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Big bumblebees learn locations of best flowers

Big bumblebees take time to learn the locations of the best flowers, new research shows.

Meanwhile smaller bumblebees – which have a shorter flight range and less carrying capacity – don't pay special attention to flowers with the richest nectar.

University of Exeter scientists examined the "learning flights" which most bees perform after leaving flowers.

Honeybees are known to perform such flights – and the study shows bumblebees do the same, repeatedly looking back to memorise a flower's location.

"It might not be widely known that pollinating insects...

The Exeter hip: 50 years of making healthcare better

An innovative hip stem developed in Exeter 50 years ago today has now been implanted in more than two million patients across the globe.

The Exeter hip stem was developed in a collaboration between NHS surgeon Professor Robin Ling and University of Exeter engineer Dr Clive Lee, and is globally manufactured by Stryker. Their ground-breaking design overcame a problem of previous hip implants – that they eventually became slightly loose, requiring further surgery.

Previous prosthetic hips had been designed with the idea that the implant should remain rigidly fixed to the...

Prestigious £900,000 award to investigate underlying mechanisms of depression

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 10/30/2020 - 10:16pm

Dr Valentina Mosienko from the University of Exeter Medical School has won one of 15 highly competitive fellowships from the Medical Research Council Career Development Award .

The award, covering five years, will allow Dr Mosienko to study star-shaped brain cells – known as astrocytes – and their role in depression etiology.

Dr Mosienko said “I’m honoured to receive the fellowship to investigate this important area of research. Depression is a devastating illness affecting one in four people in the UK. It is not fully understood still, with antidepressants commonly...

Blood test predicts ovarian cancer better than previously thought

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/28/2020 - 9:27pm

A blood test already available to GPs in the UK is more predictive of ovarian cancer than previously thought and could also help pick up other forms of cancer, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine today (Wednesday) and funded by Cancer Research UK and NIHR.

This study involving the University of Exeter was led by Dr Garth Funston at the University of Cambridge as part of the CanTest collaborative, and studied more than 50,000 women who had a specific type of blood test with their GP in England.

The test is for women with symptoms possibly caused by...

Grandfather’s World War Two experience inspires new epic from UK’s youngest film director

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 10/24/2020 - 3:23pm

The UK’s youngest feature film director has been inspired by his great-grandfather’s epic battle for survival during World War Two for his debut movie.

University of Exeter history student Elliott Hasler will have his film released on major viewing platforms aged just 20.

Inspired by Elliott’s great-grandfather’s own experiences, WWII – The Long Road Home depicts an escaped British POW’s epic battle for survival whilst on the run in war-torn Italy, as his wife and young son anxiously await news in England.

Filming was completed when Elliott was just 16 years old...

New lecture series will examine role of humanities in today's global crises

A new University of Exeter lecture series will examine the role of humanities experts in tackling global crises, including health, the climate emergency and racial injustice.

The online events, free and open to the public, will also showcase discussions on how humanities research can help universities better conduct their global activities and be agents of positive change.

Academics from around the world will bring their varied disciplinary perspectives to modern global events: from the 'long view' of history, to compassion-based understanding of human needs, to...

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Ventilators and PPE donated to Devon NHS by University of Exeter partner at Tsinghua University 

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 08/28/2020 - 10:21am

In the strongest signal of partnership and friendship, Tsinghua University, one of the world’s most prestigious universities has donated through its links with the University of Exeter a remarkably generous gift of 5 ventilators, 5,250 face masks and 500 isolation gowns for the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) to help with the continuing fight against the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The University of Exeter has strong links with universities in China – and indeed around the world – and has been working around the clock to ensure Devon and Cornwall have access to...

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Floella Benjamin and Black Lives Matters protests inspire new University of Exeter scholarship

Legendary broadcaster, actress and writer Floella Benjamin and the recent Black Lives Matters protests have inspired a new University of Exeter scholarship.

William Graydon, better known as musician and producer 220 Kid, is funding the award, which will support a high achieving black, Asian or minority ethnic student for the next three years.

The former University of Exeter Biosciences and Sustainable Development student, who graduated in 2013, was inspired to offer the scholarship in part by hearing Baroness Benjamin when she served as the university’s Chancellor as...

University of Exeter alumni should ‘remain vigilant’ after data breach

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 - 2:24pm

Former students from The University of Exeter are being asked to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity after their data was breached.

It is the latest university to be revealed as part of the global data breach, which has affected more than 20 universities and charities in the UK, US and Canada after hackers attacked cloud computing provider, Blackbaud.

Blackbaud, one of the world’s largest providers of customer relationship management systems, provides software solutions to higher educational institutions. It was targeted by cybercriminals in May. It...

Exeter academics elected to British Academy

Two University of Exeter academics have been elected fellows of the British Academy.

Professor Regenia Gagnier and Professor Ian Bateman are among 86 new fellows elected for their work in the humanities and social sciences.

Professor Bateman, of Exeter's Business School and Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute , is an environmental economist with a wide array of research interests.

Professor Gagnier, of the department of English , also has a wide range of specialisms – including Victorian and modern Britain, migration studies and the...