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.

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Lecturer: Computer Science

Sara is a lecturer in Computer Science. She has also held various roles such as organising several workshops, coordinating departmental seminars and has also been a reviewer in several international journals and administration roles. 

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Lecturer in Psychology

Malcolm Schofield is the module leader for the Advanced Quantitative Research Methods module on the MRes Psychology programme and teach across a wide range of modules at undergraduate level including various research methods modules, Human Behaviour and Evolution, and Anomalous and Parapsychology.

Mahmoud Shafik
University Reader in Intelligent Mechatronics Systems

University Reader in Intelligent Mechatronics Systems

Emma Sharpe, Psychology lecturer
Lecturer in Psychology

Emma joined the University of Derby as a lecturer in October 2015, having previously worked as a University Teacher at Loughborough University.

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Lecturer, BioMedical Sciences

As an Early Career Academic, Dr Siddiqui is developing herself as an independent researcher in understanding molecular events in prostate cancer progression. She is also an HE lecturer with international experience in a wide array of biomedical modules.

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Psychology, Dr Boban Simonovic, joined the University of Derby as a Lecturer in Psychology in November 2017, having previously worked as an associate lecturer (online), and as a teaching assistant on campus.

 Ruth Simms with laptop
Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Ergonomics

Dr Ruth Sims is a senior lecturer in psychology and ergonomics, teaching on-campus psychology, blended-learning, and online ergonomics. She has 20 years experience as a researcher and has now been teaching for over 7 years. Her interests are varied and include social and developmental psychology, companion animals, behaviour change, design ergonomics and cognitive ergonomics.

Dr Shivads Sivasubramaniam
Head of Biomedical and Forensic Science

Dr Shiva D Sivasubramaniam is the Head of Biomedical and Forensic Science. His research scientific interests are trophoblast invasion and the effects of environmental pollution on developing placenta. His pedagogic research interests include medical ethics, student-centred teaching and enhancing academic integrity by developing student engagement.

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Senior Lecturer in Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

Joanne is the programme leader for the MSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities) programme. Joanne has worked in a range of clinical services and has experience of BSc programme leadership and supporting students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is actively involved in research and is an expert committee member for the Health Research Authority National Research Ethics Service.

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Discipline Lead: Head of Forensic and Health Psychology

Karin Spenser is Discipline Lead: Head of Forensic and Health Psychology and has both academic and professional experience in the field. From an academic perspective, her focus is on quantitative research methods, the paradigms of psychology, working with sexual offenders, offenders with mental or intellectual disabilities, and women veterans.

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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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