About our research

At the University of Derby, we nurture and encourage research excellence across all our disciplines and all career stages. Our researchers are generating distinctive, world-leading and impactful research.

A vibrant environment

We recognise the strong link between excellent research and an excellent student experience. Our aim at the University of Derby is to produce research that is high impact, high profile and beneficial. We are investing in our students, our staff and our research infrastructure to help us achieve this.

We have a vibrant research environment with over 330 doctoral students and support those in the early stages of their career via our early-career researcher forum. 

We also have nearly 200 research-active staff across the University, with over 700 research outputs recorded on UDORA, our comprehensive, open access repository. 

A significant contribution

Our research is wide-ranging and internationally recognised and our research teams are working on projects that are making a significant contribution to national and international policy agendas. Research includes: 

Our latest research news

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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.

Professors Kathryn Mitchell and Nandita Abraham

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

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Our partners

Our research is supported by high-profile research funders including Research England, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Innovate UK. 

We have continued to expand our collaborative research and knowledge-exchange activities across a range of businesses from international PLCs to local owner-managed small businesses – all of which bring benefit back to our research and teaching and our region. 

We remain in the ‘top 10’ Universities for the highest number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships being delivered and our European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) projects have a combined value of £10.3m. Such partnerships ensure that applied research is an integral part of the University.

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Research with us

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

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