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Question Time


How would you like to engage with policy makers on issues that concern the world?

Warwick Economics Question Time is held during Induction and is very similar in format to the popular BBC television show

It gives new students, as well as other students and staff at the University, an excellent opportunity to engage with politicians, policy makers and academics on major issues and questions that concern the world.

State of the art concert hall

The event takes place in Butterworth Hall at the Warwick Arts Centre, and previous years have seen an audience of over 1,000 taking their seats to watch exciting panellists discussing a range of issues.

Next event

Next year's QT will take place on Monday, 1 October 2018 and it will be hosted by the Department of Economics and PAIS. Further details will be published here shortly.

Previous events

Find out all about previous years' Question Time events: 2016| 2015 | 2014 | 2013


Previous speakers

  • Lord Gus O’Donnell
    Former Cabinet Secretary (2005-2011), the highest official in the British Civil Service.
  • The Right Honourable Hazel Blears
    Member of Parliament for Salford for 18 years and held various roles including Health Minister, Police and Counter Terrorism Minister.
  • Vicky Pryce
    Greek-born British Economist, Business Consultant and author of 'Greekonomics'.
  • Douglas Carswell
    British politician, UKIP MP for Clacton (2014-17).
  • Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer
    Retired U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel.
  • Suzanne Evans
    English journalist and politician.
  • Jacqui Smith
    First female Home Secretary (2007 -2009).
  • David Goodhart
    Prominent figure in public debate in the UK.
  • Lord Norman Lamont
    Served as Chancellor of the Exchequer (1990-1993).
  • Professor Nigel Thrift
    Vice-Chancellor of The University of Warwick.
  • Professor Abhinay Muthoo
    Professor of Economics, The University of Warwick.
  • Wyn Grant
    Chair of PAIS (1990-97), The University of Warwick.
  • Dennis Novy
    Associate Professor of Economics, The University of Warwick.

Students' Question Time

Your chance to continue the debate.

We also organise Students' Question Time (SQT), which gives three students from the Department the chance to join the panel alongside Professor Abhinay Muthoo, and debate on some of the topics raised from the main Question Time event in front of their fellow students.

"Participating in Students' Question Time reinforced my confidence speaking in front of an audience. I feel that I benefited enormously from being able to research a topic, formulate my views, and deliver it a clear and concise manner.

The audience participation added a welcome dynamic to what were already absorbing questions.

I would thoroughly recommend being a panellist at the Student Question Time."

Hugh Myers, SQT panellist 2016