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.