Mechanical and Marine Engineering students were running Inclining Test in the wave flume of the University’s Marine Building.
The University of Plymouth has been named eighth in the world – and best in the UK – for the quality and impact of its engineering research.
The success was achieved in the Marine and Ocean Engineering category of the ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019. The rankings measure publications, citations, international collaborations and high impact journal papers, with Plymouth also second in the world in the citations category.
Plymouth has enjoyed a significant rise in the table, representing its growing global reputation in fields including offshore renewable energy, marine and maritime science, and coastal engineering.
It leads the £9 million national Supergen ORE Hub, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and has plans to expand its work in the future with the creation of a new Engineering and Design facility on its main campus.
That will combine re-equipped laboratories with modern, state-of-the-art resources that will enable engineering research to underpin the fourth industrial revolution, and create the attractive environment necessary to attract and retain high-calibre staff and students.
“This result is a fantastic recognition of our engineering expertise. It demonstrates we are truly leading the world in this field and that our academics are pushing boundaries and driving innovation across various engineering disciplines. Our current projects and new facility will continue to place Plymouth as one of the best universities in the world to pursue engineering studies and research.”
Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, added:
“Plymouth is without question a centre of marine and maritime excellence. Our research transforms lives at the same time as influencing international government policy. Our exciting future plans mean we can continue to spearhead the agenda in terms of engineering research that has genuine global impact.”

CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019

The University has been named 15th globally - and 1st in the UK - for the quality of its Physical Sciences and Engineering research. The table measures the proportion of publications from a university in the top 10 per cent of their field

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Engineering materials. Picture by Jon Bayley