University of Exeter
Exeter 2020 net internal migration by age group bar chart

ANALYSIS  ⁄  ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE

Exeter beset by unaffordable housing, low graduate retention and economically inactive over 50's

Exeter City Council executive ignores key challenges flagged in major council-commissioned employment and skills research report.

  • MONDAY 27 JUNE 2022

    PRISM Exeter Pride month queer science celebration

    Devon network champions LGBTQIA+ STEMM contributors and the impact they have had on young people in queer science competition.

    UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

  • Exeter student house in multiple occupation

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Council consultants confirm 58% of Exeter's university students live in city's residential housing stock

    2021-22 university figures suggest there are now more than 4,500 student HMOs in the city, consistent with ONS findings, with number set to surpass Exeter's council housing provision.

    Karime Hassan, Phil Bialyk, Tony Rowe and Paul Thomas at Sandy Park hotel development site

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    Decision to send council CEO and director to work for Exeter City Futures is "disservice to citizens"

    City council disregards governance, risk and conflict of interest issues despite cross-party challenges and conflates decarbonisation agenda with property development financing scheme.

    NEWSLETTER

    Exeter Digest #9: Pennsylvania petitioners - Devon Pension Fund - University social mobility - Harlequins fate sealed

    Our ninth newsletter is a bumper edition providing plenty of independent public interest journalism to keep you company on long midwinter evenings.

    Pennsylvania housing stock in Sylvan Road, Exeter

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Pennsylvania petitioners expose fifteen years of flawed student accommodation policy-making

    City council policies based on faulty premises, inaccurate information and miscalculated projections have failed to prevent mass student occupation of Exeter residential housing stock despite the proliferation of Purpose Built Student Accommodation across the city.

    Universities social mobility scatter chart showing University of Exeter ranking

    NEWS  ⁄  COMMUNITY & SOCIETY

    University of Exeter ranked bottom of Russell Group and 103rd overall in social mobility league table

    Landmark study by Institute for Fiscal Studies, Sutton Trust and Department for Education finds University of Exeter undergraduates are less likely to come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those that do are less likely to be high earners.

    NEWSLETTER

    Exeter Digest #8: Exeter carbon budget - Electric vehicles are not the answer - COP-EXE climate showcase - Bus shelter subvertising

    In our eighth newsletter, a COP26 special, we review recent climate and environment stories, take a tour through some local winners and losers and present our pick of recent locally-focussed decarbonisation policy analysis.

    Exeter Extinction Rebellion activists fly flag outside COP26 Exeter event at Maketank with COP26 Exeter photography project in window

    REVIEW  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    COP-EXE event showcases local responses to global climate crisis

    Exeter city centre venues last week hosted exhibitions promoting local action to mitigate the climate crisis in tandem with the COP26 conference in Glasgow.

    Exeter City Council climate credentials claim in St Sidwells Point development hoarding

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Greens call for evidence-based Exeter carbon budget as city council clings to net zero rhetoric

    The Net Zero Exeter plan lacks baseline emissions figures, recognised scope definitions and measurement and reporting frameworks, placing the city's decarbonisation agenda at risk. The opportunity for Exeter to demonstrate genuine climate crisis leadership nevertheless remains.

    NEWSLETTER

    Exeter Digest #7: CityPoint pop-ups reprieve - When is a PBSA not a PBSA? - Greta tells it like it is

    In our seventh newsletter we review recent key stories, round up the news in brief and highlight think tank ideas for "community-powered conservatism" and how to deliver for real housing need.

    NEWSLETTER

    Exeter Digest #4: University and council drop development standards - Exe valley under threat - Kinder Exeter community festival

    In the fourth edition of our newsletter we also welcome trainee reporter Jenna McGill to the team and introduce the first Exeter Observer caption competition.

    Clydesdale, Nash and Birks Grange Village redevelopment illustrative elevations

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    University drops environmental standards for huge student flats development with council approval

    University of Exeter and Exeter City Council both ignore own policies in plans to demolish 30 buildings and construct 50,000m2 of new student accommodation, telling us more about their priorities than their climate leadership claims.

    Kinder Exeter community festival on Cathedral Green

    REVIEW  ⁄  COMMUNITY & SOCIETY

    Kinder Exeter community festival brings compassion and colour to city centre

    Week-long event bringing artists, academics, students and communities together for online and outdoor activities was first of planned annual festivals facilitated by Maketank artists' collective.

    NEWSLETTER

    Exeter Digest #3: Devon Pension Fund fossil fuel investment - SW Exeter district heating network - Exeter local election results

    The third edition of our essential newsletter offers something for everyone on sunny bank holiday weekend.

    NEWSLETTER

    Exeter Digest #2: Exeter local elections guide - Majority want net zero by 2030 - Council meetings to resume in person

    With the local elections a week today and a bank holiday weekend on its way we thought we'd publish our second edition a day early to give you extra time to take your pick of our top stories.

    NEWSLETTER

    Exeter Digest #1: Statistics in the balance - Dartmoor Line to reopen - Local elections are coming

    In this first edition of Exeter Observer's email newsletter we introduce our format and bring you up to date with our coverage over the past couple of months.

    Atmospheric rise in carbon dioxide from the industrial revolution to the present

    NEWS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Atmospheric concentration of CO2 now 50% above pre-industrial levels

    Met Office says 2021 will be first year on record in which symbolic threshold breached for more than a few days as UK prepares to host COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

    Climate change mitigation challenges infographic

    NEWS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    University research consortium launches "Accelerate to Net Zero" project

    The GW4 Alliance of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter universities has launched a collaborative project aimed at accelerating decarbonisation across South West England and Wales.

    Clydesdale and Birks development illustrative view

    NEWS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    University plans to demolish 30 buildings to construct ~50,000m2 of new student accommodation

    Permission sought for 1,250 new bedrooms on fifteen acre Streatham campus Clydesdale and Birks development site, half as large again as 1,200 bedroom East Park development.

    Longbrook Street student accommodation development site King Billy public house

    NEWS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Renewed permission sought for Longbrook Street student block

    Developers are seeking to renew previously-granted planning permission for an eight storey 108-bed student accommodation block on the site of the King Billy public house.

    Exeter University & College Union strike third week rally at St. David's Church - Billy Bragg concert

    NEWS  ⁄  COMMUNITY & SOCIETY

    University of Exeter strike ends third week with rally and concert at St. David's Church

    The Exeter branch of the University & College Union (UCU) is taking part in four weeks of national industrial action over pensions, equal pay for female and BAME staff, increasing workloads and the use of casual employment contracts.

    Sally Ride, America's first woman astronaut communicates with ground controllers from the flight deck

    NEWS  ⁄  COMMUNITY & SOCIETY

    University of Exeter PRISM network champions queer STEMM pioneers

    Exeter students celebrated the lives of polar explorer and botanist Elke Mackenzie, inventor, engineer and futurist Nikola Tesla and astronaut and children's author Sally Ride in winning LGBT+ network competition entries.

    Striking University of Exeter history lecturers Dr Jennifer Farrell and Dr Gemma Clark

    NEWS  ⁄  COMMUNITY & SOCIETY

    University of Exeter staff strike over pay, pensions and working conditions

    The Exeter branch of the University & College Union (UCU) is taking part in a national eight day strike for fair pay and pensions, including equal pay for female and BAME staff, and against casualisation and increasing workloads.

    Rhian Keyse speaking at Exeter UCU's anti-casualisation campaign launch

    NEWS  ⁄  COMMUNITY & SOCIETY

    Education union challenges university to address widespread casualisation of teaching staff

    Exeter University & College Union (UCU) launched an anti-casualisation campaign on Friday as a prelude to negotiation with the University of Exeter over academic staff contracts.

    Extreme Imagination - inside the mind's eye exhibition at Exeter RAMM

    REVIEW  ⁄  ARTS & CULTURE

    Extreme Imagination - Inside the Mind's Eye

    University of Exeter research fellow Dr Matthew MacKisack guides us through a RAMM exhibition that explores works by artists, writers and makers with widely varying visual imaginations.

    Exeter St James period housing stock

    COMMENT  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Exeter St James regeneration

    How can the supply of low-cost, incrementally investable city centre accommodation be stimulated to attract and retain creative, technically-skilled young entrepreneurial talent?

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