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Plymouth University Vice Chancellor joins Future Cities Forum's 'UK Innovation Cities'

Future Cities Forum is delighted that Professor Judith Petts, CBE, will be joining our Bristol event, 'Innovation Cities' in January.

Professor Judith Petts is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth (2016-). Prior to this she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise at the University of Southampton and at the University of Birmingham.

Currently she is a Director of the Heart of the South-West LEP and the Great South West Pan Regional Partnership Board, a Trustee of the Marine Biological Association and of the National Centre for Universities and Business. 

She chairs UUK’s Climate Action Steering Group and was the UUK Commissioner on the Climate Commission for Higher and Further Education. Previous appointments have included as a member of the Councils of BBSRC and of NERC; Defra’s Science Advisory Council; and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.

Over some 40 years, her research has examined the interface between science, policy-making, and the public. She was appointed CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours, 2012, for services to Scientific Research.

The University of Plymouth has played a leading role in securing significant Government investment that will drive the South West’s future marine and maritime innovation.

The Great South West, the pan-regional partnership working to build the region’s economy and prosperity, has been chosen as the country’s Marine and Maritime Launchpad, recognising its leadership in the sector. As part of the programme, the region is set to receive up to £7.5 million of investment to drive innovation and business growth.

The Marine and Maritime Launchpad represents a fantastic opportunity to boost levels of innovation across the Great South West. It will enable us to expand on what is already a world-class ocean economy cluster, creating commercial solutions to the challenges facing our marine and maritime sector. This funding will also unite government, industry and academia in the development of the regional economy, creating a cleaner, high growth and digitally enabled sector right here in the South West.

The Marine and Maritime Launchpad has been developed by the Heart of the South West LEP and Innovate UK in partnership with Maritime UK South West, the universities of Plymouth, Exeter and Bournemouth, the Dorset and Cornwall LEPs, and the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport.

The Launchpad builds on work undertaken by the Ocean Futures Partnership to establish the Great South West as a global centre of excellence and supercluster in the testing, development and manufacture of autonomy, digital and clean ocean technologies.

Earlier this year, the Great South West partnership developed its Clean Energy Powerhouse Prospectus, revealing that the region had the potential to become one of the leading providers of low carbon energy in the UK.

'It’s fantastic to see the region recognised for its leadership in maritime innovation. The Great South West is the blue capital of the UK, where 21st-century innovation meets a legacy of maritime expertise. From marine manufacturing and ocean science to maritime transport and defence, we are leading the way, with a robust infrastructure and supply chain network, world-class research institutions, test sites for cutting-edge technologies, and a unique coastal environment. We look forward to continuing to support key players in our maritime sector to seize new opportunities, create jobs and support economic growth.'

Karl Tucker

Chair of the Great South West


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