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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Non-clinical measures to help teachers and other professionals working with children are not enabling them to catch all the detail needed to assess self-referential emotions displayed by a child.

The University's Nature Connectedness Research Group is working with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Bronze Oak Project for an initiative due to launch in the Spring.

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Richard Self, recently ranked the UK's second most influential technology academic, criticises the data model used to analyse coronavirus pandemic information. 

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International review of research concludes that wearing a face mask while exercising is safe, including for those undergoing rehabilitation for respiratory conditions, such as Covid-19.

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Transcription event requires volunteers to record information from thousands of historic employee records for what aims to be the largest study of occupational health in the UK.

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Research events

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public lecture

Professor Paul Wood will talk about 3D printing and additive manufacturing research at the University of Derby's Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering; covering applications and fundamental research in the transport, infrastructure and medical sectors and the impact of this research on the beneficiaries.

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public lecture

In this lecture, Professor Carley Foster will discuss the role of retail in the community. Rather than viewing retail as simply a transaction between the buyer and seller, she will explore how retail experiences can be co-created so that the retailer can embed themselves within the community and protect themselves from turbulent trading conditions.

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public lecture

Professor Stephan Reiff-Marganiec discusses the great emergence of smart technology, the opportunity it provides to improve our daily lives, but also the human worries that are increasingly associated with it.

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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.