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University of Exeter announces Festival of Compassion aiming to ‘make people feel better’

How can we make sure compassion is embedded in our lives, institutions and communities?

In a week-long festival run by the University of Exeter this November, renowned experts will address this question by exploring compassion in its broadest sense, through art, yoga, music, photography, therapy, spiritualism, guided nature walks and much more.

The Festival of Compassion, which runs from 19-28 November and coincides with the celebration of World of Compassion Day, is open to all and will feature free activities online, on campus, in Exeter itself and at the University’s...

John Heathershaw and his Tour de Devon team

John leads cycle team on Tour de Devon for FORCE

A team of cyclists will embark on their very own Tour de Devon this week to raise money for FORCE Cancer Charity.

John Heathershaw from Exeter (pictured second left above) set himself the challenge of a coast-to-coast ride to celebrate five years of being cancer clear.

The father-of-two was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma in September 2015 at the age of 39.

FORCE helped him through months of treatment and subsequent complications in his mental and physical health.

“I hadn’t ever really conceived of getting cancer,” John admits.

“I was aware of...

How the Spotlight on Care animation will look at Exeter Phoenix

Spotlight on Care projection

Event Date: 
21/10/2021 - 6:15pm to 22/10/2021 - 10:15pm
Venue: 
Exeter Phoenix

Over two consecutive nights (21st - 22nd October, 6.15 pm - 10.15 pm) a large, hand-drawn animation of a Devon carer and her son will be projected onto the Exeter Phoenix Building as part of a collaborative project to celebrate the millions of unpaid carers who work around the clock looking after their friends and family at home. Research shows their role has been made even harder by the closure of support services during the COVID crisis.

Spotlight on Care is an emotive contemporary art project inspired by a collaboration between Exeter-based illustrator-animator Leo Jamelli and...

The artist at work on the Exeter Phoenix 'Spotlight on Care' animation

Exeter artist Leo Jamelli shines a spotlight on the nation’s unpaid carers

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Wed, 08/25/2021 - 10:48am

Exeter-based illustrator-animator Leo Jamelli is collaborating with University of Exeter academics Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer and Dr Catriona McKenzie on an emotive contemporary art project entitled Spotlight on Care.

He's created a hand-drawn animation of an unpaid carer from Exeter which will be projected onto the Exeter Phoenix after dark in late October. The two-storey high projection will celebrate the millions who work around the clock caring for family and friends at home. Research shows their role has been made even harder by the closure of support services during the COVID crisis...

New apprentices set to take to the promenade and bring back seaside entertainment this summer

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 07/24/2021 - 8:50pm

New apprentices are training to take to the promenade as they get ready to resurrect traditional seaside entertainment in Britain this summer.

Beachside shows with slapstick, songs and Punch and Judy have become rare as holiday habits change. Now a group of young people are being trained in the art of family seaside entertainments so this entertainment can be seen again, and skills passed down to future generations.

The performances will bring joy to locals and holidaymakers in Devon this summer, as well as providing employment and training for new performers,...

Exeter book, literature, book

Oldest book of English literature in the world available to browse online for the first time

One of the oldest books of English literature in the world - created more than 1,000 years ago - is now available for anyone to browse online for the first time.

The Exeter Book is one of the four most significant verse manuscripts to survive from the Anglo-Saxon period and contains the vast majority of all surviving Old English poetry. Its origins are a mystery.

The new website and digital technology gives a fascinating glimpse into the production of the book, allowing people to explore doodles made a century ago of people and even an angel.

Experts from the...

Devon pro cyclist hoping to make Tour of Britain debut

Devon pro cyclist hoping to make Tour of Britain debut

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 06/22/2021 - 11:04pm

Devon based pro cyclist Freddie Scheske will be hoping to make his Tour of Britain debut later this year after the first teams were confirmed for the 2021 edition of the race.

The University of Exeter student rides for Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling , which will also be competing at The Tour for the first time in September (5-12 September).

Ribble Weldtite is one of six British teams unveiled by The Tour, alongside Canyon dhb SunGod, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling, Saint Piran and TRINITY Racing, as well as a Great Britain national squad.

Freddie, who has just finished...

Exeter achieves global top 150 status in influential rankings 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 06/09/2021 - 10:15pm

The University of Exeter has broken into the top 150 in the QS World University Rankings for the first time.

Exeter is now ranked 149th in the prestigious QS World University Rankings 2022 – a rise of 15 places compared to last year – placing it among the very best institutions worldwide.

This is the 18th year that QS has published its World University Rankings. They are based on six indicators and were compiled by considering more than 1,300 universities.

In this latest ranking, Exeter’s rank improved in four of the six indicators – academic reputation,...

Exeter’s NetZeroPlus project to form vital part of UK bid to remove greenhouse gases from atmosphere

A project to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere will be crucial to the UK’s bid to reach Net Zero by 2050 – and is set to spark the biggest change in land use since the Second World War.

The NetZeroPlus project, led by Professor Ian Bateman from the University of Exeter Business School, is one of five interdisciplinary projects that will receive a total of £31.5m from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – with each project investigating a different method of removing harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere.

The Exeter project will help to implement...

University of Exeter launches Green Futures campaign in critical year for climate action

The University of Exeter has launched a ‘Green Futures’ campaign and website to drive action on the environment and climate emergency ahead of the G7 in Cornwall and COP26 in Glasgow this year.

According to a recent Reuters list, the University of Exeter has the UK’s five most influential climate scientists - all in the top 21 in the world . For more than twenty years the University has been leading the way in interdisciplinary research to better understand and tackle environment and climate change. By mobilising expertise in research and education, the University is seeking to...

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