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

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.  

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University of Derby research centre works with charitable foundation and local enterprise partnership to conduct four-year study in schools and colleges in the North East of England.

Theatre Arts Senior lecturer Ava Hunt wins C&YPN accolade for her works 'Journey of Destiny' and 'Destinies'

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PCR test used to detect presence of crayfish species through water samples as it becomes harder to find creatures through conventional means.

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First Steps and Foundation Derbyshire supporting new book with a healthy eating message by sending it to all Derby and Derbyshire primary schools.

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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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public lecture

This talk from Raphael Rowe is part of the University’s ongoing Student Lecture Series, which puts industry experts and professionals from across the globe in front of students. 

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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 Flora Huang will discuss the profound implications of Stock Connect to local and global financial markets and the legal impediments to its implementation.

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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.