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Marjon nominated for Whatuni Student Choice Award

Released: 07.03.19

Plymouth Marjon University has been nominated for the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019.

160 higher education institutions took part in the wide-reaching survey which used student opinions to measure satisfaction levels with different aspects of university life.

Marjon has been nominated in the ‘Course & Lecturers’ category with students at the University showing their delight with Marjon’s commitment to small class sizes and personal tuition as part of the higher education offering on campus.

The nomination comes after a spate of recent good news for the University, having been ranked first in England for teaching quality and eighth in England for student experience by The Times’ Good University Guide 2019*.

Professor Rob Warner, the Vice-Chancellor at Marjon, said, “I’m delighted that our students have given us such great feedback on our courses and teaching that we’ve been nominated for this prestigious award.

“We pride ourselves on our ability to build strong relationships with students, listening to their views and teaching them in an inspiring way that helps to stretch them to become independent learners. To have that recognition of our teaching from students is hugely satisfying and we want to continue that upward trend.

“Universities from all over the country took part in the survey but our commitment to a more student-centred way of delivering education has been recognised by this nomination, in addition to our high rankings for teaching quality and student experience in the Good University Guide.”

As part of the student review collection process, representatives from Whatuni travelled the length and breadth of the country gathering student views and opinions on university life and category award winners will be announced on the 25th April 2019 at a ceremony held in London.

Katie Duncan is the Head of Communications at IDP Connect, the company organising the awards, and is pleased for the nominees in a competitive environment.

“In a challenging climate for higher education institutions, there is nothing more rewarding than being recognised by their students for delivering such positive experiences,” said Katie.

“The reviews by current students that make up these nominations are invaluable for prospective students who use them to make decisions about their future.”


Ranked in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, published 23 Sept 2018. Oxford and Cambridge excluded due to low response rates.

‘Teaching Quality’ is ranked by the proportion of positive responses (‘mostly agree’ and ‘definitely agree’) from students to statements in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS) relating to teaching quality; learning opportunities; assessment and feedback; and academic support.

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