News archive 2016


Professor Kate Newey to give her inaugural lecture, 'The necessity of Theatre History: Making Visible the Invisible Women of the Theatre'

Professor Kate Newey will be giving her inaugural lecture on Wednesday 20 January, 5pm in Queen's Building LT1.

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University of Exeter event to promote understanding of the Bible

Event aims to enrich and deepen knowledge of the Bible among parishioners following concerns not enough are confident in their understanding of their sacred text.

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Exeter City FC is accumulating a significant heritage collection thanks to University of Exeter research

The legacy and impact of more than a hundred years of Exeter City FC will be showcased at home ground St James Park thanks to the work of University of Exeter academics.

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Entries are now open for the 2016 Paddon Award Arts Competition

The Paddon Award Arts Competition has returned for another year. In honour of the University’s Diamond Jubilee, the theme for entries for this year’s award is ‘Celebration’.  

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Video game principles used to enhance exhibits at Exeter museum

Pioneering work by a University of Exeter researcher will see the principles behind video games used to expand what visitors to the city’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) can learn and see.

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Original art from British graphic novels on display

More than a hundred pieces of original art from British graphic novels will be on show as part of a new University of Exeter research project.

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Humanities students selected for prestigious German Summer School Scholarships

Four Modern Languages undergraduates have been selected as recipients of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Summer School Scholarships.

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Study of violent decolonisation may provide lessons about insurgency today

A new study which examines the causes and consequences of anti-colonial violence following the Second World War may offer insights into current conflicts today in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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Climate change may have had a huge impact on ancient South American civilisations

Climate change may have brought huge disruption to ancient South American societies before Europeans arrived in 1492, University of Exeter academics have discovered.

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Modern Languages awarded significant European funding for e-Tandem project

The Modern Languages Department have secured Erasmus+KA2 funding for the European University Tandem Project (EUniTa)

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Department stores have been seen as “cathedrals of modernity” as well as molochs in 20th-century film and literature

Despite negative representations in film and literature, department stores stimulated social change and economic and technological innovation, claims a new study.

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Students to take to red carpet at film festival

Students from the University of Exeter will participate in one of the world’s leading international film festivals. 

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Prize for research documenting a trans-Atlantic origin of Ice Age Americans

University of Exeter research which details fascinating evidence about the early inhabitants of North America has been awarded a prestigious prize.

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Archaeology student involved in excavation shortlisted for prestigious Current Archaeology magazine award.

Richard Bennett is waiting to hear if the dig at Barrow Clump on Salisbury Plain will be the winner in its category ‘Rescue Dig of the Year’.

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Former Exeter University Literary Fund Fellow to speak at Publishing and Writing event.

Jane Corry, novelist, creative-writing tutor and journalist will give a talk alongside Publisher Richard Wills.

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Archaeology project will uncover Exeter’s hidden secrets

Secrets from Exeter’s past will be fully uncovered for the first time as part of a major archaeology project.

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Humanities Success in the Students’ Guild Elections

Four students from the College of Humanities have been elected as Sabbatical Officers in the Students' Guild, including two from the Department of English, one from Drama and one from Classics and Ancient History

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Professor Jo Gill to give her inaugural lecture, “Thirteen Ways of Looking from a Skyscraper': Modern American Poetry and Architecture”.

Professor Gill’s lecture will draw on her current research on the relationship between poetry and architecture in the United States across the twentieth century.

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Cornish Colloquium hosted to celebrate St Piran’s Day

The University of Exeter will mark its celebration of St Piran’s day with a special Cornish Colloquium.

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University expertise key in “treasure” inquest

University of Exeter expertise has helped uncover the origins of treasure found by a metal detector on Devon farmland.

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Exeter English Lecturer longlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

English and Creative Writing lecturer in the College of Humanities at the Penryn Campus, Dr Rob Magnuson Smith, has been longlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

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Exeter Film Studies PGR student produces award-winning film

Anna Sowa, a Film Studies PGR student in the College of Humanities, has won an award for her film, 'Kanraxël: The Confluence of Agnack' at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 10th Anniversary Research in Film Awards at the British Film Institute (BFI)

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Unique images kept for future generations

Valuable and irreplaceable historic images will now be conserved in the UK thanks to a major European heritage project run at the University of Exeter.

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Exploring ideologies of race and the contemporary contexts of New Testament interpretation

Exeter academics host discussion exploring the ideologies of race and contemporary contexts of New Testament interpretation.

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Exeter subjects ranked amongst very best in the world

The University of Exeter’s status as one of the best academic institutions in the world has been confirmed by new global subject rankings.

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Impact of Agatha Christie and her work to be discussed at a University of Exeter conference

Experts and fans will gather at the University of Exeter for a conference, The Ageless Agatha Christie: Adaptations & Afterlives, on June 20 and 21.

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New laboratories to preserve precious artefacts for the future

University of Exeter experts will be able to examine and preserve important historical objects thanks to a new £1.2m Digital Humanities research space.

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Partnership between the University of Exeter and Peking University expands

A partnership between the University of Exeter and one of China’s most prestigious universities will see academics collaborate on new studies in the arts and languages.

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Mysteries of Shakespeare’s grave uncovered

A University of Exeter expert will describe his fascinating work to unlock the secrets of Shakespeare’s grave at an event held to mark 400 years since the playwright’s death.

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Public art exhibition to show link between the human body and geology

Experts in visual culture, geology and health will work with artists and dancers to show the connection between rocks and the human body as part of a new University of Exeter study.

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New book by Professor Sally Faulkner exploring ‘middlebrow cinema’ published.

‘Middlebrow Cinema’ is the first book to be published in Routledge’s  brand new Film Studies series, 'Remapping World Cinema: Regional Tensions and Global Transformations'.

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Humanities Success at the Teaching Awards 2016

The College of Humanities achieved fantastic success at the Teaching Awards 2016, with five winners and five runners-up, including Best Subject for English.

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Residents invited to join Exeter archaeologists in unearthing Devon's past

Budding archaeologists will have the opportunity to help unearth Devon's Roman past on a University of Exeter excavation this summer.

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Air power now weapon of choice

Air power has become the weapon of choice for Western politicians because it causes maximum destruction with the minimum of commitment.

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Humanities alumna wins prestigious archaeology research prize

Recent Archaeology alumna, Ellie March, has won the prestigious Geoff Egan Prize of the Finds Research Group (FRG)

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Mysterious mounds created by earthworms

Mysterious spectacular mounds found in the earth in tropical wetlands in South America are created by earthworms, researchers have found.

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English and Drama alumni company Forced Entertainment win International Ibsen Award

Forced Entertainment, founded by alumni from the English and Drama departments at the University of Exeter, has won the biennial International Ibsen Award

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Exeter graduate start-up to revolutionise language learning

A University of Exeter graduate has devised a technique that could revolutionise language learning for children by making it as easy as reading a story.

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Drama alumnus and Artistic Director of Punchdrunk gives talk to students

Felix Barrett, Drama alumnus, Honorary Fellow of the Drama Department and Artistic Director of immersive theatre company Punchdrunk, gave an inspiring talk and Q&A to students on Friday 6 May. 

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University placed 35th globally in latest influential rankings

The University of Exeter has reinforced its position amongst the leading universities both nationally and internationally, according to the latest influential global rankings.

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Future of Europe seen through lens of Humanities at London Global Conversation

With June’s referendum bringing the debate about Britain’s future in the EU centre stage, academics from the University of Exeter will consider the issues in light of current research at a special event in London.

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Archaeologists give school children a taste of ancient bread making

Archaeologists from the University of Exeter will be taking the art of Roman bread-baking into two Devon schools next week as part of a community initiative to engage young people in their local ancient heritage.

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Stuart era brought to life for pupils

In the year of Queen Elizabeth’s ninetieth birthday, research by the universities of Exeter and Oxford reveals the dramatic paths to power taken by her predecessors in a far more turbulent period of British history.

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Did the Greeks and Romans really think like us?

Dr Richard Flower, Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, is producing a series of podcasts, named ‘The Distant Pasts’, investigating aspects of ancient Greek and Roman life that we might recognise today, for example social attitudes and beliefs. 

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City’s most famous trees honoured in new book and map

The history of Exeter’s most important and loved trees will be uncovered as part of a new project to record the impact of huge cedars or blossoming hilltop hawthorns on the city.

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Family secrets of Powderham Castle revealed

University of Exeter experts are helping the Earl and Countess of Devon uncover fascinating new insights into the long history of their family by examining centuries-old documents at Powderham Castle.

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Drama academic’s new BBC Radio 4 programme explores the holistic nature of healing

Drama academic, Dr Sarah Goldingay has a new programme that was broadcast on Sunday 15 May and featured as part of BBC Radio 4’s weekly radio programme, Something Understood.

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University to chair EU referendum discussions

Experts from the University of Exeter are to host a special two-part discussion series about whether the UK should stay or leave the European Union.

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Clay country poet suffered from congenital syphilis

Cornish ‘Poet of the Clay’ Jack Clemo became blind and deaf because of congenital syphilis inherited from his father, a new University of Exeter study has found.

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College of Humanities's successful partnership with NIAS

The College of Humanities is planning the next five years of its successful partnership with NIAS (National Institute of Advanced Studies) Bangalore, following the visit of its Director, Dr Baldev Raj and Head of Administration and Finance, Mr. Srinivasa Aithal, on 9-10 May 2016.

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New short stories and novel by Radclyffe Hall uncovered

Previously unpublished short stories and a novel by British author Radclyffe Hall have been discovered by a University of Exeter expert.

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Funding for projects 'uses of the past'

Academics from the University of Exeter have received funding for collaborative projects across with academics across the world from the Humanities in the European Research Area Joint Research Programme.

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University of Exeter expert welcomes UNESCO status for rare historical document

One of Exeter Cathedral’s greatest treasures – and the focus of new research by a University of Exeter expert – has been honoured for its ‘outstanding significance’ to British history.

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Devon village had links with the Roman empire

A team of archaeologists, students and local volunteers have unearthed evidence of a Romano-British settlement in a rural Devon village.

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University expert wins prestigious literary prize

A University of Exeter expert who brought to life the unusual romance between politician Benjamin Disraeli and his wife has won a prestigious literary prize for her work.

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Camera which captured the Battle of the Somme on display

A camera which is thought to have shot the first war film will be on display at a special exhibition to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

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Patchwork stories- an inspiring partnership

An exhibition to showcase people’s stories.

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Creative Writing alumna wins Betty Trask Award for her novel

Lucy Wood, author and Creative Writing alumna of the University of Exeter, has won a Betty Trask award worth £5,000 for her first novel, Weathering

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Ancient Brazilians occupied the same homes for centuries

Ancient inhabitants of the southern Brazilian highlands were no strangers to the types of home improvements we enjoy today, academics from the University of Exeter have found.

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Words of soldiers set to music to mark First World War Centenary

A new work which sets the words of World War I soldiers to music to commemorate the centenary of the conflict is to receive its world première at a prestigious music festival.

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Fiction writer lives among Eden Project Biomes

A University of Exeter novelist and short story writer recently spent time at the Eden Project as the attraction’s Eden-Exeter Writing Fellowship.

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Dance performance depicts link between rocks and the body

A special performance by a dancer at the University of Exeter’s picturesque campus is one of the events on offer as part of a project examining the links between the human body and the geological world.

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Humanities continues to score highly for student satisfaction in National Student Survey 2016

Latest results in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 show that the College of Humanities continues to score highly - with students among the most satisfied within UK universities. 

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Exeter students and graduates entertain Edinburgh with gothic musical

A gothic musical written and performed by University of Exeter students and graduates has proved popular with critics at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, receiving top reviews.

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New drone technology will uncover secrets of Amazonian tribes

Experts hope to uncover the hidden secrets of ancient Amazon tribes and their effect on modern vegetation using revolutionary new drone technology.

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Campaigning footballer at men’s mental health event

Former professional footballer turned campaigner Clarke Carlisle met experts at an event held today to discuss how they can tackle male suicide and mental health problems.

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New guide to Devon’s top swear words and insults

Calling someone a nippy or ninnycock today might not cause much offence – but hundreds of years ago if you wanted to be rude these were among a rich choice of crude words available.

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Medical historians and social scientists helping to tackle the world’s most pressing public health problems

Researchers at the University of Exeter will work with the World Health Organization to tackle the world’s most pressing public health problems.

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College of Humanities affirms its UK-leading position in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017

The University of Exeter has achieved 9th position in the esteemed and influential publication, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

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University of Exeter Professor and dramatist return to campus to perform in renowned performance

A University of Exeter Professor and dramatist are returning to campus to perform in a renowned performance which is coming to the city after touring the world.

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University of Exeter student success in international awards

University of Exeter humanities students have been successful in an academic competition referred to as the “junior Nobel Prize”.

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The Age of the Beard: magnificent examples of 19th-century facial hair on display

A photographic display of magnificent examples of 19th-century facial hair and a special version of the pantomime Bluebeard are part of a new exhibition.

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Kenyon and Exeter celebrate 40 years as partners at New York alumni reception

The University of Exeter and Kenyon College are celebrating the 40th anniversary of a successful partnership at a special event in New York City. 

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Classics and Ancient History student receives Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence

First year Classics and Ancient History undergraduate, Ying Ting Jacalyn Leong met with Professor Andrew Thorpe, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Humanities, to receive the Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence. 

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University of Exeter to play host to a festival of stories

Michael Morpurgo, Meg Rosoff and David Almond are among the top authors taking part in Exeter’s festival of writing for and by young people during October half term.

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Prestigious prize enables scholar to tell the story of English Romanticism

A University of Exeter academic has won a prestigious prize which will allow her to write a major cultural history of the emergence of English Romanticism.

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College of Humanities Hosts Leading Chinese Academics

Five leading academics from Fudan University’s College of Foreign Languages and Literatures visited Exeter from 17-20 October to take part in a second major collaborative research colloquium. 

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Dracula was based on medical reports of ‘real’ vampires

Vampires, immortalised in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, were born out of real-life accounts of vampires gathered by doctors and surgeons, academic research has revealed.

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Professor Morwenna Ludlow to give her inaugural lecture, 'The Workshop: Experiments in History and Theology'

Professor Morwenna Ludlow, Head of Theology and Religion, will be giving her inaugural lecture on Thursday 3 November entitled 'The Workshop: Experiments in History and Theology'.

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City event to celebrate Exeter's history following fire

Exeter residents will gather to celebrate the city’s historic buildings which still stand despite the recent devastating fire at an event this weekend.

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Exeter seals new strategic collaborations with University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Exeter sealed new strategic collaborations during meetings in Vancouver in October.

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Forgotten language found in poems uncovered by a University of Exeter expert

Moving poetry in now forgotten Lancashire regional dialects written generations ago is being uncovered by a University of Exeter academic.

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Exhibition: Life at Exeter City FC captured by top photographer

Many aspects of match day life at Exeter City Football Club are brought to life in a new exhibition at St James Park.

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University extends exchange agreement with Vassar College

In October, Professor Jo Gill (Associate Dean for International and Development) and Professor Janice Kay (Exeter Provost) visited Vassar College in New York on the 10 year anniversary of student and staff exchanges between Exeter and Vassar.

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Tales of magic, migration and mayhem at storytelling and performance event

The gypsies of Romania, the magical shapeshifting underground inhabitants of Russia and the crying dolls of Poland will be conjured in Exeter through the power of storytelling and performance.

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Treasures of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on show at creative writing event

Clothing and objects from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum’s collections rarely seen by the public will be on show at an event to inspire creative writing in Exeter.

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Stories of hope and fear from Syria on display at the University of Exeter

Powerful art and artefacts from Syria and the chance to hear from a doctor detained by the Assad regime are part of a series of events at the University of Exeter.

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Victorian beard craze inspired false ‘mechanical’ whiskers

Today they are a male fashion accessory, adored by hipsters and spurned by clean-shaven creatives. But in the 19th century, men associated beards and whiskers with manliness, strength and even male beauty.

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Professor James Clark to give his inaugural lecture, ‘The lost books of medieval England’.

On Wednesday 30 November, Professor James Clark, Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge, will be giving his inaugural lecture entitled ‘The lost books of medieval England’.

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Experts given £4m to tackle world’s most pressing health problems

Historians, literary scholars, social scientists and medical experts will work together to tackle some of the world’s most pressing public health issues as part of a new £4m research centre at the University of Exeter.

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People power stopped early attempts to ruin fun of the pub

Interfering politicians once tried to restrict drinkers to spending just an hour in the pub and to close locals at just 9pm, new research shows.

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