Marjon ranked top university in England for learning community


Plymouth Marjon University has been rated the number one university in England for “learning community” and second for “student voice”, in the National Student Survey.

The survey, which questions final-year students, is used to feed into league table data and is the major national measure of student satisfaction. It was answered this year by 332,000 students in 397 UK institutions.

The rating of first in England for learning community reflects ongoing excellent results from previous years, and Marjon’s long-term reputation for being a welcoming and inclusive university.

This year, Marjon was also ranked third university in England for learning opportunities, third for its students’ union, and fourth for teaching on my course.

Marjon was amongst the top five universities in England – around 119 institutions – on 12 out of 27 questions asked, and the best university in the South West for 13 out of 27 questions.

The university scored above benchmark for 26 out of 27 questions, and significantly above the benchmark across 11 questions or question groups. On one question, “I feel part of a community of staff and students”, Plymouth Marjon is the top university in England, scoring 16 percentage points higher than benchmark.

Professor Rob Warner, Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth Marjon University, said: “These results reflect the focus our team has put on looking after students not only throughout the last year, but long term.

“We work hard to keep students connected, informed and feeling like they belong here. I am delighted for all of our staff and students that our final-year students have ranked us the best university community in England. At Marjon, everyone can belong.”

Lauren Edwards, President of Marjon Students’ Union, added: “After such a difficult year, it’s amazing to see all our hard work pay off. We’re a small team but we still strive to represent our students as best we can, and it’s fantastic to see our students agree.

“We’re extremely proud of the past year, and to be rated as the third best university union in England, out of 119 universities, is an incredible achievement.”

Seven courses scored over 90% student satisfaction. Two courses, BEd (Hons) Primary Education, and BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy have each scored over 90% for the last five years. BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science has scored over 90% for the last three years.

The results endorse Marjon’s motto of Small University, Big Heart. Its small class sizes and close-knit campus mean that students enjoy a personalised learning experience, being engaged and challenged by staff and by their peers.

Students can benefit from the university’s high-quality course facilities, such as the accredited Sport Science labs, and journalist training studios on the campus of the BBC in Plymouth.

Those wishing to join the Marjon learning community in 2021 for either undergraduate or postgraduate study may still apply. Courses remaining open are on the Marjon website here.

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