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Marjon has been shortlisted for four awards by our students in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022: University of the Year, Student Support, Student Life and Lecturers and Teaching Quality. These awards are based on over 35,000 student reviews across the country. 

We mean it when we say we want our students to love their time with us. And this page explains how we do it. 

We know you want to go far, so we aim high with you. And here, aiming high is about a lot more than academic success: it's about being confident and happy.

We focus on building your confidence, because we know your future success depends not only on what you know and your skills, but how you use them.


For that reason we offer small class sizes. We offer a campus designed to keep you in balance, with green spaces, a gym and pool on site and a thoughtful, student-centred support network.

You'll have your very own Personal Development Tutor to help you develop your strengths. You'll be encouraged to use all of the support you have available, from Study Skills and personal organisation workshops in the library, to drop-in sessions with our career advisors. 

In your academic work, you'll be encouraged to get involved: to share your ideas and contribute to class. You'll find that learning here is hands-on, fun and rich with opportunity. 


The personal touch

Marjon was founded in the 1830s in order to educate young boys out of poverty. The world has changed, but our values haven’t. Our mission is still to help people to be the best they can be, to aim high, and then higher still. Crucially, we give our students not just the skills to succeed but also the confidence. Without confidence, without belief in yourself, without knowing how good you are, skills can amount to nothing.

Our Personal Development Tutors work with small groups of students to uncover their strengths, build their confidence and ensure they make the most of their uni life. They help students to leave here having unearthed their natural leadership styles, knowing what they are good at, and knowing what they enjoy. They help students to make choices and to build a career that suits their personal values and preferences so that they enjoy their our work and live a fully-rounded and happy graduate-level life.

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We get to know you

Small class sizes mean students feel safe to test, to learn and to grow. 

In larger universities, you might hear of people sitting at the back of large lecture theatres, not taking part. We know that’s not the best way to learn. We believe in hands-on debate and hands-on learning. We believe that when tutors know you well they can help you even more: that means taking time to understand how you best learn, what interests you, and what your goals are.

We make learning interactive and practical, investing in the best kit and facilities and taking you outside the traditional “classroom“ to engage your brain in new ideas.

That means that we really focus on getting out of the classroom to learn in your future work environments: in schools or by sports pitches, in the court room, in education camps, and in local businesses and organisations. We have many onsite clinics for members of the public so that our health students can learn directly in a clinical environment – with all the real-life complexity and satisfaction that brings.

Small class sizes simply means that we know you, and we can help you to succeed.

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We're on one campus

A calm space with an orchard, pond, grassy quad and even deer. No commute means more quality time for study, socialising, societies or sport. Accommodation on campus is popular for new students with sociable halls and quieter village houses available. 

Sunset at Smeatons Tower lighthouse in Plymouth

We're lucky to live here

Our location is spectacular – close to beaches, Dartmoor, and the city. From sundowners by the lighthouse to surfing before breakfast, this is a fabulous place to make the most of your life.

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We discover your strengths

We discover your strengths, and we've been doing this for over 180 years.

We aim to ensure that every member of our Marjon community finds their natural talents and develops them. For students that means gaining confidence and pride in your abilities: achieving more than you ever thought possible and exploring what you need to thrive in your future career. 

At Marjon we’ll do all this by ensuring you have fabulous access to real-life kit and facilities, work closely with relevant industry, and tackle real-life situations.


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We believe in you

We use our Values to bring out your values. Our Values of humanity, ambition, curiosity and independence mean that we believe in others, we care about their success and happiness, and we are always searching for a better way. We know that when you do work which aligns with your values, you are not only happier but also more successful – you put more in because you care about what you are doing. So our degrees help you to explore and discover what you most care about in order to make career decisions that make you happy and successful.