News archive - 2015

Delve into the controversies of the British Empire with new free online course

The opportunity to explore the British Empire through stories of the individuals who contributed to its rise and fall and the themes of money, violence, race, religion, sex, propaganda and power is now available through a free online course.

Devon’s political history exhibition showcases electoral campaigns

The history of politics in Devon is the theme of a new touring exhibition, starting at the University of Exeter. 

Making the hidden history of Cornish migration count

Stories of emigration from Cornwall in 1851 overseas and to other parts of the UK are the first topic in the new series of research seminars led by the Institute of Cornish Studies (ICS), at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus on Saturday 14 February at 2pm in the Chapel Lecture Theatre.

Celts of the world unite at major conference in Cornwall

All things Celtic are coming Cornwall’s way at this year’s annual conference of the Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain. The event will be held at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus on Saturday 21 – 22 March and is open to both members of the public and students.

Magic, Malta and a Muslim during the Inquisition in 1605

Making a living by practising magic can have dramatic consequences, especially if you are a Muslim slave with mainly Christian clients at the time of the Inquisition in early 17th century Malta.

Exeter History professor launches World War II book for a new generation

Professor Richard Overy launches his latest work, The Oxford Illustrated History of World War Two

Student entrepreneur hopes website will encourage more of us to vote

University of Exeter History student and entrepreneur, Matthew Morley believes that his platform can help to make politics easy and relevant to voters ahead of the General election.

All Humanities subjects placed in top ten of the Complete University Guide 2016

Disciplines from the College of Humanities have reinforced their positions amongst the best in the UK.

Exeter subjects ranked amongst very best in the world

Exeter has strengthened its position as being ranked amongst the world’s best universities, according to an influential international league table.

Historian contributes to new TV programme on Churchill

A University of Exeter historian is part of a brand new TV programme about Sir Winston Churchill on the Discovery Channel. 

New collection celebrates Cornish poet Jack Clemo

Jack Clemo, a writer whose work focused on the dramatic landscape of the china clay mining region near St Austell in Cornwall, is being celebrated in a new volume of poetry.

Suitcases travel around Cornish landmarks

An exciting project that will unearth the stories, traditions and histories connected with landmarks throughout Cornwall has been launched this month.

Exeter historian explores Churchill’s landslide election defeat in new BBC documentary

University of Exeter historian, Professor Richard Toye will feature in a new documentary on BBC Two about Sir Winston Churchill. 

Guardian ranking means Exeter now top 10 in all UK league tables

The University of Exeter has been ranked as one of the top 10 UK universities in the influential Guardian University Guide 2016.

Exeter historian contributes to BBC Armada documentary

The final episode of a three-part BBC 2 TV drama-documentary series Armada: 12 years to save England - Endgame will feature a University of Exeter medical historian on Sunday 7 June at 9pm. 

University to host a series of events for national humanities festival

The University of Exeter is hosting a series of events for Being Human 2015, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

History of Labour Party explored in new book

The current battle for the leadership of the Labour Party is in full swing with televised show downs between the candidates hitting the airwaves.

Do Beards Matter: Exploring health and humanity in the history of facial hair

Wellcome Trust funded project launched ahead of World Beard Day

Spotlight on Red Cross humanitarian ethos on its 50th anniversary

The Fundamental Principles which are central to the global humanitarian ethos of the International Red Cross Red Crescent movement will be analysed at a conference organised jointly by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of Exeter.

Penryn Campus Humanities lecturer wins international short story prize

English and Creative Writing lecturer Rob Magnuson Smith has been awarded the 2015 Australian Book Review (ABR) Jolley Prize for his short story “The Elector of Nossnearly.”

Humanities students receive College Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence

Undergraduate students receive an academic award from Professor Andrew Thorpe

Exeter PHD Students awarded Library of Congress fellowship

Two University of Exeter postgraduates have won the opportunity to enhance their research at the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, USA.

Ninth edition of Times Complete History of the World edited by Prof. Richard Overy

The Ninth edition of the Times Complete History of the World is launched this month, with Prof. Richard Overy as the general editor.

Festival of Social Science: A fascinating insight into social science and its influence on our lives

Exeter academics will be demonstrating how our research is investigating the key issues in modern day life at a series of events.

Successful trip to China results in a wide range of collaborations across Humanities and the University

Professor Emma Cayley, Dr Corinna Wagner, Dr Zhiguang Yin and Mr Richard Foord, travelled to China with the aim of deepening international cooperation.

Renaissance witchcraft expert joins In Our Time panel

A University of Exeter professor will be joining Melvyn Bragg and a panel of fellow experts to discuss the Salem Witchcraft Trials on Radio 4 this week.

University of Exeter AHRC DTP Open Event

The University of Exeter will be hosting an Open Event to provide those interested in applying for AHRC DTP funding with an opportunity to learn more about studying for a PhD with Exeter.

Innovative course receives commendation from Royal Historical Society

An online course run by leading historians at the University of Exeter has received a commendation from the Royal Historical Society (RHS) for excellence in the field of public history.

Cultural heritage “crucial” to climate change debate

An exploration of the relationship between cultural heritage and climate change is being led by an expert from the University of Exeter at the world’s largest ever climate change talks.

Exeter academic appointed to lead the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Professor Andrew Thompson, Director of the Centre for Global & Imperial History at the University of Exeter, has been appointed as interim Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The body, according to the 18th Century

People in the 18th century were expected to look neat, elegant and have a natural shape, according to a University of Exeter academic.

Academics celebrate social media success

University of Exeter academics are celebrating the success of their use of social media to help the public connect the past with the present.