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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:









The Times/ Sunday Times








The Complete








The Guardian








The Times Good University Guide 2021: Where to Go and What to Study: 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

Advert for students: Race and Ethnic Minority Student Liaison Representative

As part of PAIS’s commitment to raise awareness of the issues that students of colour and ethnic minorities face amongst the PAIS community, to address the race and ethnicity-based attainment gap, and to campaign against racism in all its forms, PAIS is introducing an Race and Ethnic Minority Student Liaison Representative position at the UG, PGT and PGR level.

Thu 15 Oct 2020, 15:31 | Tags: PhD, MA, UG

In Memoriam: Professor Zig Layton-Henry

Zig Layton-Henry (BA Birmingham, PhD Birmingham), Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Warwick, was born on 28 August 1942 to a Polish father and Scottish mother. In 1968, Zig joined what was then the Politics Department at Warwick. Zig’s initial research was on youth movements in political parties. His key contribution, however, was in the field of race in British politics where he was a scholar of very significant national and international standing.

Zig developed an acute understanding of governmental policies and their effects upon Black and ethnic minority communities in England. Despite his outstanding contribution to the understanding of race relations in British politics, Zig was always very modest about his work. He published a number of well received books – such as The Politics of Race in Britain (George Allen & Unwin, 1984) and The Politics of Immigration: Race and Race Relations in Post-War Britain (Blackwell, 1992) – co-edited the leading book series in that area, and supervised doctoral students. Zig also led and reenergised the Warwick ESRC Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, particularly encouraging young scholars to participate in its work, attracting prestigious overseas scholars to Warwick and running a number of high-profile academic and policy-related events.

Zig was always very popular and extremely well appreciated among the doctoral students he supervised. Several kept in touch with him over the years after their successful completion, even to the extent of inviting him to their home country to give guest appearances. Colleagues across the institution remember him as ‘a global superstar’, ‘collegial’, ‘a true gentleman’, and, first and foremost, a ‘very decent person’.

Shirin Rai, Professor of Politics and International Studies at Warwick, commented: ‘Zig was a kind and generous colleague, with a gentle manner and good humour, but his political commitment to race equality was however fierce and steadfast’.

William Paterson, former Chair of PAIS and now Honorary Professor of German and European Politics at Aston University, said: ‘Zig was a good scholar and an excellent person -he played a key role at an important juncture in the history of the Department’.

As PAIS continues to enjoy sustained success across education and research, we remember and celebrate the life and contribution of a founding figure and one of our most distinguished colleagues.

Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams
Head of Department
11 September, 2020

If you knew Zig and are affected by this news, there is a range of University support available to all staff and students. The Wellbeing Support Services website gives more details about support available, or you can contact the team on 024 76 575570, ext. 75570.

Mon 14 Sep 2020, 09:52 | Tags: Staff

Šádí Shanaáh delivers presentation to the Government’s Commission for Countering Extremism

Šádí Shanaáh has given a presentation followed by a Q&A to the government’s Commission for Countering Extremism. He presented the results of his doctoral research entitled “Under Pressure: Muslims’ Engagement in Counter-Extremism” and engaged in a discussion about the lack of robust empirical evidence regarding the perception of counter-extremism and counter-terrorism policies by UK Muslim communities and the lack of research into the attitudes, motivations and work of Muslims who are active in addressing Islamist extremism.

The Commission’s tweet about the event is available here:

Tue 18 Aug 2020, 13:58 | Tags: Staff, Research

First Annual WICID Report Published

The first annual report for the Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID) has been published.

The main take away points from the report are:

  • Research grants - internally and externally funded grants, leading to publications
  • WICID Methods Lab - our flagship Toolkit series to be published by Warwick University Press
  • Webinars - Global Insights and South Asia and Covid-19 series
  • Think Development Blog - relaunch and increasing readership
  • Everyday in Lockdown international project of photographic accounts of Covid-19

The full report can be read here.

Thu 13 Aug 2020, 11:38 | Tags: Front, Staff, Impact, Research

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