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Olympic champion Sally Gunnell opens £4 million sports centre in Penryn  


Olympic gold medal winner Sally Gunnell OBE has officially opened a £4 million new sports facility at the Penryn Campus. 

The track and field athlete, winner of the 400 metre Olympic gold medal in 1992, opened the centre, which will improve sporting facilities for staff, students and the community. As well as modern exercise spaces and equipment, the new centre includes the campus’s first children’s day nursery.



Alumni News

Alice Biggar

Exeter graduate wins the ‘nicest job in Britain’

In October, after two months of gruelling campaigning, a public vote and a fundraising challenge which saw her and her fellow finalists raise more than £13,000 in just 10 days, Exeter graduate Alice Biggar, was offered the position of ‘Nicest Job in Britain’! The ‘Nicest Job in Britain’ is a national competition to find the nation’s philanthropy manager, or Britain’s ‘charity champion’. It involves travelling around Britain and working with 40 charities in just one year. The ‘Nicest Job in Britain’ is all about celebrating the good things that go on across our country every day through video, and marketing communications and positive media engagement. Alice was helped to victory through her blog, Challenge Alice, a platform for personal challenge and social exploration which began last year. Read more here.



Ammar Kahn

Ammar Kahn - Realising a dream

Ammar Kahn graduated from Exeter with a degree in law this summer. He has just started training as a solicitor at a global top 10 law firm, realising a long-held ambition. "I’ve realised you don’t get anything unless you ask for it." Read his story here



Lucy and Pamela Cowen

Grandmother and Granddaughter at Graduation

When Lucy Cowen (French and Spanish 2016) graduated, she was joined at the ceremony by her grandmother Pamela Cowen (nee Mabley), who had graduated from Exeter almost 60 years before in 1948 in Mediaeval History followed by a PGCE year in 1949.Pamela’s affection for the university was a big factor in Lucy applying to Exeter as well. Lucy said “I really loved my time at Exeter studying Spanish and French and felt so lucky to be able to go to university on such a beautiful campus.  It was really special to be able to spend my graduation with my family and have that family history there.“ Here Pamela recalls student life at Exeter in the 1940s.

Photo credit: Ede and Ravenscroft.



Kenyon reunion  

Kenyon and Exeter celebrate 40 years as partners at New York alumni reception

The University of Exeter and Kenyon College are celebrating the 40th anniversary of a successful partnership at a special event in New York City. Read more.



Alumni Carol Service  

Alumni Carol Service

Get into the Christmas spirit by joining fellow graduates for the annual Exeter Alumni Carol Service in London on 1 December.Take part in the traditional Carols Festival at St Lawrence Jewry, before enjoying mulled wine and mince pies with your fellow singers. The event is free to attend and is organised in partnership with alumni. For more information and to book, please visit the website.




Business School FT Ranking

Financial Times Masters Rankings

If you completed the One Planet MBA, FAFM or International Management from 2013 please look out for the Financial Times Masters Survey early in 2017; it may be emailed to you. Your responses are critical in enabling your programmes being ranked in the highly influential FT Masters Rankings. For more information visit the FT website.

Humanities News

Vassar College

University extends exchange agreement with Vassar College

In October, Professor Jo Gill (Associate Dean for International and Development) and Professor Janice Kay (Exeter Provost) visited Vassar College in New York on the 10 year anniversary of student and staff exchanges between Exeter and Vassar. Read more.



Daisy Hay  

Prestigious prize enables scholar to tell the story of English Romanticism

A University of Exeter academic has won a prestigious prize which will allow her to write a major cultural history of the emergence of English Romanticism. Dr Daisy Hay will bring to life a period in which new forms of writing transformed the way we think about the world. Read more.




Simon Rennie

Forgotten language found in poems uncovered by a University of Exeter expert

Moving poetry in now forgotten Lancashire regional dialects written generations ago is being uncovered by a University of Exeter academic. Poets in Lancashire used their local language to record the heartbreak of poverty and famine caused by the cotton famine of 1861 to 1865 - a direct result of the American Civil War. Read more.



Social Sciences News

Law Alumni Panel 2016

Inspiring conversations

Alumni panel events are a great opportunity for students to gain an insight into the different career paths open to their particular skillset and can be inspiring for alumni alike as panellist David Watson (BA Politics 2002) commented ‘It was a pleasure to come back to my University, share some advice on working in politics and meet current students. I was also really encouraged by the level of interest in working on international development and humanitarian affairs.” You can read about two of our recent events, Alternative Careers for Law students panel and What I did with my Politics and International relations degree on our website. 

Image: Law alumni panel, October 2016.



Problem Solving alumni speakers  

What's your approach to problem solving?

We are looking for a number of alumni from different careers to work with Dr Luke Price to contribute to problem-solving workshops as part of the first-year Legal Foundations module. We welcome alumni speakers from a range of careers: solicitors, barristers, GLS, non-practicing from Civil Service, NGOs, finance, to name a few. Each speaker will introduce a challenge they have faced in their career, inviting students to work together to come up with ideas on how to resolve such a problem. The events will take place in January / February 2017. If you are interested, please contact:




James Bennett SSIS Careers

Building your brilliant career

The Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology would like to build up a bank of career profiles to demonstrate to current students the variety of careers that they can go in to with their degrees. If you would be interested in providing a profile like this, please contact We would love to hear from graduates from other departments in CSSIS as well.

Image: "Accruing work experience is especially valuable", James Bennett; (BA Philosophy, 2014).



Business News

Business Leaders Forum

Business Leaders Forum explores how effective data management can boost decision making and performance

The Business Leaders Forum's autumn event saw three speakers explore the theme of data management at an evening hosted by Professor David Allen, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Business School. Among the speakers was Exeter alumnus Mark Patron, Digital Consultant & Non-Executive Director of RedEye. 



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Woodford Speaker Series: Fusing Finance and Charity

The Business and Finance student society (BFS) are delighted to invite alumni to attend the first of their Speaker Series on Thursday 1 December, kindly supported by Woodford Investment Management. The event, taking place at the Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel from 18.30-20.00, will see Sir Stephen Bubb (Director of Charity Futures) and Exeter alumnus Jonathan Smith (Director of CSR, Woodford Investment Management) discuss their work together on the Charity Futures agenda - a new project that aims to promote better charity governance and leadership. The pair will not only discuss their work on philanthropy in big business but also crucially the role young people play in this. If you would like to book a place on this event please email:



Business & Finance Society's annual dinner  

Alumni give a ton of their time to the Business School

We are delighted to report that for the first time ever, in the last academic year, Exeter alumni gave over 1,000 hours in volunteering time to support the Business School and its students. On top of that, this time was made up of a wider variety of activities than ever, both in the UK and abroad. In Exeter, graduates returned to campus to give guest lectures, conduct mock interviews and take part in student society events. For example, 12 alumni from different sectors attended our Business and Finance Society’s annual dinner, with each hosting a table full of students who are aiming for a future career in their area. Read more.



Life and Environment News

Center for Whale Research

New partnership between Exeter and the Center for Whale Research

In Vancouver the Vice Chancellor recently met with Darren Croft, Professor of Animal Behaviour at Exeter, and Dr Deborah Giles, Research Director and Project Manager at the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Islands USA to talk about the work they have been doing and the importance of the relationship between the University of Exeter and the Center for Whale Research. Read more



David Harvey

Geographies of Heritage: Past, Present and Future: Upcoming inaugural lecture by Professor David Harvey - Friday 2nd December, Amory Building

Professor David Harvey of the University of Exeter's Department of Geography will give his inaugural lecture, entitled "Geographies of Heritage: Past, Present and Future". The lecture will be followed by free drinks and nibbles in the lecture theatre. All alumni are invited to join us at this special event. To book your space and for more info please see EventBrite



Engineering, Mathematics and Science News

Athena Swan

Silver celebration: National award recognises commitment to equality

The University of Exeter’s Mathematics and Computer Science departments’ commitment to gender equality have been recognised through a prestigious national award scheme. The Athena SWAN awards are bestowed on institutes and departments that can demonstrate a meaningful and ongoing commitment to working towards this cause.



Campus image for ISSF story

Exeter wins £1.5m funding for world-leading initiative to advance health research

The University of Exeter has been awarded £1.5 million by Wellcome to enable translation of findings from its world-leading research programmes into improvements in human health on a global scale. The University has received the substantial grant from Wellcome’s Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) – the third time it has successfully applied for funds through the leading scheme. The five-year award will be used to establish the Translational Research Exchange@ Exeter (TREE) – an innovative programme designed to build research links between biomedical and clinical research.

Medical News

Clive Ballard

New Medical School Pro-Vice Chancellor now in post

Globally-renowned dementia and ageing expert Professor Clive Ballard is now in post as the new Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter Medical School. Clive is a Professor of Age-Related Diseases and joins Exeter from King’s College London. In his previous role, he was Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Unit for Dementia at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and Co-Director of the Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases at IoPPN. 



NHS England Lecture   

NHS England boss delivers Exeter Lecture

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, has delivered the latest in the University of Exeter’s ‘Exeter Lecture’ series, on the theme “Creating a 21st Century NHS”. The man accountable to Parliament for over £100 billion of annual Health Service funding talked about the need for change in an NHS structure which was inherited from historical events, and particularly the need to facilitate health services working more closely together to cater for today’s complex needs, including an increasingly ageing population and rising obesity.  For more events like this, please visit our alumni and supporters website.



Astronaut joins Extreme Medicine team  

Astronaut joins Extreme Medicine team

Astronaut, physician and adventurer Dr Michael Barratt has signed up to support the Extreme Medicine teaching team, which will help train doctors on how to practice high-quality Medicine, even in space. Read more.



Medical School awards

Students, staff and alumni recognised in Medical School awards

Outstanding students, staff and alumni from our Exeter and Truro campuses have been recognised for their commitment and academic excellence at the University of Exeter Medical School’s annual Prizes and Awards ceremony. Some of the brightest and best students and former students from the Medicine, Medical Sciences and Medical Imaging programmes were awarded accolades across a range of categories at an evening event at Exeter Golf and Country Club. 



University News


Diamond Jubilee year draws to a close

Following a year of special events and activities around the world, we’re marking the end of our Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a spectacular one-off night of celebratory music. In partnership with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra our Diamond Jubilee Finale Concert on Friday 25 November in Exeter is set to be a a glittering orchestral celebration with all profits going to the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Fund. Book your tickets today.  Discount code for alumni - code 'DJC2016' will give 10% off at the time of booking. Copies of The City of The Hill, Professor Jeremy Black’s book about the University of Exeter published to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee are available to buy online.  


EU Funding  

Clarification on funding for EU students post-Brexit

The UK Government has made an announcement giving clarity on fees for EU students. Students from other EU countries can now apply for places on undergraduate courses starting in autumn 2017 knowing that they will pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of their courses, and can also apply for student loans. This will apply even after the UK exits the EU. You can read the response from Universities UK on their website.  



Solar Boat Challenge for Enews


Support Engineering students!

Students from the Renewable Energy and Energy Engineering degree programmes are looking to raise up to £2000 to enter the World Cup for solar powered boats. As well as enabling them to showcase their engineering skills on international platform, this funding will provide exciting opportunities for multiple cohorts of engineering students to develop key transferable knowledge and skills relevant for renewable energy technologies. 
For more information on the project, check out their crowdfunding page.  



University of British Columbia collab  

Exeter seals new strategic collaborations with University of British Columbia 

The University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Exeter sealed new strategic collaborations during meetings in Vancouver in October. Read more



Call for gov investment  

Call for government investment to strengthen advanced engineering and digital innovation industries

A consortium of major businesses, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and higher education institutions has found that the South West England and South East Wales region can lead the UK and compete with the world in the areas of advanced engineering and digital innovation, and has called for targeted government investment to drive innovation in these areas. Read more.



Semi-toned Gareth Malone   

Semi-Toned to represent South West in Gareth Malone’s TV singing quest

The University of Exeter’s a cappella group Semi-Toned has won a tense sing-off against rival student band Sweet Nothings, and were chosen to represent the South West in Gareth Malone’s TV search for the nation’s most talented and entertaining amateur choir. Read more.



Volunteering and Giving News


More than 950 alumni volunteers!

We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of the 953 alumni who so generously volunteered their time to support the University in 2015/16.You gave more than 10,000 hours of your time to support our students, staff and fellow alumni. You supported in the UK and abroad. You supported in your workplaces, from home and on campus. 585 alumni supported student employability in with talks, advice and signposting, mock interviews and one-on-one mentoring to name just a few. 

Quite simply, we would not be able to do what we do without you. Thank you for helping us to make the exceptional happen.

Find out more about getting involved online. All support makes a difference and you can give as little as 30 minutes of your time.  



Marion Milne Volunteer alumna  

Volunteer in the Spotlight - Marion Milne

Volunteer in the Spotlight is a regular feature that highlights the alumni that help current students achieve more. Marion Milne (French 1979) works as a Producer and Director of Primetime History and Arts Documentaries in London. Following her recent talk to students at XTV, The University of Exeter Student Television Station, we talked to her about her career and what inspired her to volunteer her time for the University. Read the interview here



Medical alumni career insights  

Young Medical alumni come together to share career insights

Over 70 students from Medical Sciences were recently inspired by the huge range of career paths open to them, thanks to eight alumni volunteers giving their time to a special event. The event, organised by Dr. Emma Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences and Academic Lead for Careers and Employability, featured eight alumni volunteers who visited to speak at the event, all of whom were recent graduates working in a range of different careers. Read more



Emily Scrace Psychology alumna  

GCSE students explore routes into Psychology, led by Exeter alumna

Thirty seven GCSE students from Dartmoor Community College were recently welcomed to the Streatham campus to meet alumna Emily Scrace (BA Psychology 2009) and to be inspired about studying Psychology at Exeter. Read more.



Sport News

Meg Crowson

England Under 21 call-up for top performing hockey players

Meg Crowson, a third year Sport and Health Science student, and Kathryn Lane who graduated in 2016 from the Business School, have both been named in the England Women’s Under 21 squad to compete in the Junior World Cup in Chile this month. Meg is part of the University’s High Performance Programme and Sports Scholarship Scheme, where comprehensive support and benefits are provided to exceptionally talented student athletes. Read more.



EUAFC Varsity Victory   

Varsity Victory for EUAFC 1st team

University of Exeter Men’s Football 1st Team defeated Swansea University 1st Team 4-2 in an enthralling match at St. James Park in front of over 3,300 supporters – securing the Football Varsity title for 2016. Read more



EUTC new trampoline  

New trampoline thanks to Sport England

Thanks to the Sport England Small Grants Fund, the Trampolining Club kicked off the new academic year with a brand new, Olympic standard, Ultimate Eurotramp Trampoline and supporting mats. The club are already seeing the benefits and have had huge interest in competitions for this year. Read more




Friday 25 November - Diamond Jubilee Finale Concert


The Great Hall, University of Exeter



Saturday 26 November - Come and Sing Handel's Messiah!


Mary Harris Memorial Chapel



Tuesday 29th November - Exetra Christmas Quiz - FULLY BOOKED

Balls Brother Minster Exchange, London



Tuesday 6 December - South West Alumnae Group Christmas Soirée

Reed Hall



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Alumni Carol Service featured event

Alumni Carol Service

The annual Exeter Alumni Carol Service is now a popular part of the Christmas calendar and we are inviting you to join fellow graduates once again in central London on Thursday 1 December 2016.

For more details visit the event page.


 Reed Hall - Christmas

South West Alumnae Group Christmas Soirée

Join the South West Alumnae Group for their annual Christmas Soirée at Reed Hall on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

This year we will be welcoming as a special guest speaker Camilla Hampshire, Honorary Exeter Graduate and Museums Manager of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter.

For more details visit the event page.


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. 

Hotel Storm Alumni Discount

Save up to 55% on hotels with HotelStorm


Bovey Castle 

Prize Draw - Bovey Castle & Exeter University

Win a one night stay for two people in a Valley Castle room including breakfast, a three course dinner in the Great Western restaurant, plus one 25 minute spa treatment each from a choice of a shoulder, neck and scalp massage or a back, neck and shoulder massage.

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