News archive - 2012

Unlocking Cornwall's Bronze Age past

A modern day boat builder is being challenged to recreate the oldest boat ever found in western Europe, dating to around 2000 BC.

Unique partnership will support emerging filmmakers

Britain’s film industry is set to receive a boost as a result of a new partnership between the University of Exeter and the London Film School.

Exeter expert examines China on the Big Screen

The role of Chinese cinema in shaping China's image is being explored in a new project.

Applications for this year’s Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is available for projects which enhance the University experience.

The Humanities Undergraduate Writing Centre Opens

Supported by the University’s Annual Fund, ten specially trained students can now consult one-to-one with their peers on any aspect of their writing, from planning a formative essay to re-drafting a dissertation chapter.

University celebrates Dickens’ bicentenary

The University of Exeter is marking the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth, with an exhibition exploring his influence on British culture.

Winter Graduation celebrations

On Saturday 21 January the University celebrated the Winter Graduation ceremonies.

Alumni gather at Arts & Media event

More than 50 alumni and guests attended the annual Arts & Media networking event at the Society of London Theatre Offices.

Author John O’Farrell returns to Exeter

Best-selling author and comedy writer John O’Farrell is to return to Exeter on Friday 23 March to join a panel discussion at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Exeter.

Legal drama sheds light on tribunals

Local business owners and HR managers will be able to experience an employment tribunal at first hand, thanks to a unique collaboration between leading Devon law firm Stones Solicitors LLP and the University of Exeter.

Students and locals reveal Devon’s character through story-telling

University of Exeter students, alumni and staff have contributed to a new book of short stories about Devon.

Humanities strengthens links with India at Royal Society seminar

The Archaeology Department is hosting a 3-day Scientific Seminar, funded through the Royal Society’s India-UK Scientific Seminar scheme, for a small group of early and mid-career archaeometallurgists and archaeologists from UK and India.

Ice Age mariners from Europe were among America's first people

Some of the earliest humans to inhabit America came from Europe according to a new book.

Ground-breaking new book on public attitudes to the outbreak of World War 1

Dr Catriona Pennell, Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter, has just published a ground-breaking study.

Join the debate with John Humphrys at the RAMM to explore our Victorian Legacy

On Friday 23 March, alumnus John O‘Farrell and Dr Paul Young, will join John Humphrys at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM).

First year scoops Paddon Award

The Grand Final saw an evening of live performances, drinks and networking.

Highest ever nominations for Humanities in Student Guild Teaching Awards

College of Humanities staff and departments have claimed an impressive 20 nominations for this year’s Student Guild Teaching Awards.

English Professor develops Smart Apps with Tate galleries and Horizon

Professor Gabriella Giannachi is leading an innovative Art Mapping project with Tate galleries and Horizon Research Institute.

Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou to give inaugural lecture

Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou from Theology and Religion will be giving her inaugural lecture on Tuesday 8th May 2012 entitled ‘Waking the Dead: Religion, Secularism, and Coping with Corpses’.

800-year-old farmers could teach us how to protect the Amazon

In the face of mass deforestation of the Amazon, we could learn from its earliest inhabitants who managed their farmland sustainably.

Top panel debate our Victorian legacy

Political journalist and broadcaster John Humphrys headed up a panel discussion on Great Exhibitions and Great Debates: Victorian Values and 21st-century Britain.

Humanities academics will star at Daphne du Maurier Festival and Tremough Campus Culture Festival in Cornwall

Academics from the College of Humanities and alumni will be taking part in this year’s Daphne du Maurier Festival, which includes the Tremough Campus Culture Festival at the University’s Cornwall Campus, from the 9th-20th May.

Over 20 new academic posts advertised in Humanities disciplines

The continuing success of the College of Humanities means we are advertising over 20 new academic posts at all levels.

Changing the way we interact with culture - REACT funding success for the College of Humanities

The University of Exeter’s College of Humanities has been awarded funding for a range of exciting new research projects by REACT (Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology).

College of Humanities to hold inaugural Postgraduate Research Student Conference

Bringing together research students from across the College, the inaugural Postgraduate Research Student Conference will be held on Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May 2012.

Drama students perform for Her Majesty the Queen’s Visit

An accomplished ensemble of actors from Exeter’s Drama department performed during the visit from Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit.

Exeter Teaching Awards Winners

Congratulations go to staff within the College of Humanities who have been awarded in the Exeter Teaching Awards 2012.

Hannah stars in The Voice

We chat with Hannah Berney, an Exeter Flexible Combined Honours student who made the final five in Team Danny, on BBC One's The Voice.

Humanities PGR conference hailed as a success

The inaugural Postgraduate Research Student Conference, held last week at the Peter Chalk Centre, has been hailed as an outstanding success by both organisers and participants.

Hardy and Devon Public Lecture

Dr Angelique Richardson from the English department will discuss novelist and poet Thomas Hardy's connections with Devon in a Public Lecture, on 29 May.

Professor Philip Schwyzer to give inaugural lecture

Professor Philip Schwyzer will be giving his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 12th June 2012 entitled ‘That was Now, This is Then: Living in the Past in Shakespeare's England’.

A Taste of Galician Culture, Thursday 17 May

To celebrate Día das Letras Galegas/Galician Literature Day join us at 'Forever in Galicia: A Taste of Galician Culture', on Thursday 17 May from 10.30am to 2pm.

Cornwall Campus hosts creative festival

Heritage, innovation and creativity will be explored in a one-day culture festival at the Cornwall Campus, Penryn on Sunday 20 May.

Drama students carry the flame to Exeter

Drama students from the University are supporting the organisation of Exeter’s Olympic Torch Relay and have been selected to perform the main roles in the procession.

Alumnus provides insight into a career in documentary film-making

Exeter alumnus Narinder Minhas (Engineering Science, 1981) returned to campus yesterday to give a talk to students on his 20 year career in the TV industry.

Humanities students’ success at National Students’ Television Awards

Lindsey Harris, a second year English student, has just been ‘Highly Commended’ at this year’s National Students’ Television Association Awards (NaSTAs).

All the World’s a Stage - Shakespeare on the Piazza

On Friday 22 June and Saturday 23 June, the Elysium Theatre Company (formed of Exeter students past and present) will be performing abridged versions of Henry IV and Richard III in the Piazza at the University.

The Thomas Hardy Public Lecture Series 2012

Dorset County Museum, the University of Exeter, and the National Trust are pleased to present the 2012 Thomas Hardy Public Lecture Series.

Students un-earth Archaeology Careers advice

June saw another successful student-led Archaeology Careers Fair with several alumni attending the event including Archaeologist Professor Mick Aston.

Exciting funding opportunities for doctoral study in French at the University of Exeter

For applicants who are interested in joining our exciting research community this October, we are offering two doctoral funding awards.

English PhD student wins major UK literary prize

English PhD student Ginny Baily has won a major UK literary prize for her debut novel Africa Junction.  

Bronze Age boat project reaches milestone

The University of Exeter’s ambitious prehistoric boat building project has reached a milestone with the laying of the keel, which forms the backbone of the vessel.

Largest analysis of public opinions at outbreak of World War I challenges popular myth

A groundbreaking book presents new evidence that challenges the way we understand British and Irish responses to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

Exciting funding opportunities for doctoral study in History at the University of Exeter

For applicants who are interested in joining our exciting research community, we are offering two doctoral funding awards

Marilyn Monroe exhibition uncovered at cinema museum

The 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, one of the most enduring of film icons, is being commemorated in Exeter with an exhibition of memorabilia at the University of Exeter’s cinema museum.

Making sense of an historic landscape

For the countryside to avoid becoming as homogenised as the High Street we need to learn from how it evolved; according to a new book by a University of Exeter archaeologist.

Pioneer of film technology immortalised at cinema museum

The inventor of one of the first cameras and projectors for moving images patented in the UK has been immortalised in an oil painting which has been donated to the University of Exeter’s cinema museum.

Archaeological dig in Devon unearths Roman influence

Excavations are underway to unearth the mysteries of Devon’s newly discovered settlement dating back to Roman times.

Students and locals to benefit from major historic library

University of Exeter students, academics and local people are set to benefit from the acquisition of the library of the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould. 

Exciting opportunities for Humanities Freshers students

Freshers’ Week will bring a showcase of opportunities with the College’s Information Fair and a demonstration of the most groundbreaking technology in the University tailored specially for Humanities students.

Drama graduates’ theatre company to launch production

Graduates from the University of Exeter's Drama Department are to reinvigorate Exeter’s theatre scene with their first production, Agent.

New Appointments in the College of Humanities

The College of Humanities continues to go from strength to strength as we welcome new staff across our disciplines.

University launches Devon writer's collection at Exeter Poetry Festival

The archive of a West Country author Ronald Duncan, who lived in north Devon all his writing life, has been acquired by the University of Exeter. 

PhD poets perform at Exeter Poetry Festival

This year’s Exeter Poetry Festival includes a bumper crop of poets and writers from the University of Exeter’s Creative Writing programme.

University celebrates Hilary Mantel

One of the country’s most distinguished living novelists, University of Exeter honorary graduate Hilary Mantel, will read from Bring Up the Bodies, sequel to her Man Booker prize-winning Wolf Hall, at the University of Exeter on 11 October. 

Student Classics Society offer peer to peer Latin and Greek Tutoring Programme

Students within the Classics & Ancient History Department have created a peer to peer mentoring scheme, run by students, for students, to offer support for those studying Latin and Greek.

Public Lecture 'Lu Xun's Hard Translation: its Acceptance in China and the West'

The College of Humanities and the International Office host Professor LUO Xuanmin as our Visiting Speaker on Monday 8 October 2012, and also giving two seminars on Wednesday 10 October and Thursday 11 October.

Humanities split-site PhD project spans across UK and India

Humanities strengthens bond with India as spilt-site PhD progresses with National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.

Honorary Graduate breaks Man Booker record

Hilary Mantel CBE (Hon DLitt 2011), last night became the first British author and first woman to have won the prestigious literary award – the Man Booker Prize – twice.

Rediscovering Cornwall's rural past through storytelling

A new project working with communities and primary schools to explore and rediscover Cornwall’s rural past through storytelling has been given the go ahead.

International students' new route to success in BA English

Two INTO University of Exeter students have progressed to the BA English after completing the new Introduction to Film and Literary Studies module. 

New initiative in English embeds peer-to-peer feedback

English students on the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus are being provided with one-to-one advice from their peers

Medieval manuscripts to get technological makeover

The world’s largest collection of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) poetry may soon be available on a smart device App, as part of a project initiated by the University of Exeter.

Theatre performance turns back the tide

A play that looks at the metaphorical connections between coastal erosion and memory loss provides the basis for the latest play by University of Exeter Senior Drama Lecturer Rebecca Loukes’ award winning company, RedCape Theatre.

PhD student awarded by the Government of Romania for contributions in the field of archaeology

Archaeology PhD student Ciprian Ardelean has won a prestigious award from the Government of Romania for his outstanding contributions in the field of archaeology.

New show celebrates failure through dark humour

A new performance by a University of Exeter Drama lecturer that is somewhere between stand-up comedy and theatre is being performed at the Bikeshed Theatre, Exeter 30 October to 3 November.

New Humanities Postgraduate Study site unveiled

A comprehensive source of information and advice is now available for anyone considering Masters degree programmes and PhD studies within the College of Humanities.

Exeter academics contribute to Festival of Social Science

As part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC’s) Festival of Social Science, the University of Exeter is holding several events to share their research in mental and physical health with the wider public.

Memories triggered by students reading to older people

Students from the University's English department are reading to people in residential care homes, as part of a project that uses literature as a stimulus for senior citizens.

Literature which connects with new writers

Literature is being used to assist vulnerable and homeless people to view their past and future in alternative and more positive ways.

Medical Humanities and the Arts: Self-Portrait without Breasts

A collaborative event of poetry, photography and discussions exploring the issue of preventative medicine, cancer and our perceptions about the body, taking place on Tuesday 27 November.

Project to bridge the gap surrounding Ireland and the First World War

With Ireland’s ‘Decade of Commemorations’ underway, historians at the University of Exeter and Goldsmiths, University of London have created a special website to gather information and knowledge about Ireland’s involvement in the First World War.

First World War poet's home reveals hidden treasure

Long-forgotten letters, papers and manuscripts detailing the life and times of a heroic First World War poet have been discovered in a house in Gloucestershire which has remained virtually unchanged for 80 years.

College professors appointed research strategy leaders

Two academics from the College of Humanities have been appointed to lead themes from the University’s brand new research strategy for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS).

The past and the present: collaborative student workshops in English explore Victorian Material Culture

A series of workshops have been devised to encourage third-year students to engage with Victorian material culture in one of the most direct ways possible – by creating their own.

La màgia d’en Calders – a storytelling spectacle based on Pere Calders’ short stories

Storytelling lovers eager to attend a live performance are invited to attend this event on Tuesday 20 November based on the short stories of Pere Calders, a contemporary Catalan author

Poetry, photography, and procedures - the arts meet medicine

Preventive medicine, cancer and body image are the issues which will be explored in a creatively focused event at the University of Exeter on 27 November.  

Inspiring research to tackle global challenges launched

The University of Exeter is investing £1.5m to ensure that research in the Humanities and Social Sciences helps find innovative solutions to the major global challenges of the 21st century. 

Close as a blade-shaving and masculinity

Moustaches from the classic handlebar to the dramatic Dali are soon to be cut short as the month of Mo’vember draws to a close, and clean shaven faces return from their period of charitable exile. 

'Exploring New Frontiers in Art History and Visual Culture' lecture

The College is delighted to announce its' first talk in the Art History & Visual Culture Lecture Series.  A talk delivered by noted speakers Professor Choodmani Nandagopal and Dr Soumya Manjunath from Jain University, Bangalore, India.

Research council selects Exeter academic to lead the way

University of Exeter historian Professor Andrew Thompson has been selected as one of the new Leadership Fellows for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). 

What we can learn from the ancient Greeks today

In two short lectures, followed by discussion, University of Exeter scholars will illuminate the background of the current financial crisis and the contemporary usefulness of ancient Greek healthcare methods. 

The Paddon Award - an arts competition

The University of Exeter is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2013 Paddon Award.

Exciting new MA in Independent Film Business launched with the London Film School

The launch of a new MA programme in Independent Film Business was announced at the London Film School’s annual graduation ceremony held on Tuesday 11 December at the Barbican Centre, London.

Pantomime's enduring appeal put through academic scrutiny

“Oh yes it is”: Pantomime season is gathering momentum in theatres around the country.

Medieval New Year resolutions both a blessing and a blaspheme

The custom of making resolutions for the New Year goes back to the Medieval period. As the year end approaches, a University of Exeter historian has shed light on how the future was predicted centuries ago.  

Medical historian shortlisted for prestigious history award

A book by a medical historian from the University of Exeter has been shortlisted for the Longman/History Today Book Prize 2013.