Alumni News 2013

"Lost" female writers inspire poetry collection

Archive research undertaken whilst a PhD student at Exeter has inspired the debut collection of poetry by alumna Dr Julie Sampson (PhD English, 1997).

Digital award for new magazine

A graduate, who launched his own magazine this July, has already scooped a Cornish business award.

Graduate's exhibition in United Arab Emirates

A birthday present for her husband led to artist Christine Allison’s new exhibition of paintings in the United Arab Emirates.

International democracy award for graduate

A graduate who established an online and television forum to encourage young Arabs to take part in public life and debate, has been recognised with an award in the United States.

Centuries old mystery leads to book

The real-life mystery surrounding the life and death of one of the sons of William the Conqueror has formed the basis of a book, Bloodletting at Lammas, written by alumna author Carol Rowan.

Cornish charities showcased on tv by alumna

A new hour-long television programme showcasing some of the community work taking place in Cornwall is aired this weekend, co-presented by alumna Holly Harwood.

Hip Hop Insights into Mental Health at the University of Exeter

Graduate and Just 4 Funk Director Matthew Macklin joined forces with the Centre of Medical History at a special event to see how Hip Hop may help awareness of mental health issues.

South West by South East - Exeter strengthens links with China

Vice-Chancellor Sir Steve Smith led a delegation from the University of Exeter to China last week to consolidate the University’s links with three of the leading universities in China. 

Graduate's role in destruction of Syria's chemical weapons

Exeter alumna Sigrid Kaag is overseeing the timely elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme.

Finals bid for TV record breaking graduate

Jen Steadman, who set new records during her appearance on popular television programme Countdown, takes part in the championship finals next month.

Alumni book to attend second carol service

Nearly 100 graduates are already planning to join this year’s Exeter carol service in central London.

Alumnus helping himself to success

A pilot sitcom written, directed and filmed by a drama graduate has had its first public screenings.

Top England Cricket role for Alumnus

Former England wicketkeeper Paul Downton has been appointed as the Managing Director of England Cricket.

Cabinet reshuffle promotion for Exeter alumnus

Exeter alumnus Sajid Javid MP has been promoted in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Head of Santander UK gives lecture at the University of Exeter

Ana Botin, CEO, Santander UK, spoke today Thursday 3 October, to more than 150 guests including students, staff and alumni, on the future of banking. She also visited the Santander branch at the University.

A myriad of praise for Middle East expert at Honorary Graduate ceremony

The University of Exeter has awarded an honorary degree to one of its most distinguished academics, Professor Tim Niblock, Emeritus Professor of Middle Eastern Politics. 

Emmy award for Exeter writer

Graduate Abi Morgan has won a prestigious Emmy Award as the writer of the popular television drama The Hour.

Dr Les Halpin 1957-2013 (Mathematical Statistics and Operational Research 1979, Hon LLD 2011)

It is with deep regret that I announce the death of our good friend and supporter Dr Les Halpin.


Record breaking TV run for graduate

Jen Steadman has set new records during her appearance on popular television programme Countdown.

New protocol could lead to better medicine access

An alumnus who has been campaigning for better access to new medicines for people with life-threatening conditions, is putting forward a new UK protocol.

First interns on the job for South Devon University Technical College

South Devon’s newest UTC school has taken the next step in partnership with the University of Exeter.

Into the Dragons’ Den

Recent graduates Tom Carson (Management with Marketing 2012) and Chris Rea (Flexible Combined Honours 2013) show their business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit when they appear on the popular television show Dragons’ Den this week.

Russell Seal Fitness Centre open for business

For the past 18 months, the University of Exeter’s prestigious Sports Park, on Streatham Campus, has been a hive of activity. An investment of £8.1 million has seen dramatic developments made to the complex with a myriad of new facilities designed to change the face of sport and fitness in Exeter forever.

Making a splash

An Exeter alumnus has set up a non-profit social enterprise to help make clean drinking water accessible to all.

Publication success for alumnus

John Keene, a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society is celebrating the recent publication of two books.

Record turn-out for memorable 8th Alumni Golf Day

University of Exeter alumnus John Gilbert reports on another extremely success Alumni Golf Day

Globe première for Exeter alumna

Blue Stockings, the first play by alumna Jessica Swale (Drama 2004), is to premiere at the Globe theatre.

Countdown to TV appearance

New graduate Jen Steadman combines her linguistic dexterity with mathematical prowess – and all against the clock, when she appears as a contestant on popular television quiz show Countdown later this month.

Inspirational alumnae reach Venus Awards Devon final

Alumnae Samantha Durston (BSc Mathematics, Statistics & Operational Research 2006) and Cathy Debenham (BA Economics 1984) have made the final of the NatWest Venus Awards Devon 2013 in three categories.

Bend it like Burrett

An alumna footballer has been selected to play for the India Women’s National Football team.

Alumnae celebrate graduation diamond jubilee

Five alumnae returned to Exeter to celebrate 60 years since their graduation.

PhD Award for Exeter Graduate

An Exeter graduate is to receive a prestigious PhD award as he embarks on research which aims to reduce the impact of some of humankind’s most devastating diseases.

Career Mentor Scheme broadens its horizons

The Career Mentor Scheme is on course to increase the number of mentoring opportunities by 87% for 2013-2014.

University of Exeter breaks BUCS top five

The University of Exeter has finished fifth in the overall British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings for the 2012 / 2013 season – it’s highest ever position.

Alumni to take on Pacific challenge

Four Exeter graduates are planning to row more than 2,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to raise money for a children’s charity.

Crime pays for Exeter alumna

An Exeter alumna author has found new success with her latest crime fiction series.

Award-winning novel to be published

Four years after winning an award for Best Unpublished Novel a book exploring British-Bengali culture clash is to be published.

Alumni blogger publishes travel book

An alumnus has written a book about the year abroad he completed whilst studying at Exeter.

Vice-Chancellor accompanies PM on high profile business mission to Kazakhstan

Professor Sir Steve Smith left the UK yesterday, accompanying Prime Minister David Cameron and a delegation of business leaders on an intensive two day trip to Kazakhstan.

University celebrates triple win in West Country Property Awards

The University celebrated a triple win in the Michelmores and Western Morning News Property Awards, the region's premier property competition, which showcases the very best in West Country property projects, buildings and people.

Alumna triathlete ranked 67th in the world

An Exeter alumna has had a great start to the professional triathlon season being ranked just outside the top 10 in the UK and top 100 in the World.

Graduate Knighted in Queen's Honours List

Prominent lawyer and Exeter graduate Anthony Salz has been Knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Bugs produce diesel on demand

It sounds like science fiction but a team from the University of Exeter, with support from Shell, has developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand. 

Green spaces may boost wellbeing for city dwellers

New research published in the journal Psychological Science has found that people living in urban areas with more green space tend to report greater wellbeing than city dwellers that don’t have parks, gardens, or other green space nearby.

Advances in genetic sequencing diagnose Paralympic hopeful’s rare condition

National Paracycling Champion Tom Staniford has an extremely rare condition which, until now, has puzzled his doctors.

Rugby role for Sport Performance chief

Exeter alumnus and UK Sport Director of Performance Simon Timson (Education & PE, 1993) has been invited to join an eminent panel of international experts to help shape the first ever Rugby Union talent statement.

University cook books prepare to launch

A book signing tour gets underway for an Exeter alumna this summer as she promotes her new cookery book series.

Ask...Green Party Member of Parliament Caroline Lucas

We are giving you the opportunity to put questions direct to the UK’s first ever Green Party Member of Parliament and Exeter alumna, Caroline Lucas.

2013 Students Guild teaching awards – winners announced

The winners of the 2013 Students Guild teaching awards were announced last night (2 May) in a glittering ceremony in the Great Hall.

University of Exeter students gear up for world’s largest student motorsport competition

Students building a car to race at Silverstone against 149 teams from 32 different countries at Formula Student 2013.

Exeter hits top ten in The Complete University Guide

The University of Exeter moves up from 13th to 10th place in The Complete University Guide’s ranking of 124 UK universities for 2014, which was published today (Monday 29 April).

Celebrating Exeter’s Career Mentor Scheme

Mentors, mentees and staff from the University’s Career Mentor Scheme came together to celebrate its success.

PhD Thesis basis of first book

A freelance analyst and writer has received recognition for years of research into the Arab states by having her first book published.

Alumna explores grief in published dissertation

An Episcopal priest and Professor of Ethics and Pastoral Care has had her dissertation published after exploring her personal experience as a child cancer-survivor.

Mum and daughter get their teeth into crocodile story

An alumnae and her daughter have written a new children’s book to be published next month.

Public vote in awards for alumnus company

A company started by two Exeter alumni is in the running for recognition in a regional business award – with one category decided by a public vote.

Alumni return to Exeter for television awards

Alumni working in the television and media industry returned to Streatham Campus last weekend for the National Student Television (NaSTA) awards.

Greek scholarships announced at Athens alumni event

Exeter’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Steve Smith will be announcing two new scholarships for Greek students this week at a networking event in Athens for the University’s alumni, offer-holders and friends.

Honorary graduate to be president of Society of Authors

Author Philip Pullman is to succeed crime writer P.D. James when she steps down as President of the Society of Authors in August.

Q and A with author Stewart Ross

Author Stewart Ross answers questions about his work and time in Exeter.

Gearing up for arctic adventure

This summer two Exeter friends will cycle 1500 miles from London to the Arctic Circle in aid of Wheels for Wellbeing.

University of Exeter alumnus wins US national award for his direction of ‘Vincent in Brixton’

Chris Clark, Chairman of Utah Valley University theatre department and MFA Staging Shakespeare alumnus, was honoured for Outstanding Direction of a Play at the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.   

Northcote Trophy returns to Alumni golfers

For the first time in 4 years University of Exeter alumni reclaimed the Northcote Trophy in a closely-fought weekend of golf, played at Dawlish Warren GC.

Business School alumnus comes top in UK professional exam

Mark Johnstone (Accounting and Finance with European Studies 2011), an accountant training with Thomas Westcott in Exeter and University of Exeter Business School alumnus has won first place and the Little prize in the ICAEW ACA exams Taxation paper.

Fox's antics support children's wildlife group

The adventures of a special fox have been brought alive by an Exeter alumna – and will help support a club for young wildlife enthusiasts.

Mumbai Alumni Event

Fourty alumni gathered at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel on Saturday 16 March for the University's first alumni dinner in Mumbai.

EGD team recognised for outstanding service

The Employability and Graduate Development team has been accredited with a nationally recognised quality mark for their work supporting individuals to make learning and work more accessible.

Exeter returns to India

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Steve Smith this week returned to India for the second time in less than a month, leading a senior delegation from the University of Exeter to the cities of Mumbai and Bangalore.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC lead this year's Wainwright Walk

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This year's Wainwright Walk was led by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC on 12 March.

Keeping in touch

The Alumni team are trialling new ways to keep in touch.

Successful Launch of the South West Alumnae Group

The first Exeter Alumnae Group for the South West was launched at a special event at the University.

Forces speakers company launched by alumnus

Military Speakers, a company arranging inspirational speakers for events, has been launched by an Exeter alumnus.

Spotlight on Exeter's research pioneers - save the date

Hear exclusively about Exeter's pioneering work at a special event on Monday 10 June 2013, at Lloyd’s in the heart of the City of London.

Alumnus has new work published

A lecturer in Maritime and Remote Sensing subjects at Britannia Royal Naval College has just had two books published.

St Luke's Education summer reunion

Education alumni who graduated in 1988 are planning a 25 year reunion in Exeter this summer.

Chinese New Year celebrations on campus

Over 2000 people came to campus to celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome in the Year of the Snake.

Paddon Award win kick-starts writing career for Exeter alumna

A win at the University of Exeter’s Paddon Award and with the Telegraph in 2007 signalled the start of a rich writing career for an Exeter alumna.

Ship noise makes crabs get crabby

A study published today in Biology Letters found that ship noise affects crab metabolism, with the largest crabs faring worst, and found little evidence that crabs acclimatise to noise over time.

Hockey alumnus selected to GB training squad

University of Exeter Alumnus Tom Carson (Management and Marketing, 2012) has been selected as part of a 32 man Great Britain Hockey squad for the next Olympic training cycle.

League alumni break into professional ranks

Nico Flanaghan (PGCE in Secondary Education, 2012) is the most recent of Exeter players selected to play Rugby League at a semi-professional level.

Pigeon project highlighted on BBC’s Winterwatch

Many people view pigeons as pests, or even ‘rats with wings’ - but according to one student, they are ‘super doves’.

Health Economics comes home to Exeter

Two "founding fathers" of the subject of health economics returned to their training ground of the University of Exeter, when it successfully hosted a national conference this week.

Exeter University Club reformed

A group has been created to develop the social activities and traditions of the former Convocation alumni group.

Fidelity hosts Anthony Bolton and University of Exeter Business School alumni

Over 100 alumni, together with selected final year students from the Business School, enjoyed an eventful evening in the company of renowned fund manager Anthony Bolton.

Honours List recognises alumni

The world’s most decorated Olympic sailor and the Head of Education for London 2012 are among alumni and Honorary Graduates recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.

New Year's University Challenge appearance for alumni team

A group of Exeter graduates took on peers from Glasgow in a special edition of University Challenge which was broadcast on BBC2 on New Year’s Eve.

Sculptor uncovers rare Roman find

A sculpture known as The Fittleworth Iphigenia, which has been confirmed as an important Roman work, was discovered by Exeter graduate Jon Edgar (Biology and Geography 1990).

Effective time management tips from alumnus

In the days when many of us struggle to stay afloat in a sea of paperwork, emails, meetings and an ever-growing to-do list, help is at hand from an Exeter alumnus.