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1: The Department

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 community of around 100 staff, including 37 professors, with approximately 1,500 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.

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

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

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

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 us via Student Records online.

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:

Head of Department
Professor Jeremy Smith 
Room S2.124
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 23469
Email: Jeremy.Smith@warwick.ac.uk

Director of Studies
Professor Jennifer Smith
Room S1.125
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 23469
Email: Jennifer.Smith@warwick.ac.uk

Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees)
Dr Lory Barile

Room S2.11b
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 28244
Email: Lory.Barile@warwick.ac.uk

Director of Student Experience and Progression, Deputy Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees)
Dr Alexander Karalis Isaac
Room S1.126
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 72854
Email: a.karalis-isaac@warwick.ac.uk

Senior Tutor (PGT)
Dr Mahnaz Nazneen

Room S2.140
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 74891
Email: m.nazneen.1@warwick.ac.uk

MSc Economics and International Financial Economics Course Leader
Professor Thijs van Rens
Room S2.105
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 761 51423
Email: J.M.van-Rens@warwick.ac.uk

MSc BES (Economics Track) Course Leader
Dr Alexander Dobson 
Room S1.131
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 74233
Email: a.c.dobson@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.
Dr Andreas Markoulakis
Room: S2.108
Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 28090
Email: Andreas.Markoulakis@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.
Dr Eman Abdulla
Room: S0.60
Telephone: + 44 (0)24 765 73461
Email: Eman.Abdulla@warwick.ac.uk

Careers Coordinator
Dr Atisha Ghosh
Room: S0.85
Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 75583
Email: Atisha.Ghosh@warwick.ac.uk 

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

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

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

Programmes Coordinator (PGT)
Ms Andrea Wyld 
Room S1.132
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3048
Email: a.wyld@warwick.ac.uk

Programmes Administrator
TBC  
Room S1.132
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3027
Email: economics.pgoffice@warwick.ac.uk

Student Engagement & Experience Coordinator
Ms Lucia Ashley
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

The Postgraduate Office team, which is your point of contact as a MSc student, has a daily presence on campus, in room S1.132. 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 Advice and Feedback hours during term time when they are able to see students. 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 via email. To avoid disappointment, please do not wait until the week prior to the exams to book appointments with members of staff teaching on your modules, as this may not be possible.

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. Therefore, we 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, 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;
  • All modules will have lecture notes and/or other materials posted on the module's Moodle webpage. Lecture notes may not be provided in cases in which, for example, a lecture follows further reading material very closely. Links to all videos will be accessible via the Moodle webpage for the module;
  • 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.

If Support and Feedback classes form part of the teaching of the module, the material should be related to the module syllabus and class tutors should be well prepared and confident with the material they are teaching. You will be advised, with as much notice as possible, of any changes or cancellations of lectures and/or Support and Feedback classes. Some classes will take place online, while other classes will take place in person.

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.

The schedule of Advice and Feedback hours and details of how to book are given here.

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 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, whether they are online or in person. We expect you to attend lectures and module Support and Feedback classes, either online or in person, 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.

'Engagement' in this sense means several things, including:

  • Preparing for lectures and Support and Feedback classes as advised by your teaching staff;
  • Attending and actively participating in all lectures and Support and Feedback classes (online or in person), as well as benefitting from peer learning opportunities and working as part of a group;
  • Meeting your monitoring points, as set out in Section 2.3;
  • 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, or a member of the SSLC;
  • Submitting your assessments on time;
  • Taking 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 your attendance, participation and engagement.

Student Visa Holders

The above expectations apply to all students, but for Student 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 2021/22 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.

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.

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 4 October 2021 and runs for 10 weeks. The Spring Term runs from week 15 — 24 and Summer Term is from weeks 30 — 39.

Autumn Term: Monday 4 October 2021 — Saturday 11 December 2021
Spring Term: Monday 10 January 2022 — Saturday 19 March 2022
Summer Term: Monday 25 April 2022 — Saturday 2 July 2022

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Week 1 = w/c 4 Oct Week 15 = w/c 10 Jan Week 30 = w/c 25 April
Week 2 = w/c 11 Oct Week 16 = w/c 17 Jan Week 31= w/c 2 May
Week 3 = w/c 18 Oct Week 17 = w/c 24 Jan Week 32 = w/c 9 May
Week 4 = w/c 25 Oct Week 18 = w/c 31 Jan Week 33 = w/c 16 May
Week 5 = w/c 1 Nov Week 19 = w/c 7 Feb Week 34 = w/c 23 May
Week 6 = w/c 8 Nov Week 20 = w/c 14 Feb Week 35 = w/c 30 May
Week 7 = w/c 15 Nov Week 21 = w/c 21 Feb Week 36 = w/c 6 Jun
Week 8 = w/c 22 Nov Week 22 = w/c 28 Feb Week 37 = w/c 13 Jun
Week 9 = w/c 29 Nov Week 23 = w/c 7 Mar Week 38 = w/c 20 Jun
Week 10 = w/c 6 Dec Week 24 = w/c 14 Mar Week 39 = w/c 27 Jun

Student 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.

It is essential that you inform the staff in the PG Office if you intend to change your study location. In this event, you must supply your new contact address details via the Change of Study Location Form 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). You must still be engaging with your studies during this time and we will continue to monitor your attendance and progress.

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.

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 Student Visa will not be curtailed, although we are required to maintain records of absence for immigration purposes.