Plymouth Extra

Get involved, meet new people and enhance your skills

Plymouth Extra is the University’s catalogue of opportunities beyond the lecture theatre. 

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

All current career development programmes can be found on myCareer, new events are added regularly throughout the year. For activities offered by the Students Union and information on other volunteering opportunities visit the UPSU website.

The below programmes are open to all students. For opportunities which might be more specific to your area of study please speak to your Faculty and personal tutor as there are many additional activities available.


The Future Leaders Programme
Do you want to be part of a centre of excellence in sustainability teaching and learning? We have an exciting team of staff, students, alumni and community partners helping to continue this pioneering work.

Drakes Place volunteering
Volunteering activities from litter clearing in the gardens and reservoir, sanding benches and spot weeding to creating insect boxes and supporting biodiversity activities and research.

Hall volunteer
Help students settle into their first year in halls and at university, help to create a community, monitor the welfare of the residents, organise and manage events and activities.

Volunteering at Hamoaze House
Volunteer with a variety of people in recovery from drug and alcohol use.  

Volunteering at Devonport House Salvation Hostel
Volunteer with a variety of people who are homeless. Email Lyndsey for more information

Volunteering at Stonehouse Shekinah Mission
Volunteer with a variety of people in recovery from homelessness, drug and alcohol issues, offending behaviors or mental health issues.

Personal development

Duke of Edinburgh 
An opportunity to get bronze, silver and gold awards through a range of activities, gaining new skills and experiences (up to age 24). 

An opportunity to participate in 12 hours of bespoke training to develop facilitation skills for the running of peer study activities. You will then plan and lead regular sessions which enhance students' understanding of course content. Email the PALS team for more information

Student Ambassadors
Work as part of a highly motivated professional team, supporting a variety of departments across the University at open, applicant and interview days and other events.

Sustainable Student Ambassadors
Help the University to create and lead educational workshops and activities to engage prospective and current students with the Sustainable University initiative here at Plymouth.

UPSU leadership programmes
Gain skills and develop qualities individually as well as lead teams.

The Global Challenge Programme
Do you want to thrive in and contribute to the interconnected 21st century world? Join the Global Challenge Programme.

Cultural development

Beginner twilight language courses
These 12 weeks beginner level classes give an introduction to the language. They are practical in nature and are not assessed. Contact Chelo De Andres Martinez for more information

  • Arabic
  • Chinese Mandarin
  • French 
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


Do you want to make a difference and care about the people in our community, locally and internationally? Build entrepreneurial solutions to change people’s lives. Email for further information.

Become a Student Ambassador

Watch our Student Ambassadors in action and learn about what it is like to be a Student Ambassador with the University of Plymouth. 

Listen to current students talk about the work they get involved in and what it feels like to be part of a dynamic team assisting with the delivery of key University events.

Become a Student Ambassador

PALS Leader

"The reaction from the students is great, and the feeling that you’re doing something worthwhile and helping them through their first term is even better."

PALS leaders support less experienced students in getting the most from their programme of study.

Find out more about PALS