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Responding to your feedback


At the beginning of 2018 we sent a survey to all our alumni around the world. We asked you to share your views on our events, our newsletters, our magazine and our fundraising. More than 1,300 of you completed the survey and we reviewed all your responses and comments, in order to check what we do and make changes where necessary.

Read more about the changes we've made online.


Alumni News


We're on Instagram

We've taken the plunge and launched our very own Exeter alumni Instagram account. Follow us to stay up-to-date with all the latest Exeter related news, or just to see pretty pictures of our campuses!

If you've got any old pictures of our campuses that you think would be great on Instagram, then get in touch.


Exeter alumna is revolutionising the US vacation experience

Alumna, Sarah Dusek (Law, 1998), has set-up a Montana-based glamping company that is now one of America’s fastest growing companies. She talks about what it’s like to launch a business from scratch.

Read more online.


Exeter alumna awarded prestigious sports leadership prize

Exeter alumna Emma Vetriano (International Relations, 2011) has been named a Sports Industry NextGen Leader for 2019. This highly coveted award is for any professional aged 30 or under working in the UK Sports Industry, and is awarded by The Sports Industry Group, a prestigious group that leads the UK’s support of sport business.

Read more online.


Student business becomes online brand

Two entrepreneurial Exeter alumni are seeing success after setting up a jewellery business while still at University. Bartosz Wozniak (Law, 2017) and fiancée Sally-Ann Dunn (Biological Sciences, 2016) started their company, Baltic Beauty, in 2014 while in their second years of study. Since then they have grown the business into an established online brand and sold their pieces across the globe.

We asked them what inspired them to start their business while at Exeter, read what they had to say online.


Exeter time capsule:

Exeter alumni reunite after 50 years

Last month alumnus Garry Wallace (Economics, 1968) organised a great 50th reunion dinner at Reed Hall. Thanks for sharing this lovely picture - we hope you all had a wonderful time back on campus!

If you have any photos of your recent reunion please do send them to us, we also love to see old photos of our campuses!


No sibling rivalry in this alumni business

Working with family is popular in the UK and family run firms make up 88% of the UK’s businesses. They’re not all spread across the generations either, many, like Cranes Drinks, have been founded by siblings with a shared passion. Cranes was started in 2012 by Exeter alumnus Ben Ritsema (Business and Management, 2012) and his identical twin brother Dan. They produce three different flavoured ciders, which have just started to be sold nationally in Asda supermarkets.

Read more online.


Exeter alumna highlights challenges faced by disabled researchers

Exeter alumna Dr Sasha Kosanic (PhD Geography, 2015) has published a paper raising awareness about the obstacles researchers with disabilities can face in the academic system. Sasha, who completed her PhD on climate variability at the University’s Penryn campus and now works at the University of Konstanz in Germany, says: “Academia is a very competitive environment for everyone, however even more so for disabled researchers. I was extremely lucky to have Dr Stephan Harrison and Dr Karen Anderson as my PhD supervisors as they were always supportive and placed the emphasis on my abilities and not disabilities, however this is not the case for everyone."

Read more about what Sasha has to say online.


How the MBA supports business development

Trevor Worth (MBA, 2015) is a successful business owner based in Plymouth. He shares his story of how completing the MBA at Exeter helped him to think more innovatively and introduce new ways of working.

Read more online.


More success for our alumni authors

Congratulations to all our alumni authors who have recently published books just in time for Christmas. Take a look online at the latest books available from our alumni authors.


South West Alumnae Group's 'Blue Planet' event

On 2 October, a well-attended South West Women’s Alumni Group were delighted to hear a talk by Dr Steve Simpson, a marine biologist and fish ecologist at the University of Exeter, whose work on bioacoustics and fish communication featured in the BBC's recent Blue Planet 2 programme. Dr Simpson explained how he has pioneered new ways of listening to the ocean and interacting with fish, including underwater puppetry. You can watch his talk online.

The group's next event will be their Christmas event on 4 December at Reed Hall, find out more online. Partners are welcome.



Exeter alumnus is helping to unveil Kolkata’s hidden heritage

In 2017, Exeter alumnus Dr Tathagata Neogi became the co-founder of Heritage Walk Calcutta. Heritage Walk Calcutta differs from many Heritage companies, in that is founded and run by academics and aims to provide tourists with extensively researched tours of the city. Tours are geared towards locals and tourists alike, and aim to allow customers to experience the city in new ways and gain a deeper understanding of the complex historical issues that have formed communities in the city.

Read more about it online.


University News


University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship

We are pleased to offer University of Exeter alumni beginning postgraduate study with us in 2019 a scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees. The scholarship is available to any University of Exeter graduate, including international year abroad, starting a taught Masters degree (eg MA; MSc; MRes; MFA) or research degree (eg PhD) in 2019. Different rates of discount will be offered by fee status and programme type, find out more online.


XRacing Formula Student

Lewis Hamilton might have been crowned F1 Champion last month, but who's going to be behind the champions of the future?! XRacing - Exeter's Formula Student team need your support to challenge for the top next year - check out their fundraiser to see how you can get involved.


New scholarships help top Canadian students visit Exeter

Students from Canada are being given the opportunity to study at the University of Exeter Business School, thanks to a new scholarship programme set-up by an Exeter alumnus. Michael Jones (Economics, 1974) has founded the ‘Haventree Bank Scholarship Fund’, which will support students who couldn’t otherwise afford to study abroad, to spend a term or a full year at Exeter. 

Read more about his story online.


New state-of-the-art optical spectrum analyser will help to detect disease

Pioneering research, conducted by Professor Frank Vollmer at the University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute, will advance even further thanks to support from the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung. A grant from the German foundation for Professor Vollmer to purchase a state-of-the-art spectrometer will help to analyse light-matter interaction and spectral response of individual molecules in even greater detail.

Read more online.


Exeter alumnus supports research internships

Five additional undergraduate students in Natural Sciences will be able to benefit from research internships, thanks to a further donation from Exeter alumnus Mick Jackson (BSc & PhD Chemical Engineering, 1979, 1984). Mick set up the Jackson-Grime-Davies research internship in 2017 in order to give students the opportunity to gain an immersive research experience by designing and undertaking their own research project.

Read more online.


Volunteering News


College of Social Sciences and International Studies alumni engage with Exeter Scholars students

Five alumni from different social sciences disciplines returned to campus in September to take part in the widening participation ‘Exeter Scholars programme’ giving 6th form college students from the South West the opportunity to hear about studying social sciences at University and the types of careers it can lead to.

Read more online.


The Exeter China Alumni Association (ECAA)

The University of Exeter has a range of networks and groups designed to support Exeter alumni in a variety of different ways.

This month find out about The Exeter China Alumni Association (ECAA).


Volunteer in the Spotlight: Ronnie Henderson (Ancient History, 2014)

We caught up with alumnus Ronnie Henderson (Ancient History, 2014), who talked to us about why he volunteers for Exeter. Ronnie is Chair of Exetra, the recent alumni group, for alumni in the London area who graduated in the last ten years. Find out what he had to say online.


Sport News


Skinner named Man of the Match in Scotland debut

Sam Skinner (Business and Economics 2017) made his international debut for Scotland against Fiji at Murrayfield. Not only did he earn his first senior international cap but his outstanding performance also saw him nominated as Man of the Match. Skinner captained the University 1st XV leading the side to victory at Twickenham in the BUCS Championship and is now a regular starter for Exeter Chiefs.

Read more online.


Podium success for Exeter Sailors at BUCS Fleet Championships

Exeter Sailors had a phenomenal weekend at Draycote Water in the BUCS Fleet Racing. Exeter secured podium finishes in all four of the fleets resulting in gold in the Women’s Fleet Championship and a bronze for the men’s. For further news from the event and detailed results read more online.



Netballers inspiring local primary school pupils

As part of the Gifted and Talented programme run in Exeter’s local primary schools, performance netballers Hannah Blackman and Christina Shaw spoke about their netball journeys to primary school pupils from across Exeter. The Gifted and Talented programme runs sessions every half term in local Exeter Primary Schools for children who have been identified by their schools as talented in their movement or sport.

Read more online.



Exeter makes a solid start to the BUCS Season

Exeter teams have had a good start to the season placing them in 4th place in the BUCS points table. Men’s and Women’s Hockey 1st Team are currently top of South A and Women’s Rugby sit comfortably top of Premier South having been unbeaten so far this season. Netball 1st and Men’s and Women’s Indoor cricket also are top of their respective leagues.





Thursday 29 November
2018 Exetra Christmas Quiz, London
Balls Brothers Adams Court, 6 Adams Court, EC2N 1DX

To celebrate the run up to Christmas, Exetra, the recent alumni network, is pleased to hold another popular quiz on Thursday 29th November. Join us to test your knowledge and compete to win exciting prizes! Special prizes will also be available for the best Christmas hat and the best team name! Entry is £3 per person, with a maximum of 5 people per team. Register online ahead of the event (individually or as a team) to guarantee your place, and pay on the door.


Thursday 29 November, 5.30pm
Niklaus Cartwright French Lecture: Clandestine Correspondence at Court, Exeter
Queens Building LT1, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Alumni and students are warmly welcome to attend the second Niklaus-Cartwright lecture. Visiting speaker Professor Catriona Seth from the University of Oxford will talk on: ‘Clandestine Correspondence at Court’ - Marie Antoinette’s exchanged notes and letters with the Imperial Ambassador to France. The lecture commences at 5.30pm on Thursday 29 November in Lecture Theatre 1, Queen’s Building. Attendance is free of charge but you will need to reserve your place by booking online.


Monday 3 December, 5-6.30pm
‘More fun or phonics? The power of story & games in integrated group reading: a targetted teaching intervention for year 2 & 3 pupils who are delayed in reading’
Graduate School of Education, St Lukes, Exeter

Alumni with an interest in education are invited to attend an open seminar hosted by Centre for Research in SEN & Disabilty. Organised by the research team who have conducted the Nuffield Foundation funded project evaluating the Integrated Group Reading programme. For more information contact Professor Brahm Norwich,


Tuesday 4 December, 6-8pm
South West Alumnae Group (female graduates) – Christmas event
Reed Hall, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

Join the South West Alumnae Group for their Christmas event on Tuesday 4 December 2018. This year the event will be held at the beautiful Reed Hall on the Streatham Campus, and will run from 6pm until 8pm. Guests can get festive with mulled wine and mince pies. We will have a performance from student group Sweet Nothings, who will be performing a selection of Christmas songs. To register to attend this event, please complete our online booking form. For further details please contact


Tuesday 4 December, 3-4.30pm
CPRL Research Tea : Building resilience strategies in the development of professionals
Graduate School of Education, Staff House, St Lukes.

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning (CPRL) hold regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the academic year. At each Research Tea a member of the team gives an informal presentation on a chosen topic and then the session opens up for discussion. All are welcome to attend. Find out more online.


Monday 10 December, 6-8pm
Medical Alumni Network Christmas social and quiz, Exeter
The Mount Radford, 73-75 Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX2 4TA

To celebrate the launch of the Medical Alumni Network this year you are invited for mulled wine and mince pies at the Mount Radford, Exeter from 6-8pm on Monday 10 December. This will be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with your former course mates and test your memories of university with our festive quiz. The event is free but booking essential due to limited capacity so please book online.


Wednesday 27 February 2019, 5.30-7pm
Russian organised crime and money laundering: from the Vory to Moneyland
University of Exeter

What is the relationship between organised crime and the state in Russia? How are Russian criminal organizations connected to the wider economy of industry and oligarchs? How are they serviced by white collar professionals both in Russia and overseas? Has London got a particular problem with Russian organised crime? In the second of two seminars, we welcome two leading experts on these questions: Mark Galeotti, author of The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia (Yale University Press, 2018) and Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland: Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It Back (Profile books, 2018). No booking required but contact if you'd like to attend.


27-29 June 2019
2019 conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies, Exeter

The 16th Biennial conference of ESCAS will be hosted in Exeter by ExCAS ( ExCAS is a network based at the University of Exeter. Studying the Central Asian ex-soviet republics through the lens of political science, sociology, Islamic studies, social mobilization, civil society, gender studies, conflicts studies and international relations). Find out more online.






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