Our Degree Partner


To ensure academic rigor we’ve partnered with Plymouth Marjon University and together we’ll ensure you have all the transferable skills you need.

You will be studying in our London newsroom but we’ve teamed up with the leading university to validate our degree programme and provide academic oversight and regulation.

When looking for a partner we wanted an institution that shared our values as the number one NCTJ-accredited journalism school in the country.

Plymouth Marjon University mirrors our highly-practical approach to studying and our commitment to academic excellence.

Don’t worry, you won’t be studying in Plymouth, the University is just there to provide academic rigour – and together we’ll ensure you have all the transferable skills you need when you leave.


With more than 170 years of heritage, tradition and experience, both founding principals of St John’s (1840) and St Mark’s (1841) colleges were eminent Victorians who developed the first national school system.

In 1926 the two colleges merged, and in 1973 the College of St Mark and St John moved to Plymouth and became referred to as Marjon by students.

In 1991 they 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 Marjon received Taught Degree Awarding Powers which provided it with University College status, and it now officially operates as Plymouth Marjon University

The first Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University, Professor Cara Aitchison, was appointed in 2013.

Plymouth Marjon University is rated among the UK top 10 universities for overall student satisfaction, according to the Complete University Guide 2021.

Maximise your employability

The University has created a number of industry links and partnerships to assist your employability.

To help you make the right choices throughout your degree, you will have access to plenty of online support material available via your online Learning Space.


Ian Luke, Marjon University, Executive Dean

Sarah McAdam, Marjon University, Programme Area Lead in Journalism, Sports Journalism & Film