Undergraduate work at the University is outstanding, and often under-represented. In the launch edition, readers can learn about the relationship between humans and chimpanzees, how an Exeter project is searching for exoplanet climates and why new leisure activities are important for good mental health.

Undergraduate Science Student editors

Liam Taylor (3rd Year BSc Geography) and Peter Joyce (4th year MMathematics) led the project, editing the journal and recruiting PGR peer-reviewers to review each submission. This culminated in a fantastic first edition with 14 strong submissions from multiple disciplines across the Streatham, Penryn and St Luke’s campuses.

Undergraduate Science Journal

(From left to right Emma Pocock- 3rd Year BSC Geography Penryn Campus, Penny Dinh- 1st Year Psychology, Ayesha Tandon- 2nd Year Natural Sciences, Alix Zelly- 1st Year MSci Zoology Penryn Campus, Sharuya Bhave- 3rd Year Physics, Peter Joyce- 4th Year MMathematics, Liam Taylor- 3rd Year BSC Geography Streatham Campus, Alex Bebbington - 3rd Year BSC Geography Streatham Campus, Harry Chown - 1st Year Biochemistry, Joshua Searle- 1st Year Physics with Astrophysics, Helena Snuggs - 2nd Year Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science St Luke's Campus)

The Launch

Earlier this year the University celebrated the launch of the award winning cross-college publication Undergraduate Science. This student-led initiative was designed to feature the outstanding research, project work and specialist interests of our Undergraduate STEM students at the University of Exeter.

About the journal

The journal is split into three sections, Popular Science, Articles and Reports. The Popular Science section is aimed at those from a non-STEM background, with content being accessible to all. The Articles and Reports sections are more for those who are within STEM and have an interest in research. In the launch edition, readers can learn about the relationship between humans and chimpanzees, how an Exeter project is searching for exoplanet climates and why new leisure activities are important for good mental health.

Undergraduate Science was launched as a Student as Change Agents project; a scheme allowing students the opportunity to actively change their University experience. The journal won Student as Change Agents Project of the Year award at the VP Education Awards and the team were shortlisted for the Students as Change Agents: Project Team of the Year at the same event.

The journal team would like to extend their thanks to everyone who came along to the launch event and supported our students. Congratulations go to the submitters, peer-reviewers and Liam and Peter for their hard work and dedication.

For further information or to get involved...

The journal is now available across campuses in print form and online. If you would like to contact next year’s editorial tem please email: STEMJournal@exeter.ac.uk.

This Project was supported by Ben Goulding (CLES) and Frankie Keenan (CEMPS) if you have any questions about Students as Change Agents Projects in these Colleges please contact them at B.R.Goulding@exeter.ac.uk and F.Keenan@exeter.ac.uk.

If you would like to create your own Student as Change Agents project please contact the Student as Changes Agents team: changeagents@exeter.ac.uk.

Flickr gallery from the launch event