Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO)

Plymouth pedagogy

The Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO) at Plymouth represents researchers whose breadth of knowledge and expertise range across all aspects of higher education (HE) pedagogy, helping us to understand the ways in which students experience higher education in a range of different contexts, and to enhance the opportunities for learning and personal transformation which access to higher education brings. Involvement of researchers from all disciplines of the University provides a platform for interdisciplinary research which impacts and influences policy and practice.

Key questions

The research focus of PedRIO is deliberately inclusive, building on key areas of current strength (education for sustainability, e-learning, and work-based learning) as well as encouraging the development of new areas. Key questions for institute members include the following:  
  • What kinds of curricula and pedagogies are appropriate for 21st century higher education? 
  • What is the impact on student learning of different pedagogic approaches or contexts? 
  • How does learning occur in higher education? 
  • What is the impact of formal and informal learning, and the hidden curriculum on transformative learning?

Aims of the institute

  • undertake innovative research into teaching and learning in a range of higher education contexts including sustainability, inclusivity, evaluation, learning gains  HE in FE and online/ blended learning
  • provide a forum for sharing and dissemination of inter-disciplinary pedagogic research methods and findings and enable knowledge transfer with impact on policy and practice
  • develop new partnerships with external academic organisations and enterprises, both nationally and internationally
  • nurture and develop further key areas of research strength such as education for sustainable development, research-informed teaching, inclusivity and digital futures.

Teaching excellence and the Higher Education and Research Bill: Keynote from Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI

In the light of the new UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), it is timely to consider what is meant by teaching excellence in higher education – and how it can best be measured.

Nick Hillman keynote at PedRIO conference: Teaching excellence and the Higher Education and Research Bill