News archive - 2013

Exciting new PhD programme in Art History and Visual Culture is launched

The College continues to invest in its Art History and Visual Culture research culture

Students vote Humanities staff as inspirational researchers and teachers

A series of open lectures will commence in January showcasing the University’s research to students across other degree paths

Mystery of Laurence Olivier screenplay solved by Exeter academic

Screenplays of Laurence Olivier’s unmade film version of Macbeth, widely thought to have been lost, have been uncovered by a University of Exeter academic.  

Rip roaring short stories about childhood

Once upon a time, is a classic opening phrase for children’s stories and the adventures they entail.

Exeter and Bristol Collaborative PhD Studentships Announced

Three new scholarships have been announced for a joint PhD programme starting in October 2013.

Academics gather to discuss Europe in 1913

Professor Adam Watt, of the Modern Languages Department, is to host a colloquium of academics from across the Humanities in Exeter and Bristol to discuss an ‘artistic annus mirabilis’, one century on.

University of Exeter announces Medieval Studies AHRC-funded Collaborative Skills Development Programme

A unique collaboration with the University of Bristol creates an exciting series of workshops based at local heritage sites

Visit to the University of Exeter by leading Chinese academics

The College of Humanities was delighted to host a visit by academics from Fudan University, China, earlier this month.

“Head West” - Humanities host British Association for American Studies 58th Annual Conference

The College of Humanities is delighted to be hosting the international four-day conference at the University of Exeter, in April 2013.

Exeter Teaching Awards nominees

The College of Humanities is delighted to announce that students have nominated lecturers and support staff from eight of our subjects as examples of excellence in teaching in the Students’ Guild annual Teaching Awards.

Thomas Hardy the man behind the classics

Thomas Hardy is one of the West Country’s most famous writers whose novels, such as Far from the Madding Crowd and Tess of the D’Urbervilles are internationally renowned.  

Visiting the Liberal Arts in America

Professor Andrew McRae, Associate Dean for Education in the College of Humanities, visited Kenyon College in Ohio in March.

Exeter student wins American Ambassador’s Award

A national competition for the best undergraduate essay on any aspect of the American experience, from the perspective of history, literature, film, politics or any other related or inter-related discipline has been won by a University of Exeter student.  

Humanities abroad: the suburbs of Bangalore

The Director of Education for English is key speaker on the ‘Changing Suburban Culture of Bangalore’, at Jain University in India

Luggage tag poetry wall

A unique collection of original nature poetry printed onto handmade cards the size of luggage tags from writers around the world will be exhibited on a wall outside Reed Hall on the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus.

Success at Undergraduate of the Year Awards

A University of Exeter student has been named as the Arts and Humanities Undergraduate of the Year.

Humanities subject successes in the Complete University Guide

The University of Exeter moves up from 13th to 10th place in The Complete University Guide’s ranking of 124 UK universities for 2014, which was published on Monday 29 April.

Teaching Awards success for Humanities

The College of Humanities was a big success at the Students’ Guild Teaching Awards, with four winners and two runners-up.

Literary expertise in full effect at newly named festival

The name of a Cornish literary festival may have changed, but the involvement of University of Exeter academics literary contributions has increased.  

Humanities subjects placed amongst world’s best by influential international rankings

League tables published on Wednesday 8 May 2013 show that the University of Exeter features in the world’s Top 200 institutions in 16 of the 30 subjects featured in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The College of Humanities deepens collaboration with Fudan University in China

Fudan University in Shanghai is ranked as one of China's Top-10 research leading universities and is ranked 90th worldwide in the 2012 QS World University Rankings.

Humanities students’ Grand Challenge to explore India

Ten selected students from across Humanities have been offered the exciting opportunity to experience Indian university life and culture at Jain University, Bangalore

Final votes for MTV Student of the Year needed for Exeter

A University of Exeter student has been shortlisted for the MTV Student of the Year award.

Arts funding not drowning event

Arts funding is being squeezed hard in this harsh economic climate, especially in regional theatres, libraries and arts and culture organisations.  

English students win at 2013 Guild Awards

Mark Gibbs and Laura Yonish won ‘Student Representative of the Year’ and ‘Student Staff Member of the Year’ respectively at the inaugural Guild Awards ceremony.

£50,000 for online documentary to explore risk

Exploring the idea of risk - in a short interactive documentary - forms the basis of a new project led by the University of Exeter in collaboration with viral advertising agency, Rubber Republic, Bristol. 

Graduating English students in television takeover

Lindsey Harris and Fotini Papatheodorou (BA English) will soon be seen presenting a national television show for the Community Channel.

‘Shakespearean Adaptations Exeter-Fudan Colloquium’ success

Students and academics from across the globe took part in the College of Humanities ‘Shakespearean Adaptations’ colloquium, hosted by the Department of English and led by experts in the field.

Countdown to TV appearance

New graduate Jen Steadman combines her linguistic dexterity with mathematical prowess – and all against the clock, when she appears as a contestant on popular television quiz show Countdown later this month.

The Eighteenth Century in the Present Day: Undergraduate students present at International Conference and Arts Festival

Dr Andrew McInnes, English, took five students from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus to a conference and festival at the University of York.

Two humanities students gain prestigious scholarships to study in China

Two Humanities students have gained highly competitive scholarships from the British Council to spend a year abroad studying in China.

Exepose shortlisted as ‘student publication of the year’

Exeposé, the independent newspaper by and for University of Exeter students, has been shortlisted for the student publication of the year prize at the 2013 Guardian Student Media Awards.

Humanities underlines leading position in Times league table

This year has seen the Times and Sunday Times amalgamate their league tables for the first time, with the University overall rising two places to 8th.

World class research across the College of Humanities pushes us into the Top 100 THE global rankings

The College of Humanities has broken into the THE World Subject Rankings for Arts and Humanities at 65th place, showing the international reach of the College’s reputation and research. 

Poetry is like music to the mind, scientists prove

New brain imaging technology is helping researchers to bridge the gap between art and science by mapping the different ways in which the brain responds to poetry and prose.

Prevailing myths surrounding First World War poetry challenged in English professor’s new anthology

The anthology includes several previously unpublished works and aims to give an inclusive and representative picture of the poetry produced by men and women, soldiers and civilians.

South, West and Wales consortium awarded £14.2m to nurture next generation of arts and humanities researchers

The South, West and Wales Consortium, in which the University of Exeter is joined with seven other universities – has been awarded £14.2 million funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Shakespeare and the controversy over Richard III’s remains

More than a year after Richard III’s bones were unearthed in Leicester, the last Plantagenet king is still waiting for a resting place.

Study abroad experience encapsulated in photography competition

The winner of the study abroad photography competition was revealed. The twenty shortlisted photographs are currently on display in Queen’s café

Booker Prize winner, Mantel speaks on campus

One of the country’s most distinguished living novelists, Hilary Mantel CBE will discuss the impulse to recover the past that lies behind her historical fiction, ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies’ at the University of Exeter on 29 October.

Speaking with the dead: All Souls Day

The Day of the Dead, also known as All Souls Day, is about commemoration. This practice of honouring and remembering the dead is observed in churches on 2 November.

Kenyon College Provost visits College of Humanities as impressive number of Kenyon students undertake popular Exeter-Kenyon programme

The College of Humanities was delighted to host Professor Joe Klesner, the Interim Provost of Kenyon College, Ohio.

International students’ new route to success in the College of Humanities

The College of Humanities is delighted to welcome five new students who have progressed from INTO University of Exeter to a Humanities degree programme.

Unpublished WW1 novel shares secrets of the past with a new generation

A heroic World War One soldier’s previously unknown semi-autobiographical novel has come to light following the completion of a project to archive and make public the manuscripts, poems and correspondence of Frederick William Harvey.

Best of WW1 poetry in a single book

The First World War produced an extraordinary flowering of poetic talent. Its poets mark the conflict in ways that are both intensely personal and as enduring as any monument.

WW2 soldier-poet's letters revealed after decades hidden in bureau

A cache of 150 letters from World War II soldier-poet John Jarmain has been discovered decades later by his daughter, Janet, who had been unaware of any surviving correspondence between her mother and father.

Thanksgiving celebrations on campus

Thanksgiving is an official American holiday historically celebrated around the harvest time in gratitude for successful crops. 

College of Humanities signs MA Programme Cooperation Agreement with Peking University, Beijing

A College of Humanities delegation joined the Vice-Chancellor in China to consolidate relationships with key international partner institutions. 

Research into video games and performance art

Performance artists and researchers are joining forces to create a new type of video game, further blurring the boundaries between real and virtual worlds.

Disease, waste and the arts

Historically, art, medicine and science have had strong links, which may not be so obvious today.

Students stage Shakespearean parade in Exeter

Meet the fools, clowns and ordinary folk of Shakespeare’s plays on Friday 13 December in Exeter city centre.

Exeter research celebrated in Impact Awards

During a glittering ceremony last night in the Great Hall the winners of the University of Exeter Impact Awards 2013 were revealed.

Digital award for new magazine

A graduate, who launched his own magazine this July, has already scooped a Cornish business award.