We are delighted to announce that the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is ranked 1st of 84 UK Politics departments in The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. This influential national league table reflects latest data, including student satisfaction (NSS), research excellence, and graduate prospects.
Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of PAIS, commented:
“Students and staff in PAIS will be justifiably proud that, for the second year in a row, the Department has been ranked 1st among UK Politics Departments in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. This wonderful result underscores that our twinned commitment to viewing students as partners in our education strategy and as beneficiaries of our long-standing research excellence is a winning formula for sustained success. With a renewed focus in 19/20 on employability, internationalisation, widening participation, and equality and diversity – featuring initiatives to deepen our EU partnerships, further liberate the curriculum, and enhance the student voice – this latest league table success is a terrific start to the new academic year. Over the coming weeks my colleagues and I look forward to welcoming all new and returning students to the Department and to driving forward these agendas together.”
Dr Justin Greaves, Director of Student Experience and Progression, commented:
“This outstanding result is testament to all the brilliant students and staff in PAIS. This league table shows how we are a leader, both within the Russell Group and the sector as a whole, in terms of student experience and teaching quality. It is particularly pleasing to see our results have increased yet further in these categories. I look forward to working with all our incoming and returning students to ensure that the PAIS department goes from strength to strength, combining intellectual stretch and rigour with the highest possible levels of academic support.”
We thank all staff and students who have contributed to this outstanding achievement. With a number of exciting and ambitious plans for the 2019/20 academic year and beyond, we look forward to sustaining and building on these successes in the months and years ahead.
Keith Hyams and Morten Byskov have been awarded AHRC GCRF funding for their project ‘Inserting Ethics into Climate Adaptation and Resilience Policy’. The project will work with collaborators at the University of Cape Town and with Cape Town city’s climate adaptation department to look at how issues of ethics and justice can be incorporated into responses to climate-related risks. Cape Town has already come perilously close to a city-wide drought and regularly suffers from flooding: the project seeks to ensure that the most vulnerable communities such as informal settlements are incorporated in an ethical manner into city-level protection plans. In addition, Morten Byskov has been awarded a competitive Fellowship at Warwick’s Institute for Global Sustainable Development, which aims to bring researchers together from across Warwick to strengthen cross-departmental collaboration and research in the area of sustainability.
Andreas Murr and his team correctly predicted on the 4th of December a big majority for the Conservatives.
His approach based on "citizen forecasts" ranks 2nd for the Conservatives and 5th for Labour in terms of accuracy among 19 pre-election seat forecasts. You can read more about his forecast on the LSE British Politics and Policy blog and about the other 18 forecasts on Steve Fisher's Electionsetc blog.
IES, VeCo and the University of Warwick offer a joint training programme in Brussels - January 17-18, 2020
The Institute for European Studies (IES), Vesalius College (VeCo) in Brussels and the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) of the University of Warwick in the UK are offering a joint training programme on the Politics of International Development.
The training will be held at the West Midlands Europe Hub in Brussels on Friday evening 17th January and all day Saturday 18th January 2020.
The training, aimed at early to mid-career professionals, will provide a solid introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals in context and detailed knowledge on the framing, implementation and implications of Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peaceful, just and inclusive societies. It will take a critical approach to the dominant international development agenda. It will enable participants to situate the Sustainable Development Goals in an intellectual history of thinking on development, as well as the contemporary challenges of the pressures on multilateralism and resources and demands for evidence-based policy making.
This joint training is part of the enhanced collaboration between VUB/IES/Vesalius College and Warwick.
“The Politics of International Development” starts on Friday January 17 at 18.30
with an Expert Session, followed by a Light Reception from 20.00
Saturday Training Sessions run from 9.00 until 17.00
LOCATION: West Midlands Europe Hub Office,
Avenue d'Auderghem 22-28, 22-28 Oudergemlaan, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium
The training is open to 20 participants and is FREE OF CHARGE. Participants should have at least a bachelor’s degree and preferably a minimum of 3 years’ work experience. To apply to participate please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org adding “The Politics of International Development” in the subject line and attaching a brief CV.
The training is free of charge for the selected participants and lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The deadline for applications is January 7th. Selected participants will be notified by January 10th.
This year's Annual IPE Debate will be on 'Climate Change: Power, Resistance & Change', and will feature Professor Peter Newell (Sussex); Dr Marie Claire Brisbois (SPRU); and Dr Caroline Kuzemko (Warwick). It will take place on Wednesday, 4th March, 2020 from 15:00-16:30 in H0.52.
It will be followed by a short drinks reception. All welcome.