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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The University of Derby’s research into nature connectedness has today been named as one of the UK’s 100 best breakthroughs, for its significant impact on people’s everyday lives.

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A new study by the University of Derby has shown that mindfulness training can significantly improve mental health in adolescents and young adults.

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A new study by researchers at the University of Derby has shown a significant link between people’s passive following on Facebook – scrolling through newsfeeds without interacting – and their Fear of Missing Out, which can impact their feelings of life satisfaction.

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Five postgraduate research students from the University of Derby have been awarded prizes in every category of a prestigious research competition, held as part of the annual East Midlands Doctoral Conference.

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Being ‘addicted to yourself’ has been identified as a new form of addiction, according to a University of Derby academic.

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

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