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Campaign reaches 75% of its target!


The University’s Making the Exceptional Happen Campaign has reached 75% of its ambitious target with two years to go. Take a look at our new video to see the impact of philanthropy and how far we have come. With £45 million of the £60 million goal secured, the final push is now on to raise the remaining 25% so that we can invest further in students, research, equipment and buildings. Read more online.


Alumni News


2018 House of Lords Reception, London

University of Exeter alumni are once again invited to attend an exclusive evening reception at the House of Lords on Thursday, 1 November, hosted by our Chancellor, Lord Myners of Truro. The event will offer a unique opportunity to visit this prestigious building and to hear the latest news from the University as well as meeting up with friends from your time at Exeter. Alumni of all years are welcome to attend and you may bring a guest with you.

Please purchase your tickets via our online store. Tickets cost £55 each and are available to all alumni (max 2 per person). If you have any questions, please contact


Autumn 2018 telethon set to start

Our autumn telethon will begin in October when a team of students will call a selection of our alumni to find out about their time during and after University, as well as seeking important support for our Making the Exceptional Happen Campaign. We are currently busy recruiting the team who are hoping to build upon the success of last year, when we spoke to more than 1,700 alumni and raised over £110,000.

We start calling on Monday 29 October and the campaign will run for a total of five weeks. We call 6.15pm to 9.30pm on weekdays, 12.45pm to 5pm on Saturdays and 3.45pm to 8pm on Sundays.

Find out more online.



Be part of our social media campaign designed to raise the aspirations of young people by sharing the story of how you progressed to your chosen profession.

If you have a story to share that could inspire others to aim high and progress to higher education, we would love to hear from you! Perhaps you came to your degree through a non-traditional route, or overcame barriers or challenging circumstances to get where you are today. The idea behind the campaign is to help raise the aspirations of students from varied and non-privileged backgrounds, or those facing barriers to progression, showing them that higher education is a viable and achievable option.

If you have a story to share, please provide a very short paragraph, summary or bullet points that you are happy for us to post on social media. We also need your name, the name of your degree programme and, if possible, a relevant photo to go alongside your short story.

Send your story to us at and we will respond straight away. Thank you for your support!


The Alumni Network Group (ANG)

The University of Exeter has a range of networks and groups designed to support Exeter alumni in a variety of different ways. Sometimes working behind the scenes providing the ‘alumni voice’ to University boards, sometimes organising professional networking and careers support activity, and sometimes arranging informal, social events to help the alumni community connect with one another.

The Alumni Network Group Committee (otherwise known as ANG) was formed in 2008 and is chaired by Stephen Edge, Hon LLD (Law, 1972; Hon LLD, 2012), Corporate Tax Partner at Slaughter and May. The ANG takes a lead role in helping the University to build relationships with alumni and promote alumni engagement with Exeter. It is also consulted on strategic issues on an ad-hoc basis as a collective Group or via individual members.

Read more online.


Exeter time capsule:

Exeter alumni celebrate 40 years since marrying on campus

University of Exeter alumni Dr Joan (Chemistry, 1975 & PhD Chemistry, 1978) and Brian Stopp (Chemical Engineering, 1975) not only met and fell in love at Exeter, but married on campus too! Joan and Brian were married in the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel at the end of September 1978, before hosting their reception at Reed Hall. This year they will be celebrating their Ruby wedding anniversary with long standing Exeter friends who joined them for the ceremony 40 years previously.

Read more online.


Update from the latest SW Alumnae Group event

The latest meeting of the SW Alumnae Group at the Hotel du Vin featured speaker Rachel Trethewey, talking about her recently published book ‘Pearls before Poppies.’ The inspiration for the book came from a single line in an exhibition at Port Eliot, which said that Emily, the Countess of St Germans, had donated a pearl to the Red Cross Appeal in 1981. Her research led her to the archives of the Red Cross, the auctioneers Christie's, Stanway (the home of the Wemyss family) and the home of Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame. The auction raised over £100,000 for the Charity the equivalent to 5 to 6 million today. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event.

To find out more about the group visit our website.


Alumni publish new books

Helen Russell (English Literature, 2001) has had her debut novel, Gone Viking published by Penguin. Gone Viking is about two sisters on a Scandi holiday they’ll never forget learning to be braver, bolder and ‘more Viking’. 

Exeter alumna Iona Tulloch (Psychology, 1999) has published a new children’s book believed to be the first to highlight the importance of peatland. Lonesome Bog and Little Dog is a captivating picture book, for people aged three to 103 years old, with a unique environmental message. Read more online.

Alumnus, Phil Hamlyn Williams, has just released his new book Ordnance. Ordnance is the story of these men and women and traces the provision of equipment and armaments from raw material through manufacture to the supply routes which put into the hands of our soldiers all the materiel that they needed to win the war. Find out more about it online.

And alumna Emily Hunt (English, 2009) has released a new science book for children. 15-Minute STEM offers an exciting collection of activities to inspire and engage young learners in the home or the classroom. Read more online.



College of Social Sciences and International Studies News


Future coders summer school

The next generation of computer coders took part in a six week intensive summer school at the University of Exeter’s newly built Computational Social Science Laboratory. The course, run by the University as part of the Government’s £20m investment in digital skills around the UK known as the Institute of Coding (IoC), is designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students to learn about data analytics and computer programming for the first time.

Read more online.




MA Middle East Studies - New for September 2019

The MA in Middle East Studies will equip students with the general research skills, sources and tools relevant to the study of the Middle East, North Africa and the Muslim World in general. Students will have the option, should they wish, to specialise in 1-2 of seven areas of study which include: Palestine Studies, Gulf Studies, Kurdish Studies, comparative Politics, Gender Studies, Iranian Studies and Islamic Studies. The MA will be available full time (1 year) or part time (2 years).

Find out more online.




MA Education – New for September 2019

In September 2019 we will be introducing an array of MA Education programmes that will allow those with an interest in education to pursue their own particular interests. They are ideal for students from a range of subject, professional and career backgrounds. Students will be able to choose from:
• MA Education
• MA Creative Arts in Education
• MA Education Leadership and Management
• MA International Education
• MA Language and Literacy in Education
• MA Special Educational Needs
• MA Technology, Creativity and Thinking in Education

Find out more online.




College of Life and Environmental Sciences News


Calling postgraduate alumni!

We are looking to inspire prospective postgraduate students with your stories since graduation. Exploring the experiences of previous students is highly beneficial for potential students looking to make decisions about their future. Let us know what you’ve been up to by submitting a profile online.




Exeter academics recognised for teaching excellence

Two leading academics at the University of Exeter have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships - one of the most prestigious awards for higher education teaching. Dr Greta Bosch and Dr Andrew Pye received the major award in recognition for their outstanding impact on both the student learning experience, and teaching excellence. They are joined by 52 other academics nationwide to receive the fellowships from Advance HE, and which were announced today (August 30).

Read more online.




Scientists unravel history of lost harbour of Pisa

New insights into the evolution and eventual disappearance of Portus Pisanus, the lost harbour of Pisa, have been revealed. Although it has been described as one of Italy’s most influential seaports during the Middle Ages, little is known about the relationship between Portus Pisanus’s environment and its history. To understand the role that long-term coastal dynamics, sea-level rise and a changing environment played in the harbour’s evolution, researchers reconstructed relative sea levels for the eastern Ligurian Sea over a 10,500-year period. The research team, led by David Kaniewski, also coupled historical maps with geological data to reconstruct the morphology of the coast around the Pisa harbour basin.

Read more online.


College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences News


Calling alumni from the College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences!

We are looking to inspire future students with your stories since graduation. Exploring the experiences of previous students is highly beneficial for potential students looking to make decisions about their future. Let us know what you’ve been up to online. We are particularly keen to hear from international students who studied at Exeter so if this is you please don’t hesitate to get in touch.




Exeter maths expert's cryptic conundrums feature in new puzzle book

A selection of cryptic conundrums and bamboozling brainteasers, designed by a maths expert from the University of Exeter, are set to test the mental agility of the nation’s puzzle masters. A number of puzzles set by Dr Gihan Marasingha will feature in the Today Programme Puzzle Book, which launched this month. The compendium of challenging brainteasers features more than 280 numerical and linguistic riddles that have featured in the popular Puzzle for Today section of BBC4’s flagship morning news and current affairs programme. Dr Marasingha has set a number of the daily challenges over the past 12 months, with some of the most popular featuring in the new book.

Read more online.




Forests crucial for limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees

Trying to tackle climate change by replacing forests with crops for bioenergy power stations that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) could instead increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, scientists say. Biomass Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) power stations are designed to produce energy and store the resulting carbon dioxide (CO2) in bedrock deep underground. But a study led by the University of Exeter suggests that converting large land areas to growing crops as biomass for BECCS would release so much CO2 that protecting and regenerating forests is a better option in many places.

Read more online.


Medical School News


Calling alumni from the University of Exeter Medical School!

We are looking to inspire future students with your stories since graduation. Exploring the experiences of previous students is highly beneficial for potential students looking to make decisions about their future. Let us know what you’ve been up to online.




Exeter researchers awarded nearly £1 million to target lethal lung disease

Exeter researchers have been awarded a grant of almost £1 million to develop new compounds which could treat the UK’s second most common lung disease. Professor Matt Whiteman, Dr Chris Scotton and Dr Mark Wood, of the University of Exeter, were awarded the grant by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to investigate the use of newly designed compounds in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Read more online.




Medicine graduation joy for young mum

It can be challenging enough being a single parent, but University of Exeter alumna Justina Igwe managed to conquer a demanding five-year Medicine degree at the same time. Justina, 24, successfully juggled the multiple pressures of parenthood as mum to Saphyre, aged 6, with a full-time Medicine course, and qualified as a junior doctor last month. She started her first job as a doctor at the beginning of August, along with 87 of her peers, the first cohort of Medicine students to graduate from the University. Justina credits the outstanding pastoral team at Exeter with helping her along the way, calling it “the best support team I’ve come across”. She also praises her “great group of friends, who were amazingly supportive.”

Read more online.




University News


Supporting pupils from underrepresented backgrounds through residential courses

The University’s Student Recruitment and Widening Participation team has hosted almost 300 prospective students from underrepresented backgrounds on residentials this summer. Exeter Scholars, the University’s flagship fair access programme, provided the opportunity for 140 Year 12 students from across the country to spend a week at both the Penryn and Streatham campuses. They were able to stay in halls of residence and experience a week of life at university including subject lessons offered by 14 different disciplines and outside activities led by student ambassadors. In addition, the University was visited by 60 Next Steps students from across the South West, 40 IntoUniversity students and 30 Social Mobility Foundation students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Find out more online.




Arts and Culture

The University is launching a new Arts and Culture Strategy with events in Exeter and Cornwall. The strategy will Activate Creativity through purposeful encounters involving academics, students and creatives from the region and beyond. You can find out more about the strategy online, and if you’d like to attend the launch event at the Exeter Castle 6-8pm on 16 October, you can book online. To attend the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Falmouth, 6-8pm on 24 October, you can also book online. You’d be very welcome!


Volunteering News


Alumni involvement in curriculum

Classics and Ancient History alumnus James Smith (PhD, 2013) talks about his role setting a challenge for students as part of the ‘Think Tank’ module in the Liberal Arts degree. In this module, students work in small groups to tackle a key social, political, business or economic challenge, which has been posed by an alum. Students benefit from working directly with the alumni who are industry experts during the project; this is great for students and for alumni who can enjoy and use the enthusiasm and skills of students.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and expertise in a similar way, please get in touch.




Alumni mentors help students achieve career success – thank you!

Our six month Career Mentor Scheme has a proven positive impact; students who were mentored and graduated in 2017 were 7.1% more likely to be in a graduate level job 6 months after graduation than their peers. Nearly 300 alumni mentored 493 students last academic year, dedicating around 5,000 hours to careers guidance, advice and sharing professional expertise. Thank you to you all! Your generously given time is making a huge difference to our students. Hear directly from law student, Neel Rokad about the impact the scheme has had on him.

Not yet involved? If you have three years’ work experience and could commit around two hours a month for six months to mentor a current student, we’d love to hear from you! We offer support and guidance for all mentors and will help you along the way. Find out more and sign up online.




Volunteer in Spotlight

This month for our volunteer in the spotlight we caught up with Nick Masson (Education & Physical Education, 1985). Nick is a Sales Director at Big Wave Media; he tells us about his career since leaving University and his role as a volunteer helping students in the ‘Professional Pathways’ careers programme. This provides an opportunity for students to find out about an industry or career from professionals in that area and take an internship to gain practical work experience.

Read more online.






Strength of the University Sailing programme evident at recent World Championships

This summer’s Sailing World Championships were held in Denmark and is a key competition on the pathway to Tokyo 2020. Exeter is a partner University with the RYA and has a history of attracting high calibre sailors and windsurfers to the University and eight EUSC members, current and alumni, representing GB across a variety of classes is a testament to the support received during their time at Exeter. For further information on individuals in their respective classes.

Read more online.




Alumnus Max Stedman rides in the Tour of Britain

Following his graduation this summer Max achieved further success wearing the GB U23 jersey in the UCI 2.2 Tour of Alsace where he finished 12th out of over 100 riders in the General Classification. Max had also qualified for the Tour of Britain as a member of the British Professional Team Canyon Eisberg which brought him back to his old training routes with the Devon roads helping him secure another strong finish in the General Classification.

Read more online.




Alumni Boat Club Dinner - Saturday 30 March 2019

EUBC will be hosting the first Boat Club Alumni Dinner at 67 Pall Mall, London on Saturday 30 March following the Head of the River Race. More details will be released later this year and if you are interested in attending the event please email Tay Attwell, Alumni Officer for Sport.




Honours shared in the inaugural Alumni Golf Challenge Cup

Wimbledon Park Golf Club played host to the first Alumni Golf Challenge between Exeter University Hockey Club alumni and members of the Alumni Golf Society (EUAGS). The day was a competitive but convivial affair with the honours shared 4-4. To find out more about other EUAGS events.

Read more online.







Drama 50th reunion event

Sorry you weren’t able to join us at the Drama 50th celebration weekend recently. A fantastic time was had by all, and everyone enjoyed catching up with fellow alumni, and returning to campus to reminisce, reflect and look forward to the next 50 years. We were delighted to see almost 200 alumni attend!

At the event we launched a crowdfunding appeal in order to enhance drama education for future generations of students. Collectively, all gifts can be transformational. You can read more about the campaign online.




Tuesday 2 October, 6-8pm
South West Alumnae Group (female graduates) – behind the scenes of BBC Blue Planet II
Queens Building LT2, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

At their October event the South West Alumnae Group are delighted to welcome as their guest speaker Associate Professor Steve Simpson, a marine biologist at the University of Exeter. Steve Simpson was a scientific adviser to Blue Planet II, and was featured in the final episode recording the sound from coral reefs from a kayak. In this talk he will describe his experiences working on the series, and discuss the threats facing our oceans today, including plastic pollution, marine noise and over-fishing. To register to attend this event, please complete our online booking form. For further details please contact


Wednesday 3 October, 6-8pm
Dementia and You: Planning for the Future
Reed Hall, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

Dementia is the health condition most feared by older adults but research at the University of Exeter can offer hope. As a world leader in dementia research the University has made great strides in advancing our understanding of dementia by focussing on prevention, effective treatments and improving care and support for people living with the condition. Find out more about the talk online. This event is free of charge to attend but you will need to reserve a place by booking online.


Saturday 6 October to Sunday 7 October
Mary Harris Chapel Diamond Jubilee weekend celebrations, University of Exeter
The Mary Harris Memorial Chapel, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4SZ

Join fellow alumni and supporters to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of the Mary Harris Chapel on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October. The programme for the weekend begins with a Devon cream tea, followed by Choral Evensong. Later there will be a reception in the Old Library and a concert with the Chapel choir on the Saturday. There will be a chance for choir alumni to sing with the Chapel Choir at the concert. On Sunday there will be a special service of Choral Eucharist. Professor Steve Smith, the University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor will give the welcome and our visiting preacher is The Rt. Revd. James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool and University alumnus. To reserve your place please book online. There is no charge but donations at the weekend towards Chaplaincy costs will be welcome.


Thursday 11 October, 6.45-9.30pm
Exetra: Working in Government - Behind the scenes
Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, London SW1A 2LW

Join Exetra, the recent alumni group, at their next event on Working in Government held at Portcullis House at the Houses of Parliament. Hear from a panel of Exeter alumni and industry professionals as they share their experiences of what it is like to work in government and give hints and tips on how to succeed and thrive in politics, parliament and everything in between. At 8.30pm, there will be a drinks reception at the Red Lion which will be a brilliant opportunity to network and meet with fellow Exeter graduates over wine and nibbles. Tickets are available for £10 each via our online store.


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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