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.
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:
Educational Isolation: A challenge for schools in England
The impact of Youth Work in Europe
The Majon Business School is the forefront of the Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (BEE) research cluster. BEE represents a variety of significant and pertinent topics in Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship; enterprise education and lifestyle entrepreneurship. As a University with the Social Enterprise Mark, situated within a Social Enterprise City, social enterprise is also a key focus of our research.
Through its links to the Marjon Business School and The Edge, your enterprise hub, BEE has established a number of significant partnerships with established organisations and institutions operating in our three areas of expertise. These include Devon and Cornwall Business Council, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, Plymouth City Council, the Social Enterprise Mark and the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network. Our intention is to work collaboratively with these institutions to conduct research that is relevant and valuable to the South West, creating an impact on its economy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com if you require any further support with this process.
Read the Times Higher article on 'How to win a research grant'.
As part of our research environment, the University maintains subscriptions to the following sources:
UK Council for Graduate Education
University of East Anglia PhD training UEA online training series
All staff can access these subscriptions using your institutional email address to log-in. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information around these subscriptions.
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.