With a mission to “advance knowledge and transform lives through education and research”, Plymouth University is ranked in the top 300 universities in the world based on THES 2014. It is distinguished by its focus on supporting individuals to unlock their true potential, combining excellent research and teaching with a commitment to widening participation and social inclusion.
One of the largest universities in the country, with 28,000 students, Plymouth has invested more than £300 million in creating a vibrant campus in the heart of the city. It is home to research and teaching expertise across the academic spectrum: from science and technology to health and medicine, business and entrepreneurship to arts and the humanities. Within the top 50 universities for research according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the University also boasts a record number of teaching fellows, and is the only modern university to launch its own medical and dental school.
Plymouth University is distinctive in that, while it enjoys a modern status and mind-set, it can also reflect upon a long and proud heritage, tracing its roots back to 1862 and more than 150 years of delivering education in the City of Plymouth. Its motto – Explore, Dream, Discover – embraces the enterprising culture of the University, which plays a key role in civic and regional leadership, and has a proud tradition of industry engagement. The University owns and oversees more than £100 million worth of business incubation, innovation and science park assets across Devon and Cornwall, is the national lead for the social enterprise University Enterprise Network, and the first university to receive the Social Enterprise Mark
The vision of PU’s Faculty of Business is to be recognised worldwide for the enterprising culture, sustainability orientation and socially responsible values of our research and learning environment that allow us to produce and disseminate useful knowledge. The teaching approach empowers students to blend lessons learned from an active interaction with businesses and the latest research developments in their fields of interest. The research emphasis is on high impact research that serves and informs the academic, business and public communities and meets PU’s mission for advancing knowledge and transforming lives. The Faculty collaborate to compete at an international level, however strong local and regional enterprise partnerships provide the capacity to make a highly visible difference for students, business and local communities, in addition to providing the platform for its international ambitions. In the most recent Leiden Ranking (2015), the Faculty (inclusive of social sciences) was ranked 34th in the UK, 102nd in Europe and 234th in the World for its research excellence based on citations.
Plymouth Business School (PBS) resides in the Faculty of Business and is home to approximately 110 academic staff. It has developed as a centre of excellence of innovative and transformative business education with a market-leading, flexible and entrepreneurial portfolio of values-based business and management programmes and extra-curricular learning opportunities. Thus, PBS enhances especially graduate students who are entrepreneurially minded; expert at research and analytics; self-confident and willing to challenge convention and to ask ‘big questions’; informed about sustainability; globally aware and competent; able to continuously adapt, learn and to become digitally competent and as future global leaders to understand the importance of ethical human behaviours.
The School is home to the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, which is embedding entrepreneurship across the curriculum, offering support for business start-up and providing valuable outreach activity and networks into the regional community. In addition, PBS recently launched the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy. This Centre develops a new portfolio in the field of philanthropy and fundraising, leading fundraising policy and practice nationally and internationally.