Health and
Research Week

From 7-11 October, we will be hosting a series of events, discussions and activities addressing the theme of Health and Wellbeing and showcasing our academics and the wide-ranging impact of their research.

An agenda for wellbeing

Access to good health and wellbeing is a human right and has been identified as one of the United Nations’ Global Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). The UNSDG health and wellbeing agenda is determined to ensure that everyone can access the highest standards of health and health care — not just the wealthiest.

The purpose of this research week is to stimulate discussion around the very nature of health and wellbeing and what it means to communities in the UK and throughout the world. Academic and professional staff from across our institution will lead the conversation across a range of significant health and wellbeing topics, provoking further debate and demonstrating the impact that the University has contributed to this field.

The programme for the week demonstrates the practice of our research-led curriculum, and how improved cross-collaboration across our institution is enabling as many people as possible to participate in health research at Derby. This week of activities will engage research centres, current students, academic teams, professional services and industry partners who we work with closely for research purposes. Activities include exhibitions, public lectures, workshops, presentations and interactive sessions.

Professor Susan Hogan

We are immersed in an extinction age. The health and wellbeing of our planet and our population must be of paramount importance at this historical juncture.

Professor Susan Hogan
Professor of Arts in Health, Health and Social Care

Key themes

Each of the events and activities taking place during the Health and Wellbeing Research Week addresses or references one of the following key themes:

Inaugural lecture

At the heart of each research week, we host an inaugural lecture. This event is held to commemorate an academic’s appointment to a full professorship or on joining the institution as a full professor. The inaugural lecture provides a platform for the academic to present the body of research that they have been focusing on during their career. 

During the Health and Wellbeing research week, Professor Miles Richardson will present his research on our relationship with the rest of the natural world.

Our relationship with nature matters for our well-being, yet the climate and environment emergency shows that the human relationship with the rest of nature is broken. To fix it, we need a new more connected relationship that recognises that we are part of nature, a relationship that brings both pro-nature behaviours and improved mental wellbeing. Nature connectedness provides a route for people to develop that new relationship for a sustainable future.

Public events

The following free events are open to the public. Please book your place using the links.

DateEventLocationBooking information
Monday 7 October, 12pm-1.30pm Play and Sing with the University of Derby Orchestra and Choir Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB -
Monday 7 October, 6pm-8pm Film and Talk: Mothers Make Art Quad, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AS -
Wednesday 9 October, 6.30pm-9pm Inaugural lecture: Professor Miles Richardson Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB -
Friday 11 October, 9.30am-12.30pm Imagining a Blue Planet St Helena, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 7LU -
Friday 11 October, 4pm Environmental Movement Practice, a workshop with Dr Gemma Collard-Stokes Markeaton Park, Derby, DE22 4AA Book your place on the Environmental Movement Practice workshop
Tuesday 15 October, 8am-10.30am Medi-Link Breakfast Event Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE) Lonsdale House, Quaker Way, Derby DE1 3HD Book your place for the Medi-Link Breakfast Event 

Events for staff and students

University of Derby staff and students are invited to attend the following free events. Booking is required for some events is available via the staff intranet (login required).

Monday 7 October, 9.30am-11.30am Drumming Workshop 
led by Unbeatable Energy Ltd
The Triangle, Kedleston Road
Wednesday 9 October, 1pm-2pm  Progressing Compassionate Mind Training in School Settings to Improve Wellbeing - an International Research Study
Dr Frankie Maratos
B213, Kedleston Road 
Wednesday 9 October, 2pm-4.30pm Net-walking 
with Amanda Baxendale
Meet at Kedleston Road reception
Wednesday 9 October, 5pm-6pm Yoga Taster Session
with Sian Davies-Vollum
Multi-Faith Centre, Kedleston Road
Thursday 10 October, 11.30am-1pm

Lecture: Dogs and the Elderly
Ang Bartram

MS023, Markeaton Street
Thursday 10 October, 12pm-2pm 

Singing for Health
led by Professor Grenville-Hancox MBE

B212, Kedleston Road
Thursday 10 October, 2pm-2.45pm

Pharmacological Facilitation of Physical Activity Behaviour: An Experimental Model Approach
Dr Joel Chidley

OM7, Oaklands Manor, Buxton
Thursday 10 October, 2.45pm-3.30pm Woodland Walk and Talk OM7, Oaklands Manor, Buxton
Thursday 10 October, 3.30pm-4.30pm Around the Campfire  Meet at OM7, Oaklands Manor, Buxton
Friday 11 October, 12pm-2pm Research Cafe Library Room, Multi-Faith Centre, Kedleston Road
Wednesday 16 October, 9am-11am Breakfast Networking for PGRs in Health and Wellbeing S302, Kedleston Road