Minister for the Cabinet Office briefed on University's world-leading marine and maritime research
<p>David Lidington Visit<br></p>
<p>David Lidington Visit<br></p>
<p>David Lidington Visit<br></p>

The Rt Hon David Lidington CBE MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, visited the University on Friday 1 March 2019 to see first-hand how we are carrying out world-leading research across the marine and maritime sectors, including how:

  • the University’s facilities are inspiring innovations in offshore renewable energy and maritime cyber security
  • Government funding is supporting the University’s world-leading research into microplastics, work which is having a direct impact on international policy on microbeads in cosmetics, plastic bags and sustainable fashion
  • the University is contributing to current and future Government initiatives, including the UK’s Industrial Strategy, Maritime 2050, and the 25-year Environmental Plan.

Sustainable Seas – University contributes to parliament report

On Thursday 17 January 2019, the Environmental Audit Committee published the results of its Sustainable Seas inquiry. It concluded that there were a number of key areas where the Government needed to take action to safeguard our oceans, including ocean acidification, plastic and chemical pollution, marine conservation and sustainable fisheries. Academics from University submitted written evidence to the inquiry and gave evidence to MPs as part of their deliberations, another example of the University’s world-leading marine expertise being used to influence government policy.

Find out more about our work related to the Sustainable Seas report