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University is a public university based predominantly in Plymouth, England where the main campus is located, but the university has campuses and affiliated colleges across South West England. With 21,645 students, it is the 38th largest in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
by total number of students (including the Open University). It has 2,915 staff.[6] Whilst the university has been known as Plymouth
University since June 2011 as a result of a rebrand, the formal name and legal title of the university remains "University of Plymouth".[8]


1 History 2 Campus

2.1 Derriford Research Facility 2.2 Roland Levinsky building 2.3 Student accommodation

3 Organisation and administration

3.1 Coat of arms

4 Academic profile

4.1 Faculty of Arts and Humanities 4.2 Faculty of Health and Human Sciences 4.3 Faculty of Science and Engineering 4.4 Faculty of Business 4.5 Plymouth
University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry 4.6 Academic Partnerships 4.7 Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 4.8 Reputation and rankings

5 Notable academics 6 Notable alumni 7 Students' Union 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] The university was originally a Polytechnic Institute, with its constituent bodies being Plymouth
Polytechnic, Rolle College, the Exeter College of Art and Design
Exeter College of Art and Design
(which were, before April 1989, run by Devon County Council) and Seale-Hayne College
Seale-Hayne College
(which before April 1989 was an independent charity). It was renamed Polytechnic South West in 1989 and remained as this until gaining university status in 1992 along with the other polytechnics. The new university absorbed the Plymouth
School of Maritime Studies. In 2006 part of the remains of the World War II Portland Square air-raid shelter were rediscovered on the Plymouth
campus.[9] On the night of 22 April 1941, during the Blitz, a bomb fell here killing over 70 civilians, including a mother and her six children.[9] The bomb blast was so violent that human remains were found in the tops of trees. Only three people escaped alive, all children. The university's first Vice-Chancellor
was John Bull. He was succeeded by Roland Levinsky until his death on 1 January 2007, when he walked into live electrical cables brought down during a storm.[10] He was temporarily replaced by Mark Cleary (now VC of the University of Bradford),[11] and then by Steve Newstead. Wendy Purcell became VC on 1 December 2007. She was placed on leave on 2 July 2014 by the University's governors while an internal review is conducted.[12] A month later the Higher Education Funding Council for England
Higher Education Funding Council for England
requested an independent external review of the university's governance.[13] In August 2014, the university was instructed by HEFCE to undertake an external review of its governance after vice-chancellor, Wendy Purcell was placed on leave.[14] Judith Petts, CBE, was appointed the University of Plymouth’s Vice-Chancellor
and Chief Executive in February 2016. She joined Plymouth
from the University of Southampton
University of Southampton
where she had been Pro- Vice-Chancellor
Research and Enterprise and previously the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (2010-13). The university was selected by the Royal Statistical Society
Royal Statistical Society
in October 2008 to be the home of its Centre for Statistical Education.[15] It also runs courses in maritime business, marine engineering, marine biology,[16] and Earth, ocean & environmental sciences. Campus[edit] When university status was gained in 1992, the university was based in various locations. Under Vice-Chancellor
Levinsky the university began a policy of centralising its campus activities in Plymouth. The Exmouth
campus – Rolle College
Rolle College
– housed the Faculty of Education and relocated to the new Rolle Building in August 2008. The decision was unpopular with students and the town of Exmouth
itself. There were several protest marches and a campaign to keep the campus open.[17] Completed developments include Portland Square, a library extension, refurbished and new laboratory and teaching facilities in many of the campus buildings, halls of residence near the Business School and a new £16 million Peninsula Medical School
Peninsula Medical School
headquarters at Derriford, in the north of the city.[18] A Marine Building has been constructed behind the Babbage Building to house civil engineering, coastal engineering and marine sciences. An exception to the trend of centralising activities are the university's extensive activities in education for the health professions. In addition many of its students are taught at Further Education Colleges throughout Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, such as South Devon College. A building which opened in 2008 is shared between the Peninsula Medical School
Peninsula Medical School
and the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences. Derriford Research Facility[edit] Opening in 2017, the Derriford Research Facility, sees the university investing in biomedical research infrastructure, providing state-of-the-art laboratories and a collaborative environment for University researchers and university partners.

The Roland Levinsky Building

Roland Levinsky building[edit] The Roland Levinsky Building, designed by architects Henning Larsen with Building Design Partnership, is clad with copper sheets in a seamed-cladding technique, is nine storeys high and has 13,000 square metres (140,000 sq ft) of floor space.[19] The Faculty of Arts, previously based in Exmouth
and Exeter moved here in August 2007. The building contains two large lecture theatres, the Jill Craigie Cinema, used by the film students to display their films and for showing of films to the public; three performance rehearsal studios; digital media suites; and a public art gallery which displays work by local artists groups, students and famous artists. Student accommodation[edit] University-managed or approved accommodation in the first year of study is guaranteed for all applicants who choose Plymouth
as their first choice institution.[20]The university provides an approved accommodation database, which is available to all continuing students. Special
accommodation arrangements can be made for students with disabilities or medical conditions. Organisation and administration[edit] Plymouth
is a modern university that has undergone a great deal of development, including several new buildings. Coat of arms[edit] The Arms, Crest, Badge and Supporters forming the university’s Coat of Arms were granted on 10 April 2008, in Grant 173/189, by the College of Arms.[21] The books represent the university’s focus on learning and scholarship. The scattering of small stars, represent navigation, which has played a key role in the history of the city and the university. The scallop shells in gold, represents pilgrimage, a sign of the importance of the departure of the Pilgrim Fathers from a site near the Mayflower Steps
Mayflower Steps
in the Barbican aboard the Mayflower
in 1620. A Pelican and a Golden Hind
Golden Hind
support the shield and reflect both the original and later, better known, name of Sir Francis Drake’s ship. The crest contains the Latin motto, "Indagate Fingite Invenite" which translates as "Explore Dream Discover" and is a quote from Mark Twain, reflecting the university's ambitions for its students and Plymouth's history of great seafarers. The Letters Patent
Letters Patent
granting Arms to the University of Plymouth
were presented by Eric Dancer, Lord Lieutenant
Lord Lieutenant
of Devon, in a ceremony on 27 November 2008, in the presence of Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, York Herald of the College of Arms, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Plymouth, Judge William Taylor, the Recorder of Plymouth, and Baroness Judith Wilcox.[22] The Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
are rarely seen in use, other than at graduation. The university uses the 'with Plymouth
University' brand on stationery and signs and keeps the Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
exclusive. The use of the arms is therefore restricted to graduations and other formal ceremonies, degree certificates and associated materials and the exclusive use by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.[citation needed] Academic profile[edit]

The Portland Square Building

A wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are taught at the main city campus in Plymouth. The university scores well in law, psychology, geographical sciences, computing (including digital media) and computer science, fine art and art history.[23] Key developments include: the creation of a new Business School; bringing together complementary subjects in a new combined faculty of Science and Engineering; and creating the largest Marine Science and Engineering School in Europe.[citation needed] Faculty of Arts and Humanities[edit] This faculty is host to the School of Art, Design and Architecture, the School of Humanities and Performing Arts, and the Plymouth Institute of Education. Arts subjects are usually taught in the Roland Levinsky building and the Scott building, a 19th-century building located next to Roland Levinsky which was modernised externally in 2008 to keep to the university's current design. The faculty offers degrees in Architecture, English, History, Art History, 3D Design, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Media Arts, Theatre & Performance and Dance Theatre. Advanced research is available across the disciplines in all three Schools, including via the innovative international Planetary Collegium
Planetary Collegium
in new media art. Faculty of Health and Human Sciences[edit] Home to the Schools of Psychology, Social Science and Social Work, Health Professions, and Nursing and Midwifery. As well as PGCE programmes, the Faculty offers degrees Adult Nursing, Child Health Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Midwidery, Dietetics, Optometry, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Paramedicine. Faculty of Science and Engineering[edit] This faculty is home to the School of Biological and Marine Sciences, the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Studies, and the School of Engineering. The university provides professional diving qualifications on a number of its courses, the only university in the country to do so. The university's diving centre is located within its Marine Station teaching and research facility based next to Queen Anne's Battery Marina, and has a full-time team of instructors and dedicated boats and equipment.[citation needed] In October 2005, The Sun newspaper voted the university as having the most bizarre degree course in the country, the BSc (Hons) in Surf Science & Technology. Commonly known as "surfing", this course is actually centred on coastal/ocean sciences, surfing equipment/clothing design and surfing-related business, which has its popularity increased by the geographical location of the university. Faculty of Business[edit] The faculty is home to the Plymouth
Business School, the School of Law, Criminology and Government, the Plymouth
Graduate School of Management and the School of Tourism and Hospitality. Plymouth's Business School has most notably been very successful in national rankings by subject, where subjects like economics have ranked 16th, according to The Guardian.[24] Plymouth
Graduate School of Management also offers Maritime Studies through the B.Sc. (Hons) Maritime Business and Maritime Law and the M.Sc. in International Shipping. The university has strong links with the cruising industry, offering courses in the Maritime and Cruising sector. The school offers BSc (Hons) in Cruise Management, where students can opt to take a year out to work with P&O or Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises
for a period of two, four-month periods.[25] Plymouth
University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry[edit] Medicine and Dentistry were first established as part of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in 2000, which operated as a partnership between Plymouth
University and the University of Exeter.[26] In January 2012 the two founding members of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD) the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, outlined their plans to expand independently and grow the success of the now nationally recognised professional health education provider. These changes came into effect from the start of the 2013 academic year. PUPSMD consists of the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry, and the School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences. Academic Partnerships[edit] The Academic Partnerships network is a collaboration between the university and local colleges across the South West and South of the country, from Penzance to Jersey. There are hundreds of higher education courses available providing opportunities for progression to other qualifications. For example, someone who has spent two years studying for a foundation degree at their local college – and who has successfully passed their exams – can move on to the final year of a full honours degree at the university.

Bicton College Bridgwater College City of Bristol College City College Plymouth Cornwall College Exeter College Greenwich School of Management
Greenwich School of Management
(GSoM), London Petroc Plymouth
College of Art and Design (until 2006) Truro and Penwith College Somerset College South Devon College

AP Associates include:

Tor Bridge High Highlands College, Jersey Strode College Weymouth College

is the main sponsor of Marine Academy Plymouth.[27] It is also the main sponsor of UTC Plymouth, which opened in September 2013. Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning[edit] In 2005 the university was awarded four HEFCE funded Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs). In addition, Plymouth
was a partner in a fifth successful bid, led by Liverpool Hope University.[citation needed] The university's CETLs are:

Centre for Excellence in Professional Placement Learning (CEPPL) Experiential Learning in the Environmental and Natural Sciences Higher Education Learning Partnerships CETL Centre for Sustainable Futures (Education for Sustainable Development) Learn Higher

Reputation and rankings[edit]


Global rankings

CWTS Leiden[28] (2017, world) 739

QS[29] (2018, world) 701-750

QS[30] (2018, national) 64th of 76

THE[31] (2018, world) 401-500

THE[32] (2018, national) 57th of 93

National rankings

Complete[33] (2018, national) 77th of 129

The Guardian[34] (2018, national) 78th of 121

Times/Sunday Times[35] (2018, national) joint 86th of 129

British Government assessment

Teaching Excellence Framework[36] Bronze

University ranks in the top 2% of degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide, in the CWUR World University Rankings 2017. In The Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2018, Plymouth
University's world ranking was listed as joint 701st[37] and 701-750 in QS World University Rankings
QS World University Rankings
2018.[38] Times Higher Education
Times Higher Education
ranked Plymouth
between 401 and 500 in its World University Rankings 2017–18,[39] and ranked it 65th among 200 institutions in its World Young University Rankings 2017.[40] The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework showed that, overall, Plymouth
was ranked joint 66 of 128 UK institutions, rising 9 places from the previous Research Assessment Exercise in 2008.[41] Across all assessed subject areas Plymouth
showed substantial evidence of 3* (internationally excellent) and 4* (world leading) research, and this was particularly evident in Clinical Medicine, Computer Sciences & Informatics, Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience, and Earth Systems & Environmental Sciences, where 79-85% of research was ranked as 3* or 4*.[42] Plymouth
was the first university to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark, in recognition of working as a genuine social enterprise, caring for communities and protecting the planet. Notable academics[edit] See also: Category:Academics of the University of Plymouth Staff include political scientists Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher, who have written extensively on electoral systems, voting behaviour, polling results and British politics
British politics
and have regularly appeared on national television election programmes for both the BBC and ITV. Other notable academics include Roy Lowry[43] who, in August 2006, broke the world record for launching the most rockets at once;[44] Iain Stewart who has fronted BBC documentaries such as Journeys into the Ring of Fire and Journeys from the Centre of the Earth; Alexis Kirke an internationally-known interdisciplinary performer and artist; Angela Smith who has published several celebrated works on the subject of gender and 20th Century warfare; choreographer Adam Benjamin, co-founder of Candoco Dance Company; and sociologist John Scott, a leading expert on elites, power, social stratification, and social network analysis. Jacqueline Andrade is a professor of psychology and associate head of the School for Research in the School of Psychology.[45][46] Notable alumni[edit] See also: Category:Alumni of the University of Plymouth Alumni include the world's youngest single-handed cross-Atlantic sailor Seb Clover, BBC wildlife presenter Monty Halls, Baroness Wilcox, ( Plymouth
Polytechnic), Jane Wilson-Howarth, a travel writer. Students' Union[edit] Main article: University of Plymouth
Student Union The University of Plymouth
Students' Union, usually abbreviated "UPSU" is a non-profit making organisation. Each year, students elect the officers who will represent them for the following year. The Union offers a range of services and stages a number of events throughout the year. As well as events, the Union is the base for most of the sports teams and societies at the university. The Students' Union has a garden that has been set up by the Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF) which the students can use. See also[edit]

School of Management, Greenwich, south-east London Schumacher College


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