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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.

Cell biology specialist joins fungal research team

A specialist in cell biology and genetics is set to join the University of Exeter’s leading fungal research centre.

Lord Myners to retire as Chancellor of the University of Exeter after five years

Lord Myners of Truro will retire as Chancellor of the University of Exeter after five years in the role, it has been announced.

Sustainability at the heart of the new SWIoT centre

Sustainability is at the heart of one of the University’s newest buildings, currently under construction on the Streatham Campus.

University of Exeter students affected by coronavirus given £1 million in hardship and emergency funds

The University of Exeter has distributed £1m in hardship and emergency funding to students most significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Learn about national and regional social mobility challenges from leading University of Exeter expert

The stark social mobility challenges facing the South West – and the UK – will be the focus of an event led by a leading expert on the issue.

LGBTQIA communities to help create new Exeter play showing history of loneliness and exclusion

A new play co-created by people living in the South West – due to be performed in Exeter – will show the long history of LGBTQIA loneliness and marginalisation.

Dr Alex Corbett awarded Industry Fellowship

Dr Alex Corbett has received a Royal Society Short Industry Fellowship to work with M Squared Life Limited. 

Exeter researcher receives prestigious Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) Award

Dr Neeltje Boogert from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall has won the 2021 ASAB Christopher Barnard Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Investigator.

Exeter researcher awarded "frontiers of knowledge" prize for science of climate change adaptation

A University of Exeter researcher is one of three winners of this year's BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award.

Sir Richard Atkins and Professor Andrew Thompson recognised in New Year’s Honours List

Members of the University of Exeter community have been recognised in this year’s New Year’s Honours list for their outstanding achievements in education and academic research.

Stephen Fry announced as special guest for Exeter’s online ‘Creative Dialogues’ event

Stephen Fry, one of the UK’s best loved and most prodigious talents of the small and big screen, will give a fascinating insight into his influential and innovative work, during a special event at the University of Exeter.

Statement of support from the University of Exeter on the importance of languages

The University of Exeter is delighted to endorse and support the international call to action recently released by the British Academy and partners under the title The Importance of Languages in Global Context

Diabetes nursing professor chosen for global celebration of women in healthcare

Diabetes nursing professor Maggie Shepherd is one of just four UK nurses and midwives to be included among the Women in Global Health’s 100+ Outstanding Women Nurses and Midwives. 

Major new research project to help pupils promote peace and make sense of the violent past

Experts have begun a major new research project to help pupils around the world to use history and heritage to promote peace and make sense of past violence. 

Leading researchers receive prestigious ERC funding awards

Two of the University of Exeter’s most respected researchers have received a significant funding boost from the European Research Council (ERC), it has been announced.

Funding awarded to help more people in Wales tackle rising cases of domestic abuse

Delivery drivers, neighbours and colleagues in virtual meetings could help tackle rising domestic abuse with the right training and support in a world changed by COVID-19.

Professor Zhongdong Wang named 2021 IEEE Fellow

Professor Zhongdong Wang has been named a Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Colleague Health and Wellbeing Survey

A confidential Colleague Health and Wellbeing Survey is open for University of Exeter staff from 7-21 December.

Experts, politicians, charity leaders and activists join forces to discuss impact of religion and culture on the lives of people with disabilities in Namibia

Experts, politicians, charity leaders and activists met to discuss the impact of religion and culture on the lives of people with disabilities in Namibia.

University of Exeter historian’s work on epidemics honoured by the AHRC Medical Humanities Awards

Pioneering research by a University of Exeter historian on the impact and management of epidemics has been honoured at this year’s AHRC Medical Humanities Awards.

Incredible history of one of England’s last pierrot troupes on display for the first time

For decades they were one of the country’s last remaining pierrot troupes, bringing joy to people of all ages at seaside resorts with their singing, dancing and games. 

Exeter’s pioneering approach to sustainability secures prestigious Guardian award

Pivotal work conducted by staff and students to transform the University of Exeter’s approach to sustainability has won a prestigious Guardian University Award.

Nutrition scientist wins British Nutrition Foundation stepping stone funding boost

A registered nutritionist and researcher at the University of Exeter has been awarded a British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) prize.

University of Exeter, Dorset Museum and Dorset History Centre mark pioneering research

Experts from the University of Exeter, Dorset Museum and Dorset History Centre have celebrated their pioneering research, including on the life and work of the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy.

Pioneering health research at the University of Exeter to continue thanks to renewed Wellcome funding

Pioneering University of Exeter work on worldwide health challenges will continue thanks to renewed funding for a unique research centre.

New anthology of powerful pieces about the climate crisis from writers and scientists

Writers from around the world and climate scientists have penned powerful and thought-provoking pieces about the climate crisis for a new anthology.

Exeter experts recognised as being among world’s most influential scientists

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.

Water engineering expert launches new £10 million European water systems project

A University of Exeter academic is set to receive a share of £10 million pounds of funding for a six-year European research project, looking at designing the next generation of intelligent urban drinking water systems.

Leading climate scientist wins prestigious award

A world-leading climate scientist from the University of Exeter has received a prestigious award in recognition of his pioneering and innovative research.

New study will uncover influence of medieval philosophers on today’s pluralism

New research examining the work of three sages from India, Byzantine Empire and Scotland will show how thinkers linked natural philosophy with theology.

Animation uses psychology to help us tackle COVID-19

Colleagues and students all have a part to play in talking to people who aren’t keeping to the COVID-19 rules – whether that’s not wearing a face mask, not adhering to social distancing, or disregarding one way systems. 

Exeter-trained scientist honoured in Peru

A scientist trained at the University of Exeter has won Peru’s highest award for conservation.

University of Exeter expert appointed to prestigious economic committee

A University of Exeter expert has been appointed to be a member of a prestigious economic network.

Exeter researcher wins Philip Leverhulme Prize

A University of Exeter researcher has been named among the winners of the 2020 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.

Join film-makers, experts and translators to discuss world cinema and take part in free screenings

People can join film-makers, experts and translators to watch and discuss classic films past and present as part of a special event to celebrate world cinema and documentaries.

Academic Promotions 2020

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

University of Exeter’s campuses recognised as among the best green spaces in the country

The University of Exeter’s spectacular campuses have been recognised as being among the best green spaces in the country.

Challenges Online returns in 2021 after success of virtual event

Challenges Online will return – bigger and better – in 2021 following the success of the virtual event this summer.

Prestigious medal honour for University of Exeter sensory ecology and behaviour expert

A University of Exeter expert has been awarded a prestigious medal for his cutting-edge research to explain the complexities of animal sensory systems, coloration, and behaviour.

Discover origins of superstitions and popular magic at special online event

People can explore how a belief in magic still impacts our daily lives at a special online event.

Astronomy expert secure prestigious national fellowship

One of the University of Exeter’s most prominent astrophysics experts has received a prestigious national fellowship, it has been announced.

Life-changing work to promote social mobility by University of Exeter recognised at UK Social Mobility Awards

Life-changing work by the University of Exeter to support disadvantaged young people has been recognised at awards which honour excellence in promoting social mobility in Britain.

Cardiac rehabilitation programme wins BMJ award

A home-based rehabilitation programme that could help thousands of heart failure patients to achieve a better quality of life has won a prestigious BMJ award.

Exeter researchers awarded prestigious fellowships to tackle issues from food insecurity to autism

Five researchers at the University of Exeter have been awarded prestigious fellowships to tackle key issues from food and housing insecurities to autism diagnosis.

University of Exeter staff and students rewarded for sustainable actions

Staff and students at the University of Exeter will be rewarded for taking action on climate change through the launch of a new scheme.

Sir Steve backs first ever Giving Day

Former University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Steve Smith, has supported the institution’s first ever Giving Day with a donation of £10,000 to the scholarship fund.

University of Exeter and Charles Causley Trust celebrate current and future collaborations

The University of Exeter and the Charles Causley Trust have celebrated current and future collaborations with a special ceremony held online.

University of Exeter nominated for four “Oscars of higher education”

The University of Exeter has been nominated for four “Oscars of higher education” which honour the best teaching and research in the country.

Business School academic wins £1m grant for research project into ‘non-traditional leadership’

A University of Exeter Business School academic is set to embark on a five-year research project exploring new ideas about creating diversity in leadership after winning a £1 million grant.

University of Exeter secures partnership with Halo for rapid Covid-19 tests

The University of Exeter has agreed a partnership with Halo, the UK’s first commercial provider of saliva-based PCR tests for Covid-19.

Exeter scientist becomes ASAB president

A University of Exeter scientist has been chosen as president of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB).

Meningitis expert joins Exeter fungal research centre

A leading expert on infectious diseases has joined a fungal research team at the University of Exeter.

Welcome to our new Vice-Chancellor

Professor Lisa Roberts has joined the University of Exeter as our new Vice-Chancellor.  Lisa joins Exeter from the University of Leeds where she held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation. 

Floella Benjamin and Black Lives Matters protests inspires musician 220 Kid to set up new scholarship for BAME students

Legendary broadcaster, actress and writer Floella Benjamin and the recent Black Lives Matters protests have inspired a new University of Exeter scholarship.

Exeter physicist earns prestigious fellowship

A University of Exeter physicist has earned a University Research Fellowship (URF) from the Royal Society.

'Outstanding' Exeter staff awarded teaching fellowships

Two "outstanding" University of Exeter staff have won prestigious National Teaching Fellowships.

University of Exeter recognised for life-changing work to promote social mobility

The University of Exeter has been recognised for life-changing work to support disadvantaged young people and help them achieve their potential.

Exeter academics elected to British Academy

Two University of Exeter academics have been elected fellows of the British Academy.

University of Exeter Student Startup Manager shortlisted for national educator award

SETsquared Exeter Student Startup Manager Emily Davies, has been shortlisted for the 2020 National Enterprise Educator Awards for her contribution to entrepreneurship education and support.

Exeter Astrophysics expert awarded prestigious international prize

Professor Isabelle Baraffe, a leading expert in astrophysics research, has been awarded a prestigious international science prize.

Business consultant launches confidence course for women in science

Business consultant and author Sadie Sharp is working with 100 scientists, the majority female, to help them build their confidence in a male-dominated sector. 

Students develop innovative ideas to help tackle the world’s greatest problems during Grand Challenges week

From new technology to end loneliness to children’s books and food labelling to tackle the climate emergency – University of Exeter students have developed innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

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 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).

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.

Product and engineering design expert joins INDEX team from Royal College of Art

In a sign of the rapid digital transformation of industry and society, the Initiative in the Digital Economy at Exeter (INDEX) has appointed to its team an expert in product and engineering design with a focus on understanding digital innovation.

“Living prospectus week” allows future students to experience University of Exeter virtually

Potential university students unable to tour universities to make decisions about their future are flocking online to innovative “virtual prospectuses”, lectures and advice sessions.

Exeter professor joins Greta Thunberg to demand shift to low carbon economy

A prominent climate change academic newly appointed to the University of Exeter Business School has joined Greta Thunberg in demanding “immediate and deep shifts to the low carbon economy”.

Committed to researcher development

The University of Exeter has boosted support for our research community‘s development through signing internationally recognised declarations.

2020 Volunteers of the Year named!

After a tough decision making process, the Alumni Volunteers of the Year for 2020 have been announced.

Dragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics announced

Professor Ben Groom has been appointed Dragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics at the University of Exeter. 

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.

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.

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.

Exeter experts win #EUvsVirus hackathon with pioneering solution to fight coronavirus outbreaks

A pan-European interdisciplinary team won a prestigious international competition, to develop pioneering new solutions to aid the recovery from pandemics such as COVID-19.

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 expert elected to prestigious American Academy of Arts & Sciences

A University of Exeter expert has been elected to one of the world’s most prestigious academic organisations.

Study into the cultural impact of the “returned yank” wins researcher major book prize

Work by a University of Exeter researcher into the impact of the “returned Yank” on popular culture has won a major book prize awarded by the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS).

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.

Sustainable business expert to join University of Exeter Business School

Professor Gail Whiteman, a leading expert in sustainable business, will join the Business School’s Department of Management in July.

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

 

University of Exeter awarded major internationally-recognised award for high health and safety standards

The University of Exeter has been awarded a major internationally-recognised award for high standards of health and safety.

New director for Environment and Sustainability Institute

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

Engineering Director of SC Group, Steve Austen, appointed Associate Honorary Professor

One of the UK’s foremost mechanical engineers, Steve Austen, has been appointed as an Associate Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter.