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
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
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and
* 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
Rolle College , the
Exeter College of Art and Design (which were, before April 1989, run
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
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
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
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
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
ROLAND LEVINSKY BUILDING
Roland Levinsky Building, designed by architects Henning Larsen
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.
ORGANISATION AND ADMINISTRATION
Plymouth is a modern university that has undergone a great deal of
development, including several new buildings.
COAT OF ARMS
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
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.
Letters Patent granting Arms to the University of
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 .
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.
FACULTY OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
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
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
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City of Bristol College
* City College
* Exeter College
Greenwich School of Management (GSoM), London
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
Plymouth is the main sponsor of Marine Academy
Plymouth . It is also
the main sponsor of UTC
Plymouth , which opened in September 2013.
CENTRES FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING
In 2005 the university was awarded four
HEFCE funded Centres for
Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs). In addition,
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
* Learn Higher
REPUTATION AND RANKINGS
(2018, national) 64
(2018, world) 701-750
(2016/17, national) 51
(2016/17, world) 351-400
(2017, world) 696
(2018, national) 77
(2018, national) 78
(2017, national) 80
Plymouth 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
Plymouth University's world ranking was listed as joint
651st and 701-750 in
QS World University Rankings 2018. Times Higher
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,
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,
Candoco Dance Company; and sociologist John Scott , a
leading expert on elites, power, social stratification, and social
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
Alumni include the world's youngest single-handed cross-Atlantic
Seb Clover , BBC wildlife presenter
Monty Halls , Arron Dickens
Cornwall College Campus),
Baroness Wilcox , (
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
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