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Breaking boundaries: Stories of excellence in research

21 April 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Using microscopy to detect microplastics in sea life

A University of Exeter research group has helped to eliminate tonnes of plastic waste entering the sea, improving the health of organisms and the environment.

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6 April 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Improving diabetes diagnosis and care

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed tools which can help clinicians classify what type of diabetes a patient has to ensure they get the best treatment possible and reduce any complications. Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY), is a form of diabetes caused by single gene mutations that is…

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31 March 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Addressing boardroom equality

Professor Ruth Sealy has led reviews into the diversity of leadership groups of large public and private organisations across the UK.

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23 March 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Transforming health policy across Europe

A unique World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Culture and Health (WHO Centre) at the University of Exeter has transformed health policy and practice in Europe.

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18 March 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Improving water services across the UK

Water engineering experts at the University of Exeter have helped achieve significant savings for water companies and increased affordability and high levels of service to UK water customers.

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9 March 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Rediscovering women of Franco era Spain

The history of women and feminism in Spain, erased and hidden during the Franco era, has been rediscovered thanks to researchers at the University of Exeter.

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18 February 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Innovating tourism with apps and augmented reality

Utilising the power of the latest developments in technology, researchers at the University of Exeter have developed an app to enhance the visiting experience for tourists around several cities.

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12 February 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Conserving victorian presentations for future generations

Professor Joe Kember has helped to deliver the world’s largest open access database of Magic Lantern slides. Lantern slides originated in 17th century devices which came to be known as “magic lanterns.”

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11 February 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Analysing competition and trade in food and agriculture

Research at the University of Exeter has analysed competition and trade in food and agricultural markets and developed a framework to forecast retail food prices in the UK.

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5 February 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Supporting the future of open science and data

For many years, scientific research has been hidden behind expensive paywalls, leaving access to new and exciting scientific research inaccessible to the general public. ‘Open science’ is research that is collaborative, transparent and reproducible and whose outputs are publicly available.

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3 February 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Protecting marine biodiversity around the world

University of Exeter research has the protection of marine biodiversity across the world. Researchers at the University of Exeter, along with international collaborators, explored the status, distribution and behaviour of marine vertebrate species which were of commercial or conservational importance.

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17 December 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Support and rehabilitation from traumatic brain injuries

The University of Exeter has identified a direct link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and impulsivity and problems in social reasoning, which are risk factors for young people committing violent and repeated crime.

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10 December 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Suspending the UK’s fast track system for asylum seekers

Research from Dr Nick Gill has directly contributed to the permanent suspension of the UK’s fast track system for asylum seekers.

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3 December 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Reopening debates about the ‘common law marriage myth’

Research at the University of Exeter has influenced and accelerated the introduction of opposite-sex civil partnerships and reopened debates about the ‘common law marriage myth’ and a related need for wider cohabitation law reform.

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23 November 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Changing educators approach to teaching grammar

The University of Exeter has helped to change the way that educators approach teaching grammar and writing to children.

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17 November 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Powered by beetroot

Professor Andy Jones and team have generated a substantial evidence base over the past 12 years for beneficial effects of nitrate-rich dietary supplements on sport and exercise performance as well as cardiovascular and metabolic function.

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13 November 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Using lasers to detect volcanic ash in the sky

Research at the University of Exeter helped avoid closure of UK airspace on two separate occasions in 2017 and 2019.

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5 November 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Warning against major diseases in Brazil

Dr Theo Economou and a research team at the University of Exeter have developed a statistical data modelling framework for prediction of disease burden, and thus warn different regions of Brazil against the threat of major diseases.

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3 November 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Uncovering the ‘Glass Cliff’

Research at the University of Exeter has uncovered a previously unknown phenomenon, in which women are more likely to be appointed to risky and precarious leadership positions in times of crisis. The ‘glass cliff’ is the phrase used to describe this situation. It follows previous research has described the barriers women face…

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2 November 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Setting the marathon world record

For many years running a sub-two hour marathon was considered impossible, but research produced by a team at the University of Exeter underpinned much of the scientific strategy applied by project leaders, Nike and INEOS, to make this a reality.

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