News archive 2019
Alumna Emma Rosen (MA Applied Security and Strategy, 2015) talks about her portfolio career as a Public Speaker and Writer discussing the benefits and challenges of the decisions she has made, the skills needed for portfolio working and advice for taking this path.
Gregory Watson (Accountancy, 1986) is the Managing Director of radio business Folder Media. We asked him about his career and what advice he’d give to students and recent graduates wanting to get into the industry.
In 2017, unsure about the career path set out before her, alumna Emma Rosen (MA Applied Security and Strategy, 2015) changed tack and spent a year trying 25 careers before her 25th birthday.
A new student-led academic law society is to be formed at the University of Exeter. It will offer a wide range of opportunities for students to help to broaden their career development, to promote interdisciplinarity and to equip themselves with the skills employers find most valuable.
More talented students from underrepresented groups will be able to benefit from an Exeter education thanks to a generous legacy from alumna Verena Hoffman, née Fairs (German and Russian, 1967).
Alumna and filmmaker Lottie Graham (English, 2015) is directing a short animation film about plastic pollution and mental health.
Exeter alumnus Peter Brennan (MBA, 2012) has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hospiscare, a local, independent charity which provides care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses and those close to them.
Exeter alumnus, Gameli Adzaho (MSc Environment and Human Health, 2014) talked to us about life after graduating.
The Exeter China Alumni Association (ECAA) kindly organised three Christmas reunion events which took place during December and January.
On 20 November, the Sport and Health Sciences networking evening took place in in Cross-Keys.
Alumnus Tim Blaxall recently talked with Humanities students about working in Business and Finance with a Humanities degree.
Congratulations to our alumni authors who have recently had their books published.
Anthony ‘Tony’ Moore (Philosophy & Sociology, 1968) entered the finance sector upon leaving Exeter, and has since worked in six countries, nine cities, and conducted business in another 20+ countries around the world. However for Tony, like so many Exeter students, his experiences were shaped just as much by his time on the sports field as in the classroom.
Exeter alumnus Harry Chaplin (MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2015) has helped set-up a project in Madagascar to deliver fresh drinking water to communities.
Bill Kirton (French, 1962) is an award-winning author and a former fellow of the Royal Literary Fund. We asked him to share highlights from his career and tips for new graduates.
Hear from alumnus Graham Hill, President of the Board of the US Foundation, about what the group does and how it supports the University.
University of Exeter alumnae Freya Davies (LLB Law 2014-2017) has been announced in the new central contracts for England Cricket in 2019.
On 7 November 2018, Exeter University’s Medical School facilitated the ‘Waking up to Planetary Health’ conference at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital.
A number of Medical Sciences graduates recently returned to Exeter to inform current students about potential career paths open to them following completion of their degrees.
Our fantastic alumni have continued to support a wide range of college activities this academic year benefiting hundreds of current and prospective students in the process.
Exeter alumnus Samir Omara (Teaching English as a Foreign Language, 2003) has won the British Council Egypt Professional Achievement Award at the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019.
Alumna Lindy Stephens (Law 1992) In House Senior Lawyer in a Children’s Legal Team, reflects how redundancy from her role as a partner in a solicitors firm and an out of the blue approach by a recruitment agent to cover staff shortages at Plymouth City Council has led her to the most rewarding professional role she has ever had.
University of Exeter alumni have signed up in their droves to support schools via the Governors for Schools Programme.
University of Exeter alumni and founders of ChargedUp, Hugo Tilmouth and Hakeem Buge have made it onto the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list of social entrepreneurs, which was published in February.
Electricity generation from renewable sources has grown 230% in the last decade and now accounts for 30% of electricity produced in the UK. This makes renewable energy an exciting sector to work in for many Exeter graduates.
Durva Vahia, University of Exeter alumna (MSc Paediatric Exercise and Health 2017), has been making a big impact in India, coaching both women’s football and being the lead sports scientist for one of four elite boys youth academies in the country.
'Volunteer in the Spotlight' is a regular feature which shares the stories of our fantastic alumni volunteers.
Congratulations to our alumni authors who have recently had their books published.
The University of Exeter Netball Club (EUNC) 1st team and Exeter Netball Club (ENC) Regional 1 side have ended their league season undefeated with the opportunity to progress through playoffs into Premier South and Premier 3 next year. Showing the strength and depth of the University Netball Performance Programme EUNC 2nd team have also won their BUCS league with the ENC Regional 2 side taking the Regional 2 title, both who are automatically promoted for next season.
Stepping onto the field for her 1st England cap former UoE Sports Scholar Freya Davies made an immediate impact on the international stage as England cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka to go one-nil up in their IT20 series in Colombo.
Two games and two results for EURFC as the Green Machine marches into the Semi Finals of Knockout Rugby.
Exeter graduates had the chance to reconnect with fellow alumni last month at the Business School’s latest alumni reception, where Gib Bulloch, who founded Accenture’s global "not-for-loss" consulting business, Accenture Development Partnerships, gave a keynote speech on 'Putting Purpose on a Par with Profit'.
Alumna Alice Cracknell (Law, 2009) has set up her own social impact business based near Exeter. ORIGIN is a 100% not-for-profit sustainable fashion business inspired to drive humanitarian projects in the communities from which its fabrics originate; Mali, Ethiopia and Gambia.
A group of Exeter alumni are developing an app aimed at parents of children under five, designed to enhance a range of cognitive, social and emotional skills.
A start-up founded by Exeter alumnus Luke Loveridge (Biological Sciences, 2008) has been shortlisted for a Digital Leaders award.
A panel of alumni from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies attended an Exeter Scholars event, answering questions posed by Year 12 students on this prestigious programme, followed by a round table networking session.
A couple who met while studying at the University of Exeter in the late 1960s have returned to campus as part of their golden wedding anniversary celebrations.
Join a team of students at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus for a day filled with interactive wildlife activities for all the family.
Congratulations to our alumni authors who have recently had their books published.
Alumna Catherine Farnell (PGCE 2008) runs Heritage Arts and People (HAP), a community interest company based in Exeter which aims to bring communities together to enjoy and explore the Southwest’s rich and varied heritage. She shares where her degree has taken her in her career.
Exeter graduate entrepreneur raises over £1 million for circular economy start-up backed by the founder of Fitness First
the Bike Club, a subscription lending business, has raised over £1m in a seed round led by the founder of Fitness First. Co-Founded by Exeter graduate James Symes, the financial technology company provides pay-monthly kids bikes which you exchange as your children grow.
Alumna Mary Brehony (Law, 1979) runs her own firm, Brehon & Co., specialising in legal and business affairs advice for media and commercial clients. She shares where her degree has taken her in her career.
This April saw the launch of the Work Shadowing Scheme, a programme which gives students the opportunity to shadow a professional for a day in their workplace. These opportunities provide a brilliant chance for students to see what it is like to work in a particular sector, job role or company, helping them with their career plan and development.
In celebration of all of our amazing volunteers, and to say thank you to those exceptional individuals who do so much to support us all, we opened our ‘University of Exeter Alumni Volunteer Awards’ to nominations for the second year this spring.
Recent alumna Marie Johns (Sociology, 2017) writes about how pleased she was to discover that the Career Zone is available to graduates, and therefore the wider alumni community, forever! She outlines how these resources have supported her in her career so far and shares her Top Tips for using them.
The Northcote Trophy was retained by the students in the 11th playing of the Northcote Trophy between the University Golf Club and University Alumni Society that took place this May. In this article we review the matches, highlights, and share the final scores.
Investing in inclusion: Basirat Razaq-Shuaib – Founder/CEO of The Winford Centre for Children and Women
Alumna Basirat Razaq-Shuaib (Finance & Investment, 2009) is the Founder/CEO of The Winford Centre for Children and Women which is dedicated to supporting children with developmental and learning difficulties as well as empowering disadvantaged women. She shares her career journey and insights, as well as the skills which have been most useful along the way.
Three employability events took place in China during April 2019 with thanks to the volunteer network group, Exeter China Alumni Association (ECAA).
Volunteers of the Exeter Hong Kong Alumni Group (EHKAG) identified the need for in-depth employability and networking for recent graduates in Hong Kong. In response to the need to support the careers of young Exeter alumni, the network group organised the first Business Brunch event, which took place on a Saturday morning in March 2019 in Central, Hong Kong.
A local cancer support charity project, founded by University of Exeter Medical School students, is launching a book to promote open conversation about cancer.
Alumni who were members of the Out of Doors Society whilst at Exeter have been meeting for 20 years, co-ordinated voluntarily by alumna Sandie Brunnen (nee Blizard) (Philosophy, 1976). We take a look at how these meetings have come about and what they’ve looked like over the last 20 years.
30 years ago staff and students on our Streatham Campus awoke to a new statue on the grounds outside Devonshire House. Overnight a twelve foot high metal sculpture had been erected by a group of students as a memorial to the events in Tiananmen Square. The sculpture now stands on the Queen’s Drive Lawn and can be seen by all who visit the campus.
After a tough decision making process, the Alumni Volunteers of the Year for 2019 have been announced.
University of Exeter alumni have donated 75,000 hours to the institution’s ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ Campaign since it began in 2012.
Alumni couple Linda and Keith Whitehead have both won medals for Great Britain at the European Middle Distance Duathlon Championships.
Applications are currently open for the British Council Alumni Awards 2019-20.
What is the natural world worth? Can you put a price on birdsong?
A fitting end to the University’s cricket season for 2019 as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Devon Cricket Centre opening on the 6th July and the achievements of all our teams this year.
We recently caught up with one of our alumni, Malcolm Sweeney (Physics, Economics and Philosophy, 1970) to chat about his time at Exeter. Malcolm knew from a young age that he wanted to be an accountant and following graduation worked in finance in the plastics, technology and pharmaceutical industries.
Last year alumna and PhD student, Charlotte Littlewood (Applied Security and Strategy, 2015), spent four months working with young people in Hebron, Palestine, delivering community workshops and training people to support victims of domestic violence.
Rae (International Business Law LLM, 2011) volunteered with the Pathways to Law programme for 2 consecutive years, advising students on how they could get the most out of attending the Law Fair on campus and also helped with the Client interviewing skills workshop. She has also facilitated a workshop for students from the School of Law on applications to training contracts and vacation schemes. Rae currently mentors 2 students through the career mentoring scheme.
In 2017, the University of Exeter was designated as a Global Pioneer University by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the Circular Economy and supporting decision makers across business, academia, and government.
This June the Professional Pathways Programme enabled students to gain invaluable knowledge and experience in the sectors they were most passionate about.
Sir Rex Richards FRS, FRSC, FBA DSc, Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1982-98, has passed away at the age of 96.
Two Super Bowl championships, three Conference championships, eight Division championships, 10 Play-offs appearances, and one summer in Exeter!
Dr Ifeanyi Nwachukwu (MSc in Biocatalysis, 2009) has been awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal – Canada’s highest academic achievement in coursework completed for any doctoral degree.
Alumna Ali Golds (PGCE, 2009) has spent the last nine months travelling the world whilst running her own business and charity remotely. We caught up with her to find out why she set off on this globetrotting adventure, and what it's been like so far.
Alumnus Russ Avery (French and Russian, 2007) has set up a new sustainable and ethical fashion brand for men, women, and children.
In 2000 alongside their final year at university three Computer Science students started a business designing and building websites for friends and families which became Optix Solutions based in Exeter. We recently caught up with Exeter Alumni and Directors Alastair Banks and James Dawkins (Computer Science, 2000) to talk about their last 20 years in business and the journey from bedroom to boardroom.
Many congratulations to our alumni authors who have recently had their books published.
Exeter Hong Kong Alumni Group volunteers organised their annual employability event, kindly hosted for the third year at the LinkedIn headquarters in Hong Kong.
Alumnus Theo Gwyther (History and Spanish, 2017) took some time to go traveling before starting a new job and ended up staying away for longer, volunteering to help communities in Colombia.
George Savvides (Law, 1982) was chosen by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, this year for the important position of Minister of Justice and Public Order, after 35 years of practicing as a lawyer.
Dr. Eireann Marshall (PhD Ancient History, 2001) has just been awarded the Top History & Culture Guide prize at Wanderlust magazine’s 2019 World Guide Awards.
Alumnus Peter Sampson (Economics, 1959) recently returned to campus for a 60th anniversary reunion with his old house mates. Below he has shared his memories of his time at Mardon Hall, and what it was like to be back.
Charlotte Mackenzie (Law, 2010) was called to the Bar in 2011 and is now a tenant at Staple Inn Chambers in London practicing in Family Law and Immigration (Asylum). She is also the Founder and Director of the Malawi Bail Project (MBP), a UK registered charity that funds and delivers access to justice initiatives and activities in Malawi.
Victoria Stephens (LLB 2017) reminisces here about her role as one of the founders of the Canadian Law Society at Exeter University and reflects on how the experience has helped her in her professional life since graduating. She is currently a pupil at Marshall Diel and Myers Limited in Hamilton, Bermuda, and the Country Contact for Exeter in Bermuda.
Alumnus Benjamin Harris is a Wildlife Camera Operator/Assistant and graduated with a Zoology degree from our Penryn Campus in 2014. Since then he’s travelled the world and turned his love of wildlife and the outdoors into a career. We recently caught up with him to find out more about what life has been like since graduating and his top tips for those who are interested in pursuing this career.
Three generations of alumnus Nick Colwill’s (Economics, 1986) family have studied at Exeter, including his parents, and youngest daughter who is currently studying here for one year. We caught up with him to find out some of the Colwill family's favourite memories of studying and living in Exeter.
Participants from COMEX 3 (the Commonwealth Overland Expedition to Pakistan and India) recently reunited in London for a 50th anniversary reunion of the adventure.
Massive congratulations to our alumni authors who have had their books published.
Alumnus David Bates (History, 1966 and PhD History, 1970) has won a prestigious French literary award.
Han Wang (MSc Finance and Management, 2004), Co-founder and CFO at Asien Credit Company Ltd, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the entrepreneurial awards category of the British Council UK Alumni Awards 2019-20 in China.
Alumnus John Williams (Chemistry, 1974 and PhD, 1979) has been honoured with the 2019 Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Middle East and North Africa Region.