University of Exeter

Edible bananas grown for the first time at University of Exeter

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:48pm

Edible bananas have been grown for the first time by the talented gardeners at the University of Exeter.

The mini versions of the popular fruit of the Musa acuminata ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ – normally only found in tropical countries - have been cultivated at a greenhouse at the University’s Streatham campus. They are of the same Cavendish variety found in shops but taste slightly sweeter.

The plant has been growing for five years, and the University’s grounds team are unsure as to why it has suddenly started producing fruit. It gets plenty of feed and attention, particularly...

New tool will help GPs decide if patients under 50 have serious bowel condition

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 03/28/2017 - 7:22am

A new research-backed risk assessment tool will support GPs in identifying the symptoms of bowel cancer and inflammatory bowel disease in patients aged under 50.

The research and the assessment tool is led by the University of Exeter, in partnership with Bowel Cancer UK Never Too Young campaign, Durham University and University Hospital of North Tees.

The assessment tool will calculate the risk of the patient’s bowel symptoms allowing the GP to decide whether they need further tests. This is the first of its kind for younger people and aims to speed up the diagnosis of...

Exeter to offer prestigious scholarship for American students

The University of Exeter has entered into an important strategic partnership, designed to enable America’s leading students to embark on postgraduate studies at one of the UK’s leading universities.

As part of the partnership, Exeter will meet the cost of tuition fees for up to two students over the course of their studies, while the Marshall Commission will cover the students’ maintenance and travel costs.

The partnership was formally confirmed at a special signing ceremony, presided over by the Professor Sir Steve Smith, the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the...

Students raise over £1,500 in crowdfunding campaign for theatre production

Authored by Jack Dryden
Posted: Wed, 11/30/2016 - 5:02pm

Students from the University of Exeter have reached the halfway mark in their campaign to raise £3000 for their production of ‘Animal Farm’ at the Northcott Theatre this January.

Exeter professor honoured for fish research

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 08/11/2016 - 11:51am

A University of Exeter marine biologist has won a prestigious award for his world-class work in the field of fish ecology.

Professor Steve Simpson, Associate Professor in Marine Biology and Global Change, received a medal from the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI), a learned society that promotes the interests of fish biology and fisheries management, at a recent Symposium held in Bangor.

The FSBI medal is awarded annually to younger scientists who have made exceptional advances in the study of fish biology and/or fisheries science and Professor Simpson was...

University plans to accommodate 1,600 students on campus

The University of Exeter has unveiled proposals to develop new on-campus accommodation for students.

The University will shortly submit an outline planning application to Exeter City Council for new student residences at East Park, on its Streatham Campus, providing space for around 1,300 students.

Two further full planning applications will also be submitted for the redevelopment of the Moberly halls of residence and redevelopment of Spreytonway, both of which are also on the Streatham Campus. Together, these two sites will provide space for around 300 students.


Morgan Sindall completes Exeter Uni biosciences building

Leading construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall has completed work on a £1.1 million project to transform a biosciences building at the University of Exeter. The four-phase project saw Morgan Sindall refurbish and modernise areas of the Hatherly Laboratory Building on the university’s Streatham Campus to update, improve and expand teaching space for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Faithful+Gould delivered the contract administration and multi-disciplinary design services for the nine month project, which saw Morgan Sindall create new innovative learning...

Last call for commuters to help steer traffic congestion project

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:02pm

Researchers at the University of Exeter who are working on an initiative to curb traffic congestion in and around the city are issuing a final call for help from commuters.

Over 2,000 people have already responded to an online survey at which is aimed at anyone over the age of 17 who commute into or within Exeter to work or for study.

Experts from the University’s Geography department are now leading a last push to get as many people as possible to complete the 10-minute survey which closes at 5pm on Sunday June 19. As an added incentive participants...

Top award for Exeter researcher

A zoo biologist from the University of Exeter has won a prestigious gold award for his research into flamingo friendships.

Paul Rose, a PhD student in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, won top prize in the annual British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) awards for best zoo research project in the UK.

Mr Rose, a behavioural ecologist whose research into flamingos has shown them to be a sociable species that form partnerships and bonds with others that can last for many years, has used research methods that have drawn on the help of zookeepers...

Exeter start up hits fundraising target in 24 hours!

A University of Exeter graduate has exceeded his fundraising target of £10,000 in just over 24 hours to contribute to a graduate business start-up project that could revolutionise language learning for children.

Alex Somervell (pictured righ) who graduated with a first class degree in International Relations and Languages, received a grant of £4,000 from the Think: Try: Do Student Start-up Support Programme to set up a project called One Third Stories, which creates bedtime stories in the form of a book and app that starts in English and ends in a different language by gradually...