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Community engagement

Transforming lives through knowledge, collaboration and partnership

Our commitment to the community is focused around sharing excitement about and opportunities for learning. As a university strongly connected to our community we want to help people transform their lives through education, empowering people to deliver their talents, provide opportunities to foster social inclusion and build a future-facing society distinguished by innovation, where people are encouraged to use their abilities, experience and talents to make a difference.    
View our mission, vision and values, plus supporting strategies at

​Enabling our community to share the learning experience


Widening access and participation for under-represented groups:

  • Working with target schools and providing financial support for students in line with the University's access agreement
  • Managing Aimhigher within the Peninsula area
  • Undertaking community outreach activity


​Our students as residents, volunteers and global citizens

Volunteer awards

Plymouth University supports and enhances community and voluntary sector activity through the involvement of staff and student volunteering and:
  • Promotes community based and employer led learning, and a curriculum that engages with contemporary problems and issues, and encourages global and local citizenship
  • Promotes the importance of volunteering in our community to students and staff
  • Encourages cross cultural and overseas activities to develop global citizens
  • Work to maintain a thriving local community underpinned by high level skills and innovation

​Developing businesses and employability opportunities

Career gateway

Plymouth University commits to help develop business and employability opportunities by:
  • Building social enterprise capacity and capability
  • Use our in-house talent to provide consultancy services
  • Create opportunities for internships, placements and work experience
  • Develop continuing professional opportunities for local business
  • Provide incubator facilities for new businesses

​Promoting vibrant, cultural, sports and recreational opportunities


The University aims to:
  • Enrich community inclusivity and creativity through exhibitions, performance, public lecture and interpretation trails
  • Work with the city and others to develop recreation and sports opportunities
  • Promote healthy lifestyles through our health related partnerships
  • Support initiatives that recognise the value of well being to achieving sustainability

​Communication and partnership

Jigsaw garden

Plymouth University commits to:
  • Promoting the importance of partnership working in our community
  • Develop creative ways to work with our communities to enhance sustainability
  • Work with our Academy, Trust Schools and local schools to raise aspiration and develop a pathway of educational opportunity for young people in the region

​Services, facilities and events

Spinning plates

As the enterprise university we are committed to social responsibility and responsible business practice. We work hard to support schools, not-for-profit, voluntary and community groups with an extensive programme of community and public engagement.
Support is provided to the community in various ways that also supports the student experience by providing opportunities for contribution as well as participation.