Research at the School of Arts and Humanities

Our research is rich and diverse; with members of our staff conducting internationally recognised and world leading research. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 results demonstrate the high quality and international standing of research conducted within the School.


The School has a rich history of producing internationally excellent and world leading research with impact. Our research explores who we are, where we come from and where we want to go, as individuals and as a society. Through inquiry, critical reflection, artistic interventions and dialogue, we deepen our understanding of how we inhabit and make sense of the world.

Our mission is to:

  • conduct research of the highest quality that has the potential to be world-leading and world-changing;
  • ensure that research has impact beyond academia by engaging with and influencing people and organisations;
  • build strong links at institutional and individual researcher level with other academics, both internal and external; and
  • recruit and support high quality researchers.

Research Units

Partners & Funders


  • AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership
  • BBC
  • Broadway Media Centre
  • Bromley House Library
  • Coventry Transport Museum
  • Five Leaves Bookshop
  • Five Leaves Publishers
  • National Justice Museum
  • National Videogame Arcade
  • New Art Exchange, Nottingham
  • Newstead Abbey
  • Nottingham Black Archive
  • Nottingham Castle
  • Nottingham Contemporary
  • Nottingham Festival of Literature
  • Nottingham Industrial Museum
  • Nottingham Refugee Forum
  • Notts TV
  • Playhouse, Nottingham
  • Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
  • Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum
  • Science Museum, London
  • The Voice
  • Ulster Museum
  • UNESCO City of Literature Network
  • Wollaton Hall
  • Writing East Midlands


  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • British Academy
  • British Association of American Studies
  • British Association of Applied Linguistics
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Museum University Partnerships Initiative


The School has a number of strong research specialisms which reflects the range of individual and joint research interests of our staff. These allow researchers and students to focus on these strengths and capabilities, sustaining a stimulating research culture. Here’s just a taste of what’s happening within the School research.

Dr Natalie Braber: Pits, Props and Prose: A Literary Celebration of the Coalfields of the East Midlands

The coal industry, once a main employer of the region, has a long and proud association with literature and the arts, and this project aims to celebrate how the coal industry in the East Midlands has been and can be reflected in the literary world.

Professor Natasha Hodgson: From Myth to Majesty: An Historical and Scientific Exploration of Fifteenth-Century British Royal Genealogies from the ‘Noah’ Tradition

Using a combination of scientific and historical techniques, this project deepens the understanding of the relationship between genealogy, religion, history, heritage and society. It improves public accessibility to a medieval source of national and international significance by producing the first digital critical edition and translation of the Canterbury Roll.

Professor Bill Niven: Legacies of the Holocaust: Online Exhibition about Memory of the Holocaust

Museums and memorial centres present the history of the Holocaust to audiences worldwide, but not the history of Holocaust memory. Professor Niven has created an online exhibition to fill this gap. The research that informed “Legacies of the Holocaust” provides a thematic overview of the way in which film, literature, testimony, museums and memorials have responded to the challenge of Holocaust memory.

Professor Graham Black: Rising to the Challenge; Preparing Museums for the Age of Participation

Many museums started as enlightenment institutions focused on their collections. But in today’s global society, audiences expect a lot more. Museums need to engage their visitors and respond to changes in society quickly to guarantee a sustainable future. Professor Black shares his expertise at museums across the world and help them tackle the unique challenges they face.

Dr Sarah Jackson: Being Human Festival: How Does the Telephone Affect our Daily Lives?

Dr Sarah Jackson, held three events as part of Being Human festival. The festival, which is the only national festival of the humanities in the UK, aims to engage the public with big questions regarding the challenges of the modern world. The first of a series of three ‘Switchboard’ events, a workshop exploring the cultural history of the telephone, took place in Nottingham Industrial Museum.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Degrees

We offer opportunities to study a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in areas including: Communication, Culture and Media, English Studies, Digital Humanities, French Studies, History and Heritage, Philosophy, Postcolonial Studies and Queer Cultures.

Lynda Clark; Creative Writing PhD

“My PhD project is entitled - That's not how it should end: the effect of reader / player responses on the development of narrative. My ambition is to gain a postdoctoral research position, or to return to the games industry in a narrative design position.”

Find out more about Lynda’s experience.

For more information regarding opportunities available and fees and funding please visit the PhD/MPhil page.

AHRC Studentships: Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

The Midlands3Cities Training Partnership is a collaboration between several Midlands universities, awarding up to 80 PhD Arts Humanities Research Council studentships for applicants in 2018 providing full funding for Arts and Humanities research students. Visit the M3C website for full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects.

Our Research Staff

Associate Dean Of Research:

Professor Nahem Yousaf

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