A greener campus

We follow and promote the principles of one planet living;
  • minimising our use of non-renewable and scarce natural resources,
  • planning, investing and involving our staff, students and communities in sustainable practices, and
  • providing an education in sustainability relevant to a world threatened by climate change.
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Automated Number Plate Recognition

Penryn Campus

Penryn Campus operates a sustainable automated number plate recognition system.

The main barrier for car park entry is located on the spine road between the Exchange and the Academy for Innovation & Research (AIR). Three lanes operate in this location: ‘in’, ‘out’ and ‘flex’. The ‘flex’ barrier is bi-directional and will switch according to traffic flow at key times during operational hours. It also doubles as a large vehicle lane for deliveries and service vehicles.

When arriving at the campus the barrier will rise automatically for everybody on entry regardless of permit type or whether or not you are a permit holder, visitor, contractor, event delegate, etc.

Before returning to your vehicle - all drivers who need to pay for car parking (i.e. those who do not hold a permit) will need to visit a pay station when ready to leave but before returning to their vehicle. Please remember your vehicle registration and follow the touch screen instructions to pay the appropriate tariff. Pay stations accept coins as well as credit and debit cards.

Pay stations are located at convenient points across the campus as follows:

  • The Academy for Innovation & Research (AIR) visitors’ car park;
  • The Exchange (outside, Reception side);
  • Behind The Design Centre;
  • Behind The Environment and Sustainability Institute;

On leaving the campus, when the appropriate tariff has been paid, the barriers will rise automatically on exit. The exit points have also been fitted with an intercom which is operational 24/7 should you require support at the barriers for any reason.

Standard Permit Holders (includes Environmentally Friendly Vehicle permits)

For students and staff who hold parking permits, your vehicle registration numbers have been entered into our database so that barriers will rise automatically on exit. If you have more than one vehicle against your permit, the first vehicle to enter the car park in one charging period will be given free exit. The second vehicle must visit a pay station before exiting the barriers. All standard permit holders will be required to park beyond the barrier.

Glasney Student Long Stay permit

Students who live within Glasney Village may qualify for a permit for the designated Glasney Student Long Stay car park, situated at Glasney Lodge and car park A. Spaces are limited and are issued on a first come, first served basis. All prospective users can apply online in September, after receiving their student IT account details. Only one vehicle can be registered per application. A paper permit will be issued and must be clearly displayed in the windscreen of the vehicle at all times. Failure to display a paper permit will result in a Parking Charge Notice (PCN). This permit type is available to residents of Glasney Village only. There is no parking available to student residents of other University owned accommodation. 

Glasney permit types are only available for individual study blocks (terms) during the academic year and a new permit will need to be applied for before the start of each term. Permits for the following term will appear on the portal approximately 4 weeks before the start of the term. All permit holders are requested to ensure their vehicle has been removed from campus at the end of the permit. The application process for the Glasney Student Long Stay (GLS) permit type has been divided into 3 terms. A GLS permit will be valid for one term only, at any one time. If a permit is required for subsequent term(s), a new application will need to be made on each occasion.

The term dates for the GLS permit and fees are as follows:

Term 1: from 01/09/2016 to 09/12/2016 (£45.00)

Term 2: from 03/01/2017 to 07/04/2017 (£45.00)

Term 3: from 24/04/2017 to 30/06/2017 (£30.00)

Please be aware that the granting of a permit for one term does not guarantee a permit for subsequent term(s), as spaces are limited and the online portal will be available for all Glasney Student residents to submit an application.

Electric Vehicle Permits

Electric Vehicle permit holders will be required to apply for and display the relevant permit. Parking Charge Notices (PCN's) will be issued where vehicles do not meet this criteria.

There are two electric vehicle chargers available to staff & students, located in car park A at Penryn Campus. The portal where people can buy and register a card is https://www.chargepointgenie.com/Account/RegistrationForm/FXPlus. The cards are charged at £7.50 plus VAT each. To use the chargers the user is billed a £0.40 connection fee and then £0.10/kwhr. A penalty charge of £10 will be applied if people charge their vehicle for more than 6 hours.

Car Share Portal

The Car Sharer permit is no longer available on the Online Parking Application and Payment Portal. Falmouth Exeter Plus have introduced their own car sharing scheme which is open to all staff & students currently entitled to a standard parking permit. The saving is in the sharing and is a private arrangement between driver and car sharer(s). The Car Share portal can be accessed via the following link: carshare.fxplus.ac.uk

Business User Day (BUD's) Permits

The BUD is available for staff needing to use their car periodically for work reasons between campuses. It can accommodate both planned and unplanned business needs.

The first time you purchase a BUD you will need to email parking.reservations@fxplus.ac.uk (a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is essential) so you can be registered on the ANPR system. Once you’ve registered all your details there will be no need to do anything else for subsequent trips - unless you have a change of vehicle/department.

Fitness Centre Permits

Fitness Centre external users (external is defined as any member who is not a student or member of staff of Falmouth, UoE, FXU or FX Plus) are allowed to park for up to 2 hours within the main car parks. All gym members must visit a pay station before returning to their vehicle to validate their exit in case of a discrepancy between arrival times. A fee will only be levied if the vehicle has been in the car park for over 2 hours. Fitness Centre staff must have validated the permit prior to exit.

External gym members who remain on campus beyond this 2 hour period will be charged on exit for their stay.

Visitors’ Parking

'Reserved Visitors' parking spaces can be booked by the relevant institution/department for business use, by providing the name and vehicle registration details of the visitor plus the date and time of booking required. Please note that we cannot reserve bays without the purchase of a book of permits. Please e-mail the details to parking.reservations@fxplus.ac.uk at least 24 hours in advance of the visit. Spaces are subject to availability and are limited to 10 spaces per booking per day between the hours of 08:30 and 17:30.

Reserved Visitor permits are sold in sets of 6 and 12 at the cost of £25.20 or £50.40 and cannot be purchased individually. A purchase order must be raised and e-mailed to parking.reservations@fxplus.ac.uk where the permits will be added to a database ready to be used as required (they do not expire). Department's will be charged retrospectively for this service by invoice.

Visitors parking their vehicle in car park A will need to obtain a permit from the Heart reception, which will have been organised prior to their visit. Please note that failure to park in a reserved visitor bay without authorisation/purchase of a permit, might result in the issue of a Parking Charge Notice (PCN).

No guarantee for visitor parking can be made for reservations with less than 24 hours notice or where no reservation has been made at all.

Event Parking

For events where the institution or organisation wishes to absorb the cost of car parking on behalf of delegates, please contact: events.coordinator@fxplus.ac.uk

Disabled Parking

The registration numbers of those drivers who hold Blue Badge mobility permits will be entered into our database in advance to enable entry and exit. An application is required through the standard procedure but allocation to blue badge holders is automatic. Charges usually apply and will be in-line with the overall permit tariff for 2016/17. Blue Badge holders that have a Nil/Disabled duty tax disc are exempt from paying the permit tariff.

For disabled visitors, parking is chargeable and they will need to visit a pay station to pay the appropriate tariff before returning to their vehicle. Please notify reception if you have a Nil/Disabled tax disc.


For drivers making deliveries, there will be unrestricted access in either direction through the barriers for up to 1 hour.


Contractors’ vehicle registration details can be entered into our database for the duration of their works contract and should be included as part of the notification and/or permit raising request to Penryn Reception and/or Campus Patrol.

All Contractors are requested to sign in at Penryn reception on arrival.

Streatham / St Luke’s University of Exeter Permits

These permits will continue to be valid at Penryn Campus. Users are required to register their vehicle registration number by emailing parking.reservations@fxplus.ac.uk