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Research and Innovation

Research & Innovation banner showing various activities around Plymouth University including the Formation Zone and the outside of the Roland Levinsky building 

In order to support and deliver the University’s mission it is Research and Innovation’s strategic intention to drive the exploitation of research and knowledge transfer opportunities in order to deliver significant added value to the University, the wider economy and community.

Research and Innovation will:

  • maintain and develope organisational capabilities
  • create, enable and communicate research and knowledge transfer opportunities
  • provide information and intelligence

Research and Innovation’s activities are:
  • Winning funding and generating income for University activities and projects aligned with the University’s intentions and ambitions
  • Generating new knowledge and supporting the generation of new knowledge in the University
    and with partners
  • Exchanging, transferring and exploiting knowledge for the economic, social and environmental benefits of the University, staff, the City, the region and wider

Team structure

Below gives an overview of the functions which support academics in wining funding for their research and the wide range of innovation activities managed to enable the transfer of the knowledge of the University through collaboration with industry, business, public sector, research and community based partners regionally, nationally and internationally.

Team & Web Link Description
Research, Support & Development »
Works with the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Faculties to support the development of research in the University and in particular the growth in external research income and to position the University for the future Research Excellence Framework (REF). The team provides advice and assistance to the academic community on all aspects of research grants and contracts.
Research Gateway - Knowledge Transfer Partnerships »
KTP is a UK wide programme helping businesses and organisations to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base. The Plymouth KTP Office provides a well experienced centralised function for managing KTP. This function takes a pro-active lead on sales, marketing, proposal development, graduate recruitment, project management and administration. The team is available to support academics with potential KTP ideas as well as work with businesses and organisations to identify how academic expertise and funding can deliver their strategic ambitions.

Further information can be found at
Graduate School »
The Graduate School’s core purpose is to serve the University’s research student community to ensure that students and their supervisors are well supported to deliver high quality research training which results in excellent highly employable research degree graduates.
SERIO » SERIO is an inter-disciplinary research team whose purpose is to apply the University’s expertise to real world issues through the provision of targeted research and intelligence. The team work across all sectors of the economy, delivering a range of commissioned socio-economic research services from feasibility studies and market research to evaluation and impact assessment. 
Rural Enterprise Solutions »
Provides an information and knowledge transfer service to the rural sector predominantly in the South West of England. It achieves this through a dedicated website, regularly updated and by direct on-line delivery of information to interested parties. 
Innovation Gateway - Enterprise Solutions »
Enterprise Solutions is the brand which provides an umbrella for all the University’s expertise, services and facilities for individuals, businesses and the community. The Enterprise Solutions team is responsible for developing the brand and the supporting tool-kit, managing the Enterprise Solutions Service which is the entry point to the University for business enquiries.
Innovation Gateway - Enterprise Support »
The team helps turn new ideas into business opportunities.

Support includes:
providing dedicated and supportive pre-incubation and incubation space at
  • Formation Zone Network
  • Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre (opening January 2013)
  • Pool Innovation Centre*
  • Tremouth Innovation Centre
  • Tamar Science Park
developing the knowledge and expertise of entrepreneurs through
  • FLUX
  • One Stop Ideas Shop
  • Proof of Concept Funding
  • Social Enterprise
  • Tectona

*Innovation Centres are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme

Innovation Gateway -
Intellectual Property Management & Exploitation
This involves the identification, protection and exploitation of the knowledge created within the University.
Innovation Gateway -
Commercially Funded Research & Consultancy
The team provides high level expertise to effectively support the University in all aspects of successfully delivering major corporate projects – including the identification of opportunities, negotiation with stakeholders, proposal development, project management, project implementation and output monitoring.
Research Gateway -
Consultancy & Project Management Expertise
Commercial and contract research projects are managed through the University’s wholly owned trading company Plymouth University Enterprise Ltd (UoPEL).