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


I always enjoy meeting our alumni. It is fascinating to hear stories of how studying at the University has unlocked all manner of possibilities, enabled people to fulfil their ambitions, and ensured they are having real influence and impact in countries around the world. This year has offered many opportunities to catch up with Plymouth alumni, with a variety of celebration events marking our three decades of university status. From the conversations I have had there and elsewhere, I know our continued success is a source of great pride to everyone.
During the past year, the ongoing situation in Ukraine has never been far from our thoughts. Our University community has pulled together, providing homes for families impacted by the invasion and opportunities for students to continue their studies. We have twinned with two of the country’s universities, the State University of Infrastructure and Technology in Kyiv and the Kherson State Maritime Academy. The initial focus has been to enable them to continue to function despite everything going on around them, but we are already discussing opportunities to expand our partnerships in the future. 
You can read about these efforts in this edition of Invenite, which also includes evidence of how the University’s staff, students and graduates are addressing many of our most pressing global challenges. You will also see the impact of our work here in the South West, as a further demonstration – if it was needed – that our University’s influence truly knows no bounds.
I hope you enjoy this edition, and please do keep in touch.
Professor Judith Petts CBE
University of Plymouth

News round-up

  • Calling for a global push to eliminate space debris
  • A showcase of our research at COP27 
  • A transformation of our campus 
  • Plymouth days: a celebration of our global alumni community 
Dr Imogen Napper (picture by Eleanor Burfitt)
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