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University experts feature in prestigious ranking of world’s most influential scientists

Leading climate, environment and health academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.

Attomarker technology being showcased at London Science Museum

Attomarker, a pioneering spin-out company based at the University of Exeter, is featured in an exhibition at the Science Museum in London.

Animal Free Research Centre of Excellence launched at Exeter

Animal Free Research UK has recognised a researcher at the University of Exeter as among the best in the country in developing and training researchers in an alternative approach to using animals in laboratory research.

Lung disease expert to join Exeter fungal centre

A leading expert on how fungal diseases affect human lungs will join the University of Exeter next year.

Countries and cities show significant response to climate change, report suggests

According to the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, which includes the University of Exeter, countries and cities are responding to the growing threat that global warming poses.

Leading professors join Exeter’s ground-breaking diabetes research team

Two world-leading professors are joining the University of Exeter Medical School as part of a £6 million expansion in diabetes research.

Prestigious diabetes fellowship awarded to outstanding female scientist

A rising research star at the University of Exeter Medical School has been awarded the illustrious Diabetes UK RD Lawrence Fellowship.

Body language key to zoo animal welfare

Watching the behaviour and body language of zoo animals could be the key to understanding and improving their welfare, new research suggests

Alzheimer’s amyloid build-up affects certain parts of brain cells more than others in mice.

A protein that is linked with Alzheimer’s Disease has been found to be more likely to affect certain parts of brain cells that send messages than other parts of the cells.

Severity of earthquake impact may change with the seasons, study shows

The devastating impact caused by earthquakes on the local communities and environment could differ in severity depending on the season, a pioneering new study on two historic earthquakes in Kazakhstan has suggested.

Experts unite to improve dementia research

Data scientists, artificial intelligence experts and clinicians are among a range of professionals invited to join a new national network to find innovative ways of conducting dementia research and care.

DE-STRESS Project shortlisted for Mind Media Award

A series of items about antidepressant use on Radio 4s PM programme featuring a collaborative project between the universities of Exeter and Plymouth, has been shortlisted for an award at the Mind Mental Health awards

University of Exeter academic wins prestigious research prize

A University of Exeter academic has been awarded the prestigious Fleming Prize by the Microbiology Society.

One hundred letters sent to Thomas Hardy made public for the first time

Thomas Hardy’s position as one of Britain’s preeminent writers meant he received thousands of letters from fans, friends and members of the public to express their admiration or enlist his support.

Pioneering new ‘smart needle’ could revolutionise cancer diagnosis

Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique that can detect and diagnose one of the most common types of cancer within seconds - using light.

Showcasing Cornwall’s marine tech pioneers

A capacity audience attended the Marine Tech Transformers event on 1st November, hosted by Marine-i at Heartlands, Pool. 

SETsquared ranked global #1 university business incubator for third time

The SETsquared Partnership has been ranked the global number one university business incubator for the third consecutive time by UBI Global.

Consequences of gentrification for LGBTQ+ communities explored at London event

The increasing gentrification of urban areas is leading to a loss of queer spaces across the world. Now the impact of the “disappearing city” on LGBTQ+ communities will be highlighted at a unique event which will show how it has made dating and sex increasingly secretive.

Higher earning “elite” political lobbyists overstate their own achievements, study shows

“Elite”, high-earning political lobbyists are more likely to overstate their achievements, a new study shows.

Scientists should have sex and gender on the brain

Thinking about sex and gender would help scientists improve their research, a new article published today argues.

“Big data” for life sciences – A human protein co-regulation map reveals new insights into protein functions

Proteins are key molecules in living cells. They are responsible for nearly every task of cellular life and are essential for the maintenance of the structure, function, and regulation of tissues and organs in the human body.

£2.2 million collaboration to enhance quality of life in care homes

The University of Exeter is collaborating in a £2.2 million project to improve how researchers and health and social care services can use data to improve the care and quality of life for care home residents, families and staff.

Satellites are key to monitoring ocean carbon

Satellites now play a key role in monitoring carbon levels in the oceans, but we are only just beginning to understand their full potential.

Millions of seabirds rely on discarded fish

Millions of scavenging seabirds survive on fish discarded by North Sea fishing vessels, new research shows.

Conservative Party divisions contributed to the failure of Brexit negotiations, new study shows

Divisions in the Conservative Party allowed the European Union to set the agenda during Brexit negotiations, a new study shows.

Zoo animal research skewed towards ‘popular’ species

Research on zoo animals focuses more on “familiar” species like gorillas and chimpanzees than less well known ones like the waxy monkey frog, scientists say.

Exeter scientist up for award alongside Greta Thunberg

An Exeter scientist has been nominated for a climate communication award – alongside environmental activist Greta Thunberg.

Britain mapped in verse by major 2019 arts project

Thousands of writers have been inspired by Britain’s diverse landscape and heritage to produce new poems as part of one of the year’s most successful arts projects, drawing to its conclusion this week.

Public blame accidents on drivers more than their automated cars when both make mistakes, study shows

The public are more likely to blame accidents involving semi-autonomous cars on driver - rather than machine - error, a new study has found.

Climate change could drive British crop farming north and west

Unchecked climate change could drive Britain’s crop growing north and west, leaving the east and south east unable to support crop growing, new research suggests

Both Remainers and Leavers willing to let MPs disrupt the constitution to get the Brexit they want, survey shows

With Brexit once again in limbo, new research shows that Remainers and Leavers are both willing to disrupt Britain’s unwritten constitution to get the Brexit outcome they want.

£18.5 million boost for South West biosciences

PhD training across the biosciences has received a massive boost thanks to a £18.5 million funding award from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, part of UK Research and Innovation) to the University of Bristol-led South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP). 

New B-Lines to put the buzz back into Cornwall

An ambitious new plan for helping our bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects is being launched today by Buglife, the University of Exeter and Cornwall Council.

Exeter expert receives prestigious Turing AI Fellowship

A leading applied mathematician at the University of Exeter has been awarded a prestigious AI Fellowship from UK Research and Innovation, it has been announced.

Advance in search for new Clostridioides difficile vaccine

Scientists have made a breakthrough in the hunt for a new vaccine for killer hospital bug Clostridioides difficile (C. diff).

Widespread drying of European peatlands in recent centuries

Many of Europe’s peatlands are currently the driest they have been in the last 1,000 years, new research shows.

Evolving alongside other bacteria keeps hospital bug potent

Bacteria that evolve in natural environments – rather than laboratory tests – may become resistant to phage treatments without losing their virulence, new research shows.

Fish more tolerant than expected to low oxygen events

Fish may be more tolerant than previously thought to periods of low oxygen in the oceans, new research shows.

Bean tree plan to protect Amazon

Amazon deforestation could be slowed by planting bean trees that would keep soils fertile and help smallholders make a living.

Fertiliser scheme could solve Mexico’s seaweed problem

Mexico’s tourist beaches could be cleared of rotting seaweed by a new scheme to turn it into fertiliser and fuel.

Henry VIII’s marital troubles may have influenced other splits, newly-discovered documents show

Newly-discovered documents show Henry VIII’s legendary marital troubles may have led to other copy-cat splits around the country.

Construction begins on £10 million Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre

Work is now under way to construct a cutting-edge new imaging centre expected to rapidly accelerate dementia research and improve healthcare.

Professor Claire Dunlop conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

A University of Exeter expert has been made a fellow of the prestigious Academy of Social Sciences for her research on regulatory design and policy evaluation.

‘Great West’ can lead world in tackling climate change

The ‘Great West’ can lead the world in efforts to tackle climate change.

New partnership will help to protect and celebrate the South West’s historic treasures

A new partnership between the University of Exeter and the South West Heritage Trust is furthering research and access into the region’s remarkable heritage. 

Britain’s laws are harming businesses operating in space, experts warn

Britain’s laws are harming hi-tech companies who want to operate in the burgeoning space industry, experts have warned.

Award for Exeter’s support for researchers

The University of Exeter’s support and development of researchers has been recognised by an international award. 

Indonesia under ‘blanket of smoke’ amid wildfires

Indonesia is under a “blanket of smoke” amid wildfires that threaten humans, wildlife and the global climate, researchers say.

Exeter experts to play key role in ‘game-changing’ tidal energy project for Channel regions

Renewable Energy experts from the University of Exeter will play a pivotal role in a new “game-changing” tidal energy project, it has been confirmed.

Religion now plays an “explicit and institutionalised” role in US foreign policy-making, new research shows

Faith is increasingly used to advance the interests and values of the United States around the world, according to a new book by Dr Gregorio Bettiza from the University of Exeter.

Bid to reconstruct richness of prehistoric oceans

Scientists are reconstructing the world’s “pristine” prehistoric oceans.

Social prescribing – who does it work for and why?

In a time when people are living longer, but with more complex healthcare needs, GPs are increasingly using social prescribing to help manage conditions.

University of Exeter historian’s role in major new BBC series on World War Two

A University of Exeter expert has played a key role in the creation of a major new BBC TV series which depicts the impact of World War Two on families living across Europe.

Scientists ‘must be allowed to cry’ about destruction of nature

Scientists witnessing the destruction of the natural world must be supported and “allowed to cry”, researchers say.

Coveted awards recognise Exeter’s commitment to gender equality

Prestigious Athena SWAN awards have just been granted to two University of Exeter departments to recognise their commitment to gender equality.

New international project will investigate hidden costs of floods communities

The University of Exeter will lead an international project to investigate the hidden impact of adaptation measures designed to protect flood-prone communities worldwide.

Project launched to study artificial lighting at night from space

Citizen scientists are being urged to help shine a light on one of the most significant, yet often neglected, environmental issues by using photos taken from space.

Crohn’s disease study identifies genetic variant with potential to personalise treatment

The largest study ever to look at why an expensive and commonly–used group of drugs fails some patients with Crohn’s disease has identified a genetic marker which could individualise drug treatment.

University gains £1.2 million funding to battle Anti-Microbial Resistance

The University of Exeter has received a substantial £1.2 million of funding to further understanding into antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Autopsy reveals Sidmouth fatberg’s dirty secrets

Household cooking fats and hygiene products played a pivotal role in the formation of the giant fatberg found lurking under a Devon seaside town, scientists have revealed.

Domestic violence and abuse: how NIHR research is helping families in the South West

Research shows that only half of children affected by domestic violence and abuse are known to social services and only 42 per cent receive support from a specialist abuse service.

Flamingos tickled pink by revamped exhibit

Flamingos at the Oakland Zoo are at their flamboyant best thanks to scientists at the University of Exeter.

Mob mentality rules jackdaw flocks

Jackdaws are more likely to join a mob to drive off predators if lots of their fellow birds are up for the fight, new research shows.

World-leading stem cell researcher appointed new Director of Living Systems Institute

One of the world’s most influential and renowned stem cell researchers has been appointed as the new Director of the University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute.

New research finds coastal living linked with better mental health

Living close to the sea could support better mental health in England’s poorest urban communities, finds a new study published today in the journal Health and Place.

Leading dementia research charity funds vital equipment at the University of Exeter

Alzheimer’s Research UK has committed nearly £30,000 to support pioneering dementia research at the University of Exeter.

Alumni fund research into mitigating impacts of sport and leisure in the marine environment

Scientists know that light, litter and noise are all major stressors on marine life but we don’t yet have a full understanding of their combined and comparative effects on the environment. However this is set to change thanks to two Exeter alumni. 

New calculator will help clinicians diagnose diabetes more accurately

A new calculator developed by the University of Exeter will help clinicians classify whether a patient has type 1 or type 2 diabetes, ensuring they get the best treatment and reducing complications.

Basking sharks exhibit different diving behaviour depending on the season, a new study shows

Tracking the world’s second-largest shark species has revealed that it moves to different depths depending on the time of year.

Exeter climate expert plays pivotal role in stark IPCC report

A world-leading climate scientist from the University of Exeter has played a pivotal role in the latest Special Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Jackdaws learn from each other about ‘dangerous’ humans

Jackdaws can learn from each other to identify “dangerous” humans, new research shows.

Wanted: five volunteers to join scientific research mission to Antarctica

The search is on for five passionate individuals to travel to Earth’s most remote continent and join Antarctic Scientist Kirstie Jones-Williams, from the University of Exeter, on a first-of-its-kind scientific research mission in December.

Celebration of major new partnership between the University of Exeter and Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

Experts from the University of Exeter and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) are celebrating the start of a major new partnership.

Diving birds follow each other when fishing

Diving seabirds watch each other to work out when to dive, new research shows.

Parental involvement plays key role in children’s academic attainment, research shows

New research has shown how parental engagement has a positive effect on a child’s academic attainment – regardless of age or socio-economic status.

New study to explore the history of sexual violence in South Africa

A major new study will explore the history of sexual violence of South Africa, drawing on the voices of women.

Exeter receives substantial funding boost for business growth

The University of Exeter has received an £800,000 funding boost to create a vibrant and innovative ‘Enterprise Zone’, it has been announced.

Voters expect much more from political parties who win decisive election victories

Voters expect much more from politicians when the media describes them as having won a decisive electoral victory, research shows.

Inter-microbial warfare may help overcome fungal infection

A new £2.7 million research programme will investigate whether a ‘nanoweapon’ could be deployed in the global battle against deadly fungal infections.

Discovery of rare Roman cattle bones sheds new light on ancient farming

The “incredibly rare” discovery of Roman cattle bones by archaeologists has shed new light on how ancient farmers butchered and sold meat.

Scanning the lens of the eye could predict type 2 diabetes and prediabetes

New research shows that specialist measuring of the lens in the eye can predict patients with type 2 diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) (also known as prediabetes, a condition that often leads to full blown type 2 diabetes).

Survey launches to improve continence in children with disabilities

A survey for parents, carers, and health professionals has launched to assess how the NHS manages continence for children with disabilities or special educational needs.

Pioneering University of Exeter research nominated for higher education “Oscars”

Two pioneering University of Exeter research projects which will help bring about major reforms to divorce law and improve lives for people with dementia in care homes have been nominated for prestigious awards.

New films bring forgotten lives of women in Franco’s Spain to life for a new generation

The lives of remarkable women whose impact on history was curtailed by Spain’s Franco dictatorship will be recreated for a new generation thanks to a major new historical project.

The “pathobiome” – a new understanding of disease

Cefas and University of Exeter scientists have presented a novel concept describing the complex microbial interactions that lead to disease in plants, animals and humans.  

Drama and impact of cricket captured by Kia Oval’s first Poet-in-Residence

The beauty and history of cricket – a game which has captivated the country this summer - will be captured in verse by the Kia Oval’s first Poet-in-Residence.

Young Researcher Award for diabetes and pregnancy specialist

An academic specialising in diabetes and pregnancy has been recognised with an international award.

Double success for Professor Sabina Leonelli

Professor Leonelli has been elected to the International Academy of Philosophy of Sciences and the European Philosophy of Science Association.

New research warns incentives to plead guilty can undermine the right to a fair trial

New research suggests that the right to a fair trial can be undermined by benefits associated with pleading guilty, and that such benefits are putting pressure on vulnerable defendants to admit to crimes they did not commit.

Exeter retains top 150 global position in latest rankings

The University of Exeter has retained its place in the top 150 universities worldwide in the latest influential league table.

Genetics Society awards for two Exeter Academics

Two academics at the University of Exeter are set to receive prestigious awards from the Genetics Society.

When should NHS contact patients over faulty genes?

The NHS and health services worldwide need to develop policies on when patients should be “re-contacted” about faulty genes, as the current lack of guidance creates a dilemma for health services, experts have warned.

University of Exeter and BMT partner up to enhance technical excellence

University of Exeter and BMT are celebrating the signing of a new collaboration agreement. 

Snack tax may be more effective than a sugary drink tax to tackle obesity

Research involving the University of Exeter Medical School finds that the effect of taxing high sugar snacks is double that seen for a similar price increase on sugar sweetened drinks.

Genetic factors influencing adult obesity take effect in early childhood

Body mass index (BMI) in infants, children and adults is influenced by different genetic factors that change as we age, according to a major new study.

The Argument for Sexual Selection in Bacteria

Sexual selection can sometimes explain phenomena that natural selection alone cannot, and some bacteria could also exhibit sexual selection, researchers at the University of Exeter argue.

European Research Council funding success for Exeter academics

Two researchers from the University of Exeter are celebrating after receiving a significant funding boost from the European Research Council (ERC).

Major new study tracing the history of psychiatry will show roots of today’s global mental health

A major new study of the history of psychiatry will show how efforts to create a “global standard” for mental health has left a lasting legacy on the treatment offered today.

Rising research star receives prestigious ERC funding award

A rising research star at the University of Exeter has received a significant funding boost from the European Research Council (ERC), it has been announced.

Babies’ own genes influence when they are born

Large genetic study involving data from Exeter mothers and babies reveals new insights into pregnancy duration and the timing of delivery.

Iconic folk song "Widecombe Fair” didn’t originate from Devon village, new book reveals

The quest to discover the true origins behind one of the most quintessentially English folk songs has taken a new, surprise twist.

Major fungal research centre moves to Exeter

A top research centre focussed on tackling fungal diseases has relocated to the University of Exeter.

More exciting opportunities to celebrate Exeter City Football Club’s incredible history announced

An exciting series of exhibitions, films and events celebrating the incredible history of Exeter City Football Club has been announced.

Giving people a “digital identity” could leave them vulnerable to discrimination, experts warn

Global efforts to give millions of people missing key paper documents such as birth certificates a digital identity could leave them vulnerable to persecution or discrimination, a new study warns.

Impact of climate change on global banana yields revealed

Climate change could negatively impact banana cultivation in some of the world’s most important producing and exporting countries, a study has revealed.

Exeter Science Park businesses soar with support from global number one incubator

Award-winning business support provider, SETsquared Exeter has helped to raise significant investment for its growing client base in Exeter as part of the World-leading SETsquared Partnership.

The middle aged are lonelier than older and younger people

Middle-aged people are lonelier than older adults and young people, new research suggests.

DHGE and University of Exeter to deliver online programmes in nutrition, recovery and rehabilitation

Dignity Health Global Education (DHGE) has joined forces with the University of Exeter to transform workforce development and empower staff to educate patients on nutrition, rehabilitation and recovery.

Empathy for perpetrators helps explain victim blaming in sexual harassment

Men’s empathy for other men who sexually harass women may help explain why they are more likely to blame victims, new research suggests.

WW1 prisoners of war ran their own cinemas in German camps, records show

British World War One prisoners of war established and ran their own cinemas while held by the Germans – even watching films regularly with their captors, new research shows.

Exeter retains position amongst world’s best universities in influential ranking

The University of Exeter has retained its position as one of the best universities in the world, according to the latest influential rankings.

Leatherback turtle spotted off Cornwall

A leatherback turtle has been spotted off the coast of Cornwall – the first confirmed sighting of a live leatherback in UK waters this year.

Learn how to avoid fast fashion at Cornish events this month

Experts working to help find ways to stop Britain’s fast fashion addiction will share their findings at a new exhibition touring Cornwall this month.

Too much inequality impedes support for public goods, according to research published in Nature

Too much inequality in society can result in a damaging lack of support for public goods and services, which could disadvantage the rich as well as the poor, according to new research from the University of Exeter Business School, the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) and Harvard University.

New technique can show links between prey and microplastics

A brand new method has been developed to investigate links between top predator diets and the amount of microplastic they consume through their prey, offering potential insights into the exposure of animals in the ocean and on land to microplastics.

Work placements undertaken whilst at university can improve job prospects – but quality of supervision matters

Thousands of university students are spending the summer doing work placements and internships and this is likely to see them return with more professionalism and improved self-belief, according to an expert from the University of Exeter Business School. 

Rainforests can only absorb CO2 as long as nutrient stores last

How much carbon dioxide can tropical rainforests absorb?

Arctic sea-ice loss has “minimal influence” on severe cold winter weather, research shows

The dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice through climate change has only a “minimal influence” on severe cold winter weather across Asia and North America, new research has shown.

Green turtles eat plastic that looks like their food

Green turtles are more likely to swallow plastic that resembles their natural diet of sea grass, new research suggests.

Energy price cap has "destroyed" competitive market for consumers, research shows

Introducing a price cap for energy bills has “destroyed” the UK’s competitive market for gas and electricity, new research warns.

Staring at seagulls could save your chips

Staring at seagulls makes them less likely to steal your food, new research shows.

Astronaut joins Exeter as Professor

An expert in space medicine will be joining the University of Exeter as an Honorary Professor.

Forget trying to recreate the close-knit communities of the past – they never existed

The happy, close-knit communities some claim England had in the past are a myth and never existed, new research shows.

Robot cameras reveal secret lives of basking sharks in UK marine conservation first

An autonomous ‘SharkCam’ has been used in the UK for the first time to observe the behaviour of basking sharks in the Inner Hebrides.

Road verges provide refuge for pollinators

Roadside verges provide a vital refuge for pollinators – but they must be managed better, new research shows.

Art and science unite to explore how coastlines impact our mental health

Two specially curated weekends of sound, light, music and art will unite local communities, regional and international artists to explore the connection between coastal living and wellbeing.

'How-to' guide launched to speed up spread of ‘game-changing’ stroke treatment

An Exeter academic has been involved in the launch of a how-to guide to help accelerate the use of ‘game-changing’ emergency treatment for acute stroke.

Some polar tipping points ‘already passed’

Some tipping points that will cause vast quantities of polar ice to reach the ocean have already been passed, a top climate scientist says.

Humans running planet like ‘rowdy schoolchildren flying Starship Enterprise’

Humans are controlling Earth’s life support systems like “rowdy schoolchildren” let loose on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, according to a leading scientist.

Forgiving your boss can increase job satisfaction

Workers should consider forgiving their boss for mistakes because doing so boosts their own job satisfaction, according to research from the University of Exeter Business School.

Gulf between UK fracking industry and public opinion laid bare as less than 1 in 10 people say regulation of shale gas extraction is too strict

A major new public attitudes survey on fracking shows people have low trust in the energy companies involved and want decisions taken at a local level.

Ancient stone tools found in remote rock shelter reveal vital clues about life in ancient Central America

Ancient stone tools found in remote rock shelters have revealed new clues about life in ancient Central America.

Analysis reveals economic cost of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are ‘tip of the iceberg’

A new research review highlighting the hidden costs of dementia suggests that traditional measures only show the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of the cost impact on society.

Market competition sets tone for lower cost of UK mobile phone contracts, research shows

Healthy and competitive markets – and not stringent regulations – help dial back the cost of mobile phone contacts, according to new research.

Maths experts receive prestigious fellowships

Two leading mathematicians from the University of Exeter have been selected to receive prestigious international fellowships.

Study reveals how bacteria beat immune systems

The evolution of more severe infections is not necessarily driven by bacteria multiplying faster, new research shows.

Supergen ORE Hub awards £1million to advance research in offshore renewable energy sector

The Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub has awarded almost £1million to UK universities to support ambitious research projects investigating all aspects of offshore renewable energy (ORE).

Using weather radar to monitor insects

Scientists are developing a pioneering technique that allows them to monitor insects in the air using weather radars, as part of a research project called BioDAR.

Collaboration between historians and community groups key part of success of First World War centenary

Collaboration between historians and community groups has played a key part in the success of the First World War centenary commemorations, research shows.

Exeter events to mark scientist’s 100th birthday

Public debates and music performances are among the events being held next week as the University of Exeter marks the 100th birthday of scientist and inventor James Lovelock.

Short films animated by autistic artists provides insight into talent that autism can bring

Autistic adults have created beautiful animations as part of a project that highlights their creativity and different ways of thinking.

Privatization of public goods can cause population decline, research shows

Scientists have given a fascinating new insight into the way microbes adopt a ‘co-operative’ approach to securing the nutrients they need to thrive.

More sensitive climates are more variable climates, research shows

A decade without any global warming is more likely to happen if the climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide emissions, new research has revealed.

Sustainable land management key to reducing Amazon wildfires, study shows

The unrelenting deforestation of the Amazon region could lead to a dramatic increase to the risk of destructive wildfire outbreaks, research has shown.

Centenarian could hold key to brighter future

Climate protests by young people hit the headlines this year – but could the theories of a 100-year-old man hold the key to protecting our planet?

‘Intensive’ beekeeping not to blame for common bee diseases

More “intensive” beekeeping does not raise the risk of diseases that harm or kill the insects, new research suggests.

Apathy: The forgotten symptom of dementia

Apathy is the most common neuropsychiatric symptom of dementia, with a bigger impact on function than memory loss – yet it is under-researched and often forgotten in care.

Wearing hearing aid may help protect brain in later life

A new study has concluded that people who wear a hearing aid for age-related hearing problems maintain better brain function over time than those who do not.

Exeter nurse chosen to be part of prestigious new national research leadership programme

An Exeter academic has been selected to become part of a brand new nurse and midwife research initiative.

Healthy lifestyle may offset genetic risk of dementia

Living a healthy lifestyle may help offset a person’s genetic risk of dementia, according to new research.

Exeter researcher scoops award at international dementia conference

An Exeter researcher has won an award at an international Alzheimer’s conference, in recognition of his work in contributing to possible new treatments for symptoms of neurodegenerative disease.

QuantIC wins £28m funding boost in ‘Next Leap Forward’

A ground-breaking research hub involving the University of Exeter, which is focused on the development of quantum-enhanced imaging systems, will be funded for five more years, it has been announced.

No new males: Climate change threat to Cape Verde turtles

Rising temperatures could mean no male loggerhead turtles hatch at a key breeding ground by the end of this century, new research suggests.

£9 Million Boost to South West Health Research

A partnership that carries out health research in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, with direct benefits to patients’ health and NHS care delivery, has secured a further £9m in funding for the next five years.

Researcher prize and $200,000 for worm research that could help treat rare genetic child diseases

A prehistoric gas and tiny microscopic worms are part of a bid to find new treatments for a group of rare genetic children’s diseases, thanks to a $200,000 award from US charity The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

£10 million funding for pioneering new Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste announced

A £10.5 million investment will fund a pioneering new collaborative research centre, designed to solve some of the most pressing global environmental challenges of our time.

Best male biathletes ‘more attractive’

Top male biathletes are more attractive to the opposite sex, according to a new study by scientists at the universities of Exeter and Bristol.

Standing frame intervention improves life for people with MS, research shows

A new study has shown that people in the advanced stage of multiple sclerosis (MS) experience significant improvements in movement and balance thanks to a specialised standing frame.

Overfishing plus climate change equals threat to fisheries

Overfishing increases the threat posed by climate change to fish stocks and fisheries, according to a new report for MPs.

Study Provides Insights into Depression in People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Depression is common in people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but the actual causes of depression in this group are unknown.

Project to examine ‘price of birdsong’

What is the natural world worth? Can you put a price on birdsong?

Astronomers help wage war on cancer

Techniques developed by astronomers could help in the fight against breast and skin cancer.

Hundreds of sharks and rays tangled in plastic

Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world’s oceans, new research shows.

Quorn protein builds muscle better than milk protein

Data presented at the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) conference demonstrates mycoprotein is a more effective source of protein to support post exercise muscle building compared to some animal proteins.

Exeter experts awarded prestigious Institute of Physics medals

Two physicists from the University of Exeter have received prestigious national awards in recognition of their long-standing, pioneering research.

‘Gentle recovery’ of Brazil’s leatherback turtles

Brazil’s leatherback turtles are making a “gentle recovery” after 30 years of conservation efforts, new research shows.

It’s dog eat dog on the canine social ladder

Climbing the social ladder is a ruff business for dogs, new research shows.

Roman road and possible mine discovered during Cornish archaeological excavations

Archaeologists have discovered a Roman road and possible ancient mine during excavations in Cornwall as they work to discover more about the history of the county.

Volcanoes, nanoparticles and wireless chargers: women in science showcase research in town centre

The public is invited to see women in science present their research in Princesshay on Saturday June 29.

High quality genomics Masters now available online

Health professionals across the world can now register for the first certified online-only genomics programme in which students do not need to visit the university.

Health Data Research UK to fund Exeter Masters programme in health data science

A newly funded Masters programme at the University of Exeter will equip health professionals with the skills to use big data in the NHS.

Significant UK air quality improvements over past 40 years cut death rates

Policies to improve air quality in the UK over the past 40 years have led to significant reductions in pollution and associated mortality rates, a new study has found.

Crop pests more widespread than previously known

Insects and diseases that damage crops are probably present in many places thought to be free of them, new research shows.

Colour change and behaviour enable multi-coloured chameleon prawns to survive

Chameleon prawns change colour to camouflage themselves as the seaweed around them changes seasonally, new research shows.

Beauty and power of summer solstice at Stonehenge celebrated in new poem

The beauty and power of the summer solstice at Stonehenge has been celebrated in a new poem by a leading writer as part of a unique project to stimulate literary creativity around the country.

Skin bacteria could save frogs from virus

Bacteria living on the skin of frogs could save them from a deadly virus, new research suggests.

Plate tectonics may have driven “Cambrian Explosion”, study shows

The quest to discover what drove one of the most important evolutionary events in the history of life on Earth has taken a new, fascinating twist.

Online brain game helps you eat less meat

If you want to live a healthier life and help save the planet then the science points to eating less meat. 

University of Exeter to host primary care conference

Latest research in general practice in frontline care will be showcased in the 48th annual Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Conference arrives at the University of Exeter.

£6 million award to expand diabetes research excellence at Exeter

A £6 million Government award will enable Exeter’s globally-renowned diabetes research to expand to the next level, enabling even more benefit to patient care.

Pioneering app transforms way people experience the history of Florence

The incredible history of Renaissance Florence can be explored through the eyes of characters who lived in the city hundreds of years ago thanks to a pioneering new app.

Climate change had significant impact on Amazon communities before arrival of Europeans, study shows

Climate change had a significant impact on people living in the Amazon rainforest before the arrival of Europeans and the loss of many indigenous groups, a new study shows.

GPs should not use inflammatory marker tests to rule out serious conditions, finds study

Blood tests that detect inflammation, known as inflammatory marker tests, are not sensitive enough to rule out serious underlying conditions.

From radical past to city’s lungs – past, present and future of urban commons explored

Experts are leading a major new project to explore the past, present and future of the public green spaces at the heart of our towns and cities.

“Power shift” needed to improve gender balance in energy research, report says

Women still face significant barriers in forging successful and influential careers in UK energy research, a new high-level report has revealed.

Honeybee mite raises bumblebee virus risk

A mite that spreads a dangerous virus among honeybees also plays an indirect role in infecting wild bumblebees, new research shows.

Armed conflict risks could be heightened by future climate impacts, study shows

Climate change could heighten the risk of future outbreaks of armed conflict and civil war, a study has said.

Rare map found in an attic gives extraordinary glimpse into life in the 18th century

A rare map found in an attic gives an extraordinary glimpse into 18th century life in Exeter before radical changes to the landscape and industry transformed the city.

Migratory hoverflies ‘key’ as many insects decline

Migratory hoverflies are “key” to pollination and controlling crop pests amid the decline of many other insect species, new research shows.

Consortium awarded extra funding to create £9million offshore renewables hub

A national consortium, including the University of Exeter, has been awarded additional funding to cement the UK’s position as a global leader in offshore renewable energy (ORE) innovation and research.

Video GP surgeries could curb need for face-to-face visits

Patients consulting their doctor by video link could reduce the need for GP visits but it is not suitable for everyone, a pilot study has found.

Climate change benefits for giant petrels

Giant petrels will be “temporary” winners from the effects of climate change in the Antarctic region – but males and females will benefit in very different ways, a new study shows.

Site of biggest ever meteorite collision in the UK discovered

The quest to discover the exact location of where the biggest meteorite hit the British Isles -around 1.2 billion years ago – has taken a new twist.

Two hours a week is key dose of nature for health and wellbeing

Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and wellbeing, according to a new large-scale study.

New toolkit to provide guidance on international cyber law

International lawyers and cyber experts have worked together to give new guidance on how countries may respond to malicious cyber operations such as computer hacking aimed at interfering with foreign elections.

CBE for expert working to transform schools and children’s mental health services

An expert working to improve the mental health of children has been awarded CBE for her role in helping to transform health services and schools in the UK.

Leading social mobility expert awarded OBE

Britain’s first Professor of Social Mobility has been awarded OBE for his work helping schools and universities to improve the prospects of disadvantaged young people

OBE for scientist demonstrating devastating impact of plastic pollution

OBE for scientist demonstrating devastating impact of plastic pollution

Worm study sparks hope for slowing muscle decline

Muscle decline caused by ageing and certain diseases could be dramatically slowed by stopping a chain reaction that damages cells, new research shows.

Exeter climate scientist appointed MBE

A leading climate scientist has been appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Exeter scientist wins world’s biggest science communication competition

A University of Exeter scientist has won FameLab International, a global competition to find the best new science communicators.

Rapid retreat of Arctic coastline revealed in images from the air

Extreme erosion of Arctic coastlines in a changing climate – up to a metre a day – has been revealed with drone surveys.

New partnership to educating next generation of offshore renewable energy leaders

The University of Exeter is a key member of a new international partnership initiative designed to boost multilateral education partnerships to pioneer new developments addressing global challenges.

 

Psychologists target root cause of soil erosion

Psychologists might hold the key to reducing soil erosion that wrecks pasture land belonging to the Maasai tribe in Tanzania.

Fishing among worst jobs for health

People working in the fishing industry have among the poorest health of all workers in England and Wales, new research suggests.

Places of Poetry Project: stunning new map of England and Wales to provide inspiration for thousands of poems

A stunning digital map of England and Wales will provide the inspiration for thousands of new poems celebrating the diversity and history of both countries.

Some songbird nests are especially vulnerable to magpie predation

A new study has revealed a range of factors that cause a variation in predation by magpies on farmland songbirds.

University of Exeter sponsors EDGE awards

The University of Exeter is to be a major sponsor of one of Cornwall’s leading awards for digital innovation.

Greater transparency needed over lobbyist influence on UK renewable energy schemes, research claims

Greater transparency is needed to understand the influence of lobbyists when delivering crucial renewable energy schemes in the UK.

‘Loser effect’ evolves separate from fighting ability

The “loser effect” – which causes animals to shy away from violence after losing a fight – evolves independently of any change in fighting ability, new research suggests.

A £300,000 boost for research into an iron overload genetic condition

New funding will help researchers unlock questions about the common genetic iron overload condition, haemochromatosis.

Rare examples of Anglo Saxon fake documents on display

Rare Anglo Saxon documents which show a Bishop hoped unconvincing forgeries might protect his property during the instability of the Norman Conquests can be seen by the public.

Crabs’ camouflage tricks revealed

Crabs from a single species rely on different camouflage techniques depending on what habitat they live in, new research shows.

Wolf-dog ‘swarms’ threaten Europe’s wolves

“Swarms” of wolf-dog crossbreeds could drive Europe’s wolves out of existence, according to the lead author of new research.

Exeter hosts Summit on Environmental Intelligence

Some of the UK’s leading academics and stakeholders involved in environmental intelligence have gathered at Exeter to take part in a special event.

Climate emergency debated at University of Exeter

Hundreds of people gathered to discuss climate and environmental issues at the University of Exeter last night.

CBT could benefit mental health of children with long term conditions

The mental health of children and young people with some long term physical conditions could benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), according to a recent study from the University of Exeter Medical School.

Pupils inspired by the Ancient Greeks as they learn about the secrets of political power

Teenagers around the country may soon have the answer to dealing with rebellious MPs and Brexit as they train in a unique way to understand politics and power with tips from the Ancient Greeks and games like “rock-paper-scissors”.

Older male crickets attract more females – but have less sex

Older male crickets are better at getting females to live with them – but they mate less than younger rivals once they find a partner.

GPs report large numbers of patients suffering mental health issues linked to poverty

GPs in some surgeries estimate that up to half of their patients are seeking help for mental health issues caused or exacerbated by poverty, according to a new study.

Penguins and their chicks’ responses to local fish numbers informs marine conservation

How adult penguins fish and the body condition of their chicks are directly linked to local fish abundance, and could potentially inform fishery management, a new study has found

University declares an environment and climate emergency

Exeter has declared an environment and climate emergency to support those calling for urgent action and show commitment to leading the change required.

Research reveals insulin-producing beta cells may change function in diabetes

A revolutionary new study using only materials derived from humans has revealed that insulin-producing beta cells can change their function in diabetes – and that this change may be reversible.

Research shows carers’ experience can influence how well a person lives with dementia

New research has identified how a carer’s experience can impact on the ability of a person with dementia to ‘live well’ with the condition.

Victorian attempts to celebrate hirsute feats with new championship turned hairy

Victorian attempts to introduce the world’s first beard and moustache contest fell flat, when far fewer hairy entrants than expected turned up to have their facial furniture judged, research shows.

Policy makers must attend to menstrual stigma to improve wellbeing, study finds

Researchers have found that addressing attitudes to menstruation may be necessary to improve well-being in low and middle-income countries, far more than simply better access to sanitary products.

Regular crosswords and number puzzles linked to sharper brain in later life

Older adults who regularly take part in word and number puzzles have sharper brains, according to the largest online study to date.

World-leading Exeter diabetes Professor named among Nation’s Lifesavers

World-renowned diabetes researcher Professor Andrew Hattersley has been named as one of ‘The Nation’s Lifesavers’ in the Made@Uni campaign.

Exeter rises in influential global rankings

Exeter has reinforced its position as being amongst the leading universities worldwide, according to the latest influential global rankings.

Teddy bears to show importance of clinical trials to families

If you go down to Princesshay, you’ll be in for a big surprise. Bring your teddy bears along, all shapes and styles, and learn about clinical trials.

Five rules to tackle antibiotic resistance

Current efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance are “not nearly radical enough”, a leading scientist says.

£1.6m grant to improve building façade technologies for better energy efficiency

A pioneering project to create new technologies to improve the energy efficiency of buildings has begun, after receiving a substantial grant.

Pressure from advertisers and self-help gurus contribute to mid-life crises

Mid-life crises are caused by people feeling pressured by advertisers and self-help gurus to live a better life after they pass the age of 40, according to new research.

Exeter climate scientist secures distinguished international award

A world-leading climate scientist from the University of Exeter has been honoured with a prestigious international science award.

Leaders in machine learning and dementia research gather in Exeter

Experts in machine learning and dementia research convening at the University of Exeter identified that machine learning can be used to predict incorrect initial diagnoses.

Huge growth in use of quartz for tools shows sophistication of ancient communities

A growth in the use of crystal quartz to make tools thousands of years ago shows the sophistication of ancient communities, according to new research.

Scientist to face royals and Dragons

A Devon scientist will face royalty and the stars of TV show Dragons’ Den in a competition for entrepreneurs.

Can listening instead of just looking change attitudes to how we experience a day out at the zoo?

What can we hear if we stop and listen to the zoo? Does this change our experience of the animals we visit? Which species and what aspects of their behaviour come to the fore and what do we learn as a result?

Impact of horses on wellbeing and mental health measured in new research project

New research by the University of Exeter Business School will assess the benefits of a programme where horses are central to improving mental health and wellbeing.

Researchers take a step towards light-based brain-like computing chip

Scientists have unveiled a new integrated photonic hardware that can store and process information in ways similar to that of the human brain.

New electoral regulations must tackle “inequalities” caused by political advertising on Facebook

Regulators must find a way of monitoring and addressing the way political advertising on Facebook creates new types of inequalities for campaigners, experts have said.

‘Robopets’ can benefit health and wellbeing of older care home residents

Robotic pets that respond to human interaction can benefit the health and wellbeing of older people living in care homes, a study from the University of Exeter Medical School has found.

Cancer risk tools underused in general practice, research shows

Potentially life-saving cancer risk assessment tools are being widely underused by general practices across the UK, according to new research.

Rising research star receives prestigious fellowship

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

Study reveals how social relationships transform bird flocks

Flocks of birds may appear to move with a single mind, but new research shows jackdaws stick with their mates – even though it harms the flock.

Tinder-style approach could help organisations’ partnerships and projects to flourish

The fear of being rejected and losing face can have such a big impact that companies and policy-makers could consider introducing `Tinder-style’ matching environments, according to new research from the University of Exeter Business School.

Exeter experts join Ganges plastic pollution mission

Two University of Exeter scientists will be part of an international team studying plastic pollution in the River Ganges.

Banana disease boosted by climate change

Climate change has raised the risk of a fungal disease that ravages banana crops, new research shows.

Genetic data allows detailed picture of the history of inner Eurasia to be revealed for the first time

An international team of researchers has used genetic data from hundreds of people – as well as archaeological finds – to construct the most detailed picture of the history of inner Eurasia for the first time.

Early intervention could be key to battling invasive species

An international team of ecologists has carried out the first global meta-analysis of the characteristics and size of invasive alien species’ impacts on native species as invaders become more abundant.

How both mother and baby genes affect birth weight

The largest study of its kind has led to new insights into the complex relationships surrounding how mothers’ and babies’ genes influence birth weight.

CSM receive £1.3m software donation from global petroleum experts

Students at the Camborne School of Mines will be able to gain fascinating new insights into 3D geological modelling of the subsurface, though pioneering new software.

Innovative seaweed farm introduced to Cornwall

An innovative seaweed farm is set to spring up this summer in Cornwall, thanks to a new collaboration  featuring researchers from Exeter.

A third of type one diabetes is misdiagnosed in the over 30s

More than a third of people over the age of 30 who are initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes actually have type 1, meaning they are not receiving the right treatment, new research has revealed.

Simple clinical features can help personalise type 2 diabetes treatment

A new study from the University of Exeter Medical School has shown that a person’s characteristics such as weight and age at diabetes diagnosis provide a simple way to select the diabetes drug that is likely to be best for them.

Bosses who put their followers first can boost their business

Companies would do well to tailor training and recruitment measures to encourage managers who have empathy, integrity and are trustworthy - because they can improve productivity, according to new research from the University of Exeter Business School.

World’s largest gathering for people with no ‘mind’s eye’ takes place in Exeter

The first ever conference for people with Aphantasia – no visual imagination – took place in Exeter, and is the largest known gathering of people who experience the phenomenon.

Exeter climate change experts feature in major new documentary

World-leading climate change experts from the University of Exeter will give a fascinating insight into the impacts of global warming when they appear on a hard-hitting BBC documentary.

Britain’s earliest bunny found at Roman palace

Experts have found the remains of Britain’s earliest rabbit - a discovery which reveals bunnies arrived in the country 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Plymouth beavers plan – what do you think?

Scientists want to know what the people of Plymouth think about plans to release beavers into a fenced enclosure in the city.

Rare genetic change provides clues to pancreas development

Researchers have discovered a key clue into the development of the pancreas and brain by studying rare patients born without a pancreas.

Call for evidence on climate change extended

The Committee on Climate Change has extended the deadline on a call for evidence to identify relevant published information about the risks and opportunities facing the UK from climate change.

Artist collaboration creates banner to showcase allotment experiences of dementia

A banner created by people with dementia working with a trio of well-known artists has been unfurled at a special ceremony in Exeter this month.

Experts gather for Cystic Fibrosis event

Cystic fibrosis experts will gather to discuss their research and share ideas at the University of Exeter.

Incredible collection of images of silent films can be seen for the first time

The only evidence left of lost films made in the golden era of silent movies can be seen for the first time after an unique collection was donated to one of the UK’s foremost cinema museums.

Lack of awareness of inequality means we penalise those who have least

People can automatically assume that someone who gives less money to charity is less generous, according to new research. The assumption was made in the study when people had no knowledge of how much someone had donated as a percentage of their overall income.  

Multi-million pound bid success for new Institute of Technology for the South West

University of Exeter celebrates multi-million pound collaborative bid success for new Institute of Technology for the South West

Identifying the grass pollen that gets up your nose

Scientists could be a step closer to providing more precise pollen forecasts to the 25% of the UK population who live with either asthma or hay fever.

Banned pesticides in Europe’s rivers

Tests of Europe’s rivers and canals have revealed more than 100 pesticides – including 24 that are not licensed for use in the EU.

Research informs best outcomes on type 2 diabetes treatment

New research updates guidance to clinicians on how best to treat patients with type 2 diabetes who do not respond to glucose-lowering medication.

Jackdaw mobs flip from chaos to order as they grow

Chaotic mobs of jackdaws suddenly get organised once enough birds join in, new research shows.