Department of History

Research - History

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.

Their 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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. In REF 2014:

  • 98% of the Department of History's submitted research was worthy of international recognition in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • A third of research was assessed as world-leading in quality.

Full REF 2014 information


Painting of Queen Philippa on a white horse surrounded by soldiers and flags


Historical periods and research specialisms

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Search our research projects database

Illustration of an enslaved person with the caption 'Am I not a man and a brother?'


Research centres, networks and collaborations

Dr Anna Greenwood looking at documents in the Boots archive


Find an expert in a specific research area

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Research seminars, talks, and conferences

Undergraduate student reading near a historical painting


Research and study programmes

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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We are fully compliant with the University's research ethics guidelines. 

Find out more about research ethics

Department of History

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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