Plymouth University

Plymouth University

Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
01752 600600
Vice Chancellor
Professor Wendy Purcell


With a mission to “advance knowledge and transform lives through education and research”, Plymouth University is among the emerging global elite of modern higher education institutions. Ranked in the top 300 universities in the world (and the top 50 modern universities) by Times Higher Education, Plymouth is distinguished by its ‘off-the-curve’ approach, combining world-class research and teaching with a commitment to widening participation and social inclusion.

One of the largest universities in the country, with more than 32,000 students, Plymouth has invested more than £300 million in creating a vibrant campus in the heart of the city. It’s home to research and teaching expertise across the academic spectrum: from science and technology to health and medicine; business and entrepreneurship to arts and the humanities. Ranked among the top 50 universities for research, the University also boasts a record 16 teaching fellows, and is the only modern university to launch its own medical and dental school.

The University can trace its roots back to the founding of the School of Navigation in 1862, and that focus on marine excellence continues through to the present day. Its Marine Institute has the broadest research portfolio in Europe, and is now housed in a £19 million, world-class, marine building, with state-of-the-art facilities and wave tank testing equipment that are un-matched anywhere in the UK. It is for this marine and maritime excellence that Plymouth was awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2012 – a year in which it was also shortlisted for University of the Year by Times Higher Education.

Plymouth is the first university in the world to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark, and is the overall best performing institution in the annual People and Planet Green League. And through its leadership of the Growth Acceleration and Investment Network, Plymouth runs more than £100 million of incubation, innovation, science park, and business support assets and services across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.



Recent news from Plymouth University

25 November: Boost for medical and health research in Plymouth
Planning permission has been submitted for a £13M medical and health research facility at Plymouth University

24 November: Historic cancer research partnership launched
The historic cancer research partnership between Plymouth University and Brain Tumour Research has been launched

21 November: Dental students contribute to better oral health for children in rural Nepal
Two dental students from Plymouth University are to travel to rural Nepal to help children there to better oral health

21 November: Working to train future leaders of the NHS
Plymouth University signs agreement with NHS South West Leadership Academy to help train the next generation of health managers

19 November: Export study wins awards at the double
Research into business attitudes to international trade earns two trophies for Plymouth PhD student and Futures centre academics

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