Academic partnerships - about us

We have an excellent track record in working collaboratively. 

And we constantly adapt to effectively align our practice to the fast changing, national and international economic and policy landscape.

Academic partnerships' responsibilities

The management and development of new and existing UK and international collaborative institutional partnerships.

The strategic development of quality assurance and enhancement. The Central Quality Office provides guidance on procedures, along with advice, to the University community and our partners.

Our vision

  • We want to support the creation, development and sustainability of high quality partnerships with organisations that advance the University of Plymouth's reputation and deliver academic excellence.
  • To be an enterprising, multi-skilled and integrated team delivering the academic partnerships strategy - for the development, management and quality oversight of regional, national and international academic partnerships. 
  • To support faculties and schools to deliver that strategy.

The ethos and values of academic partnerships

We value partnership as a means of providing inclusive, high quality student learning opportunities in the UK and internationally. We do this through:

  • a successful approach to partnership working that's not only built on research-informed practice, but extensively and externally evaluated, too
  • proactively developing higher education collaborations that extend the unique University offer across the UK and internationally
  • programmes that are co-designed, co-delivered and co-monitored for quality with partners
  • a collegiate approach to partnership, governance and management
  • our outstanding student opportunities. These are available 24/7 and embrace the concept of the edgeless campus
  • a commitment to supporting all aspects of the student learning experience
  • excellence in research and support for business development
  • a commitment to capacity building, supporting staff through research and scholarly activity
  • supporting pedagogic innovations through collaborative relationships and shared resources.

International relationships

We work with people and organisations around the world on many different projects. Support is provided through the University of Plymouth International Office.

Our collaboration with countries, institutions and relationships is always growing. International Relationships are run in the following countries: 

We offer many exchange links worldwide, either through organisations or directly with specific institutions, for incoming and outgoing students - as well as for staff and academics.

Commitment to partnership

Working in partnership is part of our institutional DNA at the University of Plymouth. 

Starting with local collaborations in the 1970s, academic partnerships now account for more than one-third of the University‚Äôs students and provide a significant contribution to research and business development activities. 

Learn more about the history of academic partnerships and timeline.