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The English Showcase celebrates the research produced by final year Undergraduates and Masters students. Students from all disciplines in the School are invited to present any aspect of their work, ranging from dissertations to essays and creative writing.

Following the success of the first Showcase in February 2015, the School has made it an annual event.

In participating in the Showcase, students have the opportunity to:

  • share and discuss their research with their peers
  • develop their presentation skills and self-confidence in a non-pressured, non-assessed environment
  • enhance their CVs by participating in a conference

The English Showcase 2018 - Call for Papers

A one day conference at the University of Nottingham’s School of English, showcasing the work produced by final year undergraduates and taught postgraduates.

On 23rd March 2018, the School of English will celebrate the outstanding work produced by its students. The English Showcase is a relaxed and informal introduction to the world of academia, where conferences are plentiful. We encourage all final year undergraduates and taught postgraduates to show off the work that they consider their greatest success or most exciting work in progress. If you want to share your achievements with your peers, apply now to take part – you can present as an individual or as part of a small team. 

We welcome submissions for 10 minute presentations on all areas of English:

  • English Literature
  • English Language and Applied Linguistics
  • Drama and Performance
  • Medieval Languages and Literatures
  • Creative Writing

More information can be found in the Call for Papers.

Download the Call for Papers


The English Showcase 2017

Find out more about what went on

Proud of your work? #ShowOff17

This year's Showcase took place on Friday 7th April 2017.

Bigger than ever before, the full-day event included a diverse range of papers from fourteen speakers who were either Masters students or in their final year of Undergraduate study. Panel topics ranged from Shakespearen 'Filmic Legacies' and 'Character Interactions' to 'The Politics of Space and Things', 'The Use and Abuse of Language', and 'Religion, Science, and the Gothic'. Professor Josephine Guy, the Head of School, gave a fantastic welcome talk on the importance of public speaking both inside and outside of academia. Presentations were then followed by an informal wine reception, which provided participants with a chance to network, reflect on the day's events, and celebrate the end of term.

Highlights from the event are captured in our Storify

Photos and videos can be viewed in our Media Gallery


The English Showcase 2016

Find out more about what went on

Proud of Your Work? #ShowOff16

The English Showcase 2016 took place on the 10th February 2016, showing off a great variety of projects and research. The event included an introductory talk by a special guest speaker, award-winning novelist (and School of English alumna) Clare Harvey, who revealed how she turned her University of Nottingham Masters submissions into a two-book publishing deal.

Eleven student speakers discussed the projects that they were most proud of, covering a range of topics including theatre, creative writing, literature and language. The presentations then closed with a discussion from Associate Professor of Viking Studies, Dr Christina Lee, on the various routes English research offers. 

Please see the Showcase resources, produced by the student committee, for more information on the 2016 English Showcase.


The English Showcase 2015

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The English Showcase 2015 was the first of its kind for the School of English.

It was authoritative, consistently interesting, and full of enthusiasm. Speaking in public can be very difficult, and speaking about your work in front of peers and academic staff even more so, but the students handled that side of things with aplomb. Throughout, in fact, the Showcase felt like a professional academic conference – confirming the evident care with which it had been planned and structured. Well done!

- Dr Nathan Waddell, Assistant Professor of Literary Modernism, discussing the first English Showcase in 2015


Please see the video below to hear from some of the participants and organisers of the 2015 English Showcase.


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