Header Photo Graduation Summer 2016


We welcomed 4,880 students into our alumni community earlier this month on the Streatham and Penryn campuses. View photos on Facebook and see interviews with a number of graduates and Honorary Graduates on our YouTube channel.


Alumni News

Rio Olympics

Exeter students and alumni to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Six Exeter students and alumni will compete for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Nick Thompson (Exercise & Sport Sciences, 2008), Sophie Ainsworth (Exercise and Sport Sciences, 2010) and Nicola Groves (Human Biosciences, 2010) will all compete in Sailing; current student Luke Treharne will feature in the Rugby Sevens squad; Issy Bailey (English, 2016) will compete in the Paralympics in Shooting, and Honorary Graduate Jo Pavey will become the first British track athlete to compete at five Olympic Games.



An Evening with Floella  

An Evening with Floella

Last month recent alumni had the opportunity to get a second hug from Exeter’s former Chancellor Baroness Floella Benjamin at an alumni event in the magnificent setting of the Ritz Hotel London. Exetra, the Recent Alumni Networking Group, organised the event to celebrate Baroness Floella Benjamin’s final year as Chancellor and the University’s Diamond Jubilee year. Baroness Benjamin shared her memories of Exeter and challenged graduates to change the world for the better.



Buckingham Palace  

Alumni Receive Queen's Birthday Honours

Congratulations to the alumni included in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. They are: Felix Barrett, MBE, Joanna Cavan, OBE, Carol Fitzsimons, MBE, Julia Hatto (nee Hansford), BEM, John Lovering, CBE and Bridget Warr, CBE. The recipients will receive their award in person from a senior member of the Royal Family at an investiture later in the year. 



French flag  

France Alumni

If you studied in France as part of your degree course you’re invited to join 'France Alumni', a French social network for foreign alumni who have studied in French higher education. It was launched on November 26th 2014 by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development and Geneviève Fioraso, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research. It aims at being an efficient digital multilingual platform to unite, inform and guide foreign students who studied in French higher education. Members can create profiles on French social networks, get in contact with alumni who have studied in the same institution as them, benefit from job offers and  participate in theme groups, meetings and cultural events. The group also have a dedicated have a dedicated Facebook page.



Felix Barrett - Punchdrunk  

Your questions for alumnus Felix Barrett

Artistic pioneer Felix Barrett MBE, founder of global sensation Punchdrunk Theatre, is taking part in our ‘Ask’ feature in the next issue of Exeter Magazine. If you have a question you’d like us to put to Felix about his career in drama please send it to us at alumni@exeter.ac.uk by 15 August 2016, including your full name.

Humanities News

Ipplepen Project

Ipplepen Open Day attracts over a thousand visitors 

Ipplepen, near Newton Abbot in Devon, is a multi-period archaeological site supported by The University of Exeter since 2010.  The Project’s annual Open Day was a huge success, attracting 1,160 visitors of all ages. The site is the major training excavation for first year students who excelled themselves on the day by giving tours and talking about objects found on the site.  Keep in touch with the project through our Blog.


Social Sciences News

Women in Law Careers Panel

400 hours of alumni time spent helping current students in CSSIS this year 

During the past year, the College of Social Sciences and International Studies has run an extensive programme of careers events involving the participation of a record number of alumni. An impressive 68 alumni volunteered their time to get involved in 81 activities. One particular highlight was the 'Women in Law' Careers Panel




Army Reserve Forces  

Further improvements to training and support of Army Reserve Forces

More must be done  to improve the way that Army Reserve Forces are trained and supported, according to the preliminary results of a new study from the University of Exeter’s Strategy and Security Institute and Cardiff University. Read more




WALS Conference  

Calling PGCE Graduates - World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) International Conference 2016

Hosted by the Graduate School of Education in Exeter from 3-6 September 2016, this is WALS 10th Annual International Conference and the first time it has taken place in the UK. Focussing on Lesson Study, it allows researchers, educators and teachers to share their knowledge with each other.  Please visit our website for more details and registration.






Research Funding Opportunity for Recent PhD Graduates

Have you recently completed a PhD? The University of Exeter as part of the South West Doctoral Training Centre is calling for submissions from recent PhD graduates in Social Sciences to undertake research which supports the economic development and welfare of a developing country or countries on the DAC list. The ESRC GCRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme provides a career development opportunity for those at a relatively early stage of their academic career who can demonstrate great potential in social science research, with an international development focus.  This could be an opportunity for graduates from a wide range of Social Sciences disciplines. Find out more here.

Business News

China ACCA Visit to BUSS

Business School hosts Senior Chinese Academics

Senior academics from across China visited the University of Exeter Business School to discuss the skills needed by graduates returning to Asia after studying abroad. The 35 experts, from top institutions across the country, spent two days in Exeter, accompanied by staff from the China office of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Read More



BISS Alumni Profiles  

MBA, IM or FAFM Graduate? We need your help

The Business School is looking to profile alumni from our MBA, MSc International Management and MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management courses. Profiles can provide valuable insight and inspiration for our students, and your advice can help them stand out against the competition. If you are passionate about your chosen field and have 15-30 minutes to spare, please click here to submit a profile.  

Life and Environment News

Medical - Blue Brain

Traumatic brain injury costs £15 billion a year in the UK, says new research 

Traumatic brain injury costs a total of £15 billion nationally every year and puts young people at higher risk of poor mental health and offending, according to research recently published by Centre for Mental Health, involving a University of Exeter expert. Read more





Stephen Simpson  

Watch: the impact of man-made noise on our marine environment

Dr Steve Simpson, Senior Lecturer in Biosciences, is working with national and international organisations to shape new policy and licencing decisions related to man-made noise in our marine environment. Dr Simpson’s research, funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) maps the impact that anthropogenic (human-made) noise has on fish and marine invertebrates.  



Jackson-Grime-Davies Prize  

Jackson-Grime-Davies prize awarded

The Jackson-Grime-Davies prize for outstanding academic excellence in the new discipline of Natural Science was awarded for the first time this year to Ellen Lawrence, a graduating BSc Student whose project investigated how light can be potentially used to diagnose disease. Alumnus Dr Mick Jackson sponsored the prize in recognition of his two PhD mentors Professor Tom Davies and Barry Grime, and with the objective of encouraging continuing collaboration between students, industrial or institutional partners and academics.The prize was presented by Kay Grime, Barry Grime’s widow. In future years, once the first MSc course completes, prizes will be awarded to both a BSc and an MSc graduating student.

Engineering, Mathematics and Science News

Physics - Jacopo Bertolotti

Exeter physicist wins prestigious award for experimental research

A University of Exeter lecturer has been honoured with a medal and prize for his outstanding contribution to experimental Physics. Dr Jacopo Bertolotti has been awarded the Moseley Medal and Prize for 2016 by the Institute of Physics (IOP), after judges decided that his work has made a substantial contribution to the development of physics in the UK and Ireland. Read More



CEMPS - Epilepsy Treatment  

New technique could revolutionise surgical treatment of epilepsy

Scientists at the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering new technique that could revolutionise the surgical treatment of epilepsy. The team of scientists, led by Dr Marc Goodfellow and Professor John Terry, have developed the ground-breaking new method that can identify the specific regions of the brain that trigger seizures in people with epilepsy. Read more

Medical News

Med School - International Award

International Award for excellence in health technology assessment research

Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School have won a prestigious international award for outstanding research in the area of health technology assessment. Dr Oriana Ciani and Professor Rod Taylor, were awarded the 2016 Egon Jonsson Award for their study in the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. Read more



Medics at Glastonbury  

From rehearsal to the stage, Cornwall medics perform at Glastonbury festival

A group of Exeter Medical Students navigated a 900 acre site while battling deep mud and manoeuvring crowds of people to deliver top medical care at Glastonbury Festival. Six trainee medics from the University of Exeter Medical School, along with a researcher at Bournemouth University, put all their training into practice as they manned the first aid tent. Read more



Medical - Behavioural Therapy  

Behavioural Activation as effective as CBT for depression, at lower cost 

A large scale study led by researchers in the University of Exeter Medical School has concluded that Behavioural Action is equally as effective at treating depression as CBT. Behavioural Action encourages people to focus on meaningful activities driven by their own personal values as a way of overcoming depression. It is around 20 per cent cheaper than CBT, meaning it could help ease current difficulties in accessing therapy, and be more realistic to deliver for a wider range of countries worldwide. Read more

University News

Lord Myners

Graduation Welcomes New Chancellor and Honorary Graduates

The University’s new Chancellor, Lord Myners of Truro, was installed on Monday July 11, in the first of six days of graduation ceremonies.  Lord Myners is taking over from the previous Chancellor, Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE DL, who has been in the role for ten years. Veteran Newsnight anchorman Jeremy Paxman was among the venerable figures receiving honorary degrees at Graduation.  He was joined by Clare Marx, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Sir Robert Francis QC, and five other leading figures.  Their inspiring messages to the Class of 2016 are now available on our Youtube channel





UK votes to leave the European Union - what does this mean for us?

On Thursday 23 June 2016 the EU referendum took place and the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Read Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Smith’s statement on the EU Referendum here.



Student's Guild Logo  

Student's Guild - A Year in Music

Over the past year, music at Exeter has continued to flourish as the Student’s Guild has supported over 1,000 students organise and take part in hundreds of events organised by 22 different student-led groups as well as the student group ExTunes.  Since taking over from the Music Office, the Guild has seen engagement in music continue to rise thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of staff and students alike. Read more





University of Exeter Logo - we need your help

The University of Exeter has come a long way since our Charter was granted in 1955. Now a world-class university, we want to ensure that our visual identity reflects who we are, our ambition for the future as well as our heritage. In a digital world the university brand has to be both recognisable and meaningful to a global audience as well as creating a sense of pride with alumni, colleagues and students. 

As an Exeter alumnus, we would like your help at the very start of this journey. Click here to complete a short survey. Your feedback will help us create a design for the future. The survey is completely anonymous and will take less than 5 minutes to complete. The deadline is Friday 19th August.

Volunteering and Giving News

Volunteer - Angela Boulton

Volunteer in the Spotlight - Angela Boulton

Volunteer in the Spotlight is a regular feature that highlights alumni who help current students achieve more. Angela Boulton (MBA 2012) is a Management Consulting Analyst at Accenture and a member of the Business School Alumni Association, read about her career and why she volunteers at Exeter.



Volunteers Week - Ryan Hopkins  

Volunteer's Week

The university joined other organisations across the UK to celebrate Volunteers’ Week from 1-12 June 2016. This an annual celebration of the great help and time that millions of volunteers give, was a chance to thank the hundreds of alumni who give their time to help students and our University. Over 900 alumni volunteered at Exeter last academic year, find out more about 7 alumni volunteers and the time they give on our Volunteer’s Week page.




From a firefly to a film festival - students are looking for your support

Our crowdfunding platform is currently  raising funds for 3 fantastic projects - a Sailing Club appeal for three new Firefly boats, a film festival dedicated to the Cinemas of Europe’s Small Nations, and funds for a summer adventures camp for young carers.

Sport News

Sport - BUCS Win

 University of Exeter ranks fifth in UK sporting league

The University of Exeter has come fifth in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings for the 2015 / 2016 season—equalling its best ever overall achievement and beating its own record on points. Read more



Henley Royal Regatta  

Alumni attend Henley Royal Regatta Reception

Over 150 alumni were welcomed to the grounds of Henley Cricket Club and treated to a drinks reception by the Boat Club during the lunch break from racing on Saturday 4th July.



Friday 19 August - Alumni Golf Day 

St George's Hill Golf Club, Surrey


Tuesday 6 September - South West Alumnae Group Networking Evening - September 

Hotel du Vin, Exeter


28 September  -  Wine Tasting for Recent Graduates

Camino Blackfriars, London


4 October - South West Alumnae Group Networking Evening - October 

Hotel du Vin, Exeter


6 October - Alumni Golf Day

Wimbledon Park Golf Club, London


17 October - Exeter-Kenyon Alumni Reception in New York

New York


15 November - House of Commons Reception

Pavilion Terrace, House of Commons, London


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Bookings now open for Global Conversations in North America

Global Conversation Washington D.C (18 October) and Global Conversation Vancouver (20 October) are now open to alumni and supporters.

Visit Global Conversation for updates. 


Diamond Jubilee Finale Concert

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 19:00

Where: The Great Hall

Tickets now on sale with a 10% discount for all alumni (quote code DJC2016). To book, call Exeter Northcott Theatre Box Office on 01392 726363 or visit the website.


Alumni benefitsAlumni Discounts

Summer is 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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