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Plymouth University is a public university in one of our favourite (fond memories of diving) locations in the South West of England, with over 28,600 students and is the 10th largest in the United Kingdom by total number of students (including the Open University). It has almost 2,900 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".




This faculty is home to the School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences, the School of Computing and Mathematics, the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Studies, and the School of Marine Sciences and Engineering.

The university provides professional diving qualifications on a number of its courses, the only university in the country to do so. The university's diving centre is based next to Queen Anne's Battery Marina and has a full-time team of instructors and dedicated boats and equipment.

In October 2005, The Sun newspaper voted the University as having the most bizarre degree course in the country, the BSc (Hons) in Surf Science & Technology. Commonly known as "surfing", this course is actually centred on coastal/ocean sciences, surfing equipment/clothing design and surfing-related business, which has its popularity increased by the geographical location of the University.




Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark on 10 June 1921) is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. He is the longest-serving, oldest-ever spouse of a reigning British monarch, and the longest-lived male member of the British royal family.

A member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Prince Philip was born in Greece into the Greek and Danish royal families, but his family was exiled from Greece when he was a baby. After being educated in France, England, Germany, and Scotland, he joined the British Royal Navy in 1939, at the age of 18. From July 1939, he began corresponding with the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth (his third cousin through Queen Victoria and the elder daughter and heir presumptive of King George VI) whom he had first met in 1934. During the Second World War he served with the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets.

After the war, Philip was granted permission by George VI to marry Elizabeth. Before the official announcement of their engagement, he abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles, converted from Greek Orthodoxy to Anglicanism, and became a naturalised British subject, adopting the surname Mountbatten, from his maternal grandparents. After an engagement of five months, as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, he married Elizabeth on 20 November 1947. Just before the marriage, the King granted him the style of His Royal Highness and the title Duke of Edinburgh. Philip left active service, having reached the rank of commander, when Elizabeth became Queen in 1952. His wife made him a prince of the United Kingdom in 1957.




The Duke of Edinburgh has opened what is thought to be the UK's most sophisticated wave energy testing tank at Plymouth University. The £19m Marine Building heralds a "new dawn" for renewable energy in the region, said the university.

The duke also unveiled a computer-operated ship simulator used to train future vessel captains. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Marine Science by the university. The doctorate was awarded to "pay tribute to his distinguished and decorated career" in the Royal Navy.

'Technological breakthroughs'

On the ground floor of the Marine Building, engineers will be able to test devices using waves, currents and wind. The second floor has the simulator to enable students to pilot vessels from super tankers to yachts in ports around the world. There is also a business support centre for wave energy firms.

Prof Wendy Purcell, the university's vice-chancellor, said: "We are heralding a new dawn for the city, the region and the marine renewable sector, who will be able to use the building's research and development facilities to catalyse technological breakthroughs."

The opening of the Marine Building follows the announcement on Monday of what could be the first wave energy machine for Wave Hub, a grid-connected test site about 10 miles off the coast at Hayle in Cornwall.

Last year another wave energy testing site was announced in Falmouth Bay in Cornwall. Falmouth Bay Testing Site (Fabtest) will enable developers to test wave energy devices prior to linking up to Wave Hub.





This faculty is host to the School of Architecture, Design and Environment, School of Art & Media and the School of Humanities and Performing Arts. Arts subjects are usually taught in the Roland Levinsky building and the Scott building, a 19th-century building located next to Roland Levinsky which was modernised externally in 2008 to keep to the university's current design. The faculty offers degrees in Architecture, English, History, Art History, 3D Design, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Media Arts, Theatre & Performance and Dance Theatre. Advanced research is available across the disciplines in all three Schools, including via the innovative international Planetary Collegium in new media art.







The Roland Levinsky Building, designed by architects Henning Larsen with Building Design Partnership, is clad with copper sheets in a seamed-cladding technique, is nine storeys high and has 13,000 square metres (140,000 sq ft) of floor space. The Faculty of Arts, previously based in Exmouth and Exeter moved here in August 2007. The building contains two large lecture theatres, the Jill Craigie Cinema, used by the film students to display their films and for showing of films to the public; three performance rehearsal studios; digital media suites; and a public art gallery which displays work by local artists groups, students and famous artists.





The Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research team (ICCMR), led by Eduardo Reck Miranda, is formed of scholars from different backgrounds and from different departments across the University: School of Computing, Communications and Electronics, Faculty of Education, Music, and the School of Art and Media.


The ICCMR comprises four interconnected research teams. The Evolutionary Music Team is concerned with the problem of musical evolution. Research themes include origins of emotions, ontogenesis, evolution of grammars and generative performance. The Music and the Brain Team is mostly concerned with the problem of representation of musical experience. Research is focusing on active perception, role of timbre in musical expectancies, development of experience-dependent abstractions and brain–computer interfaces. This team overlaps with the Auditory Group at the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience led by Dr Sue Denham.

The Music Technology Team is concerned with the conversion of basic scientific research into practical music technology. Projects include tools for composition and sound design, music controllers, sound synthesis algorithms and musical robotics. The Musical Practice Team is concerned with musical practices using new technology and contemporary music. Projects include music in the community, music facilitation for disability and sonic arts. The team works in close collaboration with Peninsula Arts.



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On the basis of the results of the 2008 RAE Plymouth joined the top 50 UK universities, showing the greatest improvement in the UK in research performance since the previous RAE, in 2001. Overall rankings of UK universities by the 2008 RAE can be found here. Information about how RAE scores are calculated and the full results for 2008 and earlier Research Assessment Exercises, can be found here.

In The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2015, Plymouth University's world ranking was listed as 701st= and 701+ in QS World University Rankings 2014/15. Times Higher Education ranked Plymouth between 276th and 300th in its World University Rankings 2014–15, and ranked it as equal 42nd in a list of the world 100 best universities under 50 years old, in May 2014.




BSc (Hons) Marine and Composites Technology (Full-time)

School of Marine Science and Engineering


MSc Marine Renewable Energy (Full-time)

School of Marine Science and Engineering


MRes Marine Renewable Energy (Full-time)

School of Marine Science and Engineering


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School of Marine Science and Engineering


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School of Marine Science and Engineering


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School of Marine Science and Engineering


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School of Marine Science and Engineering


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School of Marine Science and Engineering


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Plymouth Institute of Education


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City of Bristol College


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City of Bristol College


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City of Bristol College


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City of Bristol College


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City of Bristol College


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South Devon College


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City College Plymouth


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City College Plymouth


FdSc Marine Engineering (Part-time)

City College Plymouth


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FdSc Marine Technology (Full-time)

Cornwall College


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City College Plymouth


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City College Plymouth


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City College Plymouth


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The University's Stakeholder Engagement Events Team is responsible for delivering both University and external events. Plymouth Uni works in partnership with stakeholders to oversee around 300 events each year working locally, nationally and internationally to help enhance the University’s reputation, support relationships and generate income.


These events include open days, internal and external conferences, community events, showcase dinners, royal visits, University exams, public lectures, networking functions and marquee events including the award winning graduation ceremonies on Plymouth Hoe, attended by around 25,000 people each year.


The broad range of facilities includes 15 meeting rooms, three video conferencing suites, 17 large state of the art lecture theatres with seating capacities from 90-280 as well as versatile exhibition venues, galleries and several large open atria spaces all of which are fully accessible and can be complimented by high-quality catering and leading-edge audio-visual technology.





The Urban Downhill spectacular at Plymouth Uni blew any clichéd preconceptions of students as being duff event organizers out of the water. The course was an evolution of the previous two events, with the brave addition of a huge scaffold soaring into into the main square, ending with a two-metre drop onto a stubby ramp and then yet more concrete to snort - as many seemed addicted to. The crowd was large and strangely quiet at times despite the efforts of the Master of Ceremonies and music courtesy of Monster Energy. With riders flying past every few seconds, the racing and sense of imminent stackage was just too mesmerising for distractions like shouting, or even breathing.

The short coruse was completed in a winning time of just 36 seconds. It zig-zagged right through the campus down several sets of tricky steps, with some flowy corners going into narrow gaps, between handrails and down yet more steps. Death alley to most, the spice of life to others. Local architecture was put to good use with the stacks of railway sleepers used as walls towards the end making a tricky alternative to the final stages. Slick tyres made a lot of sense, as did good body armour and a total lack of any concept of what high speed, steel and concrete can do to human bodies. Otherwise of course, caution would mean no competitors.



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Plymouth Uni can help your business explore a range of funding sources and opportunities to enable your organisation to grow and develop, whilst accessing high level research expertise from Plymouth University.


Securing funding is not always easy. By working with Plymouth University they aim to help your business access funding from a range of sources and their experts will help to identify the most appropriate opportunities.


Current funding solutions include:


CASE Awards – Cooperative Awards in Science and Engineering are used to supplement the support of PhD students working on projects jointly devised and supervised by members of academic staff and an industrial partner.


GAIN Growth Fund + (GGF+) - Following the successful bidding to BIS by the Plymouth and South West City Deal Partners, another tranche of grant money has been secured to assist businesses across the South West to grow and create new jobs for the people of Devon.


Innovation Vouchers - funding of  £3,000 - £10,000 from Universities South West for micro, start up and SMEs to encourage engagement with a knowledge supplier.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) – Plymouth University has an outstanding record securing funding for and delivering KTPs across a broad range of business sectors. Part funded by Government, a KTP involves the formation of a Partnership between a business, an academic institution along with the appointment of a recently qualified graduate, who works jointly supervised within the business to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and the embedding of new capabilities.


Research for the Benefit of Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) - this European funding source supports SMEs by contracting research and development and project management to transform great ideas into reality. Ideas can be in nearly any sector or market with the only restrictions being that the work must be technically challenging, deliver a game changing solution for the business and require external skills and capacity in its delivery.


The Plymouth University & Western Morning News Growth Fund (PWGF) - a grant investment fund, financed by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, through their Regional Growth Fund initiative. In partnership with the Western Morning News the University secured £3.9 million to invest in businesses to enable them to create new jobs or safeguard jobs at risk.


As funding opportunities are subject to change contact a member of the team for a comprehensive list of current funding opportunities.

Visit the GAIN website to find out more about other funding opportunities in the South West region.


What are the benefits to me/my organisation?


Securing funding is not always easy. By working with Plymouth University, we will aim to help your business access funding from a range of sources and our experts will help to identify the most appropriate opportunities.


How do I find out more?

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ShipShape is a program for creating, fairing, and interpolating a set of ship’s lines. It has been configured to interface with the existing Wolfson Unit Hydrostatics and Stability suite of programs. ShipShape is Windows XP/Vista/7 32-bit and 64-bit compatible.


ShipShape is highly flexible and can be used to create many different hull forms, including merchant and fishing vessels, chine craft, yachts and multi-hulls. It employs a fairing method which is intuitive for the user and produces the exact shapes the designer wishes to achieve.


Downloads: SHIPSHAPE PROGRAM  ShipShapeManual.pdf   ShipShapeBrochure.pdf








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