University of Exeter

Scientists pave the way for vaccine to combat devastating avian disease

Recent reduction in the use of antibiotic growth promoters in animal feeds has resulted in a dramatic increase in the severe poultry disease - necrotic enteritis .

New research suggests that the disease, which is costing the worldwide poultry industry an estimated £600 million a year, could be prevented by immunisation with a vaccine that is being developed at the University of Exeter.

Professor Richard Titball from Biosciences at the University of Exeter said:“Necrotic enteritis is a major concern for the poultry farming industry worldwide and poultry producers are waiting...

Exeter academic wants volunteers to get muddy for research!

A University of Exeter student is currently in search of music festival volunteers for ESRC funded PhD research.

There is little research into the multi-million pound festival sector, and this PhD study aims to change to that. The South West has a reputation for holding excellent and varied music festivals, each of which contributes to the local economy and tourist trade. University of Exeter student Dee Clayton, is aiming to understand the contribution of volunteers and create a picture of how festivals can use volunteers more effectively.

Dee wants music festival...

University of Exeter Campus Festival 8 & 9 of June

Event Date: 
08/06/2013 - 12:00pm to 09/06/2013 - 7:15pm
University of Exeter, Forum Piazzas, Stocker Road, Exeter

The University of Exeter is delighted to announce a free festival of arts, music, food and sports at their Forum Piazzas on the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

The festival will include a range of activities and performance for all the family. There will be student acts such as the Soul Choir and the acclaimed A Capella group semi Toned. There will also be professional acts such as the much loved and award-winning street clowning troupe Le Navet Bete.

Professional music also includes acts such as Sheelanagig, The Carrivick Sisters and Exeter favourites Count to Fire.


Coral reefs' collapse isn't inevitable, University of Exeter researchers say

Coral reefs are in decline, but their collapse can still be avoided with local and global action. That's according to findings reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on 9 May based on an analysis that combines the latest science on reef dynamics with the latest climate models.

"People benefit by reefs having a complex structure - a little like a Manhattan skyline but underwater," said Peter Mumby of The University of Queensland and University of Exeter. "Structurally-complex reefs provide nooks and crannies for thousands of species and provide the habitat needed to...

University of Exeter students gear up for world’s largest student motorsport competition

Engineering students from the University of Exeter are, for the first time, gearing up for a UK competition which will pit their engineering skills against 149 teams from 32 different countries. The Exeter students will today unveil the racing car that will compete in Formula Student - an international motorsport competition run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The car will be revealed by the team at a public launch event at the University.

University teams from across the world are challenged to design, build and race a single seat racing car from scratch in one year –...

Exeter hits top ten in The Complete University Guide

The University of Exeter moves up from 13th to 10th place in The Complete University Guide ’s ranking of 124 UK universities for 2014, which was published today (Monday 29 April). It is the first time that Exeter has entered The Complete University Guide’s (CUG) national top ten of UK universities. Apart from Exeter’s entry into the top ten, the composition of this grouping has remained unchanged compared with last year. Cambridge again heads The CUG ranking of 124 UK universities, with Oxford back in second place ahead of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Professor Sir...

Opening of Environment and Sustainability Institute inspires next generation of researchers

The Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), a £30 million environmental research institute at the University of Exeter’s Tremough Campus, Penryn, was formally opened on Tuesday 23 April by more than 120 local school children. The ESI leads cutting-edge interdisciplinary research to find solutions to the problems of environmental change and is working with local children to inspire them to take up careers in research. As part of a week of activities to celebrate the opening of the ESI, students from local schools enjoyed hands-on workshops that demonstrated the institute’s research...

Bugs produce diesel on demand

It sounds like science fiction but a team from the University of Exeter, with support from Shell, has developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand. While the technology still faces many significant commercialisation challenges, the diesel, produced by special strains of E. coli bacteria, is almost identical to conventional diesel fuel and so does not need to be blended with petroleum products as is often required by biodiesels derived from plant oils. This also means that the diesel can be used with current supplies in existing infrastructure because engines, pipelines and...

Green spaces may boost wellbeing for city dwellers

New research published in the journal Psychological Science has found that people living in urban areas with more green space tend to report greater wellbeing than city dwellers that don’t have parks, gardens, or other green space nearby. The research has been led by Dr Mathew White from the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment & Human Health. By examining data from a national survey that followed UK households over time, Dr White and colleagues at the European Centre have found that individuals reported less mental distress and higher life satisfaction...

Thomas Hardy: the man behind the classics

Thomas Hardy is one of the West Country’s most famous writers whose novels, such as Far from the Madding Crowd and Tess of the D’Urbervilles are internationally renowned. As part of a project to promote knowledge and understanding of Hardy, Dr Angelique Richardson of the University of Exeter is organising a series of lectures in collaboration with the National Trust and Dorset County Museum, where the talks will be held. Although Hardy is most commonly known to the public through his novels, the lectures will provide further contexts for his work.

The series of five evening...