Dr Harriet Dismore

Dr Harriet Dismore

Lecturer in Education

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



I am a Lecturer in Education for Plymouth Institute of Education 



2019 Senior Fellow HEA
2012 Fellow HEA

2007 PhD Education, University of Kent

2003 MSc Tourism and Environmental Management, Canterbury Christ Church University
2001 BA (Hons) History, University of Kent

Employment History

2020 -          Lecturer in Education, University of Plymouth
2016 - 2019     Educational Developer, University of Plymouth
2012-2015            Lecturer in Education, University of Southampton
2011-2012            Lecturer in Education, Brunel University
2008-2011            Research Fellow, University of Plymouth
2003-2008            Research Fellow, Canterbury Christ Church University



Teaching interests

BA Education

- EDST401 Critical Questions in Education

- EDST411 Education Futures

MA Education

- MASE754 Alternatives in Education

- MASU755 Learning for Sustainability and Global Citizenship


- PGSEN704 Organisational Contexts

- PGSEN705 Leading on Teaching and Learning



Research interests

I am interested in the following research areas:

Educational transition and progression
I have undertaken a number of research projects into the transition between primary and secondary school, further education to higher education and higher education to work. This has included exploring vocational-academic routes and the impact of the credential landscape on learners in the UK.

Lifelong learning 
Although a broad topic, research into lifelong learning remains relatively limited. In particular I am interested in longitudinal studies to explore the lived experiences of learners.

I am interested in employability as a lifelong process and the different approaches to researching this topic.

Community engagement
I am interested in place-based learning and the role of community engagement in lifelong and life-wide learning.  

As part of research supported by the Society for Research into Higher Education, I have investigated the progression of former apprentices into higher education. 



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Turner R, Spowart L, Dismore H, Beckmann E, Carkett R & Khamis T (2024) 'When we speak Faculty listen: Exploring spaces for students to contribute to the development of lecturers’ academic practice' Professional Development in Education , DOI Open access
Dismore H, Campbell-Barr V, Manning R & Warwick P (2024) 'A relational approach to knowledge exchange in higher education' Studies in Higher Education 1-12 , DOI Open access
Webber L & Dismore H (2020) 'Mothers and higher education: balancing time, study and space' Journal of Further and Higher Education 1-15 , DOI Open access
Gedye S, Dismore H, Muneer R & Cotton D (2019) 'Damage Limitation: Learning Lessons from Complaints and Appeals Staff on the Handling of Student Grievance' Higher Education Policy , DOI Open access
Dismore HC, Turner R & Huang R (2018) 'Let me edutain you! Practices of student engagement employed by new lecturers' Higher Education Research and Development , DOI Open access
Bates M, Curtis S & Dismore H (2017) 'Learning approaches and lecture attendance of medical students' Journal of Further and Higher Education 1-11 , DOI Open access
Dismore H (2016) 'Learning to learn in higher education: developing a modus vivendi' International Journal of Lifelong Education 35, (3) 254-269 , DOI Open access
Wakefield K & Dismore H (2015) 'The role of transnational networking for higher education academics' Higher Education Research & Development 34, (6) 1281-1296 , DOI Open access
Dismore H (2014) 'From apprenticeship to higher education: navigating the credential landscape' Journal of Vocational Education & Training 66, (3) 386-405 , DOI Open access
Dismore H (2013) 'Experiencing the transition from an apprenticeship to higher education' Journal of Education and Work 27, (6) 585-607 , DOI Open access
Dismore H & Bailey R (2011) 'Fun and enjoyment in physical education: young people’s attitudes' Research Papers in Education 26, (4) 499-516 , DOI
Dismore H, McDermott A, Witt N, Stillwell R, Neville S & Stone M (2011) 'Tension of APEL: perceptions of higher education in further education lecturers' Research in Post-Compulsory Education 16, (3) 315-331 , DOI Open access
Dismore H, Hicks H & Lintern M (2010) 'The destinations of Foundation degree graduates in the South West of England' Journal of Education and Work 23, (5) 451-470 , DOI
Winter J & Dismore H (2010) 'Investigating the experiences of foundation degree students progressing to an honours degree: an integrated approach' Journal of Further and Higher Education 34, (2) 253-270 , DOI
Schofield C & Dismore H (2010) 'Predictors of retention and achievement of higher education students within a further education context' Journal of Further and Higher Education 34, (2) 207-221 , DOI
Dismore H & Bailey R (2010) '‘It's been a bit of a rocky start’: attitudes toward physical education following transition' Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy 15, (2) 175-191 , DOI
Bailey R, Morley D & Dismore H (2009) 'Talent development in physical education: a national survey of policy and practice in England' Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy 14, (1) 59-72 , DOI
Hope G, Austin R, Dismore H, Hammond S & Whyte T (2007) 'Wild woods or urban jungle: playing it safe or freedom to roam' Education 3-13 35, (4) 321-332 , DOI
Dismore H, Bailey R & Izaki T (2006) 'Japanese and English School Students' Views of Physical Education: A comparative study' International Journal of Sport and Health Science 4, 74-85 , DOI
Bailey R & Dismore H (2005) 'Physical education and school sport: The International Sport in Education Project (SPINED)' African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance 11, (1) , DOI
Dismore H & Bailey R (2005) '“If only”: Outdoor and adventurous activities and generalised academic development' Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning 5, (1) 9-19 , DOI


Other academic activities

External Examiner for MSc Education, University of Southampton