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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 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]


Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland Spring Conference

06 - 09/04/2018
The Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland will hold its annual spring conference in Blackwaterfoot, Arran, from 6–9 April 2018.
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The Place-Names of Leicestershire, Part 7

Part 7 of The Place-Names of Leicestershire, by Barrie Cox, is now available.

Journal 47 published

The 47th volume of the Journal of the English Place-Name Society is now available, and has been distributed to EPNS members. It contains peer-reviewed articles and reviews of publications which may be of interest to the society's members.

Research Scholarship funding for MA and PhD students for 2017/18

Research Scholarship funding is available from the School of English for Masters and PhD students for 2017/18 entry.

Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands

The CSVA receives funding to support a British Museum Vikings exhibition coming to Nottingham in November.

PhD opportunity working with manuscripts and special collections
New PhD studentship in the Faculty of Arts to study our manuscripts and special collections.

Gelling and Cole photos now available online

Photographs of landscape features taken by Margaret Gelling and Ann Cole are now available online.

AHRC PhD funding application deadline: 16 January 2017

Applications for Midlands3Cities Doctoral Partnership AHRC funding for commencement of PhD study in 2017 are now open. Choose from three workshops in November to assist with your application.

School of English scores 94% in NSS 2016

School of English scores 94% in NSS 2016
The University of Nottingham's results for the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) are in. The results are the University's best to date and its strongest year-on-year improvement since the NSS began in 2005. School of English scored 94% for 'overall satisfaction'.

New article by Dr John Baker

An article by John Baker, 'Old English s?te and s?tan', has been published in the latest volume of the Journal of the English Place-Name Society. This article surveys the use of these elements, especially in plural compounds, and examines their distribution.

67th International Sachsensymposion

Some of the 'Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England' team will be attending the 67th International Sachsensymposion in Antwerp, Belgium. Andrew Reynolds will be presenting an overview of the Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England project, and Eleanor Rye will be talking about place-name evidence for travel in the early medieval Humber region.
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