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New Plymouth Marjon University site in Truro

Released: 22.02.18

Marjon University in Cornwall will launch its new site in Truro on May 4 2018, providing access and opportunity for Cornwall’s educational professionals to high quality postgraduate and undergraduate programmes and continuing professional development.

The new site is based in the spectacularly refurbished Old Cathedral School, situated behind Truro Cathedral.  Marjon University in Cornwall will significantly increase the availability of university delivery programmes for working teachers, school and college leaders, teaching assistants and associated education professions. 

Delivery from the new site will launch in September with the MA in Education, MA in Educational Leadership and MA in Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership, as well as PhD supervision, all from Truro and supported by highly qualified university academics.

The new Truro site is being led by Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope of Plymouth Marjon University’s Faculty of Education, Enterprise and Culture. Her research into coastal schools and teacher retention, used in the government’s recent State of the Nation Report 2017, highlighted the benefits of improved connection, engagement and access to educational opportunities for schools and colleges.

Tanya explains: “Our aim is to establish a hub for educational professionals in Cornwall. Marjon University in Cornwall will be a place where teachers, leaders and support staff can come together to develop evidence based practice by engaging with high quality professional development and each other. 

“Marjon has a long and very well regarded reputation for supporting educational development in Cornwall, from its flexibly delivered MA in Education to supporting school led initial teacher training. We now have the opportunity to offer these programmes in county, starting with a postgraduate research.

“Studying for a master’s degree in education brings benefits to both the professional and the school, allowing them to develop the skills necessary to ask the questions and find the answers to most school improvement issues. We will make sure that all taught sessions fit with the commitments of working professionals in Education. Over time we hope to offer all the educational programmes, including bespoke CPD, that school, MAT and college leaders want and need.”

Jennie Walker, Executive Principal, ACE Multi Academy Trust is enthusiastic about the opportunity brought by Marjon University coming to Cornwall, “I am delighted that Marjon University will be launching post-graduate programmes for teachers and leaders in education from a new base in Truro.

“Marjon have always offered flexible professional development for the teaching profession and to have this on our doorstep is fantastic. I look forward to the county having access to high quality, university facilitated and school informed CPD.”

The new Truro site will be officially launched on May 4 2018 between 1600 and 1800. The launch is just before the Cornwall Teacher Awards, which take place in Truro Cathedral.   Those who would like to find out more can contact Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope direct at

Government funding for those looking to undertake part-time postgraduate study is currently available.

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