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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

2018 NSS Results: PAIS #1 Department in University and #1 for Politics in Russell Group for overall satisfaction

NSS Dialogue

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:

Year

Overall satisfaction (PO coded degrees)

2018

95 per cent

2017

94 per cent

2016

97 per cent

2015

92 per cent

2014

86 per cent

2013

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=)

https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2018/politics

 2018 Shanghai: PAIS is ranked #37 out of 400 (up from #47)

http://www.shanghairanking.com/Shanghairanking-Subject-Rankings/political-sciences.html

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).

Fri 27 July 2018, 16:56 | Tags: Front Staff UG Faculty of Social Sciences

Grant Success – Challenging Inequalities

Keith Hyams has been awarded funding from the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund for the 2 year research project ‘Challenging Inequalities: An Indo-European Perspective’.

The project is a collaboration with the Economics Department at Warwick, the Centre de Sciences Humaines in Delhi, and others. It aims to look at appropriate definitions and approaches to the measurement of inequality, attitudes to inequality, and interventions to reduce inequality in a development context.

Fri 12 October 2018, 13:34 | Tags: Front, Staff, Impact, PhD, MA, UG, Political Theory, International Political Economy, Research

Steven Kettell contributes to Observer article

Dr Steven Kettell recently contributed to an Observer feature by Harriet Sherwood on the relationship between Church and state.

You can read the article here: https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/oct/07/church-and-state-an-unhappy-union

Fri 12 October 2018, 13:28 | Tags: Staff, Impact, Research

PAIS MA candidate wins 3rd place in international writing contest

Earlier this year, The Strategy Bridge asked university and professional military education students to participate in their first annual writing contest by sending in their thoughts on strategy.

Congratulations to Julian D’Souza, an International Security MA student here in PAIS, who finished third in the contest!

You can read Julian's essay, titled "Lost Blue Helmets in Wars Among People: Revitalizing UN Peace Operations for the Context of Modern Warfare" at the following link: https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2018/9/27/lost-blue-helmets-in-wars-among-people-revitalizing-un-peace-operations-for-the-context-of-modern-warfare

Thu 04 October 2018, 15:18 | Tags: MA, International Relations and Security

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