Wheelchair rugby stars on target for Paralympic dreams

A Plymouth University student and her team are on their way to achieving Paralympic goals thanks to a new wheelchair funded by kind backers.

Faye West, who is captain of the Westcountry Hawks wheelchair rugby team, is one of the members who will benefit from the £3,000 chair for training and competition.

As well as reading for a degree in Media Arts, Faye is one of three Hawks...

Exhibition showcases the complex results of when art meets mathematics

The complex relationships and shared inspirations which connect art and mathematics will be explored during an exhibition being staged at Plymouth University.

Curated by art historian Barry Phipps, the exhibition in the Peninsula Arts Gallery will showcase the works of painter Mark Francis and architect George L. Legendre, both artist associates at the London Mathematical Society (LMS...

Dental project makes a difference to over 50s

A project carried out by dental students at Plymouth University with the Elder Tree Befriending Service in Plymouth, has made a real difference to its service users.

The Elder Tree Befriending Service aims to prevent isolation and loneliness in people over the age of 50 in Plymouth. As part of their project, the dental students spoke with service users, managers and staff and found a...

Colour dash gives bright support to Brain Tumour Research

Students from Plymouth University have held the first ever colour dash in the city, and it has raised £4,000 for charity Brain Tumour Research.

Almost 300 students took part in the event, where they donned their brightest white gym kit and ran round an obstacle course on the University campus – while being pelted with brightly coloured powder paint.

The event was one of several...

National prize for university catering team

Plymouth University’s catering team has been named the best in the business at a national event recognising delicious sustainable food.

Plymouth scooped University of the Year at the Food Made Good Awards, which are run by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) and recognise caterers that go the extra mile for sustainable, fresh, local and tasty food.

Run by University...

Students transform poorly performing hotel to win national competition

A team of students from Plymouth University have triumphed in a national competition held during a conference staged by the Institute of Hospitality.

The HOTS Business Game, part of Passion4Hospitality 2016, challenged participants to turn a poorly performing hotel into a successful operation.

Six universities were represented having survived a series of heats, with the...

Plymouth University launches degree apprenticeships in management and IT

Employees across the South West will be able to earn while they learn after Plymouth University joined a Government initiative.

Degree apprenticeships, launched in March 2015, offer people the chance to complete a degree that is closely tailored to national standards, their current job and future career aspirations.

Now the University, and four of its partner colleges, have...

Minute’s silence to remember lives lost to brain tumours

Many thousands of people who have lost their lives to brain tumours were remembered as a minute’s silence was observed to mark the beginning of national Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

The tribute was led by the national charity Brain Tumour Research and saw scientists and researchers at its four Research Centres of Excellence, including at Plymouth University, and people throughout the...

UK epilepsy self-monitoring app wins top international prize

Plymouth University, Cornwall NHS Foundation Trust and Cornwall Royal Hospital and Oxfordshire-based charity SUDEP Action are delighted that EpsMon – the world’s first self-monitor app and developed by this partnership – is the winning solution to the international challenge launched by Epilepsy Foundation of America. The challenge was for a method to reduce the risk of seizures with the...

Twitter use should form part of nursing curriculum, study suggests

All universities running nursing degrees should consider adopting the use of Twitter in their curriculum, according to a new study by a Plymouth University academic.

Professor Ray Jones, Professor in Health Informatics, has published a paper suggesting that including Twitter as an assessed element for first-year nursing students will help them learn to use social media in a...