Students and family

Your student experience

Welcome! Whether you're a new or returning student, undergraduate or postgraduate, we want to welcome you personally to the University, ensuring you have the best possible experience here at Plymouth. 

Plymouth students study a variety of courses from fine art to physiotherapy, business to biology, and design to dentistry. Everyone has a key part to play in shaping not only the University and the student experience it offers, but also the future that experience provides each and every Plymouth graduate.

Our Student Charter

The University of Plymouth Student Charter is a tripartite agreement between the University, the University of Plymouth Students’ Union (UPSU) and the student body.

The University, our students and UPSU each have commitments that form the Charter.

Read the Student Charter

Define your world

At Plymouth, we believe in delivering the best experience in partnership with you. 

As one of our students, your views, thoughts and ideas genuinely matter. 

Our roots go back more than 150 years to the School of Navigation, but our modernity and students give us energy, direction and freedom to define our strategic priorities and values. 

Our students define the world that we will help build.

'So what's here for me?'

As you expect the best from the University, we expect the best from you, so we want to ensure you have every opportunity to stretch yourself and explore within a supportive environment. 

This section of the University website contains information on how you, as a University of Plymouth student, can enhance your student experience through learning, sharing ideas and taking part. 

Why not start by asking a question or finding a mentor, joining an advisory panel or putting an idea into action?

Over to you...

Plymouth Compass

A framework of 'future-facing' attributes that will help you navigate your whole university experience in both your taught curriculum and your extra-curricular activities.
Learn how the Plymouth Compass guides you

Education and Student Experience Strategy

Our Education and Student Experience Strategy is in place to ensure that we provide the best education and student experience for our current and future students.

"Our overarching aim is to deliver outstanding education that makes a difference, improving local, national and global communities.”
We will do this by meeting specific ambitions, as set out in the Strategy.

Welcome information for parents and supporters

Studying at the University of Plymouth is a life-changing, transformative experience, and we know that at times of change it’s important to feel supported.

Find key information about university for parents or supporters of a current student, to help you understand life at university and how you can help.

Read our welcome information

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the core of our University community – you should never need to hide any aspect of who you and we will support you in being your best self. Through specialised support services, incredible events and community engagement, the University of Plymouth is proud to advance equality for oft-marginalised and discriminated against communities.

The University holds a bronze Athena SWAN award for advancing gender equity and all schools within the University have committed to achieving a bronze Athena SWAN award by 2020. The University is also honoured to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion to better support our LGBT+ staff and students and we are registered with AccessAble to ensure our campuses are accessible for everyone.

Find out more and get support here

Students as partners

At the University of Plymouth, whether you're a student or a member of staff, we all work together to enhance the student experience.
Learn more about this partnership

Your voice - you said, we did...

Our students' feedback is vital in channelling new ideas into the experience we offer both now and in the future. Why not hear what our students say?
View our feedback options and results

EU referendum

As you will no doubt be aware Britain is to leave the European Union.

There is no immediate change for the UK university sector and in particular, programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ will continue as normal.

Read more advice for current and prospective students

Plymouth Extra: a catalogue of extra-curricular activities to enhance your graduate attributes

From learning a new language to making a difference within the community, there are nearly 250 activities available, with countless ways to get involved and enhance your employability skills.

Find out more about Plymouth Extra