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News and Events

Members of the INS are actively involved with research projects and outreach events with the local community. They also run and participate in a range of lectures and seminars. Fieldwork is also a popular event at all levels of study.

Keep up to date with all the latest INS news and events by viewing the links below.

You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Students on a field-trip in Leicestershire

Public Outreach

Members of the INS frequently participate in public outreach events across the country, giving talks to local history groups, conducting public lectures and study days, and we also teach children about place-names at the Vikings / Anglo-Saxons for Schools events organised by the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age.

For more information about the events we organise and attend, please see our News and Events feeds below.


Staff and students based in the INS frequently undertake field work to help bring the study of place-names alive. For example, students on the Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies MA travel to Appleby Magna in Leicestershire, where they undertake a place-names related walk around the Leicestershire countryside which has been devised by INS staff, Dr Jayne Carroll and Dr John Baker. Sites visited include the old Roman road, Salt Street, which forms the boundary between Leicestershire and Warwickshire, and the meeting point of the four counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Warwickshire. The study of place-names often involves active and hands-on experience like this and offers students numerous opportunities to get out into the field and explore the places first-hand.

Download a free guide to the Appleby walk [PDF]


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English is one of the top ranked subjects for graduate earnings after five years

English is one of the top ranked subjects for graduate earnings after five years
University of Nottingham graduates earn above average salaries according to new data.

City Names series launched

The English Place-Name Society is pleased to announce the launch of a new series of place-name books: the Your City's Place-Names series

Call for Papers - Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland Spring Conference

The Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland is seeking contributions to its annual spring conference, to be held in Blackwaterfoot, Arran, from 6–9 April 2018.

INS members present at International Congress of Onomastic Sciences

?Members of the Institute for Name-Studies gave papers at the International Congress of Onomastic Sciences, which was held in Debrecen, Hungary from 27 August to 1 September 2017.

Viking Congress in Denmark

CSVA members Judith Jesch, Christina Lee and Eleanor Rye will be presenting at the 18th Viking Congress in Copenhagen and Ribe, Denmark, in August.

Jess Treacher receives INS studentship

Congratulations to Jess Treacher, who has been awarded the INS studentship for the duration of her PhD research which begins next academic year.

Josh Neal receives AHRC Midlands3Cities PhD funding

?Congratulations to Josh Neal, who will be beginning a PhD project next academic year funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.

#ShowOff17: The English Showcase in Highlights

#ShowOff17: The English Showcase in Highlights
Take a look at all the best moments of this year's (2017) student English Showcase. A huge well done to everybody who took part! #ShowOff17

Highlights: PGR Symposium 2017

Highlights: PGR Symposium 2017
On Thursday 11th May, some of our PhD students took up the opportunity to present their research to fellow colleagues and academics. Visit our media gallery to see how the day went. Well done to all our research students who took part and presented at the PGR Symposium!

Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize launched

Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize launched
The English Place-Name Society is delighted to introduce the Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize for undergraduate work on place-names. A prize of £250 will be awarded annually for the best submission, and £100 for the runner-up.
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