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Sports Scholars Programme celebrates 20 years!


The University of Exeter Sports Scholarship Scheme is one of the most prestigious in the UK, helping the best student athletes reach their full potential. The scheme provides a comprehensive support package and is tailored to suit the needs of each individual athlete. Many of our graduating scholars have progressed to a professional level in their chosen sport and represented their respective countries on the global stage.

Since the programme was launched in 1999, nearly 200 students have benefited from the support on offer. Many of them have been able to achieve their goals thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. With your help, we can support many more. Visit our Crowdfunding page to see where the funding goes.


Alumni News


My Career Zone Digital: Your complete digital careers resource at your fingertips

Whether you are still searching for your dream job or you just want to undertake some professional development within your current role, My Career Zone Digital is the perfect online tool for you. Within My Career Zone Digital you have access to a wide range of fantastic resources from sector reports, IT and workplace skills e-learning, career assessments, interview simulation, CV and Cover Letter builders, and much more. My Career Zone Digital is just one of the advantages of being an Exeter alum and having access to Careers Forever! Please read Marie John's (Sociology, 2017) recent blog to find out what tools she has found most useful within My Career Zone Digital.


Alumni return to campus wedding venue to celebrate 50 years together

Dr Mary Griffiths née Cornelius (History and Politics, 1969) and Eric Griffiths (European Studies, 1969) were married at the Mary Harris Chapel on Streatham Campus in April 1969 just prior to graduating. This Easter weekend they returned with friends and family to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary!

Read more of their Exeter story online.


Enter our prize draw!

How much do you know about Exeter?! Take part in our quick quiz and you could win a two-night stay for two at Bovey Castle Hotel, including a three-course dinner and spa treatment.

Enter online here.


Social Sciences Alumni Return for Q&A and Networking with Exeter Scholars Students

A panel of alumni from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies recently attended an Exeter Scholars event, answering questions posed by Year 12 students on this prestigious programme, followed by a round table networking session.

It was an excellent opportunity for the Exeter Scholars students to listen to former students’ experiences and ask for advice.

Read the full story online.


Celebrating our alumni authors

Congratulations to our alumni authors who have recently had their books published. This month we have non-fiction books from Mark Simmonds (French, 1986) on mental health; Betsy Campbell, (PhD Management Studies, 2014) on innovation and entrepreneurship; Chris Hanvey (English, 1971) on services for children and young people in the UK; and a fiction book from David Axtell (English, 1968) called The Beast of Stoke Woods.
Take a look at the latest books available from our alumni authors online.


Weekend ‘Business Brunch’ launched in Hong Kong

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.

Read more.


Calling all Campus Cinema alumni!

Campus Cinema are hosting a gala at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum on 7 June, to celebrate the society's 70th anniversary and they would love society alumni to attend. If you were a part of Campus Cinema during your time at Exeter and would like to be part of the celebrations, please email with your details and we will keep you up-to-date!


University News


Business School accredited by prestigious international body

The University of Exeter Business School has joined an elite group of international institutions to achieve the coveted “triple crown” accreditation status.

Following a rigorous assessment process, the Business School has gained accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), based in the United States.

Having already gained accreditations from EQUIS and AMBA, the Business School has now officially gained triple accreditation, held by less than one hundred business schools globally – fewer than one per cent – and placing Exeter among the very best worldwide.

Find out more online.


Alumni Annual Fund supports 86 more student projects

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and supporters, the Alumni Annual Fund has been able to award grants to a further 86 student projects this year. Donations have supported initiatives across all campuses, colleges and disciplines, impacting upon over 12,000 students. Projects to receive support are wide-ranging in nature, demonstrating the breadth of student activity taking place at Exeter. Highlights include Enactus Exeter receiving money to enable them to design a furnace which burns agricultural waste to produce Biochar in Kenya; a grant to support Shotgun Theatre’s production of Bonnie and Clyde; funding for the CSM Lacrosse Club to purchase new equipment; and an award to the Little Bean Food Poverty Project, which aims to establish a social food shop to combat hidden food poverty within Exeter and fill the current gap in the market between food banks and supermarkets.

The Alumni Annual Fund supports the extra-curricular activities that help to make Exeter such a fantastic place to study, enhancing our students’ skills and experiences. All gifts, of every size, are appreciated as together they can be transformational. To make a contribution, please click here.


CSM receive £1.3m software donation from global petroleum experts

Students at the Camborne School of Mines will be able to gain fascinating new insights into 3D geological modelling of the subsurface, though pioneering new software.

CSM has secured a new licensing agreement with Petroleum Experts (Petex), a leading developer of optimization software for the oil and gas industries.

The Scotland-based firm has donated 10 licenses of its MOVE software package to CSM, based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall, for research and training purposes.

Read the full story online.


Exeter subjects among very best nationwide, according to new influential rankings

The University of Exeter’s subjects across the sciences and humanities are among the very best in the country, according to the latest influential league table.

Thirty-six subjects are ranked in the top 20, with 26 in the top ten in the Complete University Guide 2020, released today.

Among the top performers are Sports Science, Anthropology, Business and Management Studies and Medical Technology all positioned 3rd in the country.

Read the full story online.


Volunteering News


Alumni Volunteer Awards celebrate individual impact

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.

Staff, students and fellow alumni all came forward to nominate alumni volunteers involved in an array of projects both in the UK and internationally and we are delighted to announce our shortlisted nominees!


Volunteer in the Spotlight: Rob Quartly-Janeiro (MSc International Management, 2012)

Rob Quartly-Janeiro (MSc International Management, 2012), currently works as Director (EMEA) at Export Action Global (EAG). Rob volunteers as a member of the Exetra Committee (organising events and activities for recent alumni) and recently helped review Exeter’s MSc International Management course.

We asked Rob about his experience at Exeter, career and being a volunteer.

Read the interview online.


Volunteers share “Industry Insights” across China

Three employability events took place in China during April 2019 with thanks to the volunteer network group, Exeter China Alumni Association (ECAA)

More than 120 alumni attended events across three cities (Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen), which involved presentations from 16 alumni from different industries about their careers since graduation, followed by in-depth discussion and Q&A. These events help fulfil the ECAA’s objective of helping to inspire graduate careers and provide networking opportunities.

Read more.


Alumni join moot judging panel

Exeter Law School hosted the Devon Chambers moot final at the UK Supreme Court in London on 4 March. The competition was judged by a panel which included alumni Andrew Worthley (LLB 2003) and Charlotte MacKenzie (LLB 2010). The competitors put forward well-researched submissions in excellently executed oral submissions.

Ella Worsley, Y2 Law, was a deserving winner and shared her thanks: "The Devon Chambers final was fantastic - very nerve-wracking, lots of hard work but such a valuable experience and I was honoured to win! Charlotte and Andrew were so helpful with their feedback, and it was great to see where a degree from Exeter can take you."


New Work Shadowing Scheme Launched

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.

Find out more online.


Sport News


Last Gasp for Gold-Men’s Hockey 1st team clinch BUCS Gold in dramatic final

Exeter Men’s Hockey 1st team have taken BUCS Championship Gold at Big BUCS Wednesday for the first time since 2011-2012.

Following the final, captain Will Carter-Keall (3rd year BSC Economics) commented "Finishing my three years with a BUCS gold is an amazing feeling. I'm so proud of the team, building on last years successes to make us the best university team in the country. To captain the boys has been a privilege, and to achieve all that we have in these two years is something I will never forget!"

Read the full report online.


BUCS Golden Double-EUWRFC Sweep 7s and 15s Titles

To cap off a dream season EUWRFC have done the BUCS Golden double and take the 7s title to back up their 15s triumph at Twickenham.

Head of Women’s Rugby Coach Jo Yapp commented “Having not won the 7s since 2013-2014 it was great to have Exeter back in the final which is testament to the effort the girls have put in over the past few years. Being able to do the 15s and 7s double in the same year shows the mental strength and resilience of the squad with limited 7s preparation and a high academic workload.

Read the story from the 7s. And the match report from Twickenham.



Sublime season for Exeter Sailing as they dominate BUCS

The University of Exeter Sailing Club have had their best season to date taking BUCS Gold in Yachting, Fleet and Team racing Championships. They finish the season as the no.1 ranked University institution for sailing in the UK.

Read more online.


Northcote Trophy retained by students

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.

Read the full report.






Tuesday, 4 June 6-8pm
South West Alumnae Group Speaker Event
Building:One Kolade Teaching Room, University of Exeter Business School

The South West Alumnae Group will be welcoming as their guest speaker Professor Stephen Rippon. Stephen is a landscape archaeologist with interests focused on the Roman and medieval periods in Britain and mainland North West EuropeHe will share a brief update on some exciting developments across the department, followed by a more in-depth overview of the local Ipplepen Project, for which he is the University lead. Register online now.


Saturday, 8 June, 2-6pm
Exeter University Singers - Come and Sing event
Mary Harris Chapel, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

Exeter University Singers warmly invites all alumni members to unite with the current choir for a Come and Sing Workshop! The afternoon will provide an opportunity to sing the choir’s favourite repertoire from across the choir’s history (including suggestions from our alumni!) and a time to meet old and new friends from the choir, and share our stories and memories of the group. Register online now.


Monday, 10 June, 6-8pm
2019 Alumni Reunion in Bogotá, Colombia
BASILIC Bar, Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia, Carrera 13 # 85-80 Cundinamarca

Join alumni in Bogotá, Colombia for an informal reunion and opportunity to meet visiting University of Exeter staff.

This will be a great opportunity to meet with other Exeter alumni and reconnect with old classmates. Professor Mark Goodwin (Deputy Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement) will be visiting Colombia at this time and will be available to share news from the University. Please complete the online registration form.


Tuesday, 11 June, 6.15-9pm 
Business in a Circular Economy
London Stock Exchange, 10 Paternoster Square

Business is going through a major transformation, driven by economic, environmental and resource challenges. The Circular Economy moves away from the traditional and costly take – make – dispose economic model with a new approach to processes; including designing waste out, rejuvenating products to a high standard, sharing mutually beneficial resources with other companies and more. Join us at this exclusive alumni event at the London Stock Exchange from 18:15 on 11 June, to hear from some of the world’s leading experts in this innovative area.  Register online now.


Thursday, 13 June, 7pm 
Music for a Summer Evening
Mary Harris Chapel, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

The evening promises to be a wonderful occasion taking place in the beautiful acoustics of the Mary Harris Chapel on campus at 7pm. No need to book, just turn up and grab a pew!

This light-hearted event will be the choir's final concert before they head off on tour to South Germany, taking with them a wealth of exciting repertoire and music to share with the people of Ravensburg, Weingarten, and Salem. Do join us for a splendid evening of lovely music and an opportunity to meet the choir and their director, Michael Graham, over a glass of Pimms afterwards.


Saturday, 6 July, 12.30-2pm
Henley Royal Regatta Drinks Reception
Henley Cricket Club, 107-108 Remenham Lane, Henley-on-Thames

The University’s rowing programme continues to develop and grow and this event provides an opportunity for the Club to thank supporters for their part in another successful year for rowing at Exeter. The event is open to all Exeter alumni and friends and will take place in the grounds of Henley Cricket Club during the lunchtime break from racing (usually between 1-2pm) on Saturday, 6 July 2019. If you are able to join us please register here


Saturday, 27 July, 7pm-midnight
Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry Class of 2009 Reunion
Reed Hall, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Sign up for this alumni-organised 10 year reunion at Reed Hall. Food, drink, dancing and reminiscing are all part of what promises to be a great night - more details available online.


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