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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
22 December: Plymouth role in East Africa chronic lung disease study
Plymouth University researchers have played a role in a study investigating chronic lung disease in East Africa
22 December: Study examines websites' password practices
Plymouth University research shows online retailers and social networking sites could do more to campaign for better password practices.
18 December: Early Christmas present for Big Issue thanks to dental sponsorship
The Big Issue has received an early Christmas present from Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise, in the form of tabards for its vendors
18 December: Robots tune up for unique BBC performance
Plymouth University’s robots footballers bid to wow audiences with their musical skills after being invited to take part in a major event on the BBC
18 December: Plymouth recognised for world-leading clinical medicine research
Around 80 per cent of clinical medicine research at Plymouth University has been identified as world-leading or of international quality