Our Research Gallery

Postgraduate research

#1 Postgraduate research

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Research is at the heart of what we do. Our postgraduate and early-career researchers are supported by the Doctoral College, which stimulates, supports and sustains a vibrant research and intellectual environment across and between disciplines for postgraduate and early career researchers.

Professor Michelle Ryan

#2 Professor Michelle Ryan

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Michelle Ryan is Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology, Dean of Postgraduate Research and Director of the University of Exeter Doctoral College. With Alex Haslam, she has uncovered the phenomenon of the glass cliff, whereby women (and members of other minority groups) are more likely to be placed in leadership positions which are risky or precarious. Research into the glass cliff was short listed for the Times Higher Education Supplement Research Project of the Year in 2005 and was named by the New York Times as one of the ideas that shaped 2008.

Professor Michael Winter OBE

#3 Professor Michael Winter OBE

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Michael is a rural policy specialist and a rural social scientist with particular interests in applying inter-disciplinary approaches to policy-relevant research and in direct engagement in the policy process. Alongside his directorship of the Centre for Rural Policy Research he is also Director of the Food Security & Land Research Alliance (encompassing the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, Rothamsted Research, and Duchy College).

Quantum Systems and Nanomaterials

#4 Quantum Systems and Nanomaterials

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The physics of future electronics is largely driven by the needs for reducing the size, enhancing the performances and combining novel functionalities in a single electrical device. The science of. nanoscale systems thrives primarily on the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics. This is leading to the discovery of a new realm of physical properties. Pictured is Research Fellow Laureline Mahe.

Professor Mark Jackson

#5 Professor Mark Jackson

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Mark Jackson is Professor of the History of Medicine and Research Theme Leader for Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter. “Nobody has said ‘no’ to me when I’ve come up with an idea for research. The capacity to say `yes’ to new ideas requires vision and confidence, and there’s a progressive culture of support and expectation at the University.”

Professor Isabelle Baraffe – exploring exoplanets

#6 Professor Isabelle Baraffe – exploring exoplanets

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The study of planets located outside our Solar System is a rapidly growing research area, high on the priorities of UK and European funding agencies. Our activities are based on expertise in theory, numerical simulations, and observations of exoplanets and their atmospheres. We produce research in direct imaging of exoplanets, spectroscopy of exoplanetary atmospheres, and modelling of their evolution.

Biosciences Greenhouse

#7 Biosciences Greenhouse

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Our purpose-built Biosciences Greenhouse has a footprint of 375 m2 divided into three compartments, with independent climate control, supplemental lighting and 57 m2 of bench space with automatic watering. One of the compartments is built to GM plant containment specifications. The three compartments provide conditions for growth of tropical and temperate crop plants for research.

Professor Bill Barnes

#8 Professor Bill Barnes

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Controlling the interaction between light and matter is fundamental to science and to technology – from probing entanglement in quantum physics to harnessing the spectacular information carrying capacity of optical fibres. Nanoscale fabrication techniques, such as electron-beam lithography, allow us to create new materials with increasing sophistication and freedom of design, however controlling light at the nanoscale remains a challenge.