University places increasing emphasis on research

An increasing emphasis on the importance of research at the University of Derby is reflected in its annual Research Review, published this week.

The 2011 Research Review reports on dozens of projects spanning a broad range of subjects including: arts, business, computing, culture, design, education, hospitality, health, law, science, technology and tourism.

The University now has its largest ever research community consisting of four research centres and 13 research groups – and also hosts an annual postgraduate research conference to promote the work of its postgraduate researchers.

University of Derby Head of Research, Professor Paul Bridges said: “Since 2006, there has been an expansion in research centres and groups at the University of Derby, an increase in the number of researchers and an increase in research output.

“This growth reflects the University’s plan to build research capacity in the areas where we teach.”

Current research projects include: Exploring the religion and belief of staff and students on campus in the higher education sector; the energy demands and needs of microcontrollers within embedded systems such as in mobile phones and cameras; improving the quality of life for sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome; assessing how people cope in stressful situations and how this impacts on their blood pressure and overall health; the impact (positive or negative), of short courses on people working within the service industries and the public sector and assessing the pain thresholds of athletes to see how this impacts on their sporting performance.

In his foreword to the Research Review, University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne said: “It is pleasing to see that many of the crucial issues facing society and the professions are being actively researched within the University. What is clear from our activities over the past year is that there is a growing volume of the very highest quality work being undertaken.

“Our researchers are leading by example in exploring the boundaries of knowledge; ensuring that their findings enrich, enhance and develop our taught curriculum.”

Read more in the 2011 Research Review available online at: www.derby.ac.uk/research/research-strategy-and-reviews