Our researchers

We have around 300 research-active staff at Derby and 400 doctoral students. They are investigating subjects as diverse as cybercrime, Long Covid, mental health, biomedical science, greener forms of transport, and asylum seekers' experiences. Learn more about our people and their research.

Programme Leader/Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Moy is the Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Kirsten McEwan in a nature environment
Associate Professor

Most of Kirsten's research has focused on Compassion-Focused interventions. More recently her research has focused on nature-based interventions such as Forest Bathing (slow mindful walking in nature).  Kirsten's aim is to support the spread of these interventions to improve human health and wellbeing, but also to inspire more pro-environmental attitudes and behaviours.

Kathleen McIIvenna
Lecturer in History

Kathleen is a Lecturer in History and teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Specialising in nineteenth-century British history and with experience of working in the museums sector, Kathleen is module leader on a number of modules for the MA in Public History and Heritage. Her research focuses on the Victorian Post Office, occupational pensions and occupational health.

Keith McLay
Provost - Learning and Teaching

Professor Keith McLay is the Provost for Learning and Teaching.

Senior Lecturer in Media

Daithí is senior lecturer in media, teaching across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. 

Eleni Michopoulou
Associate Professor

Eleni is an Associate Professor in Business Management at the University of Derby, Buxton. Eleni teaches on subjects relating to the management and marketing of Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Spa industries.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Professor Kathryn Mitchell is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Derby. Her academic background is in Psychology and she continues to play an active role in research.

Dr Jane Montague
Head of Psychology

Jane is Head of Psychology within the School of Human Sciences. Her teaching and research interests are based within critical approaches to social psychology, particularly in relation to gender, identity and the use of qualitative methods. She currently teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students and supervises a number of PhD students.

Nicki Moore providing a keynote at the National Careers Education and Learning Conference, Derby, 2018
Senior Lecturer in Career Development

Nicki Moore is a Senior Lecturer in Career Development. Nicki is the Programme Leader for the MA Careers Education and Coaching and leads a number of small accredited and non-accredited programmes in career development and professional practice.

Gerri standing in front of a desk with a microphone on, smiling wearing a yellow dress
Associate Professor in Post-registration Health Care

Gerri Mortimore is an Associate Professor in Post-registration Health Care and is a Registered General Nurse with over 36 years of experience, spanning both acute medical and surgical nursing within the UK and abroad. This has given her a unique perspective which can be applied to various settings.

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Celebrating female researchers

We are working hard to enable all academics and researchers to succeed regardless of their gender, race and background. We're a member of Athena SWAN and organise a variety of activities throughout the year to promote gender equality.

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