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.
Professor Pauline Kneale
Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning, Director of PedRIO
- 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
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Get involved with PedRIO
- Navigating Employability Using the Plymouth Compass 7 February 2017 12:00 - 14:00
- Innovation in Pedagogy Café 8 February 2017 14:00 - 16:00
- National Teaching Fellowships (NTFS) Workshops 9 February 2017 10:00 - 12:00
- UKPSF & TDF Guidance 10 February 2017 09:30 - 11:30
- Enhancing Graduate Employability Series 15 February 2017 13:00 - 15:00
Press office news
- Innovation in teaching and learning 5 November 2015
- University academic recognised with National Teaching Fellowship 11 June 2015
- Enhancing knowledge crucial to improved energy-saving behaviours 22 May 2015
- University climbs in world rankings 2 October 2014
- Sustainability pioneer awarded prestigious National Teaching Fellowship 16 June 2014
Professor Pauline Kneale
Director of Teaching and Learning Support
Professor Debby Cotton
Head of Educational Development, Professor of Higher Education Pedagogy
Professor Stephen Sterling
Professor of Sustainability Education
Mrs Jane Dalrymple
Dr Julian Archer
Senior Clinical Lecturer in Medical Education
Dr Suanne Gibson
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Education
Dr Paul Warwick
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer)
Dr Julie Anderson
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Postgraduate Professional Development
Professor Neil Witt
Head of Academic Support, Technology & Innovation