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New study to develop teachers’ skills as creative writers

Experts will help teachers develop their own skills as creative writers so they can help boost children’s confidence in writing.
Almost 3,000 pupils, and teachers from 96 schools around the UK, will take part in the University of Exeter and Open University project. Teachers will work with professional writers and apply the techniques they learn to their classrooms.  
The £320,000 project […]

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Astronomers uncover puzzling early stages of planet formation

The quest to discover how planets found in the far reaches of the universe are born has taken a new, crucial twist.
A new study by an international team of scientists, led by Stefan Kraus from the University of Exeter, has given a fascinating new insight into one of the most respected theories of how planets are formed.
Young stars start out […]

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Medical students win Management & Leadership award

A group of Medical students have won a national award which celebrates Management and Leadership. 
The award was presented to the 2016-2017 committee of the Exeter Medical Leadership and Management Society (ExeMLM), and was due in part to their work setting up the largest ever student-run “National Pathology Week”, which was backed by a public engagement grant from the Royal College […]

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Social media accounts promote skeletal images of women

Skeletal images of bodies featuring protruding bones and pencil-thin limbs are being shared and promoted on social media, new research shows. 
A study by the University of Exeter shows how Twitter and Instagram accounts are celebrating extreme thinness, with users invited to say they “like” images.
This so-called “bonespiration” content features selfies by young women of their skeletal bodies featuring protruding collar […]

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Truro event to boost older people’s wellbeing through nature

People with dementia and their carers are being invited to an interactive event which will discuss the significant benefits nature can have on their wellbeing. 
The event, titled “Little stories of nature and wellbeing”, will take place in Truro on Saturday November 11, as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science.
“Little stories of nature and wellbeing” […]

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Creator of Exeter hip dies

A surgeon who played an integral role in creating an artificial implant that revolutionised hip replacements worldwide has died.
Professor Robin Ling co-designed the Exeter Hip, alongside Dr Clive Lee, both of the University of Exeter. Professor Ling was appointed Honorary Professor of Bioengineering in the School of Engineering the University of Exeter in 1986, and both he and Dr Lee […]

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Experts advise government on 25-year environment plan

Long-term degradation of the natural environment has to be reversed not just for the good of the future or other species but because it underpins economic growth and social wellbeing, experts have told the government. 
Earlier this year, Environment Secretary Michael Gove formally asked members of the Natural Capital Committee (NCC), including Professor Ian Bateman from the University of Exeter, for […]

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Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form

The quest to discover how planets found in the far reaches of the universe are born has taken a new, crucial twist.
A new study by an international team of scientists, led by Stefan Kraus from the University of Exeter, has given a fascinating new insight into one of the most respected theories of how planets are formed.
Young stars start out […]

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SETsquared partnership secures funding to grow small businesses

SETsquared, a partnership between the universities of Exeter, Bath, Bristol, Southampton and Surrey, pools resources to facilitate new research collaborations with highly productive and fast growing SMEs. Over the last 15 years, it has helped more 1,000 hi-tech start-ups to develop and raise more than £1bn of investment.
The SETsquared Partnership has secured a government award of £5 million to tackle […]

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Reform “grossly unfair” farm subsidies, expert says

“Grossly unfair” farm subsidies should be replaced with a new system which allows all farmers the safety net of a basic income and enhances the natural environment, a University of Exeter expert has told the government.
Following an invitation to address the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Professor Ian Bateman, Director of the University of Exeter’s Land, Environment, Economics and Policy […]

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Quorn protein on par with animal sources

Protein found in Quorn meat-free foods may be just as good for muscles as animal proteins, new research suggests. 
Food labelling usually lists protein as a simple number, but some proteins have better “bioavailability” than others – meaning more can be used by the body.
Animal proteins like milk are known to have high bioavailability, making them an excellent source of building […]

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Phone ‘app’ invented by students helps clubbers beat queues

A new ‘app’to help party-goers beat long queues for nightclubs has been developed by clubbing students at the University of Exeter.
The queue tracker (QTRKR) mobile friendly website, which operates like an app, has been successfully trialled with 1,500 clubbers who have used it to plan their nights out. The ‘app’ gives real-time updates on waiting times, and shows them which […]

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Amazonian farmers discovered the secret of domesticating wild rice 4,000 years ago

Amazonian farmers discovered how to manipulate wild rice so the plants could provide more food 4,000 years ago, long before Europeans colonised America, archaeologists have discovered.
Experts from the UK and Brazil have found the first evidence that ancient South Americans learned how to grow bigger rice crops with larger grains, but this expertise may have been lost after 1492 when […]

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Nobel Peace Prize awarded to University of Exeter academic

Anti-nuclear campaigners, including a University of Exeter academic, have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The work of Richard Moyes and other members of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was honoured because of their “ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty prohibition” on nuclear weapons.
Mr Moyes runs the organisation Article 36, which is an International Steering Group member of […]

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Poet in residence at rubbish dumps publishes verse inspired by waste

A writer spent a year as a poet in residence at rubbish dumps braving vast flocks of seagulls – and their droppings – to uncover the “hideous” beauty” of landfill sites.
Dr John Wedgwood Clarke spent 12 months in tips around Scarborough, notebook in hand, asking people about the items they were throwing away and talking to the people who worked […]

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More than £1 million to identify genomic changes in schizophrenia

The Medical Research Council is awarding more than £1 million to the University of Exeter Medical School to continue their pioneering work into how and why schizophrenia develops. 
Scientists have long known that schizophrenia, which usually becomes evident during adolescence or in young adulthood, has its origins in the brain before birth.
The research team which also involves the University of Essex […]

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University alliance awarded £2m to train a new generation of freshwater leaders

The University of Exeter is part of the UK’s first freshwater doctoral training programme which will train future leaders with the skills necessary to address the complex challenges facing freshwater sustainability.
The University of Exeter is part of the UK’s first freshwater doctoral training programme which will train future leaders with the skills necessary to address the complex challenges facing freshwater […]

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‘Breaking 2’: Exeter scientists take the lead in Nike’s marathon mission

Exeter scientists and alumni spearheaded the science behind Nike’s moonshot to achieve the first sub two-hour marathon, ‘Breaking 2.’ Alongside the world’s greatest minds in engineering, nutrition and materials design, they had a pivotal role in Nike’s vision to condition a specially selected group of athletes to achieve this incredible feat.  
On a Saturday morning in May in Monza, Italy, […]

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Social Sciences placed amongst top 100 in THE global rankings

Business and Economics also rank in the global top 150.
The University of Exeter has been named as one of the top 100 places in the world to study a range of Social Sciences subjects, according to the latest influential rankings.
Education, Law and Social Sciences have all been recognised as being amongst the global top 100, in the latest 2018 Times […]

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Food Exeter strategy promotes healthy, sustainable city

The strategy, produced by Food Exeter, aims to promote healthy eating, reduce food poverty, promote a strong local food economy and develop a “diverse and vibrant food culture”.
Its focus includes the Sugar Smart Exeter education campaign, a network of breakfast and holiday food clubs for children at risk of food poverty in Exeter and work towards increasing diverse local food […]

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University of Exeter a cappella groups take part in TV battle to win chance to record an album at Abbey Road

Two University of Exeter a cappella groups are battling on a new primetime TV show to win the chance to record an album at the famous Abbey Road studios.
Semi-Toned and the Illuminations are taking part in a new Sky One programme to find the country’s best vocal group. If successful they will also get the chance to release a Christmas […]

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Healing molecule discovery could reduce limb amputations for diabetes patients

Scientists have discovered new insights into a molecule which is part of the body’s tissue repair system, in a finding which could help treat non-healing wounds and injuries, such as diabetic foot.
The number of limbs amputated because of diabetes is at an all-time high of 20 each day in England alone. Intense research around the world is being carried out […]

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Cancer identification genetics project wins European Health Award

A project to help health professionals spot signs of genetic conditions such as cancer has won the European Health Award.
The Gen-Equip Project, led by the University of Plymouth and involving collaboration from the University of Exeter Medical School, received the award at the 20th European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) on 4 October.
Providing free, online education in genetics to professionals in primary care settings, […]

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Communities Secretary Sajid Javid visits Penryn Campus

Key senior Government members paid a high-level visit to the Penryn Campus in Cornwall, as part of a fact-finding tour to strengthen their understanding of the challenges and opportunities for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly arising from Brexit.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and University of Exeter alumnus, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, visited the […]

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Pheasant roadkill peaks in autumn and late winter

Chickens’ motives for crossing the road are often questioned – but pheasants should probably avoid it altogether, new research suggests. 
Researchers from the universities of Exeter and Cardiff compared roadkill figures from the 1960s and 2010s – before and after the start of mass release programmes of pheasants for shooting – and found pheasants remain disproportionately likely to be run over […]

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Experts to tour schools on education ‘roadshow’

Children will get tips from top teachers and academics as a bus tours Devon on an education “roadshow”. Its aim is to inspire year 11 pupils as the double decker bus tours from Monday 25th to Friday 6th October 2017 showcasing accessible Higher Education opportunities, raising awareness of the options available.
The Next Steps South West (SW) Roadshow double-decker bus will […]

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Women can be just as daring and risky as men, new studies show

Women can be just as risky as men – or even riskier – when the conventional macho measures of daring – such as betting vast sums on a football game – are replaced by less stereotypical criteria, according to new research led by the University of Exeter. 
Traditional barometers of high risk behaviour – such as betting a day’s wages at […]

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Global experts seek to end damaging dementia psychosis cycle

A new research report calls for a change in approach in the treatment of psychosis in dementia, to find alternatives to highly damaging antipsychotics.
Up to two thirds of people with Alzheimer’s disease experience psychotic episodes, yet the distressing symptom is still widely under-recognised and is challenging to treat. Current antipsychotic treatments have little impact on alleviating symptoms, yet can have […]

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Lord Mayor witnesses innovative maths and science curriculum at Exeter school

Exeter’s Lord Mayor has witnessed the innovative curriculum at a South West school which is leading the way in teaching science and maths.
Teenagers from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset all attend the Exeter Mathematics School, a state-funded sixth form for mathematicians which is sponsored by the University of Exeter and Exeter College.
Pupils work with university academics and companies such as […]

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Head injury sufferers needed for study

Men who have suffered head injuries are being recruited for a new scientific study.
Researchers from the University of Exeter are investigating how head injuries affect the way people read emotions from the faces of others.
Previous research has shown that around half of young men in prisons have suffered head injuries in the past, and the study aims to find out […]

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Unseen photos of movie stars revealed by Exeter’s film museum

A unique collection of rarely seen photographs showing stars such as Judy Garland and Laurence Olivier making some of British Cinema’s most-loved films can be seen for the first time.
The photographs show actors – also including Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers – on set preparing for shooting or relaxing between takes. They capture behind the scenes in Judy Garland’s last […]

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Sir Christopher Ondaatje extends support for cricket at Exeter

Excellence in cricket at the University of Exeter has been boosted further with the generosity of Sir Christopher Ondaatje CBE (Hon DLitt, 2003).
Sir Christopher has donated £100,000 to the Making the Exceptional Happen Campaign which will enable the University to enhance further its student and community cricket programmes. 
The gift will be used to support the development of talented male and female cricketers, […]

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Unique collection of pictures showing stars making much-loved films donated to museum

A unique collection of rarely seen photographs showing stars such as Judy Garland and Laurence Olivier making some of British Cinema’s most-loved films can be seen for the first time.
The photographs show actors – also including Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers – on set preparing for shooting or relaxing between takes. They capture behind the scenes in Judy Garland’s last […]

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Students secure female mining scholarships at Camborne School of Mines

Two female students at the world-famous Camborne School of Mines have been awarded scholarships as they embark on their first steps towards forging a successful mining career.
Jenna Roberts and Patti Suwawmongkol have each secured a scholarship worth £6,000 to assist their studies on the MSc Mining Engineering course, offered at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall – the […]

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Conservationists should harness ‘Hollywood effect’ to help wildlife

How did Finding Nemo affect clownfish? Was Jaws bad for sharks? Did the remake of the Jungle Book help pangolins?
Researchers from the University of Exeter say conservation scientists could work with filmmakers to harness the “Hollywood effect” to boost conservation.
Scientific advisors and product placement are already commonplace in films, and the researchers say similar methods could be used to raise […]

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Scientists move step towards “holy grail” of computing by creating brain-like photonic microchips

Scientists have made a crucial step towards unlocking the “holy grail” of computing – microchips that mimic the way the human brain works to store and process information.
A research team, including Professor C. David Wright from the University of Exeter, have made a pioneering breakthrough by developing photonic computer chips  – that use light rather than electricity – that imitate […]

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Student cycles 500 miles to return to university

As many students used planes, trains and automobiles to return to university for the new academic year, one travelled hundreds of miles by pedal power alone. 
Ben Porter made the 530-mile bike ride from the Llŷn Peninsula in Wales to Land’s End, ahead of his final year studying conservation and biology at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus.
He took on the […]

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Monkey island research station battered by Hurricane Maria

Researchers from the University of Exeter and seven other institutions are working to restore a Puerto Rican research station and its nearby community following the damage caused last week by Hurricane Maria.
Cayo Santiago, affectionately known as Monkey Island, is located off the southeast coast of mainland Puerto Rico and is home to more than 1,000 rhesus monkeys.
The island was directly […]

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Global companies attend Exeter careers fairs in China

A number of the world’s leading multi-national companies attended recent graduate recruitment fairs in China to meet some of the University of Exeter’s top graduates in the region.
The fairs were held in the major industrial cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen – the latter is regarded as the Silicon Valley of China. It’s the third time the fairs have taken place […]

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Mining history of iconic cliff-scape at Perranporth set to be studied for the first time

Experts are studying the little-known mining history of the vulnerable cliffs overlooking the beach at Perranporth to show if the search for tin and copper in the area began in medieval or even prehistoric times.
Thousands of visitors enjoy the town’s beautiful beach, but many don’t realise that many of the caves in the cliffs are man-made. The coast was used […]

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Fish have complex personalities, research shows

Tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies have individual “personalities”, new research shows.
Scientists from the University of Exeter studied how guppies behaved in various situations, and found complex differences between individuals.
The researchers tested whether differences could be measured on a “simple spectrum” of how risk-averse or risk-prone guppies were.
But they found variations between individuals were too complicated to be described in this […]

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Plastic pollution discovered on ice floes near the North Pole

Scientists on an expedition led by polar explorer Pen Hadow have discovered plastic pollution lying on remote frozen ice floes in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.
The discovery shows how far plastic pollution has spread, prompting fears that new plastic waste is flowing into the Arctic as the ice melts due to climate change. The thaw is also releasing plastic […]

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Psychosis in Parkinson’s dementia: new treatment provides hope

New research involving King’s College London and the University of Exeter has highlighted the benefits of a promising new treatment which could relieve psychosis in thousands of people with dementia related to Parkinson’s disease. 
Around 80 per cent of people with Parkinson’s disease develop dementia, totalling around 100,000 people in the UK. ,The majority of these individuals will experience psychotic symptoms […]

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New photographic exhibition celebrates impact of Indians on British life

Pictures of Queen Victoria with her favoured Munshi, Abdul Karim, and Gandhi visiting female textile workers in Lancashire are part of a new exhibition which explores the impact of Indians on British life.
Poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore, who was the first Indian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Indian soldiers and airmen from the two World Wars, factory workers […]

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University of Exeter astronomy experts help create 360° VR exoplanet documentary

Budding astronomers and space enthusiasts are set to be given the chance to explore exotic worlds orbiting distant stars, thanks to a pioneering new virtual reality documentary.
World-leading astrophysicists from the University of Exeter have teamed up with ‘We The Curious’ in Bristol, and visual effects artists from Cornwall-based animation studio Engine House, to create a scientifically informed, virtual reality tour […]

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Can spending time in parks, woodlands and beaches improve our mental health?

A new study involving the University of Exeter  will investigate whether spending time in green and blue spaces, such as parks and beaches, can have a positive effect on our long-term wellbeing and mental health.
Mental health and wellbeing problems are a growing public concern.  One in four people experience a mental health condition such as anxiety and depression at some […]

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Study finds GPs are unwilling to refer patients for bowel cancer checks

GPs can be reluctant to refer patients with symptoms of bowel cancer for further investigations, a study by the Universities of Birmingham and Exeter has found.
In 2015 the University of Birmingham led the CREDIBLE study, which investigated the feasibility of using electronic patient records to flag up those aged between 60 and 79 needing urgent referral for symptoms of bowel […]

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£500,000 for dementia brain research at Exeter

Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) has announced more than £500,000 in funding for researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School to advance understanding of how dementia affects the brain.
Announced on World Alzheimer’s Day (Thursday September 21), the charity is investing a total of £577,000 in three leading researchers, to look at different aspects of the cause and progression of dementia.
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St Pauls inquiry could have prevented 1981 riots, research suggests

A full public inquiry into the 1980 Bristol riots could have prevented similar widespread violence which took place around Britain a year later, a new study suggests.
Politicians refused permission for an open investigation into the disorder that broke out in the St Pauls area of the city when police raided a café popular with local black people.
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New hopes for limiting warming to 1.5°C

Significant emission reductions are required if we are to achieve one of the key goals of the Paris Agreement, and limit the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5°C, new research has shown.
Significant emission reductions are required if we are to achieve one of the key goals of the Paris Agreement, and limit the increase in global average temperatures to […]

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