Public policy influence

Research by the University of Plymouth is provided as evidence to policymakers to improve decision making and outcomes for the communities we serve, both in the UK and internationally.

Government policy and reports

Terrestrial borne litter in the marine environment

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
October 2021
Data indicates that marine litter is still common and not decreasing in the UK. Evidence in this report provides information on the sources of marine litter and the pathways in which they enter the marine environment to support the UK's 25 Year Plan, Litter Strategy England and Resources and Waste Strategy. Professor Thompson and Dr Courtene-Jones found that from the available data, public-sources were identified as having the greatest contribution to overall quantities of litter.

Pollution problem - plastic bag in the ocean. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

The Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2021: Health in Coastal Communities

Department of Health and Social Care, July 2021
The findings showed a higher burden of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health and COPD in coastal areas. Evidence found life expectancy is significantly lower in coastal areas with lower participation in Higher Education, as well as higher rates of hospital admissions for young people with ‘health-risking behaviour’.

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Select Committee evidence

Government announcements

Mentions in Parliament

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Public Policy

Providing evidence to support policy-making processes
The University of Plymouth has a prestigious record of engaging with and influencing policy, from legislation on microplastics, to innovation in offshore renewable energy to the health of coastal communities. We work with local, regional, national and international partners across a range of complex policy issues including soil erosion, anti-microbial resistance and digital interventions for Parkinsons’ sufferers.

Workforce: recruitment, training and retention in health and social care

House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee, July 2022
This influential Committee report lays out how the large number of unfilled NHS job vacancies is posing a serious risk to patient safety and threatens the plans to tackle the backlog following the Covid-19 pandemic. The Plymouth team wrote about the particular difficulties international doctors have in joining the GP or specialist register, and the overall report said the large number of unfilled NHS job vacancies is posing a serious risk to patient safety.

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