Invenite

Welcome to issue 3 of Invenite, our magazine for alumni, supporters and friends of the University of Plymouth

Introduction from the Vice-Chancellor

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this must be attained.” 

The words of Marie Curie – the first woman to win the Nobel Prize (and also the first to do so twice) – echo throughout the ages. And they have particular relevance for the pursuit of academic excellence. 

Success is so often built upon the stepping stones of our set-backs, and endurance is crucial if our endeavours are to be realised as excellence. In the pages of this, our third edition of Invenite, you’ll find stories that bring this to life.

There are our graduates who’ve questioned themselves deeply in order to unlock the answers to meaningful career development and greater life satisfaction. There are the researchers who’ve pushed back against barriers to make powerful breakthroughs in areas such as antibacterial resistance. And then there is Mark Ormrod, an Honorary Fellow of the University, whose recovery from injury, rehabilitation and redefinition of his life is the subject of our Big Interview. 

Thank you to everyone who has contacted the publication, shared their feedback and contributed to it. We hope you enjoy this issue and continue to enjoy and engage with it. 

Professor Judith Petts CBE
Vice-Chancellor
University of Plymouth

News round-up

  • ‘Ground-breaking’ project seeking to create soil
  • Research links with China strengthened with new PhD network
  • Insight into stem cell behaviour has cancer treatment implications
  • First-of-its-kind marine postgraduate degree launched

Read our news in brief