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The impact of zoos on society is largely underestimated

The benefits of zoos to society and local communities are largely underestimated by the wider population, new research shows.

“Ineffective” organisation of police digital forensics slowing down investigations

“Ineffective” methods of risk assessment and the processing of items for digital forensic analysis have led to police tensions and are slowing down investigations, a new study warns.

Vibrant street festival at the University of Exeter to celebrate Lunar New Year

Everyone is welcome to celebrate the Lunar New Year with food, fireworks and games at the University of Exeter.

New University of Exeter tutoring scheme to boost children’s literacy

A new tutoring scheme for hundreds of children in the South West will help to boost literacy in the region.

Pheasants at risk on unfamiliar ground

Pheasants are most likely to be killed by predators on unfamiliar ground, new research shows.

Prestigious prize for University of Exeter educational psychologist

Renowned University of Exeter educational psychologist Dr Andrew Richards has been given a prestigious award for his outstanding contribution to children’s wellbeing.

Arts and Culture Announce Three New Creative Fellows

Extraordinary Creative Fellowships at the University of Exeter brings creatives and academics together to create multidisciplinary projects.

New “Citizens Panel” tasked with improving English schools for children with SEN

Children, parents and teachers will take part in an innovative Citizens Panel tasked with improving education for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

Skateboarding represents both pollution and sustainability

Skateboarding is a “polluted” leisure activity which both harms the environment and boosts sustainability, a new study argues.

Dietary nitrate – found in beetroot juice - significantly increases muscle force during exercise

A new study has found that consuming dietary nitrate – the active molecule in beetroot juice – significantly increased muscle force while exercising.

Three ‘super-leverage points’ offer hope for climate breakthrough

Three “super-leverage points” could trigger a cascade of decarbonisation in sectors covering 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report presented today at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

We Still Have a Chance: City gears up for three climate-inspired exhibitions

Three arts exhibitions are taking place across the city all inspired by the We Still Have a Chance climate project

New research quantifies the 'wow' factor of sunrise and sunset for the first time

A new study has identified the impact that fleeting natural events, such as sunrises and sunsets, can have on people, and sought to quantify their effects for the first time.

Exeter Professor secures prestigious Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists

James Screen, Professor of Climate Science at The University of Exeter, has been recognised for his work on transforming understanding of the rapid climate warming in the Arctic and its effects on the global climate.

Reading project which pairs old and young boosts wellbeing among children and the elderly, analysis shows

A reading project which pairs the old and young helps to boost wellbeing among children and the elderly, analysis shows.

Exeter Scientist secures prestigious astronomy award

Dr Oliver Allanson from the University of Exeter has been recognised by the Royal Astronomical Society for early career achievements in astronomy.

Powerful research-led play exploring parent carers' experiences debuts at Exeter Phoenix

A new play based on research that explores the experiences of parents caring for disabled children is showing at Exeter Phoenix.  

Could ketamine stop problematic gambling? New study investigates

Researchers at the University of Exeter are seeking participants to investigate the effect of ketamine on gambling addictions.

Gaia helps discover directly imaged planet undergoing nuclear fusion

Scientists have used the subtle movements of a distant star to help discover a new exoplanet – which is displaying signs of undergoing nuclear fusion in its core. 

Trio of Exeter researchers appointed to new UK Young Academy under prestigious Royal Society

Three University of Exeter researchers are among the first bright minds to be appointed to the new UK Young Academy network under the prestigious Royal Society.

Forests recovering from logging act as a source of carbon

Tropical forests recovering from logging are sources of carbon for years afterwards, contrary to previous assumptions, new research shows.

Most former SpAds become “shadow lobbyists” when they leave Whitehall, major new analysis shows

Most former SpAds become ‘shadow lobbyists’ when they leave Whitehall, major new analysis of the career paths of political special advisors shows.

O.B.E for University of Exeter expert helping to develop the UK’s Russia policy

A University of Exeter expert has been awarded O.B.E for his work to help develop UK Government policy towards Eastern Europe and Russia.


Exeter research in Carbon Brief’s top media papers of 2022

University of Exeter research features in Carbon Brief’s list of the most talked-about climate papers of 2022.

Research will raise awareness of women’s experiences of second trimester pregnancy loss

Women’s experiences of second-trimester pregnancy loss will be used to help improve healthcare and support as part of a new study.

New research will reveal more about how environmental education will help children’s wellbeing

New research will reveal more about how environmental education in schools and colleges can help children’s health and wellbeing.

Captivating New Photographic Display Showcases Breadth of University Research

This Spring term the University of Exeter’s Queen’s Building display space hosts a selection of captivating new photographs from the Images of Research Competition 2022.

‘Jumping genes’ help fungus kill salamanders

A fungus that infects salamanders contains multiple copies of the same “jumping genes”, scientists have discovered.

Former football manager with motor neurone disease appeals for others to take part in research

A dentist and former football manager whose life has changed dramatically since his ALS diagnosis has appealed with others who have the disease to join him in a new brain imaging study to help the race to find new treatments.

Penalties, corruption and legislation are failing to deter harmful gas flaring in Nigeria, study shows

Legislation is failing to end gas flaring in Nigeria which is harming the environment and people’s health, a new study warns.

Medieval doctors thought fertility suddenly ended rather than slowly declining with age, study shows

Medieval doctors saw fertility as having a cut-off point rather than slowly declining with age, ancient medical texts show

Chinese Communist Party zero-covid “volunteers” have suffered from stress and anxiety, study shows

“Volunteers” tasked with enforcing the Chinese Communist Party’s zero-covid policies have suffered from stress and anxiety, a new study shows.

“Robust” amendments to insurance law and international environmental law needed to allow carbon capture, utilisation and storage

“Robust” amendments to insurance law and international environmental law are needed to allow carbon capture, utilisation and storage to take place legally so the technology can be used in the fight against global warming, a new study says.


The University of Exeter unveils exciting plans to build new Multi-Faith Centre at Streatham Campus

Plans to build a new, purpose built Multi-Faith Centre on Streatham Campus at the University of Exeter have been approved by Exeter City Council this month.

Sir Michael Barber to chair work to improve life prospects across the South-West

Sir Michael Barber, a world-renowned expert on government delivery, will chair the newly created South-West Social Mobility Commission, it was announced today.

Ultra-strong ‘threads’ made of proteins help tiny organisms live in boiling acid

Scientists have discovered a new chain-like structure that helps single-celled organisms survive in the sulfur-rich hot acid springs of Yellowstone National Park in the USA. 

First of the second cohort of QUEX PhD students graduates with joint award from the Universities of Exeter and Queensland

Mayra Rodriguez received her doctorate at the University’s Winter Graduation

Harmful fungal toxins in wheat: A growing threat across Europe

Harmful fungal toxins are on the rise in Europe’s wheat and affect almost half of crops, according to a new study.

Children and young people need lessons in building strong relationships to counteract negative role models and “Disneyfied” portrayals of love, experts say

Children should get lessons in school on how to build strong relationships to counteract negative role models and any “Disneyfied” portrayals of love they are exposed to, experts have said.

Heat network customers need action now to protect them from “devastating” unregulated price rises and reliability issues

Heat network customers need action now to protect them from the potentially devastating consequences of unregulated price rises and reliability issues, an expert has warned.

Plastic pollution kills sea urchin larvae

Sea urchin larvae raised in high levels of plastic pollution die due to developmental abnormalities, new research shows.

Fastest British woman in history Dina Asher-Smith awarded honorary doctorate by the University of Exeter

Around 2,400 students from 94 countries who have studied 371 programmes will graduate during nine ceremonies this week.

University academic wins prestigious national book prize for ‘provocative’ analysis of God

God: An Anatomy, written by Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion, has won the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize 2022.

Fossil site reveals giant arthropods dominated the seas 470 million years ago

Discoveries at a major new fossil site in Morocco suggest giant arthropods – relatives of modern creatures including shrimps, insects and spiders – dominated the seas 470 million years ago.

New research finds that social group values are most readable in the way we write

Linguistic style can offer a clearer insight into the value and principles of a social group compared to what they say about themselves.

Connecting Late Antiquities: new project launched to create digital resources to aid research into one of history’s most iconic eras

The fall of the Roman Empire will be the focus of the two-year AHRC-funded project bringing together Exeter, University of London and the University of Bonn.

£2.4million to fund largest-ever trial of ketamine-assisted therapy for alcohol disorder

A new £2.4 million phase III trial delivered across seven NHS sites across the UK will investigate whether ketamine-assisted therapy could help alcoholics stay off alcohol for longer.

Mental health support for farmers needs radical overhaul, say researchers

Mental health services in rural areas need urgent attention to ensure the needs of farmers are properly met, according to researchers.

University of Exeter sixth in People & Planet League

The University of Exeter has moved up to sixth place in a league table that ranks UK universities on sustainability and ethics.

Exeter joins new Nature Positive Universities Alliance

The University of Exeter is among the members of the new Nature Positive Universities Alliance, launched today at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Montreal.

Arts and humanities vital in national crises concludes COVID‐19 pandemic report

National research project unique in depth, breath and focus, delivers its report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the role that arts and humanities research had on social inclusion and national wellbeing.

Modified CVs can help working mothers mind the employment gap

New research explores practical ways to overcome the bias faced by job seekers as they try to re-enter the workforce following a career break.

Rhino conservation in Nepal creates a burden for communities, infrastructure and other species, study warns

Efforts to conserve rhinos in Nepal have put a burden on communities, infrastructure and other wildlife in Nepal, a new study warns.

Let the patient choose their type 2 diabetes medication says research study

A largescale new study offers a new approach to treating in type 2 diabetes - that puts patients in charge of their own medication. 

University of Exeter supports Estranged Student Solidarity Week

The University of Exeter has supported Estranged Student Solidarity Week with a pledge to continue to provide wellbeing and financial support for students who are separated from their families.

Underwater footage reveals sharks’ flexible feeding skills

Underwater cameras have revealed the impressive range of skills nurse sharks use when feeding.

World Aids Day: Crowdfunder launched for lifesaving research into deadly meningitis in HIV

A new University of Exeter crowdfunder has been launched in time for World Aids Day (Thursday December 1), to fund vital research and education aimed at stopping all deaths from a form of meningitis that is deadly to those living with HIV by 2030.

New research article reveals the scale of manual graft needed to keep ‘the cloud’ aloft

Dr Alexander R.E. Taylor visited internet data centres to learn of the human effort it takes to keep the cloud aloft.

Female monkeys ‘actively reduce’ social network as they age

Female rhesus macaques “actively reduce” their social networks and prioritise friends and family as they get older, new research shows.

New research identifies how public service media organisations can lead the way in creating a responsible approach to algorithmic recommendations

A new report, published by the Ada Lovelace Institute and co-authored by Dr Silvia Milano from the University of Exeter, explores the development and use of recommendation systems in public service media organisations in the UK and Europe.  

One in four older teens now has a probable mental health disorder, new research shows

One in four 17-19-year-olds now has a probable mental health disorder – up from one in six last year.

Historian captures Queen Elizabeth II’s Exeter legacy in new book

The late Queen Elizabeth II's 11 visits to the city of Exeter are captured in a new book by Devon historian Dr Todd Gray MBE.

Skateboarding continues to be subversive despite being part of mainstream competitions such as the Olympics, researchers say

Skateboarding continues to be unkempt, subversive and tacitly political despite inclusion in mainstream competitions like the Olympics, experts have said.

Author and Creative Writing academic sees latest book, Peggy the Always Sorry Pigeon, being read by Louis Theroux on CBeebies

The latest book by Dr Wendy O'Shea Meddour will be read on Cbeebies Bedtime Stories by Louis Theroux.

University of Exeter to host British Science Festival 2023

The British Science Association (BSA) and the University of Exeter are pleased to announce that the British Science Festival will take place in Exeter across four days next September.

Childhood poverty impacts wellbeing in middle-age, study shows

Experiencing poverty in childhood has a particular impact on wellbeing in adulthood around middle-age, according to new research.

Dieback of the Amazon rainforest under climate change in the latest Earth System Models

Dieback of the Amazon rainforest has long been touted as a possible climate tipping point, even though only a small minority of Earth System Models were projecting dieback. 

First pandemic young people’s mental health review says service demand will rise

The first comprehensive study to evaluate research on the mental health of children and young people using evidence that spanned before and during COVID-19 has found an impact on mental health that could result in an increased demand for support services.

Exeter Professor named among Top 100 most inspiring women in mining

Professor Karen Hudson-Edwards has been named one of the world’s most inspiring women in mining. 

Egyptian lagoon vital to Cyprus turtles

The number of green turtles breeding in Cyprus has risen in recent years – but this bounce-back depends heavily on an Egyptian lagoon where many turtles feed, new research shows.

Scientists unravel mysteries of exoplanet atmosphere

Scientists using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have secured a major breakthrough in the quest to unravel the mysteries of the atmospheres of distant planets – a molecular and chemical profile of the exoplanet WASP-39b. 

Recognition of Kurdish rights by Persian protestors key to fundamental change in Iran

Fundamental change in Iran is only possible if there is recognition of Kurdish rights by Persian communities, an expert has said.

Guidance for solicitors on reporting serious misconduct is legally deficient and lacks clarity, experts warm

Current guidance for solicitors on reporting serious misconduct is legally deficient and lacks clarity, experts have warned.

Prestigious European research grants set to fund projects on disability-inclusive climate adaptation and women in philosophy

European Research Council Starter Grants totalling 3,000,000 Euros awarded to two Exeter academics

University of Exeter teaching resources for KS4 and KS5 pupils to bust myths around ‘common law marriage’ awarded PSHE Association Quality Mark

University of Exeter resources designed to help children learn at school about the legal consequences when relationships break down have been awarded the PSHE Association’s Quality Mark.

Exeter awarded £14 million for antimicrobial resistance research to fight “next global pandemic"

The University of Exeter and collaborators have recently been awarded £14 million for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) research – widely acknowledged as the “next global pandemic”

Exeter experts react to COP27

Researchers from the University of Exeter have given their views on the COP27 climate change conference.

Exeter lecturer wins Royal Society of Chemistry Education Prize

University of Exeter lecturer Dr Alison Hill has won the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Excellence in Higher Education Prize.

Exeter Hip: history, science, and future of world-leading hip implant explored at museum event

Members of the public can learn about the history and science behind the life-changing Exeter Hip in a talk at Exeter’s largest museum.

Electric pulses save sharks from fishing hooks

Gadgets that emit small electrical pulses can drastically cut the number of sharks and stingrays caught accidentally on fishing lines, new research shows.

University of Exeter Business School wins THE Business School of the Year in industry “Oscars”

The University of Exeter Business School has been named Business School of the Year in the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards, known as the “Oscars” of higher education.

Learn about the spicy history of the chilli plant at hot chocolate-themed Exeter event

The hot and spicy history of the chilli plant will be on the menu as part of a special hot chocolate-themed event in Exeter.

Kenya's first 'neobank' launched by former University of Exeter Business School student

A former student at the University of Exeter Business School has launched Kenya’s first-ever full-fledged consumer digital bank, or ‘neobank’.

Increased engagement with local communities could encourage a better sense of belonging among students

Dr Richard Vytniorgu, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, has written a policy note for the Higher Education Policy Institute on the issue of student belonging.

Little objective evidence to show effectiveness of learner-centred teaching methods, study warns

There is currently relatively little objective evidence that the much-promoted “learner-centred” approach to teaching is effective, according to new research.

Exeter researchers recognised in global rankings

Twenty-one researchers from the University of Exeter have been recognised as leading experts in Clarivate’s annual highly cited researchers list.

Pension clawback adversely affected women and those with disabilities, analysis shows

Pension clawbacks have adversely affected women and those with disabilities, new analysis shows.

Artificial Intelligence can help companies better serve all shareholders, study recommends

Artificial intelligence can help reduce “short-termism” in companies and help firms better serve all shareholders, a new study recommends.

No sign of decrease in global CO2 emissions

Global carbon emissions in 2022 remain at record levels – with no sign of the decrease that is urgently needed to limit warming to 1.5°C, according to the Global Carbon Project science team.

Public consultations to be held at the University of Exeter for new student accommodation plans

Following the announcement of proposed plans to build over 1,700 new, low carbon student bedrooms on Streatham Campus in October, the University is now launching public consultations on the detailed designs.

Exeter appoints new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)

Professor Richard Follett has been appointed as the new Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University of Exeter.

Children motivated by morality rather than social norms when it comes to the question of eating animals

Concenrs over animal welfare the chief driver of children's attitudes to meat-eating

Iranian regime “doubling down” on media manipulation in response to recent protests, analysis shows

The Iranian regime is “doubling down” on the manipulation of media in response to recent protests to create armed conflict between different ethnic groups, an expert has warned.

Ambition to succeed despite adversity motivates people from diverse backgrounds to pursue legal careers, study shows

A desire to succeed despite adversity motivates people to pursue a legal career, but barriers caused by finances and careers advice are obstacles, a new study suggests.

Alumni from Britain’s top girls’ public schools 20 times more likely to reach elite positions

Unique 120-year historical analysis of Who’s Who reveals that private girls’ schools have a propulsive effect on the trajectories of women to elite positions - but not the extent that leading private boys' schools do so with men.

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum celebrates quarter of a century milestone

The The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum has celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special event on campus.


New analysis shows “dire” supply and affordability gaps for housing in Cornwall

New analysis shows “dire” supply and affordability gaps for housing in Cornwall

The art of storytelling set to be discussed at public events in Exeter during COP27 conference

Examining how the concept of translation - both in a literal sense between languages and in an artistic one between media - impacts storytelling.

New research to discover more about the “invisible community” of academics who have spent time in care

New research will reveal more about the largely invisible community of academics who spent time in care when they were children.

University of Exeter at COP27 climate talks

A wide range of University of Exeter research and projects will feature at the COP27 climate talks in Egypt.

New way of exploring causes of rare condition could spare angst for families like Tilly’s

As a toddler, Tilly Douglas’s blood sugar was so variable that she would sometimes have to be on a feeding tube while eating – and would still experience dangerously low blood sugar levels within an hour. She was a regular resident at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Resilient water management offers hope for tackling climate change

Earlier this year, an IPCC report found that the majority of all adaptation actions (changes humans will need to make in response to climate change) are water-related.

Stunning climate change mural unveiled in Alexandria ahead of COP27

Rana Hemdan's artwork adorns the Jesuit Cultural Center in Alexandria

New home for unique documents charting the complex history of the Middle East and North Africa

Experts are celebrating the opening of a new dedicated space for unique documents charting the complex modern history of the Middle East and North Africa.

500 million year-old fossils reveal answer to evolutionary riddle

An exceptionally well-preserved collection of fossils discovered in eastern Yunnan Province, China, has enabled scientists to solve a centuries-old riddle in the evolution of life on earth, revealing what the first animals to make skeletons looked like. The results have been published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Students work with Spaceport Cornwall on hackathon event

Engineering students respond to hackathon challenge from Spaceport Cornwall

Medicine students share anatomical teaching techniques at late-night exhibition event

Visitors will get the chance to learn about the University of Exeter's world-leading medical education direct from students as part of a special late-night event, inspired by a health exhibition at Exeter's largest museum.

Regional Ambassador appointed to promote space industry in the South West

Grant Day appointed to inaugural position

‘Summit meeting' set for South West’s artistic community

The Creative Peninsula Summit set for the Eden Project on 18-19 November

Centre for Smart Grid officially opened

The University of Exeter has formally opened its pioneering new Centre for Smart Grid.

Lack of support to tackle school non-attendance leads parents to lose faith in the education system, study shows

Some parents have “lost all faith” in the education system because of a lack of support to tackle children’s non-attendance from teachers and local authorities, a new study warns.

Latest edition of influential Cyber Law Toolkit tracks online warfare around the globe

Experts behind an influential research project charting global cyber law are tracking major online attacks across the world.

University of Exeter appoints partner UPP to develop plans to build over 1700 new, low carbon student bedrooms on Streatham Campus

This month, the University of Exeter has taken an important step forward in the delivery of new, modern, low carbon student accommodation on the west of their Streatham Campus in Exeter, by appointing University Partnerships Programme (UPP) as the preferred contractor to progress plans to the next stage.

Scientists say Earth is ‘unequivocally’ in midst of climate emergency

Earth’s vital signs have worsened to the point that “humanity is unequivocally facing a climate emergency”, according to an international coalition of researchers.

The University of Exeter invests over £3 million to support students during cost-of-living crisis

The University, in conjunction with staff and representatives from the Students’ Guild and Students’ Union, have worked together to explore ways in which the University can strengthen its support to students.

International climate project inspires dramatic performance in Egypt as part of COP27

The Earth Turns to play in both COP27 Green and Blue Zones

University of Exeter secures Top 50 place in global sustainability rankings

The University of Exeter has been ranked 48th in the world in a new QS Sustainability Ranking 2023, recognising universities across the globe that are taking action to tackle the world’s greatest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) challenges.

Transitioning from the military to civilian life can take a lifetime, new research shows

New study shows that transitioning from military to civilian life can take a lifetime and support should be available even decades after leaving service.

Online programme to support children with reading difficulties helped them make significant progress, study shows

An innovative programme to support children with reading difficulties helped them make significant progress when used online, new analysis shows.

Volvo Environment Prize 2022 awarded for world-leading microplastics research

Professor Tamara Galloway from the University of Exeter has been awarded the Volvo Environment Prize 2022, for her pioneering work to alert the world to the devastating impacts of plastic pollution in the environment. 

University of Exeter celebrates impactful partnerships between researchers and partner organisations

‘Life-changing’ research collaborations including the first official project to reintroduce beavers into England and a report that informed the UK’s response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict were celebrated on Thursday 20 October at the University of Exeter’s inaugural Knowledge Exchange Awards.

Breakthrough in protecting bananas from Panama disease

Exeter scientists have provided hope in the fight to control Panama disease in bananas.

Exeter researcher receives distinguished Philip Leverhulme Prize

A University of Exeter researcher has been named among the winners of the 2022 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.

Innovative IKEEP programme secures two national educator awards

An innovative ‘intrapreneurial’ student training programme led by the University of Exeter has secured two top prizes at a prestigious national award ceremony.