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Thursday 9th June - Education Studies Community Day

On Thursday 9th June the Education Studies Department are hosting a community get-together 11-2pm in our outdoor garden area behind the Social Sciences building. It will be a chance to meet up with students from your course and from other courses. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own lunch. There will be some activities to join in with or chances to chat and catch up. All our community are welcome and encouraged to come (students and staff). We also have an indoor room booked if the weather is not kind to us.

Come along and join us on Thursday 9th June from 11am. I will send out further reminders as we get nearer to the event.

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Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies Read more from CIM News

How to Map Issues? CIM ESRC DTC event

Mixing methods for the study of topical affairs - an Advanced Training Event convened by Noortje Marres

Centre for Lifelong Learning Read more from News

CEIGHE graduate Laura Oxley wins the AGCAS John Roberts Memorial Award 2022

The winner for the Award was announced at the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2022 presentation at the AGCAS Annual Conference on 22 June 2022. Laura Oxley was awarded due to her outstanding performance on her PG Diploma.

Thu 23 Jun 2022, 10:37 | Tags: CLL Careers Studies Unit postgraduate Award Alumni

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High student satisfaction reported in Postgraduate Student Experience Surveys 2023

We are pleased to report that this year’s results of two national postgraduate student surveys show high levels of satisfaction amongst our postgraduate student community.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2023

The overall satisfaction with the quality of the course remains high – 91% with 96% of our postgraduate taught students saying that they would recommend the University of Warwick. This was achieved with a response rate of 51.6% of the postgraduate taught cohort.

The top satisfaction scores in PTES were in:

  • Teaching: 92% agreed that ‘staff are good at explaining things’ and 91% agreed that ‘the course is intellectually stimulating’.
  • Resources: 96% agreed that they ‘have been able to access subject specific resources necessary for their studies when on campus.’
  • Dissertation: 97% were ‘happy with the support received for planning their dissertation.’

There were also high scores received in the categories of Skills Development (88%), Organisation (87%) and Support (85%).

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2023

The overall satisfaction amongst postgraduate research students was 85% with the top scores in:

  • Supervision: 89% agreed that their ‘supervisor had the skills and subject knowledge to support their research.’
  • Research skills: 91% agreed that their ‘skills in critically analysing and evaluating findings and results have developed during their programme.’
  • Professional development: 89% agreed that their ‘ability to communicate information effectively to diverse audiences had developed during their programme.’

Dr Claudia Rei, Deputy Head of Department (Teaching & Learning) said:

“We value student feedback as we want to deliver the best teaching and learning possible. So, we’re very pleased to see such encouraging results. We also want to make further improvements in the future and are already looking at ways to address some of the areas where our scores could have been higher such as Engagement and Assessment in PTES and Support in PRES. We also encourage students to submit their feedback to us throughout the year.”

Further information about the two postgraduate student surveys can be obtained from the University's webpages for PTESLink opens in a new window and PRESLink opens in a new window.

Examples of how we have responded to student recently can be found on our webpage We have acted on your feedback: Postgraduate TaughtLink opens in a new window and Postgraduate ResearchLink opens in a new window.

If you are a student of the Department of Economics, you may submit feedback to us at any point via the Student Feedback FormLink opens in a new window.


Tue 17 Oct 2023, 15:02 | Tags: Promoted Postgraduate Department homepage-news

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Credentials and self-reported skill gain do not measure the same

legacy_image_v2_purpleblue.jpgAs a part of the LEGACY project, Dr Heike Behle recently presented a paper in which two ways to measure learning gain were critically assessed: Credentials and self-assessed improvement of specific skills.

Both ways have drawbacks: Credentials can be an effective way of measuring student learning within a particular class, since most institutions have a scaled grading system already in place. It is problematic, however, to use across classes and institutions and it does not measure the ‘distance travelled’ during higher education. On the other hand, self-assessed improvement of skills will always be subjective and will differ according to individuals’ personality and their personal and HE-related circumstances such as gender and subject studied. It is also important to notice that both data is censored, i.e. improvement is not unlimited.

Using Futuretrack data, Heike compared both ways and found that those who increased their learning gain using credentials are less likely to assess their skills highly, both variable correlate negatively. The findings are currently being prepared for publication. Reported in THES.

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Warwick Law School Top Performers

Every year, several awards and prizes are granted to a selection of our graduating students to recognise and celebrate the success of our top performers! We are proud to announce this year's winners.

Mon 15 Jan 2024, 15:00 | Tags: Award, postgraduate, Student Achievement

Politics and International Studies Read more from News

PAIS awarded Athena Swan Silver

The Department of Politics and International Studies has achieved the Athena Swan Silver award, a prestigious UK charter mark that recognises the advancement of gender equality in higher education. This is an important acknowledgement of the ongoing dedication and progress of the department in promoting gender equality for staff and students.


Wed 27 Mar 2024, 09:37 | Tags: Staff PhD Postgraduate Undergraduate

Philosophy Read more from Philosophy News

Warwick Philosophy ranked 5th in the UK by The Complete University Guide

Warwick Philosophy has been ranked 5th in the UK by The Complete University Guide 2024.

The league table is made up of several main indicators including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality, continuation and graduate prospect outcomes.

We are thrilled with the result, which reflects consistent high rankings in the National Student Survey (NSS) and strong graduate prospects.

Fri 17 May 2024, 09:29 | Tags: Home Page Postgraduate Staff Undergraduate

Sociology Read more from News

'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 (

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

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CTE earns top grade in recent iQTS inspection

The Centre for Teacher Education has achieved a Grade 1 (highest grade) in a recent inspection by Penta International (a Department for Education-approved iQTS inspectorate).

The inspection found that the quality of leadership and management and the quality of the programme design and delivery exceed requirements and are exceptional.

They also found that the provision is compliant with iQTS criteria and all other core iQTS documents.

Wed 29 May 2024, 09:14 | Tags: Postgraduate, international, teaching, train to teach, iqts, PGCE, pgcei