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Week 36

Department News

Econometrics Summer Masterclass and Workshop

The Econometrics Summer Workshop and Masterclass, jointly organised by Mingli Chen, Luis E. Candelaria, and the Econometrics and Labour Research Group, took place from 30th May to 1st June at the University of Warwick. The topic of this year's event was the Econometrics of Network Models.

The workshop featured seminar talks by invited speakers: Aureo de Paula (UCL), Bryan Graham (UC Berkeley), Michael Leung (USC), and Konrad Menzel (NYU). From 31st May to 1st June, Bryan Graham gave a masterclass on network analysis which featured both theoretical and applied topics.

More than 40 attendees including faculty and PhD students from different universities benefited from the energetic environment to discuss and exchange ideas on various topics of network analysis.

Postgraduate Photographs and Social

On Tuesday 29 May, we held the annual Postgraduate class photo and also welcomed nearly 200 of our MSc and MRes/PhD students to the annual Economics Postgraduate Social. Staff and students from the Department enjoyed a 3 course dinner, drinks, disco and a fun photo booth to celebrate the end of their studies at Warwick before going away to complete dissertations.

Photographs from the afternoon and evening can be viewed via the link here.

Staff Recognition Scheme - May's Nominations

This month, awards have been given to the following staff who have provided excellent service and/or made an excellent contribution to the Department in May: Andrew Taylor, Neil Gatty, Bozena Beauclair, Fiona Brown, Jane Snape, Delphine Christie, Maryanne Heafey, Carolyn Andrews, Kelly Taylor, Stephanie Caven, Sarah Duggan, Gill Gudger, Lisa Hayes and Margaret Nash. Well done to all!

Have you spotted a colleague making an outstanding contribution, if so, please make a nomination using the link here.

Joint Programmes Coordinator Vacancy

The Department are looking to recruit a Coordinator to manage the undergraduate joint degree teaching programmes. Details of the job description can be found on the job advert here, which has been posted to University's internal vacancies webpage.

The closing date for applications is 19 June with the interview date set for 11 July 2018.  

Merit Pay Scheme 2017/2018

The merit pay scheme for 2018 has now been launched for all staff in grades FA1-FA8. Nominations should be made by Line Managers. Nominations should be forwarded to Lisa Hayes, HR Officer by Friday 6 July 2018. Further information about the Merit Pay scheme can be found here.

Senior Performance Salary Remuneration Review (SPRR) 2017/2018

The Senior Performance and Remuneration Review for 2018 has now been launched for all Professorial Staff and Senior Professional staff at FA9. This is a self nomination process.

Should you wish to self nominate, please complete the nomination form (found by clicking here) and forward to Jeremy Smith (cc’d to Lisa Hayes) by Friday 6 July 2018.

PDR - submission deadline of 20 July 2018

The PDR window is now open and will run until 20 July 2018. As we have commited to try to increase participation in the PDR scheme in our Athena Swan submission and in our Pulse Action Plan, your involvement in the process is encouraged. Please click on the link here to learn more about the process and to action the PDR form.

The deadline for all submissions is 20 July 2018. Please send all completed PDR forms to Lisa Hayes, HR Officer in the first instance.

New Fire Awareness Training Module

The University has launched a new online Fire Awareness Training module and is asking for all staff to complete the training. The module covers an introduction insight into fire safety awareness on campus. You can access the online module in Moodle by clicking here and it shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to complete.

Summer Term - Staff Buffet Lunch

In the Summer Term, Staff Buffet Lunch will take place on Thursdays in weeks 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. Room S2.79, 12.30pm-1.30pm. PhD and MRes Students will be invited to join in Weeks 1 & 9.

Lunchtime Tennis, Wednesdays from 12.00-1.00pm

We have booked out a couple of tennis courts at Lakeside Tennis Courts for the next 5 weeks (until 11 July). If you are interested in attending on your lunch break, please email Charlotte White charlotte dot white at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Publications, Presentations, Talks & Awards

Mark Harrison gave the St Catharine’s Foundation lecture on the subject of "The Soviet economy: the late 1930s in historical perspective" to the annual conference of the Centre for Russian, European, and Eurasian Studies of the University of Birmingham, held at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park on the 1st June 2018.

Jonathan Cave will be in Brussels representing the Regulatory Policy Committee, holding discussions with the EC’s Regulatory Scrutiny Board, participating in their annual workshop and meeting with heads of analogous European bodies in RegWatch Europe on 4-5th June 2018. He will also be co-organising and speaking at the 2nd Annual Transatlantic Symposium on ICT and Policy in Washington DC on 19-20 June.

Andrew Oswald presented his paper “Workplace Diversity and Black-White Social Relations” at the 23rd Spring Meeting of Young Economists on 30th May in Spain and at the 7th IRES Graduate Student Workshop on 9th June in California.

Daniel Sgroi presented “The Effect of Positive Mood on Cooperation in Repeated Interaction” at the Birmingham Experimental Workshop on Social Preference on Friday 1st June.

Sascha O. Becker and Thiemo Fetzer organised a workshop on "Globalisation and Populism: Past and Present" within the CESifo Venice Summer Institute on Monday 4th June and Tuesday 5th June. The keynotes were given by David D. Laitin, Stanford University, Dani Rodrik, Harvard University, and Kevin Hjortshoj O' Rourke, University of Oxford.

Arun Advani presented "The Dynamic Effects of Tax Audits" at the Workshop on Empirical Analysis of Tax Compliance, hosted by Oslo Fiscal Studies at the University of Oslo.

Media Coverage

"Government data are ever more important to economic research" - Arun Advani mentioned by the author - The Economist, 26th May 2018.

"[Video] - Dennis Novy on the latest US/China/EU trade dispute" - Al Jazeera's studio, London - 3rd June 2018.

"Stop trying to reinvent the monetary wheel with bitcoin" - Robert Skidelsky's view on monetary reform - Financial News, 25th June 2018.

Department Diary

  • Warwick Economic Theory Workshop | 8-9 June | All day | Scarman
  • Undergraduate Open Days 2018 | 22-23 June | 10-4pm | Campus
    Update: We request as many academic and administration staff to attend and still require administrative support on both days.
  • CAGE & IAS Summer School 2018 | 26-28 June | All day | Radcliffe
  • Economics Graduaton Day | 20 July | 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
  • Staff Buffet Lunch for staff (every fortnightly on Thursday) | 12.30 - 1.30pm | S2.79 | Social Sciences Building

Research Spotlight

Claudia Rei is in the spotlight for this week's research interview - find out more about her recent research

Other News

Social Sciences building improvement

Work is due to start on Monday 11th June to improve the Social Sciences building. Part of the plan will be to extend the area which is currently the bike racks to create new study and social space as well as improving access to Economics.

Warwick ranks highly in latest UK and International league tables

The University of Warwick has been named as one the world’s top 100 universities for research and teaching by the Times Higher Education’s 2018 World Reputation Rankings. This news comes shortly after the University was ranked 8th in the UK in the Guardian 2019 University Guide.

Warwick was also ranked in the UK Top 10 and World top 60 by QS World University Rankings (6 June 2018).

Postgraduate Research Showcase

The annual Postgraduate Research Showcase brings together and recognises the excellence of Warwick’s postgraduate research. Meet researchers and hear about their projects and the impact they are making.