INS
Institute for Name-Studies
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Welcome to INS

The Institute for Name‑Studies (INS) is the home of research into place‑names and personal names at the University of Nottingham.

The English Place‑Name Society (EPNS) is the established national body for the subject; its offices and library are housed in the Institute.

 

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Overview

The INS was established as an umbrella organisation for the research activities of the EPNS and name-studies scholars at the University of Nottingham.

The INS conducts numerous research projects into the origins and meanings of names and place-names, derived from English, Norse, British Celtic, French, and Latin languages. It also provides high-quality resources for both the study and analysis of place-names, which are used by historians, linguists, and geographers alike.

There are many study opportunities relating to the INS for higher education students of all levels
 

Current Research

The Place-Names of Shropshire

This project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will bring to completion a long-term study of Shropshire place-names begun by Dr Margaret Gelling, former president of the EPNS and one of the subject's leading exponents of the last fifty years.

Before her death in 2009, Gelling had published around half the county in five volumes, with a sixth almost complete and now published. In six further volumes, we aim to cover the remainder of the county and to provide a full introduction to the completed survey.

The Place-Names of Shropshire project began in January 2013 and is set to run until January 2017. It is a collaborative venture with the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS), University of Wales.

The survey will be published by the EPNS.

 

Study With Us

Interested in place-names? The INS at the University of Nottingham is a leading specialist in the study of place-names.

Students can specialise in name-studies at undergraduate,
masters, and doctoral level

Events

The Viking World 2016 - Diversity and Change

Date
27/06/2016 - 02/07/2016
Description
The Viking World - a major international conference to be held in Nottingham 27 June - 2 July 2016
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News

2016

The Weird and Wonderful Sounds of Place-Names

Description
A podcast on the pronunciation of place-names.

Programme for The Viking World: Diversity and Change Now Available

Description
Check out the programme for our conference The Viking World: Diversity and Change.
2015

New 'Key' Website Launched

Description
This is a guide to the interpretation of the names of England's cities, towns and villages.

School of English congratulates new Doctoral Graduates

School of English congratulates new Doctoral Graduates
Description
A celebration of PhD students graduating from the School of English, December 2015
2014

Linguistic performance features in clinical skills exams - report published by King's College London with the University of Nottingham

Linguistic performance features in clinical skills exams - report published by King's College London with the University of Nottingham
Description
A research report published today by King's College London with the University of Nottingham has identified linguistic features that contribute to our understanding of the reasons why International Medical Graduates (IMGs) have a lower success rate than their UK counterparts in the UK's General Practice licensing examination. The research focused on linguistic and cultural factors that could affect performance and was designed to have a positive impact on the ongoing concern about differential pass rates.

AHRC Funding available for postgraduate students in English for October 2015 entry

Description
Midlands3Cities consortium funding from the AHRC: postgraduate studentships available for students beginning a postgraduate course in October 2015

AHRC PhD funding: application deadline 12 Jan

Description
Applications for Midlands3Cities Doctoral Partnership AHRC funding for commencement of PhD study in 2016 are now open. Choose from three workshops in November to assist with you application.

School of English congratulates new Doctoral Graduates

School of English congratulates new Doctoral Graduates
Description
A celebration of PhD students graduating from the School of English, July 2014.
2013

PhD funding: application deadline 9 Jan

Description
UK/EU PhD students in English are invited to apply for AHRC-funded studentships through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.
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Research Team

Collaborative Partners

The Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) The English Place-Name Society (EPNS)

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The University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5919
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 7526
email: name-studies@nottingham.ac.uk