Department of History

Research - History

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The Department of History has more than 30 full-time members of academic staff, all of whom are active researchers and whose research closely informs their teaching. In REF 2021, we placed 23rd out of 81 departments nationally for research activity, with more than 80% of outputs and 100% of both Impact and Environment rated as either 'World Leading' or 'Internationally Excellent'. We were placed 15th for our excellence in research impact. 

Staff expertise ranges from the medieval period down almost to the present day, and from local history to global developments. Our staff investigate major issues in society, politics, race, gender relations and international affairs, as well as the study of history itself; and their work often involves links to other schools/departments and to institutions beyond the university.

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Historical periods and research specialisms

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Research centres, networks and collaborations

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Research seminars, talks, and conferences

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Research and study programmes


Watch our staff discussing their research expertise

The university has a host of valuable online resources to assist with historical research,
including the Nottingham Borough Court Rolls, accessible to all.
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The impact of our research

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Pharmacy to the world

An international history of Boots the Chemists

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Curator of Rebellion

Putting Nottingham Castle on the map

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MOOCs make history

Widening the impact of Nottingham research


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Department of History

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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