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The University of Nottingham is a major research institution and the School of English is ranked 9th in the UK for its research power.

If you are studying at Nottingham you can be confident you will be engaging with staff who are producing internationally excellent and often world-leading research.

One of our strengths is the focus on research that crosses subject boundaries both within English and across different disciplines such as psychology, IT, and nursing. Our Research page tells you more.

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Student research projects

Hannah Manktelow - Provincial Shakespeare Performance

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I'm in my third year of a collaborative PhD between the University of Nottingham and the British Library, titled Provincial Shakespeare Performance, 1769-2016. During my time at Nottingham I’ve been offered some really exciting opportunities. I’ve curated an exhibition - The Show Must Go On: Shakespeare's Afterlives - at the Gulbenkian arts centre at the University of Kent, which was closely aligned with my thesis research. I’ve carried out research for the British Library’s Shakespeare in Ten Acts exhibition, and wrote a chapter for the exhibition catalogue. I was also asked to write a book for the BL, which was published in April 2016 - The Bard in Brief: Shakespeare in Quotations. My work on provincial Shakespeare performance also inspired a major BBC project, Shakespeare on Tour, which led to interviews on local and national radio and even an appearance on the BBC Breakfast red sofa!

Hannah's research profileBritish Library article on Hannah's work

Words for Walls - poems in public spaces

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Words for Walls is an exciting new initiative conceived by Nicola Thomas and Philip Jones, two research students in the Schools of English and Cultures, Languages and Area Studies the University of Nottingham. The project aims to display poems in public spaces and on public transport across the city, and to celebrate local poets - from famous historic figures to established local writers and young people creating today.

Words for Walls website

Staff research projects

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This project investigated the performance and entertainment culture of the regional town of Nottingham in the mid-nineteenth-century. At its heart was the creation of an interactive online map, which provides information about what was happening in Nottingham during the nineteenth century, where performances were taking place, and who was performing.

Explore the map

The Drama of DH Lawrence: Regional Identity and Space

In critical studies of DH Lawrence his plays are usually viewed as something interesting but inessential. However, this project shows that Lawrence remained deeply concerned with performed drama throughout his writing career and that the theatrical element of his work is key to understanding his development and overall achievement as a writer.

Project website


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