Public Services

Public Services is one of our six research themes. Our research in this area brings together the disciplines of education; psychology, wellbeing, and therapeutics; nursing, health, allied health professions and social care; and criminal justice and policing. 

Why this research matters 

Our research on public services matters. This is because services paid for from the public purse like health care, education, criminal justice and policing, make an important contribution to ensuring people get what they need, and thrive as a consequence. 

Our vision and approach 

Our vision is simple. We want public services to work in ways that help everyone to thrive. Our three research aims are:

Our research in public services also enriches learning and teaching in our professional programmes, including: 

Our research

Discover our current research on public services to find out more about how our vision is being applied to real-world change:

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Professor Deborah Robinson
Professor of Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion

Deborah Robinson is a Professor of SEND and Inclusion in the Institute of Education and Theme Lead for Public Services. Her current research explores inclusive school improvement and related theories of leadership.

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UN protocol on investigative interviewing shaped by Derby research

The University of Derby’s landmark research to increase the rate and integrity of criminal convictions is being used to shape a protocol being drafted for the United Nations.

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Improving transition for newly qualified nurses

As the number of nurses leaving the NHS hits an all-time high, researchers from the University of Derby have received national recognition for their work in increasing the retention rate of newly qualified nurses in the crucial early stages of their careers.

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Special educational needs and disability research

University of Derby research has helped deliver more inclusive and socially just support for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

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Explore our academic themes

Discover our innovation and research across our five other academic themes.

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Our research students

Find out about some of our postgraduate research students and the projects they are working on.

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