Place Category: Education & Training
The University of St Mark & St John (Marjon) is different. You’ll find our warm and friendly atmosphere makes this a special place to study.
Academically, our University strives for excellence. Our National Student Survey results have awarded us 91% for Student Satisfaction in 2013. This places us in the top 10 of Higher Education institutions in England. In the Sunday Times University Guide, we were awarded 80% for Teaching Excellence in 2012.
As the most experienced teacher training provider in the South West, we have been successfully training teachers since 1840, receiving praise in our Ofsted inspections, including an “outstanding” for our secondary Management and Quality Assurance. We have excellent links with local schools and Marjon is both well known and well respected. With a £20 million investment into our campus and sports facilities, Marjon offers a small, safe and friendly campus with everything you need in one place. The campus investment has seen a new sports centre, refurbished student housing and a new entrance and student centre.
Our staff are passionate about their subjects and work hard to help students to fulfil their potential and succeed in their studies. They provide plenty of contact time in a supportive and friendly environment. We want to ensure that you are well prepared for employment when you graduate, so we make sure that you have all the transferable skills you need, along with practical experience in relevant employment fields. We supply an excellent careers service and the most recent government statistics show that over 90% of our graduates are either in employment or continuing in higher education 6 months after graduation.
Marjon has built a reputation for being ‘small and friendly’. With around 3500 students, our class sizes are small, which means tutors and fellow students will get to know you, but we are large enough to provide excellent facilities and social activities.
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
Updated May 2017
1) Promoting widening participation in Higher Education
The University is committed to the continuation of its position in respect of widening participation, with over 95% of students attending the University coming from State Sector schools and almost 40% from lower socio-economic groups; making the University one of the most inclusive institutions in England in 2013/14. They support the raising of aspiration and attainment through the provision of workshops at feeder schools, mentoring programmes and summer schools, increasing awareness of the benefits of higher education. This ensures that those from traditionally low participation neighbourhoods (25%) are made aware of the choices open to them and supported through the decision making processes.
2) Examples of key social inputs
Most of the University’s students undertake work placements as an integral part of their programme of study and much of this is in public sector and voluntary organisations such as schools, youth organisations, the NHS, drama groups and sports clubs. In addition to this, there is a strong culture of student and staff volunteering activities supporting initiatives such as ‘Right to Read’, ‘Country Holidays for Inner City Kids’ and various community projects. Students also have the opportunity to act as ‘student ambassadors’, mentors and ‘student IT support’ workers, working with current students, prospective students and the wider community.
The University has developed a wide range of public sector focussed provision in the fields of Youth and Community, Early Years, Education, Speech and Language Therapy, Language Education, Sports Development, Coaching and Physical Education & Outdoor Adventure.
Marjon Sports make an active contribution to the wider community, not only through the sports facilities being made available to community groups and schools locally, but through the supporting of key sports within hub clubs, encouraging children from across the City to engage in active sport from a young age to their late teens. During 2013/14 the Sports department have increased their work with the NHS, supporting a range of rehabilitation programmes and are undertaking innovative work with the Macmillan Cancer Support, supporting patients in improving their health and wellbeing.
From a cultural perspective the University hosts an annual lecture series that is open to the public, lets out its drama facilities at cost or below to local community drama groups and has an open access policy for use of the library and learning resources centre. The University will continue to produce graduates whose primary role will be to work within and enhance the output of the public sector, and as an institution continue to provide a broad range of public benefit to our community.
The University has invested £1.6m into a doctoral fellowship scheme that us designed to support non-academics into teaching and research pursuits within the university.
The University has committed to supporting an academic migrant in immediate danger, to come to the campus to work and study.
3) Creating transformational impact
The transformational impact of the University was highlighted in a report titled Higher Education as a Tool of Social Mobility (CentreForum 2014), where the University of St Mark & St John was identified as the top university for social mobility, reflecting the high percentage of students from poorer backgrounds securing graduate jobs after leaving the University. The University has retained Matrix accreditation for our student support services, which includes a financial support team, study skills and a strong disability team.