Languages in a Global World 2021: Susannah Poulton

This years ‘Languages in a Global World’ event took place virtually in mid-June. Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter, Professor Lisa Roberts, introduced Susannah Poulton, who is an International Trade Adviser at the Department for International Trade and a graduate of Spanish and German, in conversation with Professor Janice Kay. 

The conversation was followed by a Q&A chaired by Professor Sally Faulkner, Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Europe) and Professor of Hispanic and Film Studies. Questions were submitted by school students in advance of the event and preselected accordingly.

The full video of this event can be viewed below.

Exeter student wins writing competition

A third year English student at the University of Exeter has won a Young Writers Short Story award.

Black Bin Bags by Kirsten Udall, won the Young Writers Short Story award in The Bedford Competition International Writing Awards.

When I wrote Black Bin Bags, it was playing around with emotion,” said Kirsten.

“Whenever I approach any story, or creative writing piece, it’s usually leading with the emotion of the primary character involved and in this instance I wanted to play around with the seven stages of grief. I feel like anger is one of the stages which gets ignored or neglected, so I wanted to play with big, great, glorious rage and see what comes of it.”

Grandfather’s World War Two experience inspires new epic from UK’s youngest film director

The UK’s youngest feature film director has been inspired by his great-grandfather’s epic battle for survival during World War Two for his debut movie.

University of Exeter history student Elliott Hasler was inspired by his great-grandfather’s own experiences. WWII – The Long Road Home depicts an escaped British POW’s epic battle for survival whilst on the run in war-torn Italy, as his wife and young son anxiously await news in England.

Elliott said: “My inspiration came in two forms. There was the creative element which came from my love of epic cinema, in particular the films of David Lean such as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, and also in a narrative sense in that I’d grown up hearing these stories about my great-grandfather and his wartime exploits, passed down by another member of the family. I’d always been fascinated by them and their epic nature. So really the two went hand in hand in terms of giving it the ‘movie treatment’.”

The film is available from HMV and Amazon as well as streaming service.

Watch the trailer below:

Global recognition for Exeter Arts and Humanities with top 100 world ranking

The flourishing international reputation and research strengths of the University of Exeter’s Arts and Humanities subjects have once again been recognised in the latest sector rankings.

The influential Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings have placed Arts and Humanities in the top 100 globally.

Professor Jo Gill, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter said: “We are delighted to have maintained our strong position in these rankings.

“It is a true reflection of the excellent quality of research and teaching in all disciplines, as well as the dynamic and stimulating atmosphere found within the College. Colleagues and students alike can feel very proud of this outstanding outcome.”