University of St Mark & St John: our partner school in Plymouth

The University of St Mark & St John is an institution based in South West England with a reputation for providing an outstanding student experience leading to high levels of employment. It is an inclusive university where everyone works together to help students achieve their full potential. The staff know all their students by name, class sizes are small, class contact hours are high and students are supported throughout their learning journey. Its awarding of full university status and degree-awarding powers in 2013 followed a long history, dating back to the founding of its two constituent colleges – St Mark’s and St John’s – in the 1840s.

Situated on a single campus with its own world-class sport facilities, close to the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, the city of Plymouth and Dartmoor National Park, students enjoy the very best mix of town, coast and country. Marjon, as it is colloquially known, has pioneered an innovative model of university education that adds value to degrees by integrating a wide range of activities and opportunities to enhance student experience, qualifications and employability. This approach, underpinned by its values and commitment to digital scholarship, global citizenship and employer partnership, enables students to benefit from internships, professional qualifications, international exchanges, research opportunities and more. The university’s heritage and expertise is well established in faculties of Education & Social Sciences, Sport & Health Sciences and Culture & Language Sciences. It offers over 100 different courses of study designed to meet student expectations and the needs of employers.

Best for social mobility

Its approach to education means the university is ranked competitively in all league tables relating to student satisfaction, student experience, teaching and learning and employability. Over 95% of students gain employment or go into further study within six months of graduating. Marjon is the best university in the UK for social mobility and the top university in Devon and Cornwall for employability. The students are happy, too, polling among the UK Top 10 universities for overall student satisfaction.

The Faculty of Culture and Language Sciences, of which the Journalism department is a part, draws together expertise in language education and research spanning areas of academic strength in English language, linguistics, English literature and creative writing together with applied and professional education in speech and language therapy. The department of Creative Arts and Enterprise is a second and larger cluster of provision spanning business programmes and the creative industries of journalism, performance, media and sound production which has expanded over recent years and benefited from the engagement of practitioners, performers and producers as lecturers. The range of innovative programmes in sound production is attributable to an innovative partnership with Deep Blue Sound (dBs music). This model of partnership working also informs other areas of provision allied to the creative industries which are economic growth priorities for Plymouth and the wider South West region. This second cluster in the creative industries is complemented by the development of provision in tourism and events, linking with a key sector of the regional economy and building on the university’s previous reputation in tourism and sustainability.

The faculty and this department seek to embrace the university’s strategic goals of developing a stronger, more resilient, high status academic profile together with a regional and national reputation for innovation, partnership, product development, business incubation and research-informed sustainable economic growth.

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