Plymouth University

Plymouth | South West England

Varied union activities Creative City Campus By the sea

Ucas code: P60

Our aim is to become the enterprise university, truly business-engaging and delivering outstanding economic, social and cultural benefits from our intellectual capital - pivotal in a city acknowledged as the enterprise capital of the south west. Our main campus is set in the city, with other sites spread across the region. The university also partners with a network of local colleges.
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What students say about this university

Dialog 869 comments (236 students)
    • Facilities

      Plymouth Uni does have one of the largest SU's I have ever seen, which has at least 3 bars, 2 cafes and the hub - a place...

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      2012, 1st year, Psychology

      Facilities

      Plymouth Uni does have one of the largest SU's I have ever seen, which has at least 3 bars, 2 cafes and the hub - a place where you can sit around and chat. There is also an outside bar and a large amount of seating outside. There is thousands of cafes dotted around the campus, but they are very overpriced so it is best to pop into town for food too. In terms of sport facilities, there is a gym, but it is very small, so you're probably better off going to one of the cheaper large ones in the town centre. However, there is sport activities ran often, such as badminton, aerobics etc.

      2012, 1st year, Psychology

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    • Student Union

      Comedy nights, club nights out, connections to local clubs, fundraising nights, most society and sports clubs have weekly socials.

      2014, 2nd year, Dietetics

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    • Academic Experience

      Lectures in the second year offer the basics to a subject and there are not that many each week - say 3-6 hours. Reading around...

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      2013, 2nd year, Conservation Ecology

      Academic Experience

      Lectures in the second year offer the basics to a subject and there are not that many each week - say 3-6 hours. Reading around the subject is detrimental to understanding the subject and for being able to give good, in-depth answers in exams Feedback is very varied between the individual lecturers, although most will offer extra feedback if you contact them directly. The course content is not an holistic approach to conservation, and tends NOT to offer modules in community conservation or social enterprise with third world countries. It is a scientific approach to land based conservation and focuses a lot on plants and the physical environment. The labs can sometimes be crammed, depending on how many they enrolled, ours was the last of the cheaper year and they have admitted that they over-subscribed. Overall though the facilities do the job and get you through your degree. The technicians that work along side the academics are wonderful helpers, always keen to help you in your work.

      2013, 2nd year, Conservation Ecology

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    • The downside

      More support for computing classes which are mixed with creativity, such as making animations or games, as there is very little...

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      2012, 1st year, Visual & Audio Effects

      The downside

      More support for computing classes which are mixed with creativity, such as making animations or games, as there is very little online support which goes further than what you get taught in the lectures. If you want to go beyond what the lectures teach you, you have to go to different online sites.

      2012, 1st year, Visual & Audio Effects

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    • The upside

      Lecturers are enthusiastic and always there to help if you need them, they are also some of the leading researchers in the field

      2012, 2nd year, Marine Biology

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    • Facilities

      As good as you'll need them to be

      2012, 2nd year, Political Systems

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Creative

67%

HIGH

Diverse local nightlife

71%

MED

Varied union activities

76%

HIGH

Sporty

66%

MED

Political

45%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Student score 78% MED

Overall student satisfaction

85%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

28,625

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

86%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

22%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

54%

of students are female

Young / Mature

20%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

11%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

82%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

University images

  • Prestige Lecture at the National Marine Aquarium

    Prestige Lecture at the National Marine Aquarium

  • Francis Drake halls

    Francis Drake halls

  • Student Union plaza

    Student Union plaza

  • Technology

    Technology

  • Arts building

    Arts building

  • Marine Research

    Marine Research

  • Fieldwork

    Fieldwork

  • Students analysing samples

    Students analysing samples

  • Varsity Rugby

    Varsity Rugby

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