News archive - 2013

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.

BBC quiz show recording at University

It will be ‘fingers on buzzers’ at the University of Exeter on Wednesday 30 January as students and lecturers prepare for the arrival of BBC Radio 4’s lively quiz show, The 3rd Degree.

Exeter academic calls for change to 80-year-old child neglect law

The current law on child neglect is unfit for the 21st century, according to a new report by independent experts including Professor Huw Williams, of the University of Exeter.

Flamingos need friends too

UK scientists are embarking on a four-year study of flamingo behaviour to explore how their relationships could be key to improving breeding success and the overall welfare of captive flocks. 

New report offers academic insight to improve gender equality in the financial services sector

True gender diversity is lacking in the financial services sector especially at senior management level.

Meditation technique enhances children’s mental health

Teachers in schools across the globe are turning to a new philosophy to help improve the behaviour and well-being of students. 

Listen up! Exeter on form in BBC Radio 4 quiz

On Monday 1 April, a team of academics and students from the University of Exeter will be pitting their wits against each other on BBC Radio 4’s lively quiz show, The 3rd Degree.

University ranks 49th best institution in the world

The Leiden University World Rankings shows that the University of Exeter ranks 49th best institution in the world.

Public creativity put to the test in Chelsea Flower Show psychology experiment

This year’s 100th Chelsea Flower Show will host an experiment to investigate whether office plants can be used to boost staff well-being and business profitability. 


mindflow is an exhibition of audio-visual pieces at the Mood Disorder Centre, University of Exeter that aims to reflect the lived experience of individuals with depression and bipolar disorder.

From suffragettes to Margaret Thatcher and beyond

A century ago thousands of women marched across Britain to Hyde Park in London as part of the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage. 

Paper of the Year award for 2012

Professor Ed Watkins and his former PhD student John Galfin have won the newly instituted annual ‘Paper of the Year award’ for 2012 from the Palliative Medicine journal.

Psychology has been ranked in the world’s top 100 by an influential international league table.

The QS World University Rankings 2013 ranked Psychology at the University of Exeter in the 50-100 category – which places it in the top 3% of Psychology departments -  strengthening its status as being among the very best of its kind worldwide.

Mindfulness can increase wellbeing and reduce stress in school children

Mindfulness – a mental training that develops sustained attention that can change the ways people think, act and feel – could reduce symptoms of stress and depression.

Office plants boost well-being at work

Office plants can assist in boosting staff well-being by up to 47% according to research carried out at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

US depression treatment proved effective for UK

A US model of treating depression through a network of specialists could effectively be imported into the UK, new research has revealed.

New online intervention for low mood: Study participants needed.

Are you interested in participating in an online psychological intervention for low mood?

Life Science ranked in the world's top 100

Life Sciences at the University of Exeter has been ranked in the world’s top 100 by an influential international league table.

Puzzled about depression? Free open day at University of Exeter Mood Disorders Centre

Researchers from the University of Exeter are inviting members of the public to visit the Mood Disorders Centre on Saturday 12 October 2013.

Poetry is like music to the mind, scientists prove

New brain imaging technology is helping researchers to bridge the gap between art and science by mapping the different ways in which the brain responds to poetry and prose.

Exeter strengthens ties with the University of Tokyo

A senior delegation from the University has spent the last week strengthening Exeter’s ties with Japan.  

Hip-Hop demystifying mental illness

Hip-hop culture is being used as a vehicle for raising awareness about mental health at an event on Thursday 17 October, 7.30pm at Mama Stone’s in Exeter.

New article reveals why people with depression may struggle with parenthood

An article by researchers at the University of Exeter has shed light on the link between depression and poor parenting.

Killer whales may have menopause so grandma can look after the kids

Killer whales are just one of three species – we’re one of the others ‐ that continue to live long after they’ve stopped reproducing. 

Internet therapy may help postnatal depression

Researchers at the University of Exeter have teamed up with online forum Netmums in a pilot study which has shown that post natal depression can be treated effectively using online therapy.

Psychology celebrates 50 years

Psychology at the University of Exeter celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. 

Robot representatives open doors for the isolated

Psychologists from the University of Exeter are leading a major project looking at how robots can enable people to interact in public spaces – without actually being there.