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The Campaign has got off to an amazing start. We've raised £26,368,000 which was 44% of our £60million target, as well as reaching 47,093 volunteers hours which is 78% of our 60,000 hours target.

Watch Emma Matthews speak about how research at the University of Exeter helped save her son's life, at the Making The Exceptional Happen Campaign launch.

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Alumni News

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Alumni New Years Honours

We'd like to congratulate alumni who were awarded a New Year's Honours this year. A huge congratulations to: Mr Gerard Elias, CBE, QC; Dr Andrew Garrad, CBE; Mr T.P.Hollingsworth, OBE, Hon LLD; The Right Revd James Jones, KBE, Hon DDiv; Ms Davinder Kaur, BEM; Mr Chris Pomfret, OBE; Mr Jonathan Tibbs, OBE; Mr Jatinder Verma, MBE, Hon DLitt; Helen M Warnock, CH, DBE, Hon DLitt; and Mr Ivor J C Wood, BEM.



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International Women's Day 2017

This year for International Women's Day we've been celebrating the acheivements of some of our alumnae. Among our many great alumnae, we've spoken to Sarah-Jane Chilver-Stainer, Joanne Butcher, Jessica Pryce-Jones and Dr Olivia Osborne about their acheivements and career paths since leaving the University of Exeter.





Exeter Alumnus Set to Write Official Song for the 2018 World Cup

An Exeter Alumnus has had the prestigious honour of being asked to write the official song for one of Russia’s official 2018 World Cup host cities, Saransk. Gwyn Thomas, a French and Russian graduate from the University of Exeter, completed his degree in 2002 and has now swapped English life to work in Moscow, Russia. After first performing live with his band in Saransk, in 2014 at a FIFA Fan Festival, Gwyn was later asked to write the city's official song for the 2018 World Cup. Read more online.





Tom Charman: The Journey of an Entrepreneur

Exeter graduate, Tom Charman is co-founder and CEO of KOMPAS, a novel travel application that uses machine learning to suggest travel recommendations based on your personal interests and location at any given time. Tom graduated from Exeter with fellow KOMPAS co-founder, Olivia Higgs, but it wasn’t until they were travelling together in Munich that the idea for KOMPAS was realised. Now a mentor himself, Tom offers support to entrepreneurs via start-up weekends throughout the country including Exeter, assisting Stanford University to deliver entrepreneurship modules and most recently, presenting at TED Talks. Read more online.




Alumnus Wins at Ghana Alumni Awards

Gameli Adzaho, MSc Environment and Human Health 2014, proudly accepted the Social Impact Award at this year’s British Council Alumni Awards ceremony held in Accra, Ghana on 11 February. Gameli, pictured, won the Social Impact category for his volunteer work mentoring and working with young people in Ghana across a number of initiatives, including Globe Lab Ghana. Gameli made a video explaining how this study experience at Exeter has helped him to achieve success. Following his win, Gameli described “I was very thrilled when I was nominated for the award. I entered because I felt it would be a fantastic opportunity to throw the spotlight on the important work we're doing helping young people develop critical skills such as digital literacy, problem-solving, and collaboration. The win is a big moment for me and the STEM community in Ghana.” 


The Alumni Awards were open to alumni across 14 countries outside of the UK and Exeter had four alumni in the finals. The following three finalists from Exeter are due to be announced at upcoming award ceremonies in the USA (Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff, MA Middle East Politics 2010), and India (Ratik Saboo, Engineering and Management 2014 and Sarva Damani, BA Economics and Finance 2013). 



Humanities News

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Exeter Humanities Subjects Ranked Amongst Very Best in the World

The annual QS World University Rankings published Wednesday 8 March recognise Humanities at the University of Exeter as being amongst the very best in the world, ranking us within the top 100 across the globe (‘Arts and Humanities’ category). At a subject level within Humanities, both Theology and Religion (placed 24th) and English Language and Literature (placed 47th) have made significant strides up the rankings to join the elite Top 50 world grouping. Other notable entries include Archaeology, History and Performing Arts (Drama), which all feature within the global Top 100. Read more online.




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New Performing Arts Academy Launched

Exeter College has launched a new Performing Arts Academy to support exceptional talent in the performing arts.The new academy is being launched by the College in partnership with the Exeter Northcott Theatre and will be supported by the University of Exeter. Applicants will soon be able to apply for entry in September 2017. The mission of the new academy is to nurture talent in the performing arts by enabling access to industry expertise in drama and theatre. The academy will provide a range of opportunities including acting, singing and dance master classes with industry professionals. Read more online.




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Eminent South African Theologian to Deliver Prideaux Lectures

Prof de Gruchy is both an ordained minister in the United Congregational Church and a prominent theological scholar. He held the post of Robert Selby Taylor Professor of Christian Studies at Cape Town University before retiring in 2013, and he remains highly active in research. Prof de Gruchy is especially notable for combining his scholarship with a strong concern for how theology is lived out politically and practically. He was closely involved with the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and with the later reconciliation process. Read more online.



Social Sciences News

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Legal Training for Aid Workers to Help Protect Migrant Children From Exploitation

Aid workers in refugee camps and shelters in Greece are receiving legal training to help keep migrant children safe thanks to Dr Ana Beduschi. The project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council includes the delivery of training workshops that cover international migration law, how to support children suffering from trauma and how to protect them from human traffickers. The project is also supported by University of Exeter psychologists. Read more here.

Image courtesy of Mstyslav Chernov.



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Alumnus Funded IAIS Photography Prize: More Than Just a Pretty Picture

Thanks to alumnus David Pryer (Government & Law 1968), since 2003 the Year Abroad Photography Prize has given students in IAIS an incentive to record their experiences in their year abroad and the opportunity to share with others. Read here how 2016 winner, Pippa Giles volunteered alongside her studies in Jordan.

Image courtesy of Pippa Giles.



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Environmental Economist Urges Government to Seize Silver Lining Offered by Brexit

Professor Ian Bateman  and members of the Government’s Natural Capital Committee urge that politicians should seize the opportunity Brexit presents to improve key policies on agriculture and the environment to safeguard our natural resources such as clean air, unpolluted water and fertile soils. Read more here.



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Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology Announce New MA Programmes for 2017 Entry and a Masters Excellence Scholarship

Three new programmes: MA Philosophy, MA Sociology, and MA Cultural Sociology have been created to reflect our distinctive interdisciplinary approach to these subjects. Taught by a department ranked 2nd for Sociology and 7th for Philosophy in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, research-centred learning is at the heart of each programme. The department is also delighted to offer a Masters Excellence scholarship covering full UK/EU tuition fees (or an equivalent reduction for international fee payers) for an outstanding applicant to one of our Masters programmes: MA Philosophy, MA Sociology, MA Cultural Sociology, MA Philosophy and Sociology of Science, MA Anthrozoology or MRes Science and Technology Studies for 2017/18. 

Business News

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University of Exeter Student Wins Prestigious CISI Award

A student from the University of Exeter Business School has been named as a winner of the CISI 2017 Educational Trust Awards, the combined total of which is £17,500. Read the story online.



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Cabinet Minister Gives Talk to Business School Class on Leadership

University of Exeter Business School students learning about women and leadership were surprised by the sudden appearance of a female Cabinet minister in class this week. Read more online.



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Fuelling Hungry Minds: University of Exeter Business School Partners with Local Advertising Agency

The Business School teams up with with digital creative agency AB… to deliver the next generation of digital marketers. Read the full story online.



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University of Exeter Students Named as Finalists in the "Investment Olympics"

Students from the University of Exeter Business School have been named as finalists in a competition known as the “investment Olympics”. Read about it online.



Life and Environment News

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Shout About Your Experience of Exeter!

We’re looking for alumni to share their experience of Exeter with future students, to help them to make their decision about where to attend university. As an alumni, we think you’d have valuable insights to share about your time at Exeter and what you have done since graduating. To take part, all you need to do is offer up to 30 minutes of your time on a flexible basis to speak to a prospective student. If you are interested, please email



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Blueberry Concentrate Improves Brain Function in Older People

Drinking concentrated blueberry juice improves brain function in older people, according to research by the University of Exeter. In the study, healthy people aged 65-77 who drank concentrated blueberry juice every day showed improvements in cognitive function, blood flow to the brain and activation of the brain while carrying out cognitive tests. There was also evidence suggesting improvement in working memory. Read more online.



Engineering, Mathematics and Science News

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Could You Help Us to Develop Our Alumni Programme?

We’re looking to improve our alumni engagement programme for alumni from Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physical Sciences, and CSM. Would you be willing to give two hours of your time to share your thoughts with us in focus group alongside other alumni? We’d really value your opinion on our communications, events and volunteering opportunities. As an incentive each participant will receive a voucher for Traditional Afternoon for 2 people at Reed Hall, a beautiful venue here on our Streatham campus. If you are able to take part, please email 



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Declining Artic Sea Ice Does Influence European Weather- But Is Not a Cause of Colder Winters

The dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice through climate change is unlikely to lead to more severe winter weather across Northern Europe, new research has shown. A pioneering new study by an Exeter academic has explored how Arctic sea-ice loss influences the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) weather phenomenon, which affects winter weather conditions in Northern Europe, in places such as the UK, Scandinavia and the Baltic states. Read more online.



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Shout About Your Experience of Exeter!

We’re looking for alumni to share their experience of Exeter with future students, to help them to make their decision about where to attend university. As an alumni, we think you’d have valuable insights to share about your time at Exeter and what you have done since graduating. To take part, all you need to do is offer up to 30 minutes of your time on a flexible basis to speak to a prospective student. If you are interested, please email


Medical News

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Exclusive 10% Discount for Alumni on CPD Courses

Learn and develop with us throughout your career with our Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and receive 10% discount on the cost of the course. This is being offered exclusively to all alumni. We offer a wide range of short courses, workshops and education days and programmes that will stimulate, enhance and nurture your sense of lifelong learning at whatever stage of your career. Find out more here. Contact us on or 01392 722964. We look forward to hearing from you. 



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Masters in Applied Leadership Practices (Global Challenges)- 10% Discount for Exeter Alumni

Whether you are a senior leader in the business, healthcare or medical sector, our upcoming Masterclasses will provide you with practical insights into leadership from the latest research. With the opportunity to network with senior leaders from business, government, healthcare, medicine, education and the not-for-profit sectors, these two-day Masterclasses will include keynote presentations as well as highly interactive workshops with leading experts in the leadership field. An exclusive 10% discount will be offered to alumni. Read more by following the links to each event below, or book your place by contacting Dr Morgane Colleau ( 

  • Masterclass on Ethical and Responsible Leadership - Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th June 2017


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New Drive to Tackle Deadly Global Disease

The University of Exeter is part of a pan-European partnership worth almost 30 million Euros to improve the prevention and management of Diabetic Kidney Disease. Diabetic Kidney Disease (DKD) is the most common form of chronic kidney disease, which at present affects more than 10% of the world population. Currently there are no means to prevent or cure DKD, meaning millions of people die each year worldwide. Read more online. 



University News

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Exeter Doctor Wins Prestigious Diabetes Award

A University of Exeter researcher has just been awarded nearly £800,000 to find out why Type 1 diabetes develops in babies. It is hoped the research will also shed light on why Type 1 diabetes develops at any age. Dr Richard Oram, who works at the Exeter University Medical School, has been awarded Diabetes UK’s Harry Keen Fellowship Award set up in honour of Professor Harry Keen, a pioneer in diabetes research, who sadly passed away in 2013. Read the full story online.


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Penryn Research Excellence Illustrated By Competition Success

Penryn PhD students are celebrating after sweeping the board at a high-profile research competition. Catherine McNicol, Sarah Nelms and Sara Mynott all secured top prizes in a poster competition, organised by the British Ecological Society.The annual contest encourages postgraduate students, both in the UK and abroad, to submit a poster outlining their research and findings at the Society’s Annual Meeting. Find out more online.


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Exeter Subjects Ranked Amongst the Global Best

Subjects in both science and humanities at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, according to an influential global league table. Twelve subjects at Exeter are now positioned in the world’s top 100 – with seven in the top 50 - according to the latest QS World University Subject Rankings, published on Wednesday 8 March, 2017. Find out more online.



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Bronze Sculpture Celebrates Baroness Benjamin's Tenure as Exeter Chancellor

The University of Exeter has commemorated Baroness Floella Benjamin’s successful tenure as Chancellor with a stunning bronze sculpture.The striking bronze bust, which also features Baroness Benjamin’s hands to symbolise the friendly and inclusive style in which she greeted each student during graduation, has been placed at the heart of the Streatham Campus. The bronze sculpture was unveiled at a special ceremony on the Streatham Campus on Friday, February 10 2017. Read more about it online.



Volunteering and Giving News

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Thank you Report

In the last year alumni and friends of the University donated more than £4.9million to support a number of projects and initiatives,  and more than 900 members of the alumni community volunteered to help Exeter students, donating over 11,000 hours of their time. You can read our full Thank You report here.



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Additional Care Homes Reading Project Funding

A community project at the University of Exeter has been given a boost thanks to support from two national charities. The Exeter Care Homes Reading Project was founded by Dr Johanna Harris, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, in 2011. It sees our students volunteer to read to elderly people and vulnerable adults living in residential care within the local community, including those with dementia. Read the full story online.




Volunteer in the Spotlight

Dr. Gordon Christian (LL.B. (Euro) (with German) 1996, LL.M. in European Legal Studies 1997, PhD European Law 2003) is Senior Competition Counsel at Siemens AG in Germany. He has participated in the eXepert and mentoring schemes, advising a number of students and putting them in touch with other lawyers for potential job opportunities. He is also the Alumni Country Contact for Germany and hosted the first Munich alumni event in April 2015. Read more online.



Sport News

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Cornwall Sport Round-up

Recently ten of Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union’s (FXU) sports team headed up to London to compete in the annual Bottle Match; the biggest sporting weekend of the academic year.It’s an annual event between Camborne School of Mines (CSM) and Royal School of Mines (RSM), with the participants alternating as hosts. Although the infamous rugby match saw RSM reclaim the bottle, other FXU teams competed to greater success, with the Ladies Hockey team winning 6-0, Netball winning 45-10 and Squash winning four rubbers. Read the full story online.



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Former Sailing Scholar Freddie Carr Will Be Competing for the 35th America's Cup

David ‘Freddie’ Carr (Sports Science 2004) will be competing for the America’s Cup as one of the crew in Sir Ben Ainslie’s (Hon LLD 2005) team – Land Rover BAR. The 35th America’s Cup will be hosted in Bermuda in May 2017 and will see the world’s best crews do battle for one of sports oldest international trophies. Freddie was a sailing scholar and in 2002 was part of the British Team that won the first World University Match Racing Championship with fellow Exeter Alumni Alex Cherry (BA English Studies 2004) and Mark Richmond (BA History 2003).



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Triathlon Club Welcomes Alumni

The University Triathlon Club (EUTriC) are keen to hear from any alumni who are interested in or currently taking part in triathlons. The Club has a BFT Level 3 coach and is offering alumni on-line access to weekly training programmes, opportunity to purchase club kit, join organised training camps or simply train with the Club when in the Exeter area. Full details of the membership offer is available on the EUTriC website.



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EURFC Players Benefit from Partnership With Local Premiership Club Exeter Chiefs

As the first season of BUCS Super Rugby enters the knock-out stages EURFC can reflect on what has been a successful campaign, which to date places them as runners-up in the inaugural BUCS Super League. The new programme has provided regular, high quality fixtures and the involvement of Exeter Chiefs coaching and support staff in conjunction with the University programme has ensured that players have stepped up their game accordingly as shown in Opportunities – The story of EURFC. Current students Sam Skinner and Jack Maunder already have senior academy contracts and it is expected that more will join this summer but back in BUCS the focus is on returning to Twickenham to defend their Championship title.



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Come and Support EURFC at the Rugby Championship Finals

Following their performance against Loughborough, Exeter 1st XV will be defending their title at the BUCS Rugby Union Championship Finals on Thursday 30th March at Twickenham Stadium, home of the RFU and England Rugby. Exeter will take on west country rivals Hartpury in the Men’s Championship Final at 17:30 with the Women's Championship Final kick starting events at 15:00. Tickets can be purchased in advance of the finals or on the day from the RFU Ticket Office. Tickets are priced at £5 adults and £1 juniors.




Friday 31 March - Imagining Cornwall's Future: Views on Health. Ecology and the Ocean

Daphne Du Maurier Building, Penryn Campus


Wednesday 10 May - Trump's First 100 Days: The Politics of (Mis)Information

The Reform Club, Pall Mall, London


Saturday 29-Sunday 30 April - 2017 Annual Northcote Trophy Golf Weekend

East Devon Golf Club and Dawlish Warren Golf Club


Sunday 4 June - EXEFEST

University of Exeter Streatham Campus, Exeter


Saturday 1 July- Boat Club Alumni at Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Cricket Club, Exeter


Monday 29 May- Global Conversation Sydney

Australian Museum (Wild Planet Gallery), 1 William St, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia


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Trump's First 100 Days: The Politics of (Mis)Information?

The University of Exeter’s next Global Conversation lecture and networking event will take place on Wednesday 10 May at The Reform Club, London and will consider President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in Office. Tickets cost £20 per ticket (£10 for alumni who graduated since 2012). Please visit our online store to purchase your tickets.


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Vice-Chancellor visits Moscow and Munich

Exeter hosted successful alumni events in Moscow (6 March) and Munich (8 March) during a week of engagement work with institutions and supporters across the European continent. These were the first major receptions in country, offering alumni a chance to reconnect and hear an update from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Steve Smith. View photos from Moscow and Munich events. Please join the Facebook group for alumni in Russia or Germany, if you are based in these countries.


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The Alumnae Group (female graduates) on what NOT to do in your first job

With graduation and the world of work approaching, we ask alumnae to share their experiences. “I had a terrible hangover and fell asleep in the company library” confesses one “but worse was to come.” To read more visit our LinkedIn page. There’s also practical advice in our blog: Screwing up during your first week at work and recovering when you do.

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Recent Alumni Benefit from Careers Advice

Exetra, the recent alumni group, recently ran an event which aimed give practical advice and guidance to graduates who were looking to change their career. The event took place in a speed networking format and featured a range of career experts including a Careers Consultant and the Chairman of a Trust. Read more online.   


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Student Volunteers Help Exeter's Homeless By Distributing Excess Campus Food

Students from the University of Exeter are joining forces with a local charity by distributing unsold food to the city’s homeless community. The Food Action Project focuses on reducing the amount of edible food within the sell-by-date that goes unsold in shops, cafés and restaurants across the University, whilst also helping those who struggle daily for food within the city. Read more online.

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Student Elections Attract Record Voting Turnout

The Exeter Students’ Guild Sabbatical Elections 2017, celebrated its results ceremony on Friday night with a record-breaking 44% student participation in voter turnout. The annual elections, which look to select the Sabbatical Officers who will represent the Students’ Guild, are a key date within the Guild calendar and play a vital role in giving students an active voice. Read more online.



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