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Light pollution has serious impact on coastal wildlife, research shows

Scientists have recognised for some years that light pollution from buildings, vehicles and streetlights is a growing phenomenon that impacts on the behaviour and success of many animals including migrating birds, hunting bats and the moths they try to capture.
As the human population grows the problem is due to worsen and even remote coastal areas are now being affected by […]

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Shortage of essential diphtheria treatment drugs needs international action, experts warn

International action is needed to tackle a global shortage of medicine which could hinder the ability of doctors to treat diphtheria, experts have warned.
There has been a decline in production of one of the only drugs known to treat the disease because there is no financial incentive or market for pharmaceutical companies to produce it, an article in The Lancet […]

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New population of endangered cats found in Borneo

A new population of an endangered and elusive cat species has been found in Borneo.
Scientists used 52 camera traps to find out what was living in an area of forest – and they captured footage of a male bay cat. The filming took place in Indonesian Borneo – in Rungan Landscape in Central Kalimantan, an area where bay cats were […]

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Research-based healing exhibition at Musgrove Park

An exhibition on healing will bring together people’s experiences of physical and mental mending as part of a research project.
How are you healing? will incorporate artistic expressions across the healing spectrum, from mending broken bodies to finding wholeness of mind, body and soul.
The exhibition, which will take place at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, Somerset from 28 April to 7 […]

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BBC broadcast information about Britain’s military setbacks to win hearts and minds in Germany during World War II

The BBC transmitted news about Britain’s military setbacks during World War II to Germany as part of a sophisticated operation to win hearts and minds and combat Nazi propaganda, new research shows.
The commitment to make the broadcaster’s German language service a trusted source of objective and independent information meant even defeats were truthfully reported, official archives have revealed. For instance, […]

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Exeter subjects secure top 10 status in latest influential rankings table

Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter has been recognised as the best course of its kind in the country in the latest influential rankings.
It is one of 24 subjects that feature in the top 10 of the Complete University Guide 2018, published today (26 April). A further 12 subjects are ranked in the top 20, meaning every […]

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Special screening of landmark film to mark 20 years of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

A special screening of a landmark film will be held to mark the 20th anniversary of Exeter’s Bill Douglas Cinema Museum this week.
First released 30 years ago in 1987, Comrades was made by director and collector Bill Douglas and is now regarded as a masterpiece, following years when it wasn’t seen by film-goers. This year also marks two decades since […]

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GCSE students get taste of university life

More than 160 GCSE students got a taste of university life during the Easter holidays.
Year 10 students from schools across Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, London and Birmingham visited the University of Exeter as part of the university’s outreach and widening participation programmes.
During the two- or four-day residential visits, the teenagers got taster sessions in subjects ranging from humanities to medical sciences.
“Welcoming […]

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University of Exeter on-campus accommodation plans given go-ahead

A revised planning application by the University of Exeter to develop new on-campus accommodation for students has been given the green light.
The application for new student residences at East Park, on the University’s Streatham Campus, was discussed by Exeter City Council’s planning committee on Monday, April 24.
Following a constructive debate, the committee voted 6-3 in favour of granting planning permission […]

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A third of emergency cancer patients haven’t seen their GP

Around one third (34%) of cancer patients diagnosed as an emergency had not consulted their doctor beforehand, according to a Cancer Research UK funded study published today (Tuesday) in the British Journal of General Practice.
The researchers analysed data from more than 4,600 cancer patients in England, covering 18 different types of cancer, to find out how many times they had […]

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Banded mongooses target family members for eviction

Banded mongooses target close female relatives when violently ejecting members from their social groups, University of Exeter scientists have found.
Most animals are less aggressive towards family members, but dominant members of banded mongoose groups target relatives. The reason for this surprising behaviour is that unrelated mongooses are more likely to fight back – making it more difficult to evict them.
Females […]

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Fans to relive Exeter City history as team battles for promotion

Forget just cheering on from the stands – football fans can explore the unique history of Exeter City through a new documentary as players embark on a promotion battle.
Fans, former players and the current manager Paul Tisdale each explore different decades of Exeter City in the film, called Histories of St James Park, which will have a premiere at St […]

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Research moves closer to unravelling mystery cause of multiple sclerosis

A new study has made a major new discovery towards finding the cause of multiple sclerosis (MS), potentially paving the way for research to investigate new treatments.
Ahead of MS Awareness Week, which starts today (Monday April 24), an international team involving the University of Exeter Medical School and the University of Alberta has discovered a new cellular mechanism— an underlying […]

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Queen’s honours for outstanding academics

The Provost of the University of Exeter received her CBE this week after being recognised for services to higher education in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.
It comes after two other outstanding academics received their prestigious awards at early ceremonies. Professor Mike Depledge, who set up the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical […]

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University of Exeter teacher training rated as among the best courses in the country

Teacher training courses at the University of Exeter have been ranked as among the best in the country.
The Graduate School of Education has been named in third place in a new league table of university providers of initial teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.
This is the latest accolade for the city’s PGCE courses, which train the […]

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Want to stay mentally healthy in older age? Stimulate your brain in early life

Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later life, according to new research.
Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later life, according to new research.
The large-scale investigation published in the journal PLOS […]

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Cornwall physicist lives the same day twice in global speaking tour

A University of Exeter professor, born and bred in Cornwall, has gone round the world in 39 days – crossing 24 time zones in just over a month – to promote the importance of physics.
Professor Roy Sambles carried out a whistle-stop tour of at least a dozen universities and research centres around the world, ranging from the universities of Wollongong […]

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Captive meerkats at risk of stress

Small groups of meerkats – such as those commonly seen in zoos and safari parks – are at greater risk of chronic stress, new research suggests.
Captive meerkats often live in groups so small that they would be very vulnerable in the wild and – although they are not at risk from predators – being in a larger group might make […]

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Student Jewish society wins prestigious award for ‘best newcomer’

Exeter’s Jewish student society has won a national award celebrating Jewish student life on campus.
The Exeter Jewish student society, chaired by Daniel Mazur, has won the prestigious Union of Jewish Students award for best ‘developing’ Jewish student society.
Exeter’s Jewish student society has trebled in size over the past year, and now hosts a series of events for Jewish students around […]

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Shared love of literature brings generations together

A shared love of literature has brought together University of Exeter undergraduates and older city residents, who studied alongside each other in a new course.
They are different generations, and have vastly different lives and interests. But when it comes to novels and poems the group have found much in common.
University of Exeter students and students from the Exeter University of […]

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Educational equality expert to begin new role at the University of Exeter

A leading expert on social mobility and educational inequality has been appointed to work to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who want to study at the University of Exeter.
Lee Elliot Major’s work as an Honorary Professor will also involve working with trainee teachers at the University to help them understand the difference they can make to pupil attainment, so […]

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Secrets of Powderham Castle – including Earl’s ancestor buried with Henry V

Family secrets uncovered by the new Earl of Devon, Charlie Courtenay – including an ancestor so close to Henry V that the King had him buried in his Royal tomb in Westminster Abbey – are revealed in a new exhibition at Powderham Castle.
Details of the life of the Earl’s 15th-century ancestor, Richard Courtenay, a childhood friend of King Henry V […]

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Computer game helps scientists understand animal camouflage

Online computer games played by more than 30,000 people have helped scientists understand animal camouflage and colour vision. 
Researchers from the University of Exeter wanted to know why many animals are dichromats (having two types of colour receptor cells in their eyes) while others, like humans, are trichromats (with three types of colour cells), and how colour vision affects animals’ ability […]

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University of Exeter Supports TEDxExeter and Inspiring Ideas

Inspiring ideas, which aim to turn hope into action, will be at the centre of a publicly-accessible event this month at TEDxExeter, sponsored by the University of Exeter.
TEDx is the independently-organised local arm of TED, which is committed to the principle of “ideas worth spreading” and has a committed following worldwide, with millions watching their YouTube videos on a broad […]

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Global dementia expert gives first lecture as head of Exeter Medical School

World-leading dementia expert Professor Clive Ballard will deliver his first lecture since joining the University of Exeter.
Clive, a global authority in age-related disease, joined the University of Exeter Medical School as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean in October. He will deliver a talk entitled ‘Dementia: Prevention, Treatment and Care’ on 26 April.
Professor Ballard said: “As we all live longer, it’s […]

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Two in five GPs to ‘quit within five years’

Around two in every five GPs in the South West have said they intend to quit within the next five years, exposing the magnitude of the region’s impending healthcare crisis suggesting that the picture for the UK may be particularly challenging.
The University of Exeter’s recent largescale survey of GPs across the region also found that seven out of ten GPs […]

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El Nino Reveals Impact of Global Warming on Marine Production

The extent to which climate change impacts the vital marine food web – which feeds the already pressured global fisheries – is revealed through a new, innovative study.
An international research team, which includes Professor Peter Cox from the University of Exeter, has identified a pioneering technique to determine the degree to which global warming affects the ocean’s main source of […]

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Ketamine shows positive results for treating severe depression

A new paper published in The Lancet Psychiatry sets out principles for responsibly testing innovative treatments for severe depression, based on treating more than 100 patients with approximately 1,000 infusions of ketamine over six years in Oxford.
Ketamine is known to be an effective antidepressant for people whose depression has not responded to other treatment.
The paper, which is co-authored by Professor […]

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Falmouth marine energy test site set for further success

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners have renewed a lease with The Crown Estate to continue using of an area of Falmouth Bay for testing new technology related to marine renewable energy for a further five years.
FaBTest has been operational since 2011 and has seen two different technologies deployed on site for a total of over thirty months. Further deployments are expected this […]

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Huge permafrost thaw can be limited by ambitious climate targets

Global warming will thaw about 20% more permafrost than previously thought, scientists have warned – potentially releasing significant amounts of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere.
A new international research study, including climate change experts from the University of Leeds, University of Exeter and the Met Office, reveals that permafrost is more sensitive to the effects of global warming than previously […]

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Shadow puppets and animation on offer during family fun day at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

Children will have the chance to create their own shadow puppets and create animations at a free fun day at Exeter’s Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.
Five to 11-year-olds can take part in activities inspired by the museum’s incredible collection of film and moving image memorabilia, including making flick books and badges. The event is held as part of the museum’s 20th […]

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Logging threatens breeding turtles

Debris from logging in tropical forests is threatening the survival of hatchling leatherback turtles and the success of mothers at one of the world’s most important nesting sites in Colombia.
New research by the University of Exeter and the Doñana Biological Station in Seville, Spain, has found that debris on beaches caused by logging activity is impacting both young turtles and […]

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Exeter voted as UK’s top university for international students

The University of Exeter has won a prestigious award for providing the best international student experience of any university in the UK.
The University secured the celebrated ‘International Category’ at the Whatuni Student Rankings awards, held on Thursday, 06 April. It is the second time in three years that Exeter has won the category at the celebrated award ceremony.
Exeter also claimed […]

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Birds to help unravel the inner working of nature’s most complex societies

Prestigious Human Frontiers Science Programme grant awarded to international research team led by University of Exeter
It is one of the most spectacular sights in nature – the magnificent aerial ballet of ‘murmurations’ taking place as a flock of tens of thousands of birds ebbs and flows across the skyline, moving as one.
Such collective behaviour is a cornerstone of the complex […]

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Outdated divorce law causes needlessly painful and destructive breakups, new research finds

Outdated divorce law is causing needlessly painful and destructive breakups and exacerbating conflict between couples, a major new study has found.
Spouses feel they have no alternative but to give inaccurate accounts of how their marriage broke down, stretching the truth to meet legal requirements, research suggests.
The half a century-old legislation for England and Wales should be scrapped in favour of […]

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University of Exeter submits revised on-campus accommodation plans

The University of Exeter has submitted a revised planning application to develop new on-campus accommodation for students, following constructive community discussions.
The amended outline planning application for new student residences at East Park, on its Streatham Campus, was submitted to Exeter City Council on Friday 31 March. The East Park site was first acquired by the University in 1964 and appeared […]

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One Planet MBA named among the best in the world

The University of Exeter’s unique One Planet course has been ranked again as among the best MBA programmes in the world.
The pioneering programme, which helps talented business professionals address the global challenges of our time, has been named as one of the top courses in Europe, and joint 21st in the world by CEO Magazine.
The One Planet MBA is a […]

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University of Exeter and Keypath Education launch digital revolution in UK Higher Education

Leading UK Higher Education institution The University of Exeter and Keypath Education, the global specialists in online higher education, have announced a new ten-year partnership that will see the University provide a range of online Masters Degrees to UK and international students.
The partnership will initially see the creation of online MSc programmes in Finance Management, International Business, and Marketing. […]

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Cornish granites could solve riddle of pinpointing metals crucial for low carbon tech

The composition of vast swathes of granite found underneath much of the South West peninsula could offer a vital clue to where deposits of metals crucial for the production of many low carbon technologies can be found.
A team of researchers, led by experts from the world-renowned Camborne School of Mines, part of the University of Exeter, have studied how different […]

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Chess bonds literary critic and Nobel Prize-winning author, newly uncovered letters show

They often found themselves thousands of miles apart because of their renowned literary careers. But Lord of the Flies author Sir William Golding and journalist and critic Anthony Curtis never let that stop them pursuing one of their favourite pastimes – chess.
Golding and Curtis played the game together for decades from a distance, exchanging moves via postcards and notes, as […]

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Medicine students visit Cuba for insight into international health delivery

Medicine students at the University of Exeter Medical School have travelled to Cuba to get an insight into how the country delivers high quality healthcare on a tight budget.
The Year 3 students, based at the Medical School’s Exeter and Truro campuses, travelled to the Caribbean island to discover how the Communist country’s health outcomes are among the best in the […]

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Early climate ‘payback’ with higher emission reductions

Climate scientists have shown that the early mitigation needed to limit eventual warming below potentially dangerous levels has a climate ‘payback’ much earlier than previously thought.
The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, investigates how quickly benefits of mitigation could be realised through any reduction in the occurrence of extreme seasonal temperatures over land.
The team focused on model results […]

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Stunning image of storm waves crashing against lighthouse wins critical acclaim

A stunning photograph offering a bird’s eye view of waves crashing against the craggy rocks housing a remote lighthouse has received critical acclaim.
The dramatic image, which shows a stormy aerial view of the Fastnet rock located off the coast of Ireland, has been selected as one of the very best in a prestigious national contest.
The photo, captured by University of […]

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Cabinet Minister visits University

Cabinet Minister David Lidington visited the University of Exeter today and met academics who have given evidence to Parliament and students studying politics and history.
The Leader of the House of Commons, who is in charge of the overall management of the Government’s legislative programme, met Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Steve Smith and academics who have given evidence to House of Commons […]

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New ultrafast flexible and transparent memory devices could herald a new era of electronics

An innovative new technique to produce the quickest, smallest, highest-capacity memories for flexible and transparent applications could pave the way for a future golden age of electronics.
Engineering experts from the University of Exeter have developed innovative new memory using a hybrid of graphene oxide and titanium oxide. Their devices are low cost and eco-friendly to produce, are also perfectly suited […]

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Weather forecasting technology used to predict where proteins anchor within human cells

Met Office technology used to study climate change is being used by scientists to predict the sorting and location of proteins in cells of the human body.
Proteins are large biomolecules, which are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the cells in the human body. After their production, many proteins have to be routed to specific locations within the […]

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Explore the fascinating creatures on Cornwall’s shores with free guided rockpooling session

Families can identify the fascinating creatures found on Cornwall’s shores with the help of a University of Exeter animal ecology expert as part of the Falmouth Spring Festival.
Professor Stuart Bearhop will be hosting a fun afternoon of rockpooling at Gylly Beach on Sunday 2 April between 3 and 5pm. People of all ages are encouraged to come along and discover […]

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Communities to work with archaeologists to research history of Devon and Cornwall, thanks to National Lottery players

Communities in Devon and Cornwall will be able to research the history of Roman, Iron Age and medieval settlements in the region by helping experts on a major archaeological dig and associated surveys this year.
Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the University of Exeter has been awarded initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a £222,500 […]

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Uncover Higher Education Programme launched

Over 300 visitors, made up of students from schools across Devon, Dorset and Cornwall in Year 9 and their parents/guardians attended a successful launch day for Uncover Higher Education (HE) Programme on Saturday 18 March 2017 on the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus.
Uncover HE is a widening participation programme, which consists of an interactive series of classroom sessions and university […]

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Exeter Bioscientist on exclusive list of top 50 entrepreneurs honoured at House of Commons

A Biosciences expert from the University of Exeter is celebrating after being honoured as one of an exclusive group of leading entrepreneurs, at a special ceremony at the House of Commons.
Dr Olivia Champion was named amongst the top 50 entrepreneurs by world leading university business incubator, SETsquared, at the celebratory event in London on Wednesday, March 29 2017.
Olivia was selected […]

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