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1: The Department

The Department of Economics

The Department of Economics was one of the founding departments of the University of Warwick when it was opened in 1965. Since then we have become one of the largest departments in the discipline and are now widely regarded as one of the top Economics departments, not simply in the UK, but in Europe too. We have an academic staff of around 75, including 25 professors, with approximately 1,200 undergraduate students and 300 postgraduates. The Department is international in terms of both the staff and student body.

We are proud of our teaching record and of the achievements of our students and teaching is at the core of the work we do in the Department. One of our key objectives is to provide a research-informed and research-led teaching environment that equips you with key research skills and understanding and our courses benefit greatly from the input of leading scholars with international reputations who are based in the Department. We actively encourage you to fully engage with the learning process to enhance your educational experiences.

Communication and information sources

Tabula

Tabula is the University's secure web-based portal that supports teaching and learning is a key mechanism through which we will communicate with you. It is here you will find information on your timetable, assessment marks and feedback, your progress on meeting your Monitoring Points and attending Support and Feedback classes and information on your class tutors and Personal Tutor.

You can access Tabula both on- and off-campus. Further details and instructions are available when you log in to Tabula.

Moodle

Moodle is the University's virtual learning environment. Every module has a Moodle page where you can log in to view lecture notes, recordings and coursework.

Current Students webpages

We have created a webpage with all essential information about your course and to inform you about a wide range of other opportunities that will enhance your student experience and prepare you better for future career. This page is personalised and you will need to use your student log-in to browse through the different areas.

Please visit this page regularly: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/current/

Email

Every member of the University has a central email address, usually in the form A.N.Other@warwick.ac.uk. This is the address that we will use to contact you and you should use it to email members of staff.

Please check your email everyday as it is our primary method of contacting you.

Economics Updates 20/21

These are emails that we send 2-3 times a term and they focus on important issues related to your academic study and student experience. They contain important messages from your Course Director, Director of Studies, Director of PG Student Engagement and Progression and the Head of Department.

We strongly encourage you to read them.

My Warwick mobile App

If we need to communicate with you urgently about important things to do with your study here (e.g. about Support and Feedback class cancellations or specific deadlines) we use My Warwick alerts which will appear on your mobile device.

Please do not disable this feature as you may miss important communications.

Social Media

We use social media to keep current students up to date with departmental news and events via Facebook and Twitter:

facebook.com/warwickeconomics

twitter.com/warwickecon

Keeping your details up to date

If your contact details change since your enrolment (e.g. your mobile number) it is essential that you inform the University through Student Records (evision).

Student Privacy Notice

The University of Warwick is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal data. We ask you to read the Student Privacy Notice carefully as it contains important information on who we are, how and why we collect, use and share personal data, your rights in relation to your personal data and on how to contact us and supervisory authorities in the event that you have a query or complaint.

If you cannot find what you are looking for online, or you need to speak to someone, you can find the key contacts below.

Administration of the MSc programmes

The administrative home of the Department of Economics is in the Social Sciences Building. Our campus map can be viewed at www.warwick.ac.uk/maps. Most University room numbers are in three parts, each of which conveys information. For example, to find S1.132:

  • S = Social Sciences building
  • 1. = the first floor (0 = ground floor, 1 = first floor etc.)
  • .132 = the room number

The key committees responsible for the MSc degree programmes are:

  • The Graduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee (GSSLC) is an important forum within the Department where MSc students get together with Departmental staff to discuss issues that concern the learning experience. The Committee meets five times per year and further details about GSSLC are included in the Student Voice section.
  • The Graduate Management Committee monitors the quality of all graduate teaching and learning. It provides information, advice and recommendations to the Teaching and Learning Committee on graduate courses in the Department of Economics. The Teaching and Learning Committee develops and oversees the strategy of all aspects of teaching and learning in the Department, in line with the University Education Strategy. The Chair of the GSSLC is a member of both committees.

The key people in the Department with responsibility for the MSc degree programmes are:

Professor Jeremy Smith, Head of Department
Room S2.124
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3469
Email: Jeremy.Smith@warwick.ac.uk

Professor Jennifer Smith, Director of Studies
Room S1.125
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3529
Email: Jennifer.Smith@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Lory Barile, Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees)
Room S2.11b
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 8244
Email: Lory.Barile@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Alexander Karalis Isaac, Director of Student Experience and Progression, Deputy Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees), Admissions Tutor
Room S1.126
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7657 2854
Email: a.karalis-isaac@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Mahnaz Nazneen, Senior Tutor
Room S2.112
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7657 4891
Email: m.nazneen.1@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Thijs van Rens, MSc Economics and International Financial Economics Course Leader
Room S2.105
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7615 1423
Email: J.M.van-Rens@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Alexander Dobson, MSc BES (Economics Track) Course Leader, Admissions Tutor
Room S1.131
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7657 4233
Email: a.c.dobson@warwick.ac.uk 

Dr Andrew Harkins, MSc Admissions Coordinator, Admissions Tutor
Room S1.137
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3002
Email: Andrew.Harkins@warwick.ac.uk 

Natalia Zinovyeva, Admissions Tutor
Room (tbc)
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7655 (tbc)
Email:  Natalia.Zinovyeva-Diachenko@warwick.ac.uk

Advisor to Overseas students

The Advisor to Overseas students provides a source of additional support to any student studying in the Department of Economics from overseas, helping them to adjust to studying in the UK.

Name: Dr. Atisha Ghosh
Room:
S0.85
Telephone:
+44 (0)24 765 22916
Email:
Atisha.Ghosh@warwick.ac.uk

Advisor to Female students

The Advisor to female students provides a source of additional support to any female studying in the Department, as part of our aim to ensure that our female students receive appropriate support to achieve their full potential.

Name: Dr. Isleide Zissimos
Room:
S0.63
Telephone:
+ 44 (0)24 765 28241
Email:
Isleide.Zissimos@warwick.ac.uk


Mrs Kelly Taylor, Head of Administration (Teaching and Learning)
Room S1.128
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 8415

Email: K.E.Taylor@warwick.ac.uk


Ms Carolyn Andrews, Programmes Manager (MSc)
Room S1.130
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 2983
Email: C.Andrews@warwick.ac.uk

Mrs Mandy Eaton, Postgraduate Coordinator
Room S1.132
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3048
Email: economics.pgoffice@warwick.ac.uk

Ms Andrea Wyld, Postgraduate Admissions & Programmes Administrator
Room S1.132
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3027
Email: economics.pgoffice@warwick.ac.uk

Ms Lucia Ashley, Student Engagement & Experience Coordinator
Room S1.132
Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 73464
Email: H.Ashley.1@warwick.ac.uk

View the full staff list for the Department.

How to contact us

How to contact the Postgraduate Office

For 2020/21, while the UK is under various restrictions due to Covid-19, we have revised the ways in which we are able to support you if you have a query. We are still there for you but now with an emphasis on online rather than on-campus support.

The Postgraduate Office team, which is your point of contact as a MSc student, has a small daily presence on campus, in room S1.132, but you are asked to visit the office only when you are not able to use our online help services. This is to limit the number of people visiting the Department, and to keep you and our staff safe. Please bear in mind that, if you do visit the Postgraduate 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 MSc Get in Touch page, where you can:

1. Access contact details and profiles of members of the MSc programme team.

2. Consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

3. Make an appointment to meet online with one of the Postgraduate Office staff via MS Teams.

4. Email us on economics.pgoffice@warwick.ac.uk.

How to contact Academic Staff

All academic staff (including Support and Feedback class tutors) have online Advice and Feedback hours during term time when they are able to see students. These hours will be posted on their staff web pages.

You can speak with your module Support and Feedback class tutors about the material covered in a module. If there is something you do not understand they will be able to offer you the help you need. Your tutors can offer advice on assignments.

You can speak with Module Leaders and Lecturers about any academic issues relating to the module that class tutors are unable to answer. Module leaders are responsible for all academic aspects of modules, including lecture content, class questions and solutions, setting assignments and tests and the provision of generic feedback on assessment.

You can speak to the Director or Deputy Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees) about any issues relating to the administration of postgraduate modules and Economics courses. Together with the Deputy Director, they will also be able to offer you advice if you wish to change degree courses, withdraw from the University (temporarily or permanently) or if you wish to take an unusual module as one of your options.

You can speak to your Personal Tutor or the Senior Tutor if you are experiencing difficulties in your personal or academic life.

By Email

All members of the Department have an email account and they will monitor it regularly. If you have a question for a particular member of staff, an email will normally be the best way to get a quick and straightforward answer or to set up a meeting with the relevant person. If your enquiry involves confidential personal information, it is best to email your Personal Tutor or the Senior Tutor directly. Please ensure that your emails are polite and do think about who you send your email to, using the guide above. Please do not send the same email to multiple people as this can cause unnecessary confusion and wastes staff time. You should always use your Warwick email account to avoid your email going into junk or clutter folders and hence not being read.

What you can expect from us

We want to instil in you the same passion for the study of economics that we have and we will therefore aim to engage you with all course material and create an enjoyable environment in which to learn and develop. You should be aware of what you can expect from any module and it is our role to ensure that this information is clearly set out and available.

Below are the key elements that you should expect from every economics module that you take:

  • A module outline, detailing the module aims and objectives, the learning outcomes and an indication of the material that will be covered;
  • Details of core texts and further readings to give you the best opportunity to prepare for classes;
  • Pre-recorded videos and lecture notes will normally be available online via Moodle. Lecture notes may not be provided in cases in which, for example, a lecture follows further reading material very closely;
  • A well-prepared lecture, which has the aim of engaging you and encouraging participation in discussion beyond the lecture;
  • If classes form part of the teaching of the module, the material should be related to the module syllabus and tutors should be well-prepared and confident with the material they are teaching;
  • An outline of how different learning components (e.g., pre-recorded videos, synchronous interactions) will be delivered should be provided on Moodle;
  • Assessment details should be outlined, including the format of the assignment, assessment criteria, the submission dates and the expectations of the module lecturer;
  • You can expect 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 will be advised, with as much notice as possible, of any changes or cancellations of lectures and/or classes.

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 Faculty and Teaching Fellows to have two Advice and Feedback hours per week of term, in which they are available to meet online to offer advice on all matters relating to the relevant module.

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.

What we expect from you

In order to meet your full potential, the Department of Economics (which incorporates both the staff and your peers) have certain expectations of you — and in return you should expect us to deliver on key activities.

University Regulation 36 lays down the expectations of students concerning Registration, Attendance and Progress.

We expect you to engage with your studies and actively participate in departmental activities and events. We expect you to attend lectures and module Support and Feedback classes where attendance is compulsory. Should your attendance fall below required standards we will contact you and take actions where necessary.

Engaging with your study

In Economics, in order to get the most out of your time here, we encourage you to be fully engaged with your course and to try to achieve the highest academic standards of which you are capable. This includes:

  • Preparing for classes and lectures as advised by your teachers;
  • Attending and actively participating in all classes and lectures;
  • Meeting your monitoring points;
  • Making the most of opportunities to discuss your studies with teaching staff;
  • Meeting your personal tutor;
  • Supporting each other's learning and development through active interactions with your cohort during lectures and classes;
  • Submitting your assessments on time;
  • Attending your tests and exams;
  • Adhering to University and Departmental regulations and seeking guidance when unclear;
  • Using your initiative and asking for help when necessary at the earliest opportunity.

We have the strong belief that each student can contribute to the learning progress made by others — this is a further reason for encouraging attendance, participation and engagement.

Tier 4 Visa Holders

The above expectations apply to all students, but for Tier 4 visa holders, it is important that you engage 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.

Facilities

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.

MSc Study Area - S1.136, S1.138, S1.139 & S1.140
These are quiet work spaces. There are a number of desks and chairs for solo work and some desks will be equipped with PCs in due course.

The photocopier is located in S1.140, which can be accessed by swiping your student card over the wireless card reader. Printing is free of charge (within reason).

MSc Kitchen - S1.129
A vending machine for hot drinks, drinking water, sink facilities for washing up, microwave for heating food, fridge and lockers. Only one person to use the kitchen at any one time.

MSc Common Room - S1.131 & S1.133
This social area is equipped with comfortable chairs and coffee tables for relaxing. We will be putting up noticeboards in this space so please don’t attach anything directly to the walls.

Please note that S2.80 is no longer available for student use.

MSc Group Work Area - S1.135
This room can be used for group working and features two display screens. Please pre-book one of the two spaces using the online booking system.

Others

Room S2.82 is a computer lab with 20 PCs, which can be used by MSc and Diploma students unless it is pre-booked for an experiment.

Room S0.55 contains three Bloomberg Terminals, which can be booked by MSc students for half-hourly sessions from Monday – Thursday (9.00am-4.30pm) and Friday (9.00am-3.30pm). Only one student is permitted to use the room at any one time.

The University also provides a number of private study spaces, including the Postgraduate Hub, which is a dedicated multi- purpose space for postgraduate students on campus, and the Learning Grids, which are flexible and informal spaces for group and individual study that can be used by all members of the University and the Central Library.

Our lively research environment is built around our world class seminars and workshop series. You are welcome to attend any of these; the online schedule is published in our calendar and they generally take place online. These seminars are a window on the wider research community and will help you get to grips with what economists do and how they carry out research. They can be very helpful in developing your ideas for a dissertation topic.

Teaching Dates

We use a numbering system to cover the main teaching weeks during the year. After the two week MSc pre-sessional course, week 1 of the Autumn Term starts on Monday 5 October 2020 and runs for 10 weeks. The Spring Term runs from week 15 — 24 and Summer Term is from weeks 30 — 39.

Autumn Term: Monday 5 October 2020 — Saturday 12 December 2020
Spring Term: Monday 11 January 2021 — Saturday 20 March 2021
Summer Term: Monday 26 April 2021 — Saturday 3 July 2021

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Week 1 = w/c 5 Oct Week 15 = w/c 11 Jan Week 30 = w/c 26 April
Week 2 = w/c 12 Oct Week 16 = w/c 18 Jan Week 31= w/c 3 May
Week 3 = w/c 19 Oct Week 17 = w/c 25 Jan Week 32 = w/c 10 May
Week 4 = w/c 26 Oct Week 18 = w/c 1 Feb Week 33 = w/c 17 May
Week 5 = w/c 2 Nov Week 19 = w/c 8 Feb Week 34 = w/c 24 May
Week 6 = w/c 9 Nov Week 20 = w/c 15 Feb Week 35 = w/c 31 May
Week 7 = w/c 16 Nov Week 21 = w/c 22 Feb Week 36 = w/c 7 Jun
Week 8 = w/c 23 Nov Week 22 = w/c 1 Mar Week 37 = w/c 14 Jun
Week 9 = w/c 30 Nov Week 23 = w/c 8 Mar Week 38 = w/c 21 Jun
Week 10 = w/c 7 Dec Week 24 = w/c 15 Mar Week 39 = w/c 28 Jun

Tier 4 visa holders

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

You may not work (paid or unpaid) more than 20 hours per week until the course end date. Please note for postgraduate students this restriction applies to term time and vacation periods.

If you change your study location during the summer vacation from the University campus to elsewhere for a period of three months or more, you must normally complete a Change of Study Location Form. You must still be engaging with your studies during this time and we will continue to monitor your attendance and progress. For further information in relation to a Change of Study Location due to the Coronavirus, please visit the Student Immigration & Compliance Team's webpage.

You may request an authorised absence from your course for a compelling reason such as illness or bereavement. The minimum length of absence is 8 days and the maximum is 6 weeks per academic year. Please complete an authorised absence request form using the Student Records Request section of Student Records Online. Periods of authorised absence are not reported to UKVI and as such the Tier 4 visa will not be curtailed, although we are required to maintain records of absence for immigration purposes.