University of Derby Research

University of Derby logo

University of Derby Research

At Derby we are particularly passionate about our research and the benefits of the linkage between our research, teaching, enterprise and innovation. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework we submitted ten active Units of Assessment incorporating 20% of our academic staff, with 74% of our activities graded at least international.

Our researchers have helped bring about more accurate predictions of climate change, a better quality of life for gynaecological cancer patients, impartial career guidance for young people in schools, some spectacular decorative architecture involving 3D printing techniques, and novel joining processes to create the perfect joints in metals.

Towards the next Research Assessment, we have developed an ambitious strategy (RST2020) where we will make significant investments in the research environment. We have developed two new Research Institutes and four new Research Centres, and hope to add a further three new Centres in 2016-17. Our aspiration is to achieve a step change in our overall institutional REF grade point average for research (a full 0.5 increase) and to be a top 50 University in the league tables.

University of Derby Research Strategy

The University’s research strategy sets out our ambitions for 2020 and how we propose to realise them.  The concept of a research ecosystem lies at the heart of our strategy.  By linking our researchers with our stakeholders in the wider community, and our student communities we can add value to research that brings real and lasting impact.

Our strategy will:

  • Invest in Research Centres and Institutes that will generate distinctive and impactful research
  • Reinvigorate research governance infrastructure that will drive research developments
  • Support our researchers through a range of development opportunities
  • Assure the integrity and robustness of our research and
  • Celebrate the achievements of our research communities.

Our academics are at the heart of our research practice. The University is an Athena Swan member and is committed to supporting the career development of our STEMM researchers and to supporting more females to study STEMM subjects. We run many initiatives such as our STEMpunk activities, Women in Engineering days in schools and at the University, work with Young Engineers, and support for STEMNET ambassadors.