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Research plays a major role in supporting teaching and learning across the University

Research is an integral part of the life of the University with rapid expansion of activities in recent years leading to an exciting environment in which to undertake research. Research is one of the three fundamental objects in the University’s new Articles of Association.

Research is valued at Derby because it serves a number of roles:

  • research in the subjects helps to inform and enrich the taught curriculum at all levels so that all our students benefit.
  • research into the effectiveness of teaching, learning and assessment improves the experience for students on our taught programmes.
  • learning how to pursue research is a fundamental academic skill and the University make a considerable commitment to postgraduate research training and the professional development of its staff researchers.
  • the University values research which has wider economic, social and cultural benefits for society. This research impact is the principal way by which the University aims to lift its reputation for intellectual creativity and its wider contribution to society.