Department of Film and Television Studies Statement on recent disciplinary hearings
The Department of Film and Television Studies wishes to reassure past, present and prospective students of its ongoing commitment to the provision and maintenance of an environment of respect, dignity and inclusion. Our students must feel safe to learn and work together, in the knowledge that hate speech and acts of any kind will not be tolerated, and that in the event of any such incident, swift and appropriate action will be taken.
We also want to express our ongoing support for the victims of the group chat case at Warwick, and to call upon the University to ensure that these students are fully supported, and able to continue and return to further study at the University without fear of further difficulties. We have not been involved in, or privy to, any aspect of the current disciplinary cases and appeals, and have been in touch with senior management at Warwick today, to express our concern.
Film and Television Studies at Warwick has always been, and will remain, a safe, inclusive and respectful learning and working environment. Any students who need support in relation to this, or any other incident, should contact their Personal Tutor, the departmental Senior Tutor or Head of Department.
Film/Lit grad Nathaniel Newman is currently doing an MA in Creative Writing. He kindly returned to the department to talk to The Practice of Film Criticism students about what he’s learned from doing a degree that focusses on practice and delves into more personal and poetic areas than are usually required of an academic essay; a process that involves the making and taking of criticism from colleagues, and that thus requires the creation of a safe and respectful context in which that can flourish.
The latest in a new series of podcasts from our Practical Criticism students is here. In it, Ellyse Partington and José Arroyo discuss John Krasinski's 2018 film A Quiet Place.