University of Exeter

Don't read this over breakfast!

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:56am

A photograph taken by a researcher from the University of Exeter of a pair of burying beetles feeding on an animal carcass has won first prize in a new competition. Paul Hopwood’s image, snapped in the Cornish countryside, was announced as the winner of NERC’s inaugural short article and photography competition at an awards ceremony in London yesterday. Photographic entries were judged on how eye-catching the imagery was and whether or not the photograph conveyed the applicants’ research, whilst the essays looked for the ability of applicants to communicate the excitement of their PhD...

University staff stage second strike

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Tue, 12/03/2013 - 11:10am

University of Exeter staff are taking part in a second day of national strikes over pay conditions today (3 December). Members of the UCU, Unite and UNISON unions are holding a second day of strikes having already taken industrial action on October 31. Members of the EIS union, which represents Scottish university staff, are also join today’s strikes not having taken part of the previous strike. Unions are striking over a 1% returned pay offer from University employers which the unions argue actually represent a 13% pay cut due to the rising cost of living. The Univesities and Colleges...

University of Exeter has bright future with £40m 'clean sweep'

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Fri, 11/29/2013 - 12:13pm

The University of Exeter has attracted around £40 million to train PhD Students in a funding ‘clean sweep’.

The funding has come by successfully securing a range of prestigious Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) from nearly all of the UK’s major research councils. The Partnerships have been awarded at a time when the Research councils are planning the establishment of doctoral training centres to concentrate funding for doctoral training into a smaller number of high quality institutions.

By securing the partnerships University of Exeter has further improved its standing...

Exeter scholars recognised as rising research stars

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Thu, 11/28/2013 - 1:53pm

Two young scholars at the University of Exeter have been recognised with highly prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prizes.

Astrophysicist Dr. Stefan Kraus and Modern Languages film historian Professor Sally Faulkner have each been awarded prizes of £70,000 for their respective work on star and planet formation and Spanish cinema.

The scholars can choose to receive the funding across two to three years of research The Philip Leverhulme Prize is awarded to researchers usually under the age of 36 who have already had a significant international impact and whose future research...

Link between poverty and ADHD

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 1:29pm

Researchers at the University of Exeter have found evidence of a link between poverty and attention defect hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

An analysis of more than 19,500 UK children aged 13 and under found that there was a significantly higher number of children from families living below the poverty line had been diagnosed with ADHD.

The study also found that a child with ADHD was roughly three times more likely to have parents who live in social housing than owned their own home.

There was also a rise in incidence of children with ADHD from single...

Growing investment in student housing

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 11:18am

A new range of luxury student apartments in Exeter has sold out in less than seven weeks due to an unprecedented demand from investors Private investors from both the UK and overseas have bought into the £17 million scheme on Longbrook Street in Exeter city centre guaranteeing them a potion of the rental costs on the properties.

The main contractor Create Construction, has begun work on the site and expect the project to be completed for the 2014/15 student intake Vita Student at Portland House is just off the high street in Exeter and is a short walk to the main university campus...

University of Exeter Forum wins international engineering award

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Mon, 11/18/2013 - 4:17pm

The University of Exeter Forum, designed by Buro Happold, won the Award for Education or Healthcare Structures at the Structural Awards 2013 The awards took place at The Brewery in London on Friday 15 November, recognising the finest achievements in structural engineering from around the world. The University of Exeter Forum Designed around the theme of assembly and open debate, the Forum is a central part of the University of Exeter’s campus. The Awards judges admired the use of “an elegantly expressed, sustainable and efficient timber gridshell roof,” noting that: “the simplicity of the...

Chance to test new gig sharing app

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 12:32pm

South West arts organisation Albow have been awarded a £125k to develop This Is On, an app that seeks to revolutionise how we find live listings. Working with partners including University of Exeter and University of the West of England (UWE) Albow will develop the new mobile and desktop app over the next year. The team behind This Is On are now inviting a limited number of users to join for private beta testing – they will have an exclusive first look at the app, and be able to contribute to how it is developed and used. Initial beta testers will be vital to developing a network around...

University strike causes wide-spread disruption

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Thu, 10/31/2013 - 1:26pm

The University of Exeter alongside other UK universities will face widespread disruption today in a co-ordinated strike action by the UCU, UNISON and Unite trade Unions. Classes have been cancelled as staff have said they will walk out in protest of pay condition. Unions have argued that despite an increase in University income and many institutions building up large cash reserves staff pay has fallen in by 13% in real terms since 2008. UCU head of higher education, Michael MacNeil, said: 'There is widespread anger over the pay cuts staff have had to endure in recent years and all the...

Exeter University Student named as Institute of Directors' Student of the Year

Selin Yigitbasi has been tipped as a name to watch after being named Student of the Year in the Institute of Directors 2013 Directors Awards. The award recognises promising students who have demonstrated qualities that can lead them to becoming the directors of the future.

Selin, aged 21, studied BA Business and Management at the University of Exeter, with proficiency in French. Since 2011, she has undertaken a variety of internships in companies such as Coca-Cola Company, Tuborg Brewing and Malting Ltd, Brand Finance, and blur Group. She also worked as a freelance designer for...