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Week 12

Department News

End of Year Message from Head of the Department

I hope you all enjoyed the Staff Christmas lunch which took place on 11th December in Radcliffe House.

I am not sure whether it is an age thing, but this term appears to have flown by. It seems like just a couple of weeks ago (on the Friday just before the start of term on the Monday) we were moving the offices around to settle into our new redesigned space. Now some three months later the work is nearly complete – although there remains some more non-structural work to be done. Yet again I am truly thankful to a large number of people for their dedication and hard work which makes the Department such an enjoyable and rewarding place to work.

I hope that over the next few weeks you will all get some time to relax and that you manage to make some time to spend with loved ones. For those of you who are travelling over this period please stay safe.

The term ending does not indicate work coming to an end as we will be sending representatives from the Department to both the EEA Meeting in Rotterdam 18-19th December and then to the AEA Meeting in San Diego 3-5th January. Next term work will focus on junior hiring, the re-induction of our U/G and P/G students, but there will be increasing attention given to the Research Excellence Framework for which the closing date for our submission is November 27th 2020. In addition to this there remains the distinct possibility of a Department level Teaching Excellence Framework submission next year as well.

I wish you all the best for the Holiday Season and look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.

Professor Jeremy Smith

Pulse Survey

PULSE, the University staff survey went live on 6 December 2019 and will close on 2 February 2020.

Pulse is a short survey that affords individuals the opportunity to put forward their views on their experience of working at Warwick. The outcomes of past Pulse surveys have helped shape the way we work, both Departmentally and University wide.

The Department is keen to learn how we can improve the working environment; therefore, we encourage all members of staff, regardless of length of service to complete the survey. All submissions are anonymous.

Please follow the link for more information on Pulse:

Response rates will be shared with colleagues through the Departmental Newsletter.

Open Days 2020 - Save the dates

The dates have been released for the University Open Days in June and October 2020. These Open Days allow prospective students to find out more about studying economics at Warwick from our academic staff and current students, as well as being a valuable conversion opportunity. Past feedback received for these events has been positive.

For both June and October's Open Days, we are in need of academic staff to participate and attend these events, so please can you email Charlotte White Charlotte dot White at warwick dot ac dot uk and save the below dates in your diary.

  • Saturday 13 June 2020
  • Saturday 20 June 2020
  • Saturday 10 October 2020
  • Saturday 24 October 2020
Christmas Craftssnow

On Sunday 8 December colleagues and their children enjoyed an afternoon of Christmas crafts. Thanks to everyone who came, it was a lovely occasion. Thank you to Isabella, Lisa’s daughter, for the ingenious sock-snowmen (see photo). A big thank you to Ylanta, from our cleaning staff who helped me with the glitter clean-up!

Postgraduate Winter Graduation Reception

The Postgraduate Winter Graduation ceremony will take place on Thursday 23rd January at 3pm. This ceremony will be followed by a reception at 4.30pm in Panorama Room, Rootes Building, for all these students, their families and friends to toast and celebrate their achievements.

All staff are invited to join in with the festivities so please do save the date and come along if you can.

Publications, Presentations & Workshops

Wiji Arulampalam gave two invited guest lectures at the University of Jaffna on the 10th of December on ‘Maternal autonomy and child nutrition’, and on the 12th of December on ‘The role of econometrics in the undergraduate economics curriculum’

Bishnu Gupta delivered the Max Weber lecture “Industralization in a Colonial Economy: Evidence from India” at University Carlos III in Madrid on 19th December 2019.

Eric Renault presented his talk on "The leverage effect puzzle revisited: identification in discrete time" in a 'Special Invited Session' of the CFE-CMStatistics Conference 2019 (14-16 December 2019, Senate House University of London)

Stefania Paredes Fuentes gave a talk on "Good Practice on Feedback" at Loughborough University.

Rosie Narayan presented her paper ‘The Indian Uprising of 1857 in Global Perspective: From India to the American South’ at the 2019 China-UK Humanities Alliance Annual Forum ‘Re-imagining the Global’, at Peking University, Beijing, China on the 13th December.

Media Coverage

'How common are bad bosses?- Andrew Oswalds' research mentioned - Financial Times, 9 December 2019

'Only one in eight managers is 'bad'' - Andrew Oswalds' research mentioned - Management Today, 10 December 2019

'The simplest ways to strengthen company culture' - Andrew Oswalds' and Daniel Sgroi's research mentioned - Yahoo Finance, 11 December 2019

'A new report called ‘Lessons from London’ urges radical change' - Mike Waterson research mentioned - Coach and Bus Week, 10 December 2019

'Letters to the editor' - Arun Advani's co-signed letter - The Economist, 14 December 2019

Dates For Your Diary

Favourite Quote

This week’s favourite quote came from James Fenske:

"He was not a fast reader, he explained, and was condemned to finish only five thousand books in his lifetime. But, he said, I could aspire to do better" - Nicholas Dawidoff on his grandfather, Alexander Gerschenkron