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1: Introduction

Communication and Information Sources


Tabula is the University's secure web based postal to support teaching and learning activities. The system is accessible from the departmental website and will allow you to receive important announcements, check assessment marks, sign up for support classes, 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 and coursework.

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, so please make sure you check your Warwick email account daily and don't let your inbox become full.

MyWarwick Mobile App

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 (s0.91) 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 departments 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 Sascha Becker, Deputy Head of Department

Room: S0.071
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3032

Dr Manuel Bagues, Director MRes/PhD

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

Professor Sharun Mukand, Director MRes

Room: S1.124
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 761 50586

Professor Bhaskar Dutta, Director PhD

Room: S1.112
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3478

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

Ms Maryanne Heafey, Programme Manager (Research)

Room: S0.91
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 28172

Mrs Natalie Deven, Postgraduate Coordinator (Research)

Room: S0.91
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 73452

View the full staff list for the Department.

How to contact us

Your first port of call should be the MRes/PhD Office (Room s0.91) on the ground floor of the Social Sciences Building, near the main departmental entrance.


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.

If you are having problems contacting a member of the academic staff, please let the MRes/PhD Office know by emailing or calling Natalie Deven [].


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. All staff advertise their Advice and Feedback hours next to their office door and students are usually asked to sign up for a particular time slot .

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. For each of your modules you should expect:

  • A module outline (on the module web page) detailing the module aims, the intended learning objectives and an indicative syllabus of the material to be covered;
  • A reading list (on the module web page) to help you prepare for lectures and assessments;
  • Lecture notes may be made available for some modules but this will depend on the individual lecturer;
  • All lectures to be well prepared and engaging and to encourage your participation in discussion beyond the lecture;
  • All classes to be well prepared and the support and feedback class tutors to be confident with the material, which should further support and enhance your understanding of what has been covered in the lecture;
  • Assessment details to be available at the start of term (published on the current student web page and also available on tabula);
  • To receive your marked work with feedback, within 20 working days of the submission date, unless extenuating circumstances prevent this (in which case we will keep you informed).
  • All lecturers and teaching fellows to provide two hours each term time week for Advice and Feedback, (during which you can consult them on matters relating to the module).

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.

What we expect of you

You are expected to attend all lectures and required to attend all of your allocated classes/seminars. 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 MRes/PhD 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, seminars, 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
  • in completing formative and summative assessment task
  • 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).

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

Engaging with your programme: contact points

As a student, you have some responsibilities to the Department, just as we have responsibilities to you. We want to be sure that you are coping with your work and not falling behind and so we ask that you meet THIRTEEN monitoring points throughout the academic year. These are laid out in detail on the following pages.

As you progress through the academic year you will be able to see on your Tabula page how many Contact Points you have successfully met and how many you have missed. Please inform the MRes/PhD Office should you believe a mistake has been made in your Contact Points record.

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

International Students should be particularly aware of the consequences of missing Contact 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.

1. After three Contact 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

2. After four Contact Points are missed we may refer you to the relevant professional within the University welfare system who could help you, such as the Senior Tutor, the Disability Co-ordinator or Mental Health Co-ordinator, as appropriate

3. After five Contact Points are missed you will be contacted to make you aware that you are at serious risk of being recommended for termination of your registration at the University.

4. After six Contact Points are missed the Department is able to invoke Regulation 36 to begin termination of registration proceedings and your case is handed over to the Academic Office. (Regulations Governing Student Registration).

MRes Economics (L1PL Year 1)

Autumn term

Contact Point Description Timing
1 Attendance at early enrolment event
(start of pre-sessional maths course)
Monday 17 September

Attendance at class for EC9A3

Week 1
3 Attendance at class for EC9A1 Week 4
4 Attendance at class for EC9A2 Week 6
5 Attendance at class for EC9A3 Week 8
6 Complete module evaluation for term one Week 10

Spring term

Contact Point Description Timing
7 Attendance at class EC9A1 Week 15
8 Attendance at class EC9A2 Week 19
9 Attendance at class EC9A3 Week 21
10 Complete module evaluation for term two Week 24

Summer term

Contact Point Description Timing
11 Attendance at the Summer examinations Weeks 32-33
12 Sign attendance sheet in the MRes/PhD Office Week 38

Summer vacation

Contact Point Description Timing
13 Contact with the MRes/PhD Office (Email) Week 42
14 Contact with the MRes/PhD Office (Email) Week 46

MRes L1PL Year 2

Autumn term

Contact Point Description Timing
1 Sign attendance sheet in the MRes/PhD Office Week 1
2 Attendance at option module Week 2
3 Sign attendance sheet in MRes/PhD Office Week 4
4 Attendance at option module Week 6
5 Sign attendance sheet in MRes/PhD Office
Week 8
6 Complete module evaluation for Term One Week 10

Spring term

Contact Point Description Timing
7 Sign attendance sheet in MRes/PhD office Week 15
8 Attendance at option module
Week 19
9 Sign attendance sheet in MRes/PhD office Week 21
10 Complete module evaluation for Term Two Week 24

Summer term

Contact Point Description Timing
11 Meeting with dissertation supervisor Week 32
12 Meeting with dissertation supervisor Week 36

Summer vacation

Contact Point Description Timing
13 Contact with the MRes/PhD office (via email) Week 42
14 Contact with the MRes/PhD office (via email) Week 46

Contact points for PhD students

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

PhD Economics (L1P2)

Autumn term

Contact Point Description Timing
1 Sign attendance sheet in MRes/PhD Office Week 1
2 Meeting with supervisor Week 4
3 Submission of six monthly progress report (year two onwards)
Contact with PG Office (year one)
Week 8
4 Meeting with supervisor Week 10

Spring term

Contact Point Description Timing
5 Meeting with supervisor Week 15
6 Meeting with supervisor Week 19
7 Meeting with supervisor Week 24

Summer term

Contact Point Description Timing
8 Meeting with supervisor Week 30

Submission of six monthly progress report (all years)

Week 35
10 Meeting with supervisor Week 39

Summer vacation

Contact Point Description Timing
11 Contact with the MRes/PhD Office Week 42
12 Contact with the MRes/PhD Office Week 46


1. Students studying away from the University (e.g. as a visiting research student) will be expected to fulfil contact points in the same way as other students, in terms of maintaining contact with their 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 contact 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 contact 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. Uncountable 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. Daily newspapers and some periodicals are supplied. 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. 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 S2.134 and S2.136. You can access this room by swiping your student card. MRes students can use the lockers available in this room. Since space is limited, however, so if you have a room on campus then it would be helpful if you do not take advantage of this.

Printer and photocopier facilities are also available in room S2.80. You may also use the printers and copiers in room S2.130 by swiping your student card.

Room S0.84 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, including political economy, macro, econometrics and public policy. 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.

In addition to formal modules, you are expected to attend at least one research seminar series and at least one internal workshop series in your field.

Teaching and term dates

Our system differs from most continental universities in that the 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 cover the main teaching weeks during the year. After the two week pre-sessional Mathematics course, week one of the autumn term starts on Monday 1st October and runs for 10 weeks. The spring term runs from week 15–24 and summer term is from weeks 30–39. An explanation of the academic weeks system is available online. All term dates are published on the University web page.

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.

Tier 4 visa holders

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

It is essential that you inform the staff in the MRes/PhD Office in Room S0.91 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 Tier 4 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 Tier 4 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.

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 rapidly 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, Teaching Quality and the Graduate School. If you wish to talk to someone in the Academic Office then you can visit Student Reception located within Senate House, which is open from 9am–5pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am–4pm on Fridays.

Graduate School

The Graduate School aims to ensure an appropriate fit between institutional mission and the facilities and services provided for postgraduate students. The Board of Graduate Studies implements the regulatory framework that enables students to enrol, progress and be awarded their degrees, and develops new concepts and best practice in postgraduate education.

To meet the needs of the University’s postgraduate students, the Graduate School:

  • provides information and support to students applying for internal and external bursaries and scholarships
  • offers impartial advice on the University’s regulatory framework
  • works in conjunction with colleagues in the Centre for Student Careers and Skills to deliver bespoke careers guidance, opportunities for employer contact and training and development opportunities for postgraduate students
  • 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 Graduate School web page.