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The Department of Economics

The Department of Economics was one of the founding departments of the University of Warwick when it was opened in 1965. Since then we have become one of the largest departments in the discipline and are now widely regarded as one of the top Economics departments in the UK. We have an academic staff of around 75, including 25 professors and approximately 1,200 undergraduate students and 300 postgraduates. We are international in terms of both the staff and student body.

Both economics research and teaching emphasise modern economic analysis and quantitative methods. These have been key underpinnings of our work since inception. We design and deliver top-quality courses which will enable you to achieve high levels of learning through suitable teaching methods; excellent learning resources; appropriate monitoring of your progress; rigorous assessment and the provision of effective feedback. These elements are combined to promote your academic development.

Teaching is at the core of the work we do in the Department. We are proud of our teaching record and of our students' achievements. The design and teaching of our courses benefit greatly from the input of leading scholars with international reputations based in the Department. Drawing on the expertise of our staff, the teaching is research-led and amongst the highest standards in the field. We actively encourage you to fully engage with the learning process to enhance your educational experiences.

We host prominent research centres, such as CAGE and CRETA. These centres focus on how people, businesses and nations can compete effectively in the global economy; on enhancing the understanding of economic theories that address our real-world dilemmas and on analysing the decision making which lies at the heart of all economic pursuits.

Mission statement

One of our key objectives is to provide a research-informed and research-led teaching environment. We seek to equip you with key research skills and understanding. Key aspects include:

  • Economics as a discipline - to provide you with a structured, cumulative and rigorous foundation in economic concepts, analysis, techniques and knowledge including, as appropriate, access to the outcomes of current economic research.
  • Economics with other disciplines - to encourage links between economics and cognate disciplines in order to equip you with the ability to take different perspectives and draw on a range of knowledge when tackling issues. In particular, our degree courses link with mathematics, finance, business studies, history, political science, international relations, philosophy and psychology.
  • Problem-solving and policy implications - to promote understanding of national and international economic problems, policies and decision-making set within an appreciation of their political, social and historical contexts.
  • Responding to employability needs - to meet national and international demands for high-quality graduates
    • in particular fields of employment, research and further study for which specialised training in economics is required
    • in broader fields of employment requiring generic and subject-specific skills, including analysis, critical thinking and quantitative skills
  • Responding to your aspirations in terms of:
    • studying in a supportive and intellectually challenging environment
    • developing your capacity to learn
    • acquiring both subject-specific and generic skills.

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.

University 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. We expect you to attend lectures and module Support and Feedback classes 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 you can.

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

  • preparing for lectures and module Feedback and Support classes as advised by your teaching staff.
  • attending and actively participating in all lectures and Feedback and Support classes.
  • meeting your monitoring points, as set out in section 2.4.
  • making the most of opportunities to discuss your studies with teaching staff.
  • meeting your personal tutor.
  • supporting each other's learning and development through acting as a Mentor or a member of the SSLC.
  • submitting your assessments on time.
  • attending 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 strongly believe that each student can contribute to the learning progress made by others - this is a further reason for encouraging attendance, participation and engagement.

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 our role 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 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 module Feedback and Support classes.
  • lecture notes will normally be available. If notes can be collected prior to or after a lecture, you should be made aware of when and where this can be done. Lecture notes may not be provided in cases in which, for example, a lecture follows further reading material very closely.
  • a well-prepared lecture that has the aim of engaging you and encouraging participation in discussion beyond the lecture.
  • all core modules will be recorded and made available via the Lecture Capture service.

If module Support and Feedback classes form part of the teaching of the module, the material should be related to the module syllabus and 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 module Feedback and Support classes.

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 offer advice on all matters relating to the relevant module
  • all tutors to be available in their office for two hours per week in term time to offer advice and feedback.

Term dates and teaching weeks

Term dates


2017/18

Autumn Term: Monday 2 October 2017 - Saturday 9 December 2017
Spring Term: Monday 8 January 2018 - Saturday 17 March 2018
Summer Term: Monday 23 April 2018 - Saturday 30 June 2018


2018/19

Autumn Term: Monday 1 October 2018 - Saturday 8 December 2018
Spring Term: Monday 7 January 2019 - Saturday 16 March 2019
Summer Term: Monday 24 April 2019 — Saturday 29 June 2019


2019/20

Autumn Term: Monday 30 September 2019 - Saturday 7 December 2019
Spring Term: Monday 6 January 2020 - Saturday 14 March 2020
Summer Term: Monday 20 April 2020 - Saturday 27 June 2020

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 2 October and the term then runs for 10 weeks. The Spring Term runs from week 15 — 24 and Summer Term is from weeks 30 — 39.

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Week Commencing Week Commencing Week Commencing
1 2 October 15 8 January 30 23 April
2 9 October 16 15 January 31 30 April
3 16 October 17 22 January 32 7 May
4 23 October 18 29 January 33 14 May
5 30 October 19 5 February 34 21 May
6 6 November 20 12 February 35 28 May
7 13 November 21 19 February 36 4 June
8 20 November 22 26 February 37 11 June
9 27 November 23 5 March 38 18 June
10 4 December 24 12 March 39 25 June
Christmas vacation Easter vacation Summer vacation

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

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - 8am - 7pm
  • Wednesday - 8am - 1pm (Wednesday afternoons are set aside to enable UG students to participate in sporting activities)
  • Friday - 8am - 6pm

If you have a lecture or module 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 normally begin at five minutes past the hour and end at five minutes to the hour, in order to allow people to enter and vacate the room. You should make every effort to be there on the hour so teaching can start promptly; find out more information on the timetable policies.

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

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 S0.98

S = Social Sciences building

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

.98 = the room number

Lectures and module Support and Feedback classes take place in a variety of places across campus, so make sure you keep a campus map handy. The Warwick 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 on time.

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 electronic version of the Handbook, module webpages, the Economics Hub with access to all resources and 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.

The Undergraduate (UG) Office

Your first point of call for most initial enquiries is the Undergraduate (UG) Office, headed by the Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Manager and supervised by the UG Office Coordinator and Wellbeing Officer, Ann Simper, who is also the Welfare Officer, with a responsibility for student wellbeing.

If you have questions about your timetable or problems with clashes, you should go to the UG Office. The UG Office is a friendly place to go for a chat and they can help you answer most questions, so it’s a good resource.

If you have medical evidence that needs submitting, you should go there to do it; assignments that need submitting (non-electronic) are also handed in to this office. If you have a question about departmental procedures, such as requesting unusual options, deadline extensions, appealing against a coursework mark, etc., please check the website first. If you cannot find an answer to your query, you should contact the UG Office. If you are unwell and hence feel unable to attend a Feedback and Support class, you must fill out a self-certification form, which can be collected from the Medical Centre or online via the Health & Wellbeing pages of the University’s intranet. This then needs handing into the UG office and, provided you have been able to supply the medical evidence, your absence can be condoned.

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 the UG office is a good place to start.

Room: S0.98 (Open from 8:00am - 4:45pm, Monday - Thursday and 8:00am - 3:45pm on Friday)
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 23933
Email: economics.ugoffice@warwick.ac.uk

The Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Director of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for overall implementation of our academic policies in relation to undergraduate teaching. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is also responsible for making decisions or recommendations in cases involving individual undergraduate students. They additionally have the responsibility of enhancing your experience.

Name: Professor Elizabeth Jones
Room: S2.120
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 23040
Email: Elizabeth.H.Jones@warwick.ac.uk

The Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Manager

The Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Manager is a member of the administrative team responsible for the administration of undergraduate degree courses, including modules, course transfers, student support, and coursework extensions.

Name: Delphine Christie
Room: S0.96
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 23404
Email: delphine.christie@warwick.ac.uk

Your Personal Tutor

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor (PT), a member of academic staff to whom you can turn for advice regarding academic or personal matters. Your personal tutor is the Diploma Course Director. Your Personal Tutor can also signpost you to more appropriate sources of personal support and guidance within the University.

Name: Roberto Pancrazi

Room: S1.125

Telephone: +44 (0) 2475 150587

Email: R.Pancrazi@warwick.ac.uk

Academic staff with responsibility for undergraduate students

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

Room: S2.123
Telephone: +44(0) 24765 23529
Email: robin.naylor@warwick.ac.uk

Professor Elizabeth Jones, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Room: S2.120
Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 23040
Email: elizabeth.h.jones@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Roberto Pancrazi, Diploma Course Director

Room: S1.125
Telephone: +44 (0) 2475 150587
Email: R.Pancrazi@warwick.ac.uk

The Quality Assurance Manager

The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for the management of quality assurance processes in the Department. The Quality Assurance Manager works closely with the Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Manager and key duties include: management of information for students; committee management and management of quality assurance policies and processes affecting the degree courses.

Name: Kelly Taylor
Room: S0.94 
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 28415
Email: K.E.Taylor@warwick.ac.uk

Exams Coordinator

If you have a particular concern regarding examinations, then your query should be referred to the Exams Coordinator. 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: economics.exams@warwick.ac.uk

The Directors of Academic and Pastoral Support (DAPS)

DAPS are responsible for the personal tutor system, convening the Undergraduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee and overseeing the Year Tutors.

If you have a concern or problem that is perhaps more serious, it is a good idea to go straight to the DAPS. You can, of course, discuss any problems with your Personal Tutor, but they may feel that because of the nature of your concern, the DAPS are in a better position to offer advice. As such, your Personal Tutor may refer you to the DAPS who will be able to offer help and advice or point you in the direction of other people and services within the University. The DAPS will respect any confidences (subject to University guidelines on confidentiality).

Things you may need to discuss with the DAPS include:

  • Illness that is affecting or might affect your coursework, tests or exams.
  • Family or personal circumstances that are affecting or might affect your coursework, tests or exams.
  • Problems with managing your workload, which are starting to cause you anxiety.

Dr Michela Redoano, Director of Academic Pastoral Support

Room: S2.106
Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 23070
Email: economics.daps@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Christian Soegaard, Director of Academic and Pastoral Support

Room: S2.125
Telephone: +44 (0)24 761 51421
Email: economics.daps@warwick.ac.uk

Year Tutor

There is at least one Year Tutor for each academic year, with the responsibility of overseeing the personal tutor system for their respective year groups. Your Year Tutor is the Year Tutor for Second Year students.

The main responsibility of the Year Tutors is to act in the role of a senior tutor for their respective year groups. Thus the role of each of the Year Tutors will be based on the following responsibilities:

  • any medical or personal circumstances that are affecting your ability to study and/or engage in your degree course. Any evidence should be submitted to your Year Tutor
  • any additional support that you may require from University Support Services
  • any concerns you have over your attendance
  • any issues relating to Departmental or University rules and regulations
  • Temporary or Permanent Withdrawal queries
  • any problems relating to plagiarism
  • concerns that you may not wish to raise with your Personal Tutor.

In addition to this, the Year Tutor may ask to meet with you if the Department or University has concerns about your attendance or engagement on your degree course, in particular, if you are missing too many Monitoring Points. The Director of Undergraduate Studies has overall responsibility for the academic progress of all Undergraduate Students and the Directors of Academic and Pastoral Support and the Year Tutors will work with him/her and be involved pro-actively in making contact with students who appear to be experiencing difficulties.

Year Tutors may represent you in University processes, such as in the investigation of plagiarism, other sorts of cheating and in investigating or disciplinary committees, although these cases may be referred to the Directors of Academic and Pastoral Support in more severe cases.

Who to contact and when

If you have a query:

  1. Check the Economics website: www.warwick.ac.uk/economics.
  2. Check the Diploma Hub page: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/current/dip/resources 
  3. Check the Diploma Handbook.
  4. Contact the UG Office who can answer your query or put you in touch with the right person.

Contact your module Support and Feedback class tutors about the material covered in a module. If there is something you do not understand, you should first speak with your class tutor in his/her Advice and Feedback hours and they will be able to offer you the help you need. It is important to note here that allocations of students to module Support and Feedback classes are determined by the UG Office and your class tutors do not have the authority to permit you to change groups. They cannot grant extensions to assignment deadlines or give permission for absences from tests or module Support and Feedback classes. Your tutors can offer advice on assignments and may also be involved in the marking of assignments and tests and the provision of individual feedback on such assessments.

Contact Module Leaders and Lecturers about any academic issues relating to the module that module Support and Feedback class tutors are unable to answer. Module leaders are responsible for all academic aspects of modules, including lecture content, class questions and solutions, setting assignments and tests and the provision of generic feedback on assessment. Module Leaders have no authority to change assignment deadlines, test dates, to give extensions to assessment deadlines or to exempt you from tests. All extension requests must be requested on Tabula and are then considered by the Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Manager. Exemption requests should be made directly to the Undergraduate Office or the Teaching & Learning Manager.

Contact the Wellbeing Officer regarding academic, health or personal issues you may be experiencing. They will be able to offer support and signpost you to the appropriate people or resources available.

Contact your Personal Tutor (the Diploma Course Director) about any academic or non-academic problems you are experiencing during your time at the University. All students are allocated a Personal Tutor and they will be able to direct you to the best person if the situation requires further guidance.

Contact your Year Tutor or the Directors of Academic and Pastoral Support about any problems of a more serious nature, both medical and personal, that you feel may have a detrimental effect on your academic studies. This might include a physical or mental illness; a distressing family situation or a traumatic personal experience. They will be able to offer you support, but can also direct you to other sources of support within the University.

Contact the Undergraduate (UG) Office for most initial enquiries. You should also contact the UG Office if you have a clash with one of your economics module Support and Feedback classes and they will see if it is possible to re-allocate another time. Medical evidence should also be submitted to this office for absences from tests or extension requests. Only extension requests can be requested on Tabula. Tier 4 Visa holders must apply to the UG Office for an authorised absence if they need to leave the UK during term time.

Contact a Student Representative if you wish to raise an issue about any aspect of your course or more generally about the Department/University. Student representatives from all years are elected at the start of each academic year and together with various members of staff, they comprise the Student–Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC). The Chair of the SSLC is invited to attend meetings of the Undergraduate Management Committee which meets every term to discuss courses and modules review, visiting students’ programmes, admission and various other academic matters. The Chair of this committee is the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Contact the Head or Deputy Head of Department only if other members of the Department have been unable to resolve your problem. If you wish to contact the Head of Department, you must do so via his PA/Executive Officer, Gill Gudger g.e.gudger@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. 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 your Personal Tutor or your Year Tutor/ Director of Academic and Pastoral Support 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 when they can meet you. Advice and Feedback hours are normally posted on office doors and on each member of staff’s personal webpage. 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 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 UG Office Coordinator, 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.

Tier 4 visa holders

Please make sure you are aware of your responsibilities whilst studying in the UK; you can refer to the Warwick Immigration website.

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 when you log in to 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. You may already have your own email account, for example, on Gmail or Yahoo. If you prefer to continue to use only your private email account, then you must configure it to collect mail automatically from your Warwick account. Details of how to do this can be found on the Information Technology Services (ITS) website. However, you should use your Warwick account to email members of staff.

Check your email every day as it is our primary method of contacting you.

Keeping your details up to date

You will have enrolled for your course online and submitted various personal and contact details. These include the contact details we would use in the event that we needed to contact you urgently. Therefore, if any of your contact details change, especially your mobile telephone number, it is vital that you inform the University (Student Records; http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/studentrecords ). Through enrolling you also confirm that you have read the University’s policy on the use of your personal data: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/its/servicessupport/web/sitebuilder2/goodsites/dpacopyright 

Social Media

Important information will always be communicated to you via email in the first instance. However, we also use social media to keep current students up to date with departmental news and events via our Facebook page and Twitter:

facebook.com/warwickeconomics

twitter.com/warwickecon