University of Exeter

Multi-million funding boost for research into the origin and evolution of vision

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 05/11/2021 - 10:29pm

A Neuroscience expert from the University of Exeter has been awarded multi-million pound funding to investigate the origin and evolution of vision across the animal kingdom.

Professor Gaspar Jekely, from the University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute , has received a grant of more than €3 million to conduct pioneering new research into how nervous systems interpret light cues.

The substantial funding was awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) under its 2020 Advanced Grants scheme. Professor Jekely’s research is one of 209 grants awarded to across Europe,...

Professor John Newton takes up new chair at University of Exeter

National public health leader takes up new role at University of Exeter

Professor John Newton takes up new chair at University of Exeter

Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England (PHE), has been appointed to a new chair in public health and epidemiology in the university’s College of Medicine and Health. This appointment will be part time for one day a week, as John continues in his PHE role.

The news further strengthens John’s relationship with Exeter.

He has a research interest in descriptive epidemiology and precision public health and has held an Honorary Professorship in Public Health and...

Michelmores awards prize for commercial awareness to University of Exeter Law with Business student

Michelmores has launched a prize for second year Law with Business students at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus in Cornwall. The new annual prize seeks to recognise the student or students demonstrating the best commercial awareness during the course of their first year studies. It will complement the Firm's prize to the University of Exeter student or students with the best overall performance on the Land Law course at Exeter’s Streatham Campus, an award launched over 20 years ago.

Tim Richards, managing partner at Michelmores said: "I am delighted to launch this new...

University of Exeter joins national cancer health data research hub

University of Exeter joins national cancer health data research hub

The University of Exeter has signed up as an associate partner to DATA-CAN: The Health Data Research Hub for Cancer.

DATA-CAN is a UK-wide partnership which aims to improve care and outcomes for people with cancer by making high quality health data more accessible for cancer researchers and health professionals.

Through its College of Medicine and Health, the University of Exeter brings a wealth of cancer research expertise, as well as data science knowledge and experience to the DATA-CAN partnership. Work from the Exeter team, which uses information from GP records to...

Morgan Sindall Construction breaks ground on new technology building for University of Exeter

Morgan Sindall Construction breaks ground on new technology building for University of Exeter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 03/12/2021 - 12:32am

Morgan Sindall Construction has won a contract to deliver a new extension to the University of Exeter in Devon, helping to improve educational facilities for computer science (higher education) in the South West.

The main contractor has already begun work on the new building, which will be located on the University’s Streatham Campus by the existing Innovation Centre, and will house an adaptable space including an Artificial Intelligence Arena and Computer Learning Laboratory.

The new building is one of several to deliver technical education across the South-West, as...

University of Exeter celebrates partnership with Exmouth Community College

University of Exeter celebrates partnership with local college 

The Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC), an internationally recognised paediatric research department at the University of Exeter, are celebrating seven years of collaboration with Exmouth Community College.

The partnership, which began in 2014, has enabled pupils to be engaged in a wide variety of research, enabling them to learn first-hand about healthy living.

Thanks to the relationship with the college, the research team at CHERC have been able to better understand how physical activity and diet can influence health in youth. This is important, as...

Lord Myners to retire as Chancellor of the University of Exeter after five years

Lord Myners of Truro will retire as Chancellor of the University of Exeter after five years in the role.

Paul Myners CBE, who will be 73 in April and a former Government Minister who has led some of the UK’s best known businesses, will relinquish the role at the end of 2021.

Cornishman Lord Myners, who was brought up in Truro by his adoptive parents, took over the mantle of Chancellor from Baroness Floella Benjamin in July 2016.

Speaking of his retirement from the position, Lord Myners said: “It has been a pleasure and an honour to have served as Chancellor and...

Exeter 'leading the way' on carbon targets

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 02/15/2021 - 3:36pm

The University of Exeter's carbon reduction targets are among the most ambitious set by UK universities and colleges, according to rankings published by Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK).

The rankings – which place Exeter third among Russell Group universities and 14th in the higher education sector – suggest the University is one of those "leading the way".

Since declaring an environment and climate emergency in 2019, the University has created a comprehensive plan to cut carbon emissions and improve the environment on its campuses and beyond.

A...

Higher excess COVID-19 death risk in middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes raises vaccine prioritisation questions

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Posted: Tue, 02/09/2021 - 7:32am

A largescale analysis led by the University of Exeter and funded by Diabetes UK, has found a disproportionately higher COVID-19 death risk in middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes, raising questions over vaccination strategies across Europe.

The study, accepted for publication in Diabetologia , found that compared to people of a similar age without type 2 diabetes, the additional COVID-19 mortality risk from having type 2 diabetes increases the younger someone is. Although the risk is low in absolute terms, the increase has a significant potential to impact middle-aged people...

University of Exeter leads national efforts to create sustainable future with launch of circular economy hub

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Posted: Wed, 01/27/2021 - 2:20pm

A new research hub led by the University of Exeter will spearhead national efforts to create a 'circular economy' where fewer resources are used and more waste materials reused – delivering huge benefits to the environment and UK economy.

The National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub is supported with £3.5 million from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

It will work with the five circular economy centres that were announced last November to explore how reusing waste materials in a wide range of industries, including textiles, construction, chemical and metals,...

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