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Graduation celebrations at the University of Exeter

More than 4,200 students at the University of Exeter will be celebrating their graduation between 15 and 22 July. Ceremonies at the Great Hall on the University’s main Streatham campus and at Truro Cathedral will be presided over by the University’s Chancellor, Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE DL. She will personally greet each graduand and inspire them to use their education to make a difference in the world.

Inspiration will also come from 11 Honorary Graduates; senior figures from the NHS, Church of England, higher education, sport and media. From the local area these include Dr...

One Planet MBA hosts first ever Exeter Sustainability Challenge

Teams from as far afield as France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia and Mexico came to Exeter last month to compete in the first ever One Planet Sustainability Challenge. 15 teams in total participated in the competition.

In the United Nations designated Year of Water Cooperation, the event was partnered by three companies all of whom face real challenges in their water management strategies, Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE), SABMiller and South West Water. They were joined by two supporting partners, WWF and Water Aid. In 2012, CCE used a total of 8.8 billion litres of water,...

University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor accompanies PM on high profile business mission to Kazakhstan

Professor Sir Steve Smith left the UK on Sunday 30 June, accompanying Prime Minister David Cameron and a delegation of business leaders on an intensive two-day trip to Kazakhstan designed to promote the UK’s expertise in the energy and mining sectors.

Kazakhstan is a huge country the size of Western Europe, with vast mineral resources and enormous economic potential. It is amongst the 20 largest oil producers in the world. It is rich in natural resources, including minerals, gas, and heavy rare earth metals (HRE).

The Vice-Chancellor is representing the world renowned...

Study reveals uncertainty over the benefits of feeding birds in winter

Wild bird populations are generally thought to benefit from being given additional food in winter, but our understanding of the effects of such food provision is incomplete. The results of a new study, carried out by researchers at the University of Exeter and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), has found that feeding wild blue tits in winter resulted in less successful breeding during the following spring.

The research, just published in Scientific Reports, revealed that woodland blue tits that were provided with fat balls as a supplementary food during the winter months went...

Mindfulness can increase wellbeing and reduce stress in school children, reveals new study

Mindfulness – a mental training that develops sustained attention that can change the ways people think, act and feel – could reduce symptoms of stress and depression and promote wellbeing among school children, according to a new study published online by the British Journal of Psychiatry.

With the summer exam season in full swing, school children are currently experiencing higher levels of stress than at any other time of year. The research showed that interventions to reduce stress in children have the biggest impact at this time of year. There is growing evidence that...

Older males make better fathers says new research on beetles

Researchers at the University of Exeter found that older male burying beetles make better fathers than their younger counterparts. The study found that mature males, who had little chance of reproducing again, invested more effort in both mating and in parental care than younger males.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London – B, considered how the likelihood of paternity influenced the way that males cared for young. Older males were good fathers and looked after the young even when they were unsure whether the offspring were theirs. Younger...

Dressing up takes centre stage as the Northcott launches its autumn 2013 season

Exeter Northcott Theatre has launched its new look autumn 2013 season brochure. As well as being packed with great drama, dance, opera, family theatre and comedy, the brochure features stunning images throughout by local photographer Matt Austin.

Inspired by the family Christmas show, The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr Benn , dressing up is very much the theme this autumn. The Exeter Northcott Theatre invited members of their audience to delve into their magical dressing up box whilst Matt Austin took a fantastic set of photographs.

Amongst the many highlights of the new...

Planning approval for new £50 million interdisciplinary research centre at University of Exeter

The University of Exeter has been granted planning permission for a new research centre, the Living Systems building. The £50 million facility will be dedicated to developing novel strategies to address the great challenges facing humanity: food security, lifelong health and a sustainable environment.

Living Systems represents a groundbreaking interdisciplinary venture, bringing together world leading research in biosciences, engineering, mathematics, medicine and physical sciences alongside new undergraduate provision in natural sciences to train the scientists of tomorrow....

Exeter University postgraduates help to establish a sustainable Cornish seaweed industry

Students studying the One Planet MBA programme are working with the University’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) to explore how a Cornish business can become a ‘firm of the future’ – a business inspired by nature. The students are looking at the development of a Cornish seaweed industry with Falassa, a local business that encourages the use of seaweed for nutrition and therapy. There are a few companies that are working with seaweed in Cornwall but the ESI and Business School is looking to explore ways in which things can develop and diversify. Alex Huke, Research and...

University of Exeter listed in the top 20 greenest universities

The University of Exeter has been awarded a first class award for the fifth year running and ranked 13 out of 143 universities.

The People & Planet Green League 2013 is the UK's only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities. It assesses the environmental and ethical performance of all universities, awarding 'first class degrees' to the greenest and ‘fail’ to those doing the least to address their environmental impacts. The University of Exeter is among 43 institutions to achieve a ‘first’ in 2013 and has risen to 13th from 24th position in the league....

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