The University College Plymouth St Mark & St John (Marjon) has received legal confirmation of university title and is now officially operating as the University of St Mark & St John.
The near 175-year old institution, based in Plymouth, is one of ten specialist institutions recently awarded university title.
Acting vice-chancellor, Karen Cook, said: “University title marks a fantastic realisation not only for all students, staff, and supporters but also for our local communities and partners, nationally and internationally. This heralds the start of a process which will see us develop further as an innovative model of a high-quality, smaller university.
She adds, “As a smaller institution, we have long offered greater agility, smaller classes, stronger graduate employment and better retention rates – and we punch above our weight. We boast specialisms in sport; and education, including teacher training, which we have been delivering since our inception in the 1840s. Alongside further specialisms in language and linguistics; and journalism and creative arts, we are poised to embrace our new status as a university.”
Zak Liddell, in his final year as student union president said, “We are very excited about now being the University of St Mark & St John. ‘Marjon’, as we call it, is an amazing place to live and study due to the fantastic facilities, excellent teaching and ‘family feel’ amongst both students and staff - this will not change, however, now that we no longer will be confused with being a college, we have a better chance of displaying locally and nationally the achievements of this small, yet outstanding institution.’’
Head of marketing and communications, Kerryanne Delbridge said, “Having achieved university status at the end of February, the next phase on our exciting journey will be an official brand launch. We are set to rebrand by May 2013, with a supporting unveiling celebratory launch for the start of the autumn term – in time for the arrival of our new students – and our first cohort of alumni who will graduate then. The launch will also coincide with our ‘40 Years in Plymouth’ festivities.”
The first vice-chancellor and chief executive of the new University of St Mark and St John, Professor Cara Aitchison, will join the institution on 1 May 2013.
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