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1: The Department and the University

Communication and information sources

Tabula

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 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 18/19

These are emails that have replaced our student newsletters which we send 2-3 times a term. They focus on important issues related to your academic study and student experience. They contain important messages from your Course Director, Directors of Study 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 phones.

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 (Student Records).

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 can't 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 based 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 S0.98:

  • S = Social Sciences building
  • 0. = the ground floor (0 = ground floor, 1 = first floor etc.)
  • .98 = 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 3336
Email: Jeremy.Smith@warwick.ac.uk

Professor Robin Naylor, Director of Studies

Room S2.123
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3529
Email: Robin.Naylor@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Jennifer Smith, Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees)

Room S0.79
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3469
Email: Jennifer.Smith@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Alexander Karalis Isaac, Director of Academic and Pastoral Support for MSc Students, Deputy Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees), Admissions Tutor

Room S0.80
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7657 2854
Email: a.karalis-isaac@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Pablo Becker, Admissions Tutor

Room S2.39
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7655 0588
Email: Pablo.Beker@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Harkins, Admissions Tutor

Room S1.137
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3002
Email: Andrew.Harkins@warwick.ac.uk 

Ms Carolyn Andrews, Postgraduate Teaching and Learning Manager (Taught Degrees)

Room S0.90
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 2983
Email: C.Andrews@warwick.ac.uk

Mrs Mandy Eaton, Postgraduate Co-ordinator

Room S0.89
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3048
Email: economics.pgoffice@warwick.ac.uk

Ms Andrea Wyld, Postgraduate Admissions & Programmes Administrator

Room S0.89
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3027
Email: economics.pgoffice@warwick.ac.uk

View the full staff list for the Department.

How to contact us

The first port of call for most initial enquiries is the Postgraduate Office (room S0.89).

Advice and Feedback hours

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 outside their rooms and on their staff web pages. You can also speak to staff at the end of lectures and classes.

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 and may also be involved in the marking of assignments and tests and the provision of individual feedback on such assessments.

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 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.

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 Director of Academic and Pastoral Support 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.

Telephone

You can contact staff members by telephone. Internal numbers are available through the People Search tool.

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 for every module to give you the best opportunity to prepare for class
  • Lecture notes will normally be available. If notes can be collected prior to or after a lecture, you should be made aware of when and where this can be done. 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
  • Assessment details should be outlined, including the format of the assignment, assessment rules, 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 see you to offer advice on all matters relating to the relevant module.

What we expect from you

In order to meet your full potential, we, (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.

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 classes and lectures as advised by your teachers
  • attending and actively participating in all classes, lectures and tutorials
  • meeting your personal tutor
  • 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.

Facilities

MSc and Diploma students have the exclusive use of a Common Room in S2.80 (2nd floor Social Science building). This room is equipped with some comfortable chairs and coffee tables for relaxing. Daily newspapers and some periodicals will be supplied.

Room S2.81a is a work space with 16 PCs for MSc and Diploma students. This room is locked and accessed using your university ID card. There are a limited number of lockers available for MSc students in room S2.81a. You will be contacted by the Postgraduate Office early in the Autumn Term to ask if you would like a locker. Lockers are then allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with the payment of a deposit.

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 S0.84 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).

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.

You may want to attend our research seminars and workshops, which generally take place in room S2.79.

  • The Political Economy seminar series is held on Mondays at 4pm
  • The Applied Economics, Econometrics and Public Policy (CAGE) seminars are held on Tuesdays at 4pm
  • Speakers whose work is theory-based (covering all topics of economic, econometric and applied theory) are invited to speak at the CRETA seminar series on Wednesdays at 4pm
  • Macro/International seminars are held on Thursdays at 2pm.

You are welcome to come along to any of these. 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 1 October 2018 and runs for 10 weeks. The Spring Term runs from week 15 — 24 and Summer Term is from weeks 30 — 39.

Autumn Term: Monday 1 October 2018 — Saturday 8 December 2018
Spring Term: Monday 7 January 2019 — Saturday 16 March 2019
Summer Term: Wednesday 24 April 2019 — Saturday 29 June 2019

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Week 1 = w/c 1 Oct Week 15 = w/c 7 Jan Week 30 = w/c 22 Apr
Week 2 = w/c 8 Oct Week 16 = w/c 14 Jan Week 31= w/c 30 Apr
Week 3 = w/c 15 Oct Week 17 = w/c 21 Jan Week 32 = w/c 6 May
Week 4 = w/c 22 Oct Week 18 = w/c 28 Jan Week 33 = w/c 13 May
Week 5 = w/c 29 Oct Week 19 = w/c 4 Feb Week 34 = w/c 20 May
Week 6 = w/c 5 Nov Week 20 = w/c 11 Feb Week 35 = w/c 27 May
Week 7 = w/c 12 Nov Week 21 = w/c 18 Feb Week 36 = w/c 3 Jun
Week 8 = w/c 19 Nov Week 22 = w/c 25 Feb Week 37 = w/c 10 Jun
Week 9 = w/c 26 Nov Week 23 = w/c 4 Mar Week 38 = w/c 17 Jun
Week 10 = w/c 3 Dec Week 24 = w/c 11 Mar Week 39 = w/c 24 Jun

Tier 4 visa holders

Please make sure you are aware of your responsibilities whilst studying in the UK; you can refer to the Warwick Immigration 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 you must contact the Postgraduate Office for permission using the Change in Study Location form. You must still be engaging with your studies during this time and we will continue to monitor your attendance and progress. If you will be away for a period of more than three months you must notify us before you leave as your new study location has to be reported to the Home Office UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) within 10 days of your departure. The deadline for informing us of a change in study location is Friday 31 May 2019. We will make another report to UKVI when you have returned to the University so please visit the Postgraduate Office when you arrive back.

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 form and return it to the Postgraduate Office for approval. 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.