University of Exeter

Too much sex causes genitals to change shape

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:11am

Sexual conflict between males and females can lead to changes in the shape of their genitals, according to research on burying beetles by scientists at the University of Exeter.

The study, published today in the journal Evolution, provides new evidence that conflict over how often mating takes place can lead to males evolving longer penis-like organs and females larger ‘claws’ on their genitalia, within ten generations.

Genital shape varies enormously across the animal kingdom compared, for instance, to body shape. One reason for this may be that the shapes of male and...

Pret A Manger celebrates University of Exeter opening

Pret A Manger’s first campus shop was officially opened this week by the company’s Chief Executive, Clive Schlee, and University of Exeter’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Steve Smith. The shop, located in The Forum, opened to customers on Friday 22nd April but held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday. Guests enjoyed glasses of Champagne and Pret’s signature Green Goodness juices, as well as introductions to the shop’s team members (seven of whom are University of Exeter students). Alicja Hendzel, Manager of the new Pret, said, “Our first two weeks on campus have been phenomenal...

MOBO winner and former Destiny's Child singer to perform in Exeter

For those who enjoy reggae rhythms of Caribbean origin or admit to dancing their way through the early noughties to Destiny’s Child, then we may have found just the event for you.

Award winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown will be joined by Michelle Williams on stage as they bring the Reggae Love Songs tour to The Great Hall at the University of Exeter.

The tour has been running since February and will end in November stopping off in Exeter on the 11th June.

YolanDa Brown is widely regarded as the Premier female saxophonist in the UK and has spent several years on the...

Graduate theatre company reaches halfway mark on Crowdfunder campaign

Authored by jackisageek
Posted: Mon, 04/04/2016 - 11:11am

The Argosy Arts Company have successfully raised over £1000 in 5 days for their debut theatre production, ‘The House of Edgar. The show is an original gothic horror musical based on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. The show will preview in Exeter before traveling to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe this August.

UK Supreme Court president visits University of Exeter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 02/10/2016 - 10:13pm

The Right Hon Lord Neuberger, President of the UK Supreme Court, has visited the University of Exeter to meet staff and students.

Lord Neuberger’s informal visit came following an invitation from student Ammar Khan, who spent time shadowing him earlier this year. He asked to meet students during his time at the Streatham campus and spent an hour answering their questions on a wide variety of topics, including how to create a more diverse group of judges, the pressures faced by the judiciary and media coverage of court cases.

He met separately with undergraduates and...

Exeter researcher awarded 1,000th Leverhulme Fellowship

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 02/01/2016 - 10:54am

A leading behavioural ecologist from the University of Exeter has become the 1,000th researcher to receive a national fellowship for her pioneering research contributions in the field of social evolution and animal behaviour.

Dr Lauren Brent has received a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to support her research on social dynamics and the evolution of cooperation in animal societies.

Her proposed research will examine the exchange of cooperative behaviours between free-living rhesus macaque monkeys with the aim of uncovering the systems that allow the persistence of...

Legacy and impact of over 100 years of Exeter City FC to be showcased

The legacy and impact of more than 100 years of Exeter City FC will be showcased at home ground St James Park thanks to the work of University of Exeter academics.

Researchers are working with Exeter City staff, supporters, fans, current and former players to develop a rich archive, which includes film, photographs, sound, and artefacts, to showcase the fascinating history of ECFC and illustrate the role the club and Supporters Trust have played in communities.

The creation of the archive is possible thanks to a partnership between University researchers and the football...

Beehive products used 8,500 years ago

Humans have been exploiting bees as far back as the Stone Age, according to new collaborative research involving the University of Exeter that is published in Nature today.

Previous evidence from prehistoric rock art is inferred to show honey hunters and Pharaonic Egyptian murals show early scenes of beekeeping. However, the close association between early farmers and the honeybee remained uncertain.

This study has gathered together evidence for the presence of beeswax in the pottery vessels of the first farmers of Europe by investigating chemical components trapped in the...

Exeter physicist wins prestigious award

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 10/14/2015 - 10:03am

A leading physicist from the University of Exeter has received a national award for pioneering research contributions in the field of quantum physics.

Dr Janet Anders received the Bates Prize, a top early career researcher award from the Institute of Physics (IOP) for her outstanding research into quantum information theory and its application to quantum thermodynamics.

The Bates Prize commemorates Sir David Bates FRS and his pioneering studies of atomic and molecular processes and their role in atmospheric science, plasma physics and astronomy. It is awarded every other...

Sea turtles face plastic pollution peril

A new global review led by the University of Exeter that set out to investigate the hazards of marine plastic pollution has warned that all seven species of marine turtles can ingest or become entangled in the discarded debris that currently litters the oceans.

The research, which was carried out in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina State University, Duke University Marine Lab and James Cook University, is published in the ICES Journal of Marine

Science and reveals serious knowledge gaps in the...