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Centre for Applied Linguistics Read more from Latest News

Kieran File publishes a study exploring ‘How do boxing coaches communicate under pressure?

How do boxing coaches communicate under pressure? A study led by Dr Kieran File (supported by an Economic and Social Research Council IAA funding grant) in association with England Boxing and UK Coaching, entitled Focus on Coach Talk: How Do Boxing Coaches Communicate In Breaks Between Rounds? explores the way boxing coaches use language in the time-constrained one-minute breaks between boxing rounds.  

Dr File outlined: “The goal was to look at what communicative functions boxing coaches were performing in these one-minute breaks with their language – what coaching tasks they were performing and how they were performing them through language. 

“By doing this we wanted to create a framework to facilitate critical discussions about coaching language in boxing and other combat sports and help locate aspects of coaching communication in these sports that coaches feel needs more research.”

The findings of this study are available in a downloadable research booklet available from the UK Coaching website or from England Boxing's website.

Mon 23 Nov 2020, 12:17

Centre for Education Studies Read more from Education Studies News and Events

Warwick Education Studies events at the Festival of Social Sciences!

Join our Education Studies staff running events across this national festival. Our events include

‘Mental Health and Philosophy: The Disquieted Life Podcast Series’, and

‘Cracking: an audio play on fathers’ mental health’.

Events are wholly online and open to the public! For the full Warwick schedule and how to participate see: https://warwick.ac.uk/wie/warwickengages/calendar/esrcfoss/

Thu 12 Nov 2020, 11:00 | Tags: Emma Williams, Events, Society Strand, interdisciplinary

CEDAR Read more from CEDAR News and Events

Emma Langley awarded ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr Emma Langley of the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR) has been awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to continue her work on the psychological wellbeing of fathers of children with Intellectual Disability (ID). The one-year fellowship will begin in October 2019 and will build on her doctoral research in Education and Psychology which explored the psychological wellbeing of family members of children with ID and/or autism.

ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships aim to provide researchers in the postdoctoral stage of their career the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, networks, and their research and professional skills. The scheme is very competitive, with 7 funded fellowships available across six universities in the Midlands Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

During the fellowship Emma will analyse large-scale longitudinal data to investigate how paternal wellbeing affects the outcomes of children with ID. She will also be collaborating with a small group of fathers of children with ID to disseminate research findings and co-produce a practical guide for fathers based on their experiences.

Emma said:

“I am extremely grateful to the ESRC for this invaluable opportunity which provides me with the time to focus on my research activities and develop as an early career academic. More importantly, it allows me to continue to explore the psychological wellbeing of fathers of children with ID to be able to better understand their needs.”

Thu 12 Sep 2019, 10:18 | Tags: Faculty of Social Sciences

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies Read more from News

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 Read more from News

Current students' thoughts on the past few months of learning with CLL...

Eileen Taylor, second year student on our Foundation Degree in Early Childhood

"I had very mixed feeling about commencing into year 2 on the Early Years foundation degree and what to expect due to the constant challenges of COVID-19 along with the new delivery of teaching. The terms “blended and virtual learning” wasn’t something I was comfortable or familiar with. With year 2 well under way I feel motivated, focused, encouraged and most importantly supported. This has only been possible by the constant support, guidance and reassurance from the teaching staff on the course. The changes in the learning style has changed but one thing that remains the same is the whole hearted encouragement and warmth from the teaching staff. The support that is being offered has been greatly appreciated also acknowledging the additional work that goes into delivering modules through a virtual audience, providing slides (with voice overs) has been invaluable."

Faye Tanner, current student on our BA in Early Childhood

"The current situation has meant that the university experience as we know it has changed completely. Luckily, the Early Childhood team have made sure that through regular updates and opportunities to contact them directly, we have been assured that measures have been put in place to support our continued progression."

Sam Glasse, third year student on our 2+2 Degree

"Although online learning is very different from in person, the content and support from course tutors has been really good. We have been keeping in touch with posts on course forums with individual thoughts and reviews about what we are covering each week."

Pamela McKenna, first year student on our Foundation Degree in Early Childhood

"The Early Childhood team have gone out of their way to ensure we as students feel safe and happy to come into university during Covid-19 and also arranging alternatives for those who are unable to come into university during this time. They offer at all times support and reassurance not just regarding university work but also with any personal issues we face and I cant thank them enough."

Tue 24 Nov 2020, 09:00 | Tags: CLL Early Years social studies students earlychildhood 2+2

Economics Read more from News

Economics researchers named amongst the best in the world

We are delighted that four academics from the Department of Economics have been named as among the World’s Top 2 per cent Scientists by Stanford University. The list contains names of the top 2 per cent of the most-cited scientists in various disciplines.

The methodology was developed by Professor John Ioannidis of Stanford University, whose team created and analysed a database of 100,000 top scientists of the world based on standardised citation indications such as information on citations, an individual’s scientific research output, co-authorship, and a composite indicator for career long impact.

The study, published in PLOS Biology, claims to be the first classification that systematically ranks all the most cited scientists in every scientific field, providing one searchable reference tool.

We would like to congratulate the following academics from the Department of Economics who feature on the list:

Professor Jeremy Smith, Head of Department, said:

“I am very proud of my colleagues who have made the list of best scientists in the world and I’d like to congratulate them all. Their research work, which contributes to a better understanding of global issues and addressing world problems, speaks of excellence and is truly inspiring to us all.”

PLOS Biology link to the article - Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators

Fri 27 Nov 2020, 09:03 | Tags: Staff news, homepage-news, Research

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Read more from ESRC DTC News

ESRC IAA Innovation Fellowship - Deadline 14 Oct

The University of Warwick ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) is pleased to invite applications for its first Postdoctoral Innovation Fellowship.

Warwick is one of 26 UK universities receiving funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), which supports engagement activities with non-academic stakeholders such as policymakers, NGOs, businesses and public beneficiaries to enable the conversion of established research into impact.

As part of this programme, the ESRC IAA will fund four fellowships (one per academic year) to support students towards the end of their PhD to think about how their research could be applied to the needs and challenges of organisations across different sectors, and to develop proposals to put this into practice.

The Fellowship will be awarded for up to three months or part-time equivalent. Projects can commence any time from 14 October 2019, but must be complete by 31 March 2020.

Eligibility

This opportunity is open to applicants who will have submitted their PhD thesis for examination before their proposed Fellowship start date (the Fellowship can commence whilst awaiting viva) OR who will be within one year of having been awarded their PhD at the proposed start date. The PhD must be in a social science discipline and have been undertaken at the University of Warwick.

Those with a full-time, permanent, academic post are not eligible to apply.

For further information and details on how to apply please visit: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/impact/iaa/innovationfellow

Tue 24 Sep 2019, 17:00

Institute for Employment Research Read more from IER News & blogs

Future Proofing Apprenticeships

IER has been working with the Co-op Group to evaluate its apprenticeship programmes. The initial study was halted due to lockdown restrictions and it was decided to change the focus of the study to see how apprenticeships could be developed to meet the changing job roles and skills needs, and help to ‘build back better’.

The study focused on the two sectors where the Co-op delivers most apprenticeships: food retail and funeral care. The research involved the analysis of employment and apprenticeship data and interviews with the main employers, sector groups and providers across the two sectors.

Despite distinct differences between the two sectors, there were a lot of common themes including a broadening of job roles, more flexible working and the need to develop digital skills.

The report 'Future Proofing Apprenticeships' was launched at a virtual conference on Thursday 26th November. Attendees included sector stakeholders, apprenticeship organisations and Government Departments.

Thu 26 Nov 2020, 16:04 | Tags: apprenticeships

Law Read more from Warwick Law School News

Expert Comment: CMA fines Comparethemarket.com

Price comparison website Comparethemarket.com has been fined £17.9 million by the UK Competition and Markets Authority for breach of UK Competition Law. Here, Dr Kathryn McMahon of Warwick Law School explains the issues behind the case - and why this ruling is a break from previous practice by the CMA.

Fri 20 Nov 2020, 13:55 | Tags: GLOBE Centre, Staff in action, Expert Comment

Politics and International Studies Read more from News

PAIS: A Consistently Top-Ranked Politics Department

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick is ranked 4th out of 80 UK Politics Departments in The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. This prestigious league table also places us 1st in the Russell Group for both ‘teaching quality’ and ‘student experience’.

This follows recent rankings of 4th in The Complete University Guide 2021 and 6th in The Guardian University Guide 2021 making PAIS one of the most consistently top-ranked Politics Department in the UK. For the last seven years, PAIS has held a ‘Top 7’ place in all three major national league tables:

 

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

The Times/ Sunday Times

7th

3rd

3rd

3rd

1st

1st

4th

The Complete

7th

6th

4th

4th

6th

5th

4th

The Guardian

7th

5th

4th

3rd

6th

5tth

6th

The Times Good University Guide 2021: Where to Go and What to Study:  Amazon.co.uk: O'Leary, John, Times Books: 9780008368289: Books

Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of PAIS, commented: “Congratulations to all on another outstanding outcome. Our winning formula for success means that we enjoy a consistent appearance at the very top of all major national league tables. Students and staff know that PAIS is a special Department in which every member of the community is supported to find their own voice and reach their full potential. Such consistency and high levels of support are arguably more important than ever as we face these turbulent times together”.

Dr Justin Greaves, Director of Student Experience and Progression, commented: “This is brilliant news for the PAIS Department and all our students, alumni, and staff. It follows our great success in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS) where we were 1st or 2nd in the Russell Group in 6 categories, including 1st for overall student satisfaction. These consistent results are a testament to the hard work and brilliance of everyone who works and studies in PAIS, along with our ethos as viewing students as partners, producers, and collaborators, and valuing and acting on student feedback. I look forward to working with our incoming and returning students to ensure that the PAIS Department continues to go from strength to strength. Congratulations everyone”!

Thank you to all our students and staff for PAIS' continued success.

Overall the University of Warwick is ranked 10th.

Mon 21 Sep 2020, 09:41 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences

Philosophy Read more from Philosophy News

New R&IS Social Sciences Fellowship Pages

The Department of Philosophy has significant representation in the new Social Sciences Fellowships webpages, now officially launched by Research and Impact Services. The new webpages profile and celebrate recently-awarded Fellowships across all three Faculties of Social Sciences, Arts and Medicine, Engineering and Science. See here: https://warwick.ac.uk/research/supporting-talent/fellowships

The new web content showcases, and gives prominence to Fellows from across the Academy, and aligns with the ‘Supporting Talent’ element of the University’s Research Strategy. The comprehensive pre-existing list of all Fellowships/Prizes since 2015 has also been updated as part of this initiative.

Fri 20 Nov 2020, 09:44 | Tags: Home Page, Research

Sociology Read more from Sociology News and Events

'Student Voice' Ambassadors

Are you interested in developing your skills, enhancing the student experience, and being paid in the process?

The Department of Sociology is currently inviting applications from finalist students for a number of 'Student Voice' Ambassador roles. Ambassadors will act as an interface between students and staff, feeding back both ways. The role will include, for example, inputting into departmental discussions on teaching policy and curriculum change.

If you are interested in this role, please send your CV and a supporting statement (of up to 350 words) outlining why you feel you would make a good 'Student Voice' Ambassador to the department’s Director of Student Experience, Dr Andre Celtel (A.Celtel@warwick.ac.uk).

The closing date for applications is 2 pm on Thursday 03 October 2019.

Mon 23 Sep 2019, 12:25 | Tags: Undergraduate Postgraduate Students job opportunity

Centre for Teacher Education Read more from News

Julie Taylor - Personal Tutor Excellence award of 2019/2020

Julie Taylor Primary PGCE course lead and Primary Partnership and Mentoring lead for the Centre for Teacher Education at the University of Warwick awarded Personal Tutor Excellence award of 2019/2020 

Mon 19 Oct 2020, 13:38 | Tags: Postgraduate, PGCE