Well over 150 things you need to know about Plymouth University

Plymouth University is 150 years old in 2012 and to celebrate, this book trawls through time to uncover 150 things about the University and its history that we thought people should know.

Indeed, once we hit our target of 150 facts, we just couldn’t stop – and so there are a few additional facts along the way, including fascinating local facts, some famous folk with a University connection and even a look into the future to see what things might be like here in 150 years’ time!

While written for children, this book will appeal also to anybody with a connection to Plymouth University or who want an insight into what a university is like.

Authors Carly Watson and Owen Longhurst are currently in the final year of studying at Plymouth University to be primary school teachers while Jake Rowlinson is a recent 2011 graduate of the university having studied illustration. This is their first published book.

Our students were assisted in the research for this book by school children from Marine Academy Plymouth and St Budeaux Primary School who also produced their own parallel book about the history of their school.


Owen and Carly check the final copy

Jake (illustrator), Debbie (designer), Carly and Owen (writers) – Olivia (designer) not pictured

Making the final amends

With pupils from Marine Academy Plymouth who helped with the research for the book

Carly works with school children to produce a book about their school

Examples of the school children’s work, which was presented at the launch of their own book

The children’s launch of their book ‘About our School’

Jake Rowlinson shows how he draws himself

Designers Debbie Pike and Olivia Rowe tell the audience what goes into publishing a book

The making of the book


The music for this video is used with the permission of Plymouth graduate Will McNicol, taken from his album Snapshots.