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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
24 October: Delving inside the minds of dancers
Psychologists awarded almost £250,000 to conduct an in-depth analysis of the mental imagery used to push the boundaries of contemporary dance
23 October: Sailors set course for top spot at student championships
Plymouth University sailor hopes to retain title in BUCS Fleet Sailing competition
23 October: Partnership hope after Chinese conferences
Greater collaborations between academics and students at Plymouth University and in China could be on the cards after two major conferences
22 October: Former Poet Laureate heads for Plymouth
Sir Andrew Motion comes to Plymouth University to tell audiences why poetry is as important as ever in the digital generation
22 October: More children should brush their teeth to halt tooth decay and gum disease
Plymouth University academic Professor Liz Kay contributes to NICE guidelines published today