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Working for the University

If you’re looking for a rewarding job at a unique university, we’ve got just the place for you.

Ƶ is a community environment that welcomes and nurtures new talent. This is an exciting, ambitious, and incredibly supportive place to work. All of us here are passionate about helping people to be the best they can be, and that not only means our students, it means our people as well.

Our Values are at the heart of everything we do. We’re firmly committed to supporting every single member of staff who works for us. Our Marjon Balance programme of health and wellbeing activities aims to help you to look after your physical health, nutritional health, mental health and social health.

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94% of staff believe the University is a good place to work

Here’s all you need to know

If you join us, you’ll find we are an inclusive, supportive but ambitious community, absolutely centred on the success of our students. Every one of us is proud to be part of Marjon, proud of our students and what they achieve and proud of our long heritage of fighting for social change.

We celebrate our 180th anniversary in 2020, having welcomed our first students in 1840 in London as an Anglican institution for training teachers. We have always been committed to the transformational power of education, ensuring that everyone with the ability to achieve through education can have the opportunity to succeed.

The University is an exciting place to work. For 180 years our staff and students have challenged the status quo and looked for new ways to improve the world. Now together, every day, we help students to build a vibrant future for themselves. See the Marjon Growth Plan for more about this.

Our latest staff survey showed that 94% of staff feel the University is a good place to work, and 93% feel proud to work here. 94% of staff say they identify with our Values – so it’s worth checking if you would too.

We have very high standards for teaching: we are the 8th highest university in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for the proportion of staff with a teaching qualification (89% in 2018-19, )

We hope this information helps you, but we are a fast-moving place! You can find out more about our latest news and recent changes on ,  and  or see our .

Quick facts about Marjon

Thinking of applying to Marjon? Here are some key facts:

1. We are a small, campus based University, based in Plymouth in the South West of England.

2. We are in a spectacular location, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park and with sweeping views of the sea and the hills of Devon and Cornwall.

3. We were the first teacher training institution, established in London in 1838.

4. We are ranked the top University in England for social inclusion (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023). The principles of widening participation and encouraging opportunities for all run deep in every Marjon member of staff. 

5. Students tell us our secret is our friendliness. We bring out the best in them through strong relationships and amazing support; understanding how they learn and what they want from their lives both intellectually and as a whole person.

If you like the sound of that then read more about working at Marjon.

Why work for Marjon?

Generous holiday entitlement

Academic staff enjoy 35 days’ holiday, plus two closure days and eight bank holidays. This equates to 45 (full-time equivalent) days.

Depending on your grade and job role, professional services staff receive 30 to 39 full-time equivalent days.

Career development

For you...
Each member of staff will have a Personal Development Review each year. In this you’ll agree your goals and what support you need to achieve them. You’ll be able to cover your ambitions and personal passions as well as discussing needs of the organisation. We firmly believe that playing to people’s strengths brings out the best in our people. 

In order to maintain our high standards of teaching, new teaching staff without an existing teaching qualification are encouraged to undertake all or part of the PgCert in Learning and Teaching. More experienced staff can apply to Advance HE for fellowship. All members of staff will discuss their learning and development needs as part of their Personal Development Review. 

For students...
We reflect this approach to personal improvement with students. Every student has a Personal Development Tutor to support them through their time with us. Their Personal Development Tutor works with them to develop their confidence, uncover hidden strengths, supports them through academic advice and signposts them to specific professional support services within the University. We also offer student colleague roles which broaden skills through real work experience. The aim is that our graduates leave us highly competent and confident employees, comfortable in their values and their strengths, and ready to enter the world of work and find roles which enable them to achieve the things which make them personally happy.

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External awards

We hold a TEF Gold Award, the Social Enterprise Mark and a Mindful Employer accreditation. We are a Disability Confident Committed employer.

Pension Benefits

We run two main schemes: the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (for all academic staff) and the Local Government Pension Scheme (for all professional services staff). You may also be eligible for the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to availability. Further pension benefits include immediate life cover for your beneficiaries if you die during service and (subject to eligibility) ill-health retirement benefits if you stop being able to work due to long-term illness.

Supporting our people

We’re big believers in the importance of work/life balance. Many of our employees work flexibly and they are able to apply for parental leave and time off for dependants. Other benefits include:

  • Counselling and occupational health services for our employees
  • A fair sick-pay scheme for those who fall ill during their employment
  • Discounted gym membership at our state-of-the-art facilities
  • A cycle-to-work scheme
  • A green car salary sacrifice scheme
  • A tech scheme
  • On-site nursery located in a purpose-built space
  • Onsite clinics for Osteopathy and Sports Therapy
  • Marjon Perks including discounted gift cards and cashback