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Congratulations to the winners of our Alumni Volunteer Awards!


In recognition of the contribution that our amazing alumni volunteers make to our institution, we recently launched our very first Alumni Volunteer Awards.

We received more than 60 nominations, all highlighting alumni volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their support of Exeter. It was tough for the judging panel (made up of student, staff and alumni representatives) to narrow down such a deserving selection. However, we are delighted to announce our winners:

Debbie Hill Award for the Exceptional Support of Students. Winner: Duncan Goldsworthy (Chemistry, 1977) in recognition of his long-standing and committed support of a wide range of student employability activities.

Nicholas Bull Award for the Exceptional Support of the Alumni Community. Winner Wenjie Li (MSc in Accounting and Finance, 2012) in recognition of for his pioneering leadership of the development of the Exeter China Alumni Association.

Read more about our Alumni Volunteer Awards online.


Alumni News


Spotting the products of the future: An interview with alumnus Ken Daly

Ken Daly (Engineering, 1989) is the Chief Executive of JML, retailer and home shopping company. He has been with the company almost since its inception, starting in sales and working up through the ranks, becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Ken is also now putting his talent for spotting a great product to use on Channel 4 show ‘Buy It Now’, supporting sellers and inventors to get their inventions in front of customers

Read more online.


Alumnus supports the next generation at Exeter

A new Widening Participation scholarship is to be introduced at the University of Exeter, helping to ensure even more students can benefit from a University education. Mark Waghorn (Law, 1988), a Partner at Simmons & Simmons LLP in London, has funded two scholarships of £300 per month for 36 months. This ensures two students who may not otherwise be able to attend University, will be supported throughout a three-year undergraduate programme at Exeter.

Read more online.


Alumni successful in book publications

Congratulations to Amanda Davey (Geography, 1983) and Patrick Keddie (Geography and International Politics, 2006) who have both recently had their books published. Amanda's book, 'Freckles and friends: true stories of garden wildlife', is for the young of all ages and aims to encourage people to open their eyes in their own gardens and see wildlife stories of their own. Alumnus Patrick, who now works as a journalist in Istanbul, recently published his first book 'The Passion: Football and the Story of Modern Turkey'. Patrick's book takes the reader on a wild journey through Turkey's role in football.


Recent Graduates explore how Writing and Publishing have changed

Exetra, the recent alumni group, held an event at the British Library in April on ‘Writing and Publishing in the Modern Age.’ A panel of Exeter alumni, with expert experience in the industries, discussed how these two popular sectors have seen a huge amount of change in the last few years and gave advice and guidance to recent graduates on how to stay ahead of the curve in these competitive sectors.

Read more online.


Screen success for alumnae

Huge congratulations to two of our recent alumnae. Last Sunday Vanessa Kirby (English, 2008) won a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Princess Margaret in ‘The Crown’; And Beth Reeks (Physics, 2016) has had her book ‘The Kissing Booth’ turned into a Netflix film that premiered last weekend.


Top resources for graduates in My Career Zone Digital

Marie Johns graduated in BA Philosophy and Sociology from Exeter in 2017 and she’s currently the Survey Project Officer (GBP) here at the University. Marie talks about Exeter's Career Zone resources that have helped her understand what she wants from a job and to make successful applications after graduation.

Read more online.



College of Social Sciences and International Studies News


Legislating conflict in outer space

Communications, surveillance, early warning, navigation systems all take place in outer space making it a critical security and conflict domain. Space and military law experts from Australia, the US & the UK, including Professor Michael Schmitt from the University of Exeter, have joined forces to take the lead on understanding how our Earth-bound laws will be applied in times of armed conflict in outer space. Read more about the Woomera Manual project.




Too young to plead guilty?

Experts have called for major changes to the criminal justice system after finding younger people are far more likely admit to offences, even when innocent, than adults because they are less able to make mature decisions. Dr Rebecca Helm, from the University of Exeter Law School, who was part of the research team said “research increasingly suggests that in the same way as they are too young to vote, too young to drink alcohol, and too young to rent a home, perhaps adolescents are too young to plead guilty.”

Read more online.




Book your place at Social Mobility Conference

We will be launching our new Centre for Social Mobility with a conference on 12 June at Streatham Campus open to university staff, students and alumni. The aim of this inaugural conference in the Alumni Auditorium in the Forum building is to raise awareness and build working relationships across the University community to support a whole institution approach to social mobility. You can book your place now for the event which will feature interactive information sessions and workshops.




College of Life and Environmental Sciences News


Significant grant will support sustainable fisheries

An important project to protect fish stocks in the Republic of Congo will be able to extend its work thanks to a grant from the Waterloo Foundation. Since 2013 University of Exeter researchers have been working on the Congo Marine programme, a partnership with Government agencies and local NGOs to improve the sustainability of local fish stocks.

Read more online.




Develop new insights into your strategic leadership

October 2018 will see the launch of the new Executive Masters in Applied Leadership Practice. The programme will provide you with new insights into your leadership practice and aims to develop your psychological understanding of your leadership identity, to promote your resilience and enhance your strategic leadership skills. Open to a small number of participants and aimed at senior individuals who are looking to transition to a substantial leadership role (eg, CEO, COO, Medical Director, Formation Commander), the programme is delivered part-time over two years using a range of interactive methods including keynote lectures, workshops, peer-led seminars, individual coaching, mentoring and experiential groups. The programme is delivered by world-leading researchers and practitioners from Clinical Psychology, the Exeter Centre for Leadership in the Business School and the University of Exeter Medical School. For further information about the programme visit the website. For an initial discussion to ascertain if this is the right course for you or a colleague, please contact Professor Ruth Sealy or Professor Eugene Mullan or call: +44 (0) 1392 723122




Sustainable Futures

The impact of Exeter research is felt across the globe and we have over 250 academics working on pioneering environment and sustainability research. Our new publication showcases some of the work we’re undertaking across the University with more interviews and information still to come. View online.




Beavers do dam good work cleaning water, research reveals

Beavers could help clean up polluted rivers and stem the loss of valuable soils from farms, new research shows. The study, undertaken by scientists at the University of Exeter using a captive beaver trial run by the Devon Wildlife Trust, has demonstrated the significant impact the animals have had on reducing the flow of tonnes of soil and nutrients from nearby fields into a local river system.

Read more online.




College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences News


Pioneering new Renewable Energy facility opens on Penryn Campus

A pioneering new renewable energy teaching and research centre has officially opened on the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall. The £1.77m Renewable Energy Engineering Facility (REEF) provides dedicated workshop and laboratory space for individual and small group student research projects in Renewable Energy. Part-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) and match funded by the University of Exeter capital investment, the REEF facility enhances the University’s teaching facilities for clean energy technologies.

Read more online.




Nine out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air, new data shows

International team, led by Professor Gavin Shaddick of the University of Exeter produce new estimates of global air quality. New data released on 1 May 2018 by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that air pollution levels are dangerously high in many parts of the world. Most significantly, updated estimates reveal an alarming toll of seven million deaths every year can be associated with exposure to outdoor and household air pollution.

Read more online.


Medical School News


£10M donation for Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre, medical research and leadership programmes

Gift from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation is the single largest received by the University of Exeter. The new Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre will be built at the University of Exeter Medical School. It will transform dementia research and diagnosis, thanks to a £10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation. The new building, located at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) site, will help accelerate clinical trials for potential dementia treatments over the next five years. The centre is the latest example of the close partnership working between the University of Exeter and the RD&E.

Read more online.




PCMD reunion!

Calling all Peninsula Medical Alumni 2008! You are invited to attend a 10 year reunion in Plymouth on 30th June – find out more and book your place now! This event is the chance to bring together Peninsula medical students, to reunite you with your fellow alumni and staff from the School and to hear where your journey has taken you since graduation.




Research reveals key factors to support quality of life in dementia

A robust research analysis has identified what factors can be targeted to support people to live as well as possible with dementia. The study, led by the University of Exeter and published in the journal Psychological Medicine, found that good relationships, social engagement, better everyday functioning, good physical and mental health, and high-quality care were all linked to better quality of life for people with dementia.

Read more online.




University News


Exeter subjects amongst very best in The Complete University Guide

Both science and humanities subjects at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best nationally in the latest influential league table. Thirty-six subjects are ranked in the top 20, with 26 in the top ten in the Complete University Guide 2019, released last month. The University also rose in the main rankings, up to 12th out of 131 eligible universities nationwide. The latest ranking comes after the University of Exeter was ranked joint 7th in the THE Student Experience Survey in March, and 9th in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards announced last month.

Read more online.




Exeter Professor publishes mother's memoirs

Professor Martin Sorrell, Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Exeter has recently published a memoir based on his French mother’s life. Professor Sorrell, who worked in the French department from 1970 to 2012 and is well known amongst Exeter’s alumni community, wrote the book 'Paulette: French by birth, English by chance' based on recordings his mother made in 2002.

Read more online.




£250,000 funding boost to investigate whether vitamin D promotes brain health

A robust clinical trial to investigate whether taking vitamin D can help keep our brains sharp in older age has been supported by a donation of nearly £250,000 from the J P Moulton Charitable Foundation. The University of Exeter Medical School will conduct a three-year study on whether Vitamin D can improve brain health in people at risk of dementia. Using the PROTECT online study of people aged 50 and over, the trial will assess whether supplements could help to prevent decline in memory and other cognitive functions.

Read more online.




Changes to our Privacy Policy

Ahead of new data protection laws coming into force this year, we have made some important changes to our Privacy Policy. These will not only ensure our policy is compliant but that everything we do with our alumni and supporters' information is as clear and transparent as possible. For reassurance, these changes do not imply that your data has ever been at risk or misused. To the contrary, we have always kept alumni and supporter data secure and in line with all relevant legislation. All the details are available online and if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Volunteering News


Volunteer in the spotlight

Jenny Durrant (Archaeology, 2003) has given time to help students at Exeter over several years. Jenny has given talks to students about careers in heritage and museums and advised individual students by email through the eXepert scheme. Most recently, she set a challenge for the Think Tank module of the BA Liberal Arts degree, advised students while they worked on their solution and reviewed the final presentations.
Jenny tells us about her career and why she volunteers her time helping students.

Read more online.




‘Amazing insights that we could not have got from anyone else.’

Hundreds of alumni help at Exeter each year and students really appreciate the difference this makes in their societies, courses and especially in career advice. Josh, Nicole and Ben talked about the great ways alumni volunteers have helped them at university.

Watch them online.




Industry Insights careers event for students in Hong Kong

The Exeter Hong Kong Alumni committee kindly organised an Industry Insight event in April, bringing together alumni as well as students who are currently on their year abroad in Hong Kong. A speed networking session offered attendees the opportunity to meet Adam Broadbent (Business and Accounting 2014), Mike Mathias (Economics and Politics, 1982) and Bob Dhillon (Economics, 1994). 

Read more online.




Alumni Sports Day

On Saturday 2 June the University will be hosting its first Alumni Sports Day at the Sports Park and we hope to see many recent alumni return to campus to compete against current student teams. The event will be run on a similar format to a BUCS Wednesday with matches taking place throughout the day. For details of sports involved and to register.

Read more online.




Women’s Rugby win BUCS Championship

EUWRFC have had an outstanding season but a loss to Hartpury early in the season saw them finish second in the Premier South but strong performances against Durham and Edinburgh in the knock out stages of the Championship secured them a place in the final at Twickenham and the opportunity to again take on their nemesis Hartpury. It took extra time to separate the sides but a penalty kick from Exeter secured the win.

Read more online.




Men’s Hockey secure place in Premier Division

Over two weekends of crucial fixtures in a fight for promotion EUMHC held strong to secure a place in the England Hockey Premier Division for the 2018-2019 season. Despite losing their opening game to University of Nottingham, Exeter fought back to finish with two consecutive wins against Sevenoaks and Oxted to secure a place in next year’s Premier Division.

Read more online.




Alumni Annual Fund supports improvements to Sailing Club facilities

In recent years the Sailing Club have had both individual and team success culminating in being crowned BUCS Sailing Champions in 2017. Their fleet of twelve Fireflies are used throughout the year for both racing and casual sailing and a recent award from the Alumni Annual Fund will enable the Club to securely store the boats. For further details of news and events from the Sailing Club visit the website.





Societies News


Exeter Guild's Alumni Contribution Award

The Alumni Contribution Award recognises an alumnus/a who has shown a great support or engagement with groups or societies associated with the Guild throughout the past year, giving groups and the Guild the ability to expand their knowledge or make great changes and continue to improve the student experience for future generations. Congratulations to the following alumni who have been shortlsited:

Femi Kalejaiye (LLB Law, 2016)
Liam Taylor (Geography, 2017)
Sherv Cheung (English, 2015)

Read more online.




Friday 1 June, 6-7.30pm
South West Alumnae Group (female graduates) Salsa Dancing Taster
Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS

Join the South West Alumnae Group for an introduction to Salsa! This is a brilliant opportunity to have a go at this fun and popular style of dance. No experience necessary! Tickets to this event are £5, to register to attend this event please complete our online booking form.


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.


Friday 17 August
2018 Alumni Golf Day
Worplesdon Golf Club, Heath House Rd, Brookwood, Woking GU22 0RA

The headline event in the alumni golf calendar, the Golf Day is open to all University of Exeter alumni. The 2018 Alumni Golf Day, the twelfth event to be held, will again take place at Worplesdon Golf Course on Friday 17 August. For further details please see the booking form online or email John Gilbert, EUAGS Organiser


Friday 7 September, 8am-6pm
2018 Alumni Golf Challenge Day
Wimbledon Park Golf Club, Home Park Road, SW19 7HR

The inaugural Alumni Golf Challenge event between Exeter University Alumni Golf Society (EUAGS) and Exeter University Hockey Club (EUHC) Alumni. Cost: £70 (including food and green fee). How to book: To register your interest please contact John Gilbert (EUAGS) or Tim Ireland (EUHC Alumni).


Thursday 25 October, 9.30am-4pm
EUAGS Over 50’s Invitation Golf Day
Tanbridge Golf Club, Oxted, RH8 9NQ

Alumni and guests are invited to the EUAGS Over 50’s Invitation Golf Day at Tandridge Golf Club, Oxted. Players go out in 4’s and the format is such that concurrent competitions can take place during the round with prizes for competition winners and nearest the pin. The cost is £85 and includes coffee and bacon roll on arrival, green fee and a two course lunch. To book please contact John Gilbert. Bookings will close on 12 October or earlier if capacity reached.

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