Construction begins on £10million Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2019 - 11:57am

Work is now under way to construct a cutting-edge new imaging centre expected to rapidly accelerate dementia research and improve healthcare. 

The new Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre will form part of the University of Exeter Medical School clinical research infrastructure. It will transform research and diagnosis of dementia and other neurological diseases, funded by part of a £10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation. 

FORCE Cancer Charity Vintage Fair quirky items

Vintage fair at the FORCE shop

Authored by FORCE Cancer Charity
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2019 - 11:39am

The FORCE Cancer Charity shop in Heavitree is holding a special vintage sale day next month.

All sorts of retro goodies from 80s knitwear to tin toys and vintage books will be on offer at the FORE Street store on Saturday November 2.

There will be bargains galore including collectable books at half their marked price.

“We’ll have some great deals for lovers of all things vintage plus our usual amazing selection of goods and there’ll be a bake sale. What more could you want,” said FORCE Shop Manager Anna Heard.

National Trust Images - Paul Harris

New installation unveiled at Killerton to highlight effects of climate change

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2019 - 8:52am

From global climate strikes led by Greta Thunberg to forest fires, environmental issues have never been so topical. Although many of us know we need to make sustainable changes, it can be difficult to grasp what the effects of climate change will look like, if we don’t take action.

But now, a new installation at Killerton in Broadclyst, Devon is offering visitors the chance to travel into the future to 2050 and experience the impact of climate change for themselves. 

Cllr Emma Morse pictured at the Night Shelter. Photo: Exeter City Council.

Exeter Night Shelter opens up for winter

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:47am

Exeter’s night shelter has opened up for the winter, allowing rough sleepers to come inside on some of the coldest and roughest nights.

In March the City Council announced that it had secured £444,000 from the government to help run a number of new services for people who are rough sleeping including the facility over the coming winter.

Last winter the shelter – dubbed The Junction - supported 193 rough sleepers, providing a total of 3,985 bed nights.

Helen Rushton, Home Director, Green Tree Court

Shining a light on dementia

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/16/2019 - 9:18am

Gina Awad of Exeter Dementia Action Alliance and Dr David Kernick have been showing a group of third year Exeter University medical students what it might be like living with dementia, as part of a special study unit.

The students have been learning about the importance of social action to reduce the stigma of dementia and improve the lives of young people living with the disease and their families.

Former BBC Dragon announced as a keynote speaker at South West Business Expo

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/16/2019 - 8:18am

With the South West Business Expo just around the corner, the organisers at South West Business Connections have announced details of the keynote speakers for UK’s 2nd largest business show, taking place at Westpoint Arena on Wednesday 20 November. 

Though the list of key figures is diverse, all speakers have one thing in common: they’re all intimately aware of the great potential in the south west’s business community. 

Devon appeals for adopters to come forward as number of children waiting increases

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/16/2019 - 7:42am

Adoption agencies in Devon are working together this National Adoption Week (14-20 October) to appeal for potential adopters to come forward. This comes as numbers of adopters drop to an all-time low in the county and the number of children waiting continues to grow.

Regional Adoption Agency, Adopt South West, and independent adoption charity Families for Children are specifically looking for adopters who will consider adopting a sibling group. If adoptive families cannot be found soon then it is likely that these brothers and sisters will be separated.

Flybe heads into new era as Virgin Connect

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 10/15/2019 - 2:15pm

Connect Airways CEO, Mark Anderson, was joined today by over 200 Flybe leaders for the long-awaited unveiling of the airline’s new name as it enters a new era as an independent company under the Virgin brand with the name, Virgin Connect.

This marks the beginning of Flybe’s journey into the future as part of the extended Virgin family with an overall re-brand scheduled to be completed next year. 

Comedy at The Park

Event Date: 
29/11/2019 - 7:00pm to 10:30pm
Sandy Park, Exeter

Exeter's biggest comedy night returns on Friday, 29th November from 7:00pm. Headliner for the evening will be Laura Lexx with the other acts to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Tickets are available for £10, or £15 including hot food on the evening. Early bird tickets are available until Friday 18th October. To book visit https://tickethub.sandypark.co.uk/selection/event/date?productId=101338646443

L-R: Stephen Mariadas (SWIOT CEO), Andy Correy (Babcock, Head of Production), Prof Janice Kay (Provost of the University of Exeter)

Partners sign multi-million pound deal for South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT)

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 10/15/2019 - 10:13am

A multimillion pound partnership that will revolutionise digital technology education across the South West has been given the green light.

Partners involved in the South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT), including the University of Exeter, have signed an agreement that will trigger  significant new investment for the region.

The new Institute of Technology will train thousands of students in technical subjects across the South West region, bringing unparalleled new skills development and career opportunities.