Supporting strategy: Research and Innovation

Executive summary

As the enterprise university, Plymouth University brings creativity and innovation into the core of its research activity. Through engagement and partnership with our research partners, businesses, social enterprise, charities, and the public sector we play a distinctive role in the development, application and exchange of knowledge globally, regionally and locally.

  • We will carry out research and innovation that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour, whilst playing a pivotal role in innovation, knowledge exchange, and enterprise.


  • We will support the conditions needed for world-class research and innovation to flourish and continue to ensure that our research is built on strong ethical foundations.
  • We will help create the highest quality research environment and culture to support research opportunities and partnerships.
  • Our research will ‘make a difference’, addressing fundamental and strategically important questions, and delivering economic, social and cultural impact at regional national and international levels.
  • We will connect disciplines in novel ways, engaging with stakeholders and funders and promoting public engagement and understanding.

Research and innovation strategy

Find out more about the University's research and innovation strategy.

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Goals: achieving our research and innovation potential

1. Align our research around world-class institutes and centres

2. Establish a sustainable financial base for research and innovation activity by enabling our researchers, supported by our professional staff, to secure funding from a wide range of sources.

3. Build on our current strengths and develop those areas with potential and strategic fit, including expanding clinically relevant research
within our Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

4. Nurture student learning and the researchers of tomorrow by excelling in research-informed teaching, providing undergraduate opportunities in research, and supporting our post-graduate and PhD students and early-career researchers.

5. Pursue appropriate research partnerships and collaborations with other universities and regional, national and international organisations and businesses.

6. Create conditions and pathways that support the exchange of knowledge and technology with businesses and other organisations, including the commercialisation of research outcomes for public good.

7. Enhance public engagement in, and understanding of research and innovation through a range of channels and media, including our community research awards scheme.

Translating strategy through the University

Our strategy is translated and delivered from high-level ambitions to local level actions throughout the University and with our partners. It is a process that connects strategy to people, offering sufficient freedom and flexibility to capture creativity and sustain enterprising behaviours.


Guided by our values and leadership principles, Plymouth University’s Strategy 2020 will help deliver strong performance and sustainable outcomes that result in reputational gain as we deliver on our mission of ‘advancing knowledge and transforming lives through education and research’.