DMU research aims to challenge conventional thinking and find new knowledge to transform society and change lives for the better.
Our research quality was reflected in the Research Excellence Framework – nearly 60 per cent was judged to be of international quality, with 18 per cent internationally leading.
Our commitment to research is integral to our aim to develop our students as critical thinkers. This was recognised in the assessment received by the university as part of TEF which highlighted research that “fed into the curriculum through a focus on application to real-world settings and research-led work placements”.
Transformative research is undertaken in more than 30 research centres and institutes across all four faculties. Highlights of our research include Gabriel Egan (pictured), DMU’s Professor of Shakespeare Studies, researching widely to find the actual locations of many of the theatres where some of Shakespeare’s plays were first performed.
Dr Katie Laird looking at how the superbug C. difficile survives in hospital bedsheets through industrial laundering and the ability of bacteria to withstand low temperature laundering.
DMU’s Cinema and Television History academics have influenced policy and played a key role in preserving our cinematic and cultural heritage through running film festivals and exhibitions and working with arts organisations, archives and professional bodies.
Dr Sangeeta Tanna has invented a way of testing active ingredients which is quicker, cheaper and easier to perform than standard analysis as part of efforts to tackle a growing market in counterfeit medicines.
The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre aims to drive forward conversations that will shape and influence how we think about race and social justice. It intends to honour the enduring legacy of Stephen Lawrence’s life and his family’s ongoing pursuit of justice by asking new questions, debating critical issues, raising awareness, and advocating to bring about positive change. The centre includes a research space, including seminar facilities, study spaces and a public exhibition about Stephen Lawrence’s life and legacy –a legacy kept alive by the work of Stephen’s mother Baroness Doreen Lawrence.