News archive

November 2012

Exeter scientist goes from lab bench to backbench

Dr Annette Plaut from the University of Exeter is swapping a lab coat for legislation as she visits Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw at the House of Commons.

Grant award of €5 million will fund pioneering University research

Four of Europe’s most promising scientists from the University of Exeter have received a total of more than €5 million to advance cutting-edge research which will help develop a deeper understanding of the world.

Exeter academics contribute to Festival of Social Science

As part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC’s) Festival of Social Science, the University of Exeter is holding several events to share their research in mental and physical health with the wider public.

Inspirational Scientist wins European award for Communicating Research

A University of Exeter academic has been hailed as one of Europe’s best young researchers when she received an award in recognition of her work in making complex science easily accessible.

Memories triggered by students reading to older people

Students from the University's English department are reading to people in residential care homes, as part of a project that uses literature as a stimulus for senior citizens.

Literature which connects with new writers

Literature is being used to assist vulnerable and homeless people to view their past and future in alternative and more positive ways.

Global Entrepreneurship Week: Have you got what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The University of Exeter will be celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week between 12-18 November 2012, a worldwide campaign to raise awareness and encourage entrepreneurship.

Project to bridge the gap surrounding Ireland and the First World War

With Ireland’s ‘Decade of Commemorations’ underway, historians at the University of Exeter and Goldsmiths, University of London have created a special website to gather information and knowledge about Ireland’s involvement in the First World War.

First World War poet's home reveals hidden treasure

Long-forgotten letters, papers and manuscripts detailing the life and times of a heroic First World War poet have been discovered in a house in Gloucestershire which has remained virtually unchanged for 80 years.

Cultural dimensions of climate change are underestimated, overlooked and misunderstood

The impact of climate change on many aspects of cultural life for people all over the world is not being sufficiently accounted for by scientists and policy-makers.

MP Jack Straw talks law

The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP delivered a lecture on ‘The Human Rights Act and Europe’ at the University of Exeter at 6.15pm on Tuesday 13 November. 

Scientist joins royalty and celebrity as conservation trustee

A biologist is in prestigious company after he joined a princess and environmental broadcaster David Bellamy in supporting the world’s longest-established international conservation body.

Exeter's young people celebrated in annual award ceremony

This week’s Excellence in Exeter awards evening encourages the achievements of pupils from all Exeter schools and colleges, be it academic or sporting glory, artistic endeavour or service in the community.

New funding for research on conflict management in Central Asia

Three incidents of armed conflict in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan form the focus of a major new research project assessing the effect of conflict management in Central Asia and how this affects the development of relationships with these young countries.

Students prepare for 110 mile bike ride from Cornwall Campus to Exeter for Children in Need

Students from the University of Exeter and University College Falmouth are preparing for a 110 mile bike ride on Friday 16 November to raise money for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.

Streetlight policies could cast a shadow over wildlife

Scientists have conducted the first study into the ecological effects of a variety of energy-saving options to reduce overnight street lighting.

Artists channel their inner CALM through 3D printing

Unique works of art created using specialist equipment at the University of Exeter are on display in an exhibition which showcases the diverse potential of the technology.

Teenagers urged to exercise to ward off bone disease

Playing football or running for at least three hours a week could help teenagers counteract the potential damage to their bone health caused by prolonged spells of sitting.

Exeter and Fudan agree to deepen collaboration

The University of Exeter and Fudan University have signed agreements to further collaboration between the two institutions.

Say hi to a magpie via new app

A new app which encourages people to say “good morning Mr Magpie” via their mobile phone will help scientists evaluate the benefits which birds bring to the quality of human life.

£2 million research boost for Exeter scientists is part of major international push to help the world’s poorest farmers

University of Exeter scientists have received a £2 million boost to their efforts to tackle crop diseases that affect farmers globally – from Sub Saharan Africa to South West England.

University part of the biggest BBC Children in Need night ever

Hundreds of staff, students and local people joined the BBC at the University on Friday 16 November for the annual Children in Need broadcast.

Business School students i-dentify new opportunity

An accident with an iPhone has led two enterprising third year students into a successful business partnership repairing a whole range of iPhones and iPods.

Exeter welcomes the University of South Florida

President Judy Genshaft from the University of South Florida (USF) led a senior delegation to the University of Exeter this week to extend collaboration between the two institutions.

Poetry, photography, and procedures - the arts meet medicine

Preventive medicine, cancer and body image are the issues which will be explored in a creatively focused event at the University of Exeter on 27 November.  

Blame, responsibility and demand for change following floods

New research shows that concerns about governmental failure to act effectively and fairly in the aftermath of extreme weather events can affect the degree to which residents are willing to protect themselves.

Attitudes towards security threats uncovered

New research has revealed a significant gap between what the government claims are the biggest security threats facing the UK and the fears of the population.  

Inspiring research to tackle global challenges launched

The University of Exeter is investing £1.5m to ensure that research in the Humanities and Social Sciences helps find innovative solutions to the major global challenges of the 21st century. 

Ecologists shed new light on effects of light pollution on wildlife

Light pollution is often associated with negative effects on wildlife.

Close as a blade-shaving and masculinity

Moustaches from the classic handlebar to the dramatic Dali are soon to be cut short as the month of Mo’vember draws to a close, and clean shaven faces return from their period of charitable exile. 

Attorney General gives perspective on EU Law

The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Attorney General visited the University of Exeter on 29 November to deliver the annual Bracton Law Lecture.

Top marks for young people in Cornwall whose excellence is celebrated in new awards ceremony

The inaugural University of Exeter Cornwall Campus Excellence Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 22 November, to celebrate the achievements of young people in Cornwall.

FAB Test wins Best Business Innovation at the Green Energy Awards

The Green Energy Awards 2012, organised by the not-for-profit environmental organisation RegenSW, gave recognition to six companies and researchers out of a possible 130 throughout the South West.