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1: The Department and the University

The Department of Economics

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 staff of around 75, including 25 professors, with approximately 1,200 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.

Glossary

In reading this Handbook, you may find the following list of terms helpful.

Academic and Pastoral Support Drop-in Sessions: Each week of term time, the Academic and Pastoral Support team hold daily office hours in S0.97. The times of these will be published on the Department website.

Advice and Feedback Hours: Every member of academic staff and all tutors have at least two Advice and Feedback hours each week of term. During this time, the member of staff will be available in their office and you can meet them to discuss any aspect of your academic studies, as well as other things, e.g. personal tutoring, references.

Classes: 'Classes,' 'module Support and Feedback classes', 'seminars,' 'tutorials' and 'supervisions' are all different names for essentially the same thing; compulsory teaching in small groups. Classes allow for more informal, less scripted interaction and are a prime opportunity for you to receive support and feedback.

Course: Coherent programme of study leading to a named qualification/award. Includes degrees, diplomas and certificates. Courses are made up of modules.

Module: Smallest unit of learning recognised in the University's approval processes and records systems.

Monitoring Points: The University operates a scheme for monitoring the attendance and progress of all students. Under the University's monitoring scheme, attendance is monitored by means of specific 'monitoring points' using Tabula.

Moodle: it is the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a web platform designed specifically to support the delivery of teaching and learning materials and activities.

Programme: Has the same meaning as a course.

Revision Sessions: These are sessions run by the Department of Economics that occur prior to tests in core year 1 and 2 modules, where students can access support from module tutors and gain an understanding of marking criteria for the upcoming test.

Seminar: A compulsory class in which a topic is discussed by a teacher and small group of students. The same as our Support and Feedback classes.

Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC): The SSLC is made up of students and staff. SSLCs provide an accessible arena for you to discuss any concerns you have with teaching, learning and student support services with the Department's academic staff. They also provide an opportunity for the Department to receive feedback from you. This is the strongest mechanism for getting involved with how your academic life at Warwick is shaped.

Study Support Sessions: These are optional sessions for the core macro, micro and econometrics modules in years 1 and 2, where students who are struggling with module content can obtain additional support on the module work from the previous week.

Tabula: An online tool used to enhance and support the administration of teaching and learning. It helps academic and administrative staff manage your information, such as personal profiles, class allocation, personal tutor/supervisor allocations and meetings, attendance recording and marks management.

What we expect from you

In order to meet your full potential, the Department of Economics (which incorporates both the staff and your peers) has certain expectations of you — and in return you should expect us to deliver on key activities.

The University’s 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. We expect you to attend lectures and module Support and Feedback classes 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
  • meeting your monitoring points, as set out in section 2.6
  • making the most of opportunities to discuss your studies with teaching staff
  • meeting your personal tutor
  • supporting each other's learning and development through acting as a Mentor, a Student Ambassador or a member of the SSLC
  • benefiting from research opportunities through URSS and competitions such as the Carroll Round
  • 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 your attendance, participation and engagement.

Tier 4 Visa Holders

The above expectations apply to all students, but as a tier 4 visa holder, it is even more 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 

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 the role of the Department 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
  • 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
  • all core modules will be encouraged to be recorded and these will then be made available via the Lecture Capture service.

If Support and Feedback 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. You will be advised, with as much notice as possible, of any changes or cancellations of lectures and/or Support and Feedback classes.

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.

While the university environment is — and should be — very different from school/college, you should still 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 in their office for a minimum of two hours per week in term time to see you to offer advice and feedback.

Term dates and teaching weeks

Term dates


2018/19

Welcome Week: Monday 24th September 2018 – Sunday 30th September 2018
Autumn Term: Monday 1 October 2018 - Saturday 8 December 2018
Spring Term: Monday 7 January 2019 - Saturday 16 March 2019
Summer Term: Monday 24 April 2019 — Saturday 29 June 2019


2019/20

Autumn Term: Monday 30 September 2019 - Saturday 7 December 2019
Spring Term: Monday 6 January 2020 - Saturday 14 March 2020
Summer Term: Monday 20 April 2020 - Saturday 27 June 2020


2020/21

Autumn Term: Monday 5 October 2020 - Saturday 12 December 2020
Spring Term: Monday 11 January 2021 - Saturday 20 March 2021
Summer Term: Monday 26 April 2021 - Saturday 3 July 2021

Teaching weeks

We use a numbering system to cover the main teaching weeks during the year. Week 1 of the Autumn Term starts on Monday 1 October and the term then runs for 10 weeks. The Spring Term runs from week 15 — 24 and the Summer Term is from weeks 30 — 39.

Welcome Week will start with the Welcome Weekend on Saturday 22 September with events running all week until the start of term 1.

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Week Commencing Week Commencing Week Commencing
1 1 October 15 10 January 30 22 April
2 8 October 16 17 January 31 29 April
3 15 October 17 24 January 32 6 May
4 22 October 18 31 January 33 13 May
5 29 October 19 4 February 34 20 May
6 5 November 20 11 February 35 27 May
7 12 November 21 18 February 36 3 June
8 19 November 22 25 February 37 10 June
9 26 November 23 4 March 38 17 June
10 3 December 24 11 March 39 24 June
Christmas vacation Easter vacation Summer vacation

The University has set times of the week for teaching activity, as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8am - 7pm
  • Wednesday: 8am - 1pm (Wednesday afternoons are set aside to enable you to participate in sporting activities)
  • Friday: 8am - 6pm

If you have a lecture or Support and Feedback class scheduled between these times, you are expected to be available to attend. In addition, assessments such as tests may be set at any of these times and where possible, we will add dates to the Tabula timetable. More details will follow on the University's IT system, Tabula.

In practice, teaching sessions normally begin at five minutes past the hour and end at five minutes to the hour, in order to allow people to enter and vacate the room. You should make every effort to be there on the hour so teaching can start promptly. Find out more about the timetable policies here.

For other key dates and departmental events, please see the Warwick Department of Economics website.

Our location

The administrative home of the Department of Economics is based in the Social Sciences Building. 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

Lectures and module Support and Feedback classes take place in a variety of places across campus, so make sure you keep a campus map handy. The interactive campus map is a great way to find your location and help plan your route. It is your responsibility to find the locations of your lectures and classes and to ensure you arrive at them on time.

Key sources of information

Many of your questions can be answered by looking on our website (warwick.ac.uk/economics), where, under the Current Students page, you will find the electronic version of the Handbook, module webpages and links to all resources, departmental news and announcements, and many other useful pieces of information.

Another key source of information is Tabula (tabula.warwick.ac.uk). This is the University's secure web-based portal that supports teaching and learning. You will be able to find important information here, including your modules, timetable, assessment marks, monitoring points and Personal Tutor.

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.

Academic staff with responsibility for undergraduate students

Professor Jeremy Smith, Head of Department

The Head of Department has overall responsibility for managing the Department of Economics.
Room:
S2.124
Telephone: +44(0) 24765 23336
Email: jeremy.smith@warwick.ac.uk

Professor Robin Naylor, Director of Studies

The Director of Studies has strategic oversight of both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Department of Economics. Room: S2.123

Telephone: +44(0) 24765 23529 Email: robin.naylor@warwick.ac.uk

Professor Elizabeth Jones, Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Director of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for overall implementation of the Department’s academic policies in relation to undergraduate teaching and for making decisions or recommendations in cases involving individual undergraduate students. Room: S2.120
Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 23040
Email: elizabeth.h.jones@warwick.ac.uk

Dr. Stefania Paredes Fuentes, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies and Joint Degrees Officer

The Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies supports the Director of Undergraduate Studies in implementing academic policies and has oversight of our joint degree programmes. Room: S2.121
Telephone: +44 (0)24 761 50045
Email: s.paredes-fuentes@warwick.ac.uk

Dr. Claudia Rei, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies supports the Director of Undergraduate Studies in implementing academic policies and is the Department's Assessment and Feedback Coordinator. Room: S0.73 Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 73019 Email: C.Rei@warwick.ac.uk

Dr. Christian Soegaard, Director of Academic and Pastoral Support (DAPS)

The DAPS is responsible for the personal tutor system, convening the Undergraduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee and overseeing the Year Tutors. Room: S2.125
Telephone: +44 (0)24 761 51421
Email: C.Soegaard@warwick.ac.uk

Year Tutors

There is at least one Year Tutor for each academic year, with the responsibility of overseeing the personal tutor system for their respective year groups. The Year Tutors are:

Year 1: Dr. Jingyi Mao and Dr. Andrew Burlinson

Year 2: Dr. Tom Martin

Year 3: Dr. Amira Elasra

You can find out more about the responsibilities of the Year Tutors in Section 6.

Personal Tutor

You are allocated a Personal Tutor (PT), a member of academic staff to whom you can turn for advice regarding academic or personal matters. You can find out who has been assigned as your Personal Tutor on Tabula. Your Personal Tutor can also signpost you to more appropriate sources of personal support and guidance within the University. You can find out more about the role of your Personal Tutor in Section 6.

The Director for Overseas, Visiting and Erasmus Students

The Director for Erasmus and Visiting Students has special responsibility for visiting overseas students. They act as Personal Tutor to these students. They are aided in the management of visiting students by the Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Manager.

Name: Dr. Dennis Novy
Room:
S2.90
Telephone:
+44 (0) 24 761 50046
Email:
d.novy@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.

Name: Dr. Atisha Ghosh
Room:
S2.140
Telephone:
TBC
Email:
Atisha.Ghosh@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.

Name: Dr. Isleide Zissimos
Room:
S2.109
Telephone:
TBC
Email:
Isleide.Zissimos@warwick.ac.uk

Administrative staff with responsibility for undergraduate students

The Undergraduate Office

Your first point of call for most initial enquiries is the Undergraduate (UG) Office, headed by the Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Manager and supervised by the UG Office Coordinator, Ann Simper, who is also the Welfare Officer, with a responsibility for student well-being.

If you have questions about your timetable or problems with clashes, you should go to the UG Office. The UG Office is a friendly place to go for a chat and they can help you answer most questions, so it’s a good resource. Assignments that need submitting (non-electronic) are handed in to this office. If you have a question about departmental procedures, such as requesting unusual options, deadline extensions, questions about degree regulations, etc., please check the website first. If you cannot find an answer to your query, you should contact the UG Office. You can also go to the UG office if you would like to speak to the Welfare Officer about any problems or concerns you might have and if necessary, she can also put you in touch with the Academic and Pastoral Support team.

If you are ever in doubt about who to contact regarding an issue and have not been able to find the relevant information on the website, then the UG office is a good place to start.

Room: S0.98 (Open from 8:00am - 4:45pm, Monday - Thursday and 8:00am - 3:45pm on Friday)
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 23933
Email: economics.ugoffice@warwick.ac.uk

The Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Manager

The Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Manager is a member of the administrative team responsible for the administration of undergraduate degree courses, including modules, course transfers, coursework extensions and exemptions, study abroad and plagiarism cases.

Name: tbc Room: S0.96
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 73404
Email: tbc

The Joint Programmes Coordinator

The Joint Programmes Coordinator is based in the UG office and liaises with other Departments with whom we have joint degrees. They are responsible for the administration of all of the Department's joint degrees.

Name: Tina MacSkimming Room: S0.98
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 23055
Email: t.macskimming.1@warwick.ac.uk

The Quality Assurance Manager

The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for the management of quality assurance processes in the Department. The Quality Assurance Manager works closely with the Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Manager and key duties include: management of information for students; committee management and management of quality assurance policies and processes affecting the degree courses.

Name: Kelly Taylor Room: S0.94 Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 28415
Email: K.E.Taylor@warwick.ac.uk

Exams Coordinators

If you have a particular concern regarding Examinations, then your query should be referred to the Exams Coordinator email account. In the first instance you might wish to speak with your Personal Tutor or Year Tutor about such a concern and they can always forward you on to the appropriate person.

Email: examscoordinator@warwick.ac.uk

Who to contact and when

If you have a query:

  1. Check the Economics website: www.warwick.ac.uk/economics.
  2. Check the Undergraduate Current students Page.
  3. Check the Undergraduate Handbook.
  4. Contact the UG Office who can answer your query or put you in touch with the right person. This is the best place to go to for most initial enquiries.

The following list should contain many of the queries you may have and who you should contact in each case. We encourage you to read this list, as contacting multiple people wastes time and can lead to miscommunication.

1. Where can I get help with the module content? You should see your module Support and Feedback class tutor during their Advice and Feedback hours in the first instance. If they are unable to help, then you should go to the Advice and Feedback hours of the module lecturers, as they are responsible for all academic aspects of the module, including lecture content, class questions and solutions. We also have Study Support Sessions for year 1 and 2 core modules, which you can sign up to and have Maths and Stats Drop in Sessions throughout the year. Please see the Academic Support webpage for further details.

2. Who should I speak to if I need to change the time of my class, because of a clash or illness? You will need to go the UG office and they will be able to help. Your class tutor does not have the authority to permit you to change groups.

3. If I need an extension or cannot attend the time of a module Support and Feedback class or a test, who should I speak to? You should go to the UG office and they will be able to advise you. We cannot change the time of any tests or examinations and neither your tutors nor module lecturers can grant you an extension to an assignment. All extension requests must be requested on Tabula and are then considered by the Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Manager. Please see the section on extensions and exemptions for details of how to apply for an absence from a test or examination.

4. I am a tier 4 visa holder and need to leave the UK. Tier 4 Visa holders must apply to the UG office for an authorised absence if they need to leave the UK during term time.

5. I'm experiencing some difficulties in my personal or academic life. There are a number of places you can go to for support within the Department and they will be able to direct you to the best person or resource if the situation requires further guidance.

  • Your Personal Tutor: they can provide you with support on any academic or non-academic problems you are experiencing during your time at Warwick.
  • The Academic and Pastoral Support team: This is comprised of the Director of Academic and Pastoral Support, Dr. Christian Soegaard, the Year Tutors and the Welfare Officer. They can provide you with support about any problems of a more serious nature, both medical and personal, that you feel may have a detrimental effect on your academic studies. This might include a physical or mental illness; a distressing family situation or a traumatic personal experience.
  • The UG office, where you can meet with the Welfare Officer, Ann Simper.
  • The daily Academic and Pastoral Support Drop-in sessions in S0.97.

6. I am not sure if I'm studying the right Degree and am considering transferring degrees or withdrawing. You may first want to talk to your Personal Tutor or one of the members of the Academic and Pastoral Support team. You should then also contact the Director or Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies.

7. Who can I speak to for advice on module choices? You can attend the daily Academic and Pastoral Support Drop-in sessions in S0.97 and members of staff will be able to provide you with guidance. You can also speak to your Personal Tutor or the Deputy Directors of Undergraduate Studies.

8. I want to raise an issue with the Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC). Contact a Student Representative if you wish to raise an issue about an aspect of your course or more generally about the Department/University. Student representatives from all years are elected at the end or start of each academic year and together with various members of staff, they comprise the Student–Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC). The Chair of the SSLC is invited to attend meetings of the Undergraduate Management Committee which meets termly to discuss courses and modules, review visiting students’ programmes, admission and various other academic matters. The Chair of this committee is the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

9. Who should I speak to if I have a question about joint degrees? You can contact the Joint Degree Officer (Dr. Stefania Paredes Fuentes) or the Joint Programmes Manager (Tina MacSkimming) both based in the Department of Economic if you have any queries about EPAIS or more general enquiries about any joint degree. If your query is about a specific joint degree and especially if it is concerning the partner Department, then you should contact the relevant Department:

10. I haven't received a satisfactory response from other members of the Department or they have been unable to resolve my problem: Only under these circumstances should you consider contacting the Head or Deputy Head of Department. If you wish to contact the Head of Department, you must do so via his PA/Executive Officer, Gill Gudger g.e.gudger@warwick.ac.uk.

How to contact academic staff

By email:

All members of the Department have an email account and they will monitor it regularly, though please do note that staff will take academic and study leave and hence during holidays, they will not be responding to emails as 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 your Year Tutor/ 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.

During Advice and Feedback hours:

All academic staff have Advice and Feedback hours at which they can meet you. Advice and Feedback hours are normally posted on office doors and on each member of staff’s personal webpage. 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.

Telephone contact:

Each member of staff has a telephone number, listed online in the University telephone directory. From a telephone connected to the University switchboard the number has five digits, e.g. the UG Office Coordinator, Ann Simper’s is 28417. When calling a number from outside the University, all internal extensions starting with 2 or 7 have 024 76 5 in front of them and all extensions starting with 5 have 024 76 1 in front of them (e.g. for Ann Simper dial 024 7652 8417). If you don’t know the number, dial the University switchboard (0 from an internal phone, 024 7652 3523 from outside).

A full list of all staff in the department can be found on our people pages.

How we communicate with you

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 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 upon logging into Tabula.

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.

Check your email every day as it is the main way we will contact you.

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/ 

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.

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

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.

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) http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/studentrecords).

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.