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We’re always looking to improve the service that we offer our alumni and we’d love to hear your views and suggestions for the future. We want to know what you think of our communications and events, how informed you feel about the work we do, and whether there is anything you'd like to change or improve. We would be grateful if you could complete the following short survey by 22 December. After completing the survey you'll also have the opportunity to enter our prize draw for one of three great prizes – perfect for beating the January blues!

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Alumni News


COMEX - the journey of a lifetime

COMEX 2 (the Commonwealth Overland Expedition to Pakistan and India) was an expedition that saw university students across the country jump on buses and drive across Europe and the Middle East and beyond, for a two and a half month overland expedition to India, and back. There were several COMEX expeditions over the years, with the first ever one setting off in 1965.

Exeter Alumni Norman Leigh (Latin, 1969) and David Hayward (Chemistry, 1968) took part in COMEX 2 in 1967, while Barbara Schudel née Simpson (French and German, 1968) joined Comex 3 in 1969. The three were part of a recent reunion, held at Reed Hall, on the University campus.Fifty years on from COMEX 2 we talked to them about their journey of a lifetime.

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"'89, don't turn back the clock…" Remembering Exeter University in the late 1980s

Alumnus Shaun McCrindle (English Literature and Fine Art, 1991) had a particularly creative experience during his student days at Exeter, combining art with literature and a good helping of music on the side. As a contemporary of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, and electronic musician and producer Matthew Herbert, Shaun had a unique view of the burgeoning music scene of the late 80s and early 90s. Some of his early recordings of Thom Yorke’s band Headless Chickens playing on campus have proved popular on YouTube and generated further interest in the music of the time.

He’s now a songwriter, musician and teacher living in Bristol. We spoke to him about his time at Exeter and how the experience shaped his life post-graduation

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Alumni Thank You Reception

We were delighted to welcome so many of our alumni and friends to our 2017 ‘Thank You’ reception this September. The special celebratory evening, hosted by Professor Nick Talbot, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Impact) in the magnificent setting of the Innholders Hall was a great chance for us to thank our growing community of supporters in person for the significant contributions they make to the University and our students. You can see photographs of the reception on our website.


Alumni return to campus for 40 year reunion event

This September, nearly 30 alumni were welcomed back to campus for a 40 year reunion event organised by Kathy and David Adams (both Exeter alumni). After a short welcome and group photo, the group took part in a guided tour of the campus where they could see new buildings such as the Forum and the Living Systems Institute. 


Alumni Summer and Autumn Golf Events

Thank you to everyone who attended our summer and autumn Golf Events- it was great to see you all there. Photos from both the summer event and the autumn event can be viewed online. Don't forget that we have recently launched our own Alumni Sports Merchandise online store. Alumni can now purchase alumni specific University of Exeter branded sportswear, and 5% of each purchase will go towards supporting Sport at Exeter.



College of Social Sciences and International Studies News


Researchers recommend that fault should be removed from Divorce law in England & Wales as current system incentivises people to exaggerate.

Divorce law in England and Wales is incentivising people to exaggerate claims of ‘behaviour’ or adultery to get a quicker divorce, according to research by Professor Liz Trinder . If separating couples want to get divorced without waiting for two years one person must submit a petition detailing how the other is at ‘fault’ In 2015 60% of divorces in England and Wales were granted on adultery or behaviour. In Scotland, where a divorce can be obtained after one year if both parties agree, this figure was 6%. Read more online.




Interested in becoming a teacher? Apply to one of our Teacher Training programmes

Becoming a teacher will lead to an exciting and rewarding career. Quality teachers are highly sought after, and choosing the right teacher training programme is an important step in ensuring a successful career. Visit our website to learn more about our Primary and Secondary PGCE, and School Direct programmes for 2018 entry, and for more general information on training to be a teacher at the University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education, funding opportunities, and the application process.




University of Exeter academic awarded Nobel Peace prize

The work of Richard Moyes, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and other members of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was honoured because of their "ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty prohibition" on nuclear weapons. The international treaty needs to be ratified by 50 countries in order to come into force . Mr Moyes said ‘The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize award will help to ensure that, over time, these weapons are recognized as illegal by all’. Read more online.




College of Life and Environmental Sciences News


Crime-scene technique used to track turtles

Scientists have used satellite tracking and a crime-scene technique to discover an important feeding ground for green turtles in the Mediterranean. University of Exeter researchers measured “stable isotope ratios” – a chemical signature also used by forensic scientists – to discover which foraging grounds turtles had come from to breed in Cyprus. Find out more online.




‘Breaking 2’: Exeter scientists take the lead in Nike’s marathon mission

Exeter scientists and alumni spearheaded the science behind Nike’s moonshot to achieve the first sub two-hour marathon, ‘Breaking 2.’ Alongside the world’s greatest minds in engineering, nutrition and materials design, they had a pivotal role in Nike’s vision to condition a specially selected group of athletes to achieve this incredible feat. Find out more online.




College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences News


Record high CO2 emissions delay global peak

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels have risen again after a three year hiatus, according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project (GCP). The alarming projection for 2017 is revealed in a new report by the GCP – co-authored by many of the world’s leading climate scientists including Professors Pierre Friedlingstein, Stephen Sitch, Richard Betts and Andrew Watson from the University of Exeter. Read more online.




Scientists create magnetic system that transforms heat into motion

Scientists have discovered a pioneering new technique to transform ambient heat into motion in nanoscale devices - which could revolutionise future generations of data storage and sensors. The innovative new study by a team of international researchers including Professor Gino Hrkac from the University of Exeter, created a magnetic system capable of extracting thermal energy using a specific type of gear, known as a ratchet. Read more online.




Medical School News


Alumni volunteers needed for Medical Careers Days

We’re in need of the help of alumni from the University of Exeter Medical School to visit campus in Spring 2018 to share their experiences since graduation. We are currently planning our Medical Imaging Careers Day and Medical Sciences Student Conference. If you are a graduate from Medical Sciences (BClinSci) or Medical Imaging, would you be interested to give a talk about your career since graduation? The University will reimburse travel and accommodation expenses for alumni volunteers. If you are interested, please email




Medical Sciences alumni event

Thank you to the five alumni who volunteered their time to attend the Medical Sciences alumni event last month. The event was a great success, which saw 80 students from Medical Sciences attend to hear about the huge range of career paths open to them after graduation. Students were able to hear from alumni now studying for postgraduate medicine as well as graduates now working in Medical Sales, Marketing, Research and Public Health.




Dementia research at Exeter gets £190,000 boost

The dementia research charity BRACE and Kirby Laing Foundation have together awarded more than £190,000 to the University of Exeter Medical School to support cutting-edge genomic research to better understand the causes of dementia. Kirby Laing has provided £90,000 of funding to support a three-year PhD post in the Complex Disease Epigenetics Group within the Medical School’s world-leading research team that investigates how the way genes are activated influences disease.




University News


Old human cells rejuvenated in breakthrough discovery on ageing

A new way to rejuvenate old cells in the laboratory, making them not only look younger, but start to behave more like young cells, has been discovered by researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Brighton. Read more online.




Inaugural Lecture by Professor Darren Croft: The Menopausal Whale

Alumni are warmly invited to attend this event hosted by University of Exeter's School of Psychology. Professor Darren Croft will be giving his Inaugural Lecture, ‘The Menopausal Whale: the evolutionary puzzle of life after reproduction.’ The lecture will explore the research Professor Croft has been undertaking on southern resident killer whales with the Centre for Whale Research in Washington, USA. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the Forum 7-8pm.
Friday 1st December 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Forum Auditorium
The University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD
This event is free of charge to attend. Please book tickets online.




Our Economic Impact

An Economic Impact report, commissioned by the University, was undertaken in summer 2017. The report gives a breakdown of the economic impact generated by the University in the academic and financial year 2015/16 (the latest year for which data were available) across a number of geographic regions and sub-regions. This reports shows that we create more that £1.17 billion in economic output. As a vibrant knowledge hub, the University plays an important role locally and globally. We are a large employer and economic contributor in Devon and Cornwall, and help to support local growth and build on our region’s strengths and potential. The University is not only a world leader in terms of its world-class teaching and research, but we also has a major impact on the local, regional and national economy. For example, we support more than 5346 jobs in in Exeter which is 7% of employment. We also support more than 850 jobs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Find out more about the #ExeterImpact online.





Voices is a collaborative project between FXU, Her Campus and The Falmouth Anchor, providing a platform for students whose voices might previously have been lost in the noise. A multi-channel venture, on and off line, Voices is comprised of impactful events and engaging campaigns. This prestigious project will showcase five volumes, sharing the raw, authentic experiences of our students. Find out more online.




Volunteering News


Alumnus and Adventurer John Peck gives HPP athletes an insight into succeeding under pressure.

John Peck (M.Phil 1994) returned to campus to offer an insight into how having your resilience and resourcesfulness tested can ultimately help athletes succesd. John was a Divisional Commander in what was one of London's most challenging areas and his experience in strategy and leadership took him to Bramshill National Police Staff Colllege where he led the Advanced Leadership Development Programme. Read more online.




Award winning producer talks shows, advice and volunteering

Alumnus Gub Neal (English Literature and American Studies 1981) is an award-winning producer and former head of Drama for Channel 4. Gub recently came to Exeter to speak to XTV, the student television station, giving them advice and guidance on how to break into the sector. We caught up with him to find out more about his career and learn what inspired him to volunteer his time. Read more online.




Speed Networking for Careers

The SSIS Employability Team has adopted a new model for involving alumni volunteers in careers events in the college this year, favouring interactive ‘Speed Networking’ events over traditional careers panels. The new format was trialed in a Politics and International relations event on the Streatham campus in October in response to student feedback requesting more time and interaction with alumni guest speakers. The team followed up with a similar event for students in Penryn in November. Many students commented this format was very useful and enabled them to ask more individual questions.






FXU and Exeter surf to success

FXU surfer Matt Chapman won gold at the BUCS Surfing Championship in the local waters of Fistral Beach, Newquay and was joined on the top of the podium by the Fal Surf Men’s Team. Exeter also demonstrated their board skills to secure bronze in the Women’s Team Competition. Read more about FXU success online.





Alumni Golf Day supporting student golf programme

The Golf programme at Exeter will again benefit from the efforts of the alumni golf society through its series of golf events and annual auction at the Alumni Golf Day which this year raised over £8000. Exeter’s Golfers have been representing the University on the national BUCS Tour and in European Competition and current Scholar Emily Toy has recently been in Abu Dhabi for her first appearance in a Ladies European Tour. Read more about our golfers success online.




Podium Potential in Royal Yacthing Association Pathway for recent alumni

Former sports scholars and windsurfers Kieran Holmes-Martin and Matt Barton are both training full-time as part of the RYA Performance Pathway. Windsurfing is one of Exeter’s focus sports within sailing. Read more about their progress since graduation online.








Monday 27 November, 5-7pm
Donald Trump and American Populism
University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Peter Lanyon Building, Lecture Theatre 4

In this talk David McKay will place the Trump phenomenon in historical context and argue that a unique set of circumstances have facilitated the rise of Trump. Register your place online.


Thursday 30 November, 6.15pm
MBA Speaker Series guest lecture
Henderson Lecture Theatre, Business School: Building One

“Population Matters – a no-go area?” a talk by Robin Maynard, Director at Population Matters. Register your place online.


Thursday 30 November, 6.30-8.30pm
2017 Law Network Reception
Michelmores, 12th Floor, 6 New St Square, London EC4A 3BF

The University of Exeter’s Global Advancement team is organising a Law Network Reception for law alumni and alumni working in law. Cost: £10 for recent graduates (graduated in last 10 years) £20 for others, including drinks and canapés. Tickets are available on the online store.


Thursday 14 December, 6-10pm
South West Alumnae Group (female graduates) Cathedral Carol Concer
Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel, Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1QF

Join the South West Alumnae Group at Exeter Cathedral’s popular Christmas Carol Concert on the 14th December. The evening will include carols old and new for choir, audience and organ. How to book: Tickets cost £10 each and are available to purchase online.

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