A group of students walking across Plymouth campus near Drakes Place and the Reservoir Cafe
The University of Plymouth’s work to enable every member of its diverse student population to succeed has been highlighted in a new report published by the Office for Students.
The independent report, Educational gains explored, references work by universities across the country to enable their students to achieve individually tailored gains.
Within that, it specifically acknowledges work undertaken to track the progress made by each University of Plymouth student rather than simply expecting them all to achieve the same targets.
This, the report highlights, has been achieved by creating a measure that examines the distance travelled – in terms of educational achievement – by students from the point at which they join the University right through to the completion of their studies and journey into the workplace or further study.
The report also acknowledges ongoing work to embed sustainability – one of the University’s key strategic priorities – in teaching across all its courses.
The report is based on submissions by universities and colleges awarded Gold for student outcomes in the latest round of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Released in 2023, those awards saw the University become one of the few in the country to be awarded triple gold – for student outcomes, student experience and overall.

Achieving triple gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework was an amazing success for everyone at the University. Being featured in this report is a further demonstration of our achievements, and the ongoing efforts that led to us being recognised in this way. Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and have unique life experiences that have brought them to Plymouth. We pride ourselves on reflecting that, treating them as individuals and providing tailored support to help them reach their goals. Through that, and the outstanding experiences they will have along the way, we are ensuring they go into the world of work prepared and ready to overcome any challenges they may face.

John CurnowJohn Curnow
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education and Student Experience

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