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We are delighted to have reached the volunteering target for our Making The Exceptional Happen Campaign- and have done so an amazing two and half years ahead of schedule. This has been achieved thanks to the generous commitment of our alumni who have given over 60,000 hours of their time volunteering for the University over the last six and half years.

Our alumni volunteering programme is leading the way across the Higher Education sector, with many institutions looking to emulate what we do. See what it means to our students here

In celebration of all of our amazing volunteers and to say thank you to those exceptional individuals who do so much to support us all, we launched our inaugural University of Exeter Alumni Volunteer Awards at the start of the month. We received 66 nominations and we are delighted to announce our shortlisted nominees:

Debbie Hill Award for Exceptional Support of Students:
Duncan Goldsworthy (Chemistry, 1977) for his long-standing and committed support of a wide range of student employability activities
Lizzie Daly (MSci Animal Behaviour, 2016) for her passionate support of students studying Animal Behaviour
Daniel Orton (Psychology, 2012) for his outstanding support of the student media society, XTV
David Morgan (Msc Climate Change and Risk Management, 2009) for going above and beyond in his support of Business School students in Cornwall
Amanda Quartly (One Planet MBA, 2012) for her tireless contribution to the IBM/University of Exeter partnership and skills development of One Planet MBA students
Niklas Rahmel (Information Technology Management for Business, 2015) for exceptional support of student employability and student experience across the board

Nicholas Bull Award for Exceptional Support of the Alumni Community:
Archit Garg (MSc. International Management, 2014) for his enthusiastic and committed support of the alumni community in India
Emma Payne (Archaeology, 2011) for her passionate and driven approach to supporting recent alumni in London as Chair of Exetra
Jonathan Broad (LLB Law 2008) for his dedicated organisation of the annual Alumni Carol Concert
Richard Umbers (Geography and Geology, 1988) for his professional organisation of alumni events in Melbourne
Wenjie Li (Msc Accounting and Finance, 2012) for his pioneering development of the Exeter China Alumni Association

Winners will be announced in early April and the awards will be presented at our Alumni Gala Dinner in London on May 10th 2018 or by alternative arrangement.


Alumni News


Alumni discount for a stay on the Streatham Campus

Come back to Exeter for a trip down memory lane and take advantage of the 10% discount available to alumni. Enjoy breakfast and sweeping views from Holland Hall (Easter and Summer vacations) or the short walk into the city from Pennsylvania Court (Summer vacation only), with an ensuite room and nearby parking.

Book online or contact the Event Exeter team on 0300 555 0214 /, quoting 'ALU18' for the discount to be applied.


Alumni New Years Honours

We'd like to congratulate all our alumni and honorary graduates who received a Queen's New Year Honour this year. Congratulations to: Reverend Roger Stone, BEM; Mr Stephen Phillips, OBE; Ms Consulota Price, OBE; Mr Rick Stein, CBE, Hon DLitt; Sir Michael Morpurgo, OBE, Hon DLitt; Dr Helen Sharman, CMG OBE, Hon DSc; Dame Angela Pedder, OBE Hon LLD; Dr Rohit Shankar, MBE; Dame Dr Clare Marx, CBE, DL, PRCS, Hon DSc; and Ms Susan Hampshire, CBE, Hon Dlitt.


Business booms after Dragons’ Den decision

Young entrepreneurs who turned down an offer on TV programme Dragons’ Den now say their business is worth £2.6 million. The company – One Third Stories, which creates children’s books teaching foreign languages – was set up by University of Exeter graduate Alex Somervell and business partner Jonny Pryn. The concept was received warmly in the den, and the team were given an offer for the full investment from Peter Jones – but he wanted 20% of the business, which the entrepreneurs declined.

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Charles Dickens biography written by former Exeter PHD student

Dr Keith Hooper (English, 2009), former PHD student, recently wrote and published a Charles Dickens biography. Keith graduated in 2009 with a doctorate from the School of English. Since leaving Exeter he has gone on to publish his debut book: Charles Dickens: Faith, Angels and the Poor. Commissioned by an Oxford publisher, Keith's book is available in bookshops and online throughout the UK and internationally.

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Exeter alumnus and five-time Olympian volunteers for Hospicare Men’s Walk

Exeter alumnus, Chris Maddocks (Law & Sociology, 1986), is a retired race walker and Olympian and will be giving up his time this March to help at Hospicare’s annual Men’s Walk. Chris is the only man in British athletics to get chosen to represent Britain in the Olympic Games five times. He competed in Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and finally Sydney 2000. This year however he will be supporting the local community with the annual Men’s Walk.

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Business School



You can help the MSc FAFM be ranked amongst the world's best programmes – which looks great on your CV!

The University of Exeter Business School is aiming for your degree programme, the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management, to be included by the Financial Times in its ranking of Masters in Finance programmes.
To enable us to do this it would be very helpful if you could complete this online form to provide us with information about your employment status.


Business School



You can help the MSc IM be ranked amongst the world's best programmes – which looks great on your CV!

The University of Exeter Business School is aiming for your degree programme, the MSc International Management, to be included by the Financial Times in its ranking of Masters in Management programmes.
To enable us to do this it would be very helpful if you could complete this online form to provide us with information about your employment status. 



College of Social Sciences and International Studies News


Alumnus speaks to students interested in careers in Finance

Hugo Chance (Philosophy & Sociology 2004) returned to campus to speak to 30 students across SSIS disciplines about his successful career in the Finance sector. Hugo, who has been involved with SME fund raising for over ten years and has recently started his own firm ‘Chance Capital’, spoke about what it takes to be successful in a career in Finance and how the skills he learned from his Social Sciences degree helped him along the way. Read more online.




Innuendo hinting at fake information in news coverage can fuel conspiracy theories, research shows

Academics in the Department of Politics demonstrate the power of implicit as well as explicit misinformation in increasing belief in false facts in an ESRC funded study. Experts have said the results show news outlets should be quicker to correct inaccurate information published or broadcast and be more cautious about who they invite to provide analysis. Read more online.




Nick Chowdrey (LLB Law 2010),

Digital Engagement Specialist,

Amnesty International

Life since Exeter …

The College is looking to build a bank of profiles from alumni from all subjects across SSIS, in the UK and overseas. Can you spare a few minutes to tell us where you are now and what you are doing?

And life at Exeter… if you have photos of your time as a student that you would be happy to share we would love to see them. We are collecting images of student life through the ages to use in social media activities.

If you would like to find out more or take part in either activity please contact




Priests of ancient faith threatened with extinction share their traditions for future generations

Mandaean communities have lived by the great rivers of Southern Iraq and Iran for 2,000 years. In recent years war and persecution have forced this community of 60,000 people away from their homeland and they are now dispersed across the world. Many of the 42 priests fear the religion will soon die out or change forever. They have worked with academics from the universities of Exeter and Leiden, to create an online database which features documentary footage, recordings of the unique rituals and interviews with Mandaean priests around the world. The Mandaeans believe running water has spiritual qualities which purify the mind, body and soul. Read more online.




College of Life and Environmental Sciences News


Oxygen loss could be a huge issue for oceans

A major study into an ancient climate change event that affected a significant percentage of Earth’s oceans has brought into sharp focus a lesser-known villain in global warming: oxygen depletion. The study, just published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), examined a past period of global warming around 94 million years ago, when oceans became de-oxygenated. Read more online.




First evidence that marine top predators are exposed to microplastics via their prey

Microplastics can transfer up the food chain from fish to top predators, such as seals, reveals new research by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), University of Exeter and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Microplastics are a widespread pollutant of the marine environment that can be inadvertently consumed by zooplankton, fish and even larger filter-feeders, such as whales. Read more online.




Exeter researcher awarded honorary doctorate

A University of Exeter researcher will receive an honorary doctorate from a leading Dutch university. Professor Katrina Brown will receive the award from Wageningen University on 9 March as part of its centenary celebrations. Professor Brown is an environmental social scientist, specialising in how individuals and communities in developing countries cope with climate change. Read more online.




College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences News


University of Exeter’s FAME project, led by Prof Fayyaz Memon, wins India-UK Water Quality award

A pioneering project designed to develop new and affordable treatments for complex emerging contaminants has secured a prestigious award. The Fate and Management of Emerging Contaminants (FAME) project, led by water engineering experts from the University of Exeter, secured the India-UK Water Quality award at a recent ceremony organised by Research Councils UK and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. Read more online.




Exeter Mathematics School ranked amongst the best in the country

Exeter Mathematics School has been named as one of the best places in the country to study A-levels after students scored record exam results. The school has been ranked as one of the top 20 institutions for 16 to 18 year-olds in England, according to new Government data. The school’s students have also been recognised as making the most progress in their studies, compared to every other sixth form or college in Devon. Read more online.




Exeter secures £2 million funding to train tomorrow’s scientists and engineers

The Government is investing more than £2 million in the University of Exeter to train the next generation of innovators in physical science subjects, it has been announced. The cash boost will contribute towards funding up to 28 additional PhD studentships, offering sector-leading training and development alongside Exeter’s outstanding facilities and resources. The studentships will be within the key discipline areas of Physics, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. Read more online.




Medical School News


Medical School wins General Medical Council accreditation

The Medical School passed its “health check” from the General Medical Council (GMC) with flying colours, when it officially registered the undergraduate Medicine programme. The registration process takes five years to complete – the length of a Medicine degree. The official registration comes as Exeter’s first intake of students are set to graduate in July 2018. Read more online.




Medicine student volunteers help hospital weather storm

Exeter’s Medicine students stepped up to volunteer in a wide range of support roles to help staff at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital to continue delivering high quality patient care over the severe weather period. The RD&E NHS Foundation Trust has thanked Medicine students for their response to an urgent appeal for staff to work after snow and ice, which meant the hospital was extremely busy at a time when many staff were unable to reach work. Among those to answer the call were up to 40 Medicine students in years 3-5 at the University of Exeter Medical School. Read more online.




Exeter Sports Medicine Conference - Alumni

An international cutting-edge rugby-focused sports medicine conference taking place on 9th to 10th May 2018. Led by an elite line-up of speakers from the world of rugby and beyond, this conference will provide cutting-edge research on all aspects of sports medicine from nutrition, rehabilitation and psychology to concussion, tendinopathy and the sporting heart. Book online.

30% Discounted Rate for University of Exeter Alumni, rate expires on 31st March 2018.




University News


Using big data to grow small businesses

The University of Exeter is working with the Met Office and other producers of environmental data and R&D to help businesses find new ways to use complex data to create new products and services, in sectors such as environmental resilience, agriculture, marine, smart cities, health and social care, and advanced engineering. Read more online.




Camborne School of Mines Trust funds more than £200,000 of scholarships

The Camborne School of Mines Trust has generously bestowed more than £200,000 to support students embarking on the first steps towards forging a successful mining career. The CSM Trust has given the significant sum towards scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the world-famous mining school, based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall. Read more online.




Alumni votes help Exeter to three award nominations

The University of Exeter has been shortlisted in three categories at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Thanks to the votes of recent alumni as well as current students, Exeter is in the running for the International, Postgraduate and University of the Year awards.Exeter won the International category in 2017, the 2018 winners will be announced later in the year. Read more online.





All-female crew to sail Pacific on plastics research mission

An all-female crew including sailors, scientists and film-makers will cross the north Pacific later this year to study plastic pollution. The eXXpedition team will set off 100 days from now (23 June) on a five-week trip across the North Pacific Gyre – better known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch because of the plastic that gathers there – from Hawaii to Seattle. The team will be led by British skipper and ocean advocate Emily Penn, and the head of science will be Emily Duncan, a PhD researcher at the University of Exeter. We have launched a crowdfunding campaign, where the contributions will help fund projects including eXXpedition North Pacific 2018 and other research into plastics in the oceans. For more information, check out the crowdfunding page.


Volunteering News


Arts and Culture Employability

On 22nd February, Alice Higgins (Drama, 2004) spoke at 'Working in Event Management', part of the Creative Careers Festival 2018. The festival provides opportunities for students to hear from alumni and professionals working in the creative industries, in order to aid their career planning. After an insightful presentation from Alice and an engaging Q+A session, the students had a chance to chat one-to-one with Alice about any next steps they could take. Read more online.




Volunteer in the spotlight:
Nik Rahmel (BSc Information Technology Management for Business, 2015)

BBC iPlayer software engineer Nik Rahmel (BSc IT Management for Business, 2015) helped XTV with their coverage of the 2017 UK general election and has talked about his experience at Exeter with prospective students at Open Days and Offer Holder Days. He tells us more about his career and why he volunteers to help current Exeter students. Read more online.




CSM win 116th Bottle in convincing style

Camborne School of Mines (CSM) won the Bottle Match, a historic fixture, against London rivals the Royal School of Mines (RSM) in convincing style with a 35-5 score. Over 500 supporters were supporting the Cornish side at Penryn Rugby Club and a dominant display by the home side made it a game to remember after last years disappointment with CSM reclaiming The Bottle. A full match report and result of other Bottle Match games can be found online.




Medals at BUCS Nationals

BUCS Nationals is one of the largest multi-sport events in the UK and saw athletes from both FXU and Exeter travel to Sheffield over the weekend of 16-18 February looking to secure medals across eight sports. FXU athlete Laura Armorgie won silver in the High Jump, Harry Crocker and Louise Destouches from Exeter received bronze in Novice Kumite and a bronze in the pool for Dominic Wooldridge for the 100m butterfly all secured important BUCS points.




Nine Golds up for Grabs at Conference Cup Finals

For many teams the BUCS season draws to a close at Conference Cup Finals and this year Exeter had the opportunity to win nine golds across seven different sports. The Conference Cup was hosted by the University of the West of England and the day brought mixed results for the Exeter. To find out more about the sports and teams involved read more online.




Resilience pays dividends for Rugby League 2’s

A tough Western league saw the Rugby League 2’s finish in fifth with only one win to their name but their fortunes have changed in the Trophy Competition. Despite a depleted side they travelled to face league winners Brighton and returned victorious with a 42-26 win. Exeter do not concede walkovers and it’s this attitude that has meant that they will now play in the Trophy semi-finals. Read more online.






Tuesday 10 April, 6-8pm
South West Alumnae Group (female graduates) Speaker Event
Hotel Du Vin, Magdalen Street, Exeter, Devon EX2 4HY

The South West Alumnae Group will be welcoming as their guest speaker Bea Gare. A former member of the Diplomatic Service, Bea has a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Exeter and is currently branch leader for the Women’s Equality Party in Exeter. She will be speaking about her career, experiences and her current work. To register to attend this event, please complete our online booking form.


Wednesday 2 May, 6-8pm
Our Changing Environment: the future biodiversity, the oceans, and humanity
Royal Geographic Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

All alumni from the University of Exeter are invited to hear from world leading climate change researchers and meet with other Exeter alumni over drinks and canapes. Three short talks will be a followed by a Q&A panel discussion and a further opportunity to meet with researchers in the wider College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Tickets cost £10 per person and are available via our online store.


Tuesday 10 May, 7-11pm
2018 London Gala Dinner
Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Ave, London EC2N 2DQ

All our alumni community are warmly invited to join us at our annual gala dinner in London on Thursday, 10 May 2018. This event is one of the highlights of the year, held in the stunning surroundings of the Drapers’ Hall - a hidden gem with a glorious garden tucked away in the City of London. The cost of a ticket is £100 per head which includes a drinks reception, a three-course meal and wine throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchasd via the online store.


Monday 4 June, 6-8pm
Global Conversation Hong Kong: Valuing the Invaluable: How can we include biodiversity in business decision-making?
CUHK Business School Town Centre (Amber room), Unit B, 1/F, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong

Join us for a Global Conversation public lecture in Hong Kong. In “Valuing the Invaluable: How can we include biodiversity in business decision-making?” hear from Exeter scientists, Professor Stuart Bearhop and Dr Nibedita Mukherjee who will present their latest research in this field. Please complete the online booking form.

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