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- 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
30 October: Charley's War comes to Plymouth
The artwork from a comic which depicted the horrors of World War One to audiences young and old is going on show at Plymouth University
30 October: Software boost for architecture students
Plymouth University has become the first in the UK to have access to cutting edge design software which could transform the future of urban planning
30 October: Plymouth University's catering team brings extra food to the table for the city
Surplus meals are redistributed to less fortunate
27 October: Experts call for coordinated management of Channel waters
Partners from the cross-border EU PEGASEAS INTERREG IVa project present a way forward for effectively managing Channel activities.
27 October: Plymouth University receives £1M to develop innovative dementia diagnostic technique
Plymouth University has received £1M to develop an innovative real-time, point-of-care dementia diagnostic technique