Plymouth University began in 1862 as the School of Navigation for which Tectona was the sail training ketch between 1964 and 1980, used to give seagoing experience to students. Since then she has been again showing her amazing fitness for purpose as a sail training vessel, with Tectona Trust loaning her free of charge to the Island Trust who make many voyages out of Plymouth with their highly qualified crew.
In 2016, over 600 young people sailed with the Trust, many of whom were disadvantaged or disabled and all of whom were encouraged to achieve so much more than they thought themselves capable of, with leadership, team-working, interpersonal and other key employability skills developed along the way. In the case of Plymouth University they add value and a unique experience to our students' maritime degree courses, and our engagement in Tectona Trust Voyages of Recovery (adventure sailing for people in recovery from drug addiction) enables a deep learning experience for our medical students.
The Tectona Trustees board includes two Plymouth University alumni and two former academic members of staff.