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- 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
27 January: Plymouth backs government report on university and business collaboration
UK must commit to closing research and development gap on global rivals
27 January: Funding for pulmonary rehabilitation study in East Africa
Trial will assess methods to address chronic lung disease, which affects one in five of the adult population
27 January: Mapping the deep
Pioneering marine protection
27 January: Science and art at 10th Contemporary Music Festival
Biocomputer that can play piano and audio-visual representation of Motor Neurone Disease among the highlights at Peninsula Arts event
20 January: Ford Park Primary School gets dental health advice
Dental students from Plymouth University have taken good oral health awareness to pupils at Ford Park Primary School in Plymouth