Please check this page regularly throughout the academic year for the latest information and guidance for MSc and MRes students.
The University has implemented a standard operating procedure in order to reassure students who will be on-campus and details of the measures can be found here. Further information about protecting staff and students can be found in your Handbook.
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.
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.
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 run in-person, 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.
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:
- 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: https://moodle.warwick.ac.uk/mod/book/view.php?id=640847
- 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.
- 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 University has implemented a self certification process for all eligible assessments, which allows students to apply for a 5 consecutive University working day extension. You have 2 self certifications each academic year and the list of eligible assessments is given here. If you wish to make a specific extension request then you should do this in Tabula under Coursework Management and supporting evidence should be provided.
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.
Tests on Economics MSc modules will all take place online via Moodle. 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 note that we are not using a 24 hour window for exams in 2021/22.
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.
The Department organised an Exams Briefing for MSc students in December, which explained how to use the Alternative Exam Portal, and you can view the recording and slides for this event on the Exams Resources page. Further guidance is also available on the Alternative Exams Portal.
We have written guidance to explain what you should do in the event of technical difficulties during a test, and the process is explained here.
If you are not able to submit your exam paper via AEP then you must submit it immediately via Tabula Mitigating Circumstances. Further guidance is provided here.
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 can be views on our website.
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 International Students (Andreas Markoulakis), Advisor to Female Students (Eman Abdulla), 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 read more about how to get in touch with us here.
You should use the University’s webpage. 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.
International students have been asked to complete an online form by 10 September to confirm your intended travel date to the UK, and Student Immigration has now sent out emails to approve your arrival date. If your intended travel date changes again by more than 10 days before or after the date specified in the email, you need to inform Student Immigration by replying to the email so that your records can be updated accordingly.
If you need to request a late arrival, and have not already completed the online form, then please inform Student Immigration of your intended travel date here.
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.