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Week 2

Department News


360 Guest Lecture - Vinay Gupta Lecture

On Monday 29 January 2018, Virtual Futures in partnership with Vinay Gupta, the co-founder of Mattereum delivered a talk, as part of the 360 Lecture Series, on the topic of blockchain and cryptocurrency, giving an insight into its history and the future. The topic proved to be popular attracting an audience of over 450 students and staff.

Commenting after the lecture, Vinay stated "I really enjoyed speaking to the students and staff of the economics and other departments, about the blockchain, history, and our future in space. I did not expect so many people to attend, and the conversations after the event were fascinating and stimulating. A really good event, thanks everybody!"

The video is currently being edited and will be live on the Department's Youtube channel.

PG Winter Graduation

The Department of Economics hosted its PG Winter Graduation on Friday 19 January 2018, celebrating the success and achievements of those who graduated from the MSc programmes. After receiving their certificates, students and their families along with our members of staff from the Department enjoyed an evening of food and drink with live music in the Panorama Room.

More information about the prize winners and photos taken on the day can be viewed on the news item here.

Students' Question Time

The Students' QT 2018 was held on 22 January 2018 with six selected students from Economics, PPE and Politics joining the Chair Claudia Rei to discuss current affairs. Our student panelists argued about a range of topical issues such as whether social media was the root cause of intolerance to other cultures and religions, the rise of populism on both sides of the Atlantic and its effect on neoliberal world order and whether the UK government should withdraw Trump's invitation for a state visit.

The video is currently being edited and will be live on the Department's Youtube channel.

Economics Video Project - New

A series of short videos will be created professionally to use on our website for marketing promotion ranging from student interviews to Economic modules. Over the coming weeks, selected students will be given the opportunity to work with Online Communications Officer Maz Meharban and the internal Warwick Production team. Depending on the video content, academic and/or administrative staff will be contacted by Maz (m.meharban@warwick.ac.uk) and requested to spare 10-15 minutes, so could you please set some time aside.

Stephanie Redding - Economics Students Careers Link

Just a quick reminder to all staff, and Personal Tutors in particular, that all queries from students related to careers, jobs, internships and guidance related to those should be referred to Stephanie Redding - S.Redding@warwick.ac.uk

Offer Holders Open Days - coming up this month!

The Department hosts Offer Holders Open Days throughout the year to allow prospective students to find out more about studying Economics at Warwick from our academic staff and current students. The first OHOD will be held on Wednesday 14 February from 12.30 - 3.00pm. These events are a valuable conversion opportunity and past feedback received has been very positive.

Update - There will be lunch in the Oculus at 12.30pm, and we would like to encourage staff to attend these events, so please save the below dates in your diary.

  • Wednesday 14 February 2018
  • Wednesday 14 March 2018
  • Wednesday 25 April 2018
Christmas Dress-Down Day - Update

The total amount raised for the Christmas Dress-Down day in aid of Cancer Research at Warwick was £2,057.98, this includes the amount donated to the Economics’ collection tin which was £51.79. Thank you to all members of staff and research students who took part in the Christmas Dress-Down day and gave donations.

Staff Recognition Scheme Goes Live!

We are very pleased to announce the introduction of the Economics Department Recognition Scheme. The aim of the scheme is to acknowledge employees or teams who make an outstanding contribution on a one off or short term basis and is a platform to provide instant recognition. The procedure was distributed to all staff on Monday 15 January 2018.

All staff in grades 1-8 are eligible to receive an award. Academic staff can nominate each other or a member of support staff and vice versa, support staff can nominate each other or a member of academic staff.

The nomination form can be found here and it is on the intranet, under Governance. The webpage will be updated on a regular basis and will include nominations received.

Publications, Presentations & Talks


Natalie Chen & Dennis Novy presented a research paper on "Vehicle Currency Pricing and Exchange Rate Pass-Through" (with Wanyu Chung) at a seminar at the Bank of England on 22 January 2018.

Kirill Pogorelskiy presented a paper titled “News We Like to Share: How News Sharing on Social Networks Influences Voting Outcomes”) at Stanford GSB on Tuesday 23rd January 2018.

He will also be presenting a paper titled "Skewness, Tax Progression, and Demand for Redistribution: Evidence from the UK” at Caltech next Tuesday 6th February 2018.

Andrew Oswald delivered a speech at the main UK conference of veterinary surgeons, on the topic of happiness and productivity this week.


Media Coverage


"Better maternity leave could help universities retain women – study" - Vera Troeger: The Guardian - 21st January 2018

"Vera talks about research on maternity leave in academia" - Vera Troeger: BBC Radio 4 - 26th January 2018


Department Diary


  • 360 Guest Lecture - Katy Chakrabortty | 12 February | 6.00-7.30pm | Oculus OC0.03
  • 360 Guest Lecture - Sumit Chowdhury | 19 February | 5.00-6.00pm | Zeeman MS.01
  • Offer Holders Open Day | 14 February | 12.30-15.00pm | Oculus OC0.03
    Update: We will be welcoming our offer holders on the above date. Please save the date in your diary. We ask staff to join prospective students & their parents for lunch in the Oculus at 12.30pm
  • Year 1 & Year 2 Dinner and Quiz Night | 22 February | 19.15-23.30pm | Panorama Room
    Update: We are holding a dinner and quiz night for first & second year Economics students. Save the date & inform Charlotte if you are able to attend for catering purposes (email economics dot events at warwick dot ac dot uk)
  • Offer Holders Open Day | 14 March | 12.30-15.00pm | MS.02
    Update: We will be welcoming our offer holders on the above date. Please save the date in your diary. We ask staff to join prospective students & their parents for lunch in the Oculus at 12.30pm
  • Offer Holders Open Day | 24 April | 12.30-15.00pm | Oculus OC0.03
    Update: We will be welcoming our offer holders on the above date. Please save the date in your diary. We ask staff to join prospective students & their parents for lunch in the Oculus at 12.30pm
  • Warwick Economics PhD Conference | 2-3 May | All day | S2.79
  • Economics Graduaton Day | 20 July | Location: Butterworth Hall
    Update: We request both academic and administration staff to save the date in your diaries.
  • Tea @3 (every Wednesday) | 3.00-3.30pm | Staff Common Room | Social Sciences Building
  • Social Networking Lunch for staff (every fortnightly on Thursday) | 12.30 - 1.30pm | S2.79 | Social Sciences Building


Staff Interview


Jingy Mao is in the spotlight for this week's staff interview - find out more about her.





Other News


USS Changes - Update

Get familiar with the latest updates on the proposed Universities Superannuation Scheme changes.

Photoshoot Oppportunity

Sarah Shepheard (shepheard at warwick dot ac dot uk) is looking for staff volunteers to take part in a photoshoot on Tuesday 6 February, either 10-11am or 11am-12pm at a Warwick Conferences venue. The photos taken will be used in communications with employers and businesses, so if you wear business/smart casual attire for work, get in touch with her via email.

Varsity Tickets 2018

Pick up a bundle ticket for £10 to watch TeamWarwick play aganist Coventry Universtiy in the Varsity competition.