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Ashfords LLP prize winners celebrate at Graduation

Law firm Ashfords LLP support of the University of Plymouth’s Marine Prize has been recognised at this year’s Graduation celebrations on Plymouth Hoe.

The Ashfords Prize was open to all final year students whose research project is within the marine sector and is of relevance to UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 - to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

Ashfords has generously donated to the University of Plymouth in recent years and James Heath, partner and head of Ashfords' Plymouth office, commented: "We are delighted to be working so closely with the University. This prize is such a fantastic way to help recognise and reward these outstanding student achievements – well done to all.”

The Ashfords Prize awarded to final year University of Plymouth students was led by Professor Richard Thompson, OBE, and Director of the University’s Marine Institute.

Professor Thompson said: “This is the first year of the Ashford’s Marine Prize and we have been very pleased with the quality of applications from final year students across the Marine Institute. By focusing on one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals – to Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources, we are founding this project firmly on environmental research here in Plymouth.”

Worthy prize-winner Jemima Dimbleby’s project examined The Effect of Outplant Depth on the Survival and Growth of Acropora cervicornis Fragments for the Purposes of Coral Restoration in Northern Haiti. This work will provide essential information for the local managers into where best to transplant corals to help regenerate reef systems that have been lost to a range of local and global pressures. 

Ashfords sponsor a wide range of events and initiatives each year. In the past 12 months the firm has supported community sports teams and athletes, local business groups, business and community awards, and community participation events.

The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation. With an international reputation in providing courses associated with the sea, the University has one of the widest portfolios of marine and maritime courses in Europe.

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