A SCOTTISH university is spearheading a £20 million programme aimed at tackling threats to the world’s oceans.

The University of Strathclyde is leading the One Ocean Hub, which aims to transform the global response to urgent environmental challenges such as plastic pollution, acidification and over-fishing.

The project involves more than 50 partner organisations around the world, including research centres, development organisations and UN agencies. Other Scottish institutions – including Glasgow School of Art, Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh – are also involved in the five-year programme, funded by the UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund. The aim is to bring together competing interests and agendas to produce a sustainable approach to conservation.

Strathclyde’s principal, Sir Jim McDonald, said “This is a hugely important research programme.”