News archive 2013-15

99% for student satisfaction

Sport and Health Sciences has enjoyed recent success in the 2015 National Student Survey being ranked 2nd in the sector with 99% for overall student satisfaction.

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Sitting for long periods not bad for health

There’s no harm in sitting down, say researchers

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Short, intense exercise bursts can reduce heart risk to teens

Adolescents who perform just eight to ten minutes of high-intensity interval exercise three times a week could be significantly reducing their risk of developing heart conditions, new research has concluded.

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Exeter UK’s top university for sport and best in the South West

The University of Exeter has retained its top ten place in the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, and has been named Sports University of the Year 2015-2016.

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Beetroot juice improves sprinting and decision-making during exercise

Rugby players take note: drinking high nitrate beetroot juice improves both sprint performance and decision-making during prolonged intermittent exercise such as rugby and football, according to scientists from the University of Exeter.

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Targeting the early-teens for extra exercise could cut diabetes risk

A study has found that physical activity provides the greatest benefits to adolescent insulin resistance when the condition peaks at age 13, but provides no benefit to it at age 16.

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Exeter scientist planning to send microscopic worms into space

A University of Exeter scientist is set to send thousands of microscopic worms on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in an experiment aimed at increasing our understanding of what triggers the body to build and lose muscle.  

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Teenagers should exercise like kids to achieve best health outcomes, study shows

As little as two minutes of high-intensity exercise four times a day improves health outcomes in adolescents, but the same amount of moderate-intensity exercise does not reap the same rewards.

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Short bouts of high-intensity exercise before a fatty meal best for promoting vascular health in youth

A short burst of intensive exercise before eating a high fat meal is better for blood vessel function in young people than the currently recommended moderate-intensity exercise.

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Schoolchildren and researchers star in flagship BBC broadcast

Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Bristol alongside pupils and teachers from Bramdean School, Exeter featured on the BBC Breakfast morning show highlighting the importance of healthy hearts.

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Exeter specialists work with Manchester United to revolutionise heart health

A unique research project to identify the effects of exercise on young hearts has been announced today.

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CLES success at the Teaching Awards 2015

Students, academics and staff from the University of Exeter and the Students' Guild gathered on 30 April to celebrate the 2015 Teaching Awards with the College of Life and Environmental Sciences winning 3 awards and placing as runner up in 3 categories.

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Student study centre opens at St Luke’s

A high quality new student study centre is now in use in Giraffe House, part of the ongoing South Cloisters redevelopment.

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CLES research rated internationally excellent in latest national assessment

CLES research has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the first assessment of the research quality of UK universities since 2008, the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

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Not just child’s play – study provides benchmark for identifying those at risk

Boys perform better than girls in speed, limb strength and cardiorespiratory fitness, whilst girls have the edge in balance and flexibility, according to a landmark study of European children.

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Exeter researchers seek young cyclists for bone health study

University of Exeter researchers are looking for young male cyclists to take part in a study investigating how our body composition is affected by the sports we practice.

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Recreational football reduces high blood pressure in mature women

The World Cup in Brazil may be attracting a global armchair audience of millions, but new research has shown that playing football could help lower blood pressure in women aged 35-50.

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University of Exeter’s commitment to gender equality in the sciences confirmed

The University of Exeter’s commitment to gender equality in science disciplines has been recognised through a prestigious national award scheme.

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CLES success at the Professional Services Recognition Awards

The Professional Services Recognition Awards entered its fourth year on Friday 11th July with one of awards going to the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

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College success in the Teaching Awards 2014

Over 350 nominations were cast by College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES) students in the Teaching Awards 2014, with CLES staff nominated in 6 out of the 10 categories.

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Volunteer in the Spotlight: Rob Dawson

'In the spotlight' is a regular feature which shares the stories of some of our alumni volunteers. This month is the turn of Rob Dawson (BSc Psychology with Sport & Exercise Science 2011).

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Vice-Chancellor mirrors student in Sport and Health Sciences

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Sir Steve Smith and Sport and Health Sciences student Anna Collin took part in the Students’ Guild’s Mirror scheme.

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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.

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1st in the UK for Sports Science

Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter has been ranked 1st in the UK for Sports Science in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2013. The department has featured in the top 10 for the last seven years.

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Exeter Alumna sails to silver

University of Exeter alumna Hannah Diamond has taken silver, alongside team mate Ben Saxton, in the inaugural Narca 17 Class sailing World Championships.

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University of Exeter breaks BUCS top five

The University of Exeter has finished fifth in the overall British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings for the 2012 / 2013 season.

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Exeter researchers investigate effects of exercise on children born with heart disease

The University of Exeter’s Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre today announced its involvement in a three-year project to investigate the effects of exercise on children with congenital heart disease.

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Research student wins Nike Award for Athletic Footwear Research

Sport and Health Sciences PhD student Izzy Moore has been awarded the Nike Award for Footwear Research.

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Exeter academic and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor honoured by Brock University in Canada

Brock University is recognising Professor Neil Armstrong for his exceptional academic contributions to the fields of paediatric physiology and sport and health sciences by awarding him with an LLD (honoris causa).

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Why a little Beet It goes a long way

Athletes no longer ask whether beetroot juice improves sporting performance - they just want to know how much to drink, and when. A new study has the answers.

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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.

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Beetroot juice – the winning formula for team sports

New research shows that drinking beetroot juice can significantly improve performance in team sports involving bouts of high intensity exercise.

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Healthy rivalry could boost sport and business performance

New research shows that people can recover from poor performance when rivals comment on their failures. 

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Pioneering robotic surgery research taking place in Exeter

Pioneering new research in robotic surgery is forging ahead thanks to a partnership between the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E). 

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