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Latest Whatuni Student Choice Awards rank Marjon in the UK’s top ten in two categories

Released: 15.07.20


Plymouth Marjon University has ranked amongst the UK’s top ten in the categories of ‘University Facilities’ and ‘Course and Lecturers’ in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020 (WUSCA).

The WUSCAs are determined by over 41,000 reviews by students from universities around the UK.

Following the live virtual awards on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Marjon ranked 6th for ‘University Facilities’ and 7th for ‘Course and Lecturers’.

The results reflect Marjon’s small class sizes, which enable staff and students to develop personal relationships. Small classes also give students the opportunity to get the full benefit of the university’s state-of-the-art facilities.

In the 2019/20 academic year, Marjon launched The Workshop, an industry standard media facility on the grounds of the BBC South West studios. Marjon’s Arts’ Café also opened within Marjon Arts Centre and is used to support the local community in a range of projects.

Marjon also has a cutting-edge sport science lab, the only one in the South West to be accredited by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES). The well-equipped Sport & Health Centre is in partnership with Plymouth Argyle Football Club, who work alongside students in their strength related training and injury recovery.

Following the results, Marjon Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rob Warner said: “The WUSCA results demonstrate just how well our students are succeeding thanks to our consistently dedicated approach to high quality teaching and learning opportunities.

“This has been a challenging year and our students know our commitment to them and the exceptional, supportive environment we create together at Marjon. To achieve top ten rankings for both our facilities and courses shows how well our students and staff work together to create the Marjon learning community. I am so appreciative of our staff team, whose hard work and dedication shine in these results.”

Marjon ranked 1st in the South West for the two categories and in the overall rankings placed as the second-highest university in the region. Only the University of Exeter ranked higher.

Marjon also achieved a huge leap in two other WUSCA categories. The university rose 71 places in ‘Accommodation’ from 95th to 24th. This recognition is accompanied by Marjon’s 24/7 pastoral care from the university’s on-site Resident Life Co-ordinators and Resident Student Assistants who support students living on campus.

Following the student reviews, Marjon continued to support those students by reimbursing final term accommodation fees when they were moved off site during the Coronavirus lockdown.

There was also an improvement in ‘Societies and Sport’, where the university climbed from 67th to 34th. Marjon proved its ongoing commitment to providing students with a wide range of events and sporting activities to take part in.

Following the jump in rankings, Student Sports Officer, Kathryn Kearney commented: “This is a great compliment for the Marjon Sports Federation and would not have been achieved without the fantastic work of our students.

“They make our job worthwhile with their innovative ideas, proactivity and keenness to help. We provide a wide range of sport at Marjon from participation to elite level and we endeavour to make sure sport is inclusive for all.”

It is not too late to join Marjon in 2020, courses available through Clearing are now open for application.

We also remain open on a number of Postgraduate programmes. Register now for our virtual open days to find out more.


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