University of Exeter

Exeter receives £1.2 million grant for pioneering new research hub

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 - 12:33pm

The University of Exeter has been awarded a grant of more than £1 million to create a new research hub to boost diagnosing and managing some of the world’s most debilitating long-term health conditions and antimicrobial infections.

The centre, called the Hub for Quantitative Modelling in Healthcare and led by experts from the University’s Living Systems Institute has received a grant of £1,231,618 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The hub is due to begin carrying out pioneering research from early 2021.

Exeter’s world-leading...

Student raises £10,000 for mental health charity by running five marathons in five days

A University of Exeter student has raised £10,000 for those affected by mental health issues during the coronavirus pandemic by running 131 miles in just five days.

Joey Higham had never taken part in a marathon before, but completed five in less than a week to raise awareness of the work of the charity Mind. He was spurred on by messages from supporters, including from a mother whose son had committed suicide, as he completed the gruelling physical challenge.

The 22-year-old had completed no training before starting the marathons, where he circuited a local field near...

Partnership receives funding boost to develop AI to meet equipment supply and demand in Covid-19 pandemic

A partnership between the University of Exeter and Applegate has secured a significant funding boost to help develop new, cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence technology to help match supply and demand for vital health equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The partnership, involving experts from the University’s Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, has been awarded £50,000 as part of a £40 million Government investment to drive forward new technological advances.

The scheme announced on May 20th by Business Secretary Alok Sharma, confirmed the...

Special relationship gets Maddy and Megan through coronavirus crisis

Two University of Exeter students Maddy and Megan have forged a special relationship that has kept Seattle resident Maddy safe and well at Megan’s UK home during the global coronavirus crisis.

In an extraordinary act of friendship and generosity, Megan invited fellow student and US resident Maddy to stay in her family home until the peak of the coronavirus crisis was over and she could once more travel home to Seattle.

Maddy and Megan met at the University of Exeter in South-West England, a beautiful corner of the UK that has experienced lower coronavirus cases than many...

Online medicine lectures attract thousands of students – and Peter Andre!

A Medicine student at the University of Exeter has teamed up with two clinicians to launch an online seminar series which has attracted more than 10,000 students from across the UK – and has already joined forces with Peter Andre.

Year 3 student Muntasha Quddus is involved in SMILE - Sustaining Medical Education in a Lockdown Environment, supported by the University of Exeter. Together with registrars John Pascoe, from the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, and Paul Foster, from Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, they are hosting daily seminars on Zoom. The series brings...

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University of Exeter student startup team launches COVID-19 Startup Support Fund

The University of Exeter’s Student Startup team has launched a new funding initiative, designed to support innovative projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new scheme, called the COVID-19 Startup Support Fund, supported by Santander UK and Research England, gives graduate entrepreneurs the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to support projects that respond to some of the challenges caused by the pandemic. These could include innovating their current business model, developing new products or supporting initiatives to reach out and engage with new audiences....

Small red blood cells could indicate cancer

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/11/2020 - 6:01pm

Having abnormally small red blood cells – a condition known as microcytosis – could indicate cancer, new research has concluded

Led by the University of Exeter Medical School, the study of more than 12,000 UK patients aged over 40, found that the cancer risk in males was 6.2 per cent, compared to 2.7 per cent in those without microcytosis.

The research, funded by Cancer Research UK and NIHR and published in BJGP , found that In females, the risk of cancer was 2.7 per cent in those with microcytosis, compared to 1.4 per cent without.

Of more than 108,000 followed...

University volunteers help build thousands of face shields for local NHS workers

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 05/11/2020 - 12:19pm

Volunteers from the University of Exeter have teamed up with the local community to build thousands of disposable face shields, to help protect frontline NHS workers during the COVID-19 epidemic.

The team from the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (EMPS) have assembled around 2,000 face shields for the local healthcare community, including the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The volunteers, who are PhD students, researchers and professional services staff, collaborated with a consortium of local businesses to make the face shields in a specially...

Report measures public demand for face masks to protect against COVID-19

One in four people already own a disposable face mask to protect themselves against COVID-19, a new study says – despite the UK government saying evidence for their use is “weak”.

An online survey of 949 members of the public representative of the UK population by age, gender and ethnicity, conducted by senior academics at the University of Exeter Business School, found that 26% already have disposable face masks at home, and 57% have disposable gloves.

“It has now become clear that the UK government is reluctant to recommend the widespread usage of disposable masks, or...

Hyperlocal project shows that “home is where the art is”

Artists from across Devon and Cornwall have harnessed their creative talents and shown that home is where the art is, to produce an inspirational set of new, small-scale arts commissions.

Ten freelance artists from across the West Country have create a series of playful and innovative projects, using inspiration only found in their homes, as part of a specially-designed local project.

The scheme, called Hyperlocal, was launched last month as a collaboration between Arts and Culture, University of Exeter, Exeter Phoenix, Kaleider and Exeter Northcott Theatre and designed...