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University Security Away Day - 2nd July

Security Away Day and Activities 08-09

    Radcliffe House, 2nd July 2008

    There has been a long series of discussions about how research in security might be facilitated on a cross-Faculty basis since the last awayday on the subject in September 2007.  Following those discussions, agreement has been reached by that we should form a Warwick International Security Initiative (WISI). There are funds available to support seedcorn activity; and a part time administrator will be appointed.

    The Awayday:

    We now wish to hold a new awayday, open to any member of academic staff in Warwick with an interest in Security Studies, in order to develop a programme of work for the next academic year.

    The away day is planned in two halves:


     9.30am – 12.00pm


    • Social Studies & Arts led 
    • Introduction and context – Prof Richard Higgott PVC Research
    • Chair – Prof Shirin Rai 

     12.00pm – 12.30pm

    •  Vice Chancellor – University strategy
     12.30pm – 1.45pm
    •  Lunch
     1.45pm – 4.00pm
    •  Science and Medicine led


    Participants are invited to register for either the Social Studies/Arts session (morning up to and including lunch), the Science/Medicine session (from the VC’s session, lunch and the afternoon), or both sessions depending on where their interests lie.

    Registration for the awayday is via the web at:

    Or contact Mike Hart in RSS on x24760

    Call for Research Themes:

    We are now calling for research themes within the area of Security for work in the next academic year. Themes must be nominated by more than one individual, but need not necessarily be multi-departmental or multidisciplinary, and each theme should have one nominated lead.  Themes should suggest a programme of activities to be undertaken during the year, including events such as (but not limited to) internal workshops, invited external speakers and stakeholder seminars.  There is no funding available to support research costs, the resources are to support internal networking and engagement with stakeholders etc.  For the awayday, depending on the number submitted, themes will be introduced by its nominator(s) and discussed by the group for approximately 20mins with a view to developing that theme, and to recruiting new expertise to it. 

    Themes will be discussed at the awayday and a decision made on which themes to support next year.  Discussion of themes will be grouped in to social science/arts and science/medicine to give focus to the discussion.  Individuals may attend for the relevant half day, or the full day as they wish.  Half an hour will be allocated at the end of both the morning and afternoon sessions for discussion of possible future activities.

    If you would like to submit a theme, please send no more than two sides of A4 by Wednesday 25 June outlining the academic summary of the theme, those academics involved and the proposed activities with costs over the next year to Nikki Muckle in RSS on x73930.

    Programme Board:

    The Programme Board will coordinate activities across the Initiative.  For the coming year, this Board will be made up of the lead academic from each selected theme in addition to those professors who have been involved in developing this initiative.  This Board will coordinate activities across the themes, and lead a range of cross-cutting activities such as development of the Initiative’s website, any cross-cutting events, and investigation of competitors and possible collaborators.  The Board will meet once every two months, but be able to work virtually between meetings.