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  • University Subsidiary Company vacancies for nursery, catering and enterprise:

Our subsidiary organisations, UCSP and UoPEL, offer a range of opportunities in the commercial and enterprise sectors. See the vacancy links below for specific job opportunities or sign up for job alerts within these organisations.

UCSP: University Commercial Services Plymouth Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary company of University of Plymouth which provides commercial services to a range of clients. This currently includes retail catering, hospitality, early years' education and childcare.

Vacancies for nursery, catering and hospitality in a University commercial environment

UoPEL: University of Plymouth Enterprise Limited offers dedicated support and expert advice to businesses across the South West. With offices in Redruth, Truro, Penryn and Plymouth; UoPEL offers a variety of locations to work from in the enterprise, innovation and growth sectors.

Vacancies in enterprise, research and consultancy, with University of Plymouth Enterprise Ltd

Our people share a determination to push boundaries, think differently and achieve more.
As an employee you will support our sustainability strategy from day one, starting with your induction and continuing with your engagement at the University. You’ll be crucial in building our impressive reputation in education, innovation and research.
In return, we’ll support, nurture and reward you with generous benefits, from training and development to childcare and flexible working.
Search our current vacancies in academic and professional roles at the University of Plymouth, by selecting one of our vacancy lists.*
Work at a place where you feel valued and enjoy spending time. An environment where imagination is important and creativity counts.
Three times winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, a top 50* research university, named one of the top 25 institutions globally and 1st in the world for marine research and teaching in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021. We continue to grow in stature and reputation. We’re focused on building on our strengths and have a number of roles where we are seeking people who can bring fresh perspectives and new ideas.
At the University of Plymouth, you’ll find the space to develop your talents, the freedom to ring the changes and the opportunity to grow as part of our welcoming and inclusive community.
Employing over 3,000 staff, whatever your expertise and ambition, we’ve got a career opportunity to match. From academic, teaching and research positions to technical, management and administrative roles, you’ll find opportunities at every level, across all our campuses.

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Head of Sustainability

The University of Plymouth is one of the higher education sector’s leading institutions for sustainability. We have embraced the challenges facing the planet and our path to net zero has created a toolkit which unifies our research, teaching and social responsibility.
The Estates & Facilities directorate is seeking to appoint an experienced Head of Sustainability. This is an exciting opportunity for a sustainability professional to join the Estates & Facilities Senior Management Team in a busy, customer focused environment.
Reporting to the Director, you will be responsible for leading the University’s sustainability and climate emergency (net zero) programme; to deliver and develop a comprehensive, integrated, cost-effective and progressive service.
Although based in Estates & Facilities, the role works across all areas of the University to support the delivery of our strategy for sustainability. There will also be the opportunity to further develop, and maintain, liaison with the wider local community and other external organisations.
Further details and how to apply

What does Plymouth and its surrounding area have to offer?

Plymouth is located in the beautiful South West of England – an ideal location for leisure and learning, with plenty of quiet spaces and recreational opportunities. Plymouth enjoys a combination of modern city living and rural charm. It is around three to four hours by train to London and there are ferry links to France and Spain.

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Plymouth city centre from the Hoe
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Relocating to Plymouth

Plymouth also has a fantastic range of nurseries and schools available, including many judged to be good or outstanding by Ofsted, including our on-campus nursery Freshlings, which holds an Ofsted rating of 'good'.
Relocating from outside the UK?

If you are relocating to us from outside the UK you may have some general questions on how to get set up in Plymouth. From banking to accommodation, we cover the essential information you'll need to get started in Plymouth covered.

Getting started – living and working in Plymouth
Plymouth and the surrounding area offers a wide choice of affordable housing within easy commutable distance to the University campuses. The city offers a variety of options with areas such as Stoke, Peverell, Mannamead and Hartley all within close proximity to the main University campus with easy access to the city centre and parks. Just outside the city, areas such as Plympton and Plymstock offer a wide range of housing with excellent community facilities such as shops, schools and libraries. Towards the north of the city is Derriford, which is also home to Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, the largest hospital in the South West and location of the University’s North Campus, as well as being only 10 minutes away from Dartmoor National Park. A wide selection of large detached properties can be found within this area. Just outside of Plymouth is the South Hams, a region of rural and coastal Devon – to the north side, it stretches to the edges of Dartmoor National Park; to the south, it covers one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the UK from Torbay to Plymouth.

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Our diverse community

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Welcoming you in

We will help you to stay motivated and we want you to bring your whole self to work. Become part of a team where everyone makes a difference, and enjoy a host of valuable benefits designed to enhance your lifestyle at work, and at home. 
The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community and we celebrate the contribution that diverse voices bring to our University. From our vibrant staff networks and our dedication to LGBT+ inclusion to our commitment to the Athena Swan gender equality charter and the Race Equality Charter we value diversity in our staff community and celebrate all you can bring to the University of Plymouth. 
Professor Judith Petts CBE – Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer
“An important part of our University is the value we place on being a diverse and inclusive community, where we learn and benefit from our rich variety of background and beliefs. This in part is why the University of Plymouth is such an enriching place to work.”
Professor Dame Judith Petts DBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Plymouth

Sustainability at Plymouth

Top 10 sustainable university

Sustainability is at the heart of the University’s refreshed strategy and has informed much of our research, teaching and operations for several decades. This is why we remain one of the most innovative and respected universities in the field, with a proud heritage of national awards and international accreditations. The University is recognised as an innovative leader in higher education for sustainability, across teaching and learning, research and our University operations.
We are ranked 9th in the world out of all the institutions featured in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021 for our efforts in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal number 17: partnerships for the goals.
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*Research Fortnight Research Power League Table 2014.
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