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Poet in residence at rubbish dumps publishes verse inspired by waste

A writer spent a year as a poet in residence at rubbish dumps braving vast flocks of seagulls – and their droppings – to uncover the “hideous” beauty” of landfill sites.

New photographic exhibition celebrates impact of Indians on British life

Pictures of Queen Victoria with her favoured Munshi, Abdul Karim and Gandhi visiting female textile workers in Lancashire feature in a new exhibition which explores the impact of Indians on British life.

Experience sights of ancient Exeter using virtual reality

People can step back in time and experience what it would have been like to live among the crowded streets of Georgian Exeter thanks to virtual reality.

Professor Kei Miller nominated for prestigious literary prizes around the world

A novel by University of Exeter Professor in Creative Writing, Kei Miller, has been nominated for prestigious literary prizes around the world.

BBC broadcast information about Britain’s military setbacks to win hearts and minds in Germany during World War II

The BBC transmitted news about Britain’s military setbacks during World War II to Germany as part of a sophisticated operation to win hearts and minds and combat Nazi propaganda, new research shows.

Fans to relive Exeter City history as team battles for promotion

Forget just cheering on from the stands - football fans can explore the unique history of Exeter City through a new documentary as players embark on a promotion battle.

Shared love of literature brings generations together

A shared love of literature has brought together University of Exeter undergraduates and older city residents, who studied alongside each other in a new course.

Chess bonds literary critic and Nobel Prize-winning author, newly uncovered letters show

They often found themselves thousands of miles apart but author Sir William Golding and journalist Anthony Curtis never let that stop them pursuing one of their favourite pastimes – chess.

Vampire Night at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre

An acclaimed Professor of Gothic horror is to come to Exeter’s Northcott theatre to reveal how Dracula was based on medical evidence of ‘real’ vampires, before a performance of Dracula itself.

Remarkable history of Exeter City FC seen in new exhibition

Rarely-seen pictures will tell the remarkable story of Exeter City FC at a new exhibition dedicated to the club’s unique history.

Exeter Humanities 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.

Former United States Poet Laureate to return to Cornish roots on visit to Falmouth

The 19th Poet Laureate of the United States will return to her Cornish roots as she visits the Duchy to perform and discuss her work.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Funding for projects 'uses of the past'

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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’.  

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.

Creative Careers: A Festival for Students

This month saw the launch of the University’s brand-new Creative Careers festival on its Penryn Campus.