University of Exeter

University of Exeter receives internationally-recognised award for high standards of health and safety

The University of Exeter has been awarded a major internationally-recognised award for high standards of health and safety.

The RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award is given to world-leaders in health and safety practice. The award is the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running health and safety industry awards.

The health and safety team at the University of Exeter have worked to improve ways of working and have purchased new equipment to improve safety for grounds staff. This includes new remote-controlled mowers for sloping lawns which put staff at...

Devon and Cornwall’s creative communities invited to show that “home is where the art is”

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 03/30/2020 - 12:16pm

A playful and innovative set of new small-scale arts commissions, designed to harness Devon and Cornwall’s creative talents by showing that ‘home is where the arts is’, have been launched.

Arts and Culture, University of Exeter has partnered with the Exeter Phoenix, Kaleider and Exeter Northcott Theatre to unveil this new initiative to encourage freelance artists across Devon and Cornwall to unleash their creativity - using inspiration found only in their homes.

The project, called ‘Hyperlocal’, is offering 10 micro-commissions for artists working with any discipline -...

Art created by people living with dementia displayed in Exeter

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 02/25/2020 - 10:16am

Banners created by people living with dementia who worked with a trio of well-known artists will be on display in Exeter until the end of March.

The banners, including one developed by members of Age UK Exeter’s Budding Friends group, are on show as a special exhibit in Exeter Library.

Photographer Ian Beesley, poet Ian McMillan, and cartoonist Tony Husband worked with people living with dementia and their carers to create the banners as part of the ‘A Life More Ordinary’ project which originated from research at the University of Exeter. The project aims to support people...

Exeter-based tech company named in global top 10 VR experiences of 2019

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:45am

A virtual reality simulation developed near Exeter has made a global list of top 10 VR experiences for 2019.

The training simulation was developed for Concawe, a safety advisory board for the European oil refinery industry.

It is designed to train oil refinery plant operators in hazard perception techniques and safety awareness, using gaze strategy research from academics at the University of Exeter.

The list of VR experiences was compiled by, the world’s biggest business directory of VR, AR and 360 video studios.

The team behind...

University of Exeter academic’s work named as “book of the year” by Time magazine

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 12/26/2019 - 10:36am

A poignant and timely story that addresses the current global refugee crisis, written by a University of Exeter academic, has been named as one of the “Best Children’s Books of the Year” by Time Magazine.

Lubna and Pebble, by Dr Wendy O’Shea-Meddour, is being used across the world to build empathy skills and open difficult conversations about what it means to be a refugee.

In this book, illustrated by Daniel Egneus, the main character Lubna lands in a “world of tents” and tells her best friend, a pebble, everything about her “home” and “the war”. Even in desperate times,...

Marathon star tells graduates: ‘No human is limited’

Marathon star Eliud Kipchoge has told University of Exeter graduates: “No human is limited”.

Speaking as he received an honorary degree, Mr Kipchoge said hard work and self-discipline “will always pay off in life”.

He also paid tribute to University of Exeter research, which played a part in his successful bid to run the first ever sub-two-hour marathon.

“My message is that no human is limited,” he said.

“I believe that we should not think in limits. Not for ourselves, not for those around us and not for the challenges in life ahead of us.


New Vice-Chancellor appointed for University of Exeter 

The University of Exeter is pleased to announce that Professor Lisa Roberts will be taking up the post of Vice-Chancellor in September 2020 following the retirement of Professor Sir Steve Smith.

Lisa joins Exeter from the University of Leeds where she holds the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation. In this role, Lisa leads on the development and delivery of the university’s research and innovation strategy and has led a step change in the income, quality, and impact of world-leading research carried out at Leeds, including the recruitment and development of...

University of Exeter signs Global Climate Letter and halts investments in fossil fuel companies

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 12/06/2019 - 10:05am

The University of Exeter is one of nearly 250 higher and further education institutions who have signed a Global Climate Letter which will be presented at COP25 in Madrid on Friday 6th December and on Thursday 12th December during a UN event on Climate Change Education. A further 16,696 institutions are represented by network signatories.

The letter collectively calls for a drastic societal shift to combat the growing threat of climate change and for young people to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and capability to respond to the ever-growing challenges of climate change....

Photo: Jim Wileman.

Poignant new art display shines spotlight on risks to civil liberties posed by facial recognition technology 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 11/09/2019 - 9:30am

The intrinsic danger that facial recognition technology could pose to civil liberties and freedoms has been highlighted in a new, hard-hitting art display.

Renowned Devon artist and printmaker Catherine Cartwright has created the thought-provoking and emotional exhibition, entitled Brave New World, which questions the role of automated facial technology in potentially stifling protests and demonstrations.

Working with six Devon residents, who have each taken part in protests before, Catherine has created a series of portraits in the form of placards, which shine a light on...

Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden launches new Centre for Entrepreneurship 

Dragons’ Den star and businesswoman Deborah Meaden has helped launched the University of Exeter’s new Centre for Entrepreneurship.

The centre will help create the next generation of start-up founders and innovators who will thrive in the fourth industrial revolution. It will help people start meaningful ventures which improve society and their communities, with their work informed by research from the centre’s experts.

The centre builds on the work already ongoing at the University of Exeter to encourage student entrepreneurship, including the Student Startup Team.