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BIG Success

Released: 24.06.14

Big Success LARGE
University of St Mark & St John’s BIG Open Day was a BIG success!
Blessed with glorious Devon sunshine, more than 500 people – prospective students and their families – visited the university campus on the outskirts of Plymouth and enjoyed a BIG day to remember.
Prospective students were treated to tours, subject talks and special drop-in sessions with experienced academic staff on the main campus and adjoining state-of-the-art sports centre.
Professor Cara Aitchison, university vice-chancellor and chief executive, said: “We are a small university that makes a big impact in changing lives and this message was very well received at Saturday's Big Open Day.
“Last month we were ranked top UK university in the 'Graduate Social Mobility Index' which measures the added value that universities provide for their students.
“Our small size means that we can specialise in our distinctive areas of provision in Education and Social Sciences, Sport and Health Sciences, and Language and Creative Industries.
“Our small class sizes and high levels of class contact lead to big results with a ranking of fourth in the UK for Student Satisfaction and Teaching Quality in The Times Good University Guide and sixth in the UK National Student Survey.
“To be in the top 10 from over 120 institutions in all three of these league tables is a glowing testament to our values-based university, the commitment of our staff and our fantastic campus and facilities.
“It was really quite moving to have students and parents forming orderly queues at the end of the day to thank staff and to say how helpful, friendly and welcoming staff and student ambassadors were and how impressed they were by the course content, facilities and opportunities that our new model of undergraduate education is providing.”
The upbeat university vice-chancellor is now focused on the future, explaining: “We’ve developed a new 10-year strategy, we're now investing in new staff and further improvements to our provision and really looking forward to the new academic year.”
Our next BIG Open Day is Saturday August 16
Register for our next BIG Open Day by clicking here

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