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University Practice Partnerships: Sustaining collaboration across learning environments (UPPScale). Plymouth Institute of Education is working in collaborative partnerships to promote social justice, develop pedagogy and enhancing learners’ experience.

The UPPScale group includes a variety of settings such as alternative, special education and mainstream education and community organisations where we can share expertise and engage in research that make a difference.

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  • Promotes collaborative research and development projects in which partners work with staff and students from the Plymouth Institute of Education.
  • Researchers have a wealth of expertise and experience in working with students, teachers, mentoring and designing educational professional development.
  • Project participants are committed to the idea of professionals collaborating to improve children’s educational experience. 
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Logo design: Will Caers and Hunter Rundle, Liskeard Hillfort Primary School. Developed by Robin Tucker
We conduct research with a variety of partners, such as nurseries, schools, colleges, universities, charities, and arts and leisure organisations, in a range of contexts. These include the home, work, nature, arts and the community. UPPScale has four main strands: Research Partnerships for collaborative projects; Placement Partnerships for initial teacher education and professional development; Student Partnerships featuring student-led research and community projects; and Future Partnerships for developing ideas, funding bids or opportunities. 
UPPScale was developed by a steering group alongside Associate Professor Jan Georgeson and Senior Research Fellow Rowena Passy. They lead the UPPScale team in offering support in planning and implementing research projects. If you are interested in any of these types of collaboration, please email

UPPScale Team

Feeling inspired?

Plymouth Institute of Education has a wide range of learning opportunities and degree options that will take you in new directions.
Through studying with our excellent, supportive staff who will work with you through your undergraduate years you will have embarked on what could be the first steps of a 'learning journey' within higher education. Leading you on, if you wish, to further study with us on a masters and in time, a doctoral course.
Charles Randall, PGCE Primary graduate who now works at a local primary school teaching year three