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

The University of Derby has appointed Professor Warren Manning to the newly established position of Provost - Innovation and Research to drive forward its strategic ambitions for research excellence, knowledge exchange and commercial and enterprise activities.

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Professor Kathryn Mitchell opens series with lecture on her psychological research to help people suffering chronic or degenerative diseases

A new study published in the Journal for Geographical Research: Biogeosciences has shed new light on how microorganisms move through dryland landscapes attached to wind-blown dust and then alter the surfaces that they land on.

A previously undiscovered disease which threatens the health of coral reefs has been found by researchers from the University of Derby. Grey patch disease has been discovered affecting coral in Micronesia.

Maltese audiences get the chills with theatrical Sèance from University of Derby lecturer

This Halloween, horror superfans are set to have their steady nerves tested with a new one man show exploring the Victorian Séance by University of Derby lecturer, Dr Thomas Craig.

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Explore our research

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 vaccines to reality TV - 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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Our Logistics and Supply Chain Research Event is aimed at individuals and businesses who are interested in logistic and supply chain management, in particular, students or employees who are considering PhD postgraduate study.

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These meditation workshops will draw on Dr Van Gordon’s latest research to offer training and practical guidance focussing on applying meditation and other contemplative principles in everyday life and work situations.

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This workshop brings together all the key players in the regional funding landscape to discuss what they each have to offer to support business innovation and growth in the region.

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As a new government unveils its first proposals for the FE and Skills sector, we'll explore current issues in policy-making within the sector and how research evidence can inform this process.

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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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Our Online Learning Summit will bring together a community of experts, researchers, practitioners and students from the UK and beyond to exchange ideas, gain new insights and contribute to the thought-leadership that will shape the future of online learning.

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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.

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The event provides attendees with an opportunity to engage in research and evidence relevant to teaching in the Post-14 sector. It provides opportunities for attendees to extend their network and participate in workshops related to the topic. This event is ideal for anyone working in the Post 14 (FE) sector who is interested in improving teaching practice to improve learner outcomes.

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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.

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The Nature Connections Conference will share the latest research evidence on the links between nature connectedness, well-being, climate change, and biodiversity and pro-nature behaviors.

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