News archive

May 2012

University celebrates Diamond Jubilee and Forum opening

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited the University of Exeter on Wednesday 2 May 2012, as part of the Diamond Jubilee Tour.

Royal visit legacy lives on through scholarships for Exeter students

The visit of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to the University of Exeter on 2 May will have a lasting legacy through new scholarships announced for overseas study.

Teaching Awards 2012 – winners announced

The winners of this year’s Exeter Students Guild Teaching Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony in the Great Hall on 3 May 2012.

Exeter biologist rediscovers 'forgotten' 19th century illustrations

A unique collection of nineteenth century visual teaching aids belonging to the University of Exeter has been rediscovered after more than six decades.

Brown and Exeter agree to closer ties

Brown University President Ruth J Simmons and University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Steve Smith signed two memoranda of understanding, partnering for faculty exchanges under the Brown Global Forums initiative and further strengthening ties between the two universities.

International research team unravels origin of devastating kiwifruit disease

An international research team including an Exeter scientist has used the latest DNA sequencing technology to trace a devastating pathogen back to its likely origin of China.

Environment and Sustainability Institute reaches construction milestone

The Leadbitter Group and the University of Exeter have celebrated reaching the highest point in the construction of the University’s £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) with a traditional topping out ceremony.

Exeter SIFE Team awarded Rookie Champion

Enterprising students from the University of Exeter have returned victorious as the Rookie Champions at the 2012 annual Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) competition at Canary Wharf, London on 18-19 April.

Research reveals threats to ice sheet stability in West Antarctica

Threats to the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet have been revealed by new research involving the University of Exeter.

First satellite tag study for manta rays reveals habits and hidden journeys of ocean giants

Using the latest satellite tracking technology, conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Exeter and the Government of Mexico have completed a ground-breaking study on a mysterious ocean giant: the manta ray.

Universities showcase creativity and lift the lid on research for the local community

The University of Exeter and University College Falmouth will be showcasing creativity, originality and ground-breaking research in all sorts of ways for the local community and visitors to Falmouth to enjoy between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 19 May 2012.

University shares Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca Notebook

The University of Exeter has loaned The Rebecca Notebook – the key document that defended Daphne Du Maurier against plagiarism – to the British Library for a major exhibition.

Cornwall Campus hosts creative festival

Heritage, innovation and creativity will be explored in a one-day culture festival at the Cornwall Campus, Penryn on Sunday 20 May.

University scientist joins international team to sequence butterfly genome

A University of Exeter scientist has joined a landmark effort to sequence the genome of a South American butterfly.

Students win sets them up for Indian summer

A team of students from across the University has scooped first prize in a national competition organised by RBS in aid of the Prince’s Trust.

Drama students carry the flame to Exeter

Drama students from the University are supporting the organisation of Exeter’s Olympic Torch Relay and have been selected to perform the main roles in the procession.

Exeter professors win research prizes from the Royal Meteorological Society

Professor David Stephenson and Professor Jim Haywood in Mathematics at the University of Exeter have won prestigious research prizes from the Royal Meteorological Society.

£30,000 award to South West sea-life scientist

HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) has presented a Whitley Award for inspirational conservation leadership to University of Exeter research fellow Joanna Alfaro Shigueto for her work to build a better future for Pacific coast wildlife and fishing communities.

Will Katene carries the Olympic flame

University senior lecturer Will Katene carried the Olympic flame on Monday 21 May as it passed through Exeter.

Exeter physicist sheds light on science with Ethiopian school children

A University of Exeter physicist has shared his love of science with nearly 600 school children in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa.

The heart rules the head when we make financial decisions

Our ‘gut feelings’ influence our decisions, overriding ‘rational’ thought, when we are faced with financial offers that we deem to be unfair, according to a new study.

Exeter hits Guardian top ten

The University of Exeter has been rated as one of the top ten UK universities in the Guardian University Guide 2013.

Light pollution transforming insect communities

Street lighting is transforming communities of insects and other invertebrates, according to research by the University of Exeter.

Exeter teams shortlisted for the CIMA UK global business challenge

Two University of Exeter teams are making up half the shortlist for the UK final of the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Global Business Challenge (GBC) 2012.

Exeter researchers awarded prestigious fellowships

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has today announced the recipients of its first ever Fellowships in Manufacturing.

Education expert wins influential doctoral studentship

The University of Exeter’s Professor of Education Wendy Robinson has won a prestigious doctoral studentship award from the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Renewable Energy students help Guernsey develop renewable energy strategy

Renewable Energy academics and students from the Cornwall Campus, near Falmouth recently visited Guernsey on a field trip to make a high level strategic assessment of the island's renewable energy potential.

South West food security research boosted by 'globally unique' farm facility

Ambitions to make the South West of England a centre of global significance in the arena of food security and land research have been boosted thanks to a state-of-the-art farm research facility in North Devon.

Indonesian Minister formalises relationship with Exeter

An Indonesian government Minister has led a delegation of senior officials to the University of Exeter to build relations with the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.