Five students from the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies gained work experience during the summer of 2011, assisting lecturers on research projects. The projects ranged from investigating archives relating to 19th century Pantomime to identifying and recording uses of metaphor in spoken English.

One student, Luke Darbyshire, appeared on local radio and television programmes to explain his work linking a West Midlands medieval manuscript with Birmingham and Black Country accents today. These internships, funded by the College of Arts and Law, have provided the students with valuable experience and have sparked their interest in applying for postgraduate degrees.