Our projectsTextLab

Sustainable Development Goal target(s)

Quality Education (SDG 4) and Gender Equality (SDG 5)

Project lead
  • Dr George Weir, Computer & Information Sciences
  • Dr Dmitri Roussinov, Computer & Information Sciences
Open to
  • 1 and 2, Computer & Information Sciences
  • 2 to 4, Humanities
  • Postgraduate students are also welcome 

Interested students from other faculties should email the VIP Leads (see below for contact info) to discuss their involvement.

Please note: availability can vary between degrees. Please contact your advisor of studies and the project lead for more information.

How to apply

To apply for this project please complete our application form.

Project overview

TextLab brings together students and staff from English/Humanities & Computer and Information Science. We work on research projects in the field of Digital Humanities (the application of computer-based technologies to the study of texts) – specifically using computers to analyse Shakespeare’s plays, and building a website aimed at schools: the Language of Shakespeare’s Plays (LOSP).

Students work in mixed groups from both departments to analyse their chosen plays. Computer Science students have the opportunity to create new tools and software for digital text analysis, and Humanities students will learn how to use a range of text analysis software, introducing them to the field of Digital Humanities and a new way of conducting literary analysis.

Students will present their research in an accessible way on the LOSP website. They'll also have the opportunity to visit local schools to share their findings and methods with school pupils interested in Humanities, Shakespeare and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). This is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing teaching. 

The project contributes to the SDG goal of Quality Education by encouraging enthusiasm for humanities education, literature and computer science.

TextLab students have also conducted influential research into Shakespeare’s representation of gender (see our website for more info on previous students’ projects). By embedding gender research into the emerging field of Digital Humanities, TextLab also contributes to SDG goal 5, Gender Equality.

Have more questions, or interested in getting involved?


4: Quality Education.
5: Gender Equality.