News archive 2017
Climate change improves the breeding chances of migratory geese in the Arctic – but puts mother geese at more risk of death, according to a new study.
An international research team have found that mother-daughter conflict can explain why killer whales are one of only three known species of mammal, including humans, to go through the menopause.
A long-running research and conservation project is helping save an at-risk species of turtle.
Prehistoric mega-lake sediment offers key insight into how inland regions responded to ‘super-greenhouse’ event
Sediment found at the site of one of the largest lakes in Earth’s history could provide a fascinating new insight into how inland regions responded to global climate change millions of years ago.
GW4 Alliance, together with Cray Inc. and the Met Office, has been awarded £3m by EPSRC to deliver a new Tier 2 high performance computing (HPC) service for UK-based scientists.
South West England and South East Wales can recapture the ambitious vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel as a hyper-connected, smart and specialist region, MPs have heard.
The University of Exeter has entered into an important strategic partnership, designed to enable America’s leading students to embark on postgraduate studies at one of the UK’s leading universities.
Sir Steve Smith, Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter, said the US travel ban “undermines the principle of academic freedom and jeopardises the advancement of knowledge between nations.”
Nobel Laureates to deliver keynote speeches at Living Systems Institute Opening International Symposium
Two Nobel Laureates will deliver keynote speeches at a prestigious international scientific symposium celebrating the opening of the University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute (LSI).
LED street lighting can be tailored to reduce its impacts on the environment, according to new research by the University of Exeter.
Penryn PhD students are celebrating after sweeping the board at a high-profile research competition.
The University of Exeter has launched its most ambitious philanthropic Campaign to date to reinforce its position as one of the leading research institutions worldwide.
Endangered penguins are foraging for food in the wrong places due to fishing and climate change, research led by the University of Exeter and the University of Cape Town has revealed.
The University of Exeter has commemorated Baroness Floella Benjamin’s successful tenure as Chancellor with a stunning bronze sculpture.
Growing up in tough conditions can make wild animals live longer, new research suggests.
Gene editing techniques developed in the last five years could help in the battle against cancer and inherited diseases.
The winter habits of Britain’s basking sharks have been revealed for the first time.
Rising temperatures could accelerate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ponds and increasing the methane they release, new research shows.
From monkeys to exotic birds, students showcase stunning variety of wildlife at Wild Film Festival in Falmouth
Budding wildlife film-makers, presenters and photographers will display their work at a national festival, organised by students at the University of Exeter.
A new plan to protect Myanmar’s diverse marine life has been announced.
People living in neighbourhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to research.
A proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) off Scotland’s west coast would help basking sharks, researchers say.
The 19th Poet Laureate of the United States will return to her Cornish roots as she visits the Duchy to perform and discuss her work.
Gang warfare is not unique to humans – banded mongooses do it too.
Robots made from recycled toys will be used to boost communication and teamwork among young people with autism and their families.
An international team of researchers has identified a core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses and parasites.
The University of Exeter has carried out performance and durability tests on a set of elastometric mooring tethers as part of the H2020-funded OPERA wave energy project.
Efforts to conserve the remaining fragments of the great Forest of Caledon in Scotland may be doomed to fail unless a new strategy is rapidly adopted, new research suggests.
Both science and humanities subjects at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, according to an influential global league table.
European funding launches Marine-i to provide support to marine businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
Up to £6.8m of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) has been secured to develop marine technology research, development and innovation activities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
A yachtsman who helped recreate an epic voyage for a new Channel 4 documentary will give a talk at the University of Exeter later this month.
Teams of experts from the University of Exeter helped organise a series of hands-on events and activities in Devon and Cornwall, to mark National Apprenticeships Week 2017.
Amounts and sugar content of nectar vary between commercial varieties of oilseed rape (OSR) produced with different breeding systems, when tested in the glasshouse.
Award-winning conservation films will be shown at a new bicycle-powered cinema on a beach in Cornwall, thanks to two University of Exeter students.
Important microscopic creatures which produce half of the oxygen in the atmosphere can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests.
6000 Flowers Arts Project creates a buzz for bumblebees as Cornwall welcomes the first day of Spring
A new art show launched this week at The Environment and Sustainability Institute’s Creative Exchange as Cornwall welcomed the arrival of Spring.
The University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus marked the official opening of its new dedicated, state-of-the-art learning environment for Master's students with a special celebration.
Hi-tech South West businesses could be boosted by a new investment fund worth up to £25 million.
Dozens of schoolchildren from across Cornwall were given a fascinating insight into the relationship between energy and the environment, at a special event held at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus.
A pioneering new project, designed to lead an ethical and sustainable international ‘mining revolution’, has received a multi-million pound funding boost.
Families can identify the fascinating creatures found on Cornwall’s shores with the help of a University of Exeter animal ecology expert as part of the Falmouth Spring Festival.
Families can make art from litter found in the sea and on beaches as part of a free event at Falmouth Art Gallery.
The composition of granite found underneath much of the South West peninsula could offer a vital clue to where deposits of metals crucial for the production of many low carbon technologies can be found.
The University of Exeter and Keypath Education have announced a new ten-year partnership that will see the University provide a range of online Masters Degrees to UK and international students.
Prestigious Human Frontiers Science Programme grant awarded to international research team led by University of Exeter
The University of Exeter has won a prestigious award for providing the best international student experience of any university in the UK.
Debris from logging in tropical forests is threatening the survival of hatchling leatherback turtles and the success of mothers at one of the world’s most important nesting sites in Colombia.
A new lease has been signed for marine renewable energy testing in Falmouth Bay.
Computer games have helped scientists understand animal camouflage and colour vision.
Small groups of meerkats – like those often seen in zoos – are at greater risk of chronic stress.
The University of Exeter Penryn Campus Excellence Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 20 April, to celebrate the achievements of young people in Cornwall.
Banded mongooses target close female relatives when violently ejecting members from their social groups, University of Exeter scientists have found.
An English student from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus has written and will star in a play at the Edinburgh Fringe festival this August.
Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter has been recognised as the best course of its kind in the country in the latest influential rankings.
A new population of an endangered and elusive cat species has been found in Borneo.
Scientists have recognised for some years that light pollution is a growing phenomenon that impacts on the behaviour and success of many animals.
Young mongooses may conceal their identity – even from their own parents – to survive.
A rare variety of oak tree is the newest addition to the stunning gardens at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus.
Professor Juliet Osborne has been appointed as the new Director of the University of Exeter’s flagship Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI).
Which species would you save from extinction: Elephants or newts? Toads or tigers?
Top academics at the University of Exeter have been recognised by students for their teaching excellence, at an annual awards ceremony.
Insecticide resistance sounds like a superpower for the average male fruit fly – but there’s a catch.
Climate change could threaten reptiles by reducing the number of bacteria living in their guts, new research suggests.
A project which helps protect bees has been nominated for an innovation award.
Energy policy offers the UK and EU an important opportunity to develop new models of partnership and common ground imperative to the UK’s future, according to a new Chatham House paper.
One of the UK’s leading scientists has praised the “energy, commitment and enthusiasm” of researchers at the University of Exeter, during a special visit.
Peru's river dolphins will get new protection thanks to a plan developed with help from the University of Exeter.
The University of Exeter’s teaching excellence across a wide range of subjects has been acclaimed in the latest national league table rankings.
The University of Exeter has reinforced its position amongst the leading universities both nationally and internationally, according to the latest influential global rankings.
The University of Exeter has received a prestigious award in recognition of one of its most innovative and forward-thinking HR initiatives.
Admissions to hospital for asthma spike days after high pollen counts.
Summer rainfall in one of the world’s most drought-prone regions can now be predicted months or years in advance, climate scientists at the Met Office and the University of Exeter say.
Two FXU societies have scooped awards at this year’s National Societies Awards ceremony.
The University of Exeter and The University of Queensland (UQ) have reinforced their relationship by cementing a new multi-million pound partnership designed to bolster their joint global research impact.
Some of the world’s leading climate scientists are gathering in Exeter for a high-profile event to examine the impact, significance and implications of global warming, in relation to the Paris Agreement 2015.
Some heritage sites cannot be preserved and should be allowed to decay, a new book argues.
An eco-friendly phone charging network is being launched by three engineering students from the University of Exeter.
Students and staff from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus will be at the Royal Cornwall Show again this year to showcase research taking place in Cornwall.
Noise from motorboats is making fish become bad parents, and reducing the chance of their young surviving, research led by marine experts at the University of Exeter has shown.
The University of Exeter has retained its strong position in the QS World University Rankings.
Where does your cat go when it leaves the house? What does it eat?
Animals living in areas where conditions are ideal for their species have less chance of evolving to cope with climate change, new research suggests.
A project which helps protect bees has won the 2017 BBSRC Innovator of the Year award for Social Impact.
Huge pulses of volcanic activity are likely to have played a key role in triggering the end Triassic mass extinction, which set the scene for the rise and age of the dinosaurs, new research has found.
Britain’s population of hazel dormice has declined by more than 70%, new research shows.
The University of Exeter’s commitment to providing world-class teaching has been recognised with the award of a “Gold” rating in the first national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment.
From health and social care to training and gaming, Cornish businesses are invited to explore the uses of virtual reality at a free, interactive event at the University of Exeter’s Truro Campus.
Ever wondered what happens in your brain when you eat chocolate? Or whether Nemo’s dad should’ve been less worried about finding his son and more concerned about ocean acidification?
A University of Exeter ecologist has won a prestigious prize for his outstanding achievements.
A swarm of bees that turned up on a university campus has been allowed to stay.
The Camborne School of Mines is giving its support to a high-profile award bid that will resurrect a unique mechanical puppet, designed to celebrate Cornwall’s prestigious mining heritage.
Wind-driven incursions of warm water have forced the retreat of glaciers in West Antarctica over the last millennia, new research has revealed.
University of Exeter students got the chance to trade ideas with a host of prestigious experts during the ever-evolving Grand Challenges programme last week.
The University of Exeter has received a multi-million pound research grant to pioneer new techniques and materials to control and manipulate electromagnetic and acoustic energy.
The University of Exeter is amongst a select group of institutions shortlisted for a major new global teaching award.
A Cornish university campus described as a “wonderful, unique” place for students has won a Green Flag Award.
A report commissioned by EU food regulators wrongly linked a highly effective biopesticide with diarrhoea in humans, an expert says.
Like humans, some birds can spend years learning and exploring before developing more settled habits.
Two of the UK’s leading authorities in the health and aerospace sectors have been appointed as independent members of the University of Exeter’s governing body.
Animals that rely on camouflage can choose the best places to conceal themselves based on their individual appearance, new research shows.
Noise from motorboats changes the behaviour of cleaner fish and the species they help.
Budding nature-lovers will be taken on a voyage of discovery to find out how animals have evolved to deal with friends and foe, at a special interactive event.
Innovate Energy, founded by recent graduates from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, have won £5000 to invest in their business, which will hire out battery packs to charge mobile phones.
Birds and turtles are common enough on the pages of children’s books – but what about bacteria or psyllids (otherwise known as jumping plant lice)?
Cornish students are hoping to save lives by donating their stem cells to strangers fighting cancer.
A student will cycle 850km from North Wales to Cornwall to raise funds for conservation of the Curlew.
Oyster stocks in a Cornish fishery are sustained thanks to “inefficient” traditional fishing methods, new research suggests.
Buildings could soon be able to convert the sun’s energy into electricity without the need for solar panels, thanks to innovative new technology.
More than 3,000 people joined scientists from the University of Exeter for a fun-filled day in Falmouth last week.
Graduates from the Camborne School of Mines will launch their fledgling careers with one of the world’s most successful and prestigious mining companies.
Otters can learn how to solve puzzles by watching and copying each other, new research shows.
A high-flying duck species reaches altitudes of up to 6,800 metres (22,000 feet) to cross the Himalayas, new research shows.
University of Exeter scientists have been commissioned by the Government to write a briefing paper on the health and wellbeing of people living in coastal cities, towns and villages.
Three University of Exeter campuses are among the nominees in a vote for the UK’s favourite green spaces.
The decline of cold regions called periglacial zones is now inevitable due to climate change, researchers say.
World-leading researchers from the University of Exeter will collaborate with counterparts in China on a pioneering new project to develop the next generation of offshore renewable energy (ORE) technologies.
Educationalists and academics from around the world gathered to discuss the latest research and practical experiences around the way young people engage with the complex histories of the First and Second world wars, including the Holocaust.
Tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies have individual “personalities”, new research shows.
Experts are studying the little-known mining history of the vulnerable cliffs overlooking the beach at Perranporth to show if the search for tin and copper in the area began in medieval or even prehistoric times.
Some of the world’s leading multi-national companies attended recruitment fairs in China to meet some of Exeter’s top graduates in the region.
As many students used planes, trains and automobiles to return to university, one travelled hundreds of miles by pedal power.
Researchers say conservation scientists could work with filmmakers to harness the “Hollywood effect”.
Two female students at the Camborne School of Mines have been awarded scholarships as they embark on a successful mining career.
Key senior Government members visited the Penryn Campus to strengthen their understanding of the challenges and opportunities for Cornwall arising from Brexit.
Exeter is part of the UK’s first freshwater doctoral training programme to address the complex challenges facing freshwater sustainability.
People with dementia and their carers are being invited to an interactive event which will discuss the significant benefits nature can have on their wellbeing.
The European Union is investing €2 million (£1.78m) to coordinate research into the complex links between oceans and human health and wellbeing.
Natural selection quickly turns a melting pot of microorganisms into a highly efficient community, new research shows.
A Geography graduate from the University of Exeter has launched a paddle sports brand based around an app that tracks journeys on the water and provides data on performance.
The black cat, now a crucial accessory for Halloween witches, was a relatively late development in the history of witchcraft, new research has found.
Scientists have used satellite tracking and a crime-scene technique to discover an important feeding ground for green turtles in the Mediterranean.
Members of the public are being asked for their views on the way Britain has commemorated the centenary of the First World War by completing a new survey being launched on Armistice Day (11 November).
Two students have created an app inspired by Pokémon GO to help people connect with nature.
Researchers have identified methods to predict the environmental and social cost of resourcing new deposits of rare earth minerals.
Forecasts which predict how climate change will affect UK birds are improving, new research suggests.
Exeter will participate in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) subject level pilot scheme, it has been announced.
Residents from Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth have united with businesses and academics in a project designed to improve people’s health and wellbeing in tomorrow’s homes.
Mongoose mothers boost their pups’ survival chances by evicting rival females from their social groups, new research shows.
Two talented young researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health, have been awarded prestigious Industrial Innovation Fellowships by the National Environment Research Council (NERC).
A trio of graduates have won backing from mobile phone giant O2 for their eco-friendly phone charging network.
Exeter has seen an increase in the amount of research funding it receives from Research Councils UK, continuing its upward trajectory over recent years.
The University of Exeter and Tsinghua University have launched a jointly-awarded PhD degree programme in climate and environmental sciences, it has been announced.
A study of pictures of Earth by night has revealed that artificial light is growing brighter and more extensive every year.
Students are calling on their peers and the wider public to protect the environment by cutting down on single-use plastics and other waste.
A researcher overcame termites, mice, flash floods and camera malfunctions to win a nature photography award.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest health challenges of modern times – and now two world-leading academics have reported to the United Nations on how the problem can be spread through our natural environment.
A tuna accidentally caught off Devon has been dissected by scientists at the University of Exeter.
Hundreds of marine turtles die every year after becoming entangled in rubbish in the oceans and on beaches, including plastic ‘six pack’ holders and discarded fishing gear.
When do children stop believing in Father Christmas? Did you feel distressed by the revelation that Santa isn’t real? Were you angry you were lied to, when you found out? Was Christmas different after that? Did the magic disappear?
The Christmas dash is on: who’s faster - Santa or animals? Why are gifts exchanged at Christmas? How do you sort the naughty from the nice?
Societies ranging from ancient Rome and the Inca empire to modern Britain and China have evolved along similar paths, a huge new study shows.
Christmas may be a traditional time for giving, yet student volunteers from the University of Exeter give their time all year round.