Thank you for your support

Dear Mike and Gill,

We are extremely grateful to you both for your support as founding donors to the Exeter Marine Fund, which together with the support of other donors, is helping to facilitate activity amongst students of all levels studying within the marine sector at Exeter. With your support we have been able to provide grants for 6 student led research projects designed to facilitate and encourage students to ‘think big’. In the 2019-2020 academic year the fund received 24 applications which were reviewed by members of the Exeter Marine steering group. Examples of the types of projects include: marine industry engagement, feasibility studies, interdisciplinary initiatives, research expeditions, community outreach education projects, and extra-curricular activities for student groups.

This report details a summary of the recent highlights from Exeter Marine, as well as demonstrating how your support is helping to change the futures of students in the South West and across the UK. In particular, we hear from Ben and Isla who were awarded an Exeter Marine Student Project Grant to conduct work studying marine soundscapes.

Many thanks once again,

Jessica Greenaway, and all of us at the University of Exeter.

"Thanks to your support, we are able to undertake transformative research to understand how we can protect our marine environments. Donations have already enabled Exeter Marine to access unique locations, undertake innovative research, support student led activity and share our findings internationally to help protect these important natural resources. The Fund enables Exeter to play a crucial role in monitoring and protecting our marine ecosystems and shape positive change in practice, policy and innovation. It is crucial that we continue to invest in this area and in the scientific expertise of the future – we need scientists to continue to measure the challenge and progress we are making to ensure current and future policy is based on good science. With your help, we can continue to do this. Thank you". Professor Brendan Godley Professor of Conservation Science