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University of Exeter appoints new Chair of governing body

The University of Exeter has announced that Quentin Woodley is to be the new Chair of Council, the University’s governing body, and Pro-Chancellor with effect from 1 August 2022.   

University of Exeter ranked as 46th most international in the world

The University of Exeter has been ranked as the 46th most international university in the world, based on data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

New play co-created with people living in the South West shows long history of LGBT loneliness in the region

A new play co-created by people living in the South West shows the long history of LGBTQIA+ loneliness and belonging in the region.

From telegrams to Twitter – archives of letters sent to party leaders will uncover impact of political correspondence

Whether being treated like celebrities with thousands of adoring fans or being demonised by online ‘trolls’ today’s politicians receive a never-ending barrage of public communication.

Major new study to track spread of Incel ideology online will help inform counter-extremism efforts

A major new study to track the spread of Incel ideology online will help academics and practitioners better understand the spread of extremist ideologies and aid the development of intervention measures.

University of Exeter law professor to join Law Commission review of the Arbitration Act 1996

A University of Exeter law professor is joining the Law Commission to review the Arbitration Act 1996, the principal legislation governing arbitrations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

University of Exeter appoints Ash Roots as new Chief Digital Officer

Ash Roots, who was the Chief Digital Officer for the Consumer unit at BT, will join the University of Exeter as the Russell Group institution’s new Chief Digital Officer in February 2022.

First degree apprentices graduate from the University of Exeter

The first degree apprentices have graduated from the University of Exeter.

Sir Michael Barber appointed Chancellor of the University of Exeter

A world-leading authority on education and public service delivery is to become the seventh Chancellor at the University of Exeter. 

Better understanding impact of shame on HIV patients can help improve healthcare, study argues

Ensuring healthcare workers better understand the psychological, social and physical impacts of shame on HIV patients will help improve their medical treatment, a study argues.

Academic Promotions 2021

Congratulations to our academic colleagues below who have achieved promotion in the last twelve months.

Exeter expert awarded prestigious Institute of Physics medal

Professor Frank Vollmer, from the University of Exeter, has been awarded the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Medal by the Institute of Physics.

Rising research star secures prestigious IoP award

One of the University of Exeter’s rising research stars has received a prestigious award from the Institute of Physics. 

Exeter’s commitment to researcher career development recognised through prestigious award

The University of Exeter’s long-term commitment to nurturing and developing the career development of its researchers has been recognised through a prestigious international award.

Exeter lab manager wins Sustainability Champion Award

A University of Exeter lab manager has been named a "Sustainability Champion" in the 2021 Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland.

“Powerful” arguments from University of Exeter experts influence Post Office scandal inquiry

“Powerful” arguments by University of Exeter experts have helped to ensure the Post Office Inquiry will consider the “human actions” which led to workers being falsely accused of theft, fraud and false accounting.

Exeter Data Science expert secures prestigious Downing Street Research Fellowship

A data science expert from the University of Exeter has secured a prestigious new Fellowship, designed to help shape Government policy. 

University of Exeter expert backs appeal to bring Thomas Hardy’s personal objects into the light

A University of Exeter expert is backing a Crowdfunder appeal to conserve and display a range of Thomas Hardy objects, many of which have never before been on public display.

Exeter academics on list of top researchers

Twenty-two University of Exeter academics have been named on an annual list of highly cited researchers.

Join interactive ramble across Exeter to explore the city’s fascinating literary history

People can join an interactive ramble across Exeter this weekend to explore the city’s fascinating literary history and connections.

BBC propaganda broadcasts for Nazi Germany were designed to create outrage and revolutionary energy amongst women

The BBC broadcast propaganda, news and entertainment programmes into Nazi Germany designed to create fear and outrage and stir up revolutionary energy amongst women, a major new study shows.

Experts urge Post Office inquiry to examine 'human actions' which led to workers falsely accused of theft, fraud and false accounting

The inquiry into the Post Office scandal must examine the “human actions” which led to workers being falsely accused of theft, fraud and false accounting, experts have said.

Technology, law and creative experts join forces to share experience of regulating AI and deepfakes

Technology, legal and creative experts will join forces to discuss the opportunities and challenges of regulating AI and deepfakes.

Festival of Compassion announces eclectic programme

A unique festival will this month be helping to foster compassion within our communities.

Cromwell struggled to control closure of the monasteries as his government lost its grip during dissolution, new book shows

Thomas Cromwell struggled to keep control of the closure of the monasteries and his government lost its grip during dissolution, a new book shows.

Divest, Invest, Engage: How the University invests responsibly, open session

Two University of Exeter scientists are cycling to Glasgow for the COP26 UN climate change conference.

Exeter scientists cycling to Glasgow for COP26

Two University of Exeter scientists are cycling to Glasgow for the COP26 UN climate change conference.

Scientists and industry to discuss energy transformation at COP26

Leading researchers and representatives of the energy sector will meet at COP26 to discuss transforming the energy system to help deal with climate change.

Poetry by leading climate scientists and health professionals warns of “last chance” to act on climate crisis ahead of COP26

Leading health professionals and climate scientists are using poetry to warn of the catastrophic impact of the climate crisis and there is “one chance left” to act in the lead up to, during, and after COP26.

Celebrate Diwali with fireworks, food, and dancing at the University of Exeter

Everyone is invited to celebrate Diwali with fireworks, food, and dancing at a special event at the University of Exeter.

New art installations in empty Exeter shops address issues of mental health and social isolation during the pandemic

New art installations in empty Exeter shops portray the struggles with mental health and social isolation which have affected many during the pandemic.

Sights and sounds of one of the country’s most polluted rivers on display at COP26

The sights and sounds of one of the country’s most polluted rivers will be on display through poetry and films at the COP26 conference.

 

Experts to track impact of inspirational charity connecting old and young through reading

Education experts are working to pilot the impact of an inspirational charity which connects old and young through reading.

New book provides fresh insights on dramatic Star Wars battles

People can explore epic Star Wars battles in an innovative new way through an entertaining book which gives fresh insights on the famous films, animation, books, and comics

University of Exeter expert advises on Imperial War Museums’ ground-breaking new Second World War and Holocaust exhibition

A University of Exeter expert has helped to develop the Imperial War Museums’ ground-breaking new Second World War exhibition.

University of Exeter expert elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Ruth Allen has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering - the highest honour available for a UK engineer, it has been announced. 

Exeter researcher secures prestigious national Fellowship to pioneer new generation of solar panels

A Renewable Energy Expert from the University of Exeter has received a prestigious national fellowship to pioneer new research to create ultra-compact and lightweight solar panel technology. 

Exeter 13th on global list of climate experts

The University of Exeter is ranked 13th on a global list of experts in "climatic processes".

Rising research star secures prestigious Fellowship

One of the University of Exeter’s rising research stars has been awarded a prestigious Engineering Research Fellowship, it has been announced. 

New “SafePod” to help level up access to data for University of Exeter researchers

University of Exeter experts are now able to carry out more of their research on campus after new secure facilities were introduced to allow them to access confidential data in the city.

Help develop powerful new Exeter play about LGBTQIA+ loneliness at new community events

People are invited to help develop a powerful new play about the history of LGBTQIA+ exclusion due to be performed in Exeter.

Young people to join forces with science and drama experts to produce musical about climate emergency

Teenagers in Torbay will join forces with leading scientists and drama experts to produce a musical about the climate emergency ahead of the major COP26 summit.

University of Exeter students help to show multilingual pupils the value of their language skills

University of Exeter students have worked with multilingual teenagers to help them see the value of their incredible language skills as part of a unique research project.

Business School academic shortlisted for Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year at THE Awards

A University of Exeter Business School professor is in the running for a prestigious THE Award after being shortlisted for Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year.

Experts set to use history and comedy to empower LGBTQ+ young people to play a central role in climate activism

Experts will use history and comedy to empower LGBTQ+ young people to play a central role in climate activism as part of a major project held ahead of the COP26 conference.

Exeter City of Literature marks International Literacy Day 2021

Exeter – along with other Cities of Literature around the world – is marking International Literacy Day 2021 by highlighting work to give families a “book prescription”.

University of Exeter Professor appointed to Scottish First Minister’s environmental council

Professor Ian Bateman has been named as part of Nicola Sturgeon’s new group to advise Scottish Government on environmental crises.

Impact of citizen-led forensic efforts to find the “disappeared” in Latin America analysed as part of major new study

The impact of grassroots forensic practices led by families trying to find the “disappeared” in Latin America will be analysed as part of a major new study.

Major new study will explore if a tree’s ‘memory’ can increase its resilience

Experts will explore whether trees can remember past stress conditions such as drought or disease and transfer these memories to their descendants as part of a major new study.

 

Research highlights “serious concerns” about strategy and conduct of Post Office lawyers during High Court case

Further investigations should take place to assess whether lawyers involved in a recent Post Office case in the High Court may have committed professional misconduct in their handling of that case, researchers have said.

Apprentices ready to bring traditional seaside entertainment back to Devon this summer

Young performers in Devon are getting ready to bring traditional seaside entertainment back to the county this summer after embarking on an unusual apprenticeship.

Learn Cornish in your own home as part of an exciting new online course

People can learn when to say “dell y'm kyrri”, and understand when it’s better to use “meur ras” as part of an exciting new course which allows them to learn Cornish in their own home. 

Duchess of Cornwall to meet families taking part in literature “therapy” to encourage love of reading and improve mental health

The Duchess of Cornwall will meet families taking part in literature “therapy” to encourage a love of reading and promote better mental health during the Royal visit to Exeter next week.

Pioneering research about the impact of multilingualism around the globe showcased at University of Exeter event

Experts showcased their pioneering research about the impact of multilingualism around the globe at a University of Exeter event.

Professor Sabina Leonelli elected to the prestigious Academia Europaea

Professor Sabina Leonelli has been elected to the prestigious Academia Europaea.

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to explore archives of key South West writers during Exeter visit

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be able to explore fascinating documents belonging to some of the South West’s most important writers during their visit to Exeter next week.

Professor Vesna Goldsworthy elected fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

Acclaimed novelist, memoirist, poet – and University of Exeter creative writing expert – Professor Vesna Goldsworthy has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Oldest book of English literature in the world available to browse online for the first time

One of the oldest books of English literature in the world - created more than 1,000 years ago - is now available for anyone to browse online for the first time.

Fungal diseases expert joins University of Exeter

Professor Nelesh Govender, an expert in fungal diseases and antifungal resistance, has been appointed an Honorary Professor at The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology (MRC CMM).

£250,000 kickstart for University of Exeter microbiologist

Dr Stineke Van Houte has received £250,000 to support her research into antimicrobial resistance.

Experts issue “urgent call” for new international forum to help people displaced within their own country

Experts have issued an “urgent call” for a new international forum to help people who are displaced within their own country.

Meet Exeter’s bees, create GPS embroidery and explore the city’s maritime history at outdoor events

People can meet Exeter’s bees, create embroidery using GPS technology and explore the city’s maritime history at a series of innovative outdoor events this summer.

Experts and filmmakers to discuss how historians can better inform period drama at virtual conference

Experts and filmmakers will discuss new directions in period drama, including how historical research can inform productions, at an event which will give unique glimpse into how stories from the past end up on screen.

Major discoveries about rock art across the world showcased at research symposium

Experts will showcase incredible discoveries about rock art around the globe at a symposium this week.

Exeter leaders recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Two prominent members of the University of Exeter’s community of experts have been recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, announced on Saturday. 

Languages in a Global World Event 2021: Professor Janice Kay in conversation with Susannah Poulton

Government International Trade Adviser Susannah Poulton will discuss her career helping businesses sell and operate around the world at a University of Exeter event.

Exeter scientists receive the Water-Oscar award

A pan-European research team has won a prestigious award at a recent ceremony, dubbed the ‘Oscars of the water industry’, for their project that developed new solutions to aid the recovery from pandemics such as COVID-19. 

Exeter achieves global top 150 status in influential rankings

The University of Exeter has broken into the top 150 in the QS World University Rankings for the first time.  

Green Thinking podcasts bring new approach to climate questions

A new podcast series hosted by a University of Exeter academic explores issues linking climate challenge and society, in conversation with some of the UK’s leading researchers.

Exeter scientist appointed as NERC Constructing a Digital Environment Senior Expert

Prof Albert Chen at the Centre for Water Systems (CWS) has been appointed as a UK Senior Expert in the NERC Digital Environment Expert Network, as a part of NERC/UKRI Constructing a Digital Environment (CDE) Programme. 

New Book Market Celebrates Independent Booksellers from Across South Devon

Powderham Castle and Exeter City of Literature are to host a brand-new Book Market in the Castle grounds on Sunday 20 June from 11am to 4pm.

Universities in South West vow to help region bounce back stronger from Covid-19

Universities, employers, and local leaders will be working together to create thousands of local jobs as the recovery from the pandemic gathers pace.  

Exeter researcher wins prestigious paediatric infectious diseases award

Professor Adilia Warris, co-director of The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology based at the University of Exeter, has received this year’s Bill Marshall Award for her pioneering paediatric infectious diseases research.

South West Genomics Laboratory Hub team given ‘Excellence in Healthcare Delivery’ award by Chief Scientific Officer

A team at the South West Genomics Laboratory Hub has received national recognition.

University of Exeter professor announced Editor-in-Chief of flagship journal

A top physiology professor at the University of Exeter has been appointed the Editor-in-Chief of the leading journal for the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world.

University of Exeter launches Green Futures campaign in critical year for climate action

The University of Exeter has launched a ‘Green Futures’ campaign and website to drive action on the environment and climate emergency ahead of the G7 in Cornwall and COP26 in Glasgow this year.

New partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Trust to help protect the natural world

A new, national partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Trust will see the two organisations join forces to help protect the natural world. 

Penryn labs receive golden sustainability award

Labs at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus have received top level recognition for introducing and improving sustainable practice and reducing research impact on the environment.

Exeter scientists awarded funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Three academics from the University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute have received half a million pounds funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

University of Exeter to host first-of-its-kind Research Ethics Conference

A cross-disciplinary team of researchers has pioneered a professional development event designed to facilitate provocative and innovative thinking about ethics.

Have your say about lockdown learning in major new survey of Exeter families and teachers

Parents, children and teachers in Exeter are being asked to share their experiences of lockdown learning as part of a new survey.

Major new study will investigate causes of global persistent inequality in female electoral representation

A major new study will shed new light on why there are fewer female than male politicians around the world, and if sexism, discrimination and violence are to blame.

Multi-million funding boost for research into the origin and evolution of vision

A Neuroscience expert from the University of Exeter has been awarded multi-million pound funding to investigate the origin and evolution of vision across the animal kingdom. 

UK’s top five most influential climate scientists from University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is home to the UK’s top five most influential climate scientists - the only UK climate scientists to secure places in the global top 21 - according to a prestigious new list.

Exeter academics awarded grants for pioneering fungal research

Two scientists from the The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, based at the University of Exeter, have received prestigious Springboard Awards from The Academy of Medical Sciences for their research into a deadly fungal disease.

Hotel workers in Cornwall to get specialist training to ensure a warm welcome for G7 Korean delegates

Hotel workers in Cornwall will receive specialist training to ensure South Korean delegates at the G7 conference receive a warm welcome.

Travel the world from home at University of Exeter’s foreign language evening classes

Travel may not be possible - but people can learn more about the incredible cultures and languages around the world at the University of Exeter’s evening classes.

University of Exeter expert to join the Pensions for Purpose Paris Alignment Forum

A University of Exeter academic will participate in a new forum set up by experts to explore the role of pension funds, asset managers and thought leaders in helping firms to cut greenhouse gas and carbon emissions.

University of Exeter wins prestigious grant to showcase the contribution of arts and humanities research through the Covid-19 pandemic

The University of Exeter has been awarded £200,000* by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to take arts and humanities research beyond higher education to drive social change. 

Academics congratulate “brilliant first-class” Oscar-nominated alumna

Oscar-nominated University of Exeter alumna Vanessa Kirby was a “genuinely brilliant first-class student”, her lecturers have said.

New research will show how history can inform future memorials to coronavirus victims

New research will show how public remembrance of traumatic events of the 20th century can help those planning memorials to the victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Major new study shows ancient international trading routes between Exeter and Europe

Cutting-edge scientific techniques used to study ancient artefacts found in Exeter have revealed more about the ancient international trading routes between the city and Europe.

Exeter tops sustainability 'teach-in'

The University of Exeter has topped the 2021 list of universities pledging to include the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within teaching, learning and assessment.

University of Exeter expert advising on legal reforms to better protect people from abuse using intimate images

A University of Exeter expert is advising on legal reforms designed to better protect people from abuse using intimate images. 

Everyday sexism at petrol forecourt inspires new children’s book, published on International Women’s Day

A sexist encounter at a petrol station has inspired a new children’s book designed to encourage children to follow their dreams and challenge outdated gender expectations.

New research reveals story of Penguin’s work to bring Russian classics to English readers in the 20th century

New research reveals for the first time the personal efforts and innovations behind major efforts in the 20th century to publish classic Russian literature in accessible and affordable English translations.

Couples who married in alternative wedding ceremonies needed to help with new research project

Couples who chose to marry in an alternative wedding ceremony can take part in a major new research project which will shed light on the demand for non-legal marriage services in England and Wales.

Exeter announces inaugural Director for City of Literature on World Book Day

The director appointed to drive forward Exeter’s City of Literature programme said she is excited about the opportunity to grow and promote the richness of Exeter’s literary arts talents.

First English translation of secret novel about hidden sexuality by one of Spain’s most-loved authors

A secret autobiographical novel by one of Spain’s most-loved authors inspired by her hidden sexuality has been translated into English for the first time.

Database of miscarriages of justice launched as part of new evidence-based justice initiative

A database showing miscarriages of justice that have occurred over the past 50 years has been launched as part of a new initiative aimed at using evidence from psychology and data science to improve the legal system.

Exeter researcher writes book for Attenborough series

A University of Exeter scientist has written a book to accompany a new Sir David Attenborough TV series.

University of Exeter donates computers to help Devon pupils learn at home

University of Exeter staff have donated computers to Devon schools to help pupils learning at home.

Major new history of the novel in French shows its impact from the medieval period to current day

A major new study shows the development and impact of the novel in French from the pre-history of the art form in the late medieval period to the present day.

Leading experts in public health and social mobility made fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

Leading University of Exeter experts in public health and social mobility have been made fellows of the prestigious Academy of Social Sciences.