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9: Resources

Academic Resources

The Department is investing substantial resource into providing the highest standards of academic support for our MSc students.

This support comes in a variety of ways, aimed at targeting different aspects of your academic studies, including support with module content, preparation for assessments and drop in opportunities.

The academic support available is listed below.

Maths Drop in Sessions

You can drop in to these weekly sessions and ask questions or get help on any aspect of maths within your modules. They are run by our Teaching Fellow, Nicholas Jackson. You can view the timetable for the sessions on our academic support pages.

Revision Classes

In the autumn term we offer the opportunity to attend some maths revision sessions. These will go over, in as simple a way as possible, three areas, which were covered in the Introductory Maths and Statistics pre-sessional course: constrained optimisation, differential equations and statistics. The sessions will use diagrams and simple examples to repeat the intuition and to generate the basic approaches.

In the summer term we offer revision classes for students taking September resit examinations in Economic Analysis: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

Revision classes are a good opportunity for you to gain a better understanding of the teaching material and answer questions about the module.

Advice and Feedback Hours

The lecturers that you see within your modules are there to provide you with guidance on their subject area. You may only see them for one to two hours per week within a large lecture. However, every member of academic staff, including class tutors, has at least two Advice and Feedback hours each week of term. You should make use of these, as a means of clarifying any areas of confusion within previous lectures or to discuss future topics. You can also use them to discuss areas that you both find interesting. You should always ensure you are prepared for your lecturer’s feedback hours. You shouldn’t be using them as a means of asking the lecturer to repeat the lecture, but should attend them with specific questions or areas of confusion that you would like clarification on.

You can find the times of the Advice and Feedback Hours of any member of staff on the ‘People’ page of the website and on the member of staff’s door.

Academic & Pastoral Support Drop in Sessions

Your Wellbeing is important to us whether you’re experiencing difficulty with academic or personal issues. Every weekday, there is 1 hour where a member of the Academic and Pastoral Care team will be available to see students, so please do drop in to see us at the scheduled times. Further details including timing and the members of staff can be found here.

Coffee and Cake Meetings

This is an opportunity for all MSc students to join Jeremy Smith (Head of Department), Jennifer Smith (Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees)) or Alex Karalis Isaac (Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies) to raise any topic, or discuss any issue of importance to you. This is also an opportunity to pass on to us your ideas on how we can make your experience of studying in the department even better, but also for us to get feedback on initiatives we are currently working on to improve the quality of the education experience of our student body. The meetings will be informal in style and limited to 8 students per meeting. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis via Tabula.

Library Support

Our Economics Librarian, Helen Riley, is available for library drop-ins on Tuesday mornings, 10:00am-12:00pm in room S0.95. The room is near the Undergraduate Office on the ground floor. There is no need to make a booking for this, but if you would like to arrange an appointment in the Library at any other time, please contact Helen.

Email: Helen.Riley@warwick.ac.uk

Dissertations

For students taking EC959, MSc Dissertations, we run four Helpdesks over the summer term and vacation where you can speak to a member of staff and gain support and advice about technical and software aspects of your dissertation. The Helpdesks will cover Econometrics, Time series, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. Details of the tutors and the times will be published on the EC959 Moodle page.

Graduate School

The Graduate School is responsible for enhancing the postgraduate student experience and upholding the high standards of graduate educational provision across the University. The Graduate School provides support to students to ensure timely progress, academic success and appropriate preparation for careers and is available as a source of information and support beyond the department.

To meet the needs of the University’s postgraduate students, the Graduate School:

  • works to ensure that postgraduate students are provided with appropriate facilities and take advantage of the wider student experience offered by the University environment, for example the Wolfson Research Exchange and the PG Hub.
  • supports and delivers a series of activities and events to provide postgraduates with opportunities for networking and socialising beyond their departments.
  • administers student feedback mechanisms, for example, research students’ Annual Reports and the Postgraduate Research and Taught Student Experience Surveys.
  • provides information and support to students applying for internal and external bursaries and scholarships.
  • offers impartial advice on the University’s regulatory framework.
  • supports the conduct of formal appeals and complaints processes and other investigations.

Postgraduate Enhancement Fund

The Graduate School has established a Postgraduate Experience Enhancement Fund, allowing you to take ownership for the improvement and growth of your community and experience, as well as that of your peers.

Using this fund you could develop careers guidance resources, create an interdisciplinary journal, or establish a reading group - it is your opportunity to make the kind of improvements you want to see for the postgraduate experience.

Information Technology (IT) Services

Your email address

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

initials.surname.number@warwick.ac.uk

This address will be your ‘official’ University email address which the Department will use for all email communications. It will be your responsibility to ensure that you check this email account. You can access this account via webmail.

Mobile email

You can download leaflets to help you set up your email account on your mobile phone.

Help Desk

IT Services provide a dedicated Help Desk to assist with IT-related issues. You can contact them online, via email, by phone or by going to the drop-in centre on the first floor of the Library. Further information on how to contact IT Services can be found at: http://www.warwick.ac.uk/its

Network access from student residences

The University provides a network connection from every room in student residences enabling you to access the internet and files saved on the network. Use of the residential network is subject to an Acceptable Use Policy.

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).

Student iPad and Laptop Loan Service

IT Services provides iPads and laptops for short term loan in the Library - visit IT Services Drop in Centre on the first floor of the Library, open 9am - 5.30pm weekdays.

Personal device support

If you're a member of the University, IT Services can offer IT support for your privately owned machine at a competitive rate.

IT facilities in the Department

In the Economics Department room S2.81a is specifically devoted to MSc and Diploma students and is equipped with work stations, a colour photocopier and other space to read and study.

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 S0.84. 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 MSc and Diploma 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 to other printers you will also need to purchase printer credits. Printer credits are purchased online with a debit or credit card. You can also find details of print costs and your printing credit here.

Further details on printing can be found online.

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, Eviews, and SPSS. You will be given appropriate guidance on software use when the time comes.

Other software which may be of particular interest to you is described below:

Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac software

GiveWin (win), Mathematica (win/mac), MATLAB (win/mac), NVIVO (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, Mathematica, MATLAB, S-Plus.

Software to download

It is now possible to download several of the software packages offered by IT Services. Full details can be found on the software list.

Getting help

If you have general problems logging in to IT Services open access areas you should contact the IT Services Help Desk. 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.

The Postgraduate Hub

The Postgraduate Hub opened in March 2012, 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 you to access support and resources dedicated to your needs. You 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.

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

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.

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 to find what you need, using the “Library Search” textbox on the Library home page. The Catalogue contains 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 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 often obtain 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.
  • If you are having trouble finding what you need, there is an Economics Academic Support Librarian to help you. Library contact details appear below.
  • The Learning Grid, which is part of the Library, is located in University House and is open 24 hours a day, 7 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 and Leamington Grid Spa in Leamington Spa Town Hall.

Regular news and updates can be found via the Library's facebook pages (@WarwickUniLibrary) and its twitter account (@warwicklibrary).

More on the Library's community engagement wellbeing services for students can be found on the website or via Twitter at #StudyHappy.

Contacting the Library

General Enquiries

In Person:

The Library help desk is available from 8.30 am to 9.30 pm, seven days a week.

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

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.