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Research areas

The Research & Knowledge Exchange Office lead on research support across the University in terms of bid applications, costings and a wide range of researcher developer training.

Find out more below about our current research areas, including our Research and Knowledge Exchange groups.

Building Knowledge Together

Scroll down to download our:

  • Research & Knowledge Exchange Strategy 2020-25
  • Research and Knowledge Exchange Annual Report 2018-2019 (includes the Annual Research Integrity Statement).

SCION: Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation

SCION means ‘a young shoot or twig of a plant, especially one cut for grafting or rooting’, a metaphor well suited for this inter-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange group with creative arts and social sciences at its core. SCION brings together diverse disciplinary experts with community and business partners to share knowledge and solve problems related to sustainability in its widest sense. It includes a mix of experienced researchers, practitioners, early career researchers and PhD students. Our work links to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which align closely to the subject specialities and institutional values of Plymouth Marjon University.

We explore a wide range of topics - bringing together theories of communication, education, behaviour change and performance with big sustainability issues including climate change, community development and social responsibility. Underpinning our activities is a collaborative, creative, and playful approach to work which opens up imaginative possibilities for problem-solving. If you’re a community group that would like to work with academic researchers, a PhD student keen to study with us, or an academic interested in collaboration, please get in touch by email at or Twitter @MarjonSCION

Key themes explored by SCION:

  • Communication and behaviour change
  • Outdoor learning and sustainability education
  • Local democracy and community action
  • Innovation in business and enterprise
  • Creative arts and performance
  • Environmental, social and economic sustainability

Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

The foundations of the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHWB) Research and Knowledge Exchange Group lie in several areas, including Marjon’s strong track record in sport and physical activity research, our clinics, and the evaluation of Marjon’s unique health and wellbeing model, our strong partnership working and collaborative research. Our approach is inclusive, and LLHWB members include postgraduate research students, professional support staff and academics from all disciplines relevant to health and wellbeing throughout the life course. External partners and collaborators are actively welcomed as LLHWB group members.

LLHWB focuses on applied health research and involving patients, service users, carers and other ‘end users’ of our work is a key priority to ensure our research is relevant and acceptable to participants. We aim to undertake collaborative research into the clinical and behavioural responses needed to enable health and wellbeing for all in the post-COVID world, taking account of emerging new trends in health and care.

Examples of current LLHWB Research:

  • Health related sport and physical activity
  • Evaluation of health promoting lifestyle interventions
  • Promoting adherence & sustainability of wellbeing behaviours
  • Patient safety during care transitions
  • Digital wellbeing interventions
  • Policy & guideline research

Our approach emphasises multidisciplinarity, both inside the University and in our relationships with external stakeholders. The future of healthcare relies on different disciplines working effectively together and that must be the same in research.

We are broadening our scope, building our reputation, and enhancing our funding opportunities through working in collaboration with research active universities. Our health and care service collaborators, locally and further afield, are also crucial to our research success and we work in partnership with them to evaluate and develop the evidence base underpinning health and care interventions. Marjon LLHWB Research and Knowledge Exchange Group is increasingly the partner of choice for service-led evaluations, which play a key role in developing local health and care services.   

Rehabilitation & Performance

Plymouth Marjon University is home to our Sports Science Lab, Sport & Health Clinic along with a range of laboratories for Speech, Voice, Psychology and the Neurocognition of Language. Areas of research within our Rehabilitation & Performance cluster focuses on human performance, speech and language science and disorders, musculoskeletal biomechanics, the optimization of sports and human performance and rehabilitation in people with musculoskeletal as well as those with speech, language, communication, voice or swallowing disorders. We collaborate with our partners in NHS and universities in UK, Europe and Australia.

Research involves biomechanics studies and clinical trials to increase understanding of the musculoskeletal system and to optimise the function of joints, bone, muscle and cartilage and diseases resulting from problems with musculoskeletal structure and function. We also conduct research and development to improve the care and management of people with speech, language, voice or communication disorders. Our research focuses on non-surgical solutions and aim to translate research into improved health outcomes.

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Agency, Context & Education

The vision of the ACE research cluster is to honour the founding mission of Plymouth Marjon University by establishing sector leading research that informs and develops opportunity in both formal and informal education. Establishing strong partnerships and collaborations with universities, educational charities and agencies, schools and colleges, ACE will address policy and improve practice to challenge educational inequality.

Working closely with the Department for Education and wider government agencies, such as the Social Mobility Commission, the ACE research cluster is dedicated to research based interventions that have impact in education. The research in ACE brings together interdisciplinary researchers to work together through an educational lens. Funded research ranges from Youth Work to Maths Teaching, from Teacher Retention to Outdoor Education. Pushing boundaries in methodology, theory and practice, educational research in ACE is innovative; bringing new understanding to inform policy and practice both nationally and internationally.


Find out more below about the current projects going on within ACE:

Coastal Schools

Educational Isolation: A challenge for schools in England

The impact of Youth Work in Europe

Transformative Youth Work 2018: Developing and Communicating Impact

Research subscriptions

As part of our research environment, the University maintains subscriptions to the following sources:

All staff can access these subscriptions using your institutional email address to log-in. Please contact for any further information around these subscriptions.

Intention to Bid

All staff who are submitting a research project funding application must complete the 'Intention To Bid' process prior to submitting any applications.

Click here to access the mandatory 'Intention To Bid' form. You MUST also complete a research costing tool spreadsheet and submit this to

In the instance where Marjon is a partner in a bid being submitted by another institution, staff must still complete the form and costing tool.

The Research & Knowledge Exchange Office will review the application and coordinate a sign-off process. You will then be informed of the outcome and if you may go ahead with your bid application. Contact if you require any further support with this process.

Read the Times Higher article on 'How to win a research grant'.

Asthma Research

Asthma is a complex disease of the lung that interacts with other health problems and psychosocial factors. The asthma research group focuses on the experience of the person who has asthma.  Research topics include:

  • the measurement of quality of life in asthma
  • better ways of managing asthma so as to improve quality of life
  • What patients want from their treatment

The group is currently seeking people with asthma to complete a brief, 5-minute survey.  The aim of the survey is to improve the measurement of quality of life and to find what kind of new treatments people with asthma would welcome.  More information on this will be available soon.

The University is committed to supporting our researchers and offers a wide range of training events for postgraduate research students and staff. The Research & Knowledge Exchange Office is responsible for coordinating a programme of events split into four main series:

  • Academy Lecture Series: high-profile speakers from a range of disciplines, open to the public.
  • Brown Bag Series: an opportunity for staff and students to share and discuss their research. A great opportunity for PGR students and early career researchers to build confidence within an informal setting.
  • Research Developer Series: a wide range of training workshops including support with bids, statistical workshops, life after PhD and much more.
  • Research Supervisor Forum: support for PGR supervisors and a chance to share best practice.

Upcoming research events