News archive - 2011

The sea, the sea

The University of Exeter is involved in the first major archaeological study focusing on the sea rather than a piece of land.

Exploring the Communist past

Dr James Mark, Senior Lecturer in History at the university, has launched his new book, 'The Unfinished Revolution', published by Yale University Press.

New world class training centre benefits Humanities

The College of Humanities has been awarded 3 ESRC studentships in History.

New funds for cultural history project

Southall is a large suburb of west London which has been a place of migration for diasporic communities, most particularly those of South Asian origin.

£406,828 for research on performance archives

Researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of Exeter have been awarded a £406,828 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for research into live art and performance archives.

An evening with poet Lawrence Sail

The University of Exeter has a rich collection of literary papers by South West writers and associated literary organisations.  On Friday 4 March Exeter will be hosting an event to celebrate the publication of three new works by Lawrence Sail, whose own archive of literary papers is held in the University’s Heritage Collection.

Brazil continues to celebrate after Carnival

The popular world view of Brazil may be triggered by thoughts of spectacular Carnivals and skilled footballers, yet the country is also determined to be regarded as a major global power.

Happy alumnus runs Britain for charity

Andy Jackson, a History and Politics graduate who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2003, is celebrating his survival eight years later by running from John O'Groats to Land's End - dressed as Mr Happy!

Scholarships for Cornwall MA

The College of Humanities has recently announced three new scholarships for students studying the MA in Writing, Nature and Place starting this October.

Bible’s Buried Secrets

In a challenging three-part TV series on BBC 2 Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Biblical Scholar and senior lecturer at the University of Exeter presents series of documentaries.

Exeter’s research direct to the Canadian classroom

A group of year 6 students in Ontario, Canada were treated to more than just a film on Ice Ace Columbus as part of their First Nations unit.

New AHRC funded research network

The AHRC have recently awarded Dr Marisa Lazarri a grant of £32,233 to create an international network.

Arts, health & wellbeing in Devon

On Friday 15th April the University of Exeter will host a free public exhibition as part of a project that examines the relationship between medicine and the modern arts.

Crime and the rise of modern America

Nowhere celebrates its criminals like America. In books and on film, in fact and in fiction criminals sell.

International students rate University of Exeter ‘excellent’

An independent survey by i-graduate of more than 63,000 international students from over 200 institutions, has confirmed Exeter to be one of the highest rated universities in the UK.

Honorary Fellowship recognises commitment to American Studies

A prestigious Honorary Fellowship has been awarded to University of Exeter Professor Helen Taylor for her sustained contribution to American Studies. 

Paul Jackson talk: The man behind the laughter

On May 9th, the University of Exeter is pleased to welcome Exeter alumnus and Honorary Graduate Paul Jackson. He will give a talk in LT1, Queen's Building, at 6.30 p.m.

150 birthday celebrations for Indian poet and playwright

The 150th birthday of the renowned Indian poet, playwright, philosopher and artist Rabindranath Tagore is being marked through a programme of dance and theatre.

Exeter meets at a junction with Africa

A debut novel which moves between Exeter and West Africa forms the basis of a story written by University of Exeter PhD student, Ginny Baily.

Exeter Teaching Awards Winners

Congratulations go to staff within the College of Humanities who have been awarded in the Exeter Teaching Awards 2011.

Alumnus Paul Jackson shares his experience in TV

The alumnus who brought hit television shows including Britain’s Got Talent has returned to the University to share his vast experience. 

John Betjeman and all things Cornish

As part of the Daphne du Maurier Festival of Arts and Literature a series of special University of Exeter lecture sessions will be held at the Fowey Town Hall. 

Cornwall Campus hosts culture festival

The themes of fashion and place will be explored at a one day culture festival at the Cornwall Campus, Penryn on Saturday 21 May.

Heritage at risk

Government spending cuts and rushed legislation within the cultural heritage sector are leading to a “devastating” loss of vital expertise, and to human activity that has the potential to “destroy” heritage irreparably, a new report by the British Academy has revealed. 

Guild Elections 2011

The recent Student Guild elections have produced a significant number of winners from the College of Humanities.

University receives generous support from Santander

The UK arm of Santander, the Spanish banking group, has generously pledged a further £315,000 in support for the University of Exeter, bringing its total funding for the organisation to close to half a million pounds.

Plath in Devon

Devon seen through words, writing and literature forms part of a project called WordQuest Devon involving the development of a series of free public lectures on literary themes.

World Premiere made possible via unique partnership

In a time of financial austerity, leading to reduced investment in the Arts, the University of Exeter has taken an innovative approach to the challenge of getting experimental playwriting commissioned and performed on stage.

Composers line up for Paddon Award

The seven finalists in this year’s Paddon Award competition are putting the finishing touches to their compositions, ahead of the final next week.

'Is that funny?' student writing competition final

On Friday 10th June you're invited to the final of the 'Is That Funny' student writing competition with alumnus Richard Boden (Director of Blackadder, the IT Crowd etc) and guest judge Caroline Quentin

Students put film museum on screen

A group of student filmmakers have made a 10-minute documentary about the work of the University of Exeter’s museum, The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture.

The novel in a time of climate change

The past five years have seen a significant increase in novels focusing on climate change. 

Past environments and the sustainable future in Cornwall

Recent concerns about floods, drought, energy efficiency and sustainable land use have brought communities together to devise strategies to cope with environmental change.

History of Science in the South West

The submarine telegraph cable is one of the iconic technologies of the 19th century.

Roman civilisation travelled further than history books tell us

A University of Exeter archaeologist’s research has uncovered the largest Roman settlement ever found in Devon.

Launch of new Visual Culture Combined Honours degree

The College of Humanities pleased to announce the launch of three new BA Combined Honours degrees, enabling students for the first time to formally study Visual Culture and Art History as part of their undergraduate degree.

Creative industries in £16million funding boost

The University of Exeter is to play a key part in a new Knowledge Exchange Hub which has been established to boost the region’s creative economy.

Exeter leads the way in the history of medicine

The Oxford Handbook of The History of Medicine is the first large scale review of the field to be published in over twenty years. 

A bird’s eye view of heritage

Poltimore House is planning a special Open Weekend as part of the national Heritage Open Days, 10 and 11 September 2011. 

Exeter academics contribute to local literary festival

A fashionable coastal town in Devon is hosting a literary festival from 16 – 18 September, to celebrate great literature, support and showcase new talent, and promote reading and writing. 

Golding centenary celebrations in home county

The centenary of the birth of Cornwall’s most famous literary son, the author William Golding, will be marked by a major international conference at the University of Exeter’s Tremough Campus, Penryn 16 – 18 September. 

British film maker celebrated at Exeter

To mark the 20th anniversary of British film maker Bill Douglas’s untimely death in 1991 a conference is being held at the University of Exeter on 23 September. 

Visiting the past at Calstock Roman Fort

The opportunity for the public to learn more about Calstock Roman Fort in Cornwall will be possible on Saturday 8 and 15 October in the form of special open days. 

Professor Paul Muldoon visits University

On 25 October, the University is pleased to welcome Professor Paul Muldoon, who will be visiting the Streatham campus to deliver a keynote lecture, ‘The University as Patron of the Arts’, to inaugurate the College of Humanities.

100 Years of cinema fan magazines

The first fan magazine for film enthusiasts in Britain was published 100 years ago this week.

Curiouser and curiouser! said Alice

A new exhibition at Tate Liverpool devoted to Alice in Wonderland and its influence on visual culture has opened, using items from the University of Exeter’s film museum.

From the Archives: Installation and Performance 1990 - 2011

On 23 November Arnold Dreyblatt will give a lecture 'From the Archives: Installation and Performance 1990 - 2011', which marks the launch of Visual Culture at Exeter.

Academic investment plans in Humanities at Exeter

The College of Humanities has been going from strength to strength since its formation in August 2010 and is pleased to announce plans to invest in its scholars and facilities, across all disciplines.

Drama shortlisted for Times Higher Education Awards

The partnership between the University of Exeter and a renowned playwright has been shortlisted for a major award. 

Narrative, History and Memory: Representing World War I in African American Visual Culture

On 12th December, Celeste-Marie Bernier will give a lecture, ‘Narrative, History and Memory: Representing World War I in African American Visual Culture.

College of Humanities to develop PHDs with the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore

The College of Humanities has been awarded two UK India Education Research Initiative grants to develop split site PhDs, in Archaeology and Drama, with the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India.

Mike Leigh and the London Film School

The College is holding a film screening and discussion with Mike Leigh and the London Film School on Monday 9th January 2012.

Funded postgraduate research opportunities

The College of Humanities are pleased to be able to offer over 50 postgraduate research studentships, including full fees and maintenance, for September 2012 entry.

Humanities academics awarded for the impact of their research

The inaugural Exeter Impact Awards, held on 7 December in the University’s Great Hall, celebrated the impact of academics at the University and their collaborators across the world.

What is the real meaning of Christmas?

There are thousands of stories in the Bible and a visual artist in Exeter is currently on a 30-year mission to paint the whole lot.

Academic shortlisted for major history award

University of Exeter historian Dr James Mark’s book: The Unfinished Revolution Making Sense of the Communist Past has been shortlisted for the prestigious Longman History Today prize.