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

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Young people’s connection to nature drops sharply from the age of 11 and doesn’t recover until they are 30 – with significant implications for their engagement with pro-environmental behaviours like recycling or buying eco-friendly products.

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A delegation showcasing the success of the This is Derby project has been invited to attend the International Arts in Society Conference, taking place in Lisbon, Portugal from 19-21 June.

The University of Derby is leading a project to support student mental health through the higher education curriculum, backed by funding from the Office for Students.

A ‘synthetic human cardiovascular system’ created in Derby and nicknamed ‘Steve’ has been selected as one of the UK’s pioneering university research programmes which can help improve the nation's health.

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The University of Derby, Rolls-Royce and the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust have come together to tackle plastic pollution in local Derbyshire canals.

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From the future of energy supply to vaccines to reality TV - what our researchers are working on.

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

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