University of Plymouth awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for world-leading microplastics work

The University of Plymouth has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its ground-breaking research and policy impact on microplastics pollution in the oceans.

The honour, the highest that can be bestowed upon a higher education institution, recognises nearly two decades of world-leading enquiry by Plymouth researchers, led by Professor Richard Thompson OBE, which has resulted in repeated scientific breakthroughs and influenced national and international legislation.

Law firm Ashfords LLP is delighted to have generously donated to the University of Plymouth and recently supported the Ashfords' Marine Prize. James Heath, partner and head of Ashfords' Plymouth office, commented: "We are thrilled for the University to have received this well-deserved accolade which recognises the pioneering role that it has played in defining a global environmental issue and finding solutions to it. The marine sector is an area where the University and Plymouth in general are amongst the best in the world. Ashfords are proud to support the work the students do in this field and look forward to continuing to work with the University and to support the world class education, research and innovation”.

It is the third time that the University has been honoured with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize, which celebrate excellence, innovation and public benefit. The last occasion was in 2012 when the University was recognised for the breadth and excellence of its marine and maritime research, teaching and training.

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.

The University will formally receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize at Buckingham Palace in February, next year. For more information, please visit The Queens Anniversary Prizes. 

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