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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Senior Lecturer, Psychology

Dr Fiona Holland leads the health and well-being pathway on the MSc Behaviour Change and also teaches on the undergraduate Psychology degree and on the MSc Health Psychology. Fiona also leads on academic enterprise for the department, teaching workshops in Motivational Interviewing and Qualitative Research Methods, and is involved in consultancy projects.

Joint Honours Lead (Academic)

David is the Academic lead for the Joint Honours programme. 

Senior Lecturer Dramatherapy
Associate Professor

Clive is a a Senior Lecturer in Department of Therapeutic Arts within the School of Allied Health and Social Care.

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Lecturer in Animal Behavioural Ecology

Dr Maren Huck is the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Zoology and also the subject lead for "with-Foundation" programmes in Environmental Sciences. Her teaching focuses on animal behavioural ecology and related topics.

Ava Hunt
Senior Lecturer Programme Leader MA Applied Theatre & Education

Ava is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts. She also works as a professional actor, director, programmer and producer. She has worked in theatre, film, commercials and television.

Associate Professor in Psychology

Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.

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Associate Professor in Learning, Teaching and Pedagogy, Provost for Learning and Teaching

Dr Emma Hyde is an Associate Professor in Learning, Teaching and Pedagogy at the University of Derby. Emma is a qualified HCPC registered Diagnostic Radiographer. Before joining the University in 2006, Emma worked as a Diagnostic Radiographer in the NHS for approximately 10 years, specialising in CT and MRI scanning.

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Associate Professor in Arts in Health

Yoon Irons is an Associate Professor in the field of Arts in Health and Wellbeing at the University of Derby's Health and Social Care Research Centre.

Phil Jones
Senior Lecturer in Policing (Research Methods)

Phil is a senior lecturer in policing (research methods) specialising in teaching academic research skills, social research methods, and evidence-based policing for policing students.

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Senior Researcher in Solar Energy and Zero Carbon

Mounia Karim is a Senior Researcher in Solar Energy and Zero Carbon at the University of Derby with expertise in Materials durability used in the solar field of Concentrated Solar Power plants. She also has considerable experience in the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of Renewable Energy plants on local communities.

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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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