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Thanking our supporters


The latest Thank You Report has been distributed to our alumni and supporters. It showcases some of the ways last year’s record-breaking £15 million in financial donations, and more than 11,000 volunteering hours, are impacting the work of the University. You can download a copy online and view some of our impact stories online.


Alumni News


‘Many thanks indeed for the nomination, I am very touched’………. ‘Oh wow! How lovely; I’m chuffed!’

More than 950 alumni volunteers supported our institution in the last academic year alone. Is there an alumnus you would like to see recognised for their fantastic support or who deserves an extra special thank you?
After a successful launch last year, our Alumni Volunteer Awards will open for nominations on 5th February. We’ve made nominating quick and easy as we’d love as many of you as possible to get involved.
Shortlisted nominees and winners will be celebrated publicly and receive letters/prizes from the University.
Find out more information online and read what last year’s winners said on receiving their awards. Get thinking about who you would like to nominate – we’ll remind you when nominations open.


Mother and daughter both graduate together - for the second time

A mother and daughter celebrated graduating together from the same university – for the second time. Martha Abley-Mallett, 43, and Israel Gayton, 22, both collected degrees from the University of Exeter last year. Now the pair have both been awarded a further degree from Exeter and graduated together again.

Read more online.


Exeter graduate entrepreneurs secure distribution with supermarket giant

Exeter graduates, Jesse Wilson and Tom Jordan are no strangers to the world of business, having quit regular jobs to pursue the dream of running their own craft beer company, Jubel. Just one year since they launched, they have secured distribution in more than 600 Sainsbury’s stores in four countries.The duo discovered a dangerously refreshing beer tradition on the University ski trip which was the beer style they wanted to drink but couldn’t find anyone brewing. 

Read more online.


Exeter alumnus named sporting leader

Tom Glover (Economics, 2011 and MSc International Management, 2012) is one of just 30 professionals from across the UK sports industry to be selected as a Sports Industry NextGen Leader for 2019. The Sport Industry NextGen programme is aimed at industry professionals aged 30 and younger. It is designed to better equip emerging talent for leadership roles within sport – and in turn to ensure the industry itself is fit to face the challenges of the future at a time of rapid change.

Read more online.


Exeter time capsule:

A year across the pond

In August 1951 Jim Hollensteiner came to Exeter (University College of the South West as it was then) for a year's exchange.

Originally from Illinois, Jim visited Exeter for a year as part of an exchange programme with DePauw University in Indiana following encouragement from his Professor. 

He shares some of his memories of his time here.


Exeter alumna's legacy supports talented students

More talented students from underrepresented groups will be able to benefit from an Exeter education thanks to a generous legacy from alumna Verena Hoffman, née Fairs (German and Russian, 1967). Verena sadly passed away on 19 April 2018 at the age of 71. In her Will she left legacies to both her school and University to provide bursaries for students facing financial hardship. At Exeter this will ensure more young people can fulfil their potential and look forward to a brighter future.

Read more online.


The Radical Sabbatical

In 2017, unsure about the career path set out before her, alumna Emma Rosen (MA Applied Security and Strategy, 2015) changed tack and spent a year trying 25 careers before her 25th birthday. 25before25 saw Emma leave her job with the Civil Service to try her hand at careers as diverse as tour guiding, archaeology, alpaca farming and investigative journalism. Now that the project is complete she has written a book about her experiences – The Radical Sabbatical.

Read more online.


Exeter alumnus talks about where a science degree can take you

Exeter alumnus, Gameli Adzaho (MSc Environment and Human Health, 2014) talked to us about life after graduating.

Read more about what he has to say online.


Annual Christmas Reunion in China

The Exeter China Alumni Association (ECAA) kindly organised three Christmas reunion events which took place during December and January. These events brought together alumni for a fun social aimed at reconnecting friends and to make new ones.

Read more online.


University News


UN genocide prevention expert honoured at University of Exeter winter graduation

A campaigner leading the UN’s international efforts to fight genocide was among the experts who were honoured at the University of Exeter’s winter graduation ceremonies last December. Adama Dieng, the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, Jeremy Hughes CBE, the Chief Executive of the Alzheimer's Society and investor Neil Woodford CBE were given honorary degrees.You can watch videos of all our honorary graduates on Youtube.

Read more online.


CBE for cancer diagnosis professor whose deafness “boosted research career”

A professor whose research in improving cancer diagnosis has helped save thousands of lives each year has been awarded the CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours. Professor Willie Hamilton, of the University of Exeter Medical School, says his profound deafness created the space in a busy career as a GP to focus on his research. He recently made headlines when he regained his hearing, thanks to a successful cochlear implant.

Read more online.


A new law society

A new student-led academic law society is to be formed at the University of Exeter. It will offer a wide range of opportunities for students to help to broaden their career development, to promote interdisciplinarity and to equip themselves with the skills employers find most valuable. Traditionally these have included employer visits, mooting, pro bono and skills sessions but new challenges will provide opportunities to work on new innovative, technological and entrepreneurial projects.
Read more online.


We look forward to speaking with you

Our student calling team are very much looking forward to the next telethon which starts on Monday. Over the next five weeks, students will get the opportunity to speak to alumni to find out what they’ve been doing since graduation, gain invaluable career advice and tell them about ways in which they can support the University. We were delighted to raise £135,000 during our Autumn campaign, which is a true testament to the generosity of our supporters – thank you. Money raised will be used to enhance the student experience, provide scholarships and bursaries and support ongoing research within our Medical School.


Celebrating our alumni authors

Congratulations to our alumni authors who have recently had their books published. Janet Few (PhD History, 2010) has published her book Barefoot on the Cobbles: a Devon tragedy, and Phil Wadey (BA Applied Mathematics, 86, PhD Mathematics, 90) has published his book Rights of Way: Restoring the Record.

Read more online.


Lilian G Button

We are sad to report that Miss Lilian G Button died in Kingston Hospital on 14 December 2018 at the age of 95. Miss Button was a Lecturer in Mathematics at Exeter from 1950-1985, approximately, and the last Warden of Birks Grange Hall of Residence. Her funeral was held on Tuesday 22 January 2019 at Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Meadow Path, Townmead Road, Richmond, TW9 4EN.


Volunteering News


Our Career Mentor Scheme celebrates its 10th anniversary!

A huge thank you to the more than 650 alumni who have mentored students as part of our Career Mentor Scheme over the past 10 years! Starting with a pilot in 2009 with just a handful of alumni volunteers, the scheme has blossomed year on year thanks to the generous support and commitment of so many of you. In total, more than 2,500 students have benefited from a mentoring partnership.

The scheme is now open to recent graduates (2016 – 2018) and not just students. If you would benefit from early careers advice and support, find out more online. If you’ve been considering becoming a mentor, we’d love to hear from you. The deadline to sign up to the next scheme (May-October) is the end of January. 

Sandra Norval (MBA, 2014) is now a career mentor for current Exeter students. She told us about why she enjoys mentoring and some of the benefits of being a mentor.


Alumni attend Sport and Health Sciences networking event

On 20 November, the Sport and Health Sciences networking evening took place in in Cross-Keys. Over 20 professionals from 16 organisations met over 100 students keen to find out about a wide variety of different industries and potential career routes in sport or health sciences. This is the second time this event has taken place, and once again students enjoyed the opportunity to interact with inspiring employers and alumni from a broad-range of industries, including sectors they may not previously have considered a career in.

Find out more online.


Can you offer a student a day’s work shadowing?

New for 2019, The Work Shadowing Scheme is currently looking for one day opportunities for students to visit a workplace in April 2019. These opportunities give students a valuable chance to see what it is like to work in a particular sector, job role or organisation, helping them to plan their career. The scheme is currently looking for opportunities based in London or the South West. Read more on the website or email to find out more. Opportunities for employers to sign up for the April scheme will close in mid-February.


Working in business and finance with a Humanities degree

Tim Blaxall (History 1983, now Business Architect at Zurich Financial Services) talked with Humanities students about working in Business and Finance with a Humanities degree. Tim took time to get to know the individual students and their ideas for the future and their careers, offering tailored suggestions for next steps, and he provided valuable tips on reading material and further sources of information.

Find out more online.


Sport News


EUAC awarded England Athletics Charter Mark

Exeter University Athletics Club is one of the first Clubs in the university sector to be awarded the newly launched England Athletics Charter Mark. The award has been established to provide guidance for athletes wishing to maintain a dual career pathway.

Read more online.


Golfer Emily Toy performs well at the Australian Amateur

Current sports scholar and 3rd year Exercise and Sports Science student Emily Toy started the New Year in Australia as a member of England Golf’s first mixed tour. Toy played in the Australian Amateur and solid early rounds secured her qualification for the matchplay.

Read more online.



Success for EUBC in BUCS Indoor Rowing

Current Boat Club Captain Seun Olubodun won gold in the Women’s Openweight category in the BUCS Indoor Rowing Championship and the University’s Men took team silver. Individual and team performances over the Indoor Series saw EUBC finish second in the overall medal table.



Red Roses contract for Lagi Tuima

EUWRFC member and 2nd year Exercise and Sports Science student Lagi Tuima has been offered a full-time contract with the Red Roses, England Women’s Elite Player Squad. Lagi made her England debut in last season’s Six Nations and has continued to develop as a player under the guidance of Jo Yapp, the University Women’s Head Coach.


MBA News


Exeter graduates invited to MBA Masterclass in London

The University of Exeter Business School is inviting Exeter graduates to our MBA Masterclass ‘Creating Value in a Competitive Economy’ with award-winning educator and researcher Oliver Hauser, Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Exeter Business School and Research Fellow at Harvard University.

Join us from 6-8pm at IBM South Bank, London on Wednesday 6th March for an interactive session where you’ll experience some of the key elements of The Exeter MBA and come away with new skills you can start using instantly.

You will have the opportunity to meet The Exeter MBA Programme Director, Stuart Robinson to learn more how our programme is inspiring leaders for a better world through purposeful leadership, innovation, technology and sustainability, and how our internationally accredited MBA could help you accelerate or redirect your career.

Spaces are limited and available on a first come first served basis. Secure your free place here.




Business School News


MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management Launch Evening – 5 February 2019 6.30-8.30pm

Looking to develop your own start-up, launch the next big digital platform or grow an existing family business? Come to the launch of our new MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management with keynote from Hugo Spowers, Founder of Riversimple.

Come and find out why studying entrepreneurship at The University of Exeter Business School will set you apart and put you on a track of personal success. The hydrogen fuelled Riversimple Rasa will also be on display during the day at the University.

5 February 2019 6.30-8.30pm, Innovation Centre Cafe

Book your free tickets online.







Tuesday 26 February, 6-7pm 
CEG Seminar series: Steve McCorriston: Brexit and food security.
HotelEurope House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU

These seminars provide a series of academic talks into the changing politics and policies of Europe including Brexit and the UK’s changing relationship with the EU. Register online.


Wednesday 13 March, 6.30-8.30pm 
Channel Islands Alumni Event, Jersey
Digital Hub, Block 3, The Forum, Grenville Street, St Helier, JE2 4UF

Alumni are invited to attend a Channel Islands Alumni Reception for University of Exeter alumni living and working in the Channel Islands. The event will hosted by Dr Jonathan Snicker from the University of Exeter; the venue has been kindly provided by Digital Jersey. The evening will be an informal opportunity to network with other alumni over drinks and canapés and to hear about some recent groundbreaking research and developments at the University of Exeter. Tickets are available to purchase via our online store. Both ticket options include drinks and canapés. 30 and over ticket £10 - purchase here. Under 30 dicounted rate of £7 - purchase here.


Thursday 14 March, 6-8pm
Alumni Reception in Birmingham
Succession Group, 46 Water St, Birmingham B3 1EP

We are very excited to be holding our first informal meet-up in Birmingham on Thursday, 14 March. The event will be at the offices of the Succession Group in the city centre and is generously hosted by alumnus Mark Rogers (Politics, 1982). All University of Exeter alumni are invited to attend. This event is free to attend however, as places are limited, we ask for a £5 per person deposit to secure your space. Upon attending the event your deposit can be returned to you. Please indicate your preference on the online booking form.


Wednesday 27 March, 6-8pm
Global Conversation; Do rainforests have a viable future in the 21st Century?
The Royal Society, 6-9 Charlton Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

Join us at the iconic Royal Society in London for our Global Conversation exploring whether life and livelihoods in rainforest environments can be sustained. The event will feature two presentations from University of Exeter scientists who, from their experience in the field, will provide new perspectives on our relationship with rainforest environments. Following the talks, there will be a Q&A session to exchange ideas about the future of these habitats. Ticket costs: £10. To book your place for this event, please complete the online booking form.


Saturday 30 March, 7pm
EUBC Alumni Dinner, London
67 Pall Mall St James’s London SW1Y 5ES

The University of Exeter Boat Club are hosting a dinner on Saturday 30th March 2019 at 67 Pall Mall in St James's, London. The University's Boat Club has developed hugely in recent years and current club members and University staff will be present on the evening to share details of recent successes and outline future aspirations. Tickets are priced at £75 and include a three course dinner and half a bottle of wine. All proceeds will go towards supporting rowing at Exeter.

Dress code: Black Tie

To secure tickets to this event please book here. Bookings close on 1 March.


Monday 15 April, 6-8pm 
Global Conversation in Hong Kong
Conference Hall, Hong Kong Observatory, 134A Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Join us for a Global Conversation public lecture in Hong Kong. In “Can big data save lives? Protecting Hong Kong against air pollution and extreme weather” hear from Professor Gavin Shaddick (University of Exeter), Professor Gabriel Lau (Chinese University of Hong Kong) who will present latest research in this field. Guests will be welcomed by Professor Sir Steve Smith (Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter) and CM Shun, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session chaired by Professor Christine Loh (HKUST), also featuring the Director of the HKO, Mr CM Shun, and a representative from Willis Towers Watson

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