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Trauma-Informed Pedagogy in Higher Education

By recognising how traumatic experiences can impact learning, our research aims to help improve the methods and practices of teaching in higher education.



Project status

In progress


1 May 2022 to 1 Oct 2024

A male teacher gestures while giving a lecture to a group of university students.
Trauma-informed pedagogy concerns how teaching takes the impacts of trauma on individuals into consideration.

This project’s goal is to understand what is working well and what could be improved in terms of trauma-informed pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching) in higher education. We want to help people who have experienced trauma to thrive in higher education.

Trauma-informed pedagogy is the method and practice of teaching that takes into consideration the effect of trauma on individuals and their learning.

We will measure current practice against a set of core standards of trauma-informed pedagogy, to make recommendations for continued good practice and to make improvements to fill gaps, meet outstanding needs, or address areas of poor practice.

Team members

We are a mixed team of clinical psychology doctorate trainees; psychology undergraduate and master's students; lecturers; supervisors and people with personal experiences of mental health difficulties.

Our core members are:

Expected outputs

  • A set of core standards of trauma-informed pedagogy in higher education.
  • Recommendations relating to good practice and areas for improvement for higher education programmes that participate.
  • Reports and presentations to the higher education community.
  • Inclusion of standards and recommendations into training and awareness-raising events for higher education communities.
  • Peer-reviewed publication/s.

Project phases

This project will have seven main phases:

  • Development of the core audit standards from existing literature
  • Piloting the standards and associated audit tools in the Department of Psychology
  • Focus groups with stakeholders to review the standards and recommendations
  • Sharing key findings, promoting good practice and initial implementation of recommendations
  • Building a trauma-informed pedagogy network across higher education organisations
  • Roll out of the core standards and audit process to other University of Bath departments and other higher education organisations
  • Continued sharing of key findings, promotion of good practice and implementing change

Contact us

If you have any questions about this project, please contact us.