About the University

Our roots go back 150 years, but it is our modernity and contemporary thinking that gives us our energy and direction. Our teaching includes a particular emphasis on practical ‘real world’ experiential learning and our stimulating student experience ensures personal challenge, development and a curriculum that is built around employment success. Our graduates are highly capable, confident and adaptable global citizens – we give our students the freedom to define the world that they will help to build.

We’re 18 months into our refreshed strategy and we’ve just been ranked second in the UK: Times Higher Education young universities 2018 – and we’ve just started.

We’ve also recently been awarded TEF silver and we continue to move up in the league tables - joint 56th in the UK in the QS World Rankings and a rise of 12 places in the Guardian University League table, placing the University 66th.

As part of our new Estate Strategy that was adopted in 2017, we are just beginning an exciting new period of developments across our campus which will see investment in the estate of around £250M over the next ten years.    

With a mission to advance knowledge and transform lives through education and research, the University of Plymouth is among the emerging elite of modern higher education institutions. We are also a *top 50 research university with clusters of world class research across a wide range of disciplines including marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology.

We are well known for the quality of our research-informed teaching and are committed to delivering high-quality, research-led and professionally-relevant teaching. Our commitment to teaching excellence is evident in 23 National Teaching Fellowships awarded since 2000, and 13 Principal Fellows and 81 Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). We are in 15th position nationally (HESA 2017) for the percentage of staff carrying a recognised teaching qualification. In 2017 we were shortlisted by the HEA for the Global Teaching Excellence Award.

A twice winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education, the University of Plymouth continues to grow in stature and reputation.

With 23,000 students, and a further 17,000 studying for a Plymouth degree at partner institutions in the UK and around the world, and over 135,000 alumni pursuing their chosen careers globally, we have a growing global presence.

* Research Fortnight Research Power League Table 2014.