Research Clusters and Impact

EMpoWER Research Cluster

Exercise Medicine & Wellbeing

The vision of the EMpoWER team is to create a culture of seeing physical activity and exercise as therapy. We aim to achieve this using a patient-centred approach combining collaboration between universities, healthcare trusts, local authorities and private and voluntary sector organisations, bringing together research, education and clinical services. We also seek alternative and more efficient routes to extend the reach of sport and exercise medicine by enhancing the synergy between sport scientists and exercise medicine specialists as well as allied health care providers, researchers, academics, clinicians and patients in an innovative and community focused nucleus.


SSLD Research Cluster

Sustainable Sport & Leisure Development

SSLD is an inter-disciplinary research unit that focuses on the management of the economic, environmental, and social impacts of sport and leisure. It considers the balancing of interrelated purposes in strategies that use sport and leisure as a tool for development, and the recognition of the best means for the realization of sustainable outcomes. This is addressed through the incorporation of sport and leisure services into the holistic policy framework of sustainable development. Our research is industry-driven underpinned by cutting-edge conceptual development providing critical evaluations and evidence-based studies aimed at enabling the role of sport and leisure in enhancing individual and community well-being.



REAP Research Cluster

Rehabilitation & Performance

REAP 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.

Our 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.


ACE Research Cluster

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.


BEE Research Cluster

Business Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

BEE represents a variety of significant and pertinent topics in Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship; enterprise education, lifestyle entrepreneurship and social enterprise.  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.