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Centre for Applied Linguistics

NSS Results 2018

We are delighted to be 1st in the country for our Learning Community in Linguistics.

Mon 30 July 2018, 15:54 | Tags: ELL, LML, LCC

Centre for Education Studies

Congratulations: Two CES PhD students won 2 of the 3 early career conference awards for their papers at BERA.

 BERAS winners

Congratulations and well done to Krystal and Tong!

2nd prize

Krystal Douglas, University of Warwick
Friendships Networks and Aspiration to Higher Education
3rd prize
Tongtong Zhao, University of Warwick
Aspirations for participation in higher education from a gender perspective: a research study on final year secondary school students in Cameroon


Wed 10 October 2018, 12:14 | Tags: postgraduate, Research, Current Postgraduates, International




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).

Wed 25 July 2018, 09:11

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

Seven Inspiring Tips for CLL students - No.2

Recently, the Centre for Lifelong Learning Team caught up with Taiwo Ogunrinde, former student of the Gateway to HE course who then progressed to a degree and is currently studying her second year of the full-time Social Studies Degree. She shared with us her seven tips for mature students and her inspiring journey to education


Current affairs debated at Warwick Question Time 2018

On Monday 1st October, a packed Butterworth Hall played host to the sixth annual Warwick Question Time

The popular event organised by the Department of Economics and the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS), provides a platform for students to engage with politicians, policy makers and academics on major issues and questions that concern the world.

This year's event debated current affairs and the questions ranged from Brexit, international trade and migration to artificial intelligence and fake news . The event attracted over a thousand students and guests, who took their seats to watch this year's panel: Dharshini David, author, economist and broadcaster; Christina Lamb OBE, one of Britain's leading foreign correspondents and best selling author; George Grant, former security analyst, foreign correspondent and a Conservative Party Candidate for Bradford West in 2015 and 2017 general elections; Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington and two current Warwick students: Louise Sodergren (Economics) and Harry Ford (PAIS).

Chairing the event for the first time was Professor Chris Anderson, Professor of Politics and Economics at the University of Warwick.

Economics and Politics students asked questions which put the panellists to the test and opened up an interesting debate. The questions had been selected from over a hundred questiions submitted by students and selected by the Question Time organisers. The questions reflected topics frequently debated in the media in the last few weeks including: How can freedom of speech and misinformation coexist in a free society? Is it still possible for the UK and EU to reach a Brexit deal and how the West's relationship with China will evolve after recent events?

Warwick Question Time brings the university experience to life. I couldn’t think of a better way to start the academic year - as scientists and thinkers, we are always asking questions and looking for answers; as a learning community, we do so together at a time when the challenges we face seem more complex than ever.
Chris Anderson, Professor of Politics and Economics, University of Warwick
This is the third one I’ve been to and was the liveliest, probably because of two innovations: not having a theme to the questions which meant they felt more topical and having two students on the panel.
Rachel Sandby-Thomas, Registrar, University of Warwick

After the event, students were given the opportunity to speak to panellists during the drinks reception that took place within the Warwick Arts Centre atrium. Those who attended said they enjoyed the event and the opportunity to engage in the debate. The annual Question Time event forms part of the induction for newly arrived Economics and PAIS first year students at Warwick,

Missed the event? Video will be made available here..

For those of you that missed the event or would like to watch the debate again, a video will be made available shortly here.


Fri 05 October 2018, 12:26 | Tags: Promoted homepage-news

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Congratulations! - ESRC DTC student Duncan Lees quoted in the Financial Times

Duncan was recently quoted in a Financial Times article "The Bard in Beijing: how Shakespeare is subverting China" in relation to his research on Shakespeare in Chinese education.

For those who hold a subscription to Financial Time, the article can be viewed here.

Mon 15 October 2018, 16:00 | Tags: Social Sciences, Students publications

Institute for Employment Research

New cohort of Nigerian officials visit IER for training

Nigerian visitIn September IER hosted a second cohort of labour market officials from the Nigerian Government’s Industrial Training Fund. The visitors receive training in the labour market data and analysis techniques developed by IER, covering: higher and vocational education; labour market classification, measurement and forecasting; and careers guidance and labour market information for all. The aim is to help build greater capacity in labour market analysis in Nigeria as the country seeks to diversify its economic base.

Wed 10 October 2018, 11:09 | Tags: training, labour market


Dos and don’ts of Brexit: Dr Andreas Kokkinis examines the future of the UK financial services

We are proud to announce that an article, co-authored by Assistant Professor Dr Andreas Kokkinis alongside Dr Andrea Miglionico from the University of Reading, was published in the prominent Law and Economics Yearly Review this month.

Tue 16 October 2018, 12:17 | Tags: GLOBE Centre, Publication, Research, Staff in action

Politics and International Studies

PAIS: No 1 in The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is ranked 1st of 83 UK Politics departments in the The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. This influential national league table reflects latest data, including student satisfaction (NSS) research excellence, and graduate prospects.

The University of Warwick is ranked 10th overall — a University press release can be found here.

Our latest position in The Times/The Sunday Times follows on from other great successes over the summer. We achieved 95 per cent in the National Student Survey (NSS), and saw a further increase in graduate employment prospects. 97 per cent of 2016/17 graduates were working or in further study. Moreover, 91 per cent of those were in graduate level work or study.

Dr Juanita Elias, Head of PAIS, commented:

‘Without a doubt, staff and students in PAIS will be delighted with this incredible result. The number one ranking in the 2018 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide league table is testimony to the hard work and dedication of all PAIS staff over the years. In PAIS we are committed to a research-led approach to teaching – this provides students with an unparalleled learning experience in which they are exposed to some of the most pressing debates in national and international politics today. With the start of term imminent, we look forward to welcoming our new intake of students who will no doubt benefit from the first class learning environment on offer in PAIS. Congratulations to all staff and students on this impressive achievement!’

We thank all staff and students who have contributed to this outstanding achievement. With a number of exciting and ambitious plans for the 2018/19 academic year and beyond, we look forward to sustaining and building on these successes in the months and years ahead.

Tue 25 September 2018, 09:39 | Tags: Front, Staff, Impact, PhD, MA, UG


EU-Funded Project: Making Sense of Commitment led by Dr John Michael - Update

The Sense of Commitment: An Integrative Framework for Modelling the Sense of Commitment project, which has received a grant from the EU's European Research Council (ERC), is led by Dr John Michael. His project team are investigating how we assess our own levels of commitment and those of others, and their work is seeking to fill the scientific knowledge gap through research that could impact on a significantly wide range of disciplines, including how robots interact with humans. It might also hold promise for improved treatment of borderline personality disorder.

'This kind of research will help keep the EU at the forefront of innovation in robotics but also productivity - maintaining motivation in companies - and health' says John Michael. Please see here for the full update:

Mon 01 October 2018, 13:57 | Tags: Home Page


In Memoriam - Professor Robert Fine

Fri 22 June 2018, 13:51