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9: Resources

Research Student Skills Programme (RSSP)

The Research Students Skills Programme (RSSP) aims to support you as a postgraduate researcher both professionally and personally. We provide training and support to equip you with the skills, knowledge and attributes to enable you to thrive as an independent research professional and prepare you for your next career steps. We recognise that all researchers have different needs and requirements and have a varied skill set. The RSSP has been designed with this in mind, allowing you to access the training that suits you and your needs, whatever the stage of your research, career and development.

The RSSP offers an annual programme, which allows you to plan your needs over 12 months. This includes sessions in vacation time and summer schools, online/e-learning, and new for 2018, evening sessions. We deliver a core timetable which includes the key essentials of: Presentation Skills; Poster Design; Effective Researcher; Viva Preparation; Writing and Project Management; and have a broader offering of 30 different workshops. New for 2018-19 will be a new cohort of PhD tutors. We will be writing and delivering new sessions ready for term two.

For full details see our web page Warwick RSSP or contact us via pgresearchskills@warwick.ac.uk

Student Careers & Skills

Student Careers &Skills can help you explore your options, develop your skills and get the career you want. A range of online resources, one to one advice and guidance, workshops, and events are available to ensure you make informed decisions and leave Warwick equipped with the necessary skills and experience which employers are looking for. Whether you are keen to pursue an academic career or would like to explore options beyond academia, we can help.

The Department's Careers Consultant for Economics runs 30 minute ‘careers guidance’ appointments in the Faculty of Social Sciences Careers Office throughout the year and these can be booked via the ‘View Available Appointments’ section on myAdvantage.

For Careers Drop-In times and online resources see http://go.warwick.ac.uk/careers

To find out more..

Visit our Help Desk in the Oculus Building (term time only)

E-mail careers@warwick.ac.uk or Call 024 7652 4748

The University Library

The main Library provides you with a wide range of resources to support you with your studies, including printed and electronic books, journals and subject databases. These will all help you find research in your area. The Library website is at warwick.ac.uk/library.

Here are a few quick tips to help you get started in the Library:

  • Use the Get Started online Library orientation programme to find out how to use the library effectively.
  • Use the Library Catalogue, Encore, to find details of the books and journals (print and electronic) held by the Library. There is a search box in the centre of the Library home page.
  • Most electronic resources are available from any PC with internet access, so you can use them from home. Usually, you’ll need your University username and password (the one you use to login to a PC on campus) to access these.
  • Use My Library Account to renew and reserve items via the internet.
  • The Library Economics webpages contain high-quality information relevant to your area of study. A good way to get started on a topic is to use Key Electronic Resources for Economics. The Library also provides a useful online tutorial for Economics students and a guide to databases.
  • DataStream is one of the main sources for finding macroeconomic time series or data on equity markets, bonds, futures, exchange rates and interest rates. DataStream is only available in the Library at a dedicated PC on Floor 1. At busy times, you may need to book to use the terminal. You will also find a very wide range of international macroeconomic time series, plus UK social survey data, on the UK Data Service (UKDS), available online through the Library list of databases.
  • If you are seeking a useful book or journal article which Warwick does not have, we can try and get it for you from another library. The Article Reach scheme allows you to obtain journal articles from some other libraries.
  • Document Supply is a more comprehensive scheme for borrowing books or obtaining articles from academic and national libraries in the UK. Collect a form from the Library or download it from the Document Supply section of the website, under ‘Using the Library’, and obtain your supervisor’s signature.
  • If you are having trouble finding what you need, there is an Economics Academic Support Librarian to help you. The contact details are: Helen Riley, (email: helen.riley@warwick.ac.uk or telephone: +44 024765 72712).
  • The Learning Grid, which is part of the Library, is located in University House and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It offers a range of resources, including access to IT facilities and a collection of reference-only key textbooks. There are also Learning Grids in the Rootes Building, the Town Hall in Leamington Spa, and a postgraduate support facility called the Postgraduate Hub in Senate House.

Contacting the library

General Enquiries

In Person:
Help is generally available between 9.00am - 5.30pm Monday – Thursdays and 9.00am – 4.30pm on Fridays.

t: +44 (0)24 7652 2026
e: library@warwick.ac.uk

The Wolfson Research Exchange

The Wolfson Research Exchange is a community space that offers peer support and a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration to all Warwick research staff and students. The space hosts hundreds of research-led events each year, more than any other space at Warwick. Here you can find other researchers, get involved with the research community, attend events for researchers and plan your own research event.

Economics enquiries

Your Academic Support Librarian is happy to help you find the information you need for your research, show you how to use specific resources, or discuss any other issues you might have.

In Person:
General Library assistance is available between 8.30am – 9.30pm every day.

Helen Riley can be contacted email or telephone, 9.00 am – 5.30pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am – 4.30pm on Fridays.

t: +44 (0)24 7657 2712
e: Helen.Riley@Warwick.ac.uk

The general Library email address may also be used and your enquiry will be dealt with by Academic Support colleagues, or passed on to the specialist.

The Postgraduate Hub

The Postgraduate Hub is situated at the heart of central campus in Senate House. The Hub provides a dedicated multipurpose area for all postgraduate students at Warwick, in a relaxed and friendly environment. The Hub provides a space for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students to access support and resources dedicated to their needs. Postgraduate students can work and share experiences in the PG Hub in the broadest context of postgraduate life, not just study. Facilities include a number of collaborative working areas (all bookable), meeting and social spaces with networked PCs, as well as a computer suite with its own printing facility.

As part of the ‘every student is an international student’ concept, the PG Hub organises monthly cultural activities to give both international and home students an opportunity to explore different cultures. This is a great opportunity to get involved in your community, share information about your culture, learn more about other cultures and make the most of your time as a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.

t: +44 (0)24 7615 1956 or internal extension 51956
e: pghub@warwick.ac.uk
w: warwick.ac.uk/pghub

Other on-campus support services

There is a comprehensive network of support and welfare services available to support you in times of difficulty. There is often more than one service which may be able to help and services work together to ensure that any problems are dealt with swiftly and effectively. Find out more about the Support Services available to help you.

Centre for Applied Linguistics

International students following courses at the University may join extra English language classes organised by the Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL).

For up-to-date information about in-sessional classes, and especially the locations of these classes (which can change at the last minute), please visit the following web site periodically:

w: warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/al/learning_english/insessional

General information

Data protection

View the University’s policy on data protection.

Sexual and racial harassment

The University has published guidelines on sexual and racial harassment for students.

View the Dignity at Work and Study Policy.

The University and Department are opposed to sexual and racial harassment. We will support those subjected to it and, where appropriate, will take disciplinary action against offenders. Within the Department, help and support will be provided by all members of staff and specifically by your Personal Tutor, the Senior Tutor and the Director of Taught Postgraduate Programmes. Outside the Department you may seek help from the University Senior Tutor, the Counselling Service, and the Students' Union Welfare Office.

If you are a victim of harassment, you may feel able to make it clear to the person causing you offence that their behaviour is unacceptable. This, in itself, may be enough to put an end to the harassment. You may not feel able to confront the person responsible for harassing you. Failure to confront the perpetrator does not amount to consent to the harassment, and you are entitled to seek assistance from those listed above or from fellow students to put an end to it.

You may also wish to look at the University’s procedure on complaints and feedback.

Equal opportunities

The University of Warwick, recognises the value of sustaining and advancing a safe and welcoming learning environment, strives to treat both employees and students with respect and dignity, treat them fairly with regards to all assessments, choices and procedures, and to give them encouragement to reach their full potential.
Therefore, the University strives to treat all its members, and visitors, fairly and aims to eliminate unjustifiable discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, political beliefs, religious beliefs or practices, disability, marital status, family circumstances, sexual orientation, spent criminal convictions, age or any other inappropriate ground.

Health and safety

View The University’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy Statement.

The Head of Department has executive responsibility for the health and safety of anyone entitled to be on premises under his control. The contact person for health and safety issues in the department is the departmental Human Resources Officer and any enquiries relating to health and safety within the Department should be referred to here. In the absence of the above contact, queries should be addressed to the Head of Department.

We consider that high standards of health and safety are of paramount importance in enabling us to achieve our objectives. We view compliance with legal requirements as the minimum acceptable health and safety standard. We are committed to planning, review and development of health and safety arrangements in order to achieve a continual improvement in performance.

Colin Elis (Colin.Ellis@warwick.ac.uk) is the Department’s Fire Evacuation Warden. Colin is also the Department's trained first aider (Room S0.88, tel: 024 7652 8185). All staff, students and others working in the Department are expected to adopt a positive attitude to health and safety issues and must:

  • Comply with appropriate legal requirements and University requirements as laid down in the publications that make up Safety in the University (SITU).
  • Take reasonable care for their health and safety and that of others exposed to their activities.
  • Inform the DSO of any situations that, within the limits of their competence, they consider could give rise to serious or imminent danger or are shortcomings in safety arrangements.

The Department will make suitable arrangements for health and safety within the limits of available financial and physical resources. Any relevant information on health and safety will be communicated to people working in the Department.

University policies

Other University Policies which you may find useful to consult are listed below:

University calendar

View the University Calendar.

University regulations

University regulations which you may find useful to consult on occasion, can be found in the following links.

Children on campus

The Department is a ‘designated work area’ and is covered by the Shops, Offices and Railway Premises Act 1963. Among other things, this means that the building is designed and equipped to be safe when used by responsible adults, but it is not a safe environment for children. When children are brought into the Department their escorts are personally responsible for ensuring that they are at all times safe and protected from the hazards of a working environment and from the behaviour of people who do not expect children to be around. Under no circumstances should children be allowed to wander unaccompanied or to operate office equipment. Members of staff are not empowered to accept responsibility for children and must not be asked to do so.

University of Warwick nursery

The University nursery based on campus provides wrap-around care for children of staff and students, who are aged between three months and five years. Further details can be found on the Nursery web page.

Useful forms

The following forms are all located at warwick.ac.uk/economics/current/mres/resources

  • Assessed Work Mark Check Form
  • Assessed Work Submission Form (paper submission)
  • Examination Attendance Form
  • Request for an Extension on Assessed Work Deadlines
  • Temporary Withdrawal Request Form
  • Permanent Withdrawal Form

The information in this Handbook is as accurate and up to date as we can make it. Statements of departmental policy are made in good faith and are an honest attempt to describe current practices, but they do not replace entries in university regulations. In the event of uncertainty the University Calendar and Regulations take precedence.

Information Technology (IT) Services

Your email address

Once you have registered with IT Services and your account has been activated you will have an email address which is usually in the format:

initials.surname@warwick.ac.uk or
firstname.surname@warwick.ac.uk

This address will be your ‘official’ University email address which the Department will use for all email communications. It will be the responsibility of students to ensure that they check this email account. You can access this account using the appropriate IT Services delivered applications or via webmail at warwick.ac.uk/mymail.

Help desk

IT Services provide a dedicated Help Desk which you can phone, email or visit for assistance with all aspects of student computing. Further information on how to contact IT Services can be found at warwick.ac.uk/helpdesk.

ATHENS authentication

When you register for an IT Services account at warwick.ac.uk/register you can choose to request an ATHENS account.

Once you have your IT Services account, you can create your ATHENS account at any time by visiting the Library website.

Computer security

Any computer attached to a network is susceptible to attacks from viruses and spyware. IT Services provides free anti-virus and firewall software to help keep your computer safe.

Open access areas

There are many open access areas operated by IT Services. (You will need your University ID card to enter some of the open access areas.) The computers are all connected to the network and the internet and provide access to printers, the Library online catalogue and a wide range of software applications. All computers in open access areas run on the Windows 7 operating system (except room A0.01 - SUSE Linux). Further information can be found at warwick.ac.uk/workareas.

IT facilities in the department

In the Economics Department room S2.134 and S2.136 are specifically reserved for MRes students and are equipped with fifteen work stations and a printer along with other space to read and study. There is also a large computer lab (S2.82) which is available to you for part of the week. Should network problems occur, we will try to resolve such issues as soon as possible, but cannot guarantee that every computer in this room will have access to printing facilities at all times.

Printing

An A3 colour photocopier is available to students in S2.81a. This can be accessed by swiping your student card over the wireless card reader. A black and white laser printer is available in S2.82. Printing is free of charge (within reason). Paper will be filled daily to these printers.

To print from other printers in the University, you will need to register your University ID card with the printing system (you only need to do this once). To do this, visit a Kyocera printer (situated on all floors in the Library and in other IT Services work areas) and swipe your University ID card against the printer card reader. Press Cancel at the PUK screen. Type in your IT Services username and password on the printer screen and press OK.

You will also need enough credit in your printing account to print to other printers in the University. You can buy printer credits online with a debit or credit card at warwick.ac.uk/printercredits. You can also buy credits in person at the IT Services Help Desk on the first floor of the Library or at the International Office reception.

A3, colour, duplex and transparency printing are also available but can only be obtained from the printers located at the Help and Advisory Counter in the Student Computer Centre. Printing costs are as follows:

  • A4 black and white (per sheet): 5p single sided, 8p double sided
  • A4 colour (per sheet): 15p single sided, 28p double sided
  • A3 black and white (per sheet): 9p single sided, 16p double sided
  • A3 colour (per sheet): 30p single sided, 58p double-sided

You can check your printing credit at warwick.ac.uk/printercredits . Any credit remaining in your printer account will be lost when you leave the University. No refund of remaining credit will be given.

Further details can be found at: warwick.ac.uk/studentprint.

Software

The University has a wide range of software for economists. Besides generic software, such as Microsoft Office, email and web browsers, the econometric software we use includes Stata, Eviews, and SPSS. You will be given appropriate guidance on software use when the time comes.

Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac Software

GiveWin (win), Maple (win/mac), Mathematica (win/mac), MATLAB (win/mac), NVIVO (win), SAS (win), Scientific Word / Workplace (win), SPSS (win/mac), S-PLUS (win), Statistics for the Terrified (win) and WinEcon (win) are all available for use. The majority of this software is available from the University network, although some titles will need to be installed onto your computer. For assistance with locating and installing software, please contact the IT Services Help Desk.

UNIX Software

A wide range of software is available on the UNIX systems at Warwick including GAMS, LIMDEP, Maple, Mathematica, MATLAB, SAS, S-Plus. Further information can be found here warwick.ac.uk/software/unix

Access to economic datasets online

The UK Data Service provides a unified point of access to data from the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the Census Programme and the Secure Data Service.

ESDS gives access to the NS Databank, OECD Economic Indicators, IMF and UNIDO datasets as well as Longitudinal, Large Scale and Qualitative datasets.

CASWEB (Census Area Statistics on the Web) provides access to UK census data and associated geographical boundary data.

This website requires Athens Authentication. The first time you use these services you will be asked to register, so have your Athens username and password ready.

National Statistics Online provides many UK statistics, including Census 2001 data. Registration is not required.

Software to download

It is now possible to download several of the software packages offered by IT Services. Details can be found at warwick.ac.uk/software/list 

Getting help

If you have general problems logging in to IT Services open access areas you should follow the procedures published for these rooms. If you have specific problems relating to the computers or printers in S2.81a you should contact the Department’s Computer Support Staff on extension 23501 or visit room S0.81. If you have a problem with a computer in the MRes hot desk room or in a PhD shared office please use the departmental IT helpdesk page or alternatively email: economics.it@warwick.ac.uk.