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 Ruth Titmuss
Other sabbatical officers Matt Dark; Dave Bertelli; Jessica Small; Steph Wearne; James Stoner
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.

Executive Officers[edit]

Link to Exec site

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 six 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 Officers Team for 2017/2018[edit]

[2] President - Lowri Jones

  • Vice-President Education - Maja Smith
  • Vice-President Sports - Phillipa Williams
  • Vice-President Activities - Alex Doyle
  • Vice President International & Outreach - Hadiza Adah

The Executivel Officers Team for 2016/2017[edit]

[2] President - Lowri Jones

  • Vice-President Education - Steph Wearne
  • Vice-President Sports - Phillips Williams
  • Vice-President Activities - Jessica Vagg
  • Vice President International & Outreach - Davide Bertell

The Executive Officers Team for 2015/2016[edit]

[2] President - Ruth Titmuss

  • Vice-President Education - Steph Wearne
  • Vice-President Sports - Matt Dark
  • Vice-President Activities - James Stoner
  • Vice President International & Outreach - Davide Bertelli

Previous officers[edit]

Team for 2014/2015[edit]


  • 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

Team for 2013/14[edit]


  • 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[edit]


  • 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

Team for 2011/2012[edit]


  • President Tom Davidson
  • Deputy President - Rich Garratt
  • Vice-President Activities and Communications - Jazz Singh-Khaira
  • Vice-President Education and Welfare- Emma Wilson

Union Executive Committee (UEC) & student forums[edit]

The Union Executive Committee, formerly student Parliament, is made up of 15 elected Forum Chairs and the 6 elected Executive Officers, and is also attended by the Chief Executive and staff support members. The Chair of the Accountability Board also attends these meetings, to observe and ensure that they are taking place in a fair and democratic manner. The UEC is in place to make important decisions that effect the student body and ensure that the wide diversity of the student body is fairly represented in these decisions.[7]

Student Forums[edit]

As well as sitting on Each of the 15 elected forum chairs also runs their own forum All of the Forums are open for anyone to go along to and take part in discussions, however there are 4 "Liberation Forums", that you would need to identify as a member of that group to vote in Forum decisions. the accountability forum however is only open to elected members, its job is to hold, all members of UEC to account.[8]

List of UPSU student Forums: Environment & Sustainability; Faith & Belief Forum; Global Students; Mature Students; Postgraduate; Societies; Sports; Welfare; Partner Institutions; LGBT; Women's; Volunteering; Accountability; [7]


The student union was refurbished in summer 2014.[9] The main union building is mostly underground; its top bar is known as burst bar serving smoothies, juices and teas[10] adjacent to this is the 'Zig-Zag' bar . at the top of the SU is the lounge selling Costa coffee and sandwiches;[11] below this is '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.[12]

The union has two shops on campus, U:Shop, opposite the library, sells goods such as milk and snacks, while on the over side, by the library entrance, is Chunk the pasty outlet[13]

The student union also has an accommodation service, located inside it opposite the hive.[14]

Societies and sports clubs[edit]

The union supports societies[15] and sports clubs,[16] which are by an elected committee from the clubs' membership. Any student can set up a society.[17]

Sports teams are supported by the union and the university and represent the university.

Volunteering and fundraising[edit]

The Volunteering and fundraising departments are 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.

Rag week in February each year aims to raise both awareness of and money for charity. Events have included include a pizza eating contest, endurance, bake sales, mile of pennies, city and campus raids, pyjama day, treasure hunts, pool contests and karaoke.[18]


The union holds weekly and monthly events, and special events throughout the year.[19] 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.

Notable Events

UPSU Summer Ball[edit]

The union's largest event is held annually at the end of the academic year (May). As well as having a number of stages and guest acts, the event usually has food stalls, a fair ground; casino (non-monetary); inflatables and various other entertainment[20] Past acts have included: Professor Green, Flux Pavilion, Ella Eyre, The Vengaboys[21]You Me at Six, Katy B[20] and Noah and the Whale[22]


The Union holds a weekly open mic event every Thursday called 'Jam House'[23] encouraging students and locals from the community to perform. as well as this larger local bands are encouraged to play for special headlining gigs such as Moriarty and Land of the giants. Jam house also invited George the Poet to perform and had a visit from BBC introducing Devon[24]

Over the years there have been performances from many acts, including The Darkness, Enter Shikari, DJ Fresh, The Wurzels, Reel Big Fish, Bowling for Soup Pendulum, Dizzee Rascal, Frank Turner, The Hoosiers, Ben Howard, Weetus, Dj Fresh.

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.[25]


  1. ^ a b "Plymouth students' union wins bar safety award". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  2. ^ a b c "Student Voice". Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Student Voice". Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Horne, Oliver (May 2013). Our Year 2013-2014. Plymouth: University Of Plymouth Student Union. p. 5. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Horne, Oliver. "Our Year 2012-2013". UPSU. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  6. ^ UPSU, The Knowledge (May 2012). THE KNOWLEDGE term 3 edition. Plymouth: UPSU. pp. 5–8. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  7. ^ a b UPSU. "UPSU Student Voice". Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  8. ^ UPSU. "UPSU student Forums". UPSU. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Chivers, Lauren. "UPSU presents ‘The New SU". The Knowledge. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  10. ^ UPSU. "THE BURST BAR". upsu. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  11. ^ UPSU. "The Lounge". Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  12. ^ UPSU. "UPSU Advice". UPSU. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  13. ^ UPSU. "Chunk". Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  14. ^ UPSU. "Plymouth student union accommodation". Plymouth Students Union. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Societies". UPSU Students Union. Retrieved 2016-02-02. 
  16. ^ "A-Z Sports Directory". UPSU Students Union. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  17. ^ students union, University Of plymouth. "Starting a society". University of Playmouth Student Union. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  18. ^ Maddison, Taylor. "RAG Week 2015: "more successful than last years as we have chosen to do it differently"". The Knowledge. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "What's On at UPSU". UPSU Students Union. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  20. ^ a b su, UP. "The Summer ball 2013". Youtube. UPSU. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  21. ^ Alexandra, Lancaster. "UPSY Summer Ticket Launches". The Tab. The Tab. Archived from the original on 26 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  22. ^ marketing team, UPSU. "UPSU SUMMER BALL 2012". UPSU. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
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  24. ^ James Catteral, Kallum. "‘Jam House’ is so much more than cheap drink, good friends and incredible talent.". The Knowledge. UPSU. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  25. ^ "Partner Colleges". UPSU Students Union. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 

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