University of Plymouth Students' Union

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UoP Students' Union UPSU
UPSU logo.png
Motto Transforming lives through experience
Institution University of Plymouth
Location United Kingdom University of Plymouth, Plymouth Campus, Drake Circus
Established 1992
President Sarah Bowman
Other sabbatical officers Emily Hamilton Peach; Richard Skipper; Ruth Titmuss; William Holmes
Members 30,000+ (estimated)
Affiliations National Union of Students
Website UPSU homepage

The University of Plymouth Students' Union (UPSU) is based on the University of Plymouth campus, in the Drake Circus area of Plymouth, Devon, England.

With about 30,000 student members it is one of the largest student unions in the UK,[1] and hosts a wide array of events and offers services to all students.


The UPSU Executive Officers or 'Sabbatical Officers' are elected in March and decide the day-to-day running of the union. The Sabbatical Team consists of five full-time officers who have recently graduated as students from the University. Each has their own remit and they also provide academic and national representation for Plymouth students. The Sabbatical Team for 2014/2015 [2]

  • President - Sarah Bowman
  • Vice-President Education - Ruth Titmuss
  • Vice-President Welfare - Richard Skipper
  • Vice-President Sports & Societies - Emily Hamilton Peach
  • Vice President International & Outreach - William Holmes

Previous Executive Teams[edit]

Team for 2013/14 :

  • President - Sarah Bowman
  • Vice-President Education - Steph Driscoll
  • Vice-President Welfare & Community - Charlie Green
  • Vice-President Sports & Societies - Richard Evans
  • Vice President Engagement - Sarah Pook

Team for 2012/13::[citation needed]

  • President - Jazz Singh-Khaira
  • Deputy President - Rich Garratt
  • Vice-President Education and Welfare - Steph Driscoll
  • Vice-President Sports - David De-Beger
  • Vice-President Activities and Communications - Sarah Pook


The main union building is mostly underground. It has a small bar known as 'The Snug' with sofas and 3D televisions. Across from the bar is 'the Lounge' with tables and sofas, and 'the Snack Shack', a fast-food bar selling both eat-in and take-away food. Across from the small bar area is a room known as 'Illusion' which has a dance floor and pool tables, and is sometimes used for private events. Down from 'Illusion' is the main bar, known as 'Sub:Lime' which is where most of the union's events take place: it has a dance floor with DJ booth and projectors. In 2010 the union's bar won first place in the National Union of Students' Best Bar None competition, which assesses how bars manage student safety.[1]

Attached to the main building on the first floor is an advice centre, open weekdays between 10am and 3pm. It offers to UPSU members a range of free and confidential advice, including financial and academic advice, and free pregnancy test kits.

The union has two shops on campus, U:Shop, opposite the library, sells goods such as milk and snacks, while U:Shop2, inside the UPSU building, sells merchandise including university hoodies and gifts.

Societies and sports clubs[edit]

The union hosts many societies[3] and sports clubs,[4] which any student can join. All sports teams are supported by the union and the university. All sports team members require a Sports Card, available during freshers week and in The Hive, in order to play and represent the university.


The Volunteering department is situated in "The Hive", at the south of the building. Volunteering opportunities range from mentoring with Cybermentors, helping with upkeep of the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, Cornwall to helping run projects in a local Plymouth school.


The union holds weekly and monthly events, and special events throughout the year.[5] At the end of the welcome weeks each year the 'Freshers Ball' is open to all students; and the annual 'Summer Ball', which also includes food stalls, a fairground, a midnight cinema, headphone disco and a 'survivors' breakfast, has a number of stages and guest acts.

Rag week in February each year aims to raise both awareness of and money for charity. Events include a pizza eating contest, endurance, bake sales, mile of pennies, city and campus raids, pyjama day, treasure hunts, pool contests and karaoke.

Partner colleges[edit]

Over 10,000 students do not study at the main Plymouth campus but at partner colleges. All Higher Education students on University of Plymouth courses at these colleges are automatically members of the UPSU and representatives are available at the larger colleges which, as of 2011, are City College Plymouth, Petroc, Somerset College of Arts and Technology, South Devon College, and Truro and Penwith College.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Plymouth students' union wins bar safety award". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  2. ^ "Student Voice". Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Societies". UPSU Students Union. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  4. ^ "A-Z Sports Directory". UPSU Students Union. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  5. ^ "What's On at UPSU". UPSU Students Union. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  6. ^ "Partner Colleges". UPSU Students Union. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 

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Coordinates: 50°22′27″N 4°08′19″W / 50.374121°N 4.138512°W / 50.374121; -4.138512