About our research

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.

A vibrant environment

We recognise the strong link between excellent research and an excellent student experience. Our aim at the University of Derby is to produce research that is high impact, high profile and beneficial. We are investing in our students, our staff and our research infrastructure to help us achieve this.

We have a vibrant research environment with over 330 doctoral students and support those in the early stages of their career via our early-career researcher forum. 

We also have nearly 200 research-active staff across the University, with over 700 research outputs recorded on UDORA, our comprehensive, open access repository. 

A significant contribution

Our research is wide-ranging and internationally recognised and our research teams are working on projects that are making a significant contribution to national and international policy agendas. Research includes: 

Our latest research news

New project aims to answer important questions about the ecology and evolution of symbiosis in marine and freshwater environments.

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Psychology academics reveal first study to monitor the impact of compassion on physical pain responses.

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Researchers find links between industrial decline and unemployment and offending and police caution rates.

Experiment examines how fatty acids in our diet can affect our response to threats 

Advance HE confirms Derby academic is among its list of 2020 winners

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We want you to find the research subject area that's right for you and our research categories are designed to help you do that.

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From the future of energy supply to connecting with nature - what our researchers are working on.

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Our partners

Our research is supported by high-profile research funders including Research England, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Innovate UK. 

We have continued to expand our collaborative research and knowledge-exchange activities across a range of businesses from international PLCs to local owner-managed small businesses – all of which bring benefit back to our research and teaching and our region. 

We remain in the ‘top 10’ Universities for the highest number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships being delivered and our European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) projects have a combined value of £10.3m. Such partnerships ensure that applied research is an integral part of the University.

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Research with us

We are particularly interested in applications for doctoral research that address specific areas.

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Research events

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seminar

An evening with award-winning, international Storyteller Peter Chand. During an hour-long performance, be transported by Peter's unique retelling of some of his favourite stories from India, the land of his parents.

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public lecture

Professor Ian Turner will share his reflections on the importance of entertainment pedagogy through a series of examples and case studies from his career to date.