Double success for Professor Sabina Leonelli

Professor Leonelli has been elected to the International Academy of Philosophy of Sciences and the European Philosophy of Science Association.

Professor Susan Molyneux-Hodgson has been elected as President of SHARE

Professor Molyneux-Hodgson has been elected as the inaugural President of the newly formed European Research Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities research to ionising radiation SHARE.

When should NHS contact patients over faulty genes?

The NHS and health services worldwide need to develop policies on when patients should be “re-contacted” about faulty genes, as the current lack of guidance creates a dilemma for health services, experts have warned.

Short films animated by autistic artists provides insight into talent that autism can bring

Autistic adults have created beautiful animations as part of a project that highlights their creativity and different ways of thinking.

Social media can threaten medical experiments

Niccolò Tempini, research fellow in data studies at the University of Exeter, writes for the Conversation UK

Can listening instead of just looking change attitudes to how we experience a day out at the zoo?

What can we hear if we stop and listen to the zoo? Does this change our experience of the animals we visit? Which species and what aspects of their behaviour come to the fore and what do we learn as a result?

Social Sciences Alumni Return for Q&A and Networking with Exeter Scholars Students

A panel of alumni from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies attended an Exeter Scholars event, answering questions posed by Year 12 students on this prestigious programme, followed by a round table networking session.

Autism brings qualities which help at home and at work, study shows

Autism enhances characteristics such as loyalty and focus which help those with the condition at work and in their relationships with others, experts have found.

University of Exeter student wins award at The Global Undergraduate Summit

The winning student from the University of Exeter was presented with the Thomas Clarkson Gold Medal at The Global Undergraduate Summit in Dublin, Ireland.

Mary Anning: how a poor, Victorian woman became one of the world’s greatest palaeontologists

Dr Adrian Currie, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Exeter, writes for the Conversation UK

University of Exeter academic and partners train Polish torture prevention monitors in monitoring and documenting use of Taser, weapons and restraints

Enhancing the independent monitoring and documenting of the use of weapons and restraints in law enforcement activities was the focus of a capacity-building event for Polish torture prevention monitors on 30 October 2018 in Warsaw. 

Facebook and feuds – the impact of social media on traditional tribal justice in Jordan

Dr Geoffrey Hughes, Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Exeter, writes for the Conversation UK

E-cigarettes should be used more actively to help smokers quit, experts recommend

“Ongoing nervousness” about the use of e-cigarettes in stop-smoking services can be a “significant” barrier to people finding support, research revealed during “Stoptober” shows.


College of Social Sciences and International Studies Alumni Engage with Exeter Scholars Students

On Wednesday 12 September, a panel of alumni from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies attended an Exeter Scholars event, answering questions posed by Year 13 students on this prestigious programme, followed by a networking session.

Booking Now! EASE working group to host Human Behaviour Change for Animals conference

On 20 - 21 October 2018, the EASE (Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics) working group will be hosting the conference ‘Taking HBCA from Principles to Practice’, organised by Human Behaviour Change for Animals (HBCA)

EASE team in Australia at the ISAZ2018 conference

The EASE (Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics) working group from the University of Exeter’s Sociology, Philosophy & Anthropology department 

Professor Tia DeNora elected to prestigious British Academy fellowship

A University of Exeter expert has been elected as a fellow of the prestigious British Academy for her research on the therapeutic value of music making.

Professor Sabina Leonelli wins the 2018 Lakatos Award

Her book Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study, is praised by Selectors as "a ground-breaking, richly interdisciplinary and scientifically-engaged study that productively reframes philosophical conceptions of data".

Professor John Dupré elected President of the The Philosophy of Science Association (PSA)

Congratulations to Professor John Dupré, who will serve a two-year term.

University of Exeter academic honoured for research shaping new national data on police use of force

A University of Exeter expert’s work on a new national reporting system on the use of force for all 43 police forces in England and Wales has earned her a major award.

Social care Japanese style - what we can learn from the world's oldest population

Dr Iza Kavedžija reviews a recent Nuffield Trust report that claimed: "England could learn lessons from Japan to address social care crisis".

Brian Rappert co-convenes International Experts Meeting on Police uses of Lethal Force

A two-day discussion about ways of recording, evaluating and comparing information about deaths following police uses of force around the world.

Leading European Philosophy of Science conference held at Exeter

The event was hosted by Egenis, The Centre for the Study of Life Sciences and the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Evolved masculine and feminine behaviour can be inherited from social environment – not just from genes

The different ways men and women behave, passed down from generation to generation, can be inherited from our social environment – not just from genes, experts have suggested.

University of Exeter expert helping to boost open science in Europe

Dr Sabina Leonelli is helping to boost the amount of science research in Europe which will be openly available for all to read without charge.

Top social scientist boosts Exeter’s research excellence

One of the UK’s leading social scientists is joining the University of Exeter from her previous post as Chief Executive of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).

Listening to music can improve unconscious attitudes towards other cultures

Listening to five minutes of West African or Indian pop music can give the listener more positive attitudes towards those cultures, research from the Universities of Oxford and Exeter has found.

Exeter Primary School Children take on Plato and Aristotle

Great philosophical questions such as ‘What is art?’ and ‘Should you always tell the truth?’, are being debated by Exeter primary school children, with the help of University of Exeter philosophers.

New translation opens a window into the world of the ‘father of genetics’

For decades the “father of genetics” Gregor Mendel has been portrayed as living an isolated, monk-like existence, cut off from society.

Top Think Tank visits Exeter for Research Networking and Partnership Building

On Saturday 3 December, the University of Exeter welcomed a senior delegation from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

University of Exeter student success in international awards

University of Exeter social sciences students have been successful in an academic competition referred to as the “junior Nobel Prize”.

Exeter expert urges scrutiny of genome editing

New methods of genome editing which could increase food production rates in farmed animals require urgent ethical scrutiny, according to a University of Exeter expert.

Official launch of the #RU2Drunk breathalyser scheme in Weymouth

Suspected drunks trying to get into pubs and clubs in Weymouth could be breathalysed and refused entry from Friday 16 September.

ISIS propaganda collected in real time

University of Exeter experts will collect large amounts of propaganda put on the internet by Islamic State terrorists in real time to understand how it radicalises people.

The Annual Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference 2016: “Moral Enhancement”. University of Exeter, 7-8 July 2016.

The annual Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference is taking place this year at the University of Exeter, with the topic of moral enhancement.

£1.5 Million AHRC Grant award for “D4D project”

This project will work across the spectrum of disability, working closely with communities and organisations, and it will seek to enhance agency and challenge discriminatory and excluding practices

New publication by Michael Hauskeller

Published in 'Sociology': a review of Steve Fuller and Veronika Lipinska’s 'The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism'.

Exeter enters global 100 for Social Sciences

The University of Exeter has strengthened its position as being among the very best universities in the world for Social Sciences.

Publication success for MA Anthrozoology students

In just over a year, five MA Anthrozoology students have published articles based on the work they conducted during the course in high-standard peer-reviewed journals.

Sociology achieves league table success

Sociology at the University of Exeter has increased its position in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 rankings. It is now ranked in the top 5 – 3rd in the UK for Sociology, an increase of 10 places over the last year.

Anthropology ranked 6th in Complete University Guide

In its first appearance in the Complete University Guide 2016, the University of Exeter ranked 6th in the country for Anthropology. 

Nuffield appointment for SPA academic

Professor John Dupré, Director of the Egenis research centre, has been appointed to a new genome editing working group established by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

SPA postgraduate organises an Experts Meeting to discuss the use of the electric-shock weapon the TASER™ in the UK.

Abi Dymond, researching Security, Conflict and Justice, worked with her supervisors at Exeter, Professor Brian Rappert, and the University of Bristol, as well as with the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary, University of London and with colleagues at the South  West  Doctoral  Training  Centre, to bring together a wide range of participants. 

Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology Department launching Buddy Scheme after successful pilot

We are now looking to recruit mentors to be a part of the scheme starting in Fresher’s Week 2015.

Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology celebrates notable Research Excellence Framework (REF) success.

The department has been ranked in the top 10 units for Sociology in the UK in the UK government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF), 2014.

Dr Tom Rice introduces BBC Documentary about the slums of Govindpuri in India’s capital, Delhi.

Slum settlements have a strong visual identity. We are used to seeing TV footage of densely packed, ramshackle homes squeezed onto strips of land in inner cities. Dr Tom Rice – a sound anthropologist at The University of Exeter – takes an alternative perspective and explores what a slum sounds like and how this embodies and reflects the local culture.