Plymouth Marjon University has been ranked first in England for teaching quality according to The Times’ latest Good University Guide.
The guide is published yearly and uses nine indicators to place universities from around the country in an overall ranking. Marjon came out first in England and second in the UK in the category for teaching quality at the university, with Wales-based Aberystwyth topping the standings. Marjon was also ranked in the top 10 in the UK for satisfaction with the wider student experience.
Compiled by The Times/ Sunday Times, the guide states: “Only one university (Aberystwyth) has students who are more satisfied with the quality of teaching than Marjon.
“The positive message certainly appears to be getting through to prospective students. Applications are up by 35% this year, among the biggest increases at any university.”
Plymouth Marjon University Vice Chancellor Professor Rob Warner was delighted with the recognition of the positive teaching style employed by the staff at the University.
“I’m delighted that the hard work of our staff has been recognised with this ranking in The Good University Guide,” said Professor Warner.
“We pride ourselves on building strong relationships with students, listening to their views and teaching them in ways that inspire and stretch them to become independent learners. We’re so pleased that students recognise and appreciate the high quality of teaching they receive here and we want to continue this upward trend. Our small class sizes ensure that students can play an active part in seminars and lectures, be challenged and enjoy a more personalised and engaging learning environment.
“We listen very carefully to student feedback here at Marjon so to have such a positive message from our students is wonderful. We want to keep working closely with students and the Student Union to ensure we continue to put student success at the heart of everything we do,” concluded Professor Warner.
The satisfaction with the overall student experience puts Marjon top of Devon and Cornwall’s universities.
Marjon Student Union President Rhys Roberts was pleased with how students embrace the warm community at Marjon.
Rhys, who is starting his first year as President of the Student Union, said: “It’s such a great atmosphere at Marjon. Whether someone lives on campus or comes from outside the campus, everyone talks about feeling welcome and enjoying what’s going on here.
“In order to ensure that students are always satisfied, the Student Union will never be satisfied. We’re going to keep striving until we get to the best in the country for student satisfaction and even then we’ll carry on striving for more.”
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