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PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY is a public university based predominantly in Plymouth
, England where the main campus is located, but the university has campuses and affiliated colleges all over South West England . With 23,155 students, it is the 30th largest in the United Kingdom by total number of students (including the Open University ). It has 2,915 staff.

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".


* 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


The university was originally a Polytechnic Institute , with its constituent bodies being Plymouth
Polytechnic, Rolle College , the Exeter College of Art and Design (which were, before April 1989, run by Devon County Council ) and 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. 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. 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. He was temporarily replaced by Mark Cleary (now VC of the University of Bradford ), 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. A month later the Higher Education Funding Council for England requested an independent external review of the university's governance. 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.

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 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 in October 2008 to be the home of its Centre for Statistical Education. It also runs courses in maritime business, marine engineering, marine biology, and Earth, ocean "> The Roland Levinsky Building


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. 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.


University-managed or approved accommodation in the first year of study is guaranteed for all applicants who choose Plymouth
as their first choice institution. 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.


is a modern university that has undergone a great deal of development, including several new buildings.


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 .

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 in the Barbican aboard the Mayflower
in 1620. A Pelican and a 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 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 .

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.


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. 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.


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 ">

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 "> 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, which are considered among the best in the field.

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 vertical-align: top;">

* Bicton College * Bridgwater College * City of Bristol College * City College Plymouth
* Cornwall College * Exeter College * 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
. It is also the main sponsor of UTC Plymouth
, which opened in September 2013.


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 . 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


Rankings QS (2018, national) 64

QS (2018, world) 701-750

THE (2016/17, national) 51

THE (2016/17, world) 351-400

CWTS Leiden (2017, world) 696

Complete (2018, national) 77

The Guardian (2018, national) 78

Times/Sunday Times (2017, national) 80

University ranks in the top 2% of degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide, in the CWUR World University Rankings. In The Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2017, Plymouth
University's world ranking was listed as joint 651st and 701-750 in QS World University Rankings 2018. Times Higher Education ranked Plymouth
between 351st and 400th in its World University Rankings 2016–17, and ranked it 65th in its World Young University Rankings 2017.

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. 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 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.


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 , Arron Dickens ( Cornwall College Campus), Baroness Wilcox , ( Plymouth
Polytechnic), Jane Wilson-Howarth
Jane Wilson-Howarth
, a travel writer.


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.


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


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