School of English
Funded research projects

Funded research projects

We have a strong track record of securing external research funding from major research councils and established awarding bodies. This funding supports the development of collaborative projects that address both local and global research challenges. We also collaborate on interdisciplinary projects funded externally and by the University.


Current projects

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Live Experiential And Digital Diversification: Nottingham

EU Regional Development Funding

Project Duration: 01/01/2021 - 30/06/2023

Principal investigator: Professor Helen Kennedy (School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies)

In the School of English: Professor James Moran & Dr Spencer Jordan (Centre for Regional Literature and Culture)

This project will work with local businesses to use immersive technologies and techniques to deliver exciting new experiences for customers, visitors and audiences. The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University are combining their expertise in these areas and working with local businesses to:

  • introduce them to the technologies
  • help develop viable products

This will help businesses maximise potential and profit in a post-pandemic economy. At the University of Nottingham this project is an interdisciplinary research project between the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science that will be drawing on the sector-leading expertise of our academics from across the University. 

You can find out more here.

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Interactional Variation Online: Harnessing digital technologies in the digital humanities to analyse online discourse in different workplace contexts

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC/UKRI)

Project duration: 2021 - 2024

Principal investigator: Professor Svenja Adolphs (Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics)

Working with colleagues from Cardiff University, Mary Immaculate College, Swansea University, The University of Nottingham, University College Dublin, and University of Aberdeen, this AHRC/IRC funded project first aims to examine virtual workplace communication to gain depth of insight into the potential barriers to effective communication. Our second aim is to propose the next generation of frameworks for analysing online discourse and will make these frameworks available to all arts and humanities research and end user communities. This will lead to a step change in our ability to develop equality of access in online communication. The project team received £390,000 from AHRC and €270,000 from IRC for this project, to be undertaken from 2021-24.

You can visit the project website for more information.

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The Survey of English Place-Names

British Academy - An Academy Research Project

Project duration: Ongoing

Principal investigator: Dr Jayne Carroll (Institute for Name Studies)

The Survey of English Place-Names was established in the 1920s and has enjoyed the British Academy's support since then. Its aims are to publish volumes on place-names across England, on a county-by-county basis. To date 95 volumes have ben published, covering most or all of 32 counties. Work is ongoing for Hampshire, Herefordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Somerset and Staffordshire.

Past projects

Visit our past projects page to find out more.


Related research body links

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Leverhulme Trust British Academy Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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