Plymouth Marjon University has been awarded £5.8 million from the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS awarded £400 million to institutions in the UK to fund scientific, technical, and practical subjects.
Marjon was successful in its bid to the OfS following a rigorous application process. £5.8 million was awarded to the University to fund the development of specialist facilities such as clinical skill, diagnostic and simulation laboratories.
The University will also use this milestone cash injection to create an outpatient and wellbeing community hub. The hub, launching in 2025, will provide placement-based learning for students whilst offering another important healthcare provision for the Plymouth community.
These new specialist facilities will support the delivery of new technical and clinical programmes such as healthcare science, nursing, and allied health professions.
Professor Michelle Jones, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange at Marjon, said: “This funding will have a real regional impact. We have worked closely with health and care employers to develop new programmes that will plug gaps in workforce shortages.
“It will benefit residents in Devon and Cornwall who will benefit from high-quality integrated person-centred wellbeing services. Most importantly it will ensure our students and apprentices will benefit from sector-leading specialist skills labs to be ready to deliver outstanding patient-centred care as graduates.”
Marjon will deliver a range of technology-enhanced student and apprentice programmes, with flexible step-on and step-off progression opportunities.
The funding will be used over the next three years to develop technology, buildings, and programmes at the University, in preparation to launch its new hub in 2025.
Marjon already delivers a variety of health-based programmes including osteopathy, physiotherapy, and speech and language therapy, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
In 2023 and 2024, the University will unveil a series of new healthcare courses featuring a Health and Wellbeing Practitioner degree, a Nursing Associate foundation degree, a Clinical Science degree apprenticeship, and a master’s in Nursing.
In addition to this ground-breaking new hub, the University already operates an array of publicly accessible treatment centres including an osteopathy clinic, sports and rehabilitation clinic, speech and language therapy clinic, and a long-term conditions clinic.
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