University of Exeter

Badger surveillance project reveals how TB infects their social networks

Researchers at the University of Exeter and the AHVLA’s National Wildlife Management Centre have shown that the social lives of badgers are related to their risk of infection with bovine tuberculosis (TB). By equipping more than 50 wild badgers with electronic ‘proximity collars’ that automatically tracked their social contacts, PhD Student Nicola Weber from the University of Exeter’s Centre for Ecology and Conservation built a network of contacts across the population and analysed patterns of infection. She found that TB-infected animals were less well-connected to their own groups than...

Isca Hockey Club secures long-term sponsorship deal

Now in its 100th anniversary year, and with a promotion to the national league recently under its belt, Isca Hockey Club completes a hat-trick of achievements for 2013 with the announcement of a three-year sponsorship deal with Exeter-based solicitors Gilbert Stephens LLP.

And with the big ‘Derby Day’ event taking place at Exeter University Sports Park on 26 October – at which the Isca Ladies’ 1st XI will play local side Exe in the Women's Investec National League followed by an evening match between the Men's 1st XI against the University 1st XI in the Now: Pensions National...

Why Students Should Get Involved in the Local Community?

It is very easy as an Exeter student to forget about the outside world. Campus-based, we can end up spending literally all day on campus pretending to do work in the library and drinking in the Ram, having little to no interactions with any outside beings. Even the news can seem a little unreal as Exeter turns into our own little oasis, protected by a barrier from the outside. Earthquake in Thailand? The stuff of movies. Fluctuations in the exchange rate? Just words in a textbook. A local fundraiser for the retirement home? Barely registers on our radar.

However it’s not that hard...

£14.2m funding to nurture next generation of arts and humanities researchers

The South, West and Wales Consortium, in which the University of Exeter is joined with seven other universities – Aberystwyth, Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Cardiff, Reading and Southampton – has been awarded £14.2 million funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) over the next five years to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development from 2014.

The consortium is one of 11 new Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and seven Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) to have been awarded a total of £164m funding from the AHRC.

The South, West...

Russell Seal Fitness Centre a huge success

Authored by UofESport
Posted: Thu, 10/10/2013 - 1:29pm

Opened on 5 September 2013, the Russell Seal Fitness Centre on the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus is already proving a huge success.

The dedicated two storey facility features over 200 stations of the latest Life Fitness equipment as well as a new studio and changing rooms. The step change in variety and interactivity is already proving extremely popular.

“We are delighted with the response to the centre.” Commented Director of Sport Phil Attwell. “So far this year we have seen a significant increase in people making use of the gym, and it is fantastic to be able...

Poetry is like music to the mind, University of Exeter scientists prove

New brain imaging technology is helping researchers to bridge the gap between art and science by mapping the different ways in which the brain responds to poetry and prose.

Scientists at the University of Exeter used state-of-the-art functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology, which allows them to visualise which parts of the brain are activated to process various activities. No one had previously looked specifically at the differing responses in the brain to poetry and prose.

In research published in the Journal of Consciousness Studies , the team found...

New coach to head up badminton performance programmes

Authored by UofESport
Posted: Mon, 10/07/2013 - 3:24pm

For the last three years, Exeter Performance Centre, based at the University of Exeter’s Sports Park, has become renowned for nurturing emerging badminton talent from across the South West.

This September, the Centre has welcomed a new Head Coach, Kelvin Edwards, to its ranks to help further expand and develop its performance programme.

A fully qualified UKCC Level 2 Badminton Coach Tutor Assessor, PE Teacher and Speed, Agility and Quickness instructor, Kelvin brings an impressive CV and a versatile skill-set to the role where he will work closely with the centre’s 46...

A myriad of praise for Middle East expert at Honorary Graduate ceremony

The University of Exeter has awarded an honorary degree to one of its most distinguished academics, Professor Tim Niblock, Emeritus Professor of Middle Eastern Politics. The ceremony was hosted by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, in Sharjah UAE on 26 September. The Honorary Doctor of Laws marks Professor Tim Niblock’s retirement from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) at the University, and his contribution to academia within the Gulf. Over 120 invited guests attended the special ceremony including IAIS alumni, many of whom hold influential positions...

blur Group, Flybe and the University of Exeter’s Physics School to speak at ExIST Quarterly Event

The Chamber’s Exeter initiative for Science and Technology will be welcoming speakers from blur Group, Flybe and the University of Exeter’s Physics School at its October event on Wednesday 9 October at the Met Office.

Jon Hogg, head of platform at blur Group will be giving a presentation on business sense and how blur Group is using intelligence to transform services procurement. Global technology firm blur Group recently announced that it will be establishing its new ‘R&D Center’ and global headquarters in Exeter’s Science Park in November. The company announced they are...

Let the nominations commence... the search is on for Exeter’s Power 50

Nominations for the Exeter Power 50 2013 have opened. The new awards aim to recognise the city’s individuals who are dedicated to Exeter through their work in the business, community, creative arts or sports sectors. Nominations are invited from colleagues, clients and communities. With over 80 nominations already received, the nomination window closes on 15 October 2013.

The Exeter Power 50 will celebrate the exploits, innovation and entrepreneurship of those individuals who have helped to power the reputation, economic, social and cultural success of the city.