Head of Educational Development
University of Plymouth
Professor Debby Cotton is Head of Educational Development in the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO), Plymouth University, UK. She is a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), and a National Teaching Fellow (NTF), and has recently been selected to work as an assessor on the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Debby has a doctorate from Oxford University, which focused on teaching controversial environmental issues. She has played a key role in the development of pedagogic research at Plymouth University for over 15 years, and was central to the development of PedRIO, one of the University’s eight research institutes.
Debby is a popular invited speaker and has delivered workshops and keynotes on higher education in the UK, China, US and South Africa. She sits on the editorial board of three journals, has contributed to upwards of 25 projects on pedagogic research and development, and produced more than 70 publications on a wide range of HE teaching and learning issues including sustainability education, research-informed teaching, internationalisation of higher education, and inclusivity.
You can find out more about Debby’s work and publications here: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/debby-cotton