UPSU – our Students’ Union

Experience what it’s really like to work in all sorts of settings. Get coaching from Plymouth's professional sports clubs. Help plan and put on live events in the community. 

Enhance your employability skills and make a real contribution to our communities with the opportunities available via UPSU

Our unique partnership approach means we can discover and deliver unique openings for you.

UPSU: Media 'behind the scenes' for event management students

UPSU Media were invited to capture what it takes to stage a prestigious performance at Theatre Royal Plymouth through a student-led documentary film and interview. 

This film formed part of an insightful guest lecture from the Theatre's senior management team for our event management students, as well as useful promotional collateral for the Theatre.

UPSU:Media 'behind the scenes' for event management students

SU:TV film for the launch of Moor to Sea without the Car by DSRTP

Professor Iain Stewart, Patron of DSRTP and Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute at University of Plymouth, talks about the project 

"Moor to Sea without the Car allows us to discover the hidden gems that make Plymouth so special"

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SU Media

Reporting at our professional sports clubs and networking with local and national media in the press boxes are just some of the opportunities that we unlock through our partnerships. Find out more about SU Media:

“The opportunity to report on University of Plymouth Raiders matches and interview players has been a great way to build on my journalism experience. Not only does it look great in my personal portfolio, but it's enhanced the student relationships within the city and broken down walls of communication between student life and that of the local community." - Madison Taylor, BA (Hons) English Literature and Deputy Editor at The Knowledge Newspaper.

SU:TV Plymouth | Ocean Valour 4 August 2015

Watch the incredible homecoming video of University of Plymouth alumnus Tom Rainey and crew mate Lawrence Walters, created by our talented students at SU:TV.

SU:TV had the chance to interview the duo moments after they first stepped on land for the first time in 93 days at Salcombe, UK.

UPSU Rugby Club

Work with professional players from Plymouth Albion Rugby Club to:

  • develop your playing skills
  • challenge yourself to engage with the community
  • work towards a coaching qualification
  • get your talent spotted.

It's clear our students are benefiting from working with premier teams. Anyone can come and support our students as they play at the main Varsity match or to any other BUCS home fixtures. Check out PlymUniSport on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Find out more about our sports' clubs

Charlotte Notman

University of Plymouth BA (Hons) Photography student Charlotte Notman, has been coached by Plymouth Albion RFC players.

She is one of 11 players selected to represent the UK in the 2014 FISU World University Rugby Championships.

Find out more about Charlotte
2014 Varsity ladies rugby, Charlotte Notman is on the right.


Our annual Varsity Championship against the University of St Mark and St John raises around £10,000 for charity, and has become the biggest student sporting event of the year involving thousands supporting or taking part in 12 different disciplines from rugby to water polo, and netball to lacrosse.

University of Plymouth Students’ Union Vice President of Societies and Sport, Philippa Williams said: 

"Varsity is a much anticipated annual event that showcases the enormous dedication and sporting talents of Plymouth University’s students. This event is a true reflection of the importance of widely ranging sporting opportunities at UPSU, and also enables a competitive collaboration with Marjon University to raise money and to support local causes."  

University of St Mark and St John Student's Union President, Elias McGill said:

“Varsity is one of the highlights of the year for students. The community spirit and camaraderie amongst teams and supporters highlights the power sport has to bring people together. As a Student Union, we are extremely proud of the money that has been raised every year, and that we are taking part in an event that is making a difference to local charities and the local community. To be able to take part in a competition between the two Universities in the city shows the fantastic work that students can achieve, from sporting excellence to charitable endeavours.”

Plymouth students and staff are encouraged to support the UPSU clubs

Varsity film

Sport at UPSU

UPSU Cheerleading and Dance Club

Our cheerleaders and dancers perform alongside Plymouth’s professional sports clubs, engaging with the community through pre-match entertainment. Follow @PlymUniSport on Twitter to find out when our clubs are performing.