Facts and figures

Research rich

Sustainable university

  • H Accredited Fairtrade University since 2009 and 75% increase in sales of Fairtrade in 2014-2015 since 2012-13
  • > Five Green Gown Awards since 2011, including three in 2014
  • ' One of just six institutions internationally to receive a Global Showcase award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • ( Drake’s Place £1.4 million restoration project of the gardens and reservoir completed in 2014, receiving Green Flag award in 2015
  • ' The House and Marine Station building projects most recently opened are BREEAM Excellent (an environmental assessment method rating system for buildings)
  • 2 Zero waste to landfill in 2015/16
  • ( We have over 290 bicycle parking spaces on campus
  • @ Our Students' Union has NUS Green Impact ‘Excellence Outstanding’ status
  • ' Achieved ISO 14001 accreditation for all our operations on the Plymouth campus since 2009

Awards in detail

Queen's Anniversary Prize

In 2012 we were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in recognition of our worldwide reputation for marine and maritime education and research. One of the most prestigious awards in UK Higher Education, it was presented to Professor Wendy Purcell, President, Plymouth University by the Queen at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. We're also one of the few universities to have won the award twice, after winning the Queen's Anniversary Prize for widening access to education in rural communities in 1994. 


Social Enterprise Mark

Here at Plymouth we became the first university in the world to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark, in recognition of our long-standing support for the sector. The award demonstrates our social value to the wider world and community, and is testament to the commitment, energy and vision that we pride ourselves on.  

Stonewall Diversity Champions

In September 2013 we were proud to join the acclaimed Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, Britain's good practice employers’ forum on sexual orientation. This partnership means that as a university we receive one-to-one advice from Stonewall’s workplace team, and benefit from an extensive network of over a hundred high-profile employers.