Tuesday 16 July 2013
Overall ranking: 71st out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.
History: Started life educating navigators in 1862, and evolved to become a college of technology. Then received polytechnic status and became one of the country's largest universities.
Address: The city centre campus is five minutes from the train station and near to local shops, cafés and bars. The seafront and historic Barbican are a short stroll away. The university’s network of partner colleges stretches across the South West from Bristol to Jersey. The first modern university to found its own medical school, the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry has sites in Truro, Plymouth and Exeter, and the university also provides nurse, midwifery, social work and health profession education teaching facilities in Truro, Exeter and Plymouth.
Ambience: Students in Plymouth are close to Dartmoor and the beaches of Devon and Cornwall. Good social scene and watersports galore - surfing, sailing and diving in particular.
Who's the boss? Wendy Purcell is vice-chancellor. She graduated from Plymouth way back in 1985, and returns as an internationally recognised biomedical researcher. She also collects modern art.
Prospectus: 01752 585 858 or order one online here.
UCAS code: P60
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Individual entry requirements range from 200 to 370 UCAS entry points, although non-traditional applicants with commitment and ability in place of qualifications are also welcomed.
Vital statistics: Largest university in the South West with around 33,000 students including around16,700 undergraduates. Good for computer science, marine studies, the arts, engineering, geography, nursing, education and business.
Added value: Nationally recognised as one of the UK’s top universities for teaching excellence, having gained 16 national teaching fellowships. It has a 'Skills Plus' project encouraging students to become volunteers, do work-based learning, early careers guidance and relevant part-time/vacation work. It is rated highly for education for sustainable development. It has a cinema, performance space and café as well as state-of-the-art teaching facilities. Education and health and social work students benefit from new purpose-built facilities, and labs and computer suites have undergone million-pound investment, as has the students’ union. It has a campus-based fitness suite and sports halls, and is investing £2.5m into a new facilities including a 50m pool, all-weather climbing facility, and12-court sports hall. The £19m Marine Building was opened in October 2012 by the Duke of Edinburgh, containing the country's most advanced wave tanks and a state-of-the-art ship simulator. A £7m Performing Arts Centre is under construction.
Teaching: 16th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide.
Research: 70th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.
Graduate prospects: 72nd out of 124 with 60.2 per cent finding graduate level employment.
Any accommodation? Yes. The university allocates a variety of rooms based in eight different properties. For a standard room, it’ll cost £87.95 to £103 per week. An en-suite will range from £114 to £127.09 and a large en-suite will set you back between £130.64 and £138.66 per week. Studio flats are also available for £137 to £145 per week.
Cheap to live there? About average. Private rents range between £75 and £90 per week.
Transport links: Three hours from London by rail and three-and-a-half by road.
Fees: £9,000 per year for full-time home and EU undergrads, while overseas students pay more depending on the course.
Bursaries: Plymouth partakes in the National Scholarship Programme and offers a range of bursaries and awards, providing financial support to applicants in need of it. See the website for further details.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: There is a vibrant student union. Amazing number of clubs in Plymouth and the Students' Union has its own nightclub with late licence at weekend.
Price of a pint: Tons of drinks offers in the union bars, with £1.60 draught pints, £2 Kronenbourgs and £1.75 Carlsbergs.
Sporting reputation: Quite sporty, in 32nd place out of 148 in the current BUCS league.
Notable societies: Plenty of course-based societies but room to start your own recreational group too. Try HabSoc for something new- a ballooning society that organises events and trips to the likes of Bristol Balloon Fiesta.
Glittering alumni: Baroness Wilcox, consumer champion; Michael Underwood, TV presenter; Pam St Clement, EastEnders actress; Conrad Humphreys, yachtsman; David Braine and Clare Nasir, BBC and ITV weather forecasters; The Three Hungry Boys- Tim Cresswell, Thom Hunt, Trevor Brinkman.
Alternative prospectus: Put your queries to current Plymouth students on The Student Room and introduce yourself to prospective friends.
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