Research specialisms & facilities

Research Specialisms - Sport

Sport research

We undertake research in the area of sport which advances knowledge in physical activity, exercise, sport and rehabilitation, and which is related to human health, performance, social inclusion and sustainability. We undertake translational research, combining theory with practice for impactful work.

Our world-class specialist equipment and facilities include:

•A state-of-the-art Sport & Exercise Science laboratory, including an environmental chamber, cardiopulmonary exercise testing equipment, a force plate, high speed motion cameras and air displacement plethysmography equipment (BODPOD) for the assessment of body composition
•Well-equipped laboratory spaces for sport rehabilitation and therapy, exercise clinics, a strength and conditioning suite
•Outdoor facilities for practical sport activities including a multi-purpose 3G pitch. Sports clinics and a swimming pool for rehab studies are all available on the campus. The popularity of University facilities with outside parties and sports clubs also enables the recruitment of participants to research studies
•Wet lab facilities appropriate for bioscience related research, nutritional analysis and cell therapy studies



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Health & Wellbeing research

Areas of research within health & wellbeing include topics such as musculosketal health, dementia, diabetes and age-related diseases.

Our laboratory and on-site clinic facilities include:

•A state-of-the-art Speech Science laboratory with speech analysis and acoustic voice analysis software
•Two clinic spaces for clients with speech, language and communication disorders; with audio and video recording equipment and observation facilities
•GP referral clinics for sports injury, obesity, diabetes, cancer back pain, ulcers and more
•Designated speech and language therapy resource room which houses an extensive collection of current assessment and therapy resources
•Specialist regenerative medicine laboratories are being developed on campus

Research Facilities - Education & Social Sciences

Education research

Plymouth Marjon University was established in 1838 as England’s first teacher-training college. It was developed with a social reform agenda and a mission designed to tackle inequality and develop opportunity through education. Remaining true to its origin and values base, the University continues to undertake critical education research that seeks to inform debate, address policy development and improve practice in relation to educational inequality.

Our research facilities in this area include:

•Specific laboratory space for the social sciences
•Dedicated spaces for observational analysis - one way mirrors and recording equipment
•iSpace - a qualitative methodological space
•An extensive suite of teaching classrooms, well equipped for working with all age groups

Research Specialisms - Culture

Culture research

Within the broad area of language and communication, this research field provides an exciting range of contexts within which to advance knowledge and understanding through: speech and language therapy, the performing arts, journalism, English and creative writing, inter-cultural communication and international English. We undertake interdisciplinary research through innovative relationships between scientific and artistic communities to enhance communication, cultural participation and wellbeing.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include:

•The Desmond Tutu Centre – with performance studios and theatre
•RUSI Lab (Sound Studio)
•JaM Centre with news broadcasting studios, a radio station, a sound studio and ICT and app development spaces
•Photography Studio


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