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 August: University prepares to host UK teachers on international education expedition
Participants in EarthEcho Expeditions: What's the Catch? will explore a broad range of fisheries-related issues and solutions

16 August: Research asks if ‘Poldark effect’ threatens sense of Cornish identity
PhD student Alex Rowe is investigating whether the programme has led to locals experiencing 'heritage dissonance'

15 August: Scientists receive funding to explore new theories in quantum physics
The University is home to world-leading experts in theoretical physics and mathematical sciences

14 August: Marine researcher and graduate meet Nobel-nominated climate activist
Dr Imogen Napper and Emily Stevenson were among those meeting teenager Greta Thunberg as she left Plymouth for a voyage to New York

14 August: Soil erosion image to feature in national showcase of science photography
The picture was captured during the Jali Ardhi project led by Professor of Catchment Science Will Blake

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