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Postgraduate Frequently Asked Questions

Please check this page regularly throughout the academic year for the latest information and guidance for MSc and MRes/PhD students.

Health and Safety

The University has implemented a standard operating procedure in order to reassure students who will be on-campus details of the measures can be found here.

If you test positive for COVID then please make sure that, if you have taken a test off-campus, you have contacted the University’s Test and Trace team.

If you have symptoms or need to self-isolate, then please follow the University guidelines in terms of getting a test, alerting the University’s Test and Trace service and self-isolating. If you are self-isolating and/or have tested positive, please submit the Department of Economics Covid Self-isolation form. The information you submit on the form will be received by the Economics PG Office who will then contact the Senior Tutor and your class tutors for Economics modules. These people will be made aware of your situation and offer you the appropriate teaching and learning support, including moving your face-to-face teaching temporarily online.

If you get a negative test result or your circumstances otherwise change such that your period of self-isolation has changed, please do re-submit the form to update your information. You will then be contacted by the PG Office to move your teaching back to your original classes.

Seminars are a mix of in-person and online. At the moment, in-person seminars are going ahead. The University is constantly monitoring the situation in relation to Covid-19. The Department will follow the guidance of the University should things change on a national or regional basis. At the moment, in-person seminars with face coverings and social distancing is deemed to be safe to continue.

The Government has announced that there will be testing of students for Covid-19 before they leave campus and the surrounding area at the end of Term 1. Please ensure that you follow University guidelines and get tested before you leave at the end of Term 1. Please note that all teaching in Week 10 will be online, and that more information on this will follow soon.

Teaching and Learning

All lectures will be delivered as a series of pre-recorded lectures, supported by live lectures (which will also be video lecture captured). Typically, the live lectures, will not deliver new material but will re-cap themes and issues covered in the pre-recorded lectures, in any class work and discussion and through other module delivery modes (such as forums). Supporting both of these types of lectures (pre-recorded and live) on most modules there will be Support and Feedback classes which will be run either in-person or online, but with a focus on enabling you to test your understanding of the subject by working through sets of in-class questions or discussion topics under the guidance of the class tutor.

With the blended-learning approach to this year’s teaching, each of you will participate in some form of online teaching (synchronous lectures as either Teams Live Events or Teams Meetings, or synchronous class teaching over Teams). The Economics Department will be making extensive use of MS Teams for this purpose, and each student is expected to learn the necessary skills to enable them to fully engage with their online learning through this platform.

We recommend that each of you install the MS Teams app on your laptop/PC/MacBook (this has more functionality than the web version), and ensure you are familiar with the following:

  • How to mute and unmute your microphone
  • How to raise and lower your virtual hand
  • How to pin a video feed
  • How to share your screen
  • How to use the Chat function
  • How to use shared files
  • How to use the virtual whiteboard
  • How to use the Live Captions feature
  • How to use the different viewing modes, i.e. Gallery, Large Gallery, and Together Mode
  • How to be in more than one meeting at the same time, e.g. both in a class and a breakout group, and how to navigate between them

If you are unfamiliar with these skills, we recommend that you arrange a meeting with some of your fellow students to practice these and to gain more general experience with using MS Teams.

IT Services provides a suite of Microsoft Teams Online Training tutorials. Guidance is also available in the Course for Online Learning in Economics (COLE), specifically in Moodle, Tabula and MS Teams, Chapter 4: MS Teams and in Teaching and Learning Delivery in 2020/21, Chapter 4.1: Different ways to work in groups synchronously.

There are also a considerable number of online resources to assist you in learning how to make the best use of MS Teams. We recommend the series of short YouTube instructional videos produced by Kevin Stratvert as a good place to start.

Your individual timetable can be viewed online using Tabula, and it will be complete when you are registered for all modules, core and optional, and you have signed up to your module Support and Feedback classes and any other timetabled teaching. We will email you once class sign-up opens in Tabula. You can view the timetable for all the MSc synchronous lectures for your Autumn Term modules here. Asynchronous (pre-recorded) lectures will be available via the Moodle page for each module.

If you select a module in the eVision Module Registration system, you will be included in the associated Microsoft Team automatically. If you change your mind and remove those modules from eVision, then you will also be removed from the Team in due course. Please note that MSc BES (Economics Track) students are members of the EC9012/EC9D32 Macroeconomics Team, but you do not need to attend lectures or classes for Macroeconomics on your course.

During your time with us, you will be required to use the statistical software package STATA. It is important that you begin to familiarise yourself with STATA and the various commands that can be used to undertake statistical analysis. STATA can be downloaded here.

In order to help you become familiar with STATA, a Moodle page has been created with a huge amount of content that you will find useful. You can access this here. You will find a STATA manual, a forum, a large number of videos, as well as exercise sheets and solutions. In order to make the best use of these resources.

We would encourage you to do the following:

  1. Spend time reviewing a set of videos, which will help you to become familiar with the software and its capabilities. Videos 1 – 32 will be particularly helpful and they can be found in the following link, which is also accessible via the Moodle page previously provided:
  2. Work through the various STATA exercise sheets. Once you have watched some of the videos, you are encouraged to work through the exercise sheets and use your STATA software to answer the questions. You will see that solutions (as DO files) for each exercise sheet are available at the same link, which is again accessible from the main Moodle page for STATA.
  3. The Moodle site also contains a Forum and you might find it helpful to look on the forum if you have any questions about STATA, as many questions and answers are already posted there. There is also a STATA manual on the Moodle page and you may find that a useful tool to support you in learning how to use STATA.

Online classes/seminars are not recorded as they are meant to be a meeting in real time to allow for interaction between you and your seminar tutor. The other reason is that in order to record it, the seminar tutor would have to ask all students to give permission to have it recorded every time the seminar takes place.

The Department was already planning to move away from printed handouts in most modules, in light of growing environmental concerns, amongst others. Printed handouts will therefore no longer be available in the majority of modules and students should not print out their own copies. All slides and module materials will be available on Moodle pages for students to download.

The arrangements for Term 2 teaching are broadly the same as they were for Term 1 teaching, with the Department offering the same blended delivery of teaching. As has been the case in Term 1, some students will be permitted to study remotely in Term 2:

  • Students who are domiciled overseas and are unable to come to campus may study remotely (however, overseas students who wish to apply for a Post-Study Work visa must arrive on campus by 6 April 2021 for in-person teaching).
  • Students who are domiciled in the UK may apply for permission not come to campus and to study remotely if they have documented mitigating circumstances.

For the Department to effectively plan for Term 2, all students must complete and submit the Term 2 Student Arrival Details Form by Tuesday 15 December 2020. This form includes the section for UK domiciled students to apply for permission not to come to campus and to study remotely in Term 2. If your circumstances change after your initial submission of the form then please resubmit the form, even after the 15 December 2020 deadline.

Assessment and Exams

To seek an extension for assessed work you must make a request in Tabula under the Coursework Management portal. You can obtain a short deadline extension of up to 5 University working days when minor illness, family emergency, caring responsibilities or other personal circumstances necessitate a request for an extension for eligible assessed work. Self-certification may only be used twice in an academic year and can only be requested for essays and problem sets worth 10% or less of the overall module credit. Tests are not eligible for self-certification. If you require an extension beyond 5 days, then you will need to apply for an extension with supporting evidence via Tabula.

The weight will still be passed along to your examination. Details of the assessment for each of the Economics modules that you are taking can be found on the modules page.

You can apply for mitigating circumstances here.  Please note that we are very aware that all students have been affected by Coronavirus in some way and will already be taking this into account. You do not need to make us aware that you have been impacted by Coronavirus, unless you have very specific circumstances. 

You can also seek advice and support from Wellbeing Support Services and from our Senior Tutor, Mahnaz Nazneen.

Find out more about Wellbeing Services here.

Autumn Term tests on Economics modules will all take place online via Moodle or Questionmark Perception. Your January and May exams will also be online via the Alternative Exam Portal (AEP), and you will find guidance on this system in the questions that follow.

Please use AEP and Exam questions here.

The key source of advice for submission and examination of the PhD thesis is the Doctoral College web page, which contains all of the latest guidance as to how the examination process has been adjusted to cope with the current pandemic.

Student Experience

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 can be views on our website and will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.

We understand that you will have questions related to your studies and in relation to your personal circumstances and we are here to support you in your adjustment to the new environment. Within the Department you will be allocated a personal tutor and supporting these people will be the Advisor to Overseas Students (Atisha Ghosh), Advisor to Female Students (Isleide Zissimos), and the Senior Tutor (Mahnaz Nazneen) all of whom are here to help support you. We also have a dedicated Postgraduate Office, and you can we are developing online support tools to enable you to contact the Postgraduate Office and you can read more about how to get in touch with us here.

You should use the University’s FAQs page. For updates within the Department of Economics, you should check the Emails to Students page, where you will find a repository of important emails sent to students from the Department.

Please read information from the Student Immigration and Compliance team and particular guidance regarding Tier 4 Visas, which is available here.

We have asked you to complete a form (by 9 September) to give an understanding of your attendance in Term 1 in order that we can allocate you to the appropriate Support and Feedback classes. Please do complete this form if you have not yet done so, and please resubmit the form if you have already submitted it but your circumstances have changed.

The University has announced that Winter Graduation has been postponed. However, students due to graduate in January 2021 will still be awarded their degree, and will still receive their degree certificate shortly afterwards. Further details will be forthcoming on how you will receive your certificate.

A certificate of status letter can be requested from Student Records to prove your current enrolment status at the University of Warwick and is often required in order to open bank accounts, for police registration, for council tax exemption and for some immigration purposes, as well as numerous other reasons.

Details on the Library study spaces can be found on this page. Department study areas are open, but with a reduced capacity which is clearly marked on the doors.

The University have some bookable spaces available to students. The spaces that are available and how to book them can be found here.

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