University of Exeter

Defra appoints academic to oversee flood risks in South West

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has appointed an academic from the University of Exeter to Chair the South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC). Professor Robert Van de Noort’s appointment is a reflection of his extensive research in the dynamics of coasts, rivers and peatlands, and how people have interacted with these landscapes over a period of more than 10,000 years, in addition to his various roles across the sector. The Regional Flood and Coastal Committees were set up under the Floods and Water Management Act 2010 and play an important local role...

Exeter scores high in the National Student Satisfaction Survey

91% of University of Exeter students in their final year are satisfied with the quality of their university course.

The latest National Student Survey (NSS) has found that 85% of students are satisfied with their degree, meaning the University of Exeter has maintained its top 10 position for its ninth year, since the survey’s launch.

The University of Exeter usually scores highly on league tables and, in 2012, was deemed “Sunday Times University of the Year 2012/13”.

Professor Janice Kay, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter, said:

“We are...

Communities set to benefit from student sustainability initiative

Exeter communities are set to benefit from an initiative launched by the University of Exeter Students’ Guild. The Guild is proud to announce the launch of the Students’ Green Unit which will be established this month after the Guild won a £300,000 funding boost from the NUS (National Union of Students) Green Fund.

The Students’ Green Unit will provide a framework for students to develop and lead sustainability initiatives locally, nationally and internationally. The Students’ Guild prides itself on successful reduction of its environmental impact and pursuit of sustainability, and...

Open Day for largest Roman village ever found in Devon

An opportunity to experience the unfolding excavations at the largest Roman village ever found in Devon is open to members of the public on Sunday 18 August, at the site near Ipplepen in South Devon. The site is of tremendous importance and has produced excitement in the archaeological world and beyond. The systematic excavation of the site originally began in the summer of 2012. Previously unknown, the Romano-British site was discovered as a result of metal detected Roman coin found by Mr. Phillip Wills and Mr Dennis Hewings which was recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme. A...

Simple and accurate method formulated to identify patients at risk of dying from C. difficile

A test to predict which patients are most at risk from the Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection has been developed, offering potential benefits to patients, hospitals and health services around the world.

A Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection is one that can affect the digestive system and most commonly affects people staying in hospital. It is not generally a problem for healthy people but may infect those on antibiotics with an imbalance of ‘good bacteria’ in the gut.

A research paper published on 2 August 2013, in BMC Infectious Diseases has for the first time...

Bacteria hold the clues to trade-offs in financial investments and evolution

Scientists have found that bacteria have the potential to teach valuable investment lessons. The research, published in the journal Ecology Letters , takes advantage of the fact that bacteria, like humans, have limited resources and are constantly faced with investment decisions. Bacteria though are successful with their investments and have colonised every inch of the surface of our planet.

The researchers, from the Universities of Exeter and Sydney, used mathematical models and lab-based synthetic biology, to predict bacterial investment crashes and boom-bust cycles. The study...

University of Exeter announces Strategic Partnership with IBM

The University of Exeter today announced that IBM (NYSE: IBM ), the world's largest IT and consulting services company, will be one of the first University of Exeter Strategic Corporate Partners. The partnership will look at growing the global knowledge base by bringing together the best minds in industry and academia to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Projects supported by the partnership include initiatives addressing water management, climate change, sustainability and health. Other areas of collaboration include smart metering, analytics and the management of big data....

Bats, moths and dragonflies get summer holidays off to a flying start

The summer holidays got off to a ‘flying’ start for local youngsters when EDDC’s Countryside Team joined other local organisations with a rural theme at the annual Natural Seaton Festival.

The event was organised by the Seaton Visitor Centre Trust to celebrate the geological and ecological wealth of the town.

The first EDDC Countryside event of the weekend was Meet the Bats led by Fiona Mathews, Senior Lecturer in Mammalian Biology at Exeter University. Eleven of our 15 native species of bat have been recorded on the Axe Estuary Wetlands in Seaton, and electronic bat...

Gorilla gets in on graduation at University of Exeter

Everyone wants to get in on the graduation festivities at Exeter– even the animals! The University of Exeter’s resident gorilla, currently based in the Forum, is the result of a competition in which students were set the task of designing their very own Great Gorilla.

More than 70 fun and innovative entries were put forward and the winning design was Meriel Royal’s globetrotting Gorilla. Meriel, a third year English undergraduate, was inspired by the idea of the Gorilla making stops around the world and collecting stamps of other endangered animals, before finally arriving in Devon...

Latin Lounge event raises money for Hospiscare

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Posted: Wed, 07/17/2013 - 12:19pm

An evening of Tango and Salsa dance organised by a local nurse has raised £2,000 for Hospiscare.

More than 60 dance enthusiasts attended the Latin dance event, held at Reed Hall, Exeter University, which featured dance demonstrations, lessons and a live tango orchestra.

The evening was organised by nurse Mo Ross in memory of her sister, Geraldine Privett, who received Hospiscare after being diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2012. Geraldine was a ward clerk at Whipton Hospital up until her illness started.

Mo said: “My sister was diagnosed in May 2012, her first...