Plymouth University

Address: Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA


Telephone: 01752 600600

Vice Chancellor: Professor Wendy Purcell

As the enterprise university, Plymouth is an ambitious, world-class institution committed to maximising opportunities through partnership with business, communities and translational research for the benefit of the region and beyond.

The RAE 2008 saw Plymouth named as a top 50 University and the ‘most improved’ with 80% of its research judged as being of international repute, with a particularly strong reputation for computer science and marine research.

Plymouth is home to one of Europe’s largest Marine Institutes and in partnership is building a new world-class marine facility which will house state-of-the-art research facilities, including the most advanced wave tank testing equipment in the UK.

The University is an award-winning leader in knowledge transfer and the largest provider of KTP in the South West. It has been appointed as the manager of two innovation centres in Cornwall, which are designed to drive economic development in the county by working closely with the business community and drawing them into these knowledge bases. The University is also partner in the Peninsula Growth Acceleration and Investment Network – a ‘growth hub’ that brings together investors, researchers, businesses and advisors with a focus on growing enterprise and fostering innovation across the region.

The University has embedded sustainability at all levels of its corporate strategy and in 2010 was voted number one in the People and Planet Green League.

Recent news from Plymouth University

16 April: Dental students win national oral health award
A group of dental students from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry have won a national oral health award relating to their project regarding Sjögren's Syndrome , an …

14 April: Natural Connections and Ecover Blue Mile launch 'Teach on the Beach'
Thousands of schoolchildren could benefit from a new project being launched in partnership between the Ecover Blue Mile and Natural Connections, based at Plymouth University.

9 April: University supports work on ten-year plan for redevelopment of Plymouth Railway Station
Work to create a 10-year masterplan for the redevelopment of Plymouth Railway Station and the surrounding area is now under way.

8 April: Plymouth role in antiobiotic test company
A senior Plymouth scientist is to play a role in a new business which is developing a new, 10-minute test which could indicate to a doctor if a patient requires an antibiotic and, if so, which one.

8 April: Plymouth University defeat old school rivals in annual Varsity event
Plymouth University has extended its winning streak to three in a row in the annual Varsity Championship against the University of St Mark and St John.

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