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- Professor David Coslett
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 September: Elderly will take medical risks given large enough benefits, study shows
Older people are more likely to take medical risks than younger adults if they perceive the benefits to be high enough, according to new research
27 September: Promotion for Plymouth University dental educator
Dr. Cathy Coelho from Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry has been promoted to Senior Lecturer
26 September: Washing clothes releases thousands of microplastic particles into environment, study shows
An average washing load could release 137,951 fibres from polyester-cotton blend fabric, 496,030 fibres from polyester and 728,789 from acrylic
26 September: OPINION: Time to get our teeth into improving children’s oral health
With yet another report condemning the state of children's oral health, Professor Elizabeth Kay from Plymouth University has her say
26 September: Plymouth academics take alternative view of history
Histories of the Unexpected will be broadcast on Dan Snow's History Hit and aims to demonstrate that anything can have a fascinating history