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9: Resources

The University Library

The main Library (open 24/7) 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.

MRes students can borrow up to 20 books at a time and 25 in the third term. Standard loan books go out for 8 weeks initially, though students can renew them if no one else needs them. Books can be recalled at any time if another reader places a hold on them. PhD students can borrow up to 30 books, with standard loan books going out for 16 week's initially.

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 'Library Search' on the library homepage to find details of the books and journals (print and electronic) held by the Library.
  • 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 useful useful online tutorials 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. PhD students can send up to 20 online requests per year without authorisation.
  • 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 every day from 7.00am -10.00pm. 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.

More on the Library's community engagement and wellbeing activities for students can be found on the website.

Contacting the Library: 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.

t: +44 (0)24 7652 2026

e: library@warwick.ac.uk

Helen Riley can be contacted via 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 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.

At the Wolfson Exchange you can:

  • Share tips and experience, including through the PhD Life Blog
  • Attend training to improve your research skills (including the Research Student Skills Programme RSSP)
  • Book seminar rooms for your own inter-disciplinary academic events, conferences and networks.

Opening times: 24 hours (see webpage for holiday opening).

The Postgraduate Hub

The Postgraduate Hub is a peer-led collaborative community space that brings together postgraduates from across Warwick.

At PG Hub you can:

  • Book meeting rooms for group-work and collaborative study, as well as find first-come-first-served study and meeting space
  • Ask any questions you might have about your postgraduate life at Warwick
  • Access support for your dissertation through Dissertation Station
  • Find mentorship to take you to the next level
  • Get actively involved in cultural events, such as Hallowe’en, the Burns Poetry Competition, Chinese New Year and a Nowruz Celebration
  • Locate support for your studies and future career plans through events and drop-ins
  • Share your postgraduate life through our competitions and social media

We recognise that postgraduate life is about more than just work. The PG Hub exists to make your time at the University more productive and enjoyable, so we welcome your ideas on things you want to see as a Warwick postgraduate.

Opening time: 09:00- 00.00. For holiday opening times please see web page.

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

Information Technology (IT) Services

IT Services provide the essential resources and support necessary to give all students access to information technology services and support. Further information on setting up an account, accessing the network from on and off campus, printing and purchasing computers is available here.

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 to assist with IT-related issues. You can contact them online, via email, or by phone. Further information on how to contact IT Services can be found at: http://www.warwick.ac.uk/its 

Computer security

Any computer attached to a network is susceptible to attacks from viruses and spyware. Please ensure you have Antivirus software installed with an up to date subscription as this is a requirement for access to the network. IT Services provide 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).

IT facilities in the department

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

In the Economics Department there is a study space specifically devoted to MSc students on the first floor where you can work on your laptop.

There is also a large computer lab (S2.82) which is available to MSc and Diploma students 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.

The Department has three Bloomberg Terminals in room S0.55. The Bloomberg Terminal is a computer software system which provides access to current and historical financial information on individual equities, stock market indices, fixed-income securities, currencies, commodities, and futures for both international and domestic markets. It also provides company profiles and financial statements, analysts' forecasts, news on worldwide financial markets, and audio and video interviews and presentations by key players in business and finance. You can book the use of one of these terminals in half-hourly sessions from Monday – Thursday 9-4.30 and Friday 9-3.30pm. Please note that there are restrictions in the amount of data you are permitted to download. This is imposed by Bloomberg and further information is provided by the terminals. You will only be able to use the terminal if you have pre-booked online.

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 purchase printer credits. printer credits are purchased online with a debit or credit card. Further details on printing are available here.

Software

We have 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 and and SPSS.

The Department is very pleased to be able to offer you a licence for the statistical software package, Stata. This resource is primarily funded by the Department and is essential for your MSc studies.

In Moodle you will find resources and information to help you use the software at Introduction to Stata. You may also wish to look at Introduction to R.

All software available to students at Warwick can be found in the IT services software list.

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.

Student Opportunity- Careers

Student Opportunity- Careers 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, Stephanie Redding, 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 Student Opportunity Hub off the Piazza (term time only)

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

Researcher Development

The Researcher Development aims to support you as a postgraduate researcher both professionally and personally. It provides 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 programme 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 programme 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 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.

For full details see our web page Researcher Development Programme. 

The Students' Union

Warwick Students' Union (SU) is a democratically run, student-led charity and a separate organisation from the University of Warwick. Upon enrolling at Warwick, every student automatically becomes a member of the SU and has access to the range of services they provide, including democracy, academic representation, students activities, welfare and entertainment. There are many different ways for students to get involved in the SU, which can support and enhance their experience whilst at Warwick. You can contact the Students' Union on enquiries@warwicksu.com

General information

Data protection

View the University’s policy on data protection.

Dignity at Warwick

We are committed to ensuring a working and learning environment in which all University members (staff and students) are treated fairly and with dignity and respect, and where bullying and harassment are not tolerated.

All staff and students have the right to be treated fairly, a responsibility to encourage a culture of dignity and respect and to challenge inappropriate behaviour. It is expected that we all contribute to ensuring that the University continues to be a safe, welcoming and productive environment, where there is equality of opportunity, fostered in an environment of mutual respect and dignity.

We are all responsible for ensuring that individuals do not suffer any form of harassment or bullying . We encourage the constructive discussion of differences of views and to raise issues with the relevant individuals before they escalate.

The Dignity at Warwick Policy outlines unacceptable behaviours and the process of reporting and dealing with inappropriate behaviour.

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

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, reviewing and developing health and safety arrangements in order to achieve a continual improvement in performance.

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 University's Health and Safety Policy.

The Head of Department, Professor Jeremy Smith, holds the ultimate responsibility for health and safety within the Department, but delegates elements of the maintenance, monitoring, development and implementation of health and safety policy and practices to the Head of Administration (Business and Research), Robert Horton, whose roles include that of the Department Health and Safety Officer (DHSO).

The Department spaces have undergone a full risk assessment to ensure that all practical measures are put in place to minimise the risk from Covid-19. This includes limiting capacity within rooms, installing hand sanitiser stations, moving furniture, installing signage and introducing a keep left policy when moving within the Department. Anyone inside the building must wear a face covering unless an exemption has been arranged through the Hidden Disability scheme. You can access a copy of the risk assessment for our student spaces and the Department's Standard Operating Procedures document here.

You should inform the DHSO of any situation that you consider a real or potential hazard or shortcomings in health and safety arrangements. The situation will be added to our risk register, the risk evaluated, and reasonably practicable measures should be put in place to eliminate or reduce the risk.

We 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.

Information on fire evacuation procedures, first aid and emergency contact details can be found on laminated notices in all rooms allocated to the Department. You should also familiarise yourself with the evacuation procedure for other buildings on campus where you have lectures and seminars.

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 and Nursing Room

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. The University also provides a Nursing Room facility to mothers returning from maternity leave, who may wish to express milk or breastfeed privately. This facility is open to staff, students and visitors to the University and is located in room s1.49, Faculty Hub, first floor, Social Sciences Building. The room can be booked directly using the calendar. Please see the web page for further information.

Useful forms

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

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.

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.

English Language Support

The Language Centre supports the University's commitment to the increased provision of foreign language learning opportunities for all students. For those interested in developing their language skills, the Language Centre offers a wide range of modules and the facilities, resources and programmes to support students.

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