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1: The Department and the University

What we expect from you

In order to meet your full potential, the Department of Economics (which incorporates both the staff and your peers) has certain expectations of you — and in return you should expect us to deliver on key activities.

The University’s Regulation 36 lays down the expectations of students concerning Registration, Attendance and Progress.

We expect you to engage with your studies and actively participate in departmental activities and events, whether they are online or in person. We expect you to attend lectures and module Support and Feedback classes, either online or in person, where attendance is compulsory. Should your attendance fall below required standards we will contact you and take actions where necessary.

Engaging with your study

In Economics, in order to get the most out of your time here, we encourage you to be fully engaged with your course and to try to achieve the highest academic standards of which you are capable.

'Engagement' in this sense means several things, including:

  • preparing for lectures and Support and Feedback classes as advised by your teaching staff
  • attending and actively participating in all lectures and Support and Feedback classes (online or in person), as well as benefiting from peer learning opportunities and working as part of a group
  • collective learning will help you to improve your skills in a whole range of ways; your analytical skills communication skills and teamwork/collaborative skills
  • meeting your monitoring points, as set out in section 2.6
  • making the most of opportunities to discuss your studies with teaching staff
  • meeting your personal tutor
  • supporting each other's learning and development through active interactions with your cohort during lectures and classes, acting as a Mentor or a member of the SSLC
  • benefiting from research opportunities through URSS and competitions such as the Carroll Round
  • submitting your assessments on time
  • taking your tests and exams
  • adhering to University and Departmental regulations and seeking guidance when unclear
  • using your initiative and asking for help when necessary at the earliest opportunity.

We have the strong belief that each student can contribute to the learning progress made by others - this is a further reason for encouraging your attendance, participation and engagement.

Tier 4 Visa Holders

The above expectations apply to all students, but for tier 4 visa holders, it is important that you engage with your course to meet the conditions of your visa. Please make sure you are aware of your responsibilities whilst studying in the UK; you can refer to the Warwick Immigration website 


What you can expect from us

We want to instil in you the same passion for the study of Economics that we have. Therefore, we aim to engage you with all course material and create an enjoyable environment in which to learn and develop. You should be aware of what you can expect from any module and it is the role of the Department to ensure that this information is clearly set out and available.

Below are the key elements that you should expect from every Economics module that you take:

  • a module outline, detailing the module aims and objectives, the learning outcomes and an indication of the material that will be covered, the exam rubric, all of which can be found on the module webpage
  • details of core texts and further readings to give you the best opportunity to prepare for lectures and Support and Feedback classes
  • All modules will have lecture notes and/or other materials posted on the module's Moodle webpage. Links to all videos will be accessible via the Moodle webpage for the module.
  • A well-prepared lecture which has the aim of engaging you and encouraging participation in discussion beyond the lecture
  • In normal times, all core module lectures are encouraged to be recorded and these will then be made available via the Lecture Capture service. In 2020-21, for the Autumn term in the first instance, all lectures will take place virtually due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. Lectures will be available to watch online and some will take place at set times and students will be able to watch them live (synchronous lectures).

If Support and Feedback classes form part of the teaching of the module, the material should be related to the module syllabus and class tutors should be well prepared and confident with the material they are teaching. You will be advised, with as much notice as possible, of any changes or cancellations of lectures and/or Support and Feedback classes. Some classes will take place online, while other classes will take place in person.

For any assessments you should expect:

  • assessment details to be outlined, including the format of the assignment, assessment rules, the submission dates and the expectations of the module lecturer
  • to receive your marked work with feedback and/or annotations within 20 working days of the submission date, unless extenuating circumstances prevent this. If the date for returning work is missed, you will be notified.

While the university environment is — and should be — very different from school/college, you should still expect your lecturers and tutors to have time to discuss any concerns or questions you have about the module material. To this end, you should expect:

  • all lecturers to have two Advice and Feedback hours per week in term time, in which they are available to see you to offer advice on all matters relating to the relevant module. All Advice and Feedback hours will take place online and details of how to access the online hours will be provided on departmental websites.
  • all tutors to be available for a minimum of two hours per week in term time to meet you online to offer advice and feedback. All Advice and Feedback hours will take place online and details of how to access the online hours will be provided on the Current Students hub page.

Term dates and teaching weeks

Term dates

2020/2021

Welcome Weekend Saturday 26 September 2020 - Sunday 27 September 2020
Welcome Week
Monday 28 September 2020 - Sunday 4 October 2020
Autumn Term
Monday 5 October 2020 – Saturday 12 December 2020
Spring Term Monday 11 January 2021 – Saturday 20 March 2021
Summer Term Monday 26 April 2021 – Saturday 3 July 2021

2021/2022

Welcome Weekend Saturday 25 September 2021 - Sunday 26 September 2021
Welcome Week
Monday 27 September 2021 - Sunday 3 October 2021
Autumn Term
Monday 4 October 2021 – Saturday 11 December 2021
Spring Term Monday 10 January 2022 – Saturday 19 March 2022
Summer Term Monday 25 April 2022 – Saturday 2 July 2022

2022/2023

Welcome Weekend Saturday 24 September 2022 - Sunday 25 September 2022
Welcome Week
Monday 26 September 2022 - Sunday 2 October 2022
Autumn Term
Monday 3 October 2022 – Saturday 10 December 2022
Spring Term Monday 9 January 2023 – Saturday 18 March 2023
Summer Term Monday 24 April 2023 – Saturday 1 July 2023


Teaching weeks

We use a numbering system to cover the main teaching weeks during the year. Week 1 of the Autumn Term starts on Monday 1 October and the term then runs for 10 weeks. The Spring Term runs from week 15 — 24 and the Summer Term is from weeks 30 — 39.

Welcome Week will start with the Welcome Weekend on Saturday 26 September with events running all week until the start of term 1.

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Week Commencing Week Commencing Week Commencing
1 5 October 15 11 January 30 26 April
2 12 October 16 18 January 31 3 May
3 19 October 17 25 January 32 10 May
4 26 October 18 1 February 33 17 May
5 2 November 19 8 February 34 24 May
6 9 November 20 15 February 35 31 May
7 16 November 21 22 February 36 7 June
8 23 November 22 1 March 37 14 June
9 30 November 23 8 March 38 21 June
10 7 December 24

15 March

39 28 June
Christmas vacation Easter vacation Summer vacation

The University has set times of the week for teaching activity, as follows:

  • Weekdays from 8am - 9pm

If you have a lecture or Support and Feedback class scheduled between these times, you are expected to be available to attend. In addition, assessments such as tests may be set at any of these times and where possible, we will add dates to the Tabula timetable. More details will follow on the University's IT system, Tabula.

In practice, teaching sessions will begin at five minutes past the hour and end at ten minutes to the hour, in order to allow people to enter and vacate the room in a way that accords with social distancing. You should make every effort to be there on time so teaching can start promptly. Find out more about the timetable policies here.

For other key dates and departmental events, please see the Warwick Department of Economics website.

Location

The administrative home of the Department of Economics is based in the Social Sciences Building. Most University room numbers are in three parts each of which conveys information.

For example, to find S0.88

S = Social Sciences building

0. = the ground floor (0 = ground floor, 1 = first floor etc)

88 = the room number

While all lectures will be online in Autumn term 2020/21, some of your in-person Support and Feedback classes will take place in a variety of places across campus, so make sure you keep a campus map handy. The interactive campus map is a great way to find your location and help plan your route. It is your responsibility to find the locations of your lectures and classes and to ensure you arrive at them on time.

Our location

The administrative home of the Department of Economics is based in the Social Sciences Building. Most University room numbers are in three parts each of which conveys information.

For example, to find S0.88

S = Social Sciences building

0. = the ground floor (0 = ground floor, 1 = first floor etc)

88 = the room number

While all lectures will be online in Autumn term 2020/21, your in-person Support and Feedback classes will take place in a variety of places across campus, so make sure you keep a campus map handy. The interactive campus map is a great way to find your location and help plan your route. It is your responsibility to find the locations of your lectures and classes and to ensure you arrive at them on time.

Facilities

At the start of the academic year for 2020/21 there will be measures in place in all university buildings to ensure the safety of both students and staff. This will mean that some facilities will have limited access or restricted use.

UG/Diploma Common Room - This area will have restrictions in terms of the number of people who can be in the space at any one time. The furniture will be placed in particular locations to enable social distancing and must not be moved.

The kitchen in this area will have hot water only. Anything that you need must be brought from home and must be cleaned and taken with you. Nothing is to be left in the kitchen overnight. Only one person is able to use the kitchen at any time.

Room S0.55 contains three Bloomberg Terminals, which can be booked by UG students for half-hourly sessions from Monday – Thursday (9.00am-4.30pm) and Friday (9.00am-3.30pm). Only one student is permitted to use the room at any one time.

The University also provides a number of private study spaces, including the Learning Grids, which are flexible and informal spaces for group and individual study that can be used by all members of the University and the Central Library.

Our lively research environment is built around our world class seminars and workshop series. You are welcome to attend any of these; the online schedule is published in our calendar and they generally take place online. These seminars are a window on the wider research community and will help you get to grips with what economists do and how they carry out research. They can be very helpful in developing your ideas for a dissertation topic.

Key sources of information

Many of your questions can be answered by looking on the Department website (warwick.ac.uk/economics), where you will find the Handbook, module webpages, and links to all resources, departmental news and announcements, and many other useful pieces of information.

Another key source of information is Tabula (tabula.warwick.ac.uk). This is the University's secure web-based portal that supports teaching and learning. You will be able to find important information here, including your modules, timetable, assessment marks, monitoring points and Personal Tutor.

If you can't find what you are looking for online, or you need to speak to someone, you can find the key contacts below.

Academic staff with responsibility for undergraduate students

Please note that room numbers are given, but for the Autumn term, staff will be contactable by email and MS Teams rather than by office drop-ins.


Professor Jeremy Smith, Head of Department

The Head of Department has overall responsibility for managing the Department of Economics.
Room: S2.124
Telephone: +44(0) 24765 23336
Email: jeremy.smith@warwick.ac.uk

Professor Robin Naylor, Director of Studies

The Director of Studies has strategic oversight of both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Department of Economics.
Room: S2.123
Telephone: +44(0) 24765 23529
Email: robin.naylor@warwick.ac.uk

Professor Elizabeth Jones, Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Director of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for overall implementation of the Department’s academic policies in relation to undergraduate teaching and for making decisions or recommendations in cases involving individual undergraduate students.
Room: S0.79
Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 23040
Email: elizabeth.h.jones@warwick.ac.uk

Professor Wiji Arulampalam

The Diploma Course Director has overall responsibility for the Diploma Course and for making decisions or recommendations in cases involving individual Diploma students.
Room: S2.118
Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 23471
Email: Wiji.Arulampalam@warwick.ac.uk

Dr. Stefania Paredes Fuentes, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies (Academic Support and Joint Degree Officer)

The Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies supports the Director of Undergraduate Studies in implementing academic policies and has oversight of our joint degree programmes.
Room: S2.121
Telephone: +44 (0)24 761 50045
Email: s.paredes-fuentes@warwick.ac.uk

Dr. Claudia Rei, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies (Assessment and Feedback)

The Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies supports the Director of Undergraduate Studies in implementing academic policies and is the Department's Assessment and Feedback Coordinator.
Room: S0.73
Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 73019
Email: C.Rei@warwick.ac.uk

Dr. Christian Soegaard, Director of Student Engagement and progression

The DSEP is responsible for convening the Undergraduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee and for working on the continued improvement of student engagement in the Department and for monitoring the progression of our students.

Room: S0.80
Telephone: +44 (0)24 761 51421
Email: C.Soegaard@warwick.ac.uk 

Dr Emil Kostadinov, Year 2 Tutor

The Year 2 Tutor is responsible for overseeing the personal tutor system for Diploma students and works with the DAPS and Diploma Course Director.

Room: S0.85
Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 224497
Email: Emil.Kostadinov@warwick.ac.uk 

Personal Tutor

The Diploma Course Director is your Personal Tutor (PT) during your time at Warwick. Your Personal Tutor can also signpost you to more appropriate sources of personal support and guidance within the University. You can find out more about the role of your Personal Tutor in Section 6.

Advisor to Overseas students

The Advisor to Overseas students provides a source of additional support to any student studying in the Department of Economics from overseas, helping them to adjust to studying in the UK.

Name: Dr. Atisha Ghosh
Room:
S0.85
Telephone:
+44 (0)24 765 22916
Email:
Atisha.Ghosh@warwick.ac.uk

Advisor to Female students

The Advisor to female students provides a source of additional support to any female studying in the Department, as part of our aim to ensure that our female students receive appropriate support to achieve their full potential. 

Name: Dr. Isleide Zissimos
Room:
S0.63
Telephone:
+44 (0)24 765 28241
Email:
Isleide.Zissimos@warwick.ac.uk

Administrative staff with responsibility for Diploma Students

The Undergraduate Office

Your first point of call for most initial enquiries is the Undergraduate (UG) Office Team, headed by the Undergraduate Programme Manager.

If you have any questions about your course, please contact our friendly UG Office team who can help you with most worries and queries. via one of the methods described on the Contact the UG Office web page. During Autumn term, as part of safety measures around Covid-19, there will be a limited staff presence within the Undergraduate Office and you are therefore asked to bring forward any questions or queries through online means. [INSERT LINK WHEN AVAILABLE]. Doing so means that we can deal with your query efficiently while limiting the number of people congregating in the Department.

If you have a question about departmental procedures, such as requesting unusual options, deadline extensions, questions about degree regulations, etc., please check the website first. [INSERT LINK TO FAQS} If you cannot find an answer to your query, you should contact the UG Office. You can also contact the UG office to make an appointment to speak to a member of staff on MS Teams if you cannot resolve your query via looking at the website or via email. If you would like to speak to the Student Wellbeing and Progression Officer about any problems or concerns you might have, you can make contact using the UG office email address or the wellbeing email address: economics.wellbeing@warwick.ac.uk and if necessary, she can also put you in touch with the Pastoral Support team.

If you are ever in doubt about who to contact regarding an issue and have not been able to find the relevant information on the website, then emailing the UG office is a good place to start.

Room: S0.88 (Open only for queries that cannot be dealt with online, from 10:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday)Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 23933
Email: economics.ugoffice@warwick.ac.uk

The Undergraduate Programme Manager

The Undergraduate Programme Manager is a member of the administrative team responsible for the administration of undergraduate degree courses, including modules, study abroad and plagiarism cases.

Name: Jo Turrall

Room: S0.88Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 73404
Email: jo.turrall@warwick.ac.uk 

Student Wellbeing and Progression Officer

The Student Wellbeing and Progression Officer is a member of team who works closely with the Senior Tutor and Academic and Pastoral Support team. They provide support and signposting to services available to students throughout their degree.

Name: Ann Simper

Room: S0.88

Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 28417

Email: A.Simper@warwick.ac.uk

Exams Coordinator

If you have a particular concern regarding Examinations, then your query should be referred to the Exams Coordinator email account. In the first instance you might wish to speak with your Personal Tutor or Year Tutor about such a concern and they can always forward you on to the appropriate person.

Email: examscoordinator@warwick.ac.uk 

How to contact the Undergraduate Office

For 2020/21, while the UK is under various restrictions due to Covid-19, we have revised the ways in which we are able to support you if you have a query. We are still very much able to be there for you but now with an emphasis on online rather than on-campus support.

The UG Office team, which is your point of contact as a Diploma student, has a small daily presence on campus, in room S0.88, but you are asked to visit the office only when you are not able to use our online help services. This is to limit the number of people visiting the Department, and to keep you and our staff safe. Please bear in mind that, if you do visit the UG Office, the person with expertise for your particular query may not be in the office on that day, and so we may need to refer to a colleague working remotely.

Wherever possible, please contact us using one of our online services. See the Diploma Get in Touch page, where you can :

  1. Access contact details and profiles of members of the UG Office team.
  2. Consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  3. Make an appointment to meet online with one of the UG Office staff via MS Teams.
  4. Join a MS Teams online drop-in session which will be scheduled for various points in the week.
  5. Email us on economics.ugoffice@warwick.ac.uk.


How to contact academic staff

By email:

All members of the Department have an email account and they will monitor it regularly, though please do note that staff will take academic and study leave and hence during holidays, they will not be responding to emails as regularly. If you have a question for a particular member of staff, an email will normally be the best way to get a quick and straightforward answer or to set up a meeting with the relevant person. If your enquiry involves confidential personal information, it is best to email the Diploma Course Director directly. Please ensure that your emails are polite and do think about who you send your email to, using the guide above. Please do not send the same email to multiple people as this can cause unnecessary confusion and wastes staff time. You should always use your Warwick email account to avoid your email going into junk or clutter folders and hence not being read.

During Advice and Feedback hours:

All academic staff have Advice and Feedback hours at which they can meet you in an online forum. Advice and Feedback hours will be posted on staff webpages and on the Advice and Feedback Hours page. You should make every effort to see staff during these times. If you are unable to meet a member of staff during the stated Advice and Feedback hours, you should make an online appointment to meet at a different time. Appointments should be made via email.

Telephone contact:

Each member of staff has a telephone number, listed online in the University telephone directory. From a telephone connected to the University switchboard the number has five digits, e.g. the Student Wellbeing and Progression Officer, Ann Simper’s is 28417. When calling a number from outside the University, all internal extensions starting with 2 or 7 have 024 76 5 in front of them and all extensions starting with 5 have 024 76 1 in front of them (e.g. for Ann Simper dial 024 7652 8417). If you don’t know the number, dial the University switchboard (0 from an internal phone, 024 7652 3523 from outside).

A full list of all staff in the department can be found on our people pages.

How we communicate with you

Tabula

The University's secure web-based portal that supports teaching and learning is a key mechanism through which we will communicate with you. It is here you will find information on your timetable, assessment marks and feedback, your progress on meeting your Monitoring Points and attending classes and information on your class tutors and Personal Tutor.

You can access Tabula both on- and off-campus. Further details and instructions are available upon logging into Tabula.

Email

Every member of the University has a central email address usually in the form A.N.Other@warwick.ac.uk. This is the address that we will use to contact you.

Check your email every day as it is the main way we will contact you.

Moodle

Moodle is the University's virtual learning environment. Every module has a Moodle page where you can view lecture notes, recordings and coursework.

Current Students webpages

We have created a webpage with all essential information about your course and to inform you about a wide range of other opportunities that will enhance your student experience and prepare you better for future career. This page is personalised and you will need to use your student log-in to browse through the different areas.

Please visit this page regularly: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/current/ 

Economics Updates 20/21

These are emails which we send fortnightly in term time. They focus on important issues related to your academic study and student experience. They contain important messages from your Course Director, Directors of Study and the Head of Department as well as information about opportunities and events. We strongly encourage you to read them.

Social Media

We use social media to keep current students up to date with departmental news and events via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter:

instagram.com/warwickeconomics/

facebook.com/warwickeconomics

twitter.com/warwickecon

My Warwick mobile App

If we need to communicate with you urgently about important things to do with your study here (e.g. about Support and Feedback class cancellations or specific deadlines) we use My Warwick alerts which will appear on your phones. Please do not disable this feature as you may miss important communications.

Keeping your details up to date

If your contact details change since your enrolment (e.g. your mobile number) it is essential that you inform the University Student Records Team: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/studentrecords.

Student Privacy Notice

The University of Warwick is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal data. We ask you to read the Student Privacy Notice carefully as it contains important information on who we are, how and why we collect, use and share personal data, your rights in relation to your personal data and on how to contact us and supervisory authorities in the event that you have a query or complaint.

Glossary

In reading this Handbook, you may find the following list of terms helpful.

Advice and Feedback Hours: Every member of academic staff and all tutors have at least two online Advice and Feedback hours each week of term. During this time, the member of staff will be available for you to meet them in an online forum to discuss any aspect of your academic studies, as well as other things, e.g. personal tutoring, references.

Asynchronous lecture: A lesson that has been pre-recorded and can be accessed when you choose. These do not appear in your Tabula timetable.

Classes: 'Classes,' 'module Support and Feedback classes', 'seminars,' 'tutorials' and 'supervisions' are all different names for essentially the same thing; compulsory teaching in small groups. Classes allow for more informal, less scripted interaction and are a prime opportunity for you to receive support and feedback. This year some classes will be held online and other classes will be held face to face.

Course: Coherent programme of study leading to a named qualification/award. Includes degrees, diplomas and certificates. Courses are made up of modules.

Module: Smallest unit of learning recognised in the University's approval processes and records systems.

Monitoring Points: The University scheme for monitoring academic engagement and progress of all students during each academic year. Under the University's monitoring scheme, attendance is monitored by means of specific 'monitoring points' using Tabula.

Moodle: it is the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a web platform designed specifically to support the delivery of teaching and learning materials and activities. All module resources will be posted here.

MS Teams: Software used for online teaching and learning and for meetings held virtually.

Pastoral Support Drop-in Sessions: Each week of term time, the Academic and Pastoral Support team hold daily office hours, which will be online. The times of these will be published on the Department website.

Programme: Has the same meaning as a course.

Revision Sessions: These are sessions run by the Department of Economics that occur prior to tests in core year 1 and 2 modules, where students can access support from module tutors and gain an understanding of marking criteria for the upcoming tests.

Seminar: A compulsory class in which a topic is discussed by a teacher and small group of students. The same as our Support and Feedback classes, some of which will be held online and some of which will be held face to face this year.

Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC): The SSLC is made up of students and staff. SSLCs provide an accessible arena for you to discuss any concerns you have with teaching, learning and student support services with the Department's academic staff. They also provide an opportunity for the Department to receive feedback from you. This is the strongest mechanism for getting involved with how your academic life at Warwick is shaped.

Synchronous online lecture: A lecture that takes place online via MS Teams in real time. These appear on your Tabula timetable.

Tabula: An online tool used to enhance and support the administration of teaching and learning. It helps academic and administrative staff manage your information, such as personal profiles, class allocation, personal tutor/supervisor allocations and meetings, attendance recording and marks management.