Research at the University of Derby

At the University of Derby, we nurture and encourage research excellence across all our disciplines and all career stages. Our researchers are generating distinctive, world-leading and impactful research.

Research with impact

We are proud of our researchers at the University of Derby. We use our research to inspire and inform our students and we often work with collaborators from partner institutions and with industry.

We publish our research so that everyone can share our knowledge and it is often applied to support the sectors that drive national economic growth, and to support effective policy-making and governance.

Our researchers have helped bring about more accurate predictions of climate change, a better quality of life for gynaecological cancer patients, and impartial career guidance for young people in schools.

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Spotlight on research

Around one in 12 people suffer from a mental health disorder, making improving mental wellbeing a global priority. Pioneering research at the University of Derby has led to effective therapies and interventions – centred on the power of compassion.

Read more about our research into compassion and mental healthRead more about our research into compassion and mental health
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Derby's research response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Alongside partners in the UK and overseas, our researchers are part of the global effort to fight the COVID-19 virus.

Find out about our Coronavirus researchFind out about our Coronavirus research
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How to apply

Here's everything you need to know about how to join us for your postgraduate research degree.

How to apply for your research degreeHow to apply for your research degree

Our latest research news

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Findings of international collaboration is attracting interest from law enforcement agencies across the world.

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Two-year project will use data to develop a predictive system for monitoring dialysis patients' blood pressure levels.

Research into our connection with nature is helping staff at UK's largest conservation charity to understand how people experience places.

The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) illustrates how higher education institutions support their communities and regions, with Derby performing well in the Local Growth and Working With Business categories.  

Read all our research news

Research events

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public lecture

This event has been postponed and a new date will be confirmed in due course.

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This new seminar series focuses on 'Sustainable Business and the Race to Zero'. Hear from leading researchers in the area of sustainability and learn the steps you can take to create a greener business.

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conference

The DigitalPaintingPhotography international online symposium is the third event in the series of investigations that looks into how artists and theorists currently engage with the interrelationships of the digital, painting, and photography. 

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Hosted by the University of Derby's Centre for Supply Chain Improvement, this masterclass provides an opportunity to learn from our inspiring team of global experts.

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conference

Our college research showcase highlights the fantastic research taking place across all disciplines within Health, Psychology and Social Care by our staff and students. This year's theme: 'Researching through a global pandemic'. You can attend in person or watch online via a live stream.

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public lecture

Professor Kate Moss will discuss her research on the hidden crisis of women’s homelessness and one of the major precipitators, domestic abuse.