Plymouth University

The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation.

With a mission to Advance Knowledge and Transform Lives, Plymouth is a top 50 research university with clusters of world class research across a wide range of disciplines including marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. A twice winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education, the University of Plymouth continues to grow in stature and reputation.

It has a strong track record for teaching and learning excellence, and has one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university. With 21,000 students, and a further 17,000 studying for a Plymouth degree at partner institutions in the UK and around the world, and over 100,000 alumni pursuing their chosen careers, it has a growing global presence.

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, with its Marine Institute boasting one of the broadest research portfolios in Europe. It also has some of the country’s most advanced wave tank testing facilities on its campus, which are used in partnership with industry for the development of marine renewable technology.

A serial award winner in the field of sustainability, Plymouth was the first university in the world to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark, and is also the first modern university in the country to launch its own medical school.

Recent news from Plymouth University

19 July: Student launches radically different prosthetic breast design for women after cancer surgery
Rosie Brave and her business partner are running a crowdfunder to enable them to begin production of new Feel Good Breast Forms

17 July: Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies receives Honorary Doctorate
University honours the most senior medical adviser in the land

17 July: Peatlands of Dartmoor could be crucial in fight against climate change
University researchers showed that areas with peat forming vegetation are increasing in depth by up to 10mm each year

16 July: Limits on pot fishing can result in win-win for fishermen and marine wildlife
The University has led the first major study into the impact of inshore potting for crab and lobster within a Marine Protected Area

12 July: Hospital gowns retain superbugs even after disinfectant use, research shows
The study showed that C difficile - a bacteria that can cause severe diarrhoea, bowel complications and even death - is surviving on surgical gowns

Plymouth University
Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
01752 600600
Vice Chancellor
Professor Judith Petts CBE