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Plymouth University develop 3D interactive game to fight Ebola

The programme is designed to teach people how to stop the disease from spreading Credit: ITV News

Plymouth University have developed a 3D interactive game to help fight Ebola.

The programme, which is similar to a video game, is designed to teach people how to stop the disease from spreading.

It's being trialled in Sierra Leone at Masanga hospital and allows learners to be 'immersed' in simulated environments.

We are delighted to work with such a diverse and knowledge-rich partnership to make a real difference in the fight against Ebola. Immersive learning and simulation are instrumental platforms for educating our own trainee doctors, and the methods we use translate well to the situation in West Africa.

– Dr Tom Gale, Clinical Associate Professor at Plymouth University


Plymouth University is the greenest in the UK

The University of Plymouth has been revealed as the greenest in the UK Credit: ITV News

Plymouth University has been ranked the most sustainable in the country. It's the second time the university has topped the People and Planet Green League in five years.

Plymouth University understands the unique role a university plays in creating social justice, tackling climate change and equipping graduates with the understanding and skills we need to build the fairer low carbon future we all want.

– Hannah Smith, People & Planet

Plymouth has been on a journey to explore what sustainability means to us as a university, and it’s one that we’ve now placed at the very core of the way we do things.

It is threaded through the way we run our campus and manage our relationship with suppliers; through our teaching and curriculum; and it drives much of our research as we look to tackle some of the most urgent scientific and socio-economic issues of the day. It means a great deal, therefore to return to the top of the People and Planet University League.

– Prof David Coslett, Interim Chief Exec, Plymouth University

Sustainability is not just about switching off the lights and computers - Plymouth University has even started to commission independent monitoring of the factories that make the products that students use every day on campus as well as committing to purchase staff uniforms made from Fairtrade cotton.

New role for Plymouth University vice-chancellor

Professor Wendy Purcell will be returning in a different role Credit: ITV News

The vice-chancellor of Plymouth University is returning to work - following an investigation into her conduct.

Professor Wendy Purcell was put on leave in July, amid unspecified allegations which are understood to include a complaint about her management style.

Today the university announced the inquiry process has ended, and she will return to work in a new role to build the university's reputation.


Vote of no confidence in Plymouth Uni vice-chancellor

Wendy Purcell is currently on paid leave from her role at Plymouth University Credit: ITV News

Staff at Plymouth University have given a vote of no confidence in their vice-chancellor, Wendy Purcell.

Members of the University and College Union say the recent problems at the university have undermined morale and risked long-term damage to the institution.

Wendy Purcell who is currently on paid leave, was suspended for three months over allegations of overspending and bullying colleagues.

Vice-chancellor steps up her battle to get her job back

Wendy Purcell is battling to win her job back Credit: ITV Westcountry

Wendy Purcell, Plymouth University's vice-chancellor, has stepped up her legal battle to win her job back, with the case against her understood to include a complaint about her management style.

Professor Purcell is now being represented by a law firm that specialises in discrimination claims. She was suspended three months ago, but has since had her status changed to paid leave. Neither the university nor Professor Purcell has ever disclosed the charges against her.

Staff protest at Plymouth University

Staff at Plymouth University will be protesting later against job losses at the institution. They'll be demonstrating outside the university as part of an ongoing dispute over efforts to reduce staff costs.

Several staff have already taken voluntary redundancy Credit: ITV News West Country

Several university employees have already taken voluntary redundancy, others face compulsory redundancy.

App version of widely used dementia test unveiled

App version of widely used dementia test unveiled Credit: PA

A team of researchers from Plymouth medical school will today unveil an app version of a widely used dementia test. It will be free of charge and will mean faster and wider testing and therefore quicker diagnosis.

The app is is the first of its kind and will be made available to clinicians around the world

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