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2018 Summer Graduation


We recently celebrated Summer Graduation where we welcomed 5206 students from across our campuses into our alumni community. From cupcakes to hat throwing, we had a fantastic time celebrating with our graduates. View photos on Facebook, watch messages of congratulations from our staff, and see interviews with a number of Honorary Graduates on our YouTube channel.

The University also welcomed 14 new Honorary Graduates into the alumni community. A former Home Secretary, an LGBTQ campaigner, the leader of the first all-female crew to cross the Pacific and a legendary journalist are among those who were given honorary degrees by the University of Exeter. You can find out about all our 2018 Honorary Graduates online.


Alumni News


Royal recognition for Exeter alumni

Congratulations to our 14 University of Exeter alumni and three honorary graduates who have received recognition for their work in the Queen’s birthday honours. They have been honoured for a whole range of activities including charity work, services to arts, education, sport and medicine.

Read the full list online.


Exeter and Beyond: Alumna gives her Top Tips for Graduating Students

Alumna Carmen Denman (PhD Biological Sciences, 2013), recently spoke to us about her time at Exeter. Carmen shared her memories of Exeter, her path since graduating and gave some advice to soon-to-be Exeter alumni.

Read more online.


Exploring Different Routes to Success – Alumnae Reception 2018

The Alumnae Group successfully ran their eighth Women and Leadership Reception this April, giving female graduates the opportunity to network with fellow alumnae as well as hear from inspiring speakers. This year’s theme was ‘Exploring different routes to success’ and looked at how volunteering, non-executive directorships, portfolio careers and entrepreneurship can all be used to achieve success in your career and further personal development.

Read more and watch videos of the event online.


Reconnecting with Alumni in Denmark

Alumni in Copenhagen attended an informal drinks reception on Thursday 7 June 2018. This was the first alumni event run in Denmark and so to mark the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Steve Smith, and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Goodwin, welcomed guests and shared news and updates from the University.

It was great to see our alumni reconnect, and we hope these relationships now can grow in strength by building an alumni presence in Denmark. We are looking to create a small community of volunteers who may be willing to become a country contact. In this role you would act as an ambassador of the University, by acting as point of contact for fellow alumni, current and potential students, as well as visiting staff. Country Contacts can also assist with organising local activities and events to bring alumni together. If you think you may be interested in this role or would like to discuss it further please email Ruth Waterfield, International Alumni Officer.


Alumni Annual Fund supports Pint of Science 2018

Pint of Science Exeter 2018, which was supported by the Alumni Annual Fund, was hosted over three nights between 14-16 May. Each night had four events running simultaneously at local venues, the City Gate, the Phoenix, the Oddfellows and the Ship, all covering a different science theme. The funding obtained from the Alumni Annual Fund was used across a wide range of areas such as hiring venues, and obtaining science kits to engage the public more interactively.

Read more online.


Reusable KeepCup Campaign supported by the Alumni Annual Fund wins Campaign of the Year at the Guild Awards

The student-led Give Up Your Paper Cup campaign has won the award for Campaign of the Year at the Guild Awards, for encouraging students and staff to use a re-usable KeepCup when buying hot drinks. This scheme, backed by the Alumni Annual Fund, has saved the use of over 25,000 disposable cups in just its first term and directly led to the university’s decision to go ‘plastic-free’ by 2020. 

Read more online.


Exeter time capsule

Back in March we posted this #throwbackthursday on our Facebook page showing Devonshire House in 2004/2005. We loved seeing how many of you remembered when Devonshire House used to look like that!

Now we're looking for more old photos of our lovely campuses. If any alumni have any photos they'd like to share with us then we'd love to see them. Simply get in touch.



College of Social Sciences and International Studies News


University of Exeter academic honoured for research shaping new national reporting system on police use of force

A University of Exeter expert’s work on a new national reporting system on the use of force for all 43 police forces in England and Wales has earned her a major award. Dr Abigail Dymond’s contribution to the new national police use of force reporting system - introduced in April 2017 - will lead to more transparent and safer policing.

Read more online.




Farmers increasingly relying on agricultural contractors, new research shows

University of Exeter rural policy researcher Dr Caroline Nye has found that the majority of South West farmers now employ contractors for big projects such as hedge-cutting, combining, silage making, ploughing, sowing, drilling, and pesticide application. Contractors themselves often employ workers and are now reporting difficulties in finding suitably qualified staff. Dr Nye believes that the wider labour shortages in the industry must be looked at alongside shortages in seasonal labour to get a true understanding of the future needs of the farming industry in the UK.

Read more online.




Bite-size food talks at the River Cottage Food Fair

Faculty and PhD researchers from the Centre for Rural Policy Research took part in the River Cottage Food Fair in May, giving a series of short talks reflecting their own research interests, from Food Cooperatives in Times of Austerity, the Implications of Brexit for Farming, Food and the British countryside, to the Rise in Popularity of Black Pudding in the UK. The event was a great opportunity to publicise the Centre as home to an inter-disciplinary team of social scientists which focuses on all aspects of the rural economy and society and to promote the new MA Food Studies.




College of Life and Environmental Sciences News


Major new project to understand public attitudes and community responses to shale gas in the UK

A new research project led by academics at Exeter, Stirling and Cardiff universities will shed light on how public responses to shale gas unfold over time at national, regional and local levels. Given that protests about hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) have taken place in several countries including the UK, understanding public attitudes and community responses to shale gas development is a key social science research area, with relevance for communities directly affected by shale gas projects, for developers' “social license to operate” and for UK policy on energy and climate change.

Read more online.




All-female crew set for Pacific plastic pollution voyage

An all-female crew is set to embark on a mission across the Pacific to learn more about plastic pollution. The eXXpedition North Pacific voyage will cross the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, the densest ocean plastic zone on the planet. The team on the research vessel Sea Dragon will journey more than 3,000 nautical miles, studying micro-plastics and links to environmental and human health. The crew, due to set out on 25 June, will be led by ocean advocate Emily Penn and on leg one Emily Duncan, a PhD researcher from the University of Exeter, will be the head of science.

Read more online.





More woodland management needed to help save dormice

Managing woodlands to a greater extent could help stop the decline of Britain’s dormice, new research suggests. Dormouse numbers are falling in Britain – down by 72% in just over 20 years – and the scientists say this could reflect changes in climate and the composition and structure of woodland habitats. The findings, from two new studies led by the University of Exeter, show dormice favour woodland with varied heights and areas of regrowth, including species such as hazel and yew that provide the flowers, fruits and nuts they enjoy.

Read more online.


College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences News


Shadow of a clear sky - astronomers find an exoplanet atmosphere free of clouds

Scientists have detected an exoplanet atmosphere that is free of clouds, marking a pivotal breakthrough in the quest for greater understanding of the planets beyond our solar system. An international team of astronomers, led by Dr Nikolay Nikolov from the University of Exeter, have found that the atmosphere of the ‘hot Saturn’ WASP-96b is cloud-free. Using Europe’s 8.2m Very Large Telescope in Chile, the team studied the atmosphere of WASP-96b when the planet passed in front of its host-star. This enabled the team to measure the decrease of starlight caused by the planet and its atmosphere, and thereby determine the planet’s atmospheric composition.

Read more online.




Pioneering mooring rope deployed at a cutting-edge wave energy device

A sophisticated new type of mooring rope has been successfully deployed at a cutting-edge wave energy device, marking a significant new milestone for the project. The elastomeric mooring tethers – which address cost and reliability challenges – have been installed at the BiMEP test site in the Bay of Biscay, on the northern coast of Spain. The pioneering tethers were developed and tested by Renewable Energy experts from the University of Exeter in the Dynamic Marine Component (DMaC) test facility, based at the Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

Read more online.




Scholarship programme established in honour of Mining alumnus

Richard Osman (MSc Mining Geology, 1999), a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines (CSM), has been honoured posthumously by friends and former colleagues who have set up a scholarship scheme at his alma mater. The Richard Osman Memorial Fund will provide funds to train the next generation of young mining professionals and will support 40 scholars over a 20-year period. Two students will be funded each year to follow in Richard’s footsteps and study on the prestigious MSc Mining Geology course at CSM.

Read more online.


Medical School News


University and NHS team up to launch pioneering Academy of Nursing

A new Academy of Nursing will combine academic rigour with NHS expertise to raise standards of care. The University of Exeter has joined forces with patients and local NHS organisations as part of a collaboration that will support existing nurses, ensuring they are in close contact with the science of nursing and the latest approaches through seminars, mentoring systems and conferences.

Read more online.




Pioneering genomics researcher recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

An Exeter clinical scientist who has helped to transform the lives of thousands of patients worldwide has been recognised by the Queen in her latest Birthday Honours. Professor Sian Ellard, Professor of Genomic Medicine at the University of Exeter Medical School and the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital’s (RD&E) Consultant Clinical Scientist, receives an OBE in the prestigious awards.

Read more online.




Exeter announces new Mireille Gillings Fellowships in Health Innovation to develop future women leaders

The University of Exeter Medical School is creating two new Mireille Gillings Professorial Fellowships, to help develop the next generation of leaders that excel in medicine, science, leadership and business. They have been funded from a £10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation – the largest single gift ever made to the University. The Fellowships will provide opportunities for future leaders to develop the business acumen required to lead entrepreneurial activity that will have meaningful benefits for health worldwide. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they can promote women, as part of the Medical School’s award-winning commitment to gender equality, helping to address a shortfall of women in senior roles worldwide.

Read more online.




University News


Executive Masters Applied Leadership Practice

Exeter alumni can receive a discounted price on our new Masters programme. Strategic leadership is at the heart of this new Masters programme, designed to provide senior leaders in both public and private sectors with new insights into their leadership practice. Delivered by world-leading researchers and practitioners, using a range of innovative training approaches, it will enhance your ability to lead in complex and uncertain environments. The cost for the course is £13,500 for the first taught year and then £4,500 for the dissertation year – which means it will be £18,000 for the full Masters.

Read the brochure online.




Evening language programme

Alumni are invited to take part in the University of Exeter's new evening language courses starting from 8 October 2018. Online registration is now open and alumni are eligible for discounted rates. We offer a range of 15 languages from Beginners to Advanced level. Expand your world - learn a language!

Read more online.




Sustainable futures

Check out the latest interviews with our academics working in the field of Sustainable Futures. This month you can read more about our work protecting endangered killer whales, supporting sustainable agriculture and understanding climate change tipping points, along with many other areas.

Read more online.

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Exeter MBA discount

We are offering a £5,000 scholarship to all Exeter alumni applying for The Exeter MBA (starting September 2018). You can receive £5,000 towards programme fees, and further scholarships are available for strong candidates. Applications are closing soon. To find out more about the programme and how to apply please visit


Volunteering News


Volunteer in the spotlight

Alumnus and volunteer, Tim Ireland (Chemical Engineering, 1984), talks to us about his time at Exeter and why he volunteers. Since graduating from Exeter, Tim has given his time to help organise alumni hockey events.

Find out what he has to say about volunteering online.




Alumnus supports budding engineers

40 budding engineers have spent four days with the College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences undertaking activities in order to gain an insight into what undergraduate engineering entails. The University has run the Headstart engineering residential programme for year 12 students for a number of years, in conjunction with the Engineering Development Trust. Alumnus Alex Crump (MEng. Civil Engineering 2013), a Chartered Civil Engineer working at Devon County Council, took part in the ‘Grapevine’ session, an opportunity for the students to hear from a panel of graduates who’ve taken the next steps in their careers, to get a sense of the possibilities which an engineering degree offers.

Read more online.




Alumni mentoring provides valuable real-life insights for students

Hannah Guzzetta-King (MSc Psychology, 2012), has been mentoring Exeter students since 2016 and is passionate about her involvement in the scheme. She spoke to us about the kind of help she gives her mentees and encourages her fellow alumni to consider signing up to help too.

Read more online.




Alumni help current students with career workshops

This June, alumni from a broad range of professions returned to campus to deliver workshops designed to give students unique insights into specific career pathways. Students received a week of targeted training, followed by an additional week’s work placement. Current student, Maria Gibson (Liberal Arts), tells us about the help she received from alumni on the Pathway to Marketing.

Read more online.




We need your help!

Are you a recent graduate based in London? Looking to help fellow graduates, gain new skills and have fun? Exetra, the recent alumni group, is currently looking for new committee members. Find out more about the group here or join their Facebook Group here. If you would be interested please email




Kathryn Lane to compete in the Hockey World Cup

Former sports scholar and 1st Team Captain Kathryn Lane (Business and Management 2016 ) has been named in the squad for the Hockey Women’s World Cup which starts in London on 21 July. Not long after graduation Lane joined the England Women’s central squad and made her senior debut in February 2017 in South Africa. In March this year an unexpected call-up to the Commonwealth Games Squad was an opportunity to take part in her first Senior International Competition and the team were duly rewarded with a Bronze Medal.




Women’s Doubles heading to World Championships

A win at the MET Regatta at the beginning of June for Women’s Double Lightweights Susannah Duncan and Danielle Semple was the confident start needed and testament to all of the hours of winter training. Henley Women’s Regatta was the next race in the calendar, and the preparation of ergo test, seat racing and hours on the water again paid dividend resulting in a win of eight seconds over the next crew. This has secured them seats for the U23 World Championship this summer in Poznan, Poland.




Sailing benefit from Annual Fund Award

The University Sailing Club submitted a successful bid to the Annual Fund to provide a storage solution for the fleet of twelve Fireflys at Roadford Reservoir. The sailing club was fortunate to receive funding which allowed them to complete the set of twelve Fireflys in 2015, an immediate impact of this purchase which allowed all teams to train together, saw Exeter crowned the BUCS Sailing Champions in 2016 – 2017. Details of how to support the Annual Fund are online.








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


Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 September
Drama 50th Alumni Reunion
Streatham Campus, Exeter

We invite all Exeter Drama alumni to celebrate 50 years of the department in Exeter on the weekend of 1-2 September 2018 for an assortment of nostalgia, merriment and looking forward. Please register to attend via the online booking form


Tuesday 4 September
South West Alumnae Group (female graduates) Speaker Event Exeter
18:00 to 20:00
Hotel Du Vin, Magdalen Street, Exeter, Devon EX2 4HY

The South West Alumnae Group will be welcoming as their guest speaker Rachel Trethewey, author of Pearls before Poppies: The Story of the Red Cross Pearls. To register to attend this event, please complete our online booking form. For further details please contact


Friday 7 September
2018 Alumni Golf Challenge Day
08:00 to 18:00
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). To register your interest please contact John Gilbert (EUAGS) or Tim Ireland (EUHC Alumni).


Thursday 20 September
Wine Tasting and Tapas, Recent Graduates (London)
19:30 to 21:30
Camino Bankside, 5 Canvey Street, London SE1 9AN

Join Exetra, the Recent Alumni Group, to enjoy an evening of wine tasting and tapas. Hosted by West London Wine School you will receive tutored tasting of six different wines as well as advice on the food it compliments. Book online now, tickets cost £25 and are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment.


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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