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Centre for Applied Linguistics

Applied Linguistics launches new MA TESOL

The University has approved a replacement to our long-established and highly successful MA ELT. This will be a new MA TESOL. The programme is a product of our commitment to ongoing development and innovation in our postgraduate educational provision and will welcome its first students in October 2018.

Wed 15 November 2017, 14:07

Centre for Education Studies

Graduation 2018

CES students will be graduating on Friday 19th January 2018 (this will particularly affect Masters students 2016/17 but also some Research and Undergraduate students). More details can be found on the Graduation Website.

The Centre for Education Studies will be holding a reception for our students (and their families) who are graduating, immediately after the graduation ceremony. There is no charge to attend but only students who have registered will be admitted. If you would like to attend then please complete the form HERE.

A finger food buffett will be provided but unfortunately we are unable to accommodate any special diets (there will be vegetarian options available). The deadline for completing the form is 7th January 2018 - please note that we are unable to add people after that time for catering purposes.

Mon 14 August 2017, 08:54 | Tags: Events, Current Postgraduates, Current Undergraduates


Who's Challenging Who?

The protocol for the Who’s Challenging Who? randomised controlled trial has been published, and is free to download from Trials:

Wed 11 October 2017, 16:38

Centre for Professional Education

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Opportunities and Limits of Experimental Social Science

Professor David Stark (CIM) and Professor Nick Chater (WBS) Event

Mon 16 May 2016, 09:59 | Tags: interdisciplinary social science news-item-1 stark

Centre for Lifelong Learning

Dr Anil Awesti invited to speak at Liberal Democrats' AGM

CLL’s Dr Anil Awesti has been invited to be the guest speaker at the Warwick and Leamington Liberal Democrats' Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday 17 November.

Wed 15 November 2017, 12:16 | Tags: CLL


The Brexit Hit to Living Standards

New evidence on how much the referendum vote is already costing UK households.

UK households are already paying a high economic price for the vote to leave the European Union. According to the first detailed statistical analysis of how the referendum outcome has affected UK inflation, real wages and living standards, Brexit is costing the average household £7.74 per week through higher prices – which is equivalent to £404 a year.

Higher inflation has also reduced the growth of real wages. The impact of price increases due to the referendum is equivalent to a £448 cut in annual pay for the average worker. In other words, the Brexit vote has cost the average worker almost one week’s wages.

Households at all income levels and in all UK regions have experienced higher inflation because of the referendum. The costs have been evenly shared across the income distribution, but not across regions. The rise in inflation has been lowest for households in London, while Scotland, Wales and especially Northern Ireland have been worst hit.

The largest inflationary effects are for product groups with high import shares. These include bread and cereals; milk, cheese and eggs; coffee, tea and cocoa; beer; wine; furniture and furnishings; and jewellery, clocks and watches.

Dr Dennis Novy of the University of Warwick states:

Our research is not a Brexit forecast. It is about the costs of Brexit that have already materialised. The results show that living standards in the UK have already suffered. Households all across the country are hit by higher inflation – without matching pay rises. The increase in inflation can be directly traced back to last year's referendum when the sterling exchange rate dropped sharply

The report, published by the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and based on research funded by ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ programme, shows that:

• The vote to leave the EU was an unanticipated shock to the UK economy that increased uncertainty and reduced the expected future openness of the UK to trade, investment and immigration with the EU.

• The pound depreciated by approximately 10% immediately after the referendum. That depreciation raised inflation by increasing the cost of importing both final goods and intermediate inputs. For each 10 percentage point rise in a product group’s import share, inflation increased by 0.71 percentage points in the year after the vote.

• Accounting for both the depreciation and other effects of the referendum, the Brexit vote increased aggregate inflation by 1.7 percentage points in the year following the referendum. There is uncertainty about the exact size of this effect, but the analysis unambiguously shows that the referendum led to a substantial rise in inflation.

• The 1.7 percentage point increase in inflation implies that by June 2017, the Brexit vote was costing the average household £7.74 per week through higher prices. That is equivalent to £404 per year.

• Higher inflation has also reduced real wage growth. The impact of the referendum is equivalent to a £448 cut in annual pay for the average worker. Put another way, the Brexit vote has cost the average worker almost one week’s wages due to higher prices.

• Pass-through from the exchange rate depreciation to higher import costs peaked in the first quarter of 2017, but it continued in the third quarter of 2017.

• Households at all income levels and in all UK regions have experienced higher inflation because of the referendum. The costs have been evenly shared across the income distribution, but not across regions.

• The rise in inflation due to the referendum has been lowest for households in London, while Scotland, Wales and especially Northern Ireland have been worst hit.

A copy of the research paper (Paper No' CEPBREXIT11) can be found here.

Co-author Dr Thomas Sampson of the CEP comments:

‘Even before Brexit occurs, the increase in inflation caused by the Leave vote has already hurt UK households.’ Our results provide compelling evidence that, so far, UK households are paying an economic price for voting to leave the EU.

Dr Holger Breinlich of the University of Nottingham says:

‘Ahead of Wednesday’s Budget statement from the Chancellor, our findings show that the Leave vote has led to a sharp increase in inflation. At a time of growing disenchantment with austerity, this is clearly unwelcome news for living standards across the UK
Mon 20 November 2017, 08:57 | Tags: Promoted Homepage Department

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Call for Papers ENQUIRE Conference: Identity, Belonging and Activism in the 21st Century

Identity, Belonging and Activism in the 21st Century


24 February 2018
Venue: University of Nottingham
Abstract Deadline: 8 December 2017

How do the pressures of austerity, migration and populism impact on identity and belonging in the 21st century?

What is the emotional cost of maintaining the ‘self’ in circumstances of marginalisation and feelings of ‘unbelonging’?

How are identities challenged by multiple sites of oppression and new threats to community and solidarity?

How does individual and collective action influence policy and bring about social change in this context?

Identity and belonging are dynamic sociological concepts illuminating the ways in which individuals navigate the effects of local and global inequalities. The lived experiences of individuals offer important insights into effects of ‘(un)belonging’ and the maintenance of the ‘self’.

We invite doctoral and early career researchers to present on these and related questions at the 10th Anniversary Enquire Conference. We welcome abstracts on empirical and theoretical research which could be based on, but not limited to, the following areas:

· ‘Race’ & ethnicity

· Disability

· Gender

· Social class

· Migration

· Sexuality

· Technology

· Place & space

· Political activism

· Age

· The body

· Globalisation

· Social citizenship

· Social Policy

· Education

· Intersectionality

This is a one-day event, costing £10, to be held on Saturday 24th February 2018, with keynote speakers including Professor Anne-Marie Fortier (Lancaster) and Dr Elisabetta Zontini (Nottingham). We welcome abstracts of 250-350 words in length for presentations of 15 minutes, to be submitted to by 8th December 2017. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Enquire Conference Team

Institute for Employment Research

Engaging employers in building better quality jobs


This conference organised jointly by the OECD, Warwick IER, the Work Foundation, and the Centre for Cities will bring together stakeholders from national government departments, cities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) as well as business, NGOs and research institutions to discuss the key challenges facing the United Kingdom in building more and better quality jobs. The conference will focus on discussing the key challenges and opportunities from Brexit and sharing local solutions as well as international lessons from OECD countries on how effective skills policies can foster productivity and inclusive growth. Register for the conference at The Shard on Thursday 2 November 2017.

Fri 10 November 2017, 12:45 | Tags: policy, decent work, skills


Soft Law and Global Health Problems

We are pleased to announce that Dr Sharifah Sekalala’s new book will be released on the 24th November 2017.

Millions of people in developing countries struggle to gain access to essential life-saving medicines for global epidemics such as AIDS and malaria. ‘Soft Law and Global Health Problems’ examines the different legal approaches that have been taken internationally to improve global access to essential medicines.

Fri 17 November 2017, 13:41 | Tags: postgraduate, Book2017

Politics and International Studies

Job Vacancy: Executive Officer

The Department of Politics and International Studies seeks to appoint a full-time Executive Officer. This is an exciting opportunity to support the effective running of the department and provide comprehensive executive support to the Head of Department (HoD), Deputy HoDs and the Senior Management team.

For more information, and to apply, please visit:

Thu 16 November 2017, 10:43 | Tags: Front, Staff


Self and World, 20 Years On - Quassim Cassam Institue of Philosophy Conference

In 1997, Quassim Cassam published his first authored book Self and World, exploring the connections between self-consciousness, spatial representations, and bodily awareness. It is a seminal work in the Kantian-Strawsonian tradition, which became out of fashion at the beginning of this century. However, it cannot be denied that there is much to be learned and reconsidered in this work, and the 20-anniversary seems to be an apt time for us to take stock and further pursue the relevant issues. This event brings together perspectives from different traditions, including the Kantian, the phenomenological, the analytic, and the empirical. It is an attempt to understand the contemporary relevance of Cassam’s seminal work, and to explore the future of the Kantian-Strawsonian tradition in general.

Fri 10 November 2017, 13:10 | Tags: Home Page Postgraduate Staff Undergraduate


Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships: Applications open now

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2018. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

The Department is now receiving applications for departmental support.

Wed 22 November 2017, 14:19 | Tags: Social Theory Centre Publications