School of English
Research facilities

Research facilities

Whilst working or studying with us you will have access to a range of research resources, from eye-tracking equipment in our psycholinguistics laboratories to specialist collections of manuscripts, monographs and critical works in our expansive library holdings.


Psycholinguistics labs


  • Location: Four labs each located in the School of English, Trent Building
  • Equipment: Eyelink 1000+ eye-tracking systems and a BioSemi Active-Two Amplifier system, which connects electrodes to the skin and/or scalp
  • Experiments available: pscyholinguistic tests; eye tracking expertiments; measuring electordermal activity, facial electromyography, electroencephalograms, and event-related potentials
  • Open to: staff, doctoral researchers, MA and undergraduate students

Find out more about our labs

Without eye-tracking, my PhD [...] could not exist. Two years ago [...] I had ideas, theories and predictions about how people read and understand the written words but no real way of getting at them, of getting at any real data. All of that changed when I saw an example of what eye-tracking can do.
Benedict Neurohr, PhD student in Applied Linguistics


Institute for Name-Studies (INS) Reference Library 

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  • Location: Institute for Name-Studies, School of English, Trent Building
  • Collections available: English Place-Name Society (EPNS) collections, including: approximately 4,500 books, journals and off-prints, rare and out-of-print books, doctoral theses, important unpublished typescripts, research archives, and recent publications in the field
  • Open to: Undergraduate and postgraduate students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff

Visit the INS website



Manuscripts and Special Collections 

  • Location: Kings Meadow Campus
  • Notable collections: the D. H. Lawrence Collection, containing over 4,000 books and manuscripts; the Cambridge Drama Collection of over 1,500 items, comprising plays and works about the British theatre from 1750-1850; the Wollaton medieval manuscripts; the Portland Collection (seventeenth and eighteenth century materials)
  • Open to: staff, PhD students, MA and undergraduate students, members of the public (registration required)

Manuscripts and Special Collections

It’s safe to say that the Lawrence collections are the jewel in the crown of our extensive literary holdings […]. In February 2008, the collections received designation from the Museums, Libraries, and Archives Council as being of outstanding national and international importance.
Associate Professor Andrew Harrison, Director of the D. H. Lawrence Research Centre (CRLC)


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School of English

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

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900