Lost buildings and artworks of Renaissance Florence to be reunited for the first time in hundreds of years

People will be able to step back in time and experience the extraordinary treasures of Renaissance Florence as they would have looked hundreds of years ago thanks to new University of Exeter research supported through the Digital Art History initiative of the Getty Foundation.  

Controversial science critics who turn into believers can sway others, research shows

People who experience their own “Road to Damascus” moment over hotly-debated scientific issues can then become key advocates on the subject, new research has shown.

Awards for Exeter’s apprenticeship scheme

The University of Exeter’s innovative apprenticeships scheme has been recognised, by securing a number of honours at a regional awards ceremony.

Blood clot discovery could pave way for treatment of blood diseases

Scientists have discovered new ways in which the body regulates blood clots, in a discovery which could one day lead to the development of better treatments that could help prevent and treat conditions including heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia.

Efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance must take account of fourfold difference in use across Europe, report says

Global efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance will be more effective if they focus on the cultural context behind the fourfold difference in total antibiotic use and consumption across Europe, according to a new report.

Exeter expert backs calls for bold national Plastic Packaging Plan to help protect oceans

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.

University of Exeter Campaign reaches £50 million in donations

The University of Exeter’s fundraising campaign, ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ has exceeded £50 million of philanthropic donations, taking the total to nearly 84% of target with less than two years to go.

Million pound grant for researchers working to solve social and economic challenges

University of Exeter researchers have been given a £1.1m grant to help improve people’s lives by working in partnership to solve pressing social and economic challenges.

New support for students sees NHS Senior Mental Health Practitioners based on University of Exeter campus

Three NHS Senior Mental Health Practitioners are now based on the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus, in order to provide direct support to students.

Skyglow over key wildlife areas

Light pollution affects the skies over most of the world’s key wildlife areas, new research shows.

MDMA users more empathetic than other drug users

Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests.

Exeter’s pioneering progression programme ‘Exeter Scholars’ recruits record numbers

A pioneering programme at the University of Exeter, designed to support and nurture high-achieving pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, is celebrating record success.

What do coffee, work-outs and a vivid imagination have to do with bipolar disorder?

Drinking tea or coffee, exercising and imagining events are things that most of us do sometimes, but they might tell us more about how people with bipolar disorder can manage their condition.

Being kind to yourself has mental and physical benefits, research shows

Taking time to think kind thoughts about yourself and loved ones has psychological and physical benefits, new research suggests.

Professor Sir Steve Smith made Freeman of the City of Exeter

Professor Sir Steve Smith’s extraordinary contribution to Exeter and the local community has been recognised at a ceremony today in the historic Guildhall where he was awarded Freeman of the City.  

Experience the Magic of the Oscars at The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

A fascinating selection of memorabilia, collectibles and curios that showcase the glitz and glamour of the world’s premier film award ceremonies has been put on public display.

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.

Entrepreneurs and start-ups invited to make their dreams a reality at Pitch@Palace 11.0 On Tour Devon

Entrepreneurs and business start-ups are being invited to apply for Pitch@Palace 11.0 On Tour Devon – in Exeter on Monday February 18, 2019 - to help make their business dreams become a reality.

Graphene biosensor could provide early lung cancer diagnosis, research shows

The wonder-material graphene could hold the key to unlocking the next generation of advanced, early stage lung cancer diagnosis.

Poor diet may have caused nosedive in major Atlantic seabird nesting colony

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.

Multilingual MP guest of honour at University of Exeter event to celebrate language learning

Multilingual MP Ben Bradshaw shared his experiences of how speaking German and Italian had shaped his career as a journalist and politician as part of a University of Exeter event for young people learning languages.

Endangered sharks being eaten in UK

Endangered species of hammerhead and dogfish are among the sharks being sold as food in the UK, researchers have revealed.

Plastic in Britain’s seals, dolphins and whales

Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain’s shores.

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.

Exeter leads research into impacts of flooding and drought in South East Asia

Experts from the University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) will spearhead two pioneering new research projects that aim to boost local resilience to the devastating effects of natural disasters across South East Asia.

Research sheds light on body clock and links to mental health and disease

A large-scale genomic analysis has revealed some of the inner workings of the body clock, shedding new light on how it links to mental health and disease.

Persistent sore throat could be larynx cancer warning

GPs should consider larynx cancer when patients report a persistent sore throat, particularly when combined with other seemingly low-level symptoms.

Exeter psychologist receives prestigious award for Research in Traumatic Brain Injury

A leading Clinical Neuropsychologist from the University of Exeter has received a prestigious award for his work.

Exeter receives nearly £900,000 to fund dementia research

Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School have been awarded up to £900,000 to fund leading research into epigenetic causes of dementia.

Funding boosts Exeter’s research into the building blocks of galaxies

An Astrophysics expert from the University of Exeter has been awarded substantial funding to help solve one the most fundamental riddles of modern astronomy.

EU funding failed to win hearts and minds and prevent Brexit vote

People in one of the poorest parts of the UK voted for Brexit despite being given billions of pounds of EU cash because they don’t feel the funding improved their lives, according to a new report.

Faster CO₂ rise expected in 2019

With emissions already at a record high, the build-up of carbon-dioxide in the atmosphere could be larger than last year due to a slower removal by natural carbon sinks.

Innovative new technique could pave the way for new generation of flexible electronic components

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed an innovative technique that could help create the next generation of everyday flexible electronics.

Multi-million pound funding boost to develop virtual testing for next generation of lightweight aircraft structures

A groundbreaking new research project, designed to develop the next generation of lightweight aircraft structures, has received a multi-million pound funding boost.

University sees historic growth in donations

The University of Exeter has witnessed donor numbers increase by a record 85 percent over the past five years.

New study demonstrates benefits of undervalued saltmarsh

A new tool which helps land managers assess the costs and benefits of re-introducing valuable saltmarsh, has been developed by economists and environmental scientists from the South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) at the University of Exeter.

Almost half of us mistakenly believe that common law marriage exists

Almost half of people in England and Wales mistakenly believe that unmarried couples who live together have a common law marriage and enjoy the same rights as couples that are legally married. 

Virtual reality training for nuclear workers and police

Nuclear safety and counter-terrorism policing could be boosted by new virtual reality (VR) training being developed at the University of Exeter.

Near-term climate prediction ‘coming of age’, study shows

The quest for climate scientists to be able to bridge the gap between shorter-term seasonal forecasts and long-term climate projections is ‘coming of age’, a study shows.

Exeter cements position amongst top 200 best employers for LGBT staff

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.

Devon teenagers hear incredible tales of courage from Holocaust survivor

Hundreds of Devon teenagers and students witnessed the incredible courage of concentration camp survivor Mala Tribich during an event organised to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Sean Fielding appointed as Chair of influential university-business collaboration organisation, PraxisAuril

Congratulations to Sean Fielding, Director of Innovation, Impact and Business at the University of Exeter who has been appointed as the new Chair of PraxisAuril until 2021.

Local focus could help tackle global problems

People’s love for their local areas could be harnessed to tackle global environmental problems, researchers say.

New risk score far more effective for diabetes diagnosis

A new way of screening babies and adults for future risk of type 1 diabetes will be much more effective at identifying the condition than current methods, new research has concluded.

Pioneering infrared imager gives sharpest-ever view of stars and planet-forming discs

A pioneering new instrument could give astronomers a glimpse into how the solar system looked more than 4.5 billion years ago.

Common gene disorder causes serious “stealth” disease, but could be easily treated

The Western world’s most common genetic disorder causes far higher levels of serious disease and disability than previously thought, despite being easy to detect and treat.

Men donned fake sideburns to join in with 19th century craze for whiskers

The mid nineteenth century was the age of the ‘beard movement’, a time when huge beards suddenly became all the rage, as the ultimate badge of manliness. But new evidence shows there was also a long-forgotten earlier mania for whiskers.

Wild insects ‘get old’ before they die

Short-lived wild insects “get old” – losing some of their physical abilities – before they die, new research shows.

Tree-mendous benefits from campus ecosystem

Mature trees at the University of Exeter have an annual economic value of more than £46,000, a recent survey has shown.

New policy design needed to tackle global environmental threat, according to report

A pioneering new report has devised a seven-point plan to help policymakers devise new, coherent and collaborative strategies to tackle the greatest global environmental threats.

Pioneering collaboration will reimagine the future of museum visitor experiences

Experts from the University of Exeter are working with leading organisations from the fields of culture, entertainment and education as part of a pioneering collaboration which aims to reimagine the museum visitor experience using storytelling and cutting-edge virtual technology.

Call to increase number of specialist Maths Schools following Exeter's success

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.

Exeter neuroscience expert secures prestigious award

A neuroscience expert from the University of Exeter has secured a prestigious Wellcome Trust Investigator Award to pioneer new research into the function of neural circuits.

Climate model uncertainties ripe to be squeezed

The latest climate models and observations offer unprecedented opportunities to reduce the remaining uncertainties in future climate change, according to a new study. 

Roaming cats prey on their owners’ minds

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.

CBE for cancer diagnosis professor whose deafness “boosted research career”

Professor Willie Hamilton, whose research in improving cancer diagnosis has helped save thousands of lives, has been awarded the CBE.

Research highlights what helps people live well with dementia

New research has identified the factors that enable people with dementia and their carers to live as well as possible.

Experts tackle Mars settlement problems

Ugly interior design, interplanetary “jetlag” and personality clashes are among the problems hampering humanity’s efforts to settle on Mars, experts say.

Tudor England shunned ‘festive fatigue’ for three-month Christmas celebrations

Those who are beginning to suffer from ‘festive fatigue’ may want to spare a thought for those who lived in the Tudor times – when Christmas celebrations ran for three months.

Lifeboat engineering and science enthrals at festive family event hosted at the University of Exeter

Families from across the South West were immersed in fun, facts and physics about lifeboats and the incredible work carried out by the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) during a special festive treat, organised jointly by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the University of Exeter.

Pollutants from wild fires affect crop and vegetation growth hundreds of kilometres from impact zone, research shows

The startling extent to which violent wild fires, similar to those that ravaged large swathes of California recently, affect forests and crops way beyond the boundaries of the blaze has been revealed.

Teachers should teach Muslim, feminist and other views of Jesus this Christmas

Lessons about Jesus should include exploration of how Muslims view him as a prophet and investigation of his Jewish identity, experts have said.

Higher radiation dose needed to X-ray obese patients increases cancer risk

Extremely obese people are needing a far higher dose of radiation during x-ray examinations than people of normal weight, increasing their risk of cancer, new research has shown.

Newly discovered adolescent star seen undergoing ‘growth spurt’

Astronomers have discovered a young star undergoing a rare growth spurt – giving a fascinating glimpse into the development of these distant stellar objects.

Popular children more likely to give less to pals at Christmas

Popular children are likely to be less generous towards their friends at Christmas than other kids, but only if their giving takes place in private and their classmates won’t be told.

Warming warning over turtle feminisation

Up to 93% of green turtle hatchlings could be female by 2100, as climate change causes “feminisation” of the species, new research suggests.

Research sheds new light on what drove last, long-term global climate shift

The quest to discover what drove the last, long-term global climate shift on Earth, which took place around a million years ago, has taken a new, revealing twist.

£1 million circular economy research hub at the University of Exeter to re-think plastics production and use

The University of Exeter has been awarded £1 million to create a new centre to tackle the use of plastic and plastic waste.

Convincing evidence that type 2 diabetes is a cause of erectile dysfunction

Evidence that type 2 diabetes is a cause of erectile dysfunction has been found in a largescale genomic analysis.

Warning over deep-sea ‘gold rush’

A “gold rush” of seabed mining could lead to unprecedented damage to fragile deep-sea ecosystems, researchers have warned.

First international academic “Santa survey” shows children stop believing in Father Christmas aged eight

It’s that time of year when children look forward to a stocking full of presents - but the first international academic “Santa survey” shows many adults also wish they still believed in Father Christmas and some had felt betrayed when they discovered the truth.

Low skilled, low paid workers of the world don't unite, research shows

Workers in low-skilled, low paid employment aren’t prone to band together and form a common bond, new research has shown.

UN genocide prevention expert honoured at University of Exeter winter graduation

A campaigner leading the UN’s international efforts to fight genocide is among the experts being honoured at the University of Exeter’s winter graduation ceremonies this week.

Crucial environmental research receives major funding boost

Pioneering new research on major environmental issues, led by scientists from the University of Exeter, have received a major funding boost, it has been announced.

First women parliamentary candidates utilised their gender to win votes, records show

Britain’s first female parliamentary candidates utilised their gender as a campaigning tool to win votes and championed new policies such as equal citizenship, analysis of records show.

What if global warming passes 1.5°C?

What will happen if humanity fails to limit global warming to 1.5°C?

Drones help map sea level rise

Drones can be used to create low-cost and accurate 3D maps of coastal areas, new research shows.

Exeter research ranked among the most influential of 2018

Research conducted by Exeter experts has been recognised amongst the top 100 influential in 2018.

Dartmoor National Park prepares for population rise

Dartmoor National Park Authority has released details of a new study, undertaken with academics from the University of Exeter, looking into the possible affects and opportunities of a growing local population in surrounding areas on the special qualities of the National Park.

Human antibody discovery could save lives from fungal killer

A new way to diagnose, treat and protect against stealth fungal infections that claim more than 1.5 million lives per year worldwide has been moved a step closer, according to research published in Nature Communications.

Hong Kong’s waters benefit health and wellbeing

A ground-breaking study has revealed how spending time in and around Hong Kong’s ‘blue spaces’ (harbours, coastlines and beaches) is linked to better health and wellbeing, especially for older adults.

A win for Build Solar at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards

Build Solar, an innovative spin-out company from the University of Exeter, lead the way at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards with a win in the "Innovation - Tomorrow's Contribution to Sustainability" category for their impressive new product Solar Squared, a multifunctional glass brick.

Rudolph ‘not bullied for red nose’

Rudolph the reindeer probably wasn’t bullied for his crimson snout – because he and his fellow reindeer can’t see red.

Exeter Recognised in UK’s Top Breakthroughs List for Revolutionary Hip Replacement

The Exeter Hip has been listed as one of the UK’s 100 best breakthroughs for its life-changing impact on nearly two million lives across half a century.

‘Hangxiety’ higher in shy people

Very shy people are more likely to suffer “hangxiety” – anxiety during a hangover – than their extrovert friends, new research shows.

Helium exoplanet inflated like a balloon, research shows

Astronomers have discovered a distant planet with an abundance of helium in its atmosphere, which has swollen to resemble an inflated balloon.

Innovative technology centre opening at Oceansgate development

A new centre for marine innovation, based at Plymouth’s Oceansgate development, is now up-and-running thanks to European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding.

Scientists secure prestigious awards for global impact of microplastics research

A team of researchers has won two prestigious awards for the impact of work highlighting the presence, and potential impacts, of microplastics in our oceans.

Turning climate change from a ‘tragedy of the commons’ to positive action

Climate change must no longer be viewed as a “tragedy of the commons”, researchers say.

Scheme to improve wellbeing of parent carers to start trials

A support programme to help parents of disabled children stay healthy in mind and body will begin its first trial in the coming months, and is looking for participants.

Microplastics found in all sea turtle species

Tests on more than 100 sea turtles – spanning three oceans and all seven species – have revealed microplastics in the guts of every single turtle.

Exeter student awarded Undergraduate Achievement Grant

A University of Exeter student has been awarded an Undergraduate Achievement Grant for her commitment to engineering.

Christmas dinner a ‘global feast’

Christmas dinner is an international evolutionary feast – with only the humble carrot native to British soil, a leading scientist says.

Graphene unlocks new potential for ‘smart textiles’

The quest to create affordable, durable and mass-produced ‘smart textiles’ has been given fresh impetus through the use of the wonder material Graphene.

Library charity appoints University Professor as Chair of the Board of trustees

Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs Devon Libraries and Torbay Libraries, has appointed Professor William Harvey as Chair of the Board of trustees.

Asylum hearing help from new video

People seeking asylum will be helped to prepare for appeal hearings by a new video created by experts from the University of Exeter and Asylum Aid.

More than £340,000 funding for international trial to support people with dementia

More than £340,000 of UK funding will support the University of Exeter’s role in a new trial that aims to test a new way of supporting people who live with dementia to cope with life’s challenges.

Exeter’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Strategy commended

The University of Exeter’s role in a high-level strategic fund, designed to pioneer new ways to tackle some of today’s greatest global challenges, has received a commendation.

University of Exeter expert to receive historic key to mark Freedom of the city

A University of Exeter expert will receive a fitting keepsake to mark being awarded the Freedom of the City for his services to history - the key to an iconic lost building.

Exeter City’s incredible history brought to life in new stand

Exeter City’s incredible history has been brought to life in the club’s new Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand thanks to the efforts of academics, volunteers, fans and former players.

Extreme heat damaging health and livelihoods and threatening to overwhelm world’s hospitals

New research published in The Lancet medical journal shows that rising temperatures as a result of climate change are already exposing us to an unacceptably high health risk. It warns, for the first time, that older people in Europe and the East Mediterranean are particularly vulnerable to extremes of heat, markedly higher than in Africa and SE Asia.

Exeter experts among world’s most influential scientists, according to new ranking

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.

Climate change could lead to threefold increase in storms that bring flooding to Europe and North America, research shows

Powerful storms that cause extreme weather conditions such as flooding across Europe and North America could increase threefold by the end of the 21st century.

Exeter fungal experts win prestigious awards

Two University of Exeter researchers have won prestigious awards for their work in mycology.

Study reveals why older women are less healthy than older men

Genes that act late in life could explain why women have poorer health than men in older age, according to new research.

Exeter Maths School named Sunday Times Sixth Form College of the Year

Exeter Mathematics School has been named as The Sunday Times Sixth Form College of the Year.