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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The University of Derby is delivering world-leading and internationally excellent research in Education, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results announced today.

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Scientists at the University of Derby are leading a pioneering international study to improve the lives of people suffering with the prolonged and life impairing impacts of long-Covid.

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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.

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Research events

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The aim of this event is to establish and develop a sustainable collaboration of researchers focusing on social policy toward families in the UK and South Korea. 

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As part of their degree second-year Literature and History students take part in an annual public conference, where they present a series of papers based around a central theme. In 2022, reflecting the centenary of ‘Miracle Year’ in the development of modernism the theme is Old and New.

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public lecture

Professor Christopher Sansom will explore his career journey in industrial research labs and academia. Find out how his career has involved research on low carbon renewable energy technologies to reduce global warming, developing solar desalination for water-stressed regions of the earth, as well as working on telescopes to search for Earth-like planets around nearby stars.

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This webinar discusses what ways social policies interact with family dynamics to assist (or perhaps interrupt) processes of desistance? Are there lessons for policy formation or practice in criminal justice settings from examining the experiences of other countries and jurisdictions?

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Material, Economics & Ecology at Derby’s Museum of Making is a symposium sharing the interdisciplinary practice-research of six Guest Speakers whose work contributes to contemporary dialogues concerning human and non-human ecologies, labour, trade & material resources.

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The CivicLAB symposium aims to bring together practitioners and academics to discuss and share learnings and methods of best practice related to this year’s focus ‘Designing for Civility and Cultural Impact’.

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This webinar will aim to bring relevant arts organisations and academic partners within the creative industry together, to exchange their experiences and learn from each other. 

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This symposium will cover projects that involve the arts, creative industries and/or cultural institutions and examples of how public experience and impact has been enhanced through collaborative, interdisciplinary work.