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Artist and students transform cardboard into stunning artwork

A local artist has worked with students from the University of Exeter Medical School to create a striking sculpture made from a humble everyday material: cardboard.

Polish ambassador visits University of Exeter

Poland’s ambassador to the UK gave a speech about UK-Polish relations and Polish foreign policy during a visit to the University of Exeter.

University of Exeter appoints Director of Campus Infrastructure and Operational Support Services

The University of Exeter has appointed Craig Nowell as Director of Campus Infrastructure and Operational Support Services.  He will join the University in March 2018.

“Exceptional” University of Exeter trainee teachers significantly enhance education in the South West

“Exceptional” University of Exeter trainee teachers are helping to “significantly enhance” the quality of education in South West schools, inspectors have said.

Exeter Clinical Trials Unit receives national registration

The future of high quality health research in Exeter and the South West has been boosted by announcement of the national registration of the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit.

Exeter and Tsinghua establish jointly-awarded Doctoral degree programme

The University of Exeter and Tsinghua University have launched a jointly-awarded PhD degree programme in climate and environmental sciences, it has been announced.

Dementia research at Exeter gets £190,000 boost

The dementia research charity BRACE and Kirby Laing Foundation have together awarded more than £190,000 to the University of Exeter Medical School to support cutting-edge genomic research to better understand the causes of dementia.

Exeter secures significant rise in research funding

Exeter has seen an increase in the amount of research funding it receives from Research Councils UK, continuing its upward trajectory over recent years.

University of Exeter researchers among world’s ‘most influential scientific minds’, says new ranking

Leading academics from the University of Exeter – including an authority on plastics pollution – are among the world’s most “influential scientific minds”, according to a new ranking.

Asthma attacks reduced in tree-lined urban neighbourhoods

People living in polluted urban areas are far less likely to be admitted to hospital with asthma when there are lots of trees in their neighbourhood, a study by the University of Exeter’s medical school has found.

University of Exeter injects £1.1 billion into economy, generating 11,000 South West jobs

The University of Exeter injects more than £1.17bn into the economy and generates almost 11,000 jobs in the South West, a major new study has revealed.

New version of Rock, Paper, Scissors with a twist at Exeter games event

A new version of Rock, Paper, Scissors, with a twist, and the chance to defeat a monster are among the games on offer at an Exeter event which will show how the past can help make sense of the present.

Hong Kong residents invited to study to maintain healthy brain

People in Hong Kong aged 50 and over are being invited to join a ground-breaking online study called PROTECT, to help learn how they can maintain a healthy brain in later life.

Exeter to participate in TEF subject level pilot scheme

Exeter will participate in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) subject level pilot scheme, it has been announced.

Old human cells rejuvenated in breakthrough discovery on ageing

A new way to rejuvenate old cells in the laboratory, making them not only look younger, but start to behave more like young cells, has been discovered by researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Brighton.

Film lovers celebrate 20th birthday of the UK’s foremost museum of moving image history

Film lovers are celebrating the 20th birthday of the UK’s foremost museum of moving image history.

Law students to give free legal advice

University of Exeter law students are helping vulnerable people who are missing out on legal services by providing free information and advice clinics in Devon.

Sustainable seafood top of menu for new research group

A new research group will focus on how seafood can be safely and sustainably produced for the world’s growing population. 

Experts study the past and present in new state-of-the-art Digital Humanities Laboratory

Experts are using cutting-edge technologies to study the past and present in a new, state-of-the-art digital humanities laboratory.

University of Exeter Business School tops global ranking of ‘Better World’ MBA programmes

The University of Exeter Business School has the best MBA programme in the world devoted to environmental and social issues, according to a new league table.

Sports fans invited to share memories at new Exeter City FC group

A special social group designed to encourage men over 50 to come together and talk about sports and memorabilia has been launched in Exeter.

Experts discuss public libraries at summit

The University of Exeter hosted a summit discuss how library services and other social enterprises and charities can better understand their social impact.

Fireworks, food and dancing to mark Diwali in Exeter

Spectacular fireworks, Indian food and dancing and the chance to dress up like a Bollywood star will be the highlights of the University of Exeter’s Diwali celebrations.

SETsquared partnership secures funding to grow small businesses

The SETsquared Partnership has secured a government award of £5 million to tackle the challenge of scaling up small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to innovate and grow.

Creator of Exeter hip dies

A surgeon who played an integral role in creating an artificial implant that revolutionised hip replacements worldwide has died.

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to University of Exeter academic

Anti-nuclear campaigners, including a University of Exeter academic, have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

University alliance awarded £2m to train a new generation of freshwater leaders

Exeter is part of the UK’s first freshwater doctoral training programme to address the complex challenges facing freshwater sustainability.

‘Breaking 2’: Exeter scientists take the lead in Nike’s marathon mission

Exeter scientists and alumni spearheaded the science behind Nike’s moonshot to achieve the first sub two-hour marathon, ‘Breaking 2.’ 

Poet in residence at rubbish dumps publishes verse inspired by waste

A writer spent a year as a poet in residence at rubbish dumps braving vast flocks of seagulls – and their droppings – to uncover the “hideous” beauty” of landfill sites.

Social Sciences placed amongst top 100 in THE global rankings

Exeter has been named as one of the top 100 places in the world to study a range of Social Sciences subjects, according to the latest influential rankings.

University of Exeter a cappella groups take part in TV battle to win chance to record an album at Abbey Road

Semi-Toned and the Illuminations are taking part in a new Sky One programme to find the country’s best vocal group. (Image credit: Sky)

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid visits Penryn Campus

Key senior Government members visited the Penryn Campus to strengthen their understanding of the challenges and opportunities for Cornwall arising from Brexit.

Sir Christopher Ondaatje extends support for cricket at Exeter with £100,000 donation

Excellence in cricket at the University of Exeter has been boosted further with the generosity of Sir Christopher Ondaatje CBE (Hon DLitt, 2003).

Unseen photos of movie stars revealed by Exeter's film museum

A unique collection of rarely seen photographs showing stars such as Judy Garland and Laurence Olivier making some of British Cinema’s most-loved films can be seen for the first time.

Lord Mayor witnesses innovative maths and science curriculum at Exeter school

Exeter’s Lord Mayor has witnessed the innovative curriculum at an South West school which is leading the way in teaching science and maths.

Monkey island research station battered by Hurricane Maria

Researchers are working to restore a Puerto Rican research station and its nearby community following damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

Global companies attend Exeter careers fairs in China

Some of the world’s leading multi-national companies attended recruitment fairs in China to meet some of Exeter’s top graduates in the region.

Exeter to play host to first South West Translation Festival

Authors, language experts, a “Spectacular Translation Machine” and a typewriter called Adélaïde will be the stars of Exeter’s first Translation Festival this month.

University of Exeter named as one of the top 100 places in the world to study and research arts and humanities

The University of Exeter has been named as one of the top 100 places in the world to study and research arts and humanities in the 2018 Times Higher Education Arts and humanities subject ranking, published today.

 

University of Exeter shortlisted for five “Oscars of higher education”

The University of Exeter has been shortlisted for five Times Higher Education awards across a range of categories in arts and science, a greater number than any other university this year.

University of Exeter trees remove pollution equivalent to emissions from 798 family cars

The thousands of trees at the University of Exeter remove pollution equivalent to emissions from 798 family cars from the atmosphere every year, research shows.

Tourist attractions set to be transformed by virtual reality and digital technology

Historic attractions in Britain and France are set to be transformed as experts work to use virtual reality and digital technology to revolutionise the way visitors experience the historic locations.

University campuses up for People’s Choice Awards

Three University of Exeter campuses are among the nominees in a vote for the UK’s favourite green spaces.

Global rankings rate Exeter in top 200 of world universities

The University of Exeter has remained in the top 200 of universities worldwide in a respected global league table released today, 5 September 2017. 

New support to put history, theology and archaeology back on the curriculum in Georgia

Teachers in Georgia are being given expert help to put history, archaeology and theology back on the curriculum and address a chronic shortage of curators and archaeologists following the fall of communism.

Exeter City Football Club to become museum thanks to National Lottery funding

Exeter City’s home ground St James Park will become a museum as club supporters and experts work together to showcase the incredible history of the football club.

Students at unique mathematics school achieve outstanding A-level results

Students at a unique South West sixth form for mathematicians have once again scored some of the best A-level results in the country.

3,000 turn out for Science in the Square

More than 3,000 people joined scientists from the University of Exeter for a fun-filled day in Falmouth last week.

Students help to save lives through stem cell donations

Cornish students are hoping to save lives by donating their stem cells to strangers fighting cancer.

Dedicated mathematicians honoured for work to calculate how to score goals and predict rainfall

Enthusiastic teenage mathematicians in the South West have used their talents to try to work out how to take the perfect free kick in football, predict rainfall or make Britain float.

Two new appointments made to University Council

Two of the UK’s leading authorities in the health and aerospace sectors have been appointed as independent members of the University of Exeter’s governing body.

Exeter students in Nairobi trip

Students are visiting Kenya as part of a week-long experience designed to help them develop their employability skills, cultural intelligence and widen their global networks.

From engineering to IT: 1,000 Exeter students become apprentices

University of Exeter apprentices have helped Exeter College celebrate sending its 1,000th apprentice to hundreds of employers around the city.

Mother and daughter graduate at the same time – and both plan to become teachers

A mother of five who studied for a degree as a mature student despite not attending secondary school has graduated at the same time as her daughter.

Green Flag Awards for University of Exeter campuses

The University of Exeter has won Green Flag Awards for its picturesque and eco-friendly campuses.

Exeter Chiefs Head Coach among this year’s honorary graduates from University of Exeter

Exeter Chiefs Head Coach Rob Baxter will be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Exeter after the rugby team’s stunning performance this season.

Exeter shortlisted for Global Teaching Excellence Award

The University of Exeter is amongst a select group of institutions shortlisted for a major new global teaching award.

Exeter secures EPSRC grant to revolutionise wireless technologies

The University of Exeter has received a multi-million pound research grant to pioneer new techniques and materials to control and manipulate electromagnetic and acoustic energy.

Experience sights of ancient Exeter using virtual reality

People can step back in time and experience what it would have been like to live among the crowded streets of Georgian Exeter thanks to virtual reality.

Interactive family events to give public fascinating insight into space weather

People of all ages will be given a fascinating insight into the future of pioneering space weather research, during a special series of interactive events, later this month.

Help tackle climate change in Exeter

Researchers will discuss how climate change could affect Exeter at an event on Thursday 13 July.

Exeter students rub shoulders with international experts

University of Exeter students got the chance to trade ideas with a host of prestigious experts during the ever-evolving Grand Challenges programme last week.

Rare archaeological find could be the first time unique pottery seen in the South West

Archaeologists excavating a site where Iron Age, Roman, and early medieval communities lived for more than a thousand years have unearthed pottery believed to have never been seen before in the South West.

Soapbox Science returns to Exeter

Ever wondered what happens in your brain when you eat chocolate? Or whether Nemo’s dad should’ve been less worried about finding his son and more concerned about ocean acidification?

Exeter’s teaching excellence officially recognised as ‘gold standard’

The University of Exeter’s commitment to providing world-class teaching has been recognised with the award of a “Gold” rating in the first national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment.

‘BEEHAVE’ project wins innovation award

A project which helps protect bees has won the 2017 BBSRC Innovator of the Year award for Social Impact.  

Exeter’s world diabetes expert awarded CBE

A world-leading expert diabetes has been awarded the CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

GW4 Alliance to unveil cutting-edge microscopy facility

A shared microscopy facility will lead to a better understanding of human health and disease at a molecular level.

Exeter retains strong position in influential league table

The University of Exeter has retained its strong position in the QS World University Rankings.

Exeter students discuss ‘Business of Brexit’ Grand Challenges

Students and staff heard about what philosopher and economist Adam Smith would have said about Brexit during an event held as part of this year’s University of Exeter Grand Challenges programme.

University of Exeter to showcase research at Royal Cornwall Show

Students and staff from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus will be at the Royal Cornwall Show again this year to showcase research taking place in Cornwall.

Exeter hosts IPCC meeting on the 1.5°C Global Warming target

Some of the world’s leading climate scientists are gathering in Exeter for a high-profile event to examine the impact, significance and implications of global warming, in relation to the Paris Agreement 2015.

University of Exeter launches new degree to tackle construction skills gap

Exeter joins Laing O’Rouke and Hinkley Point C partners to deliver BEng Civil Engineering Site Management.

Universities of Exeter and Queensland cement new global impact partnership

The University of Exeter and The University of Queensland (UQ) have reinforced their relationship by cementing a new multi-million pound partnership designed to bolster their joint global research impact.

Walk-in camera obscura and giant pop-up book part of family fun at the University of Exeter

Children can enjoy exploring a walk-in camera obscura and a giant pop-up book at a free family day at the University of Exeter.

Technician Commitment launched

The University of Exeter has joined more than 35 research institutions from across the UK to back a pledge to support their technicians.

Global climate change story map wins award

A web app created to share the stories from an online climate change course which attracted people from more than 160 countries has won an award.

Exeter secures respected university HR award

The University of Exeter has received a prestigious award in recognition of one of its most innovative and forward-thinking HR initiatives.

Professor Kei Miller nominated for prestigious literary prizes around the world

A novel by University of Exeter Professor in Creative Writing, Kei Miller, has been nominated for prestigious literary prizes around the world.

Top psychologist wins award

A psychologist who specialises in topics including leadership and motivation has won an award from the British Psychological Society. 

Top 10 status for Exeter subjects in latest Guardian league table

The University of Exeter’s teaching excellence across a wide range of subjects has been acclaimed in the latest national league table rankings.

University to host open mental health event

Helping people recover from extreme stress or psychological trauma will be the focus of a public event at the University of Exeter on Saturday (20 May).

Vice-President of Royal Society visits University of Exeter

One of the UK’s leading scientists has praised the “energy, commitment and enthusiasm” of researchers at the University of Exeter, during a special visit.

Rainbow flags flying with Pride at the University of Exeter

Rainbow flags are flying at the University of Exeter’s campuses this week as staff and students mark Exeter Pride.

Support for teachers will boost access to top universities

Boosting support for teachers could significantly increase the chance of pupils attending a top university, new analysis suggests.

‘BEEHAVE’ project up for award

A project which helps protect bees has been nominated for an innovation award. 

Exeter Geography department gets gender equality award

The University of Exeter’s Geography department has earned an Athena SWAN silver award for gender equality.

Cross-Pacific rowers visit Exeter

Four women who rowed 8,000 miles, from San Francisco in the United States to Cairns, Australia, will share their remarkable story at a film screening at the University of Exeter on Wednesday 17 May.

Environment and Sustainability Institute appoints new Director

Professor Juliet Osborne has been appointed as the new Director of the University of Exeter’s flagship Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI).

Tributes paid to former University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor Sir Geoffrey Holland

Tributes have been paid to the former University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor Sir Geoffrey Holland, who has died aged 78.

History of rich Indian textiles brought to life at free event in Exeter

The history of stunning rare Indian textiles will be brought to life by experts at a free event at the University of Exeter this week.

Exeter subjects secure top 10 status in latest influential rankings table

Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter has been recognised as the best course of its kind in the country in the latest influential rankings.

Special screening of landmark film to mark 20 years of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

A special screening of a landmark film will be held to mark the 20th anniversary of Exeter's Bill Douglas Cinema Museum this week.

University of Exeter on-campus accommodation plans given go-ahead

A revised planning application by the University of Exeter to develop new on-campus accommodation for students has been given the green light.

GCSE students get taste of university life

More than 160 GCSE students got a taste of university life during the Easter holidays.

Queen’s honours for outstanding academics

The Provost of the University of Exeter received her CBE this week after being recognised for services to higher education in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

University of Exeter teacher training rated as among the best courses in the country

Teacher training courses at the University of Exeter have been ranked as among the best in the country.

Cornwall physicist lives the same day twice in global speaking tour

A University of Exeter professor has gone round the world in 39 days to promote the importance of physics.

Student Jewish society wins prestigious award for ‘best newcomer’

Exeter’s Jewish student society has won a national award celebrating Jewish student life on campus.