View the latest news from departments within the Faculty of Social Sciences below.
We are delighted to be 1st in the country for our Learning Community in Linguistics.
Outstanding PTES results from CES student responses
The 2018 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) have just been published. The results for CES are outstanding! More details will be publicy available soon. Thank you to all those who responded.
Congratulations to Dr Louise Denne, Senior Research Fellow in CEDAR, who graduated last week with a PhD from Bangor University. Pictured is Louise with her PhD supervisors: Professor Carl Hughes Head of the School of Education at Bangor, and Professor Richard Hastings (CEDAR).
Professor David Stark (CIM) and Professor Nick Chater (WBS) Event
A foster mum from Nuneaton has graduated from the University of Warwick’s Centre for Life Long Learning with a first class degree.
Julie Marziano, who is 51, received her BA honours degree in Health and Social Policy during Warwick’s summer graduation ceremonies.
2018 Student Survey Results
The Department of Economics is pleased to announce that we have achieved good results in the recent student surveys: the National Student Survey (NSS), the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.
The overall student satisfaction of our final year undergraduate students is 82% which is disappointing this year but the Department is continuing to work into areas to improve this. We are pleased to report that the highest scores were achieved for ‘Learning Resources’ (89%) and ‘Organisation and Management’ (85%). 88% of our students said that the course was intellectually stimulating and 91% were pleased with access to course specific resources. There have been some pleasing improvements to our students’ perception of the quality of ‘Assessment and Feedback’; we hope to improve on this further in the coming years.
Within the Russell Group of UK universities, Warwick Economics has a strong NSS profile. In all but 3 of the 26 NSS questions, Warwick Economics achieves higher ratings than the average Russell Group rating: notable amongst this are the ratings for ‘Learning Community’ (11% points above the RG average; ‘The course is well organised and running smoothly’ (8% points higher than the RG average); and ‘My course has challenged me to achieve my best work’ (7% points above the RG average).
The overall satisfaction rating has increased from 72% in 2016/17 to 85% in 2017/18 which is above the overall Warwick score of 84%. This was achieved with a response rate of 59% of the postgraduate taught cohort. We saw a 9% point increase in satisfaction with the Dissertation Module and a 7% point increase in how students perceived ‘Teaching’ on the course which now stands at 85%.
The 2018 DLHE survey confirms that our graduates from undergraduate courses are very successful at securing employment after graduation; 95% of our undergraduates work or study six months after completion of study and 93% of them are in graduate-level employment or study. 87% of postgraduate taught graduates and 100% of our postgraduate research graduates are in work or study six months after their graduation.
How We Act on the Feedback Received
We are reflecting on the results of these surveys and preparing an action plan in which we will capture the key themes arising from student feedback, analyse the causes of any issues identified and come up with initiatives to be worked on in response to the feedback. We will be engaging our UG and PGT students in those discussions to make sure that their perspectives are taken into account.
UK Research and Innovation Policy Internships Scheme
We are pleased to announce that the latest call for UK Research and Innovation Policy Internships Scheme is now live.
The internship scheme provides the opportunity for PhD students funded by the research councils of UK Research and Innovation to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations. The student will be expected to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work.
Internships are available with a number of parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations.
The 27 Hosting Partners for the 2018/19 competition round are listed on the UKRI website page along with further information on the scheme, documentation and guidance for applicants.
The UKRI Policy Internships Scheme is being coordinated by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) on behalf of all Research Councils. Questions about the internship should be addressed to the NERC Research Careers Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note the call closing date is 13 August 2018.
IER welcomes two visiting International Fellows from Italy
Dr Giulio Pedrini and Dr Luca Cattani from the University of Bologna will visit the IER for a month, working with Dr Daria Luchinskaya (IER) and Dr Charoula Tzanakou (PAIS) to develop a collaborative programme of research on graduate employment between the University of Warwick and the University of Bologna.
As part of their Institute for Advanced Study funded visit, they will present a workshop titled:
Graduate labour market transitions in the UK and Italy: initial patterns and institutional similarities
and difference on 17 July, 2018 at 12.30 hours in B0.41, ground floor, Social Sciences Building.
If you wish to attend please email L.Marston@warwick.ac.uk to book a place.
For more information about other events on graduate transitions in the UK and Italy during July read here.
Here at the Law School, we like to shout about the achievements of our students and alumni. As so many of our current PhD students have been published recently, we thought we would share their success with everyone else. Join us in congratulating…
2018 NSS Results: PAIS #1 Department in University and #1 for Politics in Russell Group for overall satisfaction
The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is delighted to announce that in the 2018 National Student Survey we have achieved an overall student satisfaction result of 95 per cent for PO-coded degrees.
This year PAIS has regained our position as 1st in the University for overall student satisfaction. We are particularly pleased to report that we are 1st in the University for assessment and feedback, and 2nd for organization and management. We are also 1st in the University for student feedback being acted on and 2nd for staff valuing students' views and opinions about their course.
We have also improved our position nationally and are now ranked 1st for Politics in the Russell Group for overall student satisfaction. Other highlights among our Russell Group competitors include:
- 1st for Teaching
- 1st for Assessment and feedback
- 1st for Organization and management
- 1st for Student voice
Our sustained performance in overall student satisfaction in recent years is very impressive with our three year rolling average now also running at 95 per cent:
Overall satisfaction (PO coded degrees)
95 per cent
94 per cent
97 per cent
92 per cent
86 per cent
81 per cent
The 2018 NSS results also follow two very encouraging outcomes in recent international league tables where the Department has improved its position since 2017:
2018 QS: PAIS is ranked #42 out of 200 (up from #44=)
2018 Shanghai: PAIS is ranked #37 out of 400 (up from #47)
These impressive outcomes are due to an outstanding team effort among academic and professional services colleagues as well as our fantastic students. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work and support in terms of teaching, feedback, and the student experience.
We look forward to working in partnership with our amazing students and dedicated staff to sustain and build on these strong results, which reflect our deep commitment to research-led teaching excellence. At the start of the new academic year we will feedback in greater detail to all students and we will discuss and take forward ideas for further enhancement of the PAIS student experience via our Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC).
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved an overall satisfaction rating of 96% for the Philosophy course at Warwick.
We have also seen significant increases in other key categories, including
- teaching on my course – 100% of our finalists agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating (up 9 percentage points)
- assessment and feedback – 88% agreed that they have received helpful feedback on their work (up 14 percentage points)
- academic support – 96% agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to (up 9 percentage points)
- student voice – 79% agreed that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course (up 9 percentage points)
We very much look forward to continuing working with our current undergraduate students and to welcoming our new students in 2018/19 into the Philosophy community at Warwick.
Assistant Professor in Sociology
Applications are invited for an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick.