University of Exeter

Exeter Biologist to be Fellow of the Royal Society

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:35am

Professor Nick Talbot of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), the premier scientific accolade in the United Kingdom.

Professor Talbot is distinguished for his role in determining the mechanisms by which fungi cause disease in plants. His discoveries have led to new insights into fungal developmental biology, cellular differentiation and, in particular, how fungi have evolved the capacity to cause some of the most important crop diseases.

Professor Talbot’s research group are best known for their studies on rice...

Intimate Worlds – Exploring Sexuality at Exeter’s Museum

A partnership between Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) and the University of Exeter has produced the first ever dedicated display of sexually related material from the Wellcome Collection and a new way for schools to tackle difficult topics in sex education.

Intimate Worlds: Exploring Sexuality through the Wellcome Collection opened in Exeter on Saturday 5 April. The displays include an 18th-century chastity belt, Roman phallic amulets worn by soldiers and children, an Ashanti fertility doll and a Ch’ing dynasty ivory copulating couple from late 19th-...

Interdisciplinary symposium

Event Date: 
26/04/2014 - 10:00am
The University of Exeter

A symposium, entitled 'Art of the Edgelands', will take place at the University of Exeter on Saturday 26th April.

Speakers will consider the significance of ‘edgelands’ and other marginal spaces, neither urban nor rural, as sites for artistic inquiry, and as cultural spaces.

A light lunch is also available if pre-booked via Eventbrite for £4.89.

The symposium, which will take place between the hours of 10am-4pm, is a free event, although booking is essential.

To book your place please visit

Life through the Lens

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Sun, 04/20/2014 - 8:12am

Join Patrick Morris (producer) and Huw Cordey (cameraman) as they discuss the stories behind the making of groundbreaking wildlife television series.

The renowned producer and cameraman will be discussing the making of landmark BBC projects including ‘Life’ and ‘Planet Earth’.

Find out about the challenges they have faced and the amazing sites they have seen as they capture some of nature’s rarest animals on film.

This exciting talk is taking place in Alumni Auditorium, Forum at the University of Exeter on Wednesday 21st May at 7:00pm. For nature lovers and...

University of Exeter brings £600m to SW

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:50am

The University of Exeter could be responsible for bringing more than £600 million to the South West’s economy each year according a new survey released by the university industry.

The survey conducted by Universities UK (UUK), an university industry body seeks to quantify the economic benefit universities bring to area by looking at the money generated by jobs and student spending.

The study claims that the total economic boost from the South West’s higher education institutions in 2011-12 was £1.7 billion, with £600 million coming from the University of Exeter alone....

Exeter Scientist's pioneers MRSA predictions

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:53pm

Scientists from universities in the South West have proposed a pioneering technique to help predict the severity of MRSA infection, which could lead to more personalised treatment for individual patients.

MRSA or meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is a type of bacterial infection that is resistant to a number of widely used antibiotics sometimes known as 'superbugs'. This means it can be more difficult to treat than other bacterial infections. An international collaboration of scientists, including Dr Mario Recker from the University of Exeter, have used genome sequencing...

Pioneering new research discovered by the University of Exeter

Pioneering new research from the University of Exeter could have a major impact on climate and environmental science by drastically transforming the perceived reliability of key observations of precipitation, which includes rain, sleet and snow.

The ground breaking study examines the effect that increased aerosol concentrations in the atmosphere, emitted as a result of burning fossil fuels, had on regional temperature and precipitation levels.

Scientists from Exeter’s Mathematics department compared observed regional temperature and precipitation changes throughout the 20th...

Surviving and Thriving under Climate Change

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:18pm

Researchers from the University of Exeter are investigating the effect of climate change on deltas in South Asia and Africa to understand how people will respond and adapt.

Deltas are economic and environmental hotspots, with many large deltas in South, South-East and East Asia and Africa. The new $13 million project examines four deltas that are home to almost 200 million people, many of whom are farmers who provide food for a large proportion of the population.

The project will work with scientists, demographers and social scientists in the Nile delta in Egypt, the Ganges...

Students create system to cut emissions

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 03/31/2014 - 1:51pm

Exeter students create system for cutting emissions

Students from the University of Exeter have created an innovative system to help reduce vehicle emissions, as part of their entry for a prestigious national completion.

Computer Science undergraduates Nicholas Sanders and Humphrey Shotton have designed a new system that allows motorists to see whether spaces are available in car parks.

By pre-warning drivers if spaces are empty or full, the system helps radically reduce waiting times during busy periods, and more importantly reduces vehicle emissions expended while...

Concerns for distressed man in Exeter

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Thu, 03/27/2014 - 4:58pm

Police in Exeter have issued an appeal to the public in a bid to trace and identify a man who was seen in a distressed state in the city. Officers attended Streatham Drive at around 3.30pm yesterday, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 after receiving a report regarding a man who was in tears at the fishpond in the university grounds. The man in question was not wearing any shoes and was noticed to have a mark around his neck. Officers have not been able to trace or identify the man and are concerned for his welfare. He is described as being in his 20s, around 5ft 10in tall, of medium to thin build,...