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Coordinates: 50°25′14″N 04°06′36″W / 50.42056°N 4.11°W / 50.42056; -4.11

University College Plymouth St Mark & St John (Marjon)
Motto Abeunt studia in mores
"out of studies comes character".
Established 1923
Type Independent Church of England voluntary
Principal Professor Margaret Noble
Students 5,000 full and part-time
Location Plymouth, United Kingdom

The University College Plymouth St Mark & St John which is more commonly referred to as Marjon is a higher education campus based college on the edge of Plymouth, England.



Marjon has a distinguished history in higher education going back more than 160 years to the foundation by the National Society (now National Society for Promoting Religious Education) of the constituent colleges of St John’s Battersea (1840) and St Mark’s College, Chelsea (1841) a contender for Third oldest university in England debate.

The original College of St Mark was founded on the belief of Derwent Coleridge, it’s first Principal, that the primary purpose of the College must be to widen the educational horizons of its students. Sir James Kay-Shuttleworth established St. John's to provide teacher training to meet the social and economic needs of industrialisation based on the concept of education as self realisation. Both Colleges stressed the importance of interchange between academic study and broader experience; and the role of an enlightened teaching profession in furthering social and economic development. Both Colleges were among the first to open access to degree level study outside the universities. The two Colleges merged in 1923, establishing a single institution in Chelsea which developed a wider reputation for academic excellence and commitment to teaching. The College moved to Plymouth in 1973, and its educational activities have continued to evolve in response to local, regional, national and international needs. In 1991 the College became affiliated to the University of Exeter, which accredited it to run undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to degree awards of the University. In 2007, it gained university college status it has been able to award its own degrees. With the new status came the name of University College Plymouth St Mark & St John - or now UCP Marjon.

About UCP Marjon

Marjon Campus

UCP Marjon is a small campus based institution located on the outskirts of the Plymouth city centre near the hospital and airport.

UCP Marjon has an academic community of around 5,000 people and attracts students from all over the UK and overseas. The institution is most widely recognised for its expertise in Education and sport, however it offers a wide choice of subject areas.

In the 2007 and 2008 Sunday Times University Guide, UCP Marjon was ranked a top 5 University College. In 2 of the last 4 national student surveys, UCP Marjon has ranked top 10 for overall student satisfaction. The latest national empoyability stats rate UCP Marjon at 95%, although fewer than average (63.2%) get graduate-level jobs.

Students at UCP Marjon

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are taught both on campus and overseas, with UCP Marjon lecturers delivering learning in countries such as Mexico and Ethiopia.

A £4 million purpose-built health studies centre on the campus enables 1000 students from Devon and Cornwall to study a range of health therapies, providing opportunities for shared learning across health professions. The institution is currently building a multi-million pound investment in new facilities including student housing, sports centre and student union.

About the area

The UCP Marjon is located between Dartmoor National Park and the coast with views to Plymouth Sound from the campus.

The city centre of Plymouth is only a few miles and a short bus-ride away.Plymouth City Council.

PAHC Building



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