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 within the faculty of science and engineering and form the broadest portfolio of marine expertise within a single institute in Europe.
We hope you enjoy reading about the scope and the 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.
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.
The findings feature in a new study led by the University of Plymouth and the Marine and Environmental Research Lab in Cyprus
Scientists call for decade of concerted effort to enhance understanding of the deep seas
Professor Kerry Howell is the lead author on new research to develop a greater understanding of the deep ocean
Scientists join call for major shift in understanding to protect the ocean
Professor of Marine Biology Jason Hall-Spencer and Professor of Oceanography Chris Reid are among the authors of a new international report
Microplastics in the Death Zone
Scientists from the University of Plymouth identified plastic fibres in snow samples 8,440 metres above sea level, near the summit of Mount Everest
University helps UK Overseas Territory become sanctuary for wildlife
Professor Kerry Howell and PhD candidate Amelia Bridges used predictive modelling to assess vulnerable marine ecosystems in the South Atlantic
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