The University of Plymouth and University College Cork (UCC) have agreed to work together to address some of the critical climate and sustainability challenges facing our planet.
The partnership will be dedicated to building resilient coastal communities, assisting economic sectors with energy transitions, and developing opportunities in the blue economy.
For the first initiative under the agreement, inspired by last year’s COP26 summit, early career researchers will be funded to conduct climate research at both the University of Plymouth and UCC. These researchers will be jointly supervised by academic staff from both institutions so they can benefit from the combined expertise of the two universities.
The partnership will build on the universities’ reputations for world-leading and award-winning marine, sustainability research and teaching. The two institutions have made significant investments in sustainability, environmental and marine research over many years and have built up substantial capacity in these areas as a result.
The University of Plymouth is one of the world’s top five universities for marine research and teaching, and among the top 5% of global universities for its commitment to sustainability, while its Marine Institute is the first and largest such institute in any UK university.
UCC is one of Ireland’s leading universities in the area of climate, marine and sustainability research and is home to the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) and MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine research and innovation.