University of Exeter

Exeter hosts Devon Games to Inspire 2014

The Devon Games to Inspire 2014 (DGTI) will be held on Saturday 14 June at the Sports Park in Exeter on the University of Exeter Campus.

The games provide the opportunity for young people to compete in 11 sports and activities to win individual medals and gain points which will go towards the overall trophy for their area team.

The event which is part of the national Sainsbury’s School Games programme and it is expected that over 800 young people will take part from across the county.

In addition the event provides an opportunity for young volunteers from Devon’s...

Table cricket competition a big hit!

It was a boundary busting day of cricket as school teams from across the South West went head to head for the Table Cricket regional finals on 15 May.

Over 60 children flocked to the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Devon Cricket Centre, on the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus, for the event to play a specially adapted version of the sport which gives those with severe physical or learning disabilities the opportunity to compete.

Devon Cricket Development Officer Steve Pritchard helped to bring the event to Exeter for the first time and was thrilled with how it went, he...

New facility to revolutionise University golf programme

Golf in the South West has received a boost this month as Exeter golfers past and present celebrated the official opening of the Vic Ambler Golf Centre on 15 May.

The event, at the University’s Streatham campus officially unveiled the new, purpose-built, short-game practice area at the Sports Park which will offer golfers from across the region the latest golf green technology.

Designed by market leaders Tour Greens Europe, the 50m x 30m area can’t fail to impress, featuring a 250m2 Pro-tour standard practice green, 120m2 putting green, and two golf zones.


The best way to rid a garden of snails

Gardeners wanting to rid their spring flowerbeds of pesky snails can ditch the beer traps and egg shells and instead develop a strong throwing arm. This is according to a new study published today, 16 May, in the journal Physica Scripta, which has used statistical models to show that removing snails out of the garden by a distance of over 20 metres or more is just as effective as simply killing the snails. According to the researchers, from Queen Mary University of London and The University of Exeter, their results prove that snails are part of larger colonies that live in the garden, and...

Exeter secures AstraZeneca partnership

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:00am

The University of Exeter has announced a unique collaboration with the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, to conduct research into the effectiveness and safety of cutting-edge drugs.

The new partnership is hoped to reinforce Exeter’s burgeoning reputation as a world-leader in (eco) toxicological research as well as provide a significant boost for the South West economy, by securing a number of highly-skilled jobs on the University’s Streatham Campus and keeping valuable scientific knowledge within the region.

As well as studying the effects that potential new drugs, designed...

Academics' key climate change report

Academics from Geography at the University of Exeter have played an important role in The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s most recent report.

This second part of the IPCC’s assessment considers how the changing climate impacts on people and the natural world and suggests options for how to deal with these issues through adapting the economy, infrastructure and society.

The report is the culmination of three years of work by more than 300 authors from 70 countries, reporting in almost 2000 pages.

The report assesses the sensitivity and adaptability...

Going Skywards with Going Wildwards

Event Date: 
21/05/2014 - 4:00pm
Exeter University's Streatham Campus

The university's Streatham campus is all a-flutter with some lovely winged creatures, and you're invited to join Going Wildwards to go out and about with the RSPB to see what we can find.

Jen Avery and Dr Chris Lee will be helping us to spot birds that we normally only catch a glimpse of, telling us about the lives of these flighty characters, and the great work that the RSPB does in Devon.

Contact for more info and to let us know you’re coming.

Going Wildwards is a project offering Exeter residents the chance to join students and...

Open talk with Sir Paul Nurse

Event Date: 
29/05/2014 - 5:30pm to 7:15pm
The University of Exeter - Alumni Auditorium

All are welcome to attend this open talk by Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society and Nobel Laureate.

Three of the great ideas of biology are the gene theory; the theory of evolution by natural selection; and the proposal that the cell is the fundamental unit of all life.

When considering the question of 'what is life?' these ideas come together. The special way in which cells reproduce provides the conditions for natural selection to take place, allowing living organisms to evolve.

A fourth idea of biology is that the organisation of chemistry within the...

The Transformational Climate Science Conference

Event Date: 
15/05/2014 - 3:15pm to 16/05/2014 - 3:15pm
The University of Exeter's Forum Building

The world’s top climate change experts are meeting in Exeter this May to present and critically reflect on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).

The Transformational Climate Science conference will see world-leading researchers using the IPCC report’s findings to explore the next steps for climate science research.

The report assesses scientific, technical, and socio-economic factors concerning climate change, its potential effects and the options for adaptation and mitigation.

Conference participants include...

Live Twitter Q&A

Event Date: 
08/05/2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
@UofE_Research Twitter account

Do you have a burning question about climate science?

The University of Exeter will be letting their researchers take over the @UofE_Research Twitter account on Thursday 8 May between 11.30 – 12.30.

Professors Neil Adger, Mat Collins, Peter Cox, Richard Betts, and Dr Saffron O'Neill will be on hand to answer your questions on the latest developments in climate science.

Each of their participants has contributed to the recently published Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report.

Questions can be tweeted in advance to @...