Community engagement: come on in

Did you know you are welcome to:

  • enjoy Drake’s Place gardens and reservoir, an award-winning community space
  • volunteer for Drake's Place every Tuesday 
  • have free eye examinations with our Centre for Eyecare Excellence – in turn providing real patient experience for our third year optometry students supervised by fully qualified optometrists
  • enjoy contemporary art exhibitions, performances, music, films and talks with our public art programme Peninsula Arts, including in The House – the award winning performing arts building on North Hill
  • participate in our world-class research which is transforming lives
  • attend events on campus from public lectures and seminar series to festivals and food and craft fairs. Find out what community events we have planned
  • View the Pluto Webcam (Plymouth Underwater Teaching Observatory) streaming live from Plymouth Sound
  • access the Law Clinic that provides services by supervised students. The clinic offers real advice and representation, making a real difference to clients' lives. In 2014 our students won an employment law appeal for a client who obtained significant damages in the High Court in London

  • visit the Languages Cafe - a relaxed meeting place with native speakers to help guide conversations in French, Spanish and English, and occasionally German, Chinese (Mandarin) or Italian. 

The Languages Café 

The Languages Café promotes communication across languages and across cultures. It is a meeting place for students, staff and Plymouth residents to practise their language skills over a coffee, in an informal and fun environment. 

All abilities - all welcome. The cafe is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time. 

“We especially enjoy developing our language skills with the students whilst learning more about different cultures and ways of life across the world” – Harry and Janet Vosper, Plymouth U3A.

Discover more about our languages café

The PLUTO webcam

View LIVE footage from the Plymouth Sound, day and night. 

This webcam provides a unique view into the underwater habitat of Plymouth Sound in real time.

"Out of sight, out of mind is a perennial problem in marine conservation. The PLUTO project aims to engage people with marine life in Plymouth Sound special area of conservation by providing an ‘eye in the sea’, accessible to anyone." - Dr Nicholas Higgs

View the webcam


Moor to Sea without the Car

Come on in and get your copy of this unique walking guide, created by our talented students, from any one of our on-campus cafés

The book contains 11 walks that range from an afternoon stroll to a challenging hike, which can be sustainably reached by public transport.

Find out more about the book

Plymouth University - anchored in our community, making a difference and transforming lives. 

We are proud to: 

  • sponsor Mayflower Community Academy, Marine Academy Plymouth and University Technical College, and support many other inspirational educational projects and learning opportunities 
  • work with our neighbours Mutley Greenbank Trust, Sherwell Church and Trevi House, supporting their communities
  • provide healthcare, medical and dental treatment services 
  • enable life-long learning in our community through partnerships including University of the Third Age, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth Theatre Royal and the Plymouth Tree Partnership 
  • enhance local economic development by working with local government, GAIN and business networks such as the Chambers of Commerce.

Our commitment to the local community is primarily focused around opportunities for learning. 

Find out more about our community engagement strategy