News and Events
Members of the INS are actively involved with research projects and outreach events with the local community. They also run and participate in a range of lectures and seminars. Fieldwork is also a popular event at all levels of study.
Keep up to date with all the latest INS news and events by viewing the links below.
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Students on a field-trip in Leicestershire
Members of the INS frequently participate in public outreach events across the country, giving talks to local history groups, conducting public lectures and study days, and we also teach children about place-names at the Vikings for Schools events organised by the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age.
For more information about the events we organise and attend, please see our News and Events feeds below.
Staff and students based in the INS frequently undertake field work to help bring the study of place-names alive. For example, students on the Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies MA travel to Appleby Magna in Leicestershire, where they undertake a place-names related walk around the Leicestershire countryside which has been devised by INS staff, Dr Jayne Carroll and Dr John Baker. Sites visited include the old Roman road, Salt Street, which forms the boundary between Leicestershire and Warwickshire, and the meeting point of the four counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Warwickshire. The study of place-names often involves active and hands-on experience like this and offers students numerous opportunities to get out into the field and explore the places first-hand.
Download a free guide to the Appleby walk [PDF]
- 06 - 09/04/2018
- The Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland will hold its annual spring conference in Blackwaterfoot, Arran, from 6–9 April 2018.
- CSVA members Judith Jesch, Christina Lee and Eleanor Rye will be presenting at the 18th Viking Congress in Copenhagen and Ribe, Denmark, in August.
- Congratulations to Jess Treacher, who has been awarded the INS studentship for the duration of her PhD research which begins next academic year.
- ?Congratulations to Josh Neal, who will be beginning a PhD project next academic year funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.
- Take a look at all the best moments of this year's (2017) student English Showcase. A huge well done to everybody who took part! #ShowOff17
- On Thursday 11th May, some of our PhD students took up the opportunity to present their research to fellow colleagues and academics. Visit our media gallery to see how the day went. Well done to all our research students who took part and presented at the PGR Symposium!
- The English Place-Name Society is delighted to introduce the Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize for undergraduate work on place-names. A prize of £250 will be awarded annually for the best submission, and £100 for the runner-up.
- Treble-top! We're ranked in the top 20 by three major guides.
- Dr John Baker took part in the first meeting of the Offa's Dyke Collaboratory on 28 April 2017.
- Following the recent publication of the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, Prof. Peter McClure of the INS was invited by the thirty Directors and CEOs of INEOS, the international petro-chemicals company, to talk to them at their London headquarters about their own surname histories.
- Dr John Baker gave a talk on place-names to an audience of schoolchildren, teachers and local residents at the Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth.
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