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1: Introduction

Protecting all staff and students

In the 2021-22 academic year, it is important for everyone to follow guidance and instructions so that we can protect the health and wellbeing of all staff and students while the health pandemic continues.

The University has produced an overarching risk assessment and standard operating procedure in order to reassure students who will be on-campus. Details of the measures can be found here, but the key elements are:

Lateral Flow Tests. Everyone who lives on or visits campus is strongly advised to take twice weekly lateral flow tests either using the University’s asymptomatic test site or one of the schemes set up by the Government, and this should continue even after the individual has received a Covid-19 vaccination, due to the ongoing risk of harbouring/transmitting the virus. Anyone who has a positive LFT result MUST self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test. Only if this PCR test is negative can the individual stop self-isolating.

Face covering. Face coverings will be required for anyone moving around inside University buildings. Within the social spaces within the Department face covering should be warn at all times.

In Support and Feedback classes and any in-person lectures the wearing of a face covering is strongly encouraged even when seated as it is our social responsibility to look after the well-being and health of all individuals within our community and we are all responsible for limiting any spread of the virus around campus. In order to visit any individual colleague in their office you must wearing a face covering unless you are explicitly told otherwise.

1.5m social distancing. 1.5m social distancing will continue for scheduled in person teaching, library/study spaces and common rooms (where space allows).

Reduced capacity in communal spaces. Furniture in communal spaces will be repositioned to maximise the space between occupants. The seating configuration in communal spaces should not be rearranged.

Hand sanitation. Hand sanitiser stations will be available in the social areas, common areas, main entrance, and outside the UG/PG offices.

Cleaning procedures. Cleaning wipes will be available in each room and users will be required to wipe down all surfaces before and after use; for students this typically means desktops, and chairs in teaching rooms.

Temporary signage will be in place throughout the building. To ensure that users are reminded of the guidelines and ‘rules’ of the building, temporary signage will be in place throughout the building. Maximum capacity signs will be added to the doors and the inside of multiple occupancy rooms, common areas, and social spaces.

Community. As a community, we will all play our part in supporting University and local public health measures. This collective approach is embodied in the following three responsibilities that we ask everyone at the University to commit to (i) Behave in a Covid-19 secure manner; (ii) Act swiftly on Covid-19 symptoms; (iii) Actively support one another.

Test and Trace. The University has a Test and Trace service on campus for both staff and students. Please note this is an appointment only service. Please note that the University has issued guidance in line with UK Government guidance that all staff and students are required to follow.

All of these measures are in place to keep everyone safe.

Communication and Information Sources


Tabula is the University's secure web-based portal to support teaching and learning activities and is a key mechanism through which we will communicate with you. The system is accessible from the departmental website and will allow you to receive important announcements, check assessment marks and your timetable, give course and module feedback, contact your lecturers and supervisors, access forms and change contact details. Tabula is accessible on and off campus and further details and instructions are available when you login. You will be prompted by email to login to the system soon after enrolling.


Moodle is the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE); a web platform designed specifically to support the delivery of teaching and learning materials and activities. Every module has a Moodle page, where you can view lecture notes, recordings (if available) and coursework. You can use your student log in to access information personalised to you (for both Moodle and Tabula).

Current Student Webpages

The Current Student Webpage contains all essential information about your course and other important information and resources to enhance your student experience, including links to the timetable and to module information and teaching material. You should visit this page often, as we regularly post updates to information and resources, although we will alert you to updates at the time. You will need to use your student log in to access information personalised to you.


Our preferred way of communication is via email. Every member of the University has a central email address, usually in the form This is the address that we will use to contact you and you should use it to email members of staff. Please make sure you check your Warwick email account daily and do not let your inbox become full.

MyWarwick Mobile App

In the MyWarwick app students can access key links and contact information, detailed travel information, links to careers information and advice and regular news updates and announcements. The app can be downloaded onto mobiles and tablets and customised to your needs and preferences. It can also be used to view teaching timetables, coursework deadlines, check emails and create alerts. We will use the MyWarwick mobile app (MyWarwick alerts will appear on your phone), when we want to contact you urgently relating to your study at the University. Please do not disable the notifications for the app, as you may miss important communications.

Social Media

The Warwick Economics Facebook page is a great way to connect with other new students in the department and you may wish to follow us on Twitter.

Student Pigeonholes and Student Mail

All MRes/PhD students have a pigeonhole (i.e. mailbox) in the PhD Common Room (S2.127). Please make sure that you check your pigeonhole regularly. Any registered letter or parcel, which arrives for you will be kept in the MRes/PhD Office (S1.132) and an email will be sent to you to collect it.

Keeping Your Personal Details Up To Date

When you enrolled for your course online, you will have submitted various personal and contact details; these include the contact details we will use in the event that we need to contact you urgently. If any of your contact details change, especially your mobile phone number it is vital that you inform the University Student Records team.

Student Privacy Notice

The University is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal data. Through enrolling you must confirm that you have read the Student Privacy Notice. The purpose of the Notice is to explain how the University will collect and use (process) your personal data, what rights you have in relation to that data and to provide transparency regarding the data we collect about you.

Administration of the MRes/ PhD Course

The department is located in the Social Sciences Building on the corner of Library Road and Gibbet Hill Road. You will find the interactive map showing the location of all University buildings and car parks here. The key committees responsible for administration of the MRes/PhD programme are:

  • The Graduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee (GSSLC MRes/PhD): an important forum within the department where MRes and PhD students meet with departmental staff to discuss issues relating the learning experience. (Please see also the Student Voice section).
  • The Graduate Management Committee (GMC): monitors the quality of all postgraduate programmes in the department and reports to the Department's Teaching and Learning Committee, which oversees the strategy of all aspects of teaching and learning in the Department (in the context of University Education Strategy). The student Chairperson of the GSSLC attends both committees.

The key academic staff in the department with responsibility for the MRes/PhD programme are:

Professor Jeremy Smith, Head of Department

Room: S2.124
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3336

Professor Ben Lockwood, Deputy Head of Department and Director of Research

Room: S1.111
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3032

Professor Manuel Bagues, Director MRes/PhD

Room: S2.122
Telephone: +44 (0) 24765 22990

Dr Pablo Beker, Deputy Director MRes

Room: S2.93
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 761 50586

PGT Senior Tutor
Dr Mahnaz Nazneen

Room S2.140
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 74891

Professor Wiji Arulampalam, Wellbeing Officer (PhD)

Room: S2.118
Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 23471

The key administrative staff in the department with responsibility for the MRes programme are:

Ms Carolyn Andrews, Programmes Manager (PGT)

Room: S1.130
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 22983

Mrs Natalie Deven, Programmes Coordinator (PGT)

Room: S1.132
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 73452

The key administrative staff in the department with responsibility for the PhD programme are:

Programme Officer (PGR)

Room: TBC
Telephone: TBC
Email: TBC

View the full staff list for the Department.

How to contact us

The Postgraduate Office

The Postgraduate Office team, which is your point of contact as a MRes student, has a small daily presence on campus, in room S1.132. Please bear in mind that, if you do visit the PG 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 MRes/PhD Get in Touch page, where you can :

  1. Access contact details and profiles of members of the MRes/PhD programme team.
  2. Consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  3. Make an appointment to meet online with one of the PG Office staff via MS Teams.
  4. Email us on

Finding Rooms

The Postgraduate Office is located in room S1.132 (where the letter 'S' denotes the Social Sciences building; '1' denotes the first floor; and '132' denotes the room number.


Sending an email can be a good way to answer straightforward questions or make an appointment and all members of academic staff have a Warwick email account. Please do not send the same email to multiple people as this can cause confusion and results in a waste of staff time and always use your Warwick email address, to avoid your email going into a junk folder. Please do not use a gmail account to communicate with us and do not set up an auto forward from your Warwick account into any private email account.

If you are having problems contacting a member of the academic staff, please let the Postgraduate Office know by emailing


You can also contact staff members by telephone. Internal numbers are available through the People Search tool on Insite. You can also speak to teachers at the end of lectures and seminars.

Advice and Feedback Hours

All academic members of staff (including Support and Feedback Class Tutors) have two hours allocated for advice and feedback, whereby students can meet with them on an individual basis for guidance or clarification on aspects of a particular module. These hours will be posted on staff web pages 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 appointment to meet at a different time. Appointments should be made by email.

What you can expect from us

We want you to have an enjoyable and productive time at Warwick and as part of this we aim to ensure that you have all of the information you need about your modules and required assessments in good time and in sufficient detail to enable you to perform at your best.

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;
  • Lecture notes may be made available for some modules, but this will depend on the individual lecturer;
  • A well-prepared lecture, which has the aim of engaging you and encouraging participation in discussion beyond the lecture;
  • An outline of how different learning components (e.g., pre-recorded videos, synchronous interactions) will be delivered should be provided on Moodle.

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.

You should 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 tutors to be available for a minimum of two hours per week in term time to meet you online to offer advice and feedback.

There will be times when we have to make changes to the timetable and we will alert you to these as soon as possible through the MyWarwick App and Tabula.

University community values and expectations

At Warwick, we believe that every individual in our University community should be treated with dignity and respect and be part of a working and learning environment that is free from barriers, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity status.

We value our diverse and international community, the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and research with real impact.

We want to support our students and each other to become critical thinkers and collaborative yet independent learners – individuals with a global and sustainable outlook, who are able to make an active and positive contribution to society. At the same time, we are committed to working towards a supportive, accessible and inclusive environment.

We uphold the importance not only of freedom of thought and expression, but also the significance of academic and personal integrity, equality and diversity, and mutual respect and consideration for the rights, safety and dignity of all.

We place great importance on the responsible behaviour of both our students and staff at Warwick. It is important for you, as a student, to have an idea of Warwick’s core values and an understanding of the primary expectations of student members of the Warwick community. Take a look at the following to help you understand what this means for you:

Our Values, which sets out our expectations of how we behave as a University community, both as individuals and as an institution.

Equal Opportunities Statement, setting the value we place on maintaining an inclusive environment where all can contribute and reach their full potential.

Dignity at Warwick Policy, setting out how our differences are respected and valued and how we aim to prevent and address harassment and bullying.

University Strategy, which sets our vision as a world-class university and our values.

Warwick Student Community Statement, which sets out aims for the University as well as for students.

University Calendar, the main ‘rule book’ and includes ordinances and regulations which you need to be aware of, including examinations, cheating, use of computing facilities and behaviour.

Student Rights and Responsibilities, which provides quick and easy links to University regulations, policies and guidelines that govern what you can expect from the University and what you need to adhere to as a student.

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Everyone at the University of Warwick, whether studying, working, or visiting, has the right to feel safe. Harassment of any kind is completely unacceptable, and our community is an environment where prejudice and socially unacceptable behaviour are never tolerated.

What we expect of you

You are expected to attend all lectures and required to attend all of your allocated classes. At each class meeting your class tutor will record your attendance or absence and input this data to Tabula. If you have been marked ‘absent’ you will see an ‘Absent’ flag appear on your Tabula page next to the class in question. Students who are regularly absent will be contacted by the Postgraduate Office and asked to provide medical evidence or evidence of mitigating circumstances, where this is appropriate.

You are an autonomous learner and active participant in your education. You should take responsibility for managing your learning, and your engagement is demonstrated in many ways:

  • in attending all prescribed lectures, classes, and meetings with your Personal Tutors/Supervisor(s);
  • in preparing for and participating in classes or carrying out your own research;
  • in directing your own learning beyond that specified by your teachers;
  • meeting your monitoring points;
  • in completing formative and summative assessment tasks;
  • in monitoring and reflecting on your own progress;
  • in taking the initiative in seeking support when necessary from the Department and the wider University (e.g. Director of MRes/PhD, Centre for Student Careers and Skills, Students’ Union, Senior Tutor, Disability Coordinator);
  • adhering to University and Departmental regulations and seeking guidance when unclear.

Your rights and responsibilities at the University of Warwick can be viewed here.

University Regulation 36 formally sets out the expectations of students with regard to registration, attendance and progress.

Student Visa Holders

The above expectations apply to all students, but for Student Visa holders it is important that you can demonstrate engagement 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.

Engaging with your programme: MRes and PhD monitoring points

As a student, you have some responsibilities to the Department, just as we have responsibilities to you. We expect you to attend all your lectures and all your allocated module Support and Feedback classes, whether they are online or in person. We want to be sure that you are coping with your work and not falling behind, so we ask that you meet set ‘Monitoring Points’ throughout the academic year. Meeting your monitoring points is crucial and the consequences of missing three or more of these monitoring points can be significant.

As you progress through the academic year you will be able to see on your Tabula page how many Monitoring Points you have successfully made and how many you have missed. Please inform the Postgraduate Office should you believe a mistake to have been made in your Monitoring Points record. You can contact your Personal Tutor or the Senior Tutor if you have concerns about your academic progress and engagement with your course.

Please be aware that you will be contacted should we become concerned about you having missed Monitoring Points.

International Students should be particularly aware of the consequences of missing Monitoring Points: the University is obliged to report to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) of the Home Office if any students have been found not to be engaging with and attending their degree course. This has serious implications for your visa status.

  • After three Monitoring Points are missed we will contact you to investigate whether you are having any problems that are preventing you from fully engaging with your course.
  • After four Monitoring Points are missed you will be invited to meet with the Senior Tutor to discuss your academic progress. We may refer you to the relevant professional within the University welfare system who could help you, such as the Dean of Students, the Disability Coordinator or Mental Health Coordinator, as appropriate.
  • After six Monitoring Points are missed you will be invited to a second meeting with the Senior Tutor Director, and a report will be made by the Department to Student Records regarding your non-engagement with your studies. You are now at serious risk of your registration being terminated.
  • If you are absent from classes for a period of at least five weeks, or you miss eight departmental monitoring points, the Department and University is likely to invoke Regulation 36 to begin termination of registration proceedings and your case is handed over to the Academic Office.

MRes Economics (L1PL Year 1)

Autumn term

Monitoring Point Description Timing

Attendance at MRes Welcome and Introduction Session

Monday 20 Sept

Attendance at class for EC9A1

Week 2

Attendance at class for EC9A1

Week 4

Attendance at class for EC9A1

Week 6

Attendance at class for EC9A1

Week 8
6 Attendance at class for EC9A1 Week 10

Spring term

Monitoring Point Description Timing

Attendance at class EC9A1

Week 15

Attendance at class EC9A1

Week 17

Attendance at class EC9A1

Week 19

Attendance at class EC9A1

Week 21
11 Attendance at class EC9A1 Week 23

Summer term

Monitoring Point Description Timing
12 Attendance at the Summer examinations Weeks 32-33

Summer vacation

Monitoring Point Description Timing
13 Contact with the PG Office (Email) Week 42
14 Contact with the PG Office (Email) Week 46

MRes Economics (L1PL Year 2)

Autumn term

Monitoring Point Description Timing

Welcome Meeting for Year 2 MRes

Week 1

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 2

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 4

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 6

Attendance at dissertation workshop

Week 8
6 Attendance at option module lecture Week 10

Spring term

Monitoring Point Description Timing

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 15

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 17

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 19

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 21
11 Attendance at option module lecture Week 23

Summer term

Monitoring Point Description Timing

Submission of name of proposed dissertation

supervisor and topic title.

Week 32

Summer vacation

Description Timing

13 Contact with the PG Office (Email)

Week 42

14 Submission of dissertation

Week 48

Monitoring points for PhD students

All PhD students are expected to meet with their supervisors at least once a month and to submit a report of the meeting on Tabula. This forms a record of your progress but also serves as your monitoring point. Details of monitoring points you must meet are listed below.

PhD Economics (L1P2)

Autumn term

Monitoring Point Description Timing
1 Attendance at PhD induction (in person or online) Week 1
2 Meeting with supervisor (in person or online) Week 2
3 Submission of six monthly progress report (year two onwards)
Meeting with supervisor (Yr1 students, in person or online)
Week 6
4 Meeting with supervisor (in person or online) Week 10

Spring term

Monitoring Point Description Timing
5 Meeting with supervisor (in person or online) Week 15
6 Meeting with supervisor (in person or online) Week 19
7 Meeting with supervisor (in person or online) Week 24

Summer term

Monitoring Point Description Timing
8 Meeting with supervisor (in person or online) Week 30

Submission of six monthly progress report (all years)

Week 34
10 Meeting with supervisor (in person or online) Week 39

Summer vacation

Monitoring Point Description Timing
11 Meeting with supervisor (in person or online) Week 42
12 Meeting with supervisor (in person or online) Week 46


1. Students studying away from the University (e.g. as a visiting research student) will be expected to fulfil monitoring points in the same way as other students, in terms of maintaining contact with their Warwick supervisor. This will be done via email and at each point the supervisor will be emailed to ascertain what contact they have had with their research student and to give a brief progress report.

2. PhD students in extension will continue to be expected to fulfil monitoring points through monthly monitoring meetings.

3. After submission of their theses, Tier 4 PhD students will have attendance at their viva voce examination and any result/submissions/second viva voce examinations, monitored as monitoring points.


Completing a PhD (and doing research at the highest level more broadly) is an extremely rewarding, yet challenging and at times very frustrating, activity. Throughout the programme your main asset will be your peer group. An uncountable number of long-lasting partnerships and friendships have been formed during the PhD years discussing research and ideas. To facilitate this, MRes/PhD students have the exclusive use of a common space in room S2.127. This room is equipped with some comfortable chairs and coffee tables for relaxing. This room is opposite a small kitchen (S2.127B) with facilities provided during normal office hours including microwave, fridge and access to filtered and tap water.

Please do not take up space in the fridge overnight as it is intended for the storage of lunch boxes or similar only. For good health and safety standards to be maintained, it is not possible for this area to remain permanently open (card access is available out of hours). Out-of-hours kitchen facilities are located on the first floor, opposite the lift.

Work space in the Department is made available for first year and second year MRes students in room S0.76 and S0.78. You can access this room by swiping your student card. MRes students can use the lockers available in this room. However space is limited, so please do not take locker space if you have a room on campus.

Printer and photocopier facilities are available in room S2.130 and S0.72 (use by swiping your student card).

Room S0.55 tbc contains three Bloomberg terminals which can be booked for half hourly sessions from Monday to Friday (9.00am- 4.30pm, 3pm on Fridays).

The University provides dedicated study space and facilities for postgraduate students, including the PG Hub and the Research Exchange (further details of which are included in the Resources section of this handbook).

We seek to provide regular exposure to the latest world-class research by inviting external speakers to regular weekly seminars covering all areas of economics. Research seminars and lunchtime workshops are the key regular events around which the research life of the Department revolves. You can review our Seminar Schedule to find out about all upcoming seminars in the Department. You are required to attend at least one research seminar series and at least one internal workshop series in your field.

NOTE: due to the on-going Covid19 pandemic there will be restrictions on the use of facilities within the Department so as to keep individuals as safe as possible. There is a Standard Operating Procedure for the faculty with an Appendix for the Economics Department. Additionally we have risk assessments for our activities. Individuals coming onto campus and into the Department must make themselves aware of the content of these documents and act accordingly.

Student Visa holders

Please make sure you are aware of your responsibilities as a Student Visa holder for study in the UK.

It is essential that you inform the staff in the Postgraduate Office in Room S1.132 or S1.130 if you intend to change your study location. In this event, you must supply your new contact address details in case we need to contact you urgently. This is particularly important for students with Student Visa status, as the University is required to inform the UKVI if you are planning to be away from Warwick for more than 12 weeks. This applies both term time and vacation (i.e. the summer vacation period).

There are also restrictions on the amount of work you can do as a Student Visa holder in that you may not work more than 20 hours per week until after your course end date and this applies to both term time and vacation.

Teaching and term dates

The academic year is split into three ten-week terms. Most of the teaching takes place in the first two terms, with examinations taking place in May. The exception is module EC9AA, which is taught in the third term (Year 1 MRes).

We use a numbering system to refer to the academic weeks during the year. After the two week pre-sessional mathematics course, week one of the Autumn Term (Term 1) starts on Monday 4th October and runs for ten weeks. Weeks 11- 14 refer to the period over the Christmas vacation. The Spring Term (Term 2) runs from week 15–24, there are then 5 weeks over the Easter period, and Summer Term (Term 3) is from weeks 30–39. An explanation of the academic weeks system is available online. All term dates are published on the University website.

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 that teaching can begin promptly.

NOTE Due to on-going Covid19 situation the teaching hour is now meant to start at five minutes after the hour and finish at ten minutes to the hour.

The University

The Department of Economics is based within the Faculty of Social Sciences, which is one of four faculties in the University. The University has become one of the UK’s best universities, consistently at the top of UK league tables, and climbing the international league tables of world class universities. The mission of the University is:

  • To be a world leader in research and teaching
  • Through research of international excellence, to increase significantly the range of human knowledge and understanding
  • To produce graduates who are global citizens, equipped to make an important contribution to the economy and to society in our inter-connected world
  • To serve our local region – academically, culturally and economically
  • To continue to make a Warwick education available to all those able to benefit from it, regardless of economic or social circumstances.

Academic Office

At the University level the Academic Office manages the main administrative functions relevant to you: Awards and Ceremonies, Exams, Student Finance and Funding, Student Records, Education Policy and Quality and the Doctoral College. If you wish to talk to someone in the Academic Office then you can find out the Student Reception's contact details and opening hours HERE.

Doctoral College

The Doctoral College is responsible for enhancing postgraduate student experience and upholding the high standards of graduate educational provision across the University. The Doctoral College provides support to students to ensure timely progress, academic success and appropriate preparation for careers, and is available as a source of information and support beyond a student's academic department.

To meet the needs of the University’s postgraduate students, the Doctoral College:

  • provides information and support to students applying for internal and external bursaries and scholarships
  • offers impartial advice on the University’s regulatory framework
  • administers student feedback mechanisms, for example, research students’ Annual Reports and the Postgraduate Research and Taught Student Experience Surveys
  • works to ensure that postgraduate students are provided with appropriate facilities in which to undertake their research and take advantage of the wider student experience offered by the University environment, for example the Wolfson Research Exchange and the Lakeside social facility
  • supports the conduct of formal appeals and complaints processes and other investigations.

Find out further information on the Doctoral College web page.