Record Breaking 24 Oxford & Cambridge Offers for Exeter College Students

Exeter College today announced that a record breaking 24 students are holding offers to study at Oxford of Cambridge starting in 2018. A total of 17 student have been offered places at Oxford and seven at Cambridge in a diverse range of subjects from Medicine to Law. An outstanding five students were offered places to study Medicine at either Oxford or Cambridge, two of the most sought after medical programmes in the country. The successful students are from all corners of Devon and beyond, from a variety of schools. A remarkable 71% of students from Exeter College who were invited […]

Expanding Exeter Tour Operator Announces Re-brand

Exeter-based school’s tour operator, the School Travel Consultancy (the STC), today announced the business’s re-brand to ‘STC Expeditions’. The name change, which comes about from immediate effect, is a result of an extensive re-branding programme designed to mirror the evolution of the organisation and reflect the variety of expeditions and educational experiences on offer. Adrian Ferraro, Founder & Director says: “The STC has been trading since 2006 and has grown from a one-man band in the early days, to a team of seven. As the business has evolved, we wanted to ensure our brand clearly defines the types of educational […]

Head of Devon’s reinvigorated library service reveals the secrets to their success

Head of Devon’s reinvigorated library service to reveal what it takes to pioneer a social enterprise in unchartered territory, at a time of austerity In 2014, the future of Devon’s 50 public libraries was called into question when Devon County Council, the then service provider, had to save £1.5m from its library service budget over three years. By 2016, after extensive public consultation, independent charity and social enterprise Libraries Unlimited, took over the running of the library service following a spin-out from the county council. In its short life span, the charity has reinvigorated the service, is on track to […]

The Innovation Hub of Exeter – Libraries Unlimited

Written by Stella Nicholls You don’t normally think of 3D printers and laser cutters when you think of a library, in fact the first thing that comes to mind would probably be books.  Whilst finding a good book, a digital magazine, audio or eBook is something that Exeter Library does provide in abundance, Libraries Unlimited offers so much more. Becoming an independent charity last year and running 50 libraries across Devon, Libraries Unlimited is at the heart of innovation, offering the latest technology to people, businesses, and schools across Devon.  As Exeter is the busiest of the libraries, staff are […]

Exciting new future for Torbay’s libraries

Torbay Libraries are facing a bright new future following the announcement that from April 2018, the libraries will be run by Devon-based charity, Libraries Unlimited, on behalf of Torbay Council. The decision was made at last night’s Council meeting following an official tender exercise, with Libraries Unlimited being appointed the preferred provider thanks to their experience, knowledge and reputation for innovation. Due to the continued pressures to save money, Torbay Council has been exploring a range of options for the future of the library service, as well as other service areas, as part of its transformation programme. This contract will […]

Exeter Science Park plays host to the city’s German ‘twins’

Exeter Science Park has hosted delegates from the city’s German twin town, discussing innovation and industry in both Exeter and Bad Homburg. The Mayor of Bad Homburg, Alex Hetjes, met with Dr Sally Basker, CEO of Exeter Science Park, on Friday, November 17, along with the President and Councillors from Bad Homburg City Council. Dr Basker presented her vision for the Park to the group, explaining the future plans, ambitions and developments for Exeter’s STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) hub. The tour of the Science Park was part of a twinning visit to the city, organised by the […]

University of Exeter injects £1.1 billion into economy, generating 11,000 South West jobs

The University of Exeter injects more than £1.17bn into the economy and generates almost 11,000 jobs in the South West, a major new study has revealed. An analysis of the economic impact of Exeter University found that in 2015-16 it injected £540 million (output) into the economy of the city of Exeter alone, helping to create more than 5,300 jobs in the city. In total, 10,757 jobs were generated across the South West by the University. The report the Economic Impact of the University of Exeter was commissioned by the University and carried out by Viewforth Consulting, which provides independent analysis in higher […]

Research Highlights Ethical Sourcing of Materials for Modern Technology – University Of Exeter

Researchers from the Camborne School of Mines have identified methods to predict the environmental and social cost of resourcing new deposits of rare earth minerals used in the production of mobile phones, wind turbines and electric vehicles. The team are pioneering techniques to develop the equivalent of a ‘Fairtrade’ model for ethically and sustainably resourcing raw materials that are crucial in the manufacturing of next generation technologies. In the research the team highlight the pivotal role that geoscientists can play in developing ‘life cycle assessment techniques” for potential new deposits of rare earth elements, to meet the growing worldwide demand. […]

Number of Women on FTSE 100 Boards is Increasing, Long May That Continue…

Women on Boards: progress on appointments, but too few women appointed to senior board roles The percentage of women holding FTSE 100 non-executive (NED) positions is at an all-time high of 33%. However, the percentage of women holding executive directorships remains low at just under 10% on the FTSE 100 and under 8% of FTSE 250. On the FTSE 100, 34% of male non-executive directors hold senior independent director or chair positions compared to only 8% of women non-executive directors. In 2007, 6% of women held senior roles as non-executive directors. Report reviews the influence of board evaluations on diversity […]

App inspired by Pokémon GO aims to reconnect people with British wildlife

Two University Of Exeter students have created an app inspired by Pokémon GO to help people connect with nature. Instead of chasing Pikachu and Charmander, users of PocketPals will track 3D animated animals and learn how to identify British wildlife. Danielle Connor, a Zoology student and award-winning photographer at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, and Matt Brown, an Animation and Visual Effects student at Falmouth University, have created PocketPals – which should be available in summer 2018. With the popularity of Pokémon GO, a mobile phone game in which players find and capture fictional creatures, Danielle and Matt saw an opportunity […]