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University celebrates winter graduation 


Last month we welcomed more than 800 into our alumni community and Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, was honoured in recognition of his work in the field of sustainable business.

Watch live recordings of the ceremonies here


Alumni News

Lauren Jackson

Loved My Degree, Love My Job

How do you land your dream job after university? We spoke to recent graduates who share their tips and hints to give you the best chance of getting the job you want on graduation. Working in industries from sports to law to media to government to health to charity, their stories should inspire you to think about what you could be doing right now to get the career you want.



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UN Report recommends Exeter alumnus' interview technique

An interview technique developed with an Exeter alumnus in the early 1990s, has been recommended for wider use in a United Nations report. PEACE (planning, engagement, account, closure and evaluation) was introduced following joint work between police and psychologists, including University of Exeter graduate Professor Ray Bull.
Professor Bull studied Psychology at the University in the late 1960s, early 1970s, before going on to begin a PhD. To read more about PEACE and Professor Bull’s work, see the article in the Psychologist Magazine.




Santander W50

Santander have launched the 2017 edition of its W50 Programme for female graduates. Run in partnership with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), W50 is designed for young women - aged 35-40 years- who exhibit strong leadership skills, high professional potential and will become the next generation of global women leaders as board members. The programme will take place June 18 - 23, 2017 on campus in Los Angeles. Interested alumni should visit the application site for more information. The deadline to apply is 31 March 2017.  



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What next for Semi-Toned singers

The end of 2016 saw Semi-Toned, the University of Exeter’s own all-male a cappella group, achieve national success by winning the BBC’s TV singing competition The Choir, Gareth’s Best in Britain. During the course of the competition a number of the group completed their studies, so we caught up with them to see how being in the band helped prepare them for life outside the University. Read more.




Looking to make a change in your career but not sure where to start?

Exetra, the recent alumni group, would like to invite you to their first event of 2017, Changing Careers. The evening will feature successful business people and public leaders who have changed their careers. They will speak about their experiences and share practical advice on how to change career and what employers are looking for, that you will be able to use in your own life.



Humanities News

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Inaugural Lecture

Professor Michelle Bolduc

Wednesday 8th February 5.30 – 6.30pm

Queen’s Building LT2, Streatham Campus

“Medieval Translatio(n), Modern Rhetoric”

 Michelle Bolduc, Professor in Translation Studies at Exeter, is an internationally recognized scholar of Translation Studies and Comparative Medieval Literature (French, Occitan, and Italian), and has published extensively on medieval literature (translation) as well as on modern rhetoric--the New Rhetoric Project--and its translation. Under the direction of Barbara K. Altmann and F. Regina Psaki, she took a PhD in Comparative Literature with a specialization in Medieval Literatures from the University of Oregon; she has held positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Arizona.



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It's Never Too Late

We’re looking for alumni who would like to be a part of It’s Never Too Late – a campaign aimed at final year students. If you have any careers advice you would like to share, take part in our eXepert scheme, would like to run a mock interview or volunteer in another way please get in touch 




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Experts given £4m to tackle world's most pressing health problems

Historians, literary scholars, social scientists and medical experts will work together to tackle some of the world’s most pressing public health issues as part of a new £4m research centre at the University of Exeter. 



Social Sciences News

CSSIS short courses

New year, new direction? Want to develop your knowledge, enhance your skills, or pursue a personal interest?

Our non-accredited short courses offer an exciting range of topics, such as: Archaeology, Art History, Creative Writing, Digital Media, Egyptology, Environmental Studies, Film, History and Heritage, Literature, Music History, Theology, and Interdisciplinary Studies. So, if you’re thinking of exploring a possible career change, or simply taking up a new hobby, you can discover more with the help of our tutors, online, at a time that suits you. Study a single course or several, and in any combination! Read more.




Share your experiences of the Middle East

Exeter’s Arabic and Middle Eastern Society (AMES) are looking for alumni to take part in their societies events programme this term. If you have experience of living or working in the Middle East and would be happy to share your insights with currents students to help foster their interest in Middle Eastern Cultures, politics and languages please contact




Business News

Boardroom - gender pay story

Government plans to tackle gender pay only superficial, experts warn

New regulations requiring companies to report pay gaps between men and women are potentially “superficial” and will not necessarily tackle the complex reasons why females still have lower salaries. Read more



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University of Exeter Business School retains status as one of the world’s elite institutions

The School has been placed in the top 1 per cent of business schools worldwide by international assessors EQUIS, achieving the highest level of accreditation. EQUIS is a leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. Read more



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CEO of Unilever helps mark the fifth birthday of the University of Exeter’s One Planet MBA

New regulations requiring companies to report pay gaps between men and women are potentially “superficial” and will not necessarily tackle the complex reasons why females still have lower salaries. Read more



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Business and Applied Sciences Academy of North America (BAASANA) International Conference 2017

Conference Chair Professor Nazrul Islam would like to invite alumni to attend the Business and Applied Sciences Academy of North America (BAASANA) International Conference 2017 which will be held at the University of Exeter Business School from 16-18 August 2017. To purchase tickets please visit our online store.

A buffet lunch will be provided to all delegates on 17th and 18th August. This is included in the registration price, and there will be a drinks reception on 16th August for all delegates, as well as an optional gala dinner at Reed Hall on the 16th. The cost of the dinner is not included in the registration fee, but is available for £35 extra. Accommodation is also available at Holland Hall B&B for £60 a night. The deadline for booking accomodation is the 16th of June.



Life and Environment News

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Sustainability award for alumni business

A company set-up by two University of Exeter alumni was presented with the award for 'Best Contribution Towards Creating a Sustainable Food Economy’ at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards this month. Read more.



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Exeter research wins Elsevier Atlas prize

A University of Exeter research paper on using mobile phones to manage disease outbreaks has won a prestigious prize. The Elsevier Atlas prize is given to work which could “significantly impact people's lives around the world or has already done so”. Read more.



Engineering, Mathematics and Science News

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Exeter students reach final two in global competition

A team of students from the University of Exeter have reached the final knock-out round of an esteemed international competition, designed to help boost their career potential. Cameron Ballard and Max Beech are part of a team who have made it through to the final showdown in the celebrated City Internships competition – which sees the winning entry being given a fully-sponsored internship next summer. 



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New research in Malawi will help to secure raw materials for green technologies

Pioneering new insights into why high concentrations of some of the most rare and desirable natural elements - vital for the production of vital environmental, digital and security technologies – have been revealed. Pivotal new collaborative research, led by the world-famous Camborne School of Mines, provides a ground-breaking explanation of why remarkably high levels of these crucial earth elements are found at the Songwe Hill Rare Earth Project in Malawi, Southeast Africa. 

Medical News

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Experts given £4m to tackle world's most pressing health problems

Historians, literary scholars, social scientists and medical experts will work together to tackle some of the world’s most pressing public health issues as part of a new £4m research centre at the University of Exeter.  Projects will focus on maintaining health in later life, preventing obesity and mental illness in children, exploring the impact of social isolation on health, understanding and preventing burnout in health professionals, and tackling antimicrobial resistance. Read more.



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MBE for inspiring physiotherapist and researcher

A Senior Research Fellow and physiotherapist at the University of Exeter Medical School has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year 2017 Honours List. Dr Vicki Goodwin has been awarded the honour, presented for significant achievement or outstanding service to Physiotherapy. 



University News

Field Course Fortnight  

Field Course Fortnight

285 students. 35 academics. 8 field courses. 6 countries. 4 continents. 1 challenging fortnight. Students from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus blogged and tweeted their experiences from this year’s Field Course Fortnight. Read their stories online.




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Queen awards Exeter academics in New Year's Honours

Three outstanding academics at the University of Exeter have been recognised with prestigious awards in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list. The University’s Provost, Professor Janice Kay, has been awarded a CBE for services to higher education. Professor Mike Depledge, who set up the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School, has been awarded a CBE for services to environment and human health after he set up a pioneering research centre in the field. Dr Vicki Goodwin, a Senior Research Fellow at the Medical School, has been awarded an MBE for services to physiotherapy.


Food Trainer App  

Brain Training for healthy eating!

A research team within the Psychology Department are looking to raise £5,000 to develop a free iPhone version of their FoodTrainer (FoodT) app, a simple computer game which trains users to respond positively to healthy food and resist unhealthy ones. Results have shown that playing the game helps people to eat less and lose weight. Developing the app for use on an iPhone will mean that many more people will be able to access it. Read more on the project and crowdfunding campaign.


Cyber Security  

South West business people armed with techniques to combat cyber-crime at cyber security event

Members from Devon and Cornwall Police, Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez and the south west’s business community came together at an event at the Exeter Science Park. Read more 



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Exeter-based Simpleware eyes further development following recent acquisition by Silicon Valley software company

Exeter-based 3D image, data visualisation and analysis specialist Simpleware is eyeing further expansion following its recent acquisition by Synopsys, Inc., the world’s 15th largest software firm. Read more



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Exeter academics develop research that could benefit racehorse industry

Two Exeter researchers are developing a technique that has the ability to accurately predict the potential of racehorses, using genetic characteristics. Read more



Fast Track to Growth  

Devon Companies to take the Fast Track to Growth

Successful business programme Fast Track to Growth is returning for its second year, offering companies from across Devon the chance to benefit from free support to help them grow. Read more



Volunteering and Giving News

Lauren Churchman  

Volunteer in the Spotlight - Lauren Churchman

Volunteer in the Spotlight is a regular feature that highlights the alumni that help current students achieve more. Lauren Churchman (Spanish 2013) works in the Music Team at 6 Music, the BBC's alternative music radio station. Read our interview with Lauren here



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Annual Fund helps to deepen cultural understanding at the Institute of Islamic Studies

In 2015 the Arabic and Middle Eastern Society (AMES) secured a substantial grant from Exeter’s Annual Fund to expand the literature available at the Institute of Islamic Studies on Streatham Campus. 
The funding was secured in conjunction with the Islamic Studies Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) allowing Helena Scott, chair of the SSLC, and Tom Kent, President AMES, to start work. They aimed to gather foreign language literature to allow students the opportunity to browse genuine Arab and Islamic literature, helping them to improve their language skills and broaden their cultural understanding.



Alumni Mentors  

Alumni Mentors Make a Difference

The Career Mentor Scheme had another successful year in 2015/16, facilitating 430 mentoring partnerships between students and volunteer mentors. More than 80% of our mentors are alumni, giving a minimum of an hour a month to support a student through the opening stages of their career journey. Thank you to everyone who has taken part to date – as a result of your invaluable help and advice, students participants in the scheme are statistically more likely to be in a graduate level job 6 months after graduation. You can find out more and sign up to be a mentor online.



Alumnae Physics Post-16  

Exeter alumnae challenge gender inequality in post-16 Physics

Five Exeter graduates from Physics recently volunteered at an event on campus to support the University’s commitment and continuing efforts to tackle gender inequality in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) education and careers. Read more.



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Crowdfunding success for Exeter projects

Our community of alumni and supporters have recently helped two projects to get off the ground. £7,500 was raised to support research into Killer Whales currently at risk of extinction. Funds will be used to buy essential equipment such as un-manned aerial vehicles (drones) which will revolutionise understanding of killer whale behaviour by getting a birds eye view of social interactions. With this information the research team can refine their analysis of population viability and future predictions for the health and survival of these amazing animals.


In addition just over £1,000 was raised to enable undergraduate students to build a solar powered electric boat and enter it in to the World Cup of Solar Powered Boats. It’s an exciting project providing opportunities for students to showcase their engineering skills on an international platform and develop key transferable knowledge and skills relevant to renewable energy technologies.



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Autumn telethon success

Our autumn telethon ran for five weeks and saw a team of 40 students call over 1,400 alumni in the UK and USA. Many stories were relayed about Exeter both past and present and over £91,000 was pledged from many of those contacted to support a wide range of student-led projects, scholarships and bursaries. Thank you to everyone for your support. Our next telethon begins on Monday 30th January and our students look forward to speaking to many more of our alumni.



Sport News

Jessica Ho

Jessica Ho makes debut for Hong Kong Women's Rugby

Jessica, who plays scrum-half came back from injury to make the starting squad for the match against Fiji. The Hong Kong side needed a win in order to secure qualification for the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland.



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Tom Abell named as Captain for Somerset County Cricket Club

Somerset Cricket Club have named Tom Abell (Combined Honors 2015) as captain and the 22 year old will lead the side in the Specsavers County Championship. 





Thursday 2 February - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: 'Kissed by a Rose’

 University Great Hall


Thursday 2 February - The Exeter Brexit Lecture: Practice Meets Legal Analysis

 XFI Henderson Lecture Theatre


Tuesday 7 February - South West Alumnae Group visit to The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

 The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, The Old Library


Monday 6 February - Washington DC Alumni Reception

 British Embassy (Rotunda)


Wednesday 8 February - New York Alumni Reception

 British Consulate General New York


Wednesday 15 February - Business School Alumni Reception

 The Forum, London Stock Exchange


Tuesday 7 March South West Alumnae Group Speaker Evening

 Hotel du Vin


Friday 31 March - Imagining Cornwall’s Future: Views on Health, Ecology and the Ocean

 Daphne du Maurier Building, Penryn Campus


Thursday 27 April - Exe-X: Women and Leadership Reception – the Future of the Workplace

 The University Women’s Club, London


Saturday 29-Sunday 30 April - 2017 Annual Northcote Trophy Golf Weekend

 East Devon Golf Club and Dawlish Warren Golf Club


Saturday 1 July - Boat Club Alumni at Henley Royal Regatta

 Henley Cricket Club


Friday 18 August - 2017 Alumni Golf Day

 St George’s Hill Golf Club, Weybridge


Saturday 30 September-Thursday 5 October - EUC Holiday: The Beautiful




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Read about the latest book releases from our alumni community.


November 2016 Authors 

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BSO Side feature

BSO Concert - 60 Free Tickets Available for Alumni

We are pleased to announce that we have 60 free tickets to give away for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concert "Kissed by a Rose" at The Great Hall on Thursday 2nd February 2017. For more information visit the event page. Book your place via our online form.

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Gender and Leadership Masterclass

Whether you are a senior leader in the business, healthcare or medical sector, the new Executive Masters and Masterclass series will provide you with new insights into your leadership practice. This two-day Masterclass on 8th and 9th February 2017, focusses on initiatives to promote gender equality, aims to harness the talent of the best and the brightest leaders. Book your place here.


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Alumni in Russia and Germany - Save the Date!

Join us at an international alumni reception, an excellent opportunity to network and reconnect with old classmates.

Monday 6 March - Moscow Alumni ReceptionBritish Ambassador's Residence

Wednesday 8 March - Munich Alumni Reception, Museum Brandhorst


Cornwall Reception side feature 

Imagining Cornwall’s Future: Views on Health, Ecology and the Ocean

This is the first in a series of discussions at our Penryn Campus focusing on the role the University has to play in Cornwall’s future. Join us on Friday 31st March for an event exploring Cornwall’s exciting potential with some of our leading academics. Book your place here


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Charity Challenges

Both University of Exeter alumni and staff are involved in charity challenges this year.  

Adam Lees (Geography, 2010) is taking part in Mad2Run, a charity run from Johannesburg to Cape Town this April (7-14). The gruelling route covers 1520km that must be completed within 7 days by a team of 12 runners, each completing a minimum of 150km. 

Meanwhile, Professor Andrew Randall, Professor Jonathan Mill, Dr Talitha Kerrigan, Dr Francesco Tamagnini, Dr David Llewellyn and Dr Eilis Hannon will be joining a cycle ride from London to Paris this July, covering around 100 miles a day during the four day challenge in support of Alzheimer’s research.


Alumni benefits 

Alumni Discounts

Have a look at the wide range of exclusive alumni discounts available to you. From accommodation and travel in Devon or worldwide to home and shopping offers - there is something for everyone. 


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Winner of the Bovey Castle prize draw

Thank you to everyone that entered our prize draw for an overnight stay at Bovey Castle. We have conducted a random draw and are delighted to announce that Joanne Polkinghorne (Accountancy & Finance, 2003) is the winner! Congratulations Joanne!




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