Welcome to issue 5 of Invenite, our magazine for alumni, supporters and friends of the University of Plymouth

Much has changed in our world since I last wrote to you via the pages of Invenite. Let me say at the outset that I hope that you, our University of Plymouth alumni and supporters, are safe and well, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

For the staff and students here, these past 12 months have forced us to consider how we continue to nurture our academic community when the face-to-face dynamic upon which it is founded is fundamentally challenged.

I am proud to say that they have been equal to that challenge: through tireless endeavour and collegiate collaboration finding practical and effective solutions. With empathy and compassion, they have supported one another in juggling family commitments and a rapidly changing working environment. The result is that together, in just a matter of weeks, the University achieved things that it would take most institutions years to implement.

Our ability to respond and redefine the way we do things is one of the reasons why I am so confident in the future of our University. It is a confidence that I see reflected in the themes of this publication.

We are attracting leading academics, strengthening our existing areas of international excellence and growing our research expertise in new and emerging fields. We are reshaping our estate through a visionary campus masterplan, one that is helping to regenerate important areas of the city of Plymouth in the process. And we are continuing to produce remarkable graduates, who are building vibrant businesses and exciting careers based upon ‘doing what they love’.

It may take time for society and the economy to recover and rebuild, but I am sure that our University will play an important role in that process, whether locally or beyond. I have no doubt that the University of Plymouth will continue to respond to any challenges with great confidence and resilience. As our community of friends and graduates, you are crucial in our future success. Thank you for all you do for our University.

I hope that you enjoy this issue, and stay safe.

Professor Judith Petts CBE
University of Plymouth

News round-up

  • Scientists scaling new heights in search for microplastics
  • Responding to coronavirus
  • D-Day discovery by wartime history expert
  • Funding awarded to create national test facility for renewable technology

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