Alumni News 2011

DecAid Appeal raises over £150,000 for Armed Forces charities

DecAid team members and supporters are celebrating the successful completion of their year-long charity appeal to honour the 10th anniversary of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Aquatic role for cameraman

An ambitious young cameraman is volunteering his skills as part of a planned project to create five short feature films it’s hoped will help instil a love of the oceans across the wider public.

First Exeter Impact Awards – winners announced

Two alumni featured among the winners of the inaugural University of Exeter Impact Awards.

Entries sought for annual arts award

Composers, writers and film-makers are being encouraged to enter the 2012 Paddon Award competition – which has a top prize of £250.

Festive fun for recent alumni

Recent alumni were getting in to the festive spirit last week when Exetra, the networking group for recent alumni, brought the Ram bar quiz back to London for the second year running.

Alumni Christmas gathering in New York

Alumni in New York gathered for pre-Christmas drinks on Wednesday 7 December hosted by our new Country Contact, Annabel Perez-Bryant (BA Psychology with European Studies, 2002).

Alumnae group established following ‘Women and Leadership’ event

A dedicated group for women graduates from the University of Exeter is being created following a successful networking event in London.

Networking event helps young alumni in Hong Kong

A networking event aimed at assisting young alumni with employability and networking skills took place at the Hong Kong Club.

Alumni shortlisted for Exeter Impact Awards

Two alumni have been included in the shortlist for the inaugural Exeter Impact Awards.

Zoo research comes over loud and clear

An Exeter alumna has found that, for one species of primate at least, it’s survival of the loudest.

Exeter alumnus 'receiving' great praise for artwork

A painting by Exeter alumnus Thomas Allen has just completed a tour of the UK as part of the Sunday Times Watercolour of the Year 2011 competition.

Top children's author attends Excellence in Exeter awards

Award-winning children’s author Philip Pullman signs copies of his best-selling books at the University of Exeter.

Nick Baker joins University experts to debate future of land use in the South West

TV presenter Nick Baker joined University academics, students and local people for a debate on the future use of land in the South West on 18 November.

Exeter is first UK university to establish representation in Bangalore

The University of Exeter has become the first UK university to establish representation in the Indian city of Bangalore.

Campaign success celebrated at House of Lords reception

Supporters of the University gathered in the House of Lords to toast the success of the Campaign: Creating a world-class University together.

Exeter graduate toasts business success

Recent graduate and young entrepreneur Tom Ellis has won the rights to import a prestigious Champagne brand and launch it in the UK for the first time.

University’s vision takes shape

The University of Exeter’s Chancellor, Baroness Floella Benjamin shared the University’s vision for the future of the Streatham Campus with guests from Exeter on Friday 28 October. 

Scholar receives prestigious international awards

An Exeter PhD scholar has been awarded an international prize in recognition of his work for the second time this year. 

Leading businesswoman to head University of Exeter’s governing body

An Exeter graduate who went on to head the international operations of a leading global firm of insurance brokers has been appointed as the new Chair of the University’s Council with effect from 1 August 2012.

Biodiversity, birds and the built environment

Staff, students, environmental enthusiasts and local architects were among the lucky audience who enjoyed four dynamic speakers sharing top tips and advice on biodiversity, birds and the built environment.

Praise for teaching book by St Luke’s alumnus

Alumnus James Andrews is celebrating the publication of his book ‘The Bitter Root: Educating the Wayward Scholar’.

Farmers’ Markets bring students and community together

The University of Exeter has started a monthly Farmers’ Market to bring students and the community together to support local businesses.

Showcasing Science Reception

Nearly 100 alumni and supporters gathered in London’s iconic Lloyd’s Building to hear Professor Kevin J. Gaston discuss ‘the power of ecosystems'.

From Exeter to Hard Rock: The surprising uses of a German degree

Exeter graduate Jackie White (née Payne) has put her degree to surprising use by writing of a book on one of the most controversial hard rock bands to emerge from Germany in the 1990s: Rammstein.

Study garden opens at St Luke's

A courtyard area on the St Luke’s campus has been transformed into a new study garden, thanks to donations from University alumni and other supporters.

£19 million research centre on RD&E site receives go ahead

A £19 million research centre at the RD&E Wonford site has been given the green light by city planners.

Mountains challenge achieved by Exeter students

Two University of Exeter students have successfully completed a gruelling charity challenge - to reach the summit of all Scotland’s 283 mountains, without the help of motorised transport.

Women's team triumphs at Alumni Golf Day

For the second time in three years a women's team won the 2011 Exeter Alumni Golf Day competition held at Worplesdon GC.

Alumna on schools tour for Japanese awareness

An Exeter alumna who now lives in Japan is spending six months back in the UK to raise awareness and funds following the devastating earthquake and tsunami there.

Childhood memories published by Exeter Graduate

Exeter alumnus has written a book about his childhood in the West Country and another conveying his passion for birdwatching.

Exeter graduate publishes his debut novel in the United States

Exeter graduate, Daniel L. Camfield, 26, has had his first novel published. Tired of Sex, is a snapshot of the modern generation following a year in the life of Mark, an American studying in England. 

Research in Focus

The Arts & Culture Team is pleased to announce Research in Focus, a photographic competition open to students, staff and alumni of the University of Exeter.

So funny - Students' on comedy TV set

Five Exeter students have been given unique, behind the scenes access to a brand new BBC comedy programme.

‘Oarsome’ challenge for Exeter alumni

A team of three rowers, two of which are Exeter alumni, are planning a 95 mile non-stop crossing of the English Channel in aid of Cancer Research and Save the Children.

New online journals available to Exeter alumni from October

Following a successful pilot project in 2010-11, and based on strong demand from alumni, the University is delighted to announce that we will be providing access to select online journals to alumni from October.

Diane finds paradise through geology

Cornwall Campus student Diane Paradise is celebrating her University of Exeter graduation and a new career in Africa, while her daughter prepares to start university in Wales.

Madrid Alumni meet for Summer Lunch

Eleven alumni attended a lunch and drinks at Kitchen Stories in Madrid on Saturday 9 July.

University honours ‘inspirational’ alumnus

Today the University welcomed back one of its most successful and inspiring graduates, Les Halpin, to receive an honorary degree.

Cricket world-record set by Exeter alumnus

A new cricket Twenty20 world-record has been set by bowler and Exeter graduate Arul Suppiah (Accounting and Finance, 2005) 

Targets in sight as campaign goes from strength to strength

Thanks to the generous support of our alumni and friends, the University is in line to meet its campaign targets a year early.

New projects sponsored by Annual Fund

The teachers of tomorrow, a project supporting Bulgarian orphans, the University mine and career development programmes are all to receive funding thanks to the generosity of alumni.

International alumni gather for events

From Paris to Beijing, Greece to Australia, Exeter alumni have been meeting across the globe to socialise and network.

University of Exeter announces Honorary Graduands for summer ceremonies

This year, the University will be honouring a combination of its alumni, notable individuals from the local area and others who have made a significant contribution internationally.

Alumni recognised in Honours' List

A number of Exeter alumni have been recognised for their achievements in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Mountain trek challenge for students and alumni

A group of students and alumni will be taking part in a gruelling challenge in aid of the charity Dec Aid.

Close-run scoreline in alumni basketball match

Alumni and current students took to the basketball court to battle it out in a tightly fought contest.

Ivor Gurney: Soldier, Poet, Composer

The colourful life of war-poet and composer Ivor Gurney will be brought to life in the Andrew Stratton Convocation Lecture.

Alumni meet in Shanghai

More than 20 alumni attended the University of Exeter event in Shanghai on June 17.

Composers perform in Paddon Music Final

Brand new musical compositions were performed before a panel of judges at this year’s Paddon Award final.

Exeter ranked in top ten UK universities

The University of Exeter has been rated as one of the top ten UK universities in The Times Good University Guide, out today (23 June 2011).

Exeter Vice-Chancellor honoured with knighthood

The University of Exeter’s Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Steve Smith has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to higher education locally and nationally.

Alumni enjoy Law Networking Event

31 May 2011
Over 60 alumni and guests enjoyed the hospitality of Eversheds partner and Exeter alumna Mrs Sue Taylor (Law 1973) for this year’s University of Exeter Law Network Event. 

"Is that funny?" - students gear up for final

Richard Boden, top comedy director, along with popular actress Caroline Quentin, will be judging the work of budding comedy writers from the University of Exeter this Friday.

Greece Summer Cocktails

Greek alumni attended an evening cocktail soiree at the Margi Hotel, Athens

Composers line up for Paddon Award

The seven finalists in this year’s Paddon Award competition are putting the finishing touches to their compositions, ahead of the final next week.

Devon stories sought for journal

Short stories with an undercurrent and a Devon theme are being sought for a special edition of the book Riptide.

Frank Gardner returns to Exeter

BBC Security Correspondent and alumnus Frank Gardner OBE returned to Exeter to give a talk about his travels to a packed audience. 

Alumni celebrate the opening of the Business School’s new building

On Tuesday, 3rd May 2011, alumni gathered at Fidelity International in London to celebrate the opening of the Business School’s impressive new £18m building. 

Alumnus Paul Jackson shares his experience in TV

The alumnus who brought hit television shows including Britain’s Got Talent has returned to the University to share his vast experience. 

Alumni Reunion Plans Unveiled

The plans for this year’s Alumni and Convocation Reunion weekend have just been announced.

Alumnus leads group across Africa in charity bike ride

Craig Pollard (Mathematics 1998), and the rest of the Cycle Africa team will be cycling 12,000 miles through 30 countries to raise awareness of street children and the issues they face.

Cyprus Alumni Reception

On Wednesday 13 April, the University of Exeter held its first reception for alumni in Cyprus at the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia. 

Hockey alumni victorious

Alumni from around the UK made the journey to Devon to play the University’s current hockey teams, for the annual Hockey Alumni Day on 2 April.

Athens Alumni Reception

On Monday 11 April the University of Exeter hosted a reception for alumni at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. This is the second reception held in Greece following a successful reception in 2010.

Rampant Sporting: ‘Socks sells’

A business conceived during Richard Hurtley’s (History and Politics 2007) second year of studies has blossomed into a story of retailing success, attracting plaudits in Drapers, the Spectator, the Telegraph and Cosmopolitan.

Fifth Annual University of Exeter Gulf Alumni Dinner

The event was hosted by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and the Ruler of Sharjah, at the Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre of Gulf Studies, in Sharjah, on 31 March 2011.

Murray ace the first in alumni golf events

Former University sportsman Ian Murray (German 1972) celebrated a rare return to Devon by recording his first hole-in-one in last weekend’s Annual Alumni vs. Students golf match.

Exeter alumni return from Heart of Borneo

Two University of Exeter alumni have returned after leading a groundbreaking expedition to one of the most remote and unexplored regions on Earth.

Students and alumni tackle Big Dilemmas

A group of Exeter students have presented their findings on ‘The future of renewable energy in the UK’ to an audience of over 100 academics, other students and community stakeholders.

Alumni enjoy Investment Management Reception

Thirty alumni and guests working in the investment management community gathered at Sarasin & Partners in London yesterday (March 23rd) for a Business School reception.

Happy alumnus runs Britain for charity

Andy Jackson, a History and Politics graduate who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2003, is celebrating his survival eight years later by running from John O'Groats to Land's End - dressed as Mr Happy!

Fees and the future

A look behind the headlines at the University's recent announcement that it will be increasing tuition fees to £9k in 2012.

First French alumni event in Paris

Alumni were invited to the Sir Winston Pub, 5 rue de Presbourg, Paris on Thursday 10th March.

Frank Gardner returns to Exeter

Frank Gardner OBE is returning the University of Exeter to give a talk on his extraordinary life and his new book Far Horizons.

Recent alumni test their memories with Exetra

Recent alumni were invited to test their knowledge and memories with Exetra, the Social networking group for recent alumni.

Exeter students launch national sport website

Exeter Students Tom Carrington-Smith and Matt Brookland have recently launched a national student sport website, Unisport.

Undergraduate students compete in Exeter Apprentice competition

Undergraduate Exeter students are competing in the University of Exeter, Exeter Apprentice competition.

Support sports scholars at Exeter

Convocation, the University’s official alumni association, needs your support.

Alumni receive New Year’s Honours

Exeter alumni have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list 2011.

University graduate helps secure cricket success

Former University of Exeter 1st team cricket captain and engineering graduate Stephen Moore has helped Lancashire secure the 2011 County Championships for the first time since 1934.

Exeter Politics students spend an eventful summer in Westminster

Five University of Exeter Politics students were in the midst of the action at Westminster, on the Exeter Politics Internship Programme.