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Urgent research begins to help ensure survival of regional theatre threatened due to coronavirus

Urgent research has begun to find a way for small and mid-sized theatre companies threatened with closure due to coronavirus to keep operating.

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

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

Using operational research to reorganise crucial dialysis services during the COVID-19 outbreak

The University of Exeter and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust are making a major contribution to the management of dialysis services.

‘Gatekeepers’ of biodiversity hotspots facing COVID crisis

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

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

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

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

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

Ecosystem degradation could raise risk of pandemics

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

First measurement of spin-orbit alignment on planet Beta Pictoris b

Astronomers have made the first measurement of spin-orbit alignment for a distant ‘super-Jupiter’ planet.

Exeter project to develop new energy-saving windows and facades given £1.65 million funding boost

A pioneering new project to develop revolutionary new energy saving windows and facades has received a significant funding boost.

£1 million award could identify a new form of genetic diabetes

An award of almost £1 million will help scientists at the University of Exeter unravel the genetics mysteries of a rare form of diabetes.

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

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

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

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

Research finds indirect effects of COVID-19 on young people’s mental and physical health

New research suggests there may be substantial indirect adverse effects of COVID-19 on children's physical and mental health.

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

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

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

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

‘Make economic recovery low carbon or risk new crisis,’ warns Exeter climate expert

Governments will be “walking into the next crisis” if climate change is not at the heart of rebuilding the economy, a leading expert has warned.

Researchers pioneer new production method for heterostructure devices

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering production method for heterostructure devices, based on 2D materials such as graphene.

Darwin grants for Exeter research

Three marine conservation projects involving University of Exeter scientists have been awarded funding by the UK government’s Darwin Initiative.

Office small talk has a big impact on employees’ wellbeing, study finds

Small talk between colleagues – about the weekend, the weather or last night’s TV – may seem unimportant but it has a big impact on our wellbeing at work.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Less than a quarter of Cornwall’s voluntary sector operating as usual amid COVID-19 crisis

Cornwall’s voluntary organisations have been adapting services to support more vulnerable people for longer during the Covid-19 crisis.  

Acclaimed playwright and University of Exeter experts to collaborate on new production exploring LGBTQ+ loneliness and history

An acclaimed playwright will collaborate with University of Exeter experts on a new production exploring how LGBTQ+ communities have experienced loneliness and isolation in the past and present, including during the coronavirus pandemic.

New training to help ministers experiencing trauma due to coronavirus

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

Exeter joins new European initiative to turn wastewater into valuable resource

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

Sea swimming linked to illness, study shows

People who go in the sea are more likely to experience symptoms of illness compared to non-bathers.

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

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

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

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

Concerns for disadvantaged teenagers as activities to encourage them to apply to university disrupted during coronavirus lockdown, research shows

University staff working with prospective students are concerned about the prospects of those from disadvantaged homes as their work is disrupted or put on hold during the coronavirus lockdown, research shows.

Appetite for fast fashion goes out of style when people learn about impact of mass-produced clothing, study shows

Learning in groups how to make, mend and modify clothing reduces the appetite for fast fashion, a new study shows.

How virtual reality takes the ‘work’ out of workouts

If you want to exercise harder, enjoy it more and feel it less, pull on a VR headset and plug in some upbeat tunes, leading sport scientists say in their latest study.

Genetics could help diagnose diabetes in Indians, study shows

A new way of using genetics to diagnose diabetes could pave the way for better diagnosis and treatment in Indians, new research has concluded.

Innovative programme where children use their own voice to improve reading open for more participants

An innovative education programme which helps children improve their reading by using the sound of their own voice is open for more participants.

Online exhibition and new book celebrates art made by people living with dementia

An art project involving people living with dementia has led to a book as well as an art exhibition that has been moved online to be enjoyed by all.

Oldest relative of ragworms and earthworms discovered

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

‘Matador’ guppies trick predators

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

Crop pathogens ‘remarkably adaptable’

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

Warm springs increase risk of severe summer droughts

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

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

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

£1.4 million for genetics research on how obesity in pregnancy affects mother and baby

A new £1.4 million award from the Wellcome Trust will help researchers at the University of Exeter investigate pregnant mothers' obesity and health

Threats to global food security from emerging fungal crop pathogens

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

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

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

Replacing GDP with Gross Ecosystem Product reveals value of nature

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

Let's talk about money: Smartline supports financial wellbeing app

Smartline, the University of Exeter technology and wellbeing project, is supporting the development of a ground-breaking app 

Pinker flamingos more aggressive

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

Young Venezuelans distrust all politicians and mourn lost childhood, study shows

Young Venezuelans distrust politicians of all parties and are doubtful anyone can improve their daily lives or give them more opportunities, a new study shows.

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

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

 

Sustainable plastics vital for greener world

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

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

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

“Major gaps” in understanding how land-use changes affect the spread of diseases, researchers claim.

The quest to discover how new diseases – such as Covid-19 - emerge and spread in response to global land-use change assessed by researchers

Rivers help lock carbon from fires into oceans for thousands of years

The extent to which rivers transport burned carbon to oceans – where it can be stored for tens of millennia – is revealed in new research.

Research finds new genes contributing to severe childhood obesity

In the largest study of the genetics of childhood obesity, researchers have looked at why some children gain weight very easily.

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

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

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

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

Exeter in £14 million international consortium to improve obesity treatment and narrative

The University of Exeter has joined an international, research consortium which aims to improve how obese people will respond to treatment

Exeter dementia researchers take on 300km running challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK

A group of eight dementia researchers from the University of Exeter are aiming to run over 301km to raise money for pioneering dementia research.

Make writing a positive experience and don’t force it, experts say

A team of experts at the University of Exeter have given their top tips for parents to support their children’s writing as they begin to return to school following more than two months of lockdown.

£2.5 million award to fund new evidence review facility at Exeter

The University of Exeter has received £2.5 million to establish one of two evidence review facilities to assess quality of research.

Exeter receives £1.2 million grant for pioneering new research hub

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

Covid generation faces ‘dark age’ of low social mobility - young Britons at risk of long-term damage to future life prospects

The unprecedented economic and educational shocks of the Covid-19 pandemic could inflict long-term damage to young people’s prospects in life, a new study finds.

Climate could cause abrupt British vegetation changes

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

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

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

Age, gender and culture ‘predict loneliness’

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

New project explores perceptions of China

A new research project exploring how the West perceives China is to be launched at the University of Exeter.

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

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

Dementia gene raises risk of severe COVID-19

Having a faulty gene linked to dementia doubles the risk of developing severe COVID-19, according to a large-scale study.

Quorn protein builds muscle better than milk protein

A study from the University of Exeter has found that mycoprotein, the protein-rich food source that is unique to Quorn products, stimulates post-exercise muscle building to a greater extent than milk protein.

Tropical forests can handle the heat, up to a point

Tropical forests face an uncertain future under climate change, but new research published in Science suggests they can continue to store large amounts of carbon in a warmer world, if countries limit greenhouse gas emissions.

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

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

Scientists find first evidence of microplastics passing from insects to predators in rivers

A species of river bird is swallowing hundreds of plastic fibres every day via their insect prey, research by Cardiff University and the Greenpeace Research Laboratories at the University of Exeter has shown.

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

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

Green and social policies help firms weather COVID-19 crash

Businesses with strong environmental and social credentials are more resilient in times of economic crisis, according to research into the COVID-19 stock market crash.

New study will show impact of coronavirus on Britain’s crucial food supply chains

The impact of coronavirus on Britain’s crucial food supply chains will be tracked as part of a new study which will show how the current crisis has affected the journey from farm to plate.

‘Care Under Pressure’: developing interventions to tackle doctors’ mental ill-health

 

A project led by the University of Exeter has developed guidance and recommendations to optimise strategies to tackle mental ill-health in doctors

 

Are we underestimating microplastics in the marine environment?

A new study suggests an underestimation of microplastics in the ocean.

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

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

£100,000 grant for rising-star medical researcher at Exeter

A rising research star from the University of Exeter has won £100k to launch her work into depression as part of a prestigious grant scheme.

Online medicine lectures attract thousands of students – and Peter Andre!

A Medicine student at the University of Exeter has teamed up with two clinicians to launch an online seminar series.

Eavesdropping on single molecules with light by replaying the chatter

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

Pine martens like to have neighbours – but not too near

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

Exeter leads research into tax compliance strategies

The University of Exeter has led research into the strategies tax authorities are using to manage large business taxpayers.

Researchers track COVID-19 isolation effects on older people’s health and wellbeing

An online study of 25,000 people is recruiting participants to help study the impact of COVID-19 isolation on the health and wellbeing of older people

Cornish charity exposes Governmental failure to support the most vulnerable

A rapid assessment of COVID-19 implications for disabled people in Cornwall has illustrated a failure by central government to support people 

 

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

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

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

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

More than 300 million cases of hip and knee osteoarthritis worldwide in 2017

There were more than 300 million cases of hip and knee osteoarthritis worldwide in 2017 reveals a new analysis

‘Pingers’ could save porpoises from fishing nets

Underwater sound devices called “pingers” could be an effective, long-term way to prevent porpoises getting caught in fishing nets with no negative behavioural effects, newly published research suggests.

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

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

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

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

Exploring the Exe Estuary with Tidelines community project

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

Solve invasive seaweed problem by turning it into biofuels and fertilisers

UK researchers have developed a cheap and simple way of creating biofuel and fertiliser from seaweed, whilst removing plastic from the oceans and cleaning up tourist beaches in the Caribbean and Central America. 

Editorial paper finds COVID-19 death among doctors in the UK is mostly in over 60s

An editorial paper has reviewed evidence and found that most of the UK deaths in doctors from COVID-19 are aged over 60.

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.

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

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

Home-based cardiac rehabilitation training offered free to cardiac teams affected by COVID-19

NHS staff are being offered free training to deliver a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme to help support heart failure patients.

University of Exeter health and housing project to combat isolation during lockdown

A project that links technology and housing to improve health and wellbeing in Cornwall is developing a guide to using online devices to reduce feelings of isolation during COVID-19 lockdown.

Pivotal new project aims to promote and implement green domestic heating

A pivotal new project, involving Renewable Energy experts from the University of Exeter, has been launched to pioneer new initiatives for greener home heating.

Report measures public demand for face masks to protect against COVID-19

One in four people already own a disposable face mask to protect themselves against COVID-19, a new study says – despite the UK government saying evidence for their use is “weak”.

Look beyond rainforests to protect trees, scientists say

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

 

Public would obey major changes to antibiotic advice, research shows

The public would comply with major changes to medical advice – but would then be less likely to follow other new guidelines in the future, research shows.

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

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

Grizzly discovery of an arrow through the eye sheds light on horrific injuries caused by medieval arrows

Medieval arrows caused injuries similar to today’s gunshot wounds, according to archaeologists analysing newly discovered human remains.

App-based micro-course for COVID-19 frontline workers

Frontline healthcare workers can take a new app-based micro-course on resilience and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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

University of Exeter help diversify farming of the future

The University of Exeter Business School is working with more than 40 other institutions as part of a major EU-funded project worth nearly 10 million euros.

Predicting the future Fish of the Day: How well do our models work?

Understanding how the physical and biological world reacts to climate change is a challenge that science must contend with.

Otters juggle stones when hungry, research shows

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

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

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

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

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

New study will show how important it was to speak French in Medieval Britain

A major new study will uncover the secrets of how communities in Medieval Britain continued to speak French for at least 300 years after the Norman Conquest.

Spending time in the garden linked to better health and wellbeing

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

World-leading Neuroimaging expert will optimise Exeter’s £10 million new centre

A professor who consistently ranks in the global top five of neuroimaging will bring his expertise to Exeter’s new £10 million Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre.

Relive Exeter City Football Club's 1990 title win in online exhibition

Football fans can relive the 30th anniversary of Exeter City’s historic 1990 league title win as part of a new online exhibition.

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.

Aphantasia clears the way for a scientific career path

People with low or no visual imagery are more likely to work in scientific and mathematical industries than creative sectors, according to new research.

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.

New research will study impact of COVID-19 on cancer survival

The impact of COVID-19 on cancer diagnosis and survival will be explored through research led by the University of Exeter.

Exeter scientist elected Royal Society Fellow

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

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

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

Covid lockdown could leave disadvantaged children with “learning loss” of six months, experts warn

School closures during the coronavirus lockdown could leave disadvantaged children with “learning loss” of up to six months, leading social mobility experts have warned.

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.

‘Ethnic spaces’ make minority US students feel at home

“Ethnic spaces” at US universities make students from underrepresented minority groups feel a greater sense of belonging and engagement with their university, new research suggests.

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

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

Five tips from project to support people with dementia and carers in COVID-19 lockdown

New guidance has been developed to support people with dementia and family carers who are facing isolation and reduced services as a result of COVID-19.

Nature soundscape experiment relaunched

An exciting national experiment reopens today, aiming to shed light on how listening to nature could impact wellbeing.

COVID-19 test could determine whether patients are still infectious

A new test which could detect whether people who have had COVID-19 are still infectious is under development

Experts create free online PPE training for NHS staff

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

Consortium awarded £3.7m to develop postgraduate conversion courses in AI and data science

A consortium featuring the University of Exeter has been awarded £3.7m in funding to develop a suite of postgraduate conversion courses in AI and data science. 

Rising research star receives prestigious fellowship to develop “molecular movie camera”

One of the new generation of rising research stars at the University of Exeter has received a prestigious national fellowship.

Exeter researchers secure prestigious national fellowships

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

UK coronavirus policy places people aged 60-69 at increased risk finds editorial paper

A new editorial has summarised evidence and concluded that people aged 60-69 are at risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19.

Unsustainable soil erosion in parts of UK

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

‘Uplifting’ project nourishing Amazon people and soil

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

Exeter leading the way in COVID-19 testing

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

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).

Student ‘Enterprise Hub’ received £1 million funding boost

A pioneering new project, designed to nurture students’ innovative product development and marketing skills with industry partners, has received a £1 million funding boost.

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

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

Genetics expertise could transform fish production

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

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

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

Flamingos form firm friendships

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

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

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

Research to investigate impact of COVID-19 pandemic on family carers

The experience of family carers during the COVID-19 pandemic will be explored in a series of weekly interviews conducted over the next three months.

University of Exeter spin-out company secures investment for sustainable mining

A spin-out company focussed on driving environmental sustainability in the mining and raw materials sector, founded by experts from the University of Exeter, has secured investment to help develop the business.

Research to study health impact of air pollution on individuals

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

New research gives insights into how a group of novel organelle-based disorders affects cells

A pioneering study has shed new light on how a group of novel organelle-based disorders affect cells.

Brown hares and chickens were treated as “gods” not food when they arrived in Britain, research shows

Brown hares and chickens were considered “gods” rather than food when they were first arrived in Britain in the Iron Age, new research shows.

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

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

Vexing Nemo: motorboat noise makes clownfish stressed and aggressive

Hormonal changes caused by motorboat noise cause clownfish to hide, skip meals and attack their neighbours – putting damselfish in distress.

World leading expert in fungal lung disease joins Exeter

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

 

Litter problem at England’s protected coasts

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

Experts to develop new ways of monitoring and tackling extreme right-wing online forums

University of Exeter experts will develop new ways to better monitor activity on extreme right-wing online forums linked with terrorism as part of a major new research project.

University and health trusts collaborating to accelerate genomic testing

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

Couples should work as a team and make plans for the future to ensure their relationship thrives during coronavirus lockdown, experts say

Couples trying to cope with the coronavirus lockdown should work as a team and make future plans to keep their relationship strong during the crisis, experts have said.

Pioneering project to unlock decision making process behind larval settlement on coral receives funding boost

A new research project, designed to unlock a greater understanding of one of the key factors that affects coral recovery, has received a significant funding boost.

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

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

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

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

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

The agave plant - which is used to make tequila – could be the key ingredient to unlocking a new way of producing environmentally-friendly transport fuel and hand sanitizer, new research has found.

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

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

Medical student inspired to write children’s book to explain coronavirus

A medicine student at the University of Exeter has created cute characters and a rhyming story to explain covid-19 to children.

Interactive product labels require new regulations, study warns

Artificial intelligence will be increasingly used on labels on food and other products in the future to make them interactive, and regulations should be reformed now so they take account of new innovations, a study warns.

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

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

Jim Sibson of Babcock International Group Appointed as Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Exeter

The University of Exeter has appointed Jim Sibson as an Honorary Associate Professor.

Global study shows how marine species respond as oceans warm

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

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.

Rising research star at Exeter secures prestigious Biochemical Society award

A rising research star at the University of Exeter has received a prestigious national award, it has been announced.

Funding appeal launched for potential Covid-19 test

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

Exeter genomics scientists to battle spread of coronavirus

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

 

Film fans can explore Hollywood icon Vivien Leigh’s South West links thanks to major new study

She achieved global stardom thanks to iconic roles in Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire. Now the public can explore how Vivien Leigh had strong links to the South West as well as Hollywood as part of a major new project.

Electric cars better for climate in 95% of the world

Fears that electric cars could actually increase carbon emissions are unfounded in almost all parts of the world, new research shows.

Exeter sea turtle expert on Forbes 30 Under 30 list

A University of Exeter researcher has been chosen for the Forbes “30 Under 30” list of innovators in science and heath across Europe. 

Medical student wins highly competitive scholarship to intern with top Medical Journal

A medical student has won a highly competitive scholarship to intern with BMJ, going through an intense selection process to achieve the funding.   

“Blind over-reliance” on AI technology to manage international migration could lead to serious breaches of human rights, study warns

Over-reliance by countries on artificial intelligence to tackle international migration and manage future migration crisis could lead to serious breaches of human rights, a new study warns.

University of Exeter new partner in £2.8million ESRC investment in social science methods training

University of Exeter experts will help to train academics from throughout the UK in cutting-edge research methods as part of a major new national initiative.

Mysterious bone circles made from the remains of mammoths reveal clues about Ice Age

Mysterious bone circles made from the remains of dozens of mammoths have revealed clues about how ancient communities survived Europe’s ice age.

Exeter’s Ocean Technology Group selected to receive Scottish Government support for Floating Offshore Wind innovation

An engineering research team at the University of Exeter’s Offshore Renewable Energy Group will carry out research into innovative mooring systems for floating offshore wind energy applications.

Type 1 diabetes is not one but two distinct conditions, defined by diagnosis age

Children who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes under the age of seven have a different form (or “endotype”) of the condition compared with those diagnosed aged 13 or above, new research has shown.

Ship noise hampers crab camouflage

Colour-changing crabs struggle to camouflage themselves when exposed to noise from ships, new research shows.

LGBTQ+ heritage of museum collections to be revealed and celebrated as part of major new project

LGBTQ+ heritage embedded in the rich collections at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) will be revealed and celebrated as part of a major new collaboration, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Older beetle parents ‘less flexible’

Older parents are less flexible when it comes to raising their offspring, according to a new study of beetles.

Low blood pressure linked to high mortality in older adults

International blood pressure guidelines may require review, according to new research that found a link between low blood pressure and higher mortality rates. 

Scientists explore potential to manipulate genes to control invasive species

Scientists are manipulating genes that could solve environmental sustainability and conservation problems in Australian environments.

Tropical forests’ carbon sink is already rapidly weakening

The ability of the world’s tropical forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere is decreasing, according to a study tracking 300,000 trees over 30 years, published today in Nature.

Facebook “prominent gateway” to untrustworthy websites during 2016 US presidential election, study shows

Facebook was the most prominent gateway to untrustworthy websites during the 2016 US Presidential election, a new study shows.

£73,000 funding to drive forward dementia diagnosis technology

A dementia diagnosis software system developed at the University of Exeter has received three grants totalling £73,000. 

Jellyfish help understand the timing of egg production

Key protein has links to regulators of vertebrate feeding and reproduction 

Students in 24-hour row to prep for Atlantic record bid and female athlete research project

Two Exeter doctors will row for 24 hours in the first phase of preparation for an epic 3,000 mile world record bid across the Atlantic. 

Three new prestigious NIHR Senior Investigator awards for Exeter academics

Three health researchers at the University of Exeter have been recognised as among the most prominent and prestigious in the country to be funded by the Government health research arm, NIHR.

Ocean changes almost starved life of oxygen

Chemical changes in the oceans more than 800 million years ago almost destroyed the oxygen-rich atmosphere that paved the way for complex life on Earth, new research suggests.

Drug shows promise in reducing deadly brain swelling after stroke

Cases of potentially deadly brain damage as a result of stroke could be reduced after new research identified a pathway in the brain that causes swelling, and which responds to an innovative treatment.

Male-killing bugs hold key to butterflies’ curious colour changes

It is a spectacular butterfly breed with an intriguing back story – now scientists have revealed how male-killing bacteria are helping to create a dazzling hybrid of the African monarch.

Award winning anaesthesia innovation reduces cost and carbon footprint

An award winning innovation being used in theatres at the Royal Cornwall Hospital is saving money and helping to save the planet.

Activism and growth of small independent publishers leading to “profound change” for translated fiction, research shows

Activism, new networks and the growth of small independent presses is leading to profound change in the way translated fiction is published, a new study shows.

Sugar levy had no lasting negative impacts on the UK soft drinks industry

Leading UK soft drinks companies continued to experience positive growth in their share prices, despite widespread industry fears the tax would harm their businesses, researchers have found.

New national circular economy coordinators announced

First investment of a £30m initiative supporting the UK’s transition to a circular economy

Art created by people living with dementia displayed in Exeter

Banners created by people living with dementia who worked with a trio of well-known artists will be on display in Exeter until the end of March.

Seagulls favour food humans have handled

Seagulls favour food that has been handled by humans, new research shows.

World-leading plastics research team collect Queen’s Anniversary prize

Prince Charles has awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education to a team at the University of Exeter.

Jet stream not getting ‘wavier’ despite Arctic warming

Rapid Arctic warming has not led to a “wavier” jet stream around the mid-latitudes in recent decades, pioneering new research has shown.

Nine new staff join Global Systems Institute

A University of Exeter research institute has been boosted by the arrival of nine new staff.

Male doctoral graduates more likely to have a full-time, permanent job than their female counterparts, study shows

Male doctoral graduates are more likely to get a permanent job compared to their female counterparts, a new study shows.

£152,000 grant to investigate brain processes linked to diabetes

A grant of £152,000 will allow researchers to investigate how manipulating specific brain cells can impact the body’s response to changes in blood sugar levels, which may help uncover the processes involved in diabetes.

Researchers to investigate impact of shame on doctors, medical students and patients as part of major new study

Patients, doctors and medical students will share their experiences of shame as part of a new project that aims to understand the impact that the emotion has on healthcare.

South American volcano shows potential signs of instability, research shows

One of South America’s most prominent volcanoes is producing early signals of potential instability, new research has shown.

Trial finds benefits to people and wildlife from beavers living wild in English countryside

A major five-year study into the impacts of beavers on the English countryside has concluded that the water-living mammals can bring measurable benefits to people and wildlife.

Stress in small children separated from their parents may alter genes

Experts in the emotional needs of small children say increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in babies and small children who are separated from their parents could have a long-term genetic impact.

Sugar levels in UK soft drinks lowered following government levy

The government’s Soft Drinks Industry Levy has resulted in soft drinks manufacturers lowering sugar levels in their drinks

Build-up of brain proteins affects genes in Alzheimer’s disease

New research has shed fresh light on how the build-up of two proteins in the brain might affect the activity of genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

University of Exeter wins £4 million extension for health and housing project

The University of Exeter has announced that it has been awarded £4 million in further funding to continue with a project researching technology, health and housing in Cornwall.

Exeter in global initiative to use wearables to revolutionise dementia detection

The University of Exeter is part of a global initiative to revolutionise the early detection of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Testosterone levels affect risk of metabolic disease and cancers

Having genetically higher testosterone levels increases the risk of metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes in women, while reducing the risk in men. Higher testosterone levels also increase the risks of breast and endometrial cancers in women, and prostate cancer in men.

Power of older people could save villages

Older people could hold the key to revitalising rural communities, researchers say.

People power key to new wildlife havens

People power will be the driving force behind new wildlife havens in three Cornish towns.

Beach clean data could boost science

Beach cleans can provide vital information on plastic pollution, researchers say.

Ceremony marks handover of Exeter’s new VSimulators facility

Distinguished guests have gathered to participate in a special ceremony, to mark the handover of a new building that will house the University of Exeter’s pioneering VSimulators experimental facility.

Anxiety-suffering sons of the gentry suffered from emotional turmoil, letters show

Younger sons of the gentry faced so much emotional turmoil from having to make their own way in the world they suffered from anxiety, research shows.

£1.2 million USA grant to investigate psychosis in Alzheimer’s disease

Funding expected to total £1.2 million ($1,566,874) over four years from the USA’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help Exeter academics advance understanding about the underlying biological mechanisms leading to some people with Alzheimer’s disease developing psychosis.

Fundraising campaign hits target one year early

£60 million raised to support students and research at Exeter

Research into ecosystem-based solutions to climate change receives philanthropic support

A project exploring how carbon capture and storage can help limit global warming to a 1.5°C temperature rise has received philanthropic funding from American organisation, One Earth. 

$55,000 grant supports research into healthy oceans

A project to help more accurately measure the health of our oceans has been supported with a grant from the Simons Foundation.

Genetics professor in top 100 inspirational women in healthcare leadership

A University of Exeter genetics researcher has been recognised in the top 100 inspirational women in healthcare.

Climate scientist receives prestigious ERC funding award

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

Zoo improvements should benefit all animals

Zoo improvements should benefit all animals and include a wide range of “enrichment” techniques, researchers say.

Tougher start could help captive-bred game birds

Tougher early lives could help captive-bred game birds develop survival skills for adulthood in the wild, new research suggests.

Shortness of breath and cough increase as first symptom of lung cancer

GPs are being urged to consider shortness of breath and cough as potential predictors of lung cancer, after a study found they were becoming more common as the first symptom in diagnosis.

Cutting road transport pollution could help plants grow

Cutting emissions of particular gases could improve conditions for plants, allowing them to grow faster and capture more carbon, new research suggests.

Turtle tracking reveals key feeding grounds

Loggerhead turtles feed in the same places year after year – meaning key locations should be protected, researchers say.

Autoimmunity may explain why an important immune system is absent in many bacteria

New findings from University of Exeter researchers reveal how bacterial immune systems can be harmful for their hosts and explain why they are not found in many bacteria.

Offering hope to Amish families affected by genetic disorders

A landmark translational research project called the Windows of Hope project, led by researchers from the University of Exeter, has defined more than 150 different genetic disorders in North American Anabaptist (Amish/Mennonite) communities.

New technique to study molecules and materials on quantum simulator discovered

A new technique to study the properties of molecules and materials on a quantum simulator has been discovered.

Perception of when its acceptable to sacrifice one person to save a larger group led by cultural differences, research shows

Cultural differences play a pivotal role in how people in different parts of the world perceive when it is acceptable to sacrifice one person to save a larger group, new research has shown.

Poor mental health “both cause and effect” of school exclusion

Children with mental health needs require urgent support from primary school onwards to avoid exclusion, which can be both cause and effect of poor mental health, new research concludes.

Arctic sea ice can’t ‘bounce back’

Arctic sea ice cannot “quickly bounce back” if climate change causes it to melt, new research suggests.

Medicine co-director in top 100 inspirational women in healthcare leadership

A cancer researcher who heads up the medicine programme has been recognised in the top 100 inspirational women in healthcare.

Strongly ‘handed’ squirrels less good at learning

Squirrels that strongly favour their left or right side are less good at learning, new research suggests.

Reconnecting with nature key for sustainability

People who live in more built up areas and spend less free-time in nature are also less likely to take actions that benefit the environment, such as recycling, buying eco-friendly products, and environmental volunteering.

Exeter researcher finalist in Blavatnik Awards

A University of Exeter researcher has won recognition in the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK.

Exeter-based tech company named in global top 10 VR experiences of 2019

A virtual reality simulation developed near Exeter has made a global list of top 10 VR experiences for 2019.

Climate change increases the risk of wildfires confirms new review

Human-induced climate change promotes the conditions on which wildfires depend, increasing their likelihood - according to a review of research on global climate change and wildfire risk published today.

Atlantic circulation collapse could cut British crop farming

Crop production in Britain will fall dramatically if climate change causes the collapse of a vital pattern of ocean currents, new research suggests

Plant life expanding in the Everest region

Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows.

Highlighting women’s achievements makes them want to be the boss, research shows

Highlighting female achievements in the workplace makes capable women significantly more likely to want to be the boss, a study shows.