Endurance expert takes on marathon challenge

A scientist who has worked with runners including Eliud Kipchoge and Paula Radcliffe is preparing for his own endurance challenge – running his first sub-three-hour marathon at the age of 50.

Exeter part of national project to support disadvantaged students affected by COVID-19 to enter higher education

The University of Exeter has joined a national project designed to offer pivotal support to disadvantaged students, who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to enter higher education.

Public in France and Germany support a European military, security and defence policy, survey shows

People in France and Germany support building greater European military capacity and security and defence policy, a survey shows.

‘Gatekeepers’ of biodiversity hotspots facing COVID crisis

Impoverished communities and diverse ecosystems in Colombia are under threat due to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.

University of Exeter’s 3D printers help to produce thousands of items of PPE for key workers

The University of Exeter’s 3D printers have been used as part of a city-wide effort to produce thousands of items of PPE for key workers.

New study will investigate risks COVID-19 "immunity passports" pose to human rights

A new study will examine the risks coronavirus “immunity passports” pose to human rights as more countries begin to use technology to monitor health during the pandemic.

Exeter City’s legendary players to have a “seat” in the crowd at Wembley playoff game

Exeter City legends from the past century and beyond such as Dick Pym, Alan Banks and Adam Stansfield will have a seat ‘together’ at a game for the very first time at the club’s Wembley playoff match.

Ecosystem degradation could raise risk of pandemics

Environmental destruction may make pandemics more likely and less manageable, new research suggests.

Coronavirus builds new connections between students and refugees living on opposite sides of Europe

They may live thousands of miles apart, separated by lockdowns, but coronavirus has forged new connections between a group of students in England and refugees living in Italy.

Gender bias kept alive by people who think it’s dead

Workplace gender bias is being kept alive by people who think it’s no longer an issue, new research suggests.

Anfield poem celebrates Liverpool FC and memories of a ‘swaying, pulsating Kop’

Liverpool Born Football Poet, Sharon Jones has written a moving tribute to Anfield and Liverpool FC as part of a national Places of Poetry project.

Word describing alcohol-fuelled electioneering added to dictionary to describe boozy voting of the past

A new word for alcohol-fuelled electioneering has been officially added to the dictionary thanks to the popularity of boozy voting in the past.

Giving people “digital literacy” tips can help them spot dubious information online, study shows

Giving people “digital literacy” tips can help them identify dubious information online, a new study shows.

Students tackle Grand Challenges Online

For the first time, University of Exeter students, staff and external experts are coming together to tackle the major challenges of our time online.

UK leads green revolution in defence and off-highway transport

The University of Exeter and Supacat pioneer ‘off-road’ electric and ‘optionally manned’ autonomous vehicle

Exeter researcher in Women’s Engineering Society top 50 list

A University of Exeter researcher has been named as one of the Women’s Engineering Society’s Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability.

Awards for Exeter climate scientists

Two Exeter climate scientists have received prestigious awards from the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS).

Research sheds new light on the role of sea ice in controlling atmospheric carbon levels

A new study has highlighted the crucial role that sea ice across the Southern Ocean played in controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during times of past climate change, and could provide a critical resource for developing future climate change models.

Innovation by ancient farmers adds to biodiversity of the Amazon, study shows

Innovation by ancient farmers to improve soil fertility continues to have an impact on the biodiversity of the Amazon, a major new study shows.

University of Exeter research leads to historic introduction of no fault divorce in England

Influential University of Exeter research has led to the historic introduction of no fault divorce in England and Wales.

New training to help ministers experiencing trauma due to coronavirus

Ministers struggling with trauma caused by coronavirus will get special training to help them cope with the challenges of the pandemic.

Exeter joins new European initiative to turn wastewater into valuable resource

Experts from the University of Exeter will play a crucial role in a new pan-European initiative to develop new techniques to turn wastewater into a valuable resource.

Half of the world’s population exposed to increasing air pollution, study shows

Half of the world’s population is exposed to increasing air pollution, new research has shown.

Steroid cuts death risk in some hospitalised patients with COVID-19

A steroid which was part of a nationwide COVID-19 trial that included patients in Exeter has been found to reduce the risk of dying in patients. 

‘Matador’ guppies trick predators

Trinidadian guppies behave like matadors, focusing a predator’s point of attack before dodging away at the last moment, new research shows.

Oldest relative of ragworms and earthworms discovered

Scientists have discovered the oldest fossil that can be assigned to the living annelid worms, the group of animals that contains earthworms, leeches and many different forms in the ocean including polychaetes (such as ragworms and lugworms).

Crop pathogens ‘remarkably adaptable’

Pathogens that attack agricultural crops show remarkable adaptability to new climates and new plant hosts, new research shows.

Warm springs increase risk of severe summer droughts

Warm and sunny springs – like the one just seen in the UK – can create conditions that pave the way for severe summer droughts, a new study has shown.

Exeter retains position in top 200 in QS World University Rankings

The University of Exeter has retained its position inside the top 200 universities worldwide, according to the latest influential international league table.

Presence of airborne dust could signify increased habitability of distant planets, research shows

Scientists have expanded our understanding of potentially habitable planets orbiting distant stars by including a critical climate component – the presence of airborne dust.

Poems offer unique opportunity to spend time in the company of insects

People of all ages are being given the opportunity to spend time in the company of insects, through a series of fascinating new poems.

Threats to global food security from emerging fungal crop pathogens

Amongst the world's most challenging problems is the need to feed an ever-growing global population sustainably. 

Exeter plays pivotal role in developing UK’s first fully electric-powered domestic ferry

The University of Exeter will play a pivotal role in a pioneering project designed to develop the UK’s first fully electric-powered domestic ferry.

Replacing GDP with Gross Ecosystem Product reveals value of nature

Replacing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with a new “ecosystem” measure reveals the enormous value of the natural world, new research shows.

Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor at the University for Exeter appointed to prestigious new role as International Education Champion from September 2020

Professor Sir Steve Smith, the current Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter has accepted a highly prestigious appointment with the UK government from September 2020.

Pinker flamingos more aggressive

Bright pink flamingos are more aggressive than paler rivals when fighting over food, new research shows.

“Unparalleled” discovery of ancient skeletons sheds light on mystery of when people started eating maize

The “unparalleled” discovery of remarkably well-preserved ancient skeletons in Central American rock shelters has shed new light on when maize became a key part of people’s diet on the continent.

 

Insurers should be willing to negotiate coronavirus claims to avoid courts being overwhelmed, study warns

Insurers should be open to negotiating coronavirus claims to avoid courts becoming overwhelmed with disputes, a new study warns.

Public relying on BBC news as source of information about coronavirus, analysis shows

News from the BBC about coronavirus has been shared significantly more on social media than articles from journalists in other organisations, new research suggests.

Sustainable plastics vital for greener world

Creating sustainable plastics is vital for the future of our environment, a new report says.

Efforts to speed up police digital forensic analysis must be more efficient, study shows

Efforts by police forces to speed up digital forensic analysis could lead to oversights in evidence gathering and interpretation, a new study warns.

Exeter receives £1.2 million grant for pioneering new research hub

The University of Exeter has been awarded a grant of more than £1 million to create a new research hub to boost diagnosing and managing some of the world’s most debilitating long-term health conditions and antimicrobial infections.

Information on new opportunities to help shape Project Enhance

We are disappointed that the Exeter branch of the UCU has released a statement relating to a number of new student employment opportunities which unfortunately contains a number of inaccuracies.

Climate could cause abrupt British vegetation changes

Climate change could cause abrupt shifts in the amount of vegetation growing in parts of Great Britain, new research shows.

Training bystanders to intervene will help to prevent domestic violence and abuse, study shows

Empowering people to intervene when they witness unacceptable behaviour can help to prevent domestic violence and abuse, a new study has found.

Age, gender and culture ‘predict loneliness’

Young people, men and people in “individualistic” societies report higher levels of loneliness, according to a large-scale global study.

Celebrating Prestigious Athena SWAN Awards

Two prestigious Athena SWAN awards have just been granted to three University of Exeter departments to recognise their commitment to gender equality. 

Online treatment to help young people tackle depression, anxiety and worry

An online treatment proven to prevent anxiety and depression in young people is set to become available to the NHS and other mental health services worldwide.

Early African Muslims had a halal – and cosmopolitan diet - discovery of thousands of ancient animal bones shows

Early Muslim communities in Africa ate a cosmopolitan diet as the region became a trading centre for luxury goods, the discovery of thousands of ancient animal bones has shown.

Partnership receives funding boost to develop AI to meet equipment supply and demand in Covid-19 pandemic

A partnership between the University of Exeter and Applegate has secured a significant funding boost to help develop new, cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence technology to help match supply and demand for vital health equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Special relationship gets Maddy and Megan through coronavirus crisis

Two University of Exeter students Maddy and Megan have forged a special relationship that has kept Seattle resident Maddy safe and well at Megan’s UK home during the global coronavirus crisis. 

COVID-19 crisis causes 17% drop in global carbon emissions

The COVID-19 global lockdown has had an “extreme” effect on daily carbon emissions, but it is unlikely to last – according to a new analysis by an international team of scientists.

Online simulation to help public understand how diseases spread

Scientists have created an online simulation to help people understand how individual actions affect the spread of diseases.

Eavesdropping on single molecules with light by replaying the chatter

Scientists have pioneered a new technique to expose hidden biochemical pathways involving single molecules at the nanoscale.

Pine martens like to have neighbours – but not too near

Pine martens need neighbours but like to keep their distance, according to new research.

Dementia among “overlooked” conditions linked to high risk of severe COVID19 in older people

A new analysis shows which certain pre-existing diseases may put older people at risk of developing more severe COVID-19, implying they may need special treatments and more shielding.

Chemical composition of bedrock limits vegetation growth in karst regions, research shows

Scientists have revealed the critical role that the chemical composition of bedrock plays in limiting vegetation growth in some of the world’s most barren and rocky terrains.

University of Exeter Student Startup Team launches COVID-19 Startup Support Fund

The University of Exeter’s Student Startup team has launched a new funding initiative, designed to support innovative projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dozens of prehistoric, Roman and medieval sites discovered by archaeology volunteers working at home during lockdown

Dozens of previously-unrecorded Roman, prehistoric and medieval sites have been discovered by archaeology volunteers based at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

‘Pingers’ could save porpoises from fishing nets

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.

Exploring the Exe Estuary with Tidelines community project

A new community project designed to celebrate and explore the Exe Estuary and coast, has been launched.

Professor Sir Steve Smith announced as patron of Exeter College

University of Exeter Vice Chancellor Sir Steve Smith has been announced as a Patron of Exeter College, becoming just the second person to be awarded the prestigious title.

New test identifies lobster hybrids

Scientists have developed a test that can identify hybrids resulting from crossbreeding between European and American lobsters.

Voters across Europe perceive the EU as less democratic than it is, survey suggests

Large portions of voters across Europe misunderstand the workings of the European Union and think it is less democratic than it actually is, research suggests.

Traumatised communities reflecting on loss of war meant many didn’t celebrate on VE day

It is remembered as a time when seemingly everyone in Britain lined the streets to mark the end of six years of conflict around the world – but in reality the trauma of war meant many people didn’t celebrate on Victory in Europe Day.

University volunteers help build thousands of face shields for local NHS workers

Volunteers from the University of Exeter have teamed up with the local community to build thousands of disposable face shields, to help protect frontline NHS workers during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Look beyond rainforests to protect trees, scientists say

Temperate and tropical dry forests – not just rainforests – are home to thousands of unique tree species, a new study reveals.

 

Otters juggle stones when hungry, research shows

Hunger is likely to be the main driver of stone juggling in otters, new research has shown.

Spending time in the garden linked to better health and wellbeing

Spending time in the garden is linked to similar benefits for health and wellbeing as living in wealthy areas, according to a new large-scale study.

State-of-the-art imaging method provides new insights into how bacteria move and exchange genetic information

Scientists have made a pivotal breakthrough in advancing our understanding of how bacteria move and perform genetic exchange.

‘Near-unlivable’ heat for one-third of humans within 50 years if greenhouse gas emissions are not cut

Areas of the planet home to one-third of humans will become as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara within 50 years, unless greenhouse gas emissions fall, according to research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Coronavirus has led to major change in attitudes about parental responsibility for children’s education, survey shows

School closures have led to a change in attitudes among parents about who should be responsible for their child’s education, a major new survey shows.

European partnerships to research depiction of girlhood in the media brings multinational research opportunities for students

Innovative European partnerships set up by University of Exeter academics have created new cross-border research opportunities for students.

Hyperlocal project shows that “home is where the art is”

Artists from across Devon and Cornwall have harnessed their creative talents and shown that home is where the art is, to produce an inspirational set of new, small-scale arts commissions.

Exeter postgraduate researcher is Hospiscare Hero

A University of Exeter postgraduate researcher and teaching assistant has made an extraordinary donation of 3000 facemasks to help Hospiscare doctors and nurses in Devon provide compassionate end of life care during the coronavirus crisis.

Exeter scientist elected Royal Society Fellow

A leading scientist from the University of Exeter has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

University of Exeter leads “rapid response” data analysis to aid NHS during COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers from the University of Exeter and the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (PenARC), in partnership with the NHS, have developed a crucial new tool to ensure health trusts maintain sufficient levels of life-saving equipment and bed spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stunning scroll paintings and graphic art show shared history of famine in India and Britain

Beautifully illustrated scrolls and graphic art storytelling traditions will help communities to reflect on shared histories of famine in India and Britain and cope with today’s environmental changes.

Experts create free online PPE training for NHS staff

Digital training experts have responded to the coronavirus pandemic by rapidly making new personal protective equipment (PPE) training for NHS staff.

Exeter researchers secure prestigious national fellowships

Five leading researchers from across disciplines at the University of Exeter have received prestigious national fellowships, it has been announced.

Unsustainable soil erosion in parts of UK

New research demonstrates unsustainable levels of soil erosion in the UK.

‘Uplifting’ project nourishing Amazon people and soil

Thousands of trees have been planted in former rainforest land in the Amazon, nourishing the soil and providing impoverished Brazilians with food and increased incomes.

Exeter leading the way in COVID-19 testing

The University of Exeter is supporting the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) to be at the forefront of the battle against Covid-19

Award-winning children’s author brings story time online to help children during coronavirus lockdown

An award-winning Exeter children’s author has become a virtual bedtime storyteller to help families cope with the coronavirus lockdown.

Research project to evaluate impact of COVID-19 quarantine restrictions receives substantial funding

A new project to predict the spread of COVID-19, and evaluate the impact of quarantine restrictions, has received a substantial research grant.

Mental health and brain research must be higher priority in global COVID-19 response

A new paper published in The Lancet Psychiatry highlights an urgent need to tackle the harmful impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health.

First Exeter patients start world’s largest trial of COVID-19 treatments

Patients in Exeter with COVID-19 are being recruited to the largest clinical trial in the world to investigate existing medicines which might be effective against the disease.

Research to study health impact of air pollution on individuals

A crucial new project, designed to reveal the potentially devastating health impacts of air pollution on individuals, depending on their local environment, has received significant funding.

Genetics expertise could transform fish production

A recent review of research highlights how genetics can support development of sustainable aquaculture for global food security.

Flamingos form firm friendships

Flamingos form friendships that last for years, new research shows.

Earliest humans in the Amazon created thousands of “forest islands” as they tamed wild plants for food, study shows

The earliest human inhabitants of the Amazon created thousands of artificial forest islands as they tamed wild plants to grow food, a new study shows.

World leading expert in fungal lung disease joins Exeter

One of the world’s leading experts in fungal lung disease has joined the University of Exeter

 

Litter problem at England’s protected coasts

Beaches in or near England’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have the same levels of litter as those in unprotected areas, new research shows.

Unplanned tree planting could increase global warming and damage the environment, experts warn

No one doubts that trees can help suck carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, out of the atmosphere and help tackle climate change.

University and health trusts collaborating to accelerate genomic testing

Academics and clinicians across Devon and Cornwall are collaborating and innovating to improve testing capacity for COVID-19.

Plant root hairs ‘unrecognized heroes’ that hold the soil together, research shows.

The tiny hairs found on plant roots play a pivotal role in helping reduce soil erosion, a new study has found.

Newly discovered letters shed new light on Thomas Hardy’s “genuine love match” second marriage

Newly discovered letters show Thomas Hardy’s second wife’s joy and happiness at her marriage, and her sadness and loneliness after his death.

‘Tequila’ powered biofuels could be used for transport fuel and hand sanitizer, research shows

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.

New director for Environment and Sustainability Institute

Professor Jane Wills has been chosen as the new director of the Environment and Sustainability Institute

Exeter researchers discover a novel chemistry to protect our crops from fungal disease

Pathogenic fungi pose a huge and growing threat to global food security.

Global study shows how marine species respond as oceans warm

A global analysis of over 300 marine species spanning more than 100 years, shows that mammals, plankton, fish, plants and seabirds have been changing in abundance as our climate warms.

Self-care for ministers and providing clear information for parishioners essential to help church communities experiencing trauma due to Coronavirus, new advice says

Ensuring ministers look after their physical and mental health and providing clear information for parishioners is key to helping church communities cope with the trauma of coronavirus, new advice says.

Exeter genomics scientists to battle spread of coronavirus

Scientists and clinicians in Exeter are part of a £20 million investment to unlock the secrets of COVID-19.

 

Funding appeal launched for potential Covid-19 test

A funding appeal has been launched to help fast-track the development of a “pocket laboratory” that carries out quick, accurate and cost-effective blood tests that could revolutionise how health professionals track, trace and monitor the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19.