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We have an outstanding international reputation for applying a systems-thinking approach to our world-leading and impactful marine and maritime research, teaching and innovation.  
We are committed to aligning the University’s ‘Strategy 2030’ with the UK’s Maritime and Net Zero strategies, the South West’s regional development and levelling-up plan, as well as Plymouth’s positioning as ‘Britain’s Ocean City’. 
Pioneering research conducted through the Marine Institute responds to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, influencing key policies, practices and public perception of marine issues.
We offer one of the broadest portfolios of marine-related courses and our alumni are influencing UN Committees, government agencies and action on the frontlines of sustainability research and development. 

University of the Year: Times Higher Education Awards 2022  

We are proud to be shortlisted for University of the Year, acknowledging our international reputation for marine research and teaching, in addition to years of focus, investment and impact. 
The Times Higher Education Awards aim to exemplify the talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and teams across all aspects of university life in the UK and Ireland.

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World-leading marine research, teaching and innovation

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Supporting our partners to succeed

Marine Research Plymouth

The University of Plymouth, the Marine Biological Association and Plymouth Marine Laboratory have joined forces to launch Marine Research Plymouth.
Collectively hosting the largest number of marine scientists in any UK city – and the greatest number of undergraduate and postgraduate marine students anywhere in the country – the partnership aims to cement the city's place as the UK's go-to location for marine and ocean science.
Marine Research Plymouth will encourage joint investment in research appointments and support the sharing of capabilities, equipment and facilities. It will also ensure Plymouth is even better-placed to attract further funding for initiatives that can advance knowledge and understanding of the oceans.
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It is critical that we have a world-class University on our doorstep. The Marine Research Plymouth partnership between the University, Marine Biological Association and Plymouth Marine Laboratory will allow us to think big, be more competitive and be a powerhouse of ocean science.

Professor Willie Wilson FMBA, Director, Marine Biological Association

Our fruitful relationship has accelerated the Royal Navy’s shift towards greater use of remotely operated and autonomous systems, and we are now adopting this game-changing technology in the underwater environment.

Vice Admiral Andrew Burns CB OBE, Fleet Commander, Royal Navy

The University’s internationally leading reputation in marine science and engineering and its collaborative working have a significant positive impact on marine innovation and opportunities for levelling-up.

Adrian Bratt, Executive Director, Princess Yachts; Chair, CBI Regional Council (SW); Director, British Marine

The University continues to excite, innovate, and strengthen Plymouth’s reputation around the world.

Tracey Lee, Chief Executive of Plymouth City Council

Bringing together arts and marine

All disciplines benefit from our marine strengths

Dr Kate Crawfurd and Professor Jason Hall-Spencer with the Ocean Organ project

The Ocean Organ
A collaboration to visualise ocean acidification with artist and marine biologist Dr Kate Crawfurd together with Professor Jason Hall-Spencer.

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Song of the Sea: listening to climate change in action
Interpreting the complex story of climate change through the medium of music.

Arts Institute research cluster: Environmental Cultures

Environmental Cultures
Recognising how the arts, culture and the humanities are inextricably bound up with environmental challenges.

Nurturing a new generation of ocean explorers

Ocean exploration doesn’t just take place hundreds of miles off the coast – our cutting-edge marine facilities lie at the threshold of land and sea.

In Plymouth, we are fortunate enough to be blessed with local fieldwork locations that present us with a rich petri dish of marine biodiversity.

Globally relevant marine degrees

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