Debby Cotton

Academic profile

Professor Debby Cotton

Visiting Professor
Peninsula Dental School (Faculty of Health)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Debby's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 02: SDG 2 - Zero HungerGoal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 07: SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean EnergyGoal 08: SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic GrowthGoal 12: SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and ProductionGoal 17: SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

About Debby

Member of the University’s Senior Leadership Team responsible for the strategic development, co-ordination and implementation of University-wide policies and initiatives in educational development underpinned by pedagogic research. Line management and budgetary responsibility for Teaching and Learning Support team (TLS). National TEF assessor and member of the subject panel for social sciences, coordinating institution-wide preparations at the for subject-level TEF. I lead the institutional provision accredited by Advance HE (PGCAP, TDF and APA), manage the National Teaching Fellowship application process, organise external and internal conferences and events, and co-ordinate Research-informed Teaching and Pedagogic Research through the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO). I chair the PedRIO steering group, manage organisation and planning of events,and oversee reporting.


Specialist teaching areas include:

Pedagogic Research - especially action research, qualitative methods and writing for publication
Teaching-research nexus - links between teaching and research; developing undergraduate research
Research Management - ethical issues; peer review; quality and impact of research; managing a research team
Education for Sustainable Development - sustainability pedagogies; teaching controversial issues; informal learning and the hidden curriculum

Teaching awards:

University Teaching Fellow, 2009, 2010, 2014 National Teaching Fellow, 2015

Current PhD Students:

Sally Hanks - Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Jamie Read - Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
Research degrees awarded to supervised students: 
PhD Dr Ciaran O'Sullivan - Faculty of Arts and Humanities PhD Dr Sally Abey - Faculty of Health and Human Sciences PhD Dr Cathy Schofield - Faculty of Science and Environment PhD Dr Derek Dodd - Faculty of Arts and Humanities
External examining:
2012 University of Huddersfield, UK - EdD external examiner
2014 Deakin University, Australia - PhD external examiner
2015 RMIT, Australia - PhD external examiner
2016 Bradford University, UK - PhD external examiner
2016 James Cook University, Australia - PhD external examiner
2017 London South Bank University - EdD external examiner
2017 Bristol University - EdD external examiner
2017 Swansea University - PhD external examiner
2018 Kent University - PhD external examiner
2019 Lancaster University - PhD external examiner  

Contact Debby

Room 107, 3 Endsleigh Place, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
+44 1752 587614