Plymouth Marjon University
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A progressive university with an established reputation for transforming students' lives. Its small size, single campus, specialist courses and distinctive approach to learning ensure that students from all backgrounds excel in graduate-level employment and go on to achieve life-long success. Established in 1838, Marjon was England’s first teacher training college, is today’s leading UK university for social mobility and is proud of its 178-year record of changing the world, one student at a time.
- Ranked as best university for social mobility, Marjon is committed to its outstanding record for widening participation and considers applications from students with different prior experience. It iPlease refer to the university website for specific course entry requirements.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
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Every course at Marjon includes these essential elements:
- Year 1: A module to accelerate student's academic, personal & professional development, helping them become the best student they can be.
- Year 2: A work based learning experience or placement to help students make contacts and get work-ready.
- Year 3: A dissertation to polish student's research, writing and critical thinking skills.
- All modules are taught by highly qualified lecturers: Marjon has one of the highest percentages of staff with PhDs and university teaching qualifications, with many academic staff serving as practising professionals in the sectors of health, sport and creative arts as they use their current practice and networks to inform their teaching.
- The university has small class sizes, high levels of class contact, good facilities and student support.
- Module choices are offered to enhance experience and skills in line with future career choices.
- Courses are enhanced by the university’s digital learning environment, extensive work-based learning including work placement and volunteering opportunities, study abroad opportunities, and additional professional qualifications which ensure built-in flexibility to enable all students to reach their full potential.
Student Services and Facilities
- IT facilities include an online learning environment, 24/7 library access, class content capture and smartphone apps to access timetables and resources from anywhere in the world. IT training is also available.
- The Journalism and Media centre is installed with industry-standard equipment and news conferencing facilities, with its own radio and television centre, film and audio equipment to loan, and editing suites.
- Performance spaces include a 400-seat theatre, rehearsal studio, dance studio and live music studio.
- Student support and the chaplaincy are available to ensure student’s wellbeing.
- There are also gardens and allotments available to students.
- Marjon provides confidential support, advice and guidance to students with a wide range of disabilities, medical and mental health conditions and formally diagnosed specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.
- This can include 1-to-1 support, mentoring, specialist study tuition and non-medical assistance around the university, along with liaising with academic departments.
- Pre-entry information, advice and guidance is available.
- Guidance in applying for Disabled Students Allowances.
- Marjon Student Union (MSU) represents the student voice and campaigns on behalf of the student body. MSU has a strong and positive relationship with university staff and management and is well-represented on Committees and on the Board of Governors.
- The student union encourages diversity through involvement in activities and development opportunities including LGBT events.
- It creates a friendly and open social environment, facilitates inter-university sport at national level, and runs clubs for wide-ranging interests in art and culture, politics, and the environment.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- Part-time work is available within the university, through the Student Ambassador scheme, and in the city of Plymouth where expanding opportunities reflect the city’s rapid growth.
- The Student Ambassador Scheme offers paid work assisting with university events, open days and UCAS fairs enabling students to develop important life skills, gain credible work experience and enhance their CV.
- Opportunities for paid work also exist through the university’s wide-ranging sport and coaching provision open to the community and through the local sport club network.
- Opportunities to work overseas are offered as part of the university’s Camp America scheme.
- The experienced Employability Team offers resources, support and advice on how to develop the necessary skills and profile to secure employment.
- The university’s Employability Team offers an innovative service called Marjon Underground that runs E-Fest, a programme of events designed to support students in Employability, Enterprise, Education and Experience.
- The Employability service continues to be available to students after graduation.
- The university achieves graduate employability rates consistently above the national average with 95% of graduates in employment or further study.
St John’s College evolved from Battersea College, founded in 1838, and St Mark’s College was founded in Chelsea by the National Society in 1840.
The two colleges merged on the Chelsea site in 1926 to become the College of St Mark & St John or, as the students started to refer to the new college, Marjon.
The College of St Mark and St John moved to Plymouth in 1973, became a University College in 2007 and was awarded university title in 2013.
- Bob Brunning – founder member of Feetwood Mac.
- Sir Lewis Casson – actor and theatre director who established the Actors’ Association which became the Actors’ Equity Association.
- Rochelle Clarke MBE – most capped England Women’s Rugby player and member of the World Cup winning team in 2014.
- Helen Glover MBE – 2-time Olympic gold medal-winning rower and world record holder.
- Harry Greenway – British Conservative MP for Ealing North (1979–97).
- Ernest Millington – British Labour MP for Chelmsford (1945–50).
- Paul Potts – English tenor and winner of the first Britain’s Got Talent competition (2007).
- Jon Rudd – swimming coach to London 2012 Olympic gold medal winner Ruta Meilutyte and Commonwealth Champion Ben Proud (a Marjon student).
- Andrew Salkey – Jamaican novelist, poet and journalist.
- Sir Frederick Wall – Secretary of the Football Association, responsible for the purchase of the first Wembley stadium.
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