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About PedRIO



To the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory at the University of Plymouth. PedRIO represents a new venture for the university in recognition of its many successes in research and development in higher education pedagogy.
The Institute represents researchers whose breadth of knowledge and expertise range across all aspects of 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 will impact  and influence policy and practice.
PedRIO has been established to provide a key focus for leading-edge pedagogic research within the UK and beyond; to combine academic rigour with research which has practical application and impact; to broaden and deepen the capacity for undertaking interdisciplinary, multi-method research in collaboration with external partners; and to build on Plymouth's reputation for excellence in teaching and learning by promoting utilisation of relevant, appropriate and innovative research.
The institute will blend educational research expertise and methodological innovation with the research traditions and ideas from a wide range of disciplines to form a research grouping with a distinctive interdisciplinary contribution to make. 

​To read more about PedRIO's activities


PEDRIO annual report 2013

PedRIO aims to: 

  • Undertake innovative research into teaching and learning in a range of higher education contexts including work-based learning, 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, Experiential and Work-based Learning and Digital Futures;
  • Develop pedagogic research into teaching and learning that is relevant to contemporary business and social contexts.

Key research areas: 

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?

Different researchers are exploring these questions in a range of contexts – including investigating learning in the workplace; in further education colleges; and in online environments. Sustainability, employability and internationalisation are key strengths of the institute’s current membership and the general questions above are explored in the context of specific agendas.

Pedagogic Research and Development Database

The information in this database is the product of a survey of research into teaching and learning in higher education at Plymouth University. . The database is provided as a resource for those interested in undertaking further research, or wishing to use current research results as a means to develop their own teaching.

​PedRIO at a glance: 

  • Is a cross-university institute which provides academic leadership for pedagogic research and research-informed teaching;
  • Promotes and coordinates research, education and enterprise activity in teaching and learning in higher education;
  • Builds on the university’s successes in the HEFCE-funded Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) programme (£18m funding over past 5 years), and the work of our National Teaching Fellows;
  • Provides research findings and syntheses which inform and underpin policy and practice in teaching and learning in higher education, with national and international impact;
  • Encourages development of new methodological approaches and inter-disciplinary partnerships in pedagogic research;
  • Encompasses over 100 staff researching and publishing on all aspects of teaching and learning in higher education;
  • Is located in one of the UK’s foremost new universities