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Alumni donate over £108,000 in Spring telethon- thank you!


Thank you to everyone who took the time to speak with one of our student callers during the Spring telethon. Over five weeks, we called 1300 alumni in the UK and USA, giving our team of 50 students the opportunity to speak with alumni about their time at Exeter, learn what they’ve gone on to do since and gain invaluable career advice. In addition, over £108,000 was raised, which will help to further our research within the College of Medicine and Health, provide scholarships and bursaries for students who would otherwise struggle to attend university, and support student activities such as sports clubs and societies.


Alumni News


Careers support for alumni

The University’s careers support for our alumni has now been extended from three years after graduation to forever. For those of you less familiar with the Career Zone, we offer graduate job listings, 1-to-1 appointments with Career Consultants, CV, cover letter and application form checking, online webinars, access to articles, podcasts and other online resources through My Career Zone Digital and a lot more. For more information please visit our information for graduates webpage. For those of you that have never had access to My Career Zone, or have not used your account in some time, please complete this form to create/reactive your account.


Alumni event in Melbourne

The Melbourne (Australia) Alumni group got together on 6th March for a ‘tagine and good company evening’, at the home of Alumnus Steve Houghton. Topics under discussion ranged from the weather (of course), to Brexit, to Moroccan food and of course the rivalry between Bristol and Exeter. A diverse mix of ages, personalities and professions (and opinions) as well as a good turnout made for a memorable evening.

Pictured from L to R; Bruce Robertson (standing), Bill Palmer, John Bishop, Frank Devlin (Bristol Alumnus in guest attendance), Martin Fuggle, Pip Rhodes.


Exeter time capsule:

The last 60 years in Exeter

Some things have changed in the last 60 years; others have not...

Watch this video online and see how things in Exeter have changed over the last 60 years. The video shows Exeter from 1958 onwards!


Celebrating our alumni authors

Congratulations to our alumni authors who have recently had their books published. This month we have books from Kevin Maynard (English BA, 1972), The Exeter Society for Curriculum Studies, and Philippa Gates (MA History of Cinema and Popular Culture, 1999 and PhD Film and Visual Culture, 2002). Take a look at the latest books available from our alumni authors online.


Alumni scholarships for postgraduate study

Did you know that as an Exeter alum you get a scholarship towards your tuition fees for postgraduate study at Exeter? Find out more about scholarships online. Search postgraduate courses and book onto our next postgraduate open day.


University News


Online MA in Education programme

The online MA Education is an innovative programme designed to equip you with the skills to succeed in a wide variety of educational contexts. It offers a rich curriculum examining theory, research, policy and practice in the field of education globally, and provides a unique student experience. This programme is also appropriate for students with limited prior experience but with a keen interest in education and educational issues, and who are seeking employment/promotion in a wide range of educational settings. This programme can significantly enhance your career and promotion prospects by helping you to become a more effective and innovative educator. Our next intake is April 2019 and for students (UK/EU/Channel Islands), we are offering a £5,000 Global Excellence Scholarship.

Find out more online.


Crohn’s Disease study reveals huge potential for personalised treatment to help more patients

The largest study ever to look at why an expensive and commonly used group of drugs fails patients with Crohn’s disease has concluded that standardised drug doses are often too low. A UK wide collaboration led by the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, part-funded by Crohn’s & Colitis UK and Guts UK, and supported by the NIHR has concluded that trials are needed to investigate whether early personalised dosing, guided by blood level monitoring, might help reduce the rate of treatment failure.

Read more online.


Sanctuary Scholarships support displaced students

The University has launched a Sanctuary Scholarships scheme, which is available for people who are seeking asylum, have limited leave to remain, ‘humanitarian protection’ or refugee status and International Care Leavers.
We are a global institution – we have students from over 140 countries across the world and are in touch with alumni in 183. We offer a truly international student experience as well as a safe learning environment in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. This is an experience we wish to be open to all.
We are determined to support these vulnerable people at a time when borders are closing around the world and ensure that they do not miss out on higher education. The Exeter Sanctuary Scholarships give displaced people who cannot access student finance and are denied the right to work a chance to study here, covering their fees and living costs.
We need your help to provide a better future for students who have already been through so much. Watch this video to see what your support means and help us to make this happen by making a donation today.


Research sheds light on body clock and links to mental health and disease

A large-scale genomic analysis has revealed some of the inner workings of the body clock, shedding new light on how it links to mental health and disease. The study, published in Nature Communications, suggests that being genetically programmed to rise early may lead to greater well-being and a lower risk of schizophrenia and depression. However, despite much previous speculation, the results did not reveal any strong links to diseases such as diabetes or obesity. The study was conducted by an international collaboration, led by the University of Exeter and Massachusetts General Hospital and funded by the Medical Research Council.

Read more online.


New postgraduate Biosciences programme based in Jersey

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences has launched a new programme based on the beautiful Island of Jersey which is rich with biodiversity. The new MSc Island Biodiversity and Conservation programme is delivered by Jersey International Centre of Advanced Studies (JICAS) and accredited by the University of Exeter. The programme is designed to meet the needs of conservation professionals specialising in islands, students who wish to remain in academia and conservation practitioners from across the world. Field work opportunities on the Canary Islands, Channel Islands and Tenerife are also included. For more information on the programme and details on how to apply please visit the programme page on our website.


Volunteering News


Volunteer in the Spotlight: Loukas Sarakinos (MSc International Management 2004)

Volunteer in the Spotlight is a regular feature which shares the stories of our fantastic alumni volunteers. This month is the turn of Loukas Sarakinos (MSc International Management 2004), currently working as Attorney at Law (Partner) at Nikolaos & Loukas Sarakinos Law Office in Athens, Greece. Loukas volunteers as Country Contact for Athens, Greece where he acts as a point of contact for our local alumni network, as well as current and prospective students, or visiting staff. Find out more about his experience online.

If you would like to connect with alumni in Greece, and to follow news and local events, please join the Facebook group for Alumni in Greece.


Exeter alumni embrace School Governors programme

University of Exeter alumni have signed up in their droves to support schools via the Governors for Schools Programme. Since launching in 2015, 210 Exeter alumni have applied to be Governors. Governors are the single biggest group of volunteers in the country, with nearly 300,000 individuals taking on governor roles. However, there is still a national shortage, with upwards of 40,000 vacant governor posts. Government education policy is placing more emphasis on the role universities can play in supporting schools in their local communities. As a result, an increasing number of universities are working with Inspiring Governance to encourage their alumni, students and staff to volunteer as school governors and trustees.

Read more online.


Professional Pathways Scheme 2019

The Professional Pathways Scheme, which provides students with sector-based training about a particular career area or industry, followed by a short internship, will run again this summer. Last year’s scheme was a great success with over 150 students taking part. For 2019 we are currently looking for alumni who would be interested in being speakers in the training week (17-20 June), and/or who can provide an internship in their company, particularly in any of the sectors:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Data Analytics
  • Sport and Health
  • Charity and Development
  • Digital Innovation
  • Marketing
  • Politics and Government
  • International Trade

More information can be found on the Professional Pathways scheme webpages.
If you have any questions about the scheme or would like to get involved please email


International Women’s Day Panel Event

We were delighted to welcome three inspiring alumnae back on campus to take part in a Women in Leadership panel event celebrating International Women’s Day on 8th March. Denise Hadow (Law, 1979), Janet Garcia (Law & Society, 1993) and Sue Heady (Philosophy 1988) shared their insights with an audience of 48 students on how they can prepare themselves for leadership roles. The event was chaired by Professor Wendy Robinson, Pro Vice Chancellor for the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, and supported by a grant from the Alumni Annual Fund. The event rounded off a week of activity in the College around this year’s IWD theme #BalanceforBetter.

Find out more online.


Sport News


All about the green-Exeter golfer Emily Toy returns from international duties in Australia

Sports Scholar Emily Toy was selected for her first senior cap as part of a mixed squad of six players to represent England Golf on a tour to Australia in January. The squad played in a number of prestigious events including Australian Master of the Amateurs, at Royal Melbourne, Australian Amateur at Woodland and Spring Valley golf clubs, NSW Amateur at Mona Vale and Terrey Hills golf clubs and the Avondale Amateur at Avondale.

Read more online.


Superb Silver in BUCS Indoor cricket for UoE Women’s 1st team

The University of Exeter Women’s Indoor Cricket 1st team headed to BUCS finals day at in Manchester facing Worcester, Sheffield and Nottingham in their initial group games.

Read more online.



EURFC Cement their Status as League Champions, with the Men's & Women's 1st XV's Top of the Pile

This week saw the BUCS Super Rugby Season end with the Green and White of Exeter proving themselves once more as the season-long powerhouse for rugby union in the country. In what has been described as one of the toughest leagues in the game, with many student-athletes boasting international honours at junior level, premiership caps at their respective clubs and many of our students getting to train alongside some of the top internationals in the world, this years Men's competition, at times, has been too close to call but the Women's was never in doubt. The Women’s 1st XV went unbeaten all season, boasting a standout list of seasoned Tyrell’s Premiership Players from the Bristol Bears and young England Internationals it was no surprise that Jo Yapp's Women's 1st XV were crowned Premier South.

Read more online.






Monday 1 April, 7-9pm
2019 Leventis Lecture Series
The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

The Leventis Lectures event 2019 will showcase the research currently being undertaken at the University of Exeter into the impact of Greek culture upon our modern world. You are invited to attend this free evening of research, culture, drinks and networking The College of Humanities is delighted to invite you to join us at this free event in London exploring the impact of Greek culture. Supported by the A.G. Leventis Foundation, the evening is an opportunity to hear Exeter academics draw on new, cutting-edge research to illuminate the impact of Greek culture, both in the ancient world and beyond. Register online.


Tuesday 2 April, 6.15-7.30pm
South West Alumnae Group, Spring Grounds Tour
Reed Hall Reception, Streatham Drive, Exeter EX4 4QR

The South West Alumnae Group warmly invite you for an insider tour of how the Grounds team at the University of Exeter prepare for Spring. The group will meet at 6.15pm at Reed Hall reception, and then the tour will start at 6.30pm. Register online.


Thursday 11 April, 6-9pm
Women and Leadership Reception: Thoughts on Leadership – Colonel Lucy Giles
The University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square, London W1K 1DB

At this year’s Reception, you will hear from Colonel Lucy Giles, the 36th and first female President of the Army Officer Selection Board. Lucy is an Alumna and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University in 2017. Lucy will share with us what leadership means to her, giving women at all stages of their career valuable food for thought. Organised by the Alumnae Group, this event will be held at the beautiful University Women’s Club in London in Mayfair. Register online.


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.


Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 May
2019 Annual Northcote Trophy Golf Weekend
East Devon Golf Club and the Warren Golf Club

4 Ball at East Devon GC, Budleigh Salterton and Sunday Singles at The Warren GC, Dawlish Warren. This annual event sees a University of Exeter alumni team compete against a team of current students for the prestigious Northcote Trophy. East Devon Golf Club and the Warren Golf Club in Dawlish Warren are the venues for the annual tournament. This thoroughly enjoyable weekend includes two rounds on courses that provide a challenge to golfers of all abilities. They offer the finest greens in the South West and afford breath-taking views of the Devon countryside and coast.

Players will meet at 13:00 on Saturday for lunch with the first tee time of 14:30 and on Sunday at the end of play lunch and prizes will be at 14:00. Cost: £120 to include Green fees and lunch at East Devon and The Warren and Saturday night accommodation. This event is open to all University of Exeter alumni For more information contact John Gilbert


Tuesday 7 May, 6.30-10pm
South West Alumnae Group (female graduates) - Exeter Northcott Theatre Visit
Exeter Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QB

Join the South West Alumnae Group to see a performance of The Mousetrap on Tuesday 7 May 2019. The evening will begin at 18:30 with the opportunity to meet and network with fellow graduates over canapes and prosecco in the downstairs area of Northcott Theatre. At 19.30 guests will then be able to watch the play. Although this evening is hosted by our Alumnae Group, men are welcome to attend. Register online.


Saturday 8 June, 2-6pm
Exeter University Singers - Come and Sing event
Mary Harris Memorial Chapel, Exeter University, Streatham Campus, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter Devon EX4 4SB

Exeter University Singers warmly invites all alumni members to unite with the current choir for a Come and Sing Workshop! The afternoon will provide an opportunity to sing the choir’s favourite repertoire from across the choir’s history (including suggestions from our alumni!) and a time to meet old and new friends from the choir, and share our stories and memories of the group. This event is free of charge. To book your place, as a singer or an attendee, please complete our online booking form. Guests are welcome to attend.

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