Plymouth University is the largest university in the South West of England, with over 30,000 students and is 9th largest in the United Kingdom by total number of students (including the Open University). It has almost 3,000 staff making it one of the largest employers in the south west. The main campus is in the Devon city of Plymouth, but the university has campuses and affiliated colleges all over South West England. Whilst the University has been known as Plymouth University since June 2011 as a result of a rebrand, the formal name and legal title of the University remains University of Plymouth. The University was originally a Polytechnic College, with its constituent bodies being Plymouth Polytechnic, Rolle College, the Exeter College of Art and Design (which were, before April 1989, run by Devon County Council) and Seale-Hayne College (which before April 1989 was an independent charity). It was renamed Polytechnic South West in 1989 and remained as this until gaining university status in 1992 along with the other polytechnics. The new university absorbed the Plymouth School of Maritime Studies and Tavistock College.
Scientists understand how E. coli clone has become globally distributed
Scientists have for the first time come closer to understanding how a clone of E. coli, described as the most important of its kind to cause human infections, has spread across the world in a very short time.
Marine litter education boosts children's understanding and actions
Children could play an important role in solutions to reduce marine litter with some already helping to educate parents and peers about the scale of the issue, according to a new study by Plymouth University.
Musical sparks fly with new electrical innovation
An engineering student from Plymouth University has given a 19th century electrical device a modern twist, using it to generate striking new versions of some of Hollywood's best loved film scores.
Video game to help islanders understand volcano's power
The inhabitants of a Caribbean island will soon be able to learn more about the volcano which towers over their homes thanks to a video game created at Plymouth University.
Study examines websites' password practices
Global IT giants including Amazon and LinkedIn could be doing far more to raise awareness of the need for better password practices among their users.
Case study of microplastics in the ocean
Plastic: its ubiquity and longevity is having a significant impact on the marine environment. That's the diagnosis of one of the world's leading experts in the field, Professor Richard Thompson, who is providing evidence ...
Social robots helping children with diabetes
Social robots are helping diabetic children accept the nature of their condition and become more confident about their futures, scientists have announced following a four-and-a-half year research study.
Understanding mental health through art curation
Vienna: 'City of Music'; 'City of Dreams'; home, at the turn of the 20th century to some of the most influential composers, artists and thinkers of our time. For Gemma Blackshaw, Associate Professor of Art History, the Austrian ...
Enhancing sustainability in smaller ports
Researchers have created an 11-point checklist which they believe could become the vital tool which enables the UK's smaller ports to ensure they are working sustainably.
Call for alternative identification methods for endangered species
In a time of global climate change and rapidly disappearing habitat critical to the survival of countless endangered species, there is a heightened sense of urgency to confirm the return of animals thought to be extinct, ...