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Happy New Year!


Thanks to everyone who completed our alumni survey in November/December 2017. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your views and help us deliver an effective service.

More than 1300 of you completed the survey and we will be analysing the feedback over the next few weeks and incorporating suggestions into our plans.

We're also delighted to announce that the winners of the prize draw are:
Jenny Easley (MSc by Research in Biological Sciences, 2016) who won the weekend break at Bovey Castle;
Geoff Hudson (English with Film Studies, 2007) and Vicky Williams (Biosciences, 2017), who each won £200 of John Lewis vouchers.


Alumni News


Alumnus nominated for top education award

Recent Exeter graduate Liam Taylor (Geography, 2017) has been shortlisted for a British Education Award. Liam has been shortlisted in the Degree category for his commitment to both his studies and a wide range of extra-curricular activities on campus. During his time at Exeter, Liam has helped to organise Pride on Campus events and raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues as well as volunteering his time to fundraise for disaster relief.

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Exetra: Working for and progressing in the Charity Sector – 15th February 2018

Exetra, the recent alumni group, are running an event perfect for those who are interested to find out more about breaking into the popular charity sector and well as those already in the sector looking for advice on career progression. Panel speakers include Gethyn Williams, Interim Head of National Projects at Volunteering Matters, Grace Brownfield, Senior Public Policy Advocate at StepChange Debt Charity and Katie Daley Senior Head of Philanthropy and Trusts at The Prince’s Trust. Open to all alumni who graduated in the last ten years, tickets cost just £8. The evening promises to be a brilliant opportunity to network with fellow graduates over drinks so sign up today!

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Exeter alumna finds the perfect match in New York

Exeter alumna, Alice Tapfield (Politics with European Study, 2004), has helped to take matchmaking firm The Vida Consultancy across the pond.

Since its foundation in 2011, Vida has been successfully pairing professional couples all over the world from its headquarters in London, but with more and more interest coming from the US the time was right to expand. And Alice has been helping to ensure its success.

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Bursary founder passes away

Alumnus Maurice Morgan (Biosciences, 1938), who established the ‘Anning Morgan Bursary’ to support students from Cornwall, passed away over Christmas, aged 100. Maurice lived in Canada but was born in Cornwall and started the scholarship in 1990 in memory of his parents. The award provides £2,000 to support one postgraduate student a year and is restricted to any person ordinarily resident in Cornwall during their graduate studies and undertaking a programme at the Penryn Campus.

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Alumni Reunite in Melbourne

The Melbourne alumni group organise regular reunions for local alumni. The group’s most recent reunion took place in mid-November, organised by Richard (Geology & Geography 1988) and Lynne (nee Griffiths) Umbers (Engineering Geology & Applied Geophysics 1988) and hosted at the house of volunteers Peter Thomas (Law 1972) and Deryn (nee Bion) Thomas (Zoology 1971). Approximately 30 alumni gathered to share memories from their time at Exeter over informal food and drinks. The group’s next event will take place on Tuesday 10 April, featuring a guest presentation by Dr Mary Synge (Associate Professor in Law). Please visit the events webpage for further updates.


Alumnus publishes book on cricket and talks about life after graduation

Tim Brooks (History, 1999), recently published his book entitled ‘Cricket on the Continent’. The book is about the development of cricket in continental Europe and includes a manifesto of how to develop the game in the region in the future. Find out more about the book online. Tim also recently spoke to us about how his time at Exeter led him to pursue his passion for Cricket.

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College of Social Sciences and International Studies News


Would you be able to host a visit at your workplace?

A new volunteering opportunity is available allowing you to engage with current University of Exeter students in your workplace. The Careers Team are looking to deliver a number of workplace visits this year to a variety of businesses hoping to take small cohorts of students out at a time. These visits will enable students to understand more about your business or sector, meet colleagues, and experience different working environments. The duration and content of these visits are flexible, so if you would like to discuss this further or think your organisation would be interested in hosting this kind of visit then please contact who will put you in touch with the Work Placement team.




Ofsted hail University of Exeter trainee teachers as ‘Exceptional’

Initial teacher education programmes at the University have been ranked as outstanding in every category by Ofsted, which has praised the contribution of Exeter’s trainees and newly qualified teachers teaching children in the region and nationally. More than 300 schools in the South West work with experts at the University’s Graduate School of Education to run “highly effective” postgraduate PGCE programmes with most trainees ending up working locally. Read more online.
Interested in becoming a teacher? Come to our Teacher Training Open Day on Saturday 24 February 2018. Book your place at our Open Day to learn more about our Primary and Secondary PGCE, and School Direct programmes for 2018 entry or visit the website.




Military veterans invited to talk about how they make the transition to civilian life

Since the start of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan it has become particularly important for policymakers to understand how servicemen and women make the transition to civilian life and what determines how successful that transition is. By listening to veterans tell their stories in their own words rather than in response to pre-set questions or focusing purely on social indicators such as employment figures, reliance on state benefits and health outcomes, it is hoped the focus on the personal will help improve support available to veterans. Read more online. To register your interest in participating please see the website.




College of Life and Environmental Sciences News


Ofsted hail University of Exeter trainee teachers as ‘Exceptional’

Initial teacher education programmes at the University have been ranked as outstanding in every category by Ofsted, which has praised the contribution of Exeter’s trainees and newly qualified teachers teaching children in the region and nationally. More than 300 schools in the South West work with experts at the University’s Graduate School of Education to run “highly effective” postgraduate PGCE programmes with most trainees ending up working locally. Read more online.
Interested in becoming a teacher? Come to our Teacher Training Open Day on Saturday 24 February 2018. Book your place at our Open Day to learn more about our Primary and Secondary PGCE, and School Direct programmes for 2018 entry or visit the website.




285 students. 35 academics. 8 field courses. 6 countries. 4 continents. 1 challenging fortnight…

This month, students from a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses from our Penryn Campus in Cornwall participated in a fortnight of field courses around the world. The project encompassed 218 students, 35 academics and six locations: the Bahamas, Borneo, Costa Rica, Kenya, South Africa and the Galapagos. In addition to the research they undertook, students and academics recorded their impressions and experiences via dedicated Twitter and Facebook feeds for each location and through blogs and vlogs. All of these can be accessed via the Field Course Fortnight website which grew into a detailed record of an amazing experience, full of fantastic photographs and stories.




College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences News


Interested in becoming a teacher? Come to our Teacher Training Open Day on Saturday 24 February 2018

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. Our Initial Teacher Education programmes at the University of Exeter are consistently rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted, and our trainees are very successful in securing employment on graduation. Book your place at our Open Day to learn more about our Primary and Secondary PGCE, and School Direct programmes for 2018 entry, and 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. Visit the website.




Pioneering new technique could boost understanding of causes of heart disease

The complex and mysterious mechanisms that drive communication and reactions within human cells could be on the verge of being unravelled, due to a pioneering new technique. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter, Leeds and Cambridge have harnessed an innovative new method to gain a greater understanding of signalling stations within the cells, called nanodomains. Read more online.




Are you a recent Computer Sciences or Engineering graduate?

We are always keen to attract students with great potential to study at Exeter and many students come to an Offer Holder Visit Day to help choose the university they want to attend. The stories and experiences of recent graduates like you can help students choose the right course for them and excite them about studying at Exeter. If you graduated in Engineering or Computer Sciences in the last 5 years and would like to give a short talk about your degree, Exeter and your direction since University, then we’d like to hear from you! We have several dates for Visit Days in February and March and can cover the cost of your travel for the day – for more information, please contact




Medical School News


Surfers three times more likely to have antibiotic resistant bacteria in guts

Regular surfers and bodyboarders are three times more likely to have antibiotic resistant E. coli in their guts than non-surfers, new research has revealed. Conducted by the University of Exeter, the Beach Bums study asked 300 people, half of whom regularly surf the UK’s coastline, to take rectal swabs. Surfers swallow ten times more sea water than sea swimmers, and scientists wanted to find out if that made them more vulnerable to bacteria that pollute seawater, and whether those bacteria are resistant to an antibiotic. Find out more online.




Obese fat becomes ‘inflamed’ and scarred, which may make weight loss harder

The fat of obese people becomes distressed, scarred and inflamed, which can make weight loss more difficult, research at the University of Exeter has found. An analysis of the health of adipose (fat) tissue in overweight people found that their fat can cease to cope as it increases in size and becomes suffocated by its own expansion. Dr Katarina Kos, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter’s Medical School, examined samples of fat and tissue from patients, including those with weight problems who have undergone bariatric surgery. Read more online.




University News


Artist and students transform cardboard into stunning artwork

A local artist has worked with students from the University of Exeter Medical School to create a striking sculpture made from a humble everyday material: cardboard. This was made possible thanks to funding from The Alumni Annual Fund. Exeter artist James Lake began sculpting as part of his recovery after losing his leg through bone cancer aged 17. James now uses cardboard as his medium of choice, creating intricately detailed life-size sculptures from the recyclable material. Find out more online.




Investing Responsibly at Exeter

The University is reviewing its Investment Policy for its £37m endowment fund portfolio. Background to the University’s investments are set out in a short paper Investing Responsibly. To inform the development of a new Investment Policy we want to collect the views of staff, students and alumni through this short survey. The results will be published on the University’s website and shared with Council, the University’s governing body, to inform the development of a new investment policy. Thank you for taking an interest in this topic. Your feedback is appreciated.




University experts and The Ellen MacArthur Foundation to work towards a circular economy

Experts at the University of Exeter are celebrating a new collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as they join its network as a Pioneer University. The Foundation, which was established in 2010, with the aim of accelerating the transition to a circular economy, was founded by the record-breaking around the world yachtswoman, Dame Ellen MacArthur. The charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia. Read more online.




Exeter tech pioneers pitch for investment at SETsquared's Accelerating Growth Investment Showcase

Innovative tech businesses from across Southern England, including Care Systems & Innovation and KOMPAS from Exeter, came together in London in December to pitch for £20m of investment to an audience of 150 investors at SETsquared’s annual Accelerating Growth Investment Showcase. Find out more online.





Volunteering News


Politics alumni discuss careers with postgraduate students

Four recent Politics alumni talked with current students about their career paths after postgraduate degrees. May Muhtadi, Joshua White and Emily Bellis (all MA Conflict, Security and Development, 2016) and Joe Barrs (MA International Relations, 2014) spoke about their career paths in political research, fundraising at an NGO and management consulting, and experiences while studying that can help aid employability. Politics careers talks will continue throughout 2018. Find out more online.




Sport and Health Sciences Networking Evening

Sport and Health Sciences alumni and students recently met in a speed networking event to discuss working in sport, health science and variety of other related career paths. Around 20 alumni and professionals led 10-minute discussions for small groups of students about their work and career paths. (Photo: Jim Wileman). Read more online.




Exeter China Alumni Association Celebrate 5 years

Alumni in China gathered in Beijing and Shanghai during November to mark the 5th anniversary of the Exeter China Alumni Association (ECAA) at two events hosted by the Vice-Chancellor. Established by volunteers in 2012, the alumni network group now has regional chapters across the country (Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu) who organise regular events including employability activities and professional networking events. At the events, the ECAA committee were recognised for their hard work and key volunteers were awarded with ‘Volunteer of the Year China’ certificates, presented by the Vice-Chancellor. Join the ECAA via WeChat (search “ExeterAlumni”), Weibo, and LinkedIn.




Volunteer in the Spotlight: Chris Tang (Law 1996)

This month is the turn of Chris Tang (Law 1996), currently Director at Star Anise Limited in Hong Kong.
Chris is Chair of the Exeter Hong Kong Alumni Group (EHKAG), which is a volunteer alumni network group who give their time and expertise to support alumni through their whole Exeter journey – from prospective student through to welcoming all returning graduates in Hong Kong to get involved to support their university. EHKAG organise annual events, which include a social and employability theme. To connect with alumni in Hong Kong, for news and local event, please join the Facebook group for Alumni in Hong Kong. Find out more online.




Alumni volunteers needed for Humanities

Our final year students are now approaching their final months at university. A significant proportion of finalists don’t feel ready for life after their degree – so we've launched our ‘It’s never too late’ campaign. This initiative offers our students practical opportunities as well as digital content like sector top tips or blog posts with the aim of providing them with some perspective and inspiration for their future plans. Student feedback consistently lists alumni as a reliable source of information, so our aim is to get as many alumni involved as possible, both on campus and remotely. There are several ways you can help, for as little as 5 minutes or as long as a day. To find out more about how you can help, please message






Cricketing honours for Ethan Bamber

In December current 1st Year and Sports Scholar Ethan Bamber made his international debut for the U19 England Cricket team against South Africa and is currently taking part in the U19 ICC World Cup. Bamber opened the bowling in their first match of the tournament against Namibia, playing his part in the convincing eight wicket win. England’s next game is against Bangladesh at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown, New Zealand.




Alumni Annual Fund supports Clay Pigeon Shooting

The Alumni Annual Fund has recently supported the Clay Pigeon Shooting Club with the purchase of a 20 gauge shotgun which will enable the Club to offer more suitable equipment to its female members. This year the Club has over 100 new members so the support from the Annual Fund has been invaluable to the Club and the student experience. To find out more about the Alumni Annual Fund visit the website.




Students benefit as Netball joins the South West Performance pathway

Exeter-based athletes are benefitting from significantly more high quality coaching and support services now that the University has become one of only two hosts of the newly-launched Team Bath Netball Futures performance pathway across the South West. Five members of the University netball club have recently been selected for the Team Bath U19 and U21 National Premier League squads. To read more about the benefits and impact of this partnership visit the website.




Tickets now available for Rugby Varsity at Sandy Park on 14th February

The annual rugby varsity will see EURFC host South West rivals from the University of Bath at Sandy Park. Currently Exeter are league leaders in the BUCS Super Rugby competition and will be keen to extend their lead in the latter half of the season. Last year over 3000 supporters made their way to Exeter Chiefs, Sandy Park to watch what has become a competitive and physical encounter. Ticket information and timings are available on the event listing.






Thursday 1 February, 6pm
Alumni Social in Brussels
Le Grand Central, Rue Belliard 190, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Join the Brussels alumni group for their first social gathering of 2018. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet old classmates, share memories from your time at Exeter and network with other local Exeter alumni. To confirm your place, please email the organisers Cat Dean (French and German 2008) at: and Paul Webber (Economics and Agricultural Economics 1994) at: by Thursday 25 January so they know you are coming.


Tuesday 6 February, 6-8pm
South West Alumnae Group Speaker Event
Hotel Du Vin, Magdalen Street, Exeter, Devon EX2 4HY

This month the South West Alumnae Group will be welcoming Dr Siam Bhayro from the University of Exeter to speak about his research into Aramaic incantation bowls. To register to attend this event, please complete our online booking form. For further details please contact


Wednesday 14 February, 6-9.30pm
Rugby Varsity
Sandy Park, Exeter

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the AU & Sports Park Reception, please contact Tay Attwell at for further information.


Thursday 22 to Friday 23 February, 7.30pm
Soldier On
Exeter Northcott Theatre, Streatham Campus, Exeter

Exeter alumni Amanda Faber, Jonathan Lewis and David Solomon are bringing their production of 'Soldier On' to Exeter Northcott Theatre next month. The three were first on stage together at the Northcott for a 1982 production of Guys and Dolls! For mroe information, visit the website.


Tuesday 6 March, 6.30-8.30pm
Alumni Arts and Media Event
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9LN

Come and network with fellow alumni and staff from the University of Exeter over drinks and canapés, Alumnus Bob Benton, will discuss Bob & Co, a group made up of TV, film and theatre companies. Ticket types/prices: £15 for recent graduates (graduated in the last 10 years) £20 for others. All tickets include drinks and canapés. Book online here.


Saturday 17 March
Community Day
Streatham Campus

Alumni are warmly invited to join us on campus for a range of activities on Saturday 17th March 2018. As well as visiting the beautiful Streatham campus in spring, alumni will have the opportunity to take advantage of all that is on offer on the day including afternoon tea and / or dinner at Reed Hall. Find out more online.


Monday 19 March
Imagining Cornwall’s Future: Forward looking perspectives on Business, Politics and Heritage
Postgraduate Suite, Daphne du Maurier Building, Penryn Campus

Continuing our series of academic showcase events, three of the Penryn campus’s leading academics will be explaining what their research can tell us about the future of Cornwall, and the impact the University will have on it. Find out more online.


Visit Exeter Guide

Exeter alumni can find out what's going on in Exeter and the surrounding area by using the Visit Exeter Guide for 2018.

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