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Marjon University Cornwall in Truro

Marjon University Cornwall established its centre in Truro, at the Old Cathedral School, in 2018. We offer successful postgraduate programmes, short courses, postgraduate research and research support services.

We believe that education can transform lives and that access for educational professionals to high quality university-accredited CPDL supports this transformation.

Student testimonials

Dave Nicholls

“The MA Education presented a challenge, but I needn't have been nervous, as throughout it has been delivered in a supportive manner. I had opportunities to contribute to journals and media articles, something I never thought I would achieve. It has been an experience which I would highly recommend.”

Teacher at Newquay Tretherras Secondary School



Mark Clutsom

“I wanted to deepen my knowledge and understanding alongside developing an area of school improvement. The support from the tutors, the materials and the taught modules were challenging but enjoyable on the MA Education Leadership course. The school has benefitted from my work.”

Headteacher at Charlestown Primary School


Kathryn Donnelly

“My dissertation was linked to my role as Pupil Premium Lead, focusing on raising the success of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The pandemic had a huge impact and influenced my decision to stay on to do a PhD, researching the impact of Covid-19 on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Teacher at St Columb Minor School, Newquay

Our approach

Our aim is to provide opportunities that enhance the continuing professional development and learning (CPDL) of educators in Cornwall and support further engagement with educational research in the county. Here you can:

  • Develop evidence based practice with benefits to both the professional and the school.
  • Develop the skills to ask the questions and find the answers to most school improvement issues.
  • Attend taught sessions to fit with the commitments of working professionals in Education.

Serving Cornwall

Marjon University Cornwall is located in The Old Cathedral School, next to Truro Cathedral. The facilities and resources in this centre are designed to ensure that all students will engage in a higher education and collaborative professional learning experience.

We offer in-school support, along with opportunities for schools and colleges to request bespoke CPD that supports their improvement and development plans. All taught sessions will take place at times that support working educational professionals in being able to attend.

Taught Master’s courses

Marjon University Cornwall in Truro offers the following programmes, which can be applied for via our postgraduate apply direct portal (just click on MA Education Part-Time Truro in ‘Start Your Application’) :

These programmes have a typical start date of the third week in September. We are mindful of the impact of Covid-19 on education and the challenges that this continues to bring for educators and will therefore review additional start dates for our master’s programmes during 2020-2021. Please contact Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope on cornwall@marjon.ac.uk for more information.

Postgraduate research

Marjon University Cornwall in Truro can support PhD students living in Cornwall who have been successful in their application to research an area of education. Please make a note in your initial enquiry form (RD1a) that you would like to be supported in Truro. Applications can be started by submitting the PhD enquiry form.

Short courses

We also offer opportunities for schools, MATs, colleges and other educational organisations to request specific CPDL short courses that we can design to support improvement and development plans. These short courses can be designed at master’s level (and used by participants to contribute towards a master’s degree in the future) or as non-accredited university certificated training. Please contact Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope on cornwall@marjon.ac.uk, for a first discussion about your CPDL needs and how we can help.

Short courses we have developed on request include:

  • Postgraduate Certificate – Governance in Schools (60 credits at master’s level)
  • University Certificate of Training – Governance in Schools (non-accredited)
  • University Professional Diploma – Leading Coaching and Mentoring in Schools (60 credits at master’s level)
  • University Certificate of Training – Leading Coaching and Mentoring in Schools (non-accredited)

These short courses are available for any organisation to use for their staff CPDL. Please contact Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope on cornwall@marjon.ac.uk for more information on the content, duration and cost.

Areas that you may want master’s level CPDL for your staff, and that we can develop with you, include:

  • Leadership in education
  • Developing practitioner research in education
  • Organisation focused research on an area for development (independent study)

Evaluation, project and research partnership

Academics at Marjon University Cornwall in Truro have the expertise and experience to develop and deliver education evaluations, projects and research. If you are looking for a partner in these areas to support a proposal to organisations such as the Education Endowment Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, Teacher Development Fund, Department for Education tenders (previously we have undertaken evaluations of School Strategic Improvement Fund projects), Erasmus plus and more, please do contact the Provost, Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope, for a discussion.

Marjon University Cornwall is constantly looking at ways to support academic opportunities for professional learning, not only for Education, but also other professions in the county. Please do let us know if there is an area of professional development in Cornwall that you feel we could support.

Marjon University Cornwall is a preferred partner of the Cornwall Association of Primary Heads (CAPH), giving all members a discount on fees and services. Please see the CAPH website for more information. Marjon University Cornwall is a member of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.

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01752 636700
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