This partnership builds on a long-standing relationship between the Ocean Conservation Trust (OCT) and the Plymouth Institute of Education (PIoE) that is oriented towards supporting research and practice related to ocean literacy and marine citizenship.
Particular emphasis is placed on Plymouth. Students from the PIoE undertake study visits to the National Marine Aquarium (NMA), the NMA being a flagship initiative of the OCT. Here students learn from OCT staff about environmental communication in an informal context. Colleagues from the PIoE support the OCT with advice on appropriate research and evaluation strategies. Together, the partners are developing joint projects, including the development of ocean literacy materials that are available through the UPPScale website and the CPD module described below.