News archive 2018


€1.8 million grant awarded to humanities research Professor at University of Exeter

An international team lead by Professor Maria Fusaro, University of Exeter, has been awarded an €1.8 million ERC Consolidator Grant to investigate the development of General Average laws and procedures during the Early Modern period.

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Fragile images of Devon on show for the first time in a century

Thousands of fragile and irreplaceable images of Devon have been preserved for future generations to see thanks to University of Exeter experts.

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Help recreate pioneering medical instruments with University of Exeter historians

Historians are hoping to recreate pioneering medical instruments created by an inventor who died before he could reveal the secrets of how they worked.

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Humanities Sign New Agreement with Jadavpur University

The College of Humanities have entered into a new Memorandum of Understanding with Jadavpur University, focused on developing links in History, English, Drama, Comparative Literature and Film.

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Acclaimed Actor Charles Dance launches Creative Dialogues series

Charles Dance OBE, the celebrated actor, screenwriter and film director, has launched the University of Exeter’s new Creative Dialogues series.

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Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme helps young people see scale of First World War losses

A programme which allows a group of pupils from every English school to tour First World War battlefields is helping young people better grasp the scale of loss caused by the battles on the Western Front, analysis shows.

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Pioneering new centre that tackles world’s most pressing health problems officially opens

A world-leading new research centre, designed to address some of the most challenging public health issues across the globe, has officially opened.

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University of Exeter hosts “Great Debate” for local pupils

Devon pupils competed to win the chance to speak in the Houses of Parliament by debating the significance of women being given the right to vote at a special event at the University of Exeter.

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£240,000 additional support for Classics and Ancient History

The A.G. Leventis Foundation has extended its support of Classics at the University of Exeter with a further donation of £241,990 over three years. This takes the total value of the Foundation’s support to more than £1 million since the partnership was first formed 20 years ago.

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Sex tips for Victorians: Men with broad noses make passionate husbands

The Victorians may have a reputation for prudery, but new research shows that 19th Century manuals contained explicit sex and flirtation advice.

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Newspaper small ads used by Victorians for their equivalent of ‘texting’

150 years before the advent of ‘texting’, the small ads of the Evening Standard were used by Victorian lovers to send each other illicit messages, beg forgiveness and arrange trysts.

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Pioneering research into the family tree of today’s horses sheds new light on the origins of the species.

The earliest known domesticated horses are not at the root of today’s modern breed’s family tree, as had previously been thought, new research has shown.

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New ranking puts Exeter subjects amongst the very best worldwide

Both science and humanities subjects at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, in the latest influential global league table.

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Winston Churchill’s affair revealed by forgotten testimony

Winston Churchill had a short affair with the dazzling socialite Lady Doris Castlerosse in the 1930s, according to his former private secretary, research has found.

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New poetry inspired by Cornish author William Golding revealed on World Book Day

New poems by a University of Exeter expert – revealed on World Book Day - were inspired by the works of Cornish author William Golding and discoveries about the lives of Neanderthal communities.

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University of Exeter receives funding for the Pelagios project to connect online cultural heritage

The University of Exeter has secured new funding to extend the Pelagios project, an international consortium that helps to make primary sources more accessible for historians, classicists, archaeologists and the general public.

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Women remain dramatically unrepresented in the British film industry, major new study shows

Women remain dramatically unrepresented in the British film industry, according to a major new study which shows there has been little change in the number of female directors or cinematographers in the past decade.

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PhD student wins Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film

A PhD student from the University of Exeter and the London Film School has been awarded an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Tudor and Stuart women spent more time making money than caring for their families, new research shows

Tudor and Stuart women spent more time making money than caring for their families and were regularly employed in physically demanding jobs, according to major new research.

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The Female Romantic poets who used opium for its “tranquilising power”

In the Romantic period, a generation of women writers were also habitual users of opium, and wrote extolling its “calming” properties in their writing, new research has found.

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Local communities responsible for birth of farming in Central Turkey, archaeological excavations show

Local communities were responsible for the beginning of farming in Central Turkey 10,000 years ago and not migrants, archaeologists have discovered.

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Exeter students to take part in 12-hour Sport Relief football match

A group of six first-year theology students from the University of Exeter are set to play against eight celebrities, led by Robbie Savage, to raise money for Sport Relief.

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Parts of the Amazon thought uninhabited were actually home to up to a million people

Parts of the Amazon previously thought to have been almost uninhabited were really home to thriving populations of up to a million people, new research shows.

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Five Exeter academics awarded British Academy funding

Five University of Exeter academics have been awarded prestigious funding from the British Academy, the national body for the humanities and social sciences.

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Public invited to play detective and join exciting new hunt for the Easter bunny

The public can play detective and help experts solve the mystery of the origins of the Easter bunny as part of a different kind of Easter hunt this year.

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Work to highlight Perranporth’s mining history wins at the first Cornwall Heritage Awards

Work by archaeologists and historians to highlight Perranporth’s incredible mining history has been honoured at the first Cornwall Heritage Awards.

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Wartime hospital past of Exeter landmark building commemorated

The First World War hospital past of one of Exeter’s landmark buildings and the contribution of doctors and nurses who worked there will be commemorated.

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Experts discuss how to commemorate marginalised histories of the Second World War

Experts from academia, the media, publishing, education, heritage, and museums discussed how marginalised aspects of Second World War history could be made visible during the forthcoming anniversaries of the conflict at an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded research event led by University of Exeter historian, Professor Catriona Pennell.

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New performance created by children who have experienced childhood trauma

Young people who have suffered childhood trauma have created, choreographed and directed a new performance in Plymouth to describe their experiences.

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Exeter subjects amongst very best in The Complete University Guide

Both science and humanities subjects at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best nationally in the latest influential league table.

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Exeter hosts British Association of South Asian Studies Conference

Between April 18th and April 20th, the University of Exeter hosted the British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) Conference. 

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Partnership with the National Institute of Advanced Studies Celebrates Success

For just under ten years, the College of Humanities has enjoyed a strong partnership with the National Institute of Advanced Studies in India.

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New research shows prehistoric hunter-gatherers were the first people to ride horses and explores its impact on migration and languages

A new study has  discovered that horses were first domesticated by hunter-gatherer descendants in Kazakhstan

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British film industry no better at including women in key roles than Hollywood, research launched at Cannes shows

More than half of British films had no or just one woman in key production roles, new research shows.

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Critically-endangered South American forests were man-made

Critically endangered South American forests thought to be the result of climate change were actually spread by ancient communities

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College of Humanities rubber-stamps new agreement with University of British Columbia

The University of Exeter has rubber-stamped a new agreement with the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS at special Exeter birthday party

The 70th anniversary of the NHS will be celebrated with a special birthday party in Exeter this month

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Exeter academics visit Beijing for the 'UCASS - University of Exeter Academic Week'

A small delegation of Exeter academics arrived in Beijing on 18 June for a week of activities with our partner, the University of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (UCASS). 

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University of Exeter authors honoured by Royal Society of Literature

Two University of Exeter authors have been named by the prestigious Royal Society of Literature

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Discovery of ancient tools in China suggests humans left Africa earlier than previously thought

Ancient tools and bones discovered in China by archaeologists suggest early humans left Africa and arrived in Asia earlier than previously thought.

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History of medicine expert receives prestigious Royal Society medal

A University of Exeter expert in the history of medicine has been honoured by the Royal Society

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National Lottery players help people become archaeologists and explore the history of the South West

People in Devon and Cornwall will work with archaeologists to explore the incredible ancient history

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Ancient farmers transformed Amazon and left an enduring legacy on the rainforest

Ancient communities transformed the Amazon thousands of years ago

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Student satisfaction at Exeter amongst best in Russell Group in NSS 2018

Students rate teaching quality and learning experience at Exeter amongst the highest in the Russell Group universities, according to the latest results from the NSS 2018.

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Rising stars of research at Exeter receive prestigious European Research Council funding

Three rising research stars at the University of Exeter have received a significant funding boost from the European Research Council (ERC), it has been announced.

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Forgotten Lancashire poems written during misery of cotton famine found

Hundreds of moving poems written by desperate Lancashire cotton workers facing hunger and homelessness because of the American Civil War have been uncovered by experts.

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See the magic of Victorian “magic” lanterns come alive at Exeter show

Beautiful Victorian images can be seen in spectacular style using a rare magic lantern at a special one-off show in Exeter.

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Two hundredth volunteer joins the search for Devon’s Roman history

The 200th volunteer has joined the search for more clues about the Roman occupation of Devon at a major archaeological dig in the county.

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Victorians enjoyed rudimentary version of Netflix, new research shows

Victorian families were able to enjoy their own version of Netflix by utilising an early form of ‘pay-per-view’ entertainment to while away winter evenings, new research has found.

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Ancient household waste gives more clues about Devon’s Roman history

Recently discovered household waste thrown away by families thousands of years ago will provide valuable clues for archaeologists uncovering the secrets of Devon’s Iron Age, Roman, and Medieval history.

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Britain’s first ‘national’ anthem embraced Boudica and druids

The national fervour that traditionally surrounds the Last Night of the Proms would have had a very different focus if Britain’s first ‘national’ anthem was still in vogue, research has shown.

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Long-forgotten folklore of how to summon fairies set to be revealed

The ethereal and mysterious methods that people of bygone times tried to summon fairies to help navigate the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life are set to be uncovered.

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New Digital Humanities Collaboration between Exeter and the University of British Columbia

The University of Exeter’s Digital Humanities Laboratory has committed to developing a Digital Humanities Exchange with the University of British Columbia.

 

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Remains of weapons, sandals and coins shed new light on Roman conquest of Northwest Iberia

Newly discovered remains of weapons, hobnails from sandals and coins will help experts piece together the untold story of how the Romans won control of Galicia and Northern Portugal from local tribes for the first time.

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The Empathy Effect: Teaching Literature about the World Wars and the Holocaust

Academics, educational practitioners, playwrights and filmakers gathered at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum to consider the role empathy plays in the teaching of the two world wars, including the Holocaust.

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Award-winning author Kamila Shamsie to speak at University’s Creative Dialogues series

Award-winning author Kamila Shamsie will be the next guest in Exeter’s event series Creative Dialogues on Thursday 18 October.

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Exeter lecturer’s research seen by millions in one of China’s most important parks

Research by a University of Exeter expert has been inscribed on bronze plaques seen by millions of visitors to one of China’s most important parks.

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New University of Exeter arts and culture strategy unveiled

Ambitious new plans have been unveiled showing how the University of Exeter will play a leading role in supporting innovative arts and culture projects in the South West and beyond.

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Celebration of pioneering partnership between University of Exeter and the London Film School

Experts are celebrating a pioneering partnership between the University of Exeter and the London Film School which gives students unique training in the movie industry.

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Influential film critic Mark Kermode appointed Honorary Professor

Influential film critic Mark Kermode has been appointed as an Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter.

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Bonfire Night provided another excuse for a riot in city ruled by “the tyranny of a mob”

Exeter may now have a genteel image – but centuries ago the city was known for its disorderly and violent mobs who would cause havoc on occasions such as Bonfire Night, according to new research.

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Are Frankenstein and Dracula Blood Brothers?

In Hollywood films, Frankenstein’s monster (or ‘Being’) usually appears as a shambling zombie. Count Dracula is sleek and sophisticated. Though they have often appeared on double bills, they are very different monsters – or are they?

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University appoints first Associate Director for Arts and Culture

Victoria and Albert Museum expert Sarah Campbell has been appointed as the University of Exeter’s first Associate Director for Arts and Culture.

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University of Exeter among top 100 universities in the world for arts and humanities

The University of Exeter has been named as one of the best places in the world to study arts and humanities in new influential rankings.

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Broadcaster and writer Simon Mayo to speak at University’s Creative Dialogues series

One of Britain’s best-loved and well-known broadcasters, Simon Mayo, will talk about the fascinating real life events which inspired his Devon-set novel at an event in Exeter this month.

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Thousands of WW1 soldiers packed out bombed buildings to watch films

Cinema-going was so popular among troops serving in the trenches in World War One thousands regularly packed into bombed out buildings near the front line to watch the latest films, new research shows.

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University of Exeter expert working with Imperial War Museums

A University of Exeter historian has taken on a prestigious role advising Imperial War Museums on their activities to further public understanding of 20th and 21st century warfare and its ramifications.

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DNA discovery gives new insight into ancient history of South America

The discovery of ancient DNA from the earliest inhabitants of South America has revealed important new information about how people settled in the Americas.

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Great War Armistice was marked in Devon with joy and sadness

Those on the “Home Front” in Devon marked the end of World War One with both joy and sadness, a University of Exeter historian has found.

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Experts trace remarkable history of colonial Indian wildlife paintings

The mysterious origins of remarkable paintings of Indian wildlife are no longer shrouded in mystery thanks to detective work by experts around the world.

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Exeter City’s incredible history brought to life in new stand

Exeter City’s incredible history has been brought to life in the club’s new Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand thanks to the efforts of academics, volunteers, fans and former players.

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University of Exeter expert to receive historic key to mark Freedom of the city

A University of Exeter expert will receive a fitting keepsake to mark being awarded the Freedom of the City for his services to history - the key to an iconic lost building.

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First women parliamentary candidates utilised their gender to win votes, records show

Britain’s first female parliamentary candidates utilised their gender as a campaigning tool to win votes and championed new policies such as equal citizenship, analysis of records show.

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Historians and computer scientists unite for £9.2m project which will revolutionise research

Historians and computer scientists are set to collaborate to analyse millions of pages of documents as part of a major new research project which will shed new light on the impact of mechanisation on the lives of ordinary people.

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Tudor England shunned ‘festive fatigue’ for three-month Christmas celebrations

Those who are beginning to suffer from ‘festive fatigue’ may want to spare a thought for those who lived in the Tudor times – when Christmas celebrations ran for three months.

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