Research showcase

We have entered a new and exciting era for research at the University of Derby. Research is a fundamental part of our identity as an academic institution and the work we do has a real impact.

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Our exciting range of research projects has helped us in pursuit of our overall aim:

In the last decade, we have increased our annual research income by 172% and our latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) results were our best ever, with three-quarters of our output judged to be at least ‘internationally significant’.

Our latest research news

Researchers at the University of Derby have developed a new smartphone concept called ‘the Laughie’, which has been shown to significantly improve people’s overall wellbeing through encouraging them to laugh. 

Psychologists at the University of Derby have conducted the first-ever study to investigate the Buddhist phenomenon of ‘emptiness’ meditation, discovering that it is more effective at improving wellbeing and wisdom more than mindfulness.

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The University of Derby has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pearl Academy, India’s leading institute of design, fashion, business and media.

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People suffering from kidney failure could benefit from a project to help them overcome the psychological impact of their illness and treatment.

The gammarid - a highly invasive species of freshwater crustacean

Researchers at the University of Derby have provided the first evidence that a highly invasive species of freshwater crustacean from North America has reached locations in the UK – including Lake Windermere, which forms part of the protected Lake District National Park area, and Smestow Brook in Wolverhampton.

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We are particularly interested in applications for doctoral research that address specific areas.

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