News and current vacancies

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University of Exeter scientists present research to Parliament

Science experts from the University of Exeter will showcase their pioneering research at the Houses of Parliament, as part of a prestigious national science event.

Astronomers research into exoplanets could hold key to riddle of Earth’s past

Pioneering research from University of Exeter scientists into the atmospheres of planets found beyond our own solar system could also help solve one of the greatest riddles of Earth’s past.

University of Exeter joins BBC Stargazing Live event

Budding astronomers will be given a unique opportunity to witness the remarkable atmospheric properties of exoplanets when the BBC's hugely popular programme Stargazing Live returns for a new series this week.

Funding boost to train tomorrow’s engineers and scientists

Funding boost to train tomorrow’s engineers and scientists 

Exeter researcher recognised as rising star of research by Leverhulme Awards

University of Exeter astrophysicist Dr Stefan Kraus has been awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for his work on star and planet formation. 

Exeter students create E.coli camera for international competition

A team of students from the University of Exeter are making their final preparations before taking part in a prestigious international synthetic biology competition.

Vice-Chancellor attends tenth UK-South Africa bilateral forum

Exeter’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Steve Smith joined a delegation to South Africa led by the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, which included Universities minister David Willetts.

Butterfly wings inspire new technologies: from fabrics and cosmetics to sensors

A new study has revealed that the stunning iridescent wings of the tropical blue Morpho butterfly could expand the range of innovative technologies. 

Hubble spots azure blue planet

True colour of exoplanet measured for the first time.

University of Exeter professor named Institute of Physics president-elect

Professor Roy Sambles is to be the new president-elect of the Institute of Physics (IOP). 

Revolutionary new device joins world of smart electronics

Unique properties of graphene and graphExeter combine to create a new flexible, transparent, photosensitive device.

Exeter receives share of £84 million boost to PhD training

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is this year investing £84.2 million in postgraduate training through its annual Doctoral Training Grants (DTGs).

Youngsters unravel science mysteries and much more in fun-packed week

Children from across the South West took part in hands-on events and activities with researchers from the University of Exeter in celebration of invention and discovery during National Science & Engineering Week.

Long predicted atomic collapse state observed in graphene

The first experimental observation of a phenomenon in quantum mechanics that was predicted nearly 70 years ago holds important implications for the future of graphene-based electronic devices.

Exeter student strikes gold with physics display in Parliament

Claire Woollacott, 24, a PhD Postgraduate Research Student from the School of Physics at the University of Exeter, struck gold at a competition in the House of Commons yesterday for excellence in her physics research, walking away with a £3,000 prize.

Breast cancer technique to be tested on human breast tissue for the first time

A technique that could take away the anxious wait by patients for breast cancer results by removing the need for a needle biopsy is to have its performance evaluated for the first time, on breast tissue and lymph nodes.

University to work with Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Hospital Trust on sustainability

The Centre for Energy and the Environment (CEE) based at the University of Exeter has been awarded £25,000 by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Hospital Trust to research the prioritisation of sustainability measures at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E).

£5 million to expand knowledge on human health, life and space

Grants totalling more than £5 million will allow world-class researchers at the University of Exeter to push the boundaries of knowledge in ground-breaking five year projects.

Bio-inspired fibres change colour when stretched

A team of materials scientists at Harvard University and the University of Exeter has invented a new fibre which changes colour when stretched. Inspired by nature, the researchers identified and replicated the unique structural elements, which create the bright iridescent blue colour of a tropical plant’s fruit.

MP swaps white papers for white coat in science pairing scheme

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw became a scientist for the day when he took part in experiments in University of Exeter laboratories.

Students vote in inaugural Fruni lectures

Hundreds of Exeter students have voted for the research they think everyone should know about in the first ever Fruni events at the University.

Health and medicine showcase hailed a success

A dynamic event highlighted the wide range of medical and health research involving the University of Exeter, the NHS and business partners.

£1.1 million will help develop products from super-material

New ways of making and using the wonder material graphene will be identified through pioneering work by engineers and scientists at the University of Exeter and Bath.

Slinky science inspires African school children

A University of Exeter physicist has inspired hundreds of African school children to engage with science during a whirlwind outreach tour to Malawi.

Exeter students take bronze at international biology competition

A multidisciplinary team of Exeter undergraduates captured bronze in the European round of the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition.

Exeter scientist goes from lab bench to backbench

Dr Annette Plaut from the University of Exeter is swapping a lab coat for legislation as she visits Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw at the House of Commons.

Success at international conferences for PhD student

Physics PhD student Claire Woollacott has recently been awarded prizes for Best Poster at two international conferences.

Exeter physicist awarded Faraday Medal

A physicist whose University of Exeter career spans 40 years receives the Faraday Medal of the Institute of Physics.

Climate change research recognised by Napier Shaw medal

Two Exeter Physicists have been awarded the 2012 Napier Shaw medal for their work to help the building sector adapt to the challenges of climate change.

Exeter physicist bends light waves on surfboards

A University of Exeter scientist is bringing together his passions for physics and surfing with research that could inspire a host of new technologies.

Exeter physicist awarded Faraday Medal

A physicist whose University of Exeter career spans 40 years has been awarded the Faraday Medal of the Institute of Physics.

Dramatic change spotted on a faraway planet

A University of Exeter scientist is part of a team of astronomers that has seen dramatic changes in the upper atmosphere of a faraway planet, using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Exeter physicist sheds light on science with Ethiopian school children

A University of Exeter physicist has shared his love of science with nearly 600 school children in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa.

New graphene-based material could revolutionise electronics industry

The most transparent, lightweight and flexible material ever for conducting electricity has been invented by a team from the University of Exeter.

Exeter team to adapt weather forecasting for Exoplanets

A University of Exeter team is adapting the UK Met Office’s weather and climate model to study the atmospheric properties of planets orbiting other stars.

Institute of Physics South West regional photography competition success

College Artist in Residence Pery Burge and physicist Professor Pete Vukusic were recently awarded first and second prize respectively at the Institute of Physics South West regional photography competition. 

What do sunsets look like from other planets?

A University of Exeter astrophysicist has shown what sunsets look like on planets outside our solar system.

From Exeter to Benin – physics communicator takes the prize

A University of Exeter astrophysicist and a Cardiff-based Research Engineer for EADS have won the Institute of Physics’ (IOP) inaugural Early Career Communicators’ Award for the inspirational activities they have undertaken to introduce a diverse range of people to the wonders of physics.

New buildings will be safer in the heat thanks to climate change study

New buildings should be safer in hot weather, thanks to research led by the University of Exeter.

Exeter physicist advances early universe theory

Research by a University of Exeter astrophysicist has helped to explain how the first stars and galaxies formed.

Scientists simulate seashells’ structures

Scientists have successfully created synthetic crystals whose structures and properties mimic those of naturally-occurring biominerals such as seashells.

Physics postgraduate competes for Team GB

Postgraduate Lizzy Brock, currently studying for a PhD in the Electromagnetic Materials group, in the Physics department, has just returned from competing for Team GB at the World Dragon Boat Racing Championship in Tampa, Florida.

International team to use Hubble Space Telescope to answer key astronomy questions

An international team of scientists led by the University of Exeter is aiming to answer some of the biggest questions facing astronomy today.

Invisibility cloak to be unveiled with new research

Becoming invisible with the swish of a cloak as in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter novels could soon be a reality with a £4.5 million research project.

University academic lifts lid on iPhone tracking

A University of Exeter researcher has revealed how he discovered Apple iPhones and iPads are tracking every movement of their owners and storing it in a file on the device.

International summer school 2011

As part of the University’s 2011 International Summer School the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences will be offering a pathway on Climate Change; Technology and Society.

Lecture on the search for new planets and new life

One of the world’s leading experts in studying distant planets is to give her inaugural lecture on the cutting-edge research which is leading the hunt for new worlds and new life.

Exeter astrophysicist honoured with top prize

An expert in studying distant planets at the University of Exeter has been awarded the highest prize for physics in France.

Exeter student wins top physics award

Neil Robinson, who graduated with a first class MPhys (physics) degree this summer, has won a prestigious international prize.

Professor Sir John Pendry reveals secrets of invisibility at Exeter

The University of Exeter is giving people an opportunity to hear from one of the UK’s most eminent scientists on Thursday 11 March.

Exeter scientist helps shape future of astronomy

A University of Exeter astrophysicist is helping to organise a grass-roots event dedicated to the future of astronomy, when Facebook and Twitter could play a key role in shaping our understanding of the universe.

Breakthrough in the study of distant planet atmospheres

A research team led by the University of Exeter has discovered a previously undetected element in the atmosphere of a planet almost 500 light years from Earth.

Turning the spotlight on exoclimates

Some of the world’s leading experts in studying these far-off worlds, known as exoplanets, are heading to the University of Exeter for a conference to discuss the latest findings in this rapidly developing area of research.

Local people invited to join a journey through the Galaxy

Local people are invited to join University of Exeter astronomers for a journey through the Galaxy.

Lectures come in 3D at the University of Exeter

From this month, students in the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter will be watching some of their lectures in a state-of-the-art 3D lecture theatre.

Exeter astronomer wins international award for planet discovery

A discovery by a team including a scientist from the University of Exeter has won the 2009 Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

South West businesses and academics join forces to generate power

Business professionals and researchers will gather in Cornwall on 8 January to identify opportunities to get involved with developing wave and tidal energy in the South West.

Exeter astronomers discover ‘tilted planets’

University of Exeter research has added to a growing evidence that several giant planets have orbits so tilted that their orbits can be perpendicular or even backwards relative to their parent star’s rotation.

Exeter physicist made Royal Society University Research Fellow

A University of Exeter physicist is one of 38 UK scientists to be made a Royal Society University Research Fellow for 2009.

£3.2m research project to capture brilliance of butterfly wings

The brilliance of butterfly wings has inspired a £3.2m, three-year research project that promises to deliver innovation in the fields of security, energy and the environment.

Exeter team helps set astronomy record

A team from the University of Exeter has helped set a new record for the most distant astronomical object yet observed: an explosion 13.1 billion light years away.

30 new scientists boost Exeter research

30 new scientists, six of them professors, are being appointed to new academic posts at the University of Exeter.

Funding boosts University of Exeter’s astronomy research

The University of Exeter has been awarded £186,000 funding to help tackle one of the most fundamental problems in modern astronomy – when do stars and planets form and how does it happen?

Physics PhD student wins prestigious scholarship

PhD Physics student Natalie Garrett has been awarded a British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) scholarship.

£10 million for energy research announced

South West England’s ambition to be a global centre for harnessing energy from the sea has received a major boost with the announcement of a £10.3 million investment in marine energy research.

Exeter research sheds light on brain disease

Cutting-edge optical imaging technology developed at the University of Exeter will help develop smart nanodrugs to treat brain diseases like schizophrenia, depression and dementia.

Beetle shell inspires brilliant white paper

An obscure species of beetle has shown how brilliant white paper could be produced in a completely new way.

Exeter scientists help discover most distant cosmic explosion ever seen

Astrophysicists from the University of Exeter are involved in the discovery of the most distant cosmic explosion ever seen.

Plants absorb more carbon under hazy skies

Plants absorbed carbon dioxide more efficiently under the polluted skies of recent decades than they would have done in a cleaner atmosphere, according to a new study involving the University of Exeter.

Exeter wins £3.2 million from EPSRC for new business opportunities

The University of Exeter has won a significant grant to enable a unique collaboration to develop new opportunities in the field of Functional Materials, specifically in the area of Tailored Electromagnetic Solutions.

Exeter academic addresses top climate researchers in Copenhagen

The University of Exeter’s Met Office Chair in Climate System Dynamics, Professor Peter Cox, has addressed the world’s leading climate researchers in Copenhagen.

Quantum doughnuts slow and freeze light at will

A researcher from the University of Exeter has helped to find a way to use doughnut shaped by-products of quantum dots to slow and even freeze light.

European team finds smallest transiting extrasolar planet ever

The CoRoT satellite has discovered a planet only twice as large as the Earth orbiting a star slightly smaller than the Sun.

South West to lead the way in exploiting world’s thinnest material

The Universities of Exeter and Bath can today reveal their plans for a new world-leading research centre to explore and exploit the properties of the thinnest material in nature.

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