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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
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
21 October: World-first film aims to improve children’s oral health
For the first time in the world, immersive vision technology has been used to produce an animated film designed to improve the oral health of children
21 October: General Medical Council commissions first UK-wide evaluation of medical revalidation
Plymouth University leads a team commissioned by the General Medical Council to carry out the first UK-wide evaluation of medical revalidation
16 October: What the authors say about #PIBF2014
Ahead of the Plymouth International Book Festival, read what three of the authors who will grace its opening weekend will be bringing to Plymouth