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Plymouth University - an introduction


About us

Plymouth University is one of the UK's most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862.

Consistently ranked as one of the top three modern universities, Plymouth has

  • over 30,000 students
  • almost 3,000 staff
  • an annual income of around £160 million
  • a major role in the Combined Universities in Cornwall

High academic standards

Plymouth has performed very well in all teaching reviews carried out by external bodies since 1996.

The University has a long record of high quality innovative research as demonstrated by its achievements in the RAE. The university submitted twenty-five Units of Assessment in the 2008 RAE. The results show that the majority of research submitted by the university included world-leading research, achieving the highest rating possible - scoring 4-stars. Overall, 80% of the research was judged as being of international repute.

In the Research Fortnight research power league table , on the basis of the results of the 2008 RAE Plymouth has leapt 15 places to join the top 50 universities, showing the greatest improvement in the UK in research performance since the last RAE, in 2001.

Our investment in your future

The University is committed to improving the experience of its students, demonstrated by a high level of investment in new facilities.  You can view our new campus developments at .

Social Enterprise Mark 

Plymouth is the first university in the world to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of working as a genuine social enterprise, caring for communities and protecting the planet. The award was announced by the Social Enterprise Mark Company, which provides the only officially-defined registration for social enterprise.

Roland Levinsky Building 

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Facts and figures

Freedom of Information
(including financial statements)

The enterprise university

Our mission, vision and values

History of Higher Education in Plymouth

Rolle Building, Plymouth

Widening participation & partnership

Our commitment to being accessible to a wide cross-section of the community is supported by
  • flexible learning opportunities
  • a broad portfolio of programmes, with strong academic and vocational emphasis
  • an impressive Plymouth campus
  • nursing opportunities at university sites at Exeter in Devon, Pool and Truro in Cornwall and Taunton in Somerset
  • a partnership network of regional colleges in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and the Channel Islands
  • responsibility for all nursing and midwifery training in the South West of England