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Thank you for helping to make the exceptional happen


Back in February we launched our largest ever philanthropic Campaign, ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’, with the aim of raising £60 million and 60,000 volunteering hours by 2020.

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and supporters, earlier this week we were able to announce that we have reached 50% of our target with three years still to go.

Your commitment to Exeter through gifts of time has also been exceptional. So far the University has received 56,172 volunteering hours - 94% of our Campaign target.

You can keep up-to-date with Campaign activity, view the latest case studies and learn more about getting involved via our website:


Alumni News

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Join the alumni choir!

A Choral Eucharist for St Luke's Day
Wednesday 18th October, 5.30pm, St Luke's Chapel, Heavitree Road, Exeter

A celebration of the work of St Luke's campus and a dedication for the forthcoming academic year. Followed by a drinks reception.

Alumni who would like to be part of a one-off alumni choir for the service are invited to contact Rev Hannah Alderson, St Luke's Chaplain,



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Fifty years on - memories of Exeter

Over the summer we shared a clip from Westward TV’s series ‘The Privileged?’ filmed at the University of Exeter in the late sixties. Two of those interviewed in the film were Val Manning neé Adamson (Physics, 1967) and Don Clark (PGCE, 1967), who were filmed shopping and then back at the house where their respective flats were. They have remained friends ever since and we were delighted to be able to catch-up with them about their memories of Exeter. Read more online.





Making the Exceptional Happen in schools - Headteacher of the Year Alan Gray

Exeter alumnus Alan Gray (Chemistry, 1979) was recently named TES Headteacher of the Year for his leadership of Sandringham School in Hertfordshire. Since taking over in 2005, Alan has taken the school from strength to strength, with performance well above the national average and rated outstanding by Ofsted. Read more online.




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Innovate Energy wins Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award

New start-up, Innovate Energy, founded by recent graduates from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall have just won £5000 to invest in their business, which will hire out battery packs to charge mobile phones. They will also go forward to Shell Livewires Young Entrepreneur of the Year with the chance of winning £25,000. Read more online.

Social Sciences News


Apply now for exciting Masters programmes for 2018/19

Strategy and Security Studies is a core research interest of our Politics and International Relations department. We offer a suite of Masters programmes built around innovative approaches to the areas of conflict, security and development; strategy and security; and security, conflict and human rights. Each programme is tailored to suit particular career or academic aspirations. Features vary and include integrated work placements, research assistantships, simulation exercises, field trips, outside speakers, and practitioner-led workshops. Funding awards are also available.
New for the Graduate School of Education this academic year is a MA Education Online is an innovative programme designed to equip students with the skills to succeed in a wide variety of educational contexts. It offers a rich curriculum examining theory, research, policy and practice in the field of education globally. Online applications are now open for all 2018/19 Masters study programmes within SSIS


SSIS alumni volunteering success

A staggering 241 SSIS alumni gave their time in 2016-17 taking part in a whole range of activities in support of the student and alumni community. The main areas of activity saw alumni giving their time to support the student experience and improve career prospects. 129 alumni took part in career activities through central careers programmes such as our mentoring scheme, 12 supported student society activities, 61 supported curriculum, careers, widening participation and recruitment activities within the college itself and 21 supported similar activities in other colleges. 38 alumni were involved in alumni facing activities such as supporting our alumni networks or providing valuable strategic advice and guidance to University staff. If you’d like to find out how you can give your time in 2017-18 as a SSIS alumnus please contact Alison Gordon, Alumni Engagement Officer for SSIS ( You can read more online about the range of volunteering opportunities.





New data experts graduate from the University of Exeter

The first of a new generation of social science students trained at the Exeter Q Step Centre to analyse vast amounts of data while completing degrees in politics or sociology have graduated from the University of Exeter this summer. The group is trained to apply numerical evidence and use statistical software in their social research and have worked with organisations such as Devon and Cornwall Police and polling company ComRes as part of their course. The Exeter Q-Step Centre is one of 15 funded across the UK through the Q-Step initiative, funded by Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Higher Education Funding Council for England, to foster social science students’ ability to handle data and develop quantitative skills.



Life and Environment News


Mine waste water project seeks gold in International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM)

This November, a team of undergraduate students from the University of Exeter will travel to the USA in their campaign to take home a fourth gold medal in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM). The competition sees interdisciplinary teams from Universities across the world work on projects to build genetically engineered systems using standard biological parts called BioBricks, to solve real-world challenges. The Exeter team will present the results of their project to the iGEM community at the Giant Jamboree event in Boston, USA. Read more online.




£2.85m for first PhD programme to tackle antimicrobial resistance

The Medical Research Foundation (MRF) is investing £2.85m to create a PhD programme that will train new scientists to explore ways to tackle antimicrobial resistance, one of the greatest emerging threats to human health. The first intake of the Antimicrobial Resistance PhD Training Programme will fully fund 18 students for four years at 16 universities across the UK, including the University of Exeter. Read more online.


Engineering, Mathematics and Science News


Mine waste water project seeks gold in International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM)

This November, a team of undergraduate students from the University of Exeter will travel to the USA in their campaign to take home a fourth gold medal in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM). The competition sees interdisciplinary teams from Universities across the world work on projects to build genetically engineered systems using standard biological parts called BioBricks, to solve real-world challenges. The Exeter team will present the results of their project to the iGEM community at the Giant Jamboree event in Boston, USA. Read more online.




CSM in the City

Earlier this month, 50 alumni from the Camborne School of Mines met at Gowling WLG in London for an event hosted by CSM in partnership with Blytheweigh, to enjoy networking over drinks and canapes. Professor Kip Jeffrey, Head of Camborne School of Mines, gave an informal yet informative talk on the current status of Camborne School of Mines and exciting developments ahead. The event was a lovely opportunity for alumni to reconnect with staff from CSM and receive an update on recent successes. You can find out about future alumni events online.




Riding the wave: pioneering research tames Nanoquakes

Researchers from the University of Exeter have pioneered a new technique to control high frequency sound waves, commonly found within everyday devices such as mobile phones. The research team, led by Professor Geoff Nash from the University of Exeter, have created a new structure that can manipulate the extreme frequency sound waves – also known as surface acoustic waves or ‘nanoquakes’, as they run across the surface of a solid material in a similar manner to earthquake tremors on land. Read more online.



Medical News


Share your experience: Medical Sciences alumni event - Monday 30th October 2017

We are looking for Medical Sciences alumni to come back to Exeter and speak to our current students about their first career step after University. If you live in the UK and are a graduate from Medical Sciences, would you be willing to visit campus to share your experience with students? We are looking for as wide a range of different career paths as possible, including non-scientific roles. The University will reimburse expenses for alumni volunteers. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Jess Greenaway.




Can singing help overcome impact of strokes?

Researchers are seeking volunteers to help study the benefits of singing groups for people with a communication disorder associated with strokes. Aphasia is a speech and language disorder caused by damage to the brain and it is thought that around one in three people who have had a stroke experience it to some degree. Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School are now seeking volunteers in Devon and Cornwall to take part in a research trial called Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA) to determine whether group singing sessions can help reduce the impact the disorder has on people’s lives. Read more online.





Dementia researchers raise thousands for Alzheimer’s Society in epic bike challenge

Dementia researchers raise thousands for Alzheimer’s Society in epic bike challenge
Five dementia researchers at the University of Exeter have pedalled over an epic 350 miles from London to Paris, raising thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s Society in a gruelling four day challenge. The team has raised more than £11,000 towards their £12,000 target to boost the Society’s ground-breaking dementia research, and they still hope to achieve their goal. Read more and donate online.



University News




Global rankings rate Exeter in top 1 per cent of world universities

The University of Exeter has remained in the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide in a respected global league table released today, 5 September 2017. The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings place Exeter at 130th in the world, and at sixteenth in the UK (up from 17 last year). Read more online.



3,000 turn out for Science in the Square

More than 3,000 people joined scientists from the University of Exeter for a fun-filled day in Falmouth last month. Experts shared their knowledge of a range of subjects – under the theme “Why on Earth?” – including why animals make friends, why some have weapons and why sea turtles cross oceans. Read more online.




Volunteering and Giving News


Sanctuary Scholarships – Education without borders

The University of Exeter has launched a Sanctuary Scholarships scheme, which is available for people who are seeking asylum, have limited leave to remain, ‘humanitarian protection’ or refugee status, and International Care Leavers. So far we have funded two undergraduate students and hope to be able to extend this opportunity to more. In the coming weeks we will be catching up with the students to understand the impact of the funding. You can support the scholarship fund online.




Future Exeter students benefit from alumni stories

At our most recent Open Day, prospective Exeter students were able to meet alumnus Nik Rahmel (BSc Information Technology Management for Business 2015). Nik spent the day on campus, inspiring visitors and their families about where a degree from Exeter could take them. Read more online.




Volunteer in the Spotlight - Wenjie Lee

Volunteer in the Spotlight is a regular feature that highlights dedicated volunteers who support other alumni, students and the university in many different ways. Wenjie Lee (MSC Accounting and Finance 2012), is currently working as a Manager at Investment Bank Headquarters of Everbright Securities Co., Ltd. in Shanghai. Wenjie is a Country Contact ambassador for China and helped establish the Exeter China Alumni Association (ECAA) in 2012. Read more online.




Researcher Development Careers Day

PhD students and postdoctoral researchers recently enjoyed a day of careers talks about working outside academia after their doctorate. Four Exeter PhD graduates shared a session about careers in research outside Higher Education organisations and spoke about their careers, current work and discussed particular challenges to help advise young researchers. Read more online.



Sport News




Cricketers Storm to Victory in Kia Super League

Three alumni and former sports scholars were in the winning Western Storm squad that defeated Southern Vipers in the Women’s Crickey Super League at Sussex Cricket Ground. Read more about their journey to the final in Sports News.




Strong presence from University Alumni and current students at Gareth Steenson's testimonial match

Current students Jack Rouse and Simon Linsell were joined by Alumni Hayden Thomas, James Hanks, Neil Clark, Jamie Fleming, George Fleming, Andrew Dudley, Joesph Satt and Director of Rugby at Exeter University and Exeter Chiefs Match Day Manager Keith Fleming. They took to the field, either carrying water or trying to carry the ball, for Exeter Chiefs’ club legend and Premiership Champion Gareth Steenson in his Testimonial game against the Classic Lions earlier this month. Read more online.




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Exeter alumae take to the stage at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup

Five Exeter alumnae representing three different nations headed to the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 which was held in Ireland. Reflecting on Exeter’s Women’s Rugby World Cup involvement Director of Sport Alison Davidson commented “It’s fantastic to have so many of our alumnae who have graduated from our University rugby programme involved in the most prestigious event in women’s rugby.”  Read more online.




University and Exeter Chiefs to offer rugby PhD

The University of Exeter has teamed up with Exeter Chiefs rugby club to fund a PhD study into the injury risks facing young rugby players. The fully funded PhD student will investigate risk factors for injuries in Exeter Chiefs academy players. The results will be used to inform the way training is carried out, and possibly for other interventions to help aspiring rugby stars. Read more online.








South West Alumnae Group (Female Graduates) – Starting your own Business

On Tuesday 3 October the South West Alumnae Group are delighted to welcome as their guest speaker Sam Delbaere, founder of Transition Tradition Limited.
Hotel Du Vin, Magdalen Street, Exeter, Devon EX2 4HY


Invitational Golf Day at Denham Golf Club

Alumni, supporters and guests are invited to the fifth EUAGS Invitational Golf Day on 12 October at Denham GC, Buckinghamshire. The event has proved popular in past years, offering an enjoyable day’s golf and the opportunity to meet up with alumni and friends. For further details and booking information please go to the events page.


House of Lords reception

Alumni are once again invited to attend an exclusive evening reception at the House of Lords on 9 November, hosted by Lord Teverson. Lord Myners of Truro, the University’s Chancellor will also be in attendance to welcome everyone. This is a unique opportunity to visit this prestigious building and to hear the latest news from the University as well as meeting up with friends from your time at Exeter. To book, please visit the website.


Global Conversation in Hong Kong

Join this Global Conversation public lecture on 13 November at Hutchison House in Hong Kong to hear from world-leading dementia expert Professor Clive Ballard, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the University of Exeter Medical School. In “Can we Prevent Dementia?” Professor Ballard will showcase some of the latest research in this field before you have the opportunity to pose questions to the experts during a panel Q&A session, followed by drinks and canapes. For more information and to book, please see the website.


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Erasmus is 30!

Did you take part in the Erasmus programme? The scheme turns 30 this year and we’re looking for your stories. Share your update online or email


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International Alumni Awards 2017-18: Now Open!

Applications for the annual British Council Alumni Awards are now open. These awards honour the outstanding achievements made by alumni who can demonstrate how their UK education has impacted on their subsequent success. The awards are open to alumni who studied at the University of Exeter within the last 15 years (i.e. 2002 or later) and now live outside the UK. Closing date for applications: Monday 2 October 2017. Find out full details and apply via the Alumni Awards 2017-18 webpage.  




Lazenby visit marks 50 years since graduation

In July 2017, ten Exeter alumni returned to the Streatham Campus, many of them having not visited since their graduation 50 years ago. They travelled from their homes all over the world - from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Germany to visit Lazenby house on the edge of the Streatham Campus, where many of them lived during their studies. Read more online.



World 100 reputation network survey

Alumni are invited to participate in a national survey, hosted by the World 100 Reputation Network, about university reputation. The survey will take around 5 minutes to complete, and all those completing the survey will be eligible to enter into a prize draw to win one of two £100 Amazon vouchers or 16 £50 Amazon vouchers. Please fill out the survey online.


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Alumni share their “Industry Insights” in Hong Kong

The Exeter Hong Kong Alumni Group (EHKAG) held their annual employability event at the stunning LinkedIn headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday 24 May 2017. This event saw alumni from a range of career sectors (law, finance, marketing and environment) present their career journeys since graduation from University of Exeter to an audience of local alumni, current students and prospective students. Read more online.



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