University of St Mark & St John

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Coordinates: 50°25′14″N 04°06′36″W / 50.42056°N 4.11000°W / 50.42056; -4.11000

Plymouth Marjon University
The University of St Mark & St John
University of St Mark & St John logo.jpg
Motto Abeunt studia in mores
"out of studies comes character".
Type Independent Church of England voluntary
Established Joint College (1923)
St John's (1840)
St Marks (1841)
Vice-Chancellor Rob Warner
Students 2,415 (2016/17)[1]
Undergraduates 1,990 (2016/17)[1]
Postgraduates 415 (2016/17)[1]
Location Plymouth, United Kingdom

The University of St Mark & St John, styled Plymouth Marjon University, and commonly referred to as Marjon is a university based primarily on a single campus on the northern edge of Plymouth.

Formerly named University College Plymouth St Mark & St John, the institution was awarded full university status in 2012.[2] The Vice-Chancellor of the university is Professor Rob Warner who joined in March 2017.


A model of the Chelsea Campus

The university's history dates back to the foundation by the National Society (now National Society for Promoting Religious Education) of the constituent London colleges of St John's College in Battersea, London (1840) and St Mark's College in Chelsea, London (1841).

The St Mark's College was founded upon the beliefs of The Reverend Derwent Coleridge, son of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, its first principal: that its primary purpose was to widen the educational horizons of its students. St John's College was established by Sir James Kay-Shuttleworth, together with Edward Carleton Tufnell, as a teacher training institution. These colleges merged in 1923, establishing a single institution in Chelsea. Now the College of St Mark & St John, in 1973 came the move to Plymouth due to the college outgrowing the Chelsea campus.

In 1991 the college became affiliated to the University of Exeter, which accredited it to run undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to degree awards of the University of Exeter, and in 2007, gained University College status. Now able to award its own degrees the college took the temporary name of University College Plymouth St Mark & St John. Plymouth Marjon University now awards its own undergraduate and taught postgraduate degrees, and maintains a strong relationship with the University of Exeter which continues to award research degrees to students of the university.


The main entrance to the campus in Derriford, Plymouth in April 2014

The university campus several miles north of Plymouth city centre, next to Derriford Hospital. Residential accommodation is provided, with all first year students guaranteed a place. In 2013 a major investment programme in campus facilities was completed, with new sport and exercise science laboratories, extensive indoor and outdoor sports provision, theatre, media centre and music studio.

Academic profile[edit]

Global rankings
(2019, national)
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework[4] Silver

The university has over 70 taught programmes of study with teaching informed by research. There are two faculties: Faculty of Education, Enterprise & Culture and Faculty of Sport, Health & Wellbeing.



  1. ^ a b c "2016/17 Students by HE provider, level, mode and domicile" (CSV). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 25 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "Marjon officially the University of St Mark & St John". Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "University League Table 2019". The Complete University Guide. Retrieved 26 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "Teaching Excellence Framework outcomes". Higher Education Funding Council for England. Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "Starting new chapters". The Herald. Local World. 16 September 2008. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Laing, Dave (28 October 2011). "Bob Brunning obituary". The Guardian. London. 
  7. ^ "The real Vicar of Dibley gets her own TV role". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Spartacus Educational". Archived from the original on 20 May 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "SR Olympic Sports". Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Cover Story". Marjon Today. 6. 1999. 

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