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    Institute and Centres of Research

    The School of English houses four inter-disciplinary Research Centres and a Research Institute:



    Members of the School also contribute to the work of the multi-disciplinary:

    Institute for Medieval Research
    Health Language Research Group
    Landscape, Space, Place Research Group
    Bilingualism Research Group

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    Director of the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

    Dr Daniel Hunt (Sem 1)

    TBC (Sem 2)

    Director of the Institute for Name Studies

    Dr Jayne Carroll (Sem 1)
    Dr John Baker (Sem 2)

    Director of the Centre for Regional Literature and Culture

    Dr Joanna Robinson

    Director of DH Lawrence Research Centre

    Dr Andrew Harrison

    Director of the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

    Professor Judith Jesch

    Director of LiPP Business Unit

    Professor Louise Mullany

    Health Language Research Group

    Dr Kevin Harvey

    Vocabulary Research Group

    Professor Norbert Schmitt

    Literary Linguistics Group

    Professor Peter Stockwell 

    Professional Communication Group

    Dr Mal Chalupnik

    Bilingual Research Group

    Dr Kathy Conklin

    Old Norse Reading Group

    Professor Judith Jesch

    RPA Lead - British Identities: Culture and Communication
    from the Archipelago to the Globe

    Professor Judith Jesch

    RPA Lead (with German) - Languages Texts Society

    Dr Kathy Conklin

    Global Research Theme Lead - Cultures and Communication

    Professor Jim Moran

    A number of reading groups exist either in the School, or jointly with the School and other Departments across the University, to cover a wide range of research interests.

    Bilingualism Research Group

    The Psycholinguistics Research Group (PRG) at the University of Nottingham is an interdisciplinary research group with member from various schools and departments at the University.  Members investigate language processing using various experimental research techniques (e.g. behavioural, eye-tracking, computational modelling, ERP and fMRI). Further information can be found on the CRAL website.

    Contact: Dr Kathy Conklin 

    More information on Workspace: Psycholinguistics Research Group Home

    Landscape, Space, Place Reading Group

    We are an interdisciplinary reading group co-run by postgraduate students from English and Geography and comprising of students and staff from across the Faculties of Arts, Social Sciences, and Engineering. We meet once a month to discuss the myriad ways in which both academics and non-academics have approached Landscape, Space and Place by taking a key theorist, relevant text or creative practice in order to shake up and re-examine some of our assumptions relating to these key terms, or to simply explore some of the knotty issues many of us have been dealing with in our own research.

    Sessions usually take place on the last Wednesday of every month, 16.00 - 17.00, Trent A35. We aim to make these as welcoming and informal as possible, so do come along and join in our discussions!

    For more information, please contact Chloe Ashbridge  or visit our webpage.

    Old English Reading Group

    We meet fortnightly and have some fun reading Old English. We generally take it in turns to read and translate a section (a sentence-ish) of an Old English text, though it's perfectly fine to opt out and just listen if that is more comfortable. We try to cover a diverse selection of texts: poetry and prose; earlier and later AS period; narratives, history, riddles, biblical accounts, heroic epics, and everything in between.

    If you are interested, please contact Jacob Runner to receive emails and updates: 

    Old Norse Reading Group (Snotrur)

    You are all invited to join the Old Norse reading group, Snotrur. We take turns attempting to translate an Old Norse text whilst enjoying a glass of wine or some chocolate. You will need to have done some Old Norse, but do not need to be fluent. We meet fortnightly on Mondays at 5pm in room A62 (Trent Building). Meetings of the group are advertised on the CSVA website: 

    If you are interested and would like further information, please email Roderick Dale:

    Stylistics & Discourse Analysis Reading Group

    You are very welcome to join us to see what it feels like - no special expertise or background knowledge is required, only curiosity and a willingness to engage with approaches that straddle between literary and applied linguistic studies. The interests of the group members vary a lot, so hopefully you could find something useful for your own research too!

    You can follow us by asking to join our fb group or simply go to the webpage or contact Alice Haines ( )

    Stylistics & Discourse Analysis web page:

    Join us on Facebook:

    North and Midlands Language and Gender Reading Group

    This reading group is hosted at universities around the North of England and the Midlands, and is organised by Dr Lucy Jones in the School of English.  More information is available here:

    Nottingham Poetry Exchange Reading Group

    This reading group seeks to spark new conversations and enthusiasms about poetic texts from the Viking, Medieval, C18th, Romantic, Victorian, Modern and Contemporary periods, as well as poetries in languages other than English and works in translation. All are welcome!  For more information, please contact Dr Lila Matsumoto, visit our website: or follow our Blog:


    UoN Romanticism

    We are a group of Romanticism enthusiasts comprising PGRs, ECRs and others with interests  as diverse as philanthropic poetry  to popular fiction.  We meet about once every four weeks throughout the year to discuss a wide range of writers and texts from the Romantic literary period.  Our sessions are usually based on one writer or textual form and include a short introduction by one of our members, followed by wider discussion.

    We welcome anyone with an interest in the Romantic period to come along to our meeting, enjoy a good chat and have a biscuit (or two).

    If you are interested in joining our group, please contact or We also have a Twitter page: UoNRomanticism.


    Paid Research Opportunities for Research Students

    The School of English offers opportunities for our Post Graduate students to be considered for appointment as Research Affiliates  to support research based project work in the School.     Full details about how to apply are below.

    Please note that opportunities depend on School budget and individual research projects in each academic year.

    Rates of pay are benchmarked against the University’s salary scales at the first point of the appropriate level. Research Affiliates will normally fall within the Research & Teaching job family at level 4a. For a full list of the current rates of pay please see the 
    Faculty of Arts Casual Staff Engagement Policy which includes:

    - Code of Practice for Working with Research Affiliates
    - terms and conditions
    - rates of pay
    - guidance for casual engagements which explains how  Research Affiliates are casually engaged and paid

    It is important to note that any project work offered must not take precedence over the PG student's own study. The priority for the PG student is to ensure timely submission of their PhD thesis by their submission date or completion of their MA.

    The total number of hours a Research Affiliate can undertake must be considered alongside any teaching engagement and will usually not exceed a combined total of 6 hours a week in term time.

    Casual engagements of students are subject to registration status and satisfactory academic performance. An assignment will not be offered where academic performance is not satisfactory and will cease with immediate effect where study is suspended either by the University or the student opting for Voluntary Interruption of Study, for example.

    The Application Process:

    Application procedures

    • Applicants must provide the following to Simon Hopkins, School Administrator (Research):

      • a completed Expression of Interest Form 
      • an up to date CV
      • permission from their supervisors (see relevant section of the Expression of Interest Form)
      • a copy of the relevant page of your passport or visa to prove eligibility to work in the UK. NB: If applicant is offered a casual engagement the original documents must be provided for checking before any period of work can commence.
    • These expressions of interest will be passed to the relevant Director of the Research Centre and held on file for five years. Applicants will have to obtain the consent of their supervisor in order to be considered for an assignment in subsequent academic years.

    Interview procedure

    • When casual assignments become available individuals who have submitted an expression of interest form and who meet the essential criteria for any available assignments are invited to interview by the Director of Research Centre or nominee.
    • The interview panel will consist of two academic staff, e.g. Director of Research Centre or nominee and project PI. The Director of Research Centre as lead panel member, has discretion on the length and form of interview. During the interview the lead panel member is required to complete and sign an Interview Record Form.
    • After interview, the lead panel member sends the Interview Record Form to the School Management and Research Office (SMRO).
    • The SMRO notifies interviewees of the outcome and will then organise the Casual Engagement paper work.


    Once you have been received a casual engagement the payment and administration of all Research Affiliates will be organised through HR for non-students and through Unitemps for students.

    For Non-students;

    A copy of your passport will be taken to confirm to Human Resources that you are eligible to work in the United Kingdom. Please bring this in to Simon Hopkins in A90, Trent Building when you are next on campus.

    Once the necessary paperwork has been completed, HR will send you a basic  ‘Letter of Assignment’ (LOA) via email. This will confirm your unique Payroll and Casual Assignment Number, rates of pay and assignment dates.

    You will get paid the monthly amount as detailed on your letter of engagement. You will need to complete a PAY01 form for marking.

    For Students;

    You will need to sign up to Unitemps, taking to them your passport and necessary paperwork to Unitemps and get signed up.

    You will need to complete time sheets located on the Unitemps website in line with their deadlines  to get paid.

    For both;

    You will then be sent a Letter of Engagement by the School offering you work as a Research Affiliate. This will detail the work that you will be expected to undertake, including the exact length of the engagement and number of hours you will be paid.

    All Research Affiliates will be paid according to Faculty of Arts rates of pay for Teaching Affiliates.

    For further information please contact Simon Hopkins.

    Information for Students with Tier 4 visa's

    Students with Tier 4 visas on courses at degree level and above are usually permitted to work up to 20 hours per week in term-time and full-time in vacation periods.  Unlike taught degree courses, Postgraduate Research courses do not follow the University’s term-time and vacation pattern, and have a year-round study commitment.  PGR students wishing to work full-time for short periods have previously been able to do so during an agreed period of annual leave.  From 3 January 2018, the University’s policy is changing so that PGR students will need to abide by the 20 hours per week maximum working hours limit throughout the year, regardless of any time taken as annual leave.  Periods of annual leave agreed with supervisors and within your School/Department policy are of course still permitted, but full-time work within those periods will not be allowed.

    We would also like to remind you of the following existing regulations relating to students working during their studies:

    • A week is defined in the Immigration Rules as "a period of 7 days beginning with a Monday".
    • The Home Office considers unpaid work and some types of voluntary work to contribute to the 20 hour limit.
    • Tier 4 students are not allowed to be self-employed or engage in business activity.
    • Students wishing to work part-time up to 20 hours per week should be aware that University regulations stipulate that full-time research students can only take paid employment with the permission of the Head of School, in consultation with their supervisor and in accordance with the requirements of any scholarship they hold.
    • The 20 hour limit continues to apply to PhD students once they have submitted their thesis, when they are waiting for their viva and during any corrections period.  Following approval of the final version of their thesis, they may work full-time on their Tier 4 visa for up to 4 months or until their visa expires, whichever is sooner.

    Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the HR Employment Support Services Team, tel: 0115 95 15202 or email:

    Notice Period

    The engagement automatically terminates whenever the Research Affiliate has completed the tasks for which they were engaged, and the University has no obligation to offer any other work or engagements in the future. Both parties can terminate the arrangement at any time upon one weeks notice in writing, if one or both parties wish to end the engagement.

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