The University of St Mark & St John, located in Plymouth UK, has a warm and friendly atmosphere that makes it a special place to study. It was ranked as the best University in the UK for social mobility (Graduate Social Mobility Index 2014)
As a University, St Mark & St John presents a holistic student life, sport and culture. It enjoys a proud history as a pioneer in education, both as a vocation and as a means for social reform.
Top-class Student Experience
The University was established in 1838 as England’s first teacher training college, and it continues to provide high-quality teacher education, alongside an expanding portfolio of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, many of which are run in partnership with professions and lead to high levels of graduate employment: Education, Social Sciences, Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, and Sociology, to name just a few.
Outstanding Student Facilities
The university currently has over 2,000 students, and as part of its strategic plan is set to double in size over the course of the next ten years. The institution has recently been awarded £3 million of funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England Catalyst Fund (HEFCE) to support its plans to develop and diversify.
As well as being renowned as England’s oldest teacher training college, the university is also recognised for its contribution to international sport. Its growing work in creative arts, enterprise, language and culture will also be boosted by the funds, through investment in exhibition and performance space on the Derriford Campus.
The University of St Mark & St John will launch a number of new courses and areas of research, including Human Biosciences, Sport Medicine, Exercise Physiology, Psychology, Sociology, Business and Management, Accounting, Computing and Coding, Tourism and Modern Foreign Languages.
The University plans to further innovative partnerships with industry, so that students learn from academics and practitioners. It has already developed innovative models of work-based provision in Education, Sport, Sound Production and Acting.
The University has more than 175 years of vast experience working with countries such as Chile, Mexico, Malaysia, and Vietnam, as well as a broad range of European countries, but its plans also include the enhancement of the student experience with international exchanges, because the University recognises that students who undertake work or study abroad programmes as part of their degree are more likely to secure the highest paying jobs after graduating.
The University of St Mark & St John has the highest employability rate of the four universities in Devon and Cornwall, with 95% of students going into employment following graduation.
Situated in Plymouth on the edge of Dartmoor National Park and within easy reach of the sea, it is a stunning location on a single-site green campus with close links to Plymouth; a vibrant, lively city that makes the ideal playground for typical student life.
All students at the University have access to world-class sports facilities including a floodlit 3G pitch, climbing wall, 25m indoor swimming pool, a fully equipped state-of-the-art gymnasium, a sports therapy rehabilitation clinic and a sports science lab. The University will also be hosting the Namibian Rugby World Cup Team in 2015 as part of their training camp prior to their matches in Exeter.
Recent campus developments have included extensive refurbishment of the library to provide a new social learning space. The Journalism and Media Centre opened in 2013, conceived and designed by the lecturers. It includes an iPad teaching room, full iMac classroom, four iMac media editing suites, two of which act as a radio studio, and an editorial meeting room.
The university provides accommodation on campus for 456 students in 7 halls of residence and 38 village houses; rents compare favourably with most universities. First-year students are guaranteed a place on campus and are encouraged to stay on site for the entirety of their first year to familiarise themselves with the University, but most importantly, to meet new people and make life-long friends.