Representing 3000 staff, researchers and students, the University of Plymouth'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.
The staff represented by the Marine Institute are housed across the University and form the broadest portfolio of marine expertise within a single institute in Europe.
We hope you enjoy reading about the scope and relevance of the research and facilities the Marine Institute represents and the University’s marine education and innovation activities.
Together with our partners, we are responding to the challenge of providing science, education, technological innovation and business leadership for tomorrow’s world.
We are ranked the number one university globally for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal number 14: life below water.
The award recognises the quality of our marine research and teaching as well as our efforts to reduce the impact of campus activities on the marine environment.
Innovators for a sustainable ocean: World Ocean Week 2020
As the United Nations put the global spotlight on ‘innovation for a sustainable ocean’, the University’s Marine Institute reflected on the innovative approaches our researchers take towards sustainable marine resource management.
From offshore renewable energy to coastal resilience, the National Marine Park to plastics, we reflected on our role in securing a healthier, protected future for our oceans.
During the week, a number of our marine conservation researchers led events that brought together global experts to inform future policy recommendations.
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.
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.Find out more
The Queen's Anniversary Prize for pioneering research on marine microplastics pollution and its impact on the environment and changing behaviour
Nearly two decades of world-leading research into the effects of marine plastics on our environment by Plymouth researchers, led by Professor Richard Thompson OBE FRS, has received the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a higher education institution.
Dr Sian Rees and Dr Matthew Ashley helped to author the marine chapter of British Ecological Society report into nature-based solutions
New book explores the causes and consequences of our biodiversity crisis
Biodiversity: A Beginner’s Guide, by Professor John Spicer, highlights how COVID-19 has shown us that the transformative change is possible
Social media and science combine to show how ship’s plastic cargo dispersed from Florida to Norway
Around 1,500 printer cartridges have washed up along Atlantic coastlines after a container spillage in January 2014
Drones provide bird’s eye view of how turbulent tidal flows affect seabird foraging habits
Researchers say the study potentially gives them the ability to predict how species might respond to environmental changes
University ranked among world’s top 25 – and 1st for marine – in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings
The rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
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