Plymouth Marjon University

Plymouth Marjon University, commonly referred to as Marjon is the Trading name of the University of St Mark and St John, a university based primarily on a single campus on the northern edge of Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom. Formerly named University College Plymouth St Mark & St John, the institution was awarded full university status in 2013.[1]

Plymouth Marjon University
Other name
University of St Mark & St John
Former names
University College Plymouth St Mark & St John (2007-2012)
College of St Mark and St John (1923-2007)
MottoAbeunt studia in mores
"out of studies comes character".
TypeIndependent Church of England voluntary
EstablishedUniversity status (2012)
Joint College (1923)
St John's (1840)
St Marks (1841)
AffiliationUniversity of Exeter (1991-2013)[1]
Vice-ChancellorRob Warner
Students2,415 (2016/17)[2]
Undergraduates1,990 (2016/17)[2]
Postgraduates415 (2016/17)[2]
United Kingdom

The Vice-Chancellor of the university is Rob Warner who joined in March 2017.


The university's history dates back to the foundation by the National Society (now National Society for Promoting Religious Education) of the constituent London colleges of St John's College in Battersea, London (1840) and St Mark's College in Chelsea, London (1841).[3]

St Mark's College was founded upon the beliefs of The Reverend Derwent Coleridge, son of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, its first principal: that its primary purpose was to widen the educational horizons of its students. During the First World War, St Mark's College was requisitioned by the War Office to create the 2nd London General Hospital, a facility for the Royal Army Medical Corps to treat military casualties.[4] St John's College was established by Sir James Kay-Shuttleworth, together with Edward Carleton Tufnell, as a teacher training institution.[5]

These colleges merged in 1923, establishing a single institution in Chelsea as the College of St Mark & St John. In 1973 came the move to Plymouth due to the college outgrowing the Chelsea campus. 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 of Exeter, and in 2007, gained University College status, as the University College Plymouth St Mark & St John. It was awarded full university status as Plymouth Marjon University in 2013.[1]


The university campus several miles north of Plymouth city centre, next to Derriford Hospital. Residential accommodation is provided, with all first year students guaranteed a place. In 2013 a major investment programme in campus facilities was completed, with new sport and exercise science laboratories, extensive indoor and outdoor sports provision, theatre, media centre and music studio.

Academic profile

National rankings
Complete (2020)[6]127
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework[7]Silver

The university has over 70 taught programmes of study. There are two faculties: Faculty of Education, Enterprise & Culture and Faculty of Sport, Health & Wellbeing.



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  2. "2016/17 Students by HE provider, level, mode and domicile" (CSV). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  3. "College of St Mark and St John" (PDF). Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  4. "Second London General Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  5. "Papers of Sir James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth". Archives Hub. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  6. "University League Table 2020". The Complete University Guide. 1 May 2019.
  7. "Teaching Excellence Framework outcomes". Higher Education Funding Council for England.
  8. "Starting new chapters". The Herald. Local World. 16 September 2008. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  9. Laing, Dave (28 October 2011). "Bob Brunning obituary". The Guardian. London.
  10. "The real Vicar of Dibley gets her own TV role". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  11. "Spartacus Educational". Archived from the original on 20 May 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  12. "SR Olympic Sports". Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  13. "Cover Story". Marjon Today. 6. 1999.
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