Community engagement

The University is proud to play a key role within the region, be that through its research, its many routes to providing access to higher education across the greater South West, its support of local schools, or its desire to be an open and welcoming institution. 

Around 70 members of staff are connected to the Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise, helping to oversee the provision of dental care and treatment to some 16,000 NHS patients. Many are involved with, or help to facilitate, specific community-based projects that target some of the most disadvantaged sections of society, such as the elderly, the homeless and those with drug addictions.

The Cumberland Surgery in Devonport recently registered its one thousandth NHS patient, and has brought badly needed medical treatment to one of the poorest areas of the city. And last year, the Widening Access to Medical School (WAMS) team visited 60 schools and colleges across the South West, to help break down the barriers to young people entering the medical profession. 

Many staff and students give up their time to ensure that major University events go smoothly and are memorable occasions for attendees. And this year saw one of the largest events ever to be held on campus – the Big Festival Weekend. The event attracted more than 5,000 people, and staff and students were involved with putting on a huge range of activities and events.