Sustainable Earth Institute

Apply for funding: 2019 SEI Creative Associates Awards

The Sustainable Earth Institute (SEI) is pleased to be able to launch its second year of the Creative Associates programme. The programme brings together researchers with creative industry organisations to explore and fund novel and innovative ways of communicating research. All creative outputs are welcome, including (but not limited to): photographs, videos, infographic art, illustration, poetry, animation, performing arts, and digital 3D visualisation.

Projects must be completed by the end of June 2019, and submissions should have a budget of up to £4,000 (excluding VAT).

Download the application form

Download the guidance notes

Completed applications must be sent to by 5pm on 31 January 2019.

Image: Sustainable Earth Institute Creative Associates (Real World Visuals/Arjan Dijkstra)

Towards a sustainable Earth    

The Sustainable Earth Institute is about promoting a new way of thinking about the future of our world.

We bring researchers together with businesses, community groups and individuals to develop cutting-edge research and innovative approaches that build resilience to global challenges. We link diverse research areas across the University including science, engineering, arts, humanities, health and business.

If you’re an academic looking for a connection to industry, an organisation looking for academic research support or an individual who is inspired to work towards a sustainable future then contact us at to find out how we can help.

We need to celebrate and recognise our complex, dynamic, and unique world - after all, good planets are hard to find.

Professor Iain Stewart, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute

Agri-Tech Cornwall

The University of Plymouth is proud to be a partner on the Agri-Tech Cornwall project, a £10 million initiative to help the United Kingdom become a world leader in agricultural technology and sustainability.

Researchers from the University will share their expertise and collaborate with small and medium-sized Cornish companies to research the future sustainability of the sector.

Find out more about the project

United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project

The University of Plymouth is conducting independent research into perceptions and attitudes about the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project in Cornwall. 

Researchers are investigating what emotions people feel about geothermal power, the impact of the media on communications, and communications between companies interested in the technology and residents living near geothermal sites.

Find out more about the research and get involved


Sustainability courses and programmes

Plymouth offers a range of sustainability themed courses and programmes, including architecture, entrepreneurship, consultancy, design, engineering and planning.
Find out more about our courses and programmes

Professor Stephen Sterling, Chair of the Sustainability Executive Group

A whole institutional approach to sustainability

University of Plymouth has an established reputation both nationally and internationally as a leader in the higher education sector for sustainability.
Find out more about sustainability at Plymouth