Student learning with the Armed Forces

Student learning experience:

  • Help for Heroes (H4H): Through a Memorandum of Understanding with Help for Heroes operating within the Naval Service Recovery Centre at HMS Drake, the University works in partnership to provide research and placement opportunities for students by accessing the wide variety of rehabilitation and healthcare activities delivered by the centre

  • Project Equinox: This is a charity that has been created under the University’s auspices, aiming to create a ‘sheltered home’ in Plymouth for 40 single veterans (of largely pensioner age, each in his / her own individual flats) adjoined by accommodation for 40 medical students, who will have an intergenerational social ‘buddying’ commitment to a paired veteran. Research and evaluation is expected to demonstrate how the stimulation provided by camaraderie and companionship with kindred spirits, and the younger generation will enhance veterans’, mental and physical health, and thereby longevity. In a wider context the project will incorporate hall and healthcare clinic facilities open to all veterans, the latter being operated (under supervision) by students of the University’s health professions.