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.
Bacteria may have ability to reduce impact of diazepam on UK river environments
The natural photo degradation of diazepam (valium) and similar medicines – followed by bacterial breakdown – may reduce their potentially harmful impact on the UK's freshwater environment, a team of researchers has said.
Diversity in UK gardens aiding fight to save threatened bumblebees, study suggests
The global diversity of plants being cultivated by Britain's gardeners is playing a key role in the fight to save the nation's threatened bumblebees, new research has revealed.
Jurassic records warn of risk to marine life from global warming
Researchers at Plymouth University, UK, believe that findings from fieldwork along the North Yorkshire coast reveal strong parallels between the Early Jurassic era of 180 million years ago and current climate predictions ...
Scientists identify tropical oceans as 'beating heart' of climate change
(Phys.org) -- The worlds oceans are increasingly pumping tropical warm water towards the poles with important consequences for life on Earth, according to a new study.
Tiny technology could spark revolution in house buying
The endless ranks of estate agents' signs peppering towns and cities across the country could be a thing of the past thanks to scientists at Plymouth University.
'Virtual fish' research aims to reduce the requirement for live animal testing
The effectiveness of 'virtual fish' in establishing the toxicity and concentration of man-made chemicals is to be investigated by biological scientists at Plymouth University in collaboration with multinational pharmaceutical ...
Discards ban could impact seabirds population
Species of seabirds could successfully return to their natural foraging habits following changes to European fisheries policies, scientists have suggested.
Seagulls feel the benefits of climate change
(Phys.org) -- It may be a wet summer, but seagulls are benefiting from climate change.
Research discovers impact of ocean acidification on marine life
A Plymouth University academic researching the impact of ocean acidification on marine life is finding out exactly what we can expect as our seas soak up more and more carbon dioxide.
Scientists use salt marshes to analyse global sea-level rise
(Phys.org) —The world's salt marshes could hold the key to predicting future sea levels after scientists used them to pinpoint when recent rises began.