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Research at Marjon

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 through the links below about our current research areas and ongoing knowledge exchange work.

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).

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

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

Business Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

Marjon Business 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 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.

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'.

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