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Sport and Health Sciences appoints Athena SWAN Lead Dr Jo Bowtell as Head of Department

The year 2015 saw the University of Exeter celebrate the appointment of Dr Jo Bowtell as Head of the Department of Sport and Health Sciences. Dr Bowtell joined the University of Exeter in 2011, after 12 years at London South Bank University, where she was Head of Sport and Exercise Research.

Leading earth scientists release free educational application

Have you ever wondered how to make a volcano erupt in your front room, or wished you could make your own goo? You too can now take part in a variety of fun scientific experiments using the new, free, educational application ‘Libby’s Lab’.

Female scientists took to their soapboxes at city centre spectacle

A host of Devon’s leading female scientists took to their soapboxes at the weekend to showcase their fascinating science to the general public

Female scientists take to their soapboxes at free public event

A host of Devon’s leading female scientists will be taking to their soapboxes this week to showcase their fascinating science to the general public at a free event in Exeter city centre.

University adds to its Athena SWAN awards in 2015

The University added an additional award to its Athena SWAN tally this year with a Bronze for the Biosciences department at Exeter.

New game shuffles the pack of top female scientists

Do you know why Dorothy Hill or Rosalind Franklin are considered pioneers in their fields, or who left the greatest legacy -  Ada Lovelace or Marie Curie? The answers could be resolved in a new game, created by students at the University of Exeter.

Professor Tom Welton discusses inclusivity at Athena SWAN Celebration Event

Professor Tom Welton, Head of Chemistry at Imperial College London, inspired all who attended the University of Exeter’s ‘Athena SWAN: Going for Gold’ celebration event on the 12th December 2014.

Disadvantaged men more likely to do ‘women’s work,’ reveals new study

New research has revealed that men who are disabled and from an ethnic minority are significantly more likely to do jobs traditionally associated with women.

Marine Scientist Dr Ceri Lewis shortlisted for WISE Hero Award

In recognition of her achievements in inspiring the next generation of scientists, the University of Exeter’s Dr Ceri Lewis, a lecturer in Marine Biology for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences was shortlisted for the nationally renowned WISE Hero Award.

What really helps women achieve a good work-life balance?

Professor Michelle Ryan delivers keynote at prestigious conference on what really helps women achieve a good work/life balance.

Professor Catherine Mitchell joins ECIU advisory board

The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has welcomed Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Exeter, to its Advisory Board.

Parents and Carers Network Initiative

The University is creating a Parents and Carers Network as a result of feedback from staff.

University of Exeter’s commitment to gender equality in the sciences confirmed

The University of Exeter’s commitment to gender equality in science disciplines has been recognised through a prestigious national award scheme.

University recognised for positive progress on gender equality

The University of Exeter Medical School (UEMS) and the combined departments of Biology and Geography (CLES Cornwall) at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus are delighted to announce that both departments have been awarded Athena SWAN Bronze department awards.

Female company directors are better judges of longer-term company performance

Groundbreaking research by the University of Exeter Business School reveals that female company directors defy negative gender stereotyping by astutely valuing future company performance.

New research urges caution on use of peer support in chronic disease

Health organisations need to give careful consideration to schemes which encourage people with chronic diseases to seek support from peers, to avoid the potential negative effects, new research shows.

From suffragettes to Margaret Thatcher and beyond

A century ago thousands of women marched across Britain to Hyde Park in London as part of the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage. 

Children act on healthy living programme

Schools across Devon are becoming interactive theatres during a series of Healthy Lifestyle Weeks designed to formulate a programme which could ultimately be rolled out across all schools.

Exeter leads campaign to include marine science in National Curriculum

The University of Exeter jointly funded a workshop with Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation bringing together leading science, education and industry representatives to mount a national response to proposed changes to the National Curriculum.

Thinking you’re old and frail

Older adults who categorise themselves as old and frail encourage attitudinal and behavioural confirmation of that identity.

Students inspired to engage with research

Medical Schools across the South West have teamed up to offer a scheme which aims to foster a research culture among doctors and dentists entering the NHS.

International Women’s Day: Vodcast launched to boost numbers of female surgeons

A video podcast that aims to increase the number of women that embark on and succeed in surgical careers is being launched on International Women’s Day at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. 

First public engagement champions selected

January saw the selection of the University’s first public engagement champions by the Catalyst project.

Exeter student strikes gold with physics display in Parliament

Claire Woollacott, 24, a PhD Postgraduate Research Student from the School of Physics at the University of Exeter, struck gold at a competition in the House of Commons yesterday for excellence in her physics research, walking away with a £3,000 prize.

University celebrates Exeter Pride

The University of Exeter is once again proud to be an official sponsor of Exeter’s fifth annual lesbian gay bisexual and trans (LGBT) Pride.

Exeter receives share of £84 million boost to PhD training

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is this year investing £84.2 million in postgraduate training through its annual Doctoral Training Grants (DTGs).

£5 million to expand knowledge on human health, life and space

Grants totalling more than £5 million will allow world-class researchers at the University of Exeter to push the boundaries of knowledge in ground-breaking five year projects.

Inspirational Scientist wins European award for Communicating Research

A University of Exeter academic has been hailed as one of Europe’s best young researchers when she received an award in recognition of her work in making complex science easily accessible.

Exeter scientist goes from lab bench to backbench

Dr Annette Plaut from the University of Exeter is swapping a lab coat for legislation as she visits Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw at the House of Commons.

Exeter scientist discovers UK's rarest bat in East Devon

University of Exeter scientist Dr Fiona Mathews has discovered one of Britain’s rarest mammals living in East Devon.

Blanket bogs need protection from climate change

Blanket bogs, which provide vital habitats for a unique range of plants, birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians, are at risk of declining as a result of climate change.

Research links Bisphenol-A to narrowing of the arteries

A research team from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD), University of Exeter, and University of Cambridge has for the first time established a link between high levels of urinary Bisphenol-A (BPA) and severe coronary artery stenosis (narrowing of the arteries).

Snacking and BMI linked to double effect of brain activity and self-control

Snack consumption and BMI are linked to both brain activity and self-control, new research has found.

Major changes critical for Energy Bill and Green Deal to succeed

The University of Exeter, SSE, Consumer Focus and WWF, along with representatives from 20 other organisations, have published the results of a series of roundtables on UK energy policy.

Attitude towards age increases risk of dementia diagnosis

Our attitude towards our age has a massive impact on the likelihood of being diagnosed with dementia.

Exeter scientist plunges school pupils into marine science

University of Exeter biologist Dr Ceri Lewis is supporting a national campaign to get marine science on the agenda of Britain’s schools.

£30,000 award to South West sea-life scientist

HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) has presented a Whitley Award for inspirational conservation leadership to University of Exeter research fellow Joanna Alfaro Shigueto for her work to build a better future for Pacific coast wildlife and fishing communities.

Research reveals threats to ice sheet stability in West Antarctica

Threats to the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet have been revealed by new research involving the University of Exeter.

New graphene-based material could revolutionise electronics industry

The most transparent, lightweight and flexible material ever for conducting electricity has been invented by a team from the University of Exeter.

University granted bronze Athena SWAN award

Following the University’s membership of the Athena SWAN Charter which began in 2011, it was delighted this year to receive the Bronze university award, recognising that the University has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

Exeter students take bronze at international biology competition

A multidisciplinary team of Exeter undergraduates captured bronze in the European round of the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition.