Justice Works (work-based learning and volunteering)
As well as studying, you'll have the opportunity to engage in a number of activities which come under our banner of Justice Works.

The notion of ‘social justice’ guides our entire suite of programmes. Justice Works brings you together with our staff around a range of activities designed to enhance your employability skills, foster collaborative partnerships with a variety of social and criminal justice agencies, and provide opportunities to engage in world class research.

Student societies
Our societies offer you the chance to expand your knowledge of the criminal justice system. The Plymouth University Howard League student group and The Plymouth University Criminology and Criminal Justice Society (Crimsoc) run events, invite guest speakers and arrange volunteering opportunities. Find out more about our student societies.

British Criminology Society - South West branch
The South West branch of the British Society of Criminology is organised by Criminology and Criminal Justice Society staff, who arrange for national and international guest speakers to talk at the University. This is an excellent opportunity for you to see and hear academics whose work you’ll have previously read as part of your studies. The branch also runs a popular film club.

Field trips and visiting specialists
You’ll experience field trips such as court or prison visits, and we also regularly invite specialists to come and talk to you about their areas of expertise and contemporary developments in policy and practice.

Work-based learning and volunteering

We support and encourage students who wish to undertake a work-based learning placement and aim to give you a taste of the real working environment. We have strong links with a range of criminal justice and related agencies in the local area and beyond.

We also invite practitioners to come in to the University and talk about volunteering opportunities, to help increase your levels of employability.