160 alumni celebrated the University’s Diamond Jubilee at a black tie dinner in April, whilst alumni from every decade from the 1940s to the 2000s joined us for the launch of the Diamond Jubilee International Garden in May. Photographs from both events are on our website and if you’ve missed these opportunities to get involved, look out for more in our events newsletter in June and see details of our Finale Concert below. You can watch some footage of The Queen visiting Exeter to present our Charter back on 8 May 1956 on our website and we are still collecting your Exeter memories and photos so get in touch to share them.
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Diamond Jubilee Gala Dinner


160 alumni celebrated the University’s Diamond Jubilee at a black tie dinner in April, whilst alumni from every decade from the 1940s to the 2000s joined us for the launch of the Diamond Jubilee International Garden in May. Photographs from both events are on our website and if you’ve missed these opportunities to get involved, look out for more in our events newsletter in June and see details of our Finale Concert below.

You can watch some footage of The Queen visiting Exeter to present our Charter back on 8 May 1956 on our website and we are still collecting your Exeter memories and photos so get in touch to share them.


Alumni News


Alumni entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial alumni are making a splash with innovations in areas from children’s language learning to HR to ethical and sustainable products. Hear from graduates Alex Somervell about Onethirdstories, Tom Carrington Smith about CharlieHR and Ali Redfern about North South Apparel.



Leave or stay  

EU referendum – leaveorstay?

When Exeter student Nick Platt realised that many of his fellow students were unsure which way to vote in the referendum, he and a team of fellow computer science students went off and invented leaveorstay, a digital platform to give everyone the information they need to decide which box to tick on the Thursday 23 June. Try it out today by visiting the website.




Student Guild Logo  

Students go above and beyond with alumni support

This year’s Guild Awards Shortlist features a number of nominees that received alumni support through the Annual Fund. The Guild Awards recognise the many students that go above and beyond to enhance the Exeter experience for their fellow students, or contribute to the local community. Winners will be announced on 6 June.




Cary Arms  

Win a stay in Cary Arms Beach Hut

Renowned five star inn the Cary Arms in Devon’s Babbacombe Bay is offering one lucky alumni winner and a guest an indulgent night stay in one of its newly launched luxury Beach Huts. The new Cary Spa also opens this summer with a glass-fronted pool and sunbathing deck offering panoramic vistas along the unspoilt Jurassic coastline. To enter please visit our website.



An evening with Floella  

An Evening with Floella

Young graduates have a special opportunity to spend an evening at the Ritz with Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE DL. Organised by the recent alumni group Exetra, this will be a brilliant opportunity for alumni who graduated over the last ten years to say goodbye to our former Chancellor, as well as meet with fellow alumni over drinks and canapes at this iconic venue. To sign up please visit our website.



Humanities News


New £1.2m Digital Humanities research space

University of Exeter experts will be able to examine and preserve important historical objects thanks to a new £1.2m Digital Humanities research space. The investment in the Digital Humanities laboratories will allow researchers to use high-tech equipment to find out more about our cultural heritage and creative past and share their discoveries with the public.


Photo credit: Graham Fereday and Richard Webb



Ellie March  

Humanities alumna wins prestigious archaeology research prize

Recent Archaeology alumna, Ellie March, has won the prestigious Geoff Egan Prize of the Finds Research Group (FRG). It is a national prize that is awarded annually to an individual in recognition of extraordinary potential in the field of finds research in the post-Roman to modern periods.

Middlebrow Cinema  

New book by Professor Sally Faulkner exploring ‘middlebrow cinema’ published

Professor Faulkner’s latest publication, which is the first study of its kind, comprises of eleven original essays that explore the term ‘middlebrow’ across a range of cultures including Europe, Asia and the Americas from the 1930’s up until the present day.


Social Science News

Teaching awards 2016  

Politics and International Relations Success at the Teaching Awards 2016

Exeter’s best lecturers were recognised by students at the Teaching Awards 2016 on 28 April, and three academic staff in our Politics and International Relations department were recognised for their contribution to their students’ experience.



Pathways law  

Future South West lawyers to benefit from £1m programme

More aspiring lawyers from non-privileged homes in the South West will benefit from a pioneering initiative designed to widen access to the legal profession. The University will continue to offer the Sutton Trust’s Pathways to Law programme, which will provide four years of support to young people as they progress through education. Experts help them to apply for a university or training place.


Business News

Solar panels

Taiwanese Government should provide more support for solar panel industry, advise Exeter Researchers

A study by Exeter Dr Jeff Jia from the University's Business School, and Hui Sun and Lenny Koh, from the University of Sheffield School of Management, has recommended that the Taiwanese government should provide subsidies for the solar panel industry to help it survive in that country. The study found that solar photovoltaic production in Taiwan is not competitive, and more support should be given to producers through publicly-funded research and development.

Gerry Brown  

Alumnus Gerry Brown talks to Exeter corporate partners about the life of an Independent Director

The third Business Leaders Forum event of 2015/16 saw alumnus Gerry Brown (Economics and Economic History 1966), Chairman of Novaquest Management, present on the good, the bad and the ugly involved in the role of the Independent Director.

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards  

Business School student to represent UK at Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

A final year Business School student has been selected to represent the UK at the World Finals of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) in Bangkok in May. The annual competition is open to students who have created and run their own business for at least six months, alongside their studies.


Exeter and Fudan to launch double degree programmes in Economics

A new double degree programme offered by the University of Exeter and Fudan University will give students access to business and economics expertise from the East and the West. Launching in September 2016, this cosmopolitan programme will allow students to complement their studies with a year on the opposite side of the world, leading to a Masters degree from each of these universities.



Life and Environment News


Crucial interaction between fire and mankind explored in new research

A pioneering team of international researchers have devised a ‘manifesto for fire science’ to explore the pivotal relationship that exists between mankind and fire, on a global stage.



Facility opening  

New £1M facility to reveal the secrets of marine microbial communities one member at a time

The University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory have unveiled a state of the art facility for the study of environmental microbes. The environmental Single Cell Genomics facility (eSCG), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and the Wolfson Foundation, has been created to study the genomic characteristics of individual cells without the usual requirement to culture and grow them.  


Too much sex causes genitals to change shape, beetle study shows

Sexual conflict between males and females can lead to changes in the shape of their genitals, according to research on burying beetles by University scientists. The study, published in the journal Evolution, provides new evidence that conflict over how often mating takes place can lead to males evolving longer penis-like organs and females larger ‘claws’ on their genitalia, within ten generations.




Pregnant mothers may shield unborn young from damage and risk their own mortality

Mammals can protect their unborn young from harmful chemicals in their blood even at the expense of their own survival odds, a study into mongooses conducted by Exeter researchers suggests.



Engineering, Mathematics and Science News

MEP Clare Moody

South West MEP takes policy advice from scientists at Penryn Campus

South West MEP Clare Moody visited the University's Penryn Campus to take advice from leading academics on the issues of energy policy and gender equality. The Labour MEP met a range of experts during a full day of discussions and presentations at the University, and was shown state-of-the-art campus facilities which include a current flume that allows simulated tidal and marine currents for hydro-dynamic experiments.



Tim Peake  

Exeter space experts join astronaut Tim Peake in school project

Researchers from the University are taking part in a school project which will feature a live space hook up with the astronaut Tim Peake on the International Space Station (ISS).


Image Credit: ESA/NASA


Medicine News

Person running

Exercise helps you live longer, evidence shows

Exercise is associated with a longer life in patients with heart failure, according to research by the University of Exeter Medical School. The findings were presented at Heart Failure 2016 and the 3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure.



Harsh environment  

Exeter launches world’s first Extreme Medicine Masters programme

The University's Medical School has teamed up with World Extreme Medicine to launch the world’s first Masters programme to equip healthcare professionals to practise medicine in the world’s most remote and challenging environments.





Survey asks why South West GPs are leaving their jobs

As the UK faces major challenges in sustaining the GP workforce, a new research project sets out to understand why some GPs are leaving their jobs to take early retirement or career breaks.




University News

Shooting up the rankings

University placed 35th globally in latest influential rankings

The University has reinforced its position amongst the leading universities both nationally and internationally, according to the latest influential global rankings. The Leiden University World Rankings 2016 positions Exeter 35th internationally, 8th in Europe and 6th in the UK.




£3 million PhD scholarship funding scheme launched

The University has launched the Diamond Jubilee Doctoral Scholarships Match Fund to bring the brightest and the best researchers to Exeter regardless of their financial circumstances. The Fund will support talented UK and international PhD students to conduct world class research in their field with the direct support of Exeter friends and alumni.



Paddon Awards  

Theme of Celebration Inspires Paddon Award Entries

This year’s cross-arts competition, the Paddon Award, invited entries from Exeter students, staff and alumni on the theme of 'celebration', to coincide with the University's Diamond Jubilee year. You can view all the winning and shortlisted entries in a special online gallery.

Penryn 800  

Penryn 800 celebrations

Saturday 27 August will see people process through Penryn in full Exeter academic regalia as part of the Penryn 800 celebrations. Penryn is the historical (and current) seat of Cornish learning. Find out more about the Penryn 800 celebrations on the Visit Penryn website



Volunteering & Giving


Coming soon – Volunteers' week

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-12 June 2016. Look out for our online gallery on our website where we’ll be profiling some of our brilliant volunteers who help our students and our University to thrive.

David Mark  

Become a Career Mentor

David Mark (French and German 1979), Executive Director at MSCI mentored final year student Hannah Robinson as part of the University’s Career Mentor Scheme. David lives and works in Germany but this was no obstacle to acting as a mentor. Their partnership has been a great success, culminating in Hannah being offered a position on the Aon Graduate Programme.





Alumni support helps smash boundaries in women’s cricket

The generous support of two Exeter alumni is to provide a major boost to women’s cricket in the region. Professor Jenny Harrow (Politics 1968) and Stephen Harrow (History 1967) are supporting the University’s involvement in the Women’s Cricket Super League, to drive student and community participation while also helping to develop some of the country’s brightest talent.



Rowing winners  

Boat Club make waves at Regatta

Exeter University Boat Club (EUBC) have had another fantastic competition weekend, this time at the BUCS Regatta 2016 in Nottingham. The three day event saw the Exeter squad take 6th place in the overall Victor Ludorum.



Northcote Trophy  

Alumni win back the Northcote Trophy

This year’s Northcote Trophy Alumni team was under new leadership in the form of Roger Peek. Following several inspirational team talks, the Alumni challenged the students in every match, in what was a very closely contested and enjoyable weekend of team golf. To view photographs from this event please visit our website




Tuesday 7 June - South West Alumnae Group Networking Evening - June
Hotel Du Vin, Exeter (formerly Magdalen Chapter)

Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 June - EUC Annual Outing and Weekend
Lacock Abbey, Lanlock, Wiltshire SN15 2LG

Thursay 23 June - Exetra - An Evening with Floella
The Ritz, London


Monday 25 July - Business School Informal Networking Evening
Institute of Directors Wine Bar, London

Friday 19 August - Alumni Golf Day
St George's Hill Golf Club, Surrey

Thursday 06 October - Autumn Invitation Golf Day

Wimbledon Park Golf Club, London


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Isle of Wight Festival

Prize Draw: Win 2 Isle of Wight Festival Tickets

We have two pairs of tickets to next month’s Isle of Wight festival to give away to our alumni! Generously donated by alumnus and festival organiser John Giddings as he had such a great time at Exeter as a student. To enter, simply like the prize draw post on our Facebook page and send an email to alumni@exeter.ac.uk with your full name and contact details on or before Wednesday 1 June (12:00). Winners will be announced/contacted on or near Wednesday 1 June. Two winners will be chosen and each winner will receive two tickets.

BSO Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee Finale Concert

Join us for an orchestral celebration with a dazzling performance by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Anthony Inglis, one of Britain’s most popular conductors.

When: Friday 25 November at 19.30
Where: The Great Hall

Tickets will go on sale Monday 13 June with a 10% discount for all alumni. To book, call Exeter Northcott Theatre Box Office on 01392 726363 or visit the website

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Summer is nearly here so have a look at the wide range of 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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