Ashfords LLP Scholarship winners celebrate at Graduation

The Ashfords Prizes and Scholarships have been led by Professor Richard Thompson OBE FRS, Director of the University’s Marine Institute. Over the course of the partnership 16 students have benefited from the law firms’ support.

He said of the prize: “This is the third year of this generous support from Ashfords and we are pleased to partner with them again to recognise students with real promise in the field of environmental research.The University of Plymouth has an excellent reputation for its research and teaching across the marine sector. Our students are a key part of that with many of our undergraduate and master’s students getting their research published in the peer reviewed literature. Wining a prize or scholarship is a fantastic way to start your career – well done to all.”

Professor Kevin Jones, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, added: “We are proud of the work our students do in this field and it is encouraging to have a local firm supporting them in this way. It has been a difficult 18 months for our students but their resilience and determination is recognised as they graduate and we welcome Ashfords to be a part of this celebration.”

Marine Institute 

The University’s Marine Institute is the first and largest such institute in the UK. 

We provide the external portal to our extensive pool of world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities, enabling us to understand the relationship between the way we live, the seas that surround us and the development of sustainable policy solutions. 

We are integrating our multidisciplinary expertise in marine and maritime research, education and innovation to train new scientists, engineers, policy-makers, artists, technicians and business managers of the future. 

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Ashfords Marine Research Prize


Ashfords LLP has generously committed a £2,000 donation which will be divided between four students – a winner, runner up, and two honourable mentions.

The prize is open to current undergraduate students whose final year research project relates to the marine sector.

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Ashfords Scholarship

The Marine Institute has secured funding to support two scholarships to enable current final-year undergraduate students to continue their education at the University via a marine-related postgraduate masters level course.

This scheme has been made possible via a generous donation from Ashfords Solicitors with a key aim of helping to retain talented students in the region. Two scholarships each of £2000 are available for students who are offered a place on one of our marine-related postgraduate masters level courses starting in September 2021.

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