School of English

Language Learning and Teaching Doctoral Summer School

Trent Building with trees in the foreground.

The Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham will host its inaugural Doctoral Summer School in Language Learning and Teaching from 24-27 June, 2024


We look forward to welcoming current PhD students from around the world to join us for four days working together and with a team of internationally recognised mentors.

Our mentors have extensive experience and are passionate about working with doctoral students. This year, we look forward to hosting Professor Norbert Schmitt (University of Nottingham, UK), Professor Stephen Ryan (Waseda University, Japan) and Dr Christine Muir (University of Nottingham, UK). Each mentor will lead a hands-on workshop where you’ll have the chance to discuss and reflect on a specific issue in relation to your own research and with others. Each mentor will also be available for one-to-one mentoring meetings, where you can meet with them and receive bespoke feedback on an aspect or area of work of your choosing.

During the Summer School, all participants will have the opportunity to present their work and to receive feedback (both on content and on their presentation style). Participants nearing the end of their studies will be able to opt in to attend a 30-minute ‘mock viva’ (in the style of the UK system), and each day of the Summer School will end with an open Q&A session together as a whole group in which you will be able to freely raise topics for discussion.

To complement the academic programme, you will also be able to attend networking, social and community-building events throughout the week. Some of these will showcase the breadth of expertise within the School of English at Nottingham, for example a practical workshop on presentation skills (managing anxiety and ‘holding the stage’) given by Dr Sarah Grandage, Associate Professor in Drama and Performance. On Wednesday evening we invite you to join us for a celebratory dinner together hosted at the University of Nottingham to close the Summer School.

Should you wish to stay in Nottingham for longer, to explore some of the things the city and region have to offer, you will be welcome to join us for a visit to Nottingham Castle on Friday 28 June.

We are excited to welcome our first cohort of mentors and PhD student participants, we look forward to seeing you soon!

School of English

Trent Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900