild orangutans make to each other, researchers say.

Killer whale grandmothers boost survival of calves

Post-menopausal killer whale grandmothers improve the chances of survival for their calves, new research has found.

New Vice-Chancellor appointed for University of Exeter

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.

University of Exeter signs Global Climate Letter and halts investments in fossil fuel companies

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. 

Breakthrough in battle against invasive plants

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.

Major new arts project celebrates one of Britain’s most ‘unnatural’ and polluted rivers

A small, polluted British river will be celebrated through a major new arts project which aims to explore its complex natural ecology, industrial history and continuing impact of those who live near it.

Higher education staff support new legal duty for universities to prevent and respond effectively to sexual violence and harassment, study shows

Higher education staff are in favour of new legal duties for universities to prevent and respond effectively to sexual violence and harassment on campus, according to a new study.

Lights on fishing nets save turtles and dolphins

Placing lights on fishing nets reduces the chances of sea turtles and dolphins being caught by accident, new research shows.

Newly appointed Mireille Gillings Fellows will develop future women leaders in health science

The University of Exeter has appointed three Mireille Gillings Professorial Fellows in Health Innovation.

Alcohol tolerance may have saved our ancestors from extinction

The ability to process alcohol may have saved humanity’s ancestors from extinction, a new book suggests.

Experts find first archaeological evidence of Christianity in Bahrain

Experts have found the first archaeological evidence showing Christianity was practised in Bahrain, a discovery which sheds light on a missing part of the country’s history.

Coastal beauty of Devon and Cornwall shines in photo competition

The beauty of Devon and Cornwall’s coasts and seas has been celebrated with the Exeter Marine photo competition.

Global carbon emissions increase but rate has slowed

Global carbon emissions are set to grow more slowly in 2019, with a decline in coal burning offset by strong growth in natural gas and oil use worldwide.

Humans closer to seeing though the eyes of animals

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.

Scientists crack 60-year-old mystery of Sun’s magnetic waves

A ground-breaking new discovery of why the Sun’s magnetic waves strengthen and grow as they emerge from its surface could help to solve the mystery of how the corona of the Sun maintains its multi-million degree temperatures.

Hundreds of trees planted at University of Exeter

Hundreds of trees will be planted at two University of Exeter campuses as part of the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback.

First-of-a-kind electro-optical device provides solution to faster and more energy efficient computing memories and processors

The first-ever integrated nanoscale device programmable with either photons or electrons has been developed by scientists in Prof Harish Bhaskaran’s research group at the University of Oxford - in collaboration with researchers at the universities of Münster and Exeter. 

Sounds of the past give new hope for coral reef restoration

Young fish can be drawn to degraded coral reefs by loudspeakers playing the sounds of healthy reefs, according to new research published today in Nature Communications.

Blast from the Past: Edwardian doctors feared winter election would leave Parliament empty and destroy health of candidates

Political parties fighting for votes in the forthcoming General Election may be worried winter weather could put off supporters from coming out to cast their vote – but a century ago doctors were more concerned a December election would leave Parliament empty.

Animals could help humans monitor oceans

Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic tags.

Nine climate tipping points now “active”, warn scientists

More than half of the climate tipping points identified a decade ago are now “active”, a group of leading scientists have warned.

Spaceport Cornwall investment is giant leap for science and innovation in the South West

The Cornwall Council multi-million pound investment in Spaceport Cornwall is set to revolutionise businesses, jobs and skills in the region.

Unique sledge dogs helped the Inuit thrive in the North American Arctic

A unique group of dogs helped the Inuit conquer the tough terrain of the North American Arctic, major new analysis of the remains of hundreds of animals shows.

48 hour design challenge to re-think fashion of the future

Plymouth based company, BAM Bamboo Clothing, and the University of Exeter have joined forces to address the issue of sustainability in fashion.

New partnership will help experts discover more about the history of Devon’s most illustrious family

A new partnership between the University of Exeter and Powderham Castle will help experts to continue to discover more about Devon’s most illustrious family.

Exeter achieves University of Sanctuary award

The University of Exeter has achieved a ‘University of Sanctuary’ award in recognition of the work it does to support forced migrants.

Meeting the challenges facing fisheries climate risk insurance

Insurance schemes with the potential to improve the resilience of global fisheries face a host of future challenges, researchers say.

Penryn Campus responding to climate emergency

Renewable energy and re-usable cups are among the features of the ever-greener Penryn Campus.

Exeter research centre named key collaborator by World Health Organisation

The University of Exeter’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health has been designated as a Collaborating Centre by the World Health Organization.

University of Exeter’s world-leading plastics research wins Queen’s Anniversary Prize

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.

Growing length of manifestos casts new light on electioneering history

From a modest 150 words to the length of a children’s book – the number of words used by politicians in their election manifestos has grown substantially in the past century, new research shows.

University experts feature in prestigious ranking of world’s most influential scientists

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.

Leadership’s in the blood for tiny fish

Leadership during cooperation runs in the family for tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies, new research shows.

Author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera to discuss prize-winning career as part of University of Exeter’s Creative Dialogues series

Prize-winning author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera will discuss his influential work as part of the University of Exeter’s Creative Dialogues series of events.

Jackdaw mobs flip from chaos to order as they grow

Chaotic mobs of jackdaws suddenly get organised once enough birds join in, new research shows.

Countries and cities show significant response to climate change, report suggests

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.

Body language key to zoo animal welfare

Watching the behaviour and body language of zoo animals could be the key to understanding and improving their welfare, new research suggests

Severity of earthquake impact may change with the seasons, study shows

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.

Experts unite to improve dementia research

Data scientists, artificial intelligence experts and clinicians are among a range of professionals invited to join a new national network to find innovative ways of conducting dementia research and care.

DE-STRESS Project shortlisted for Mind Media Award

A series of items about antidepressant use on Radio 4s PM programme featuring a collaborative project between the universities of Exeter and Plymouth, has been shortlisted for an award at the Mind Mental Health awards

Pioneering spin-out company Attomarker wins prestigious award

Attomarker, a pioneering spin-out company based at the University of Exeter, has secured a prestigious national award, it has been announced.

University of Exeter academic wins prestigious research prize

A University of Exeter academic has been awarded the prestigious Fleming Prize by the Microbiology Society.

One hundred letters sent to Thomas Hardy made public for the first time

Thomas Hardy’s position as one of Britain’s preeminent writers meant he received thousands of letters from fans, friends and members of the public to express their admiration or enlist his support.

University panel reveals climate emergency plan

The University of Exeter must take rapid action to tackle the environment and climate emergency, according to a panel of staff and students.

Public invited to ‘future proof their body’ at immersive VR arts performance

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.

Poignant new art display shines spotlight on risks to civil liberties posed by facial recognition technology

The intrinsic danger that facial recognition technology could pose to civil liberties and freedoms has been highlighted in a new, hard-hitting art display.

University of Exeter strengthens partnership with University of British Columbia Okanagan

Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter and Professor Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of University of British Columbia Okanagan have signed a new partnership agreement