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University of Exeter launches new degree to tackle construction skills gap

The University of Exeter will train the next generation of industry-leading civil engineers as part of its innovative new degree programme.
The University is launching the pioneering BEng Civil Engineering Site Management programme to help tackle a crucial skills gap experienced in the UK construction industry.
The part-time degree will see participants study for five years through a mix of on-campus teaching, […]

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Aspirin reduces risk of pre-eclampsia in pregnant women

Taking a low-dose aspirin before bed can reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia, which can cause premature birth and, in extreme cases, maternal and foetal death.
A trial, led by Professor Kypros Nicolaides, Professor of Foetal Medicine at King’s College London, Dr Liona Poon of King’s College, London with Professor David Wright of the University of Exeter, found that administering low-dose aspirin […]

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Rare archaeological find could be the first time unique pottery seen in the South West

Archaeologists excavating a site where Iron Age, Roman, and early medieval communities lived for more than a thousand years have unearthed pottery believed to have never been seen before in the South West.
The high-quality fragment of a cup shows that ancient farmers and ironworkers in South Devon could afford quality goods and had an affluent lifestyle.
The find is likely to […]

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Ape expert joins War for the Planet of the Apes Q&A

A real-life primate expert joined stars of new film War for the Planet of the Apes for a QA with journalists.
Dr Lauren Brent, from the University of Exeter, answered questions alongside director Matt Reeves and actors Andy Serkis and Steve Zahn.
While the director and actors talked about plot and production, Dr Brent was asked about animal behaviour – and how […]

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Monitoring changes in wetland extent can help predict the rate of climate change

Monitoring changes to the amount of wetlands in regions where permafrost is thawing should be at the forefront of efforts to predict future rates of climate change, new research shows.
Permafrost – frozen ground – holds huge amounts of carbon which may be released into the atmosphere as the climate warms and these soils thaw. For this reason it is critically […]

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Two Exeter diabetes researchers recognised as “Rising Stars”

Two researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School have been recognised as rising stars in diabetes research.
Dr Andrew Wood and Dr Hanieh Yaghootkar have been awarded two of just four €30,000 (£25,500) awards made across Europe, from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes e.V. (EASD). The award, made under the Rising Star Fellowship Programme and supported by […]

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Prize for ‘outstanding’ University of Exeter ecologist

A University of Exeter ecologist has won a prestigious prize for his outstanding achievements. 
Professor Kevin Gaston has been awarded the 2017 International Ecology Institute (ECI) Prize in terrestrial ecology.
The ECI Prize jury praised him for his “major contributions”, being “astonishingly productive” and said he had brought together many researchers from a variety of fields.
The prize is given each year to […]

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Soapbox Science returns to Exeter

Ever wondered what happens in your brain when you eat chocolate? Or whether Nemo’s dad should’ve been less worried about finding his son and more concerned about ocean acidification?
Possibly not the latter – but these and a host of other fascinating questions will be tackled by top scientists on Saturday 24 June in Exeter.
Soapbox Science is returning to the city […]

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One year on from the EU referendum, Brexit voters describe themselves as middle class, educated but dissatisfied with life

A year since the vote to leave the European Union, new research has found that Brexit voters are more likely to describe themselves as middle class, educated and fed up, rather than angry and working class.
The common clichés of the “liberal elite” Remainer and ill-educated Brexiteer are not entirely accurate, a new survey shows. People who voted to leave the […]

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Starting school young can put child wellbeing at risk

New research has shown that the youngest pupils in each school year group could be at risk of worse mental health than their older classmates.
Starting school young is an exciting but sometimes challenging milestone for children and their families. Some children will be nearing their fifth birthday as they enter foundation classes while others will be only just four.
Now, a […]

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Exeter’s teaching excellence officially recognised as ‘gold standard’

The University of Exeter’s commitment to providing world-class teaching has been recognised with the award of a “Gold” rating in the first national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment.
The University is one of 43 Higher Education Institutions to be recognised as offering gold standard teaching, learning and student and student outcomes in the TEF assessment, published today (June 22 2017).
The prestigious […]

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Role aerosols play in climate change unlocked by spectacular Icelandic volcanic eruption

Cloud systems “well buffered” against aerosol changes in the atmosphere, research shows.
A spectacular six-month Icelandic lava field eruption could provide the crucial key for scientists to unlock the role aerosols play in climate change, through their interactions with clouds.
An international team of climate scientists, led by the University of Exeter, have meticulously studied the effects that the 2014-15 eruption at […]

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Top scientist to talk climate change at Glastonbury

Glastonbury festivalgoers can look forward to a heady mix of Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry – and a lesson on climate change from a top scientist.
At the festival’s Speaker’s Forum, Professor Richard Betts, of the University of Exeter, will discuss the science of climate change and take part in panel discussions and interviews with other prominent figures in the […]

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Ancient Devon community had a taste for exotic food and drink

Devon farmers who made their home in the same remote location for 1,200 years had a taste for exotic imported food and drink, archaeologists have found.
There was a thriving settlement in Ipplepen, South Devon, for hundreds of years longer than previously thought, excavations have shown.
It was originally thought that people only lived on the site during the Roman period, but […]

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Living Systems Institute a double winner at 2017 Michelmores Property Awards

The University of Exeter’s flagship Living Systems Institute (LSI) secured two accolades at a prestigious awards ceremony.
The LSI, a £52 million world-class, next generation collaborative research community based at Exeter’s Streatham Campus, was the big winner at the 2017 Michelmores Property Awards.
As well as winning the most prestigious award of the night, the 2017 Building of the Year, the LSI […]

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Drowsy dormice doze into decline

Britain’s population of hazel dormice, famed for their sleepy lifestyle, has declined by more than 70% in just over two decades, new research from the University of Exeter has shown.
Dedicated dormouse monitors have been counting the rodents in 26,000 nest boxes in 400 woodlands for more than 20 years.
Exeter conservation scientists have studied their records and identified a 72% decline […]

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Hiding true self harms career and sense of belonging

Hiding your true self at work can damage your career and reduce your sense of belonging in the workplace, a new study suggests.
University of Exeter researchers examined “stigmatised” characteristics – being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), or having a history of poverty or mental or physical illness.
They found that concealing such characteristics from colleagues resulted in lower self-esteem, job […]

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£2 million for Exeter Centre of Excellence in dementia care research

Alzheimer’s Society has announced today (Tuesday 20 June) that it has committed almost £2million to the University of Exeter, as part of its biggest-ever single investment in dementia care research.
The funding will be used for a national collaboration led by Exeter to improve both quality of life for people with dementia, and care in advanced dementia.
Professor Linda Clare, of the […]

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‘BEEHAVE’ project wins innovation award

A project which helps protect bees has won the 2017 BBSRC Innovator of the Year award for Social Impact.  
The computer model BEEHAVE, developed at the University of Exeter and Rothamsted Research, simulates how a honeybee colony will develop and survive in different surroundings. 
This model, together with a new one simulating bumblebee population growth, are being used by farmers, scientists and […]

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Volcanic eruptions triggered dawn of the dinosaurs, research shows

Huge pulses of volcanic activity are likely to have played a key role in triggering the end Triassic mass extinction, which set the scene for the rise and age of the dinosaurs, new research has found.
The Triassic extinction took place approximately 200 million years ago, and was followed by the dinosaur era.  One of the largest mass extinctions of animal […]

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New technique could revolutionise manufacturing of vital safety equipment

An innovative new technique to use graphene to produce the ultimate photodetectors could revolutionise the manufacturing of vital safety equipment, such as radiation and smoke detection units.
An international research team, led by experts from the University of Exeter, have pioneered a new method that could pave the way for a new frontier in high-definition sensors.
Although graphene has been used before […]

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Exeter’s world diabetes expert awarded CBE

A world-leading diabetes expert has been awarded the CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his work in revolutionising global diagnosis and treatment.
Andrew Hattersley, Professor of Molecular Medicine at the University of Exeter Medical School and a diabetes consultant at the Royal Devon Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, has won a string of international awards for his work in […]

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Ancient city found in Ethiopia sheds new light on country’s history

Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient, forgotten city in Ethiopia once thought to be the home of giants.
The discovery reveals important new information about the origins of international trade and Islam in the country between the 10th and early 15th centuries.
This is the first evidence which proves Eastern Ethiopia was well connected with the Gulf, Egypt and India hundreds of years […]

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Secret of why jewel scarab beetles look like pure gold, explained by physicists

‘All that glitters is not gold’, finds research programme into way jewel beetles reflect light.
The secrets of why central-American jewel scarab beetles look like they are made from pure gold, has been uncovered by physicists at the University of Exeter.
The ornate beetles, which have a brilliant metallic gold colour, are highly valued by collectors. But until now the reasons behind […]

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£800,000 to develop life-saving heel-prick test for babies with diabetes

Exeter’s world-leading diabetes experts have been awarded more than £800,000 to develop a test that can identify babies with neonatal diabetes in the first few days of their lives.
The research is a collaboration between the University of Exeter Medical School and the Royal Devon Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. The funding, from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will […]

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Visiting virtual beach improves patient experiences during dental procedures.

Imagine walking along a South Devon beach on a lovely day. The waves are lapping on the shore, rabbits are scurrying in the undergrowth, and the bells of the local church are mingling with the calls of the seagulls. Then, as you turn to continue along the coast path feeling calm and relaxed you suddenly hear your dentist say “Fine, […]

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Climate change risk for animals living in prime conditions

Animals living in areas where conditions are ideal for their species have less chance of evolving to cope with climate change, new research suggests.
The study examined whether birds might be able to evolve to adapt to changes to the natural environment within their range – the geographical area where the birds nest, feed, migrate and hibernate over the course of […]

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Extraordinary travel journal sheds new light on pre-World War I Germany

An extraordinary travel journal discovered by a University of Exeter academic sheds new light on life in Europe before it was changed forever by World War I.
The mysterious diary, found by Dr Paul Cleave from the University of Exeter Business School, gives fascinating insights into the attractions and food enjoyed by Edwardian tourists, and the behaviour of women in that […]

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Late-nesting birds and bees face habitat threat

Bird and bumblebee species that nest late in the year are suffering more from the destruction of habitats, new research suggests.
With habitats such as hedgerows and hay meadows in decline in many countries, fewer nest sites are available – leading to more competition.
The University of Exeter study found that species which nest late – in April or May rather than […]

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Exeter engineering expert secures prestigious international award

A materials scientist from the University of Exeter has been bestowed with a prestigious international award.
Professor Stephen Eichhorn, Exeter’s Head of Engineering, has been selected to receive a Hayashi Jisuke Award from the Cellulose Society of Japan.
Professor Eichhorn is one of only four scientists worldwide (other winners are from Finland, Japan and South Korea) to receive the award this year, […]

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Cornwall cats needed for behaviour study

Where does your cat go when it leaves the house? What does it eat?
What sort of personality does it have?
Scientists from the University of Exeter want to help you find out, as part of an international study into feline behaviour.
Researchers at the University’s Penryn Campus want Cornwall cat owners to put their pets forward to take part.
“We want to understand […]

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GW4 Alliance to unveil cutting-edge microscopy facility

The shared facility will lead to a better understanding of human health and disease at a molecular level.
The GW4 Alliance will open a £2.3 million shared facility for cryo-microscopy on 1 September 2017 at the University of Bristol.
The facility will provide researchers across the Great West region with a suite of state-of-the-art microscopy and analysis tools, enabling them to better […]

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Exeter retains strong position in influential league table

Exeter’s position among the top universities worldwide has been confirmed, in the latest influential league table.
The University has also retained its strong position amongst the global top 200 in the QS World University Rankings 2018, published today (8 June).
Exeter has risen six places to joint 158th in the QS rankings, the largest and most extensive international table published.
This is the […]

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Motor-boat noise makes fish bad parents, leading to the death of their babies

Noise from motorboats is making fish become bad parents, and reducing the chance of their young surviving, research led by marine experts at the University of Exeter has shown.
The sound of motorboat engines disturbed coral reef fish so acutely it changed the behaviour of parents, and stopped male fish properly guarding their young, feeding and interacting with their offspring.
The research, […]

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Students launch green phone-charging firm

An eco-friendly phone charging network is being launched by three engineering students from the University of Exeter.
The ambitious trio – Hugo Tilmouth, Hakeem Buge and Chris Aoun – have set up a business which will hire out battery packs to charge phones.
They aim to set up an extensive network so the batteries – all charged using power bought from green […]

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University of Exeter to showcase research at Royal Cornwall Show

Students and staff from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus will be at the Royal Cornwall Show again this year to showcase research taking place in Cornwall.
Through interactive displays and hands-on activities, visitors will learn about research from various fields in a fun and family-friendly way.
Staff from the Geology and Geography departments will be at the University’s stand with an […]

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Older adults under-referred for mental health therapies

A large research study from the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter has revealed that older people are not being referred for mental health support nearly as frequently as their younger counterparts, despite achieving better outcomes when they are referred.
The study is published today (Tuesday 6th June 2017) in the British Journal of General Practice.
The research was conducted as part of […]

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‘Let some heritage sites go’, says academic

Some heritage sites cannot be preserved and should be allowed to decay, a new book argues.
In the future, climate change, falling budgets and other pressures will mean that some heritage sites cannot be protected, according to Professor Caitlin DeSilvey, author of Curated Decay.
If heritage has to be lost, she says, this should not always be viewed as a failure – […]

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Stand Up for Nature students win award

Two students at the University of Exeter have received an award for their conservation organisation, Stand Up for Nature.
Hannah Pollock and Jamie Unwin, final-year BSc Zoology students at the Penryn Campus in Cornwall, were presented with the Scientific Exploration Society ‘Pioneer with Purpose’ award.
Through Stand Up for Nature the duo share powerful conservation films using a bicycle-powered cinema, which was designed […]

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Exeter hosts IPCC meeting on the 1.5°C Global Warming target

Some of the world’s leading climate scientists are gathering in Exeter for a special high-profile event to examine the impact, significance and implications of global warming, in relation to the historic Paris Agreement 2015.
The international conference, hosted by the University of Exeter and the Met Office, will feature more than 100 scientists from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) […]

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New website to help voters make General Election choice

Voters struggling to decide where to put their mark on the ballot paper in the General Election can get advice from a new website which allows them to compare promises made by politicians.
Election Compass has been set up by academics to help people in the UK make sense of policies on offer from different political parties.
The website allows voters to […]

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University of Exeter launches new degree apprenticeship to tackle construction skills gap

The University of Exeter will train the next generation of industry-leading civil engineers as part of its innovative new degree apprenticeship programme.
The University is launching the pioneering BEng Civil Engineering Site Management programme to help tackle a crucial skills gap experienced in the UK construction industry.
The part-time degree apprenticeship, which will see participants study for five years through a mix […]

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Universities of Exeter and Queensland cement new global impact partnership

The University of Exeter and The University of Queensland (UQ) have reinforced their strong relationship by cementing a new multi-million pound partnership designed to bolster their joint global research impact.
The universities have partnered to establish the QUEX Institute as part of a wide-reaching Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the two world-leading institutions.
The partnership will strengthen a joint commitment to co-produce […]

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Public confused by climate change messages

Experts, charities, the media and government confuse the public by speaking “different languages” on climate change, a new study says.
The research team focussed on Colombia and likened climate change communication to a “broken phone”.
They said information from the government was often presented to the public in a “very technical way” and rarely included any type of call to action.
Meanwhile, academics […]

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First archaeological survey of Exeter Cathedral Green for a generation to take place

The first full-scale archaeological survey of Exeter’s Cathedral Green is taking place as experts try to find out what secrets still lie beneath the ground in the ancient area.
Experts are using sensors in an effort to try and map lost roads and buildings as well as features in the landscape such as pits and ditches in part of the city […]

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Pollution ‘devastating’ China’s vital ecosystem, research shows

The startling extent to which man-made pollution is devastating China’s vital ecosystem’s ability to offset damaging carbon emissions has been revealed.
A pioneering new international study, led by the University of Exeter, has looked at the true impact air pollutants have in impeding the local vegetation’s ability to absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere.
The study looked at the combined effects […]

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Walk-in camera obscura and giant pop-up book part of family fun at the University of Exeter

Children can enjoy exploring a walk-in camera obscura and a giant pop-up book at a free family day at the University of Exeter.
Families can also try printmaking, silk painting, handle local archaeological finds and examine Exeter City Football Club memorabilia at the event, Think…Art, which is being held alongside a new exhibition by South West artists inspired by the University […]

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Women ‘damned either way’ on maternity leave

Women are judged negatively if they choose to take maternity leave – and if they don’t – new research suggests.
In a study of workers’ attitudes, mothers who took time off to care for babies were seen as less committed and competent at work.
Meanwhile, those who continued working were viewed as less caring parents.
The results suggest women are “damned” either way, […]

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Technician Commitment launched

The University of Exeter has joined more than 35 research institutions from across the UK to back a pledge to support their technicians. The Technician Commitment is a sector-wide initiative led by the Science Council, supported by the Gatsby Foundation to help address key challenges facing technical staff working in research.
Five target areas have been identified, which universities and institutions […]

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Global schools programme provides ‘inoculation against extremist violence’, academics find.

The Tony Blair Institute’s global dialogue programme makes teenagers more resilient to recruitment by extremists.
A programme designed to make young people resilient to extremism and recruitment by extremist groups is an ‘inoculation against extremist violence,” an independent study by the University of Exeter has found.
Funded and run by the Tony Blair Institute, the programme has allowed thousands of children from […]

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