At a glance
It has been a busy year at Plymouth University. Here are some of the many highlights:
August 2014 - BRAIN TUMOUR RESEARCH becomes an official charity partner of the University, shortly before Plymouth is recognised as a
Centre of Excellence for research into lowgrade brain tumours.
September - QUEEN DRUMMER Roger Taylor, cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber, chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and dancer Wayne Sleep are among a
cast of thousands at graduation 2014.
October - THE PIONEERING CUMBERLAND GP PRACTICE, the first to be run jointly between a university and an NHS primary care provider, celebrates a major milestone when its 1,000th patient registers.
November - THE CURTAIN RISES on the University’s £7 million performing arts centre, The House, opened by acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant.
December - NEARLY TWO-THIRDS of the University’s research is graded as world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
January 2015 - TOPPING THE PEOPLE & PLANET GREEN LEAGUE for the second time, Plymouth is ranked the most sustainable university in the country.
February - PLANS ARE CONFIRMED to redevelop the Plymouth Science Park, a hub for high-growth IT and digital businesses, creating 190 skilled jobs for the city.
March - THE UNIVERSITY OUTREACH TEAM welcomes around 1,000 visitors aged 6–12 to the University as part of British Science Week. The young people explore the latest research and learn about ‘pyromania’ chemistry, marine ecosystems, robotics and engineering.
April - THE UNIVERSITY ACHIEVES its highest ranking yet in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 league table – placing 37th in the world and fourth highest in the UK of those institutions under the age of 50.
May - UNIVERSITY SCIENTISTS are at the centre of two major biological discoveries, with Dr Robert Puschendorf among a team that discovered a new species of glass frog in Costa Rica, and Dr David Bilton, Reader in Aquatic Biology, identifying a new species of diving beetle in South Africa.
June - MORE THAN 5,000 PEOPLE flock to the campus for the Big Festival Weekend. The occasion offers a huge range of events and activities, and also incorporates the Plymouth Respect Festival and HOT ’15 arts degree show.
July - SENIOR FIGURES from the South African government visit the campus to meet University leaders and academics across science, engineering and business sectors and discuss potential collaboration opportunities.