Plymouth University

Plymouth University

Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
01752 600600
Vice Chancellor
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

7 October: Review addresses value and waste in biomedical research
A review published in The Lancet has addressed the twin issues of value for money and waste in biomedical research

7 October: Study shows impact of poverty and gender on children’s welfare
New research shows that children all over the world are more likely to be at risk if they’re female and below the poverty line.

7 October: Actress and comedienne heads for Plymouth International Book Festival
Helen Lederer is a familiar face to TV audiences, having worked on shows including Bottom, Absolutely Fabulous, Hollyoaks, Naked Video and Doctors

6 October: Asylum campaigner and writer to talk at 2015 Plymouth International Book Festival
Bidisha began writing for publications at 14, signing her first book deal two years later, and is a Booker Prize Foundation trustee and journalist

6 October: Academic hosts BBC4 documentary about oil production
Planet Oil: The Treasure that Conquered the World is a three-part series presented by Professor of Geoscience Communication, Iain Stewart

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