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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:


Overall satisfaction (PO coded degrees)


95 per cent


94 per cent


97 per cent


92 per cent


86 per cent


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=)

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

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

Call for Papers: BISA Workshop, Working Group on the “International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diasporas”

British International Studies Association

Working Group on the “International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diasporas” 

Call for Papers for a BISA Workshop 

The Migration – Security Nexus from a Transnational Perspective 

Organised by Dr. Foteini Kalantzi and Dr. Maria Koinova

21 February 2019, Thursday, at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Currently more than 250 million migrants live outside their country of birth. It is expected that this number will rise because of population growth, climate change, growing inequality and increasing connectivity. At the same time, the changes in the balance of power in the geopolitical arena, massive displacement of people because of conflict and war create significant management challenges for states and the international community. Large numbers of people arrive at the shores of countries in the Mediterranean, refugees die at sea undertaking dangerous journeys and criminal networks exploit this situation.

There is also a growing reluctance by states to accept refugees, xenophobic rhetoric is on the rise and far-right populist anti-immigrant figures successfully convince publics of ill fortunes that immigrants might bring. In addition, there is a growing number of countries that refuse to sign the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, whose goal is to better manage migration at local, national, regional and global levels.

The intensification and militarisation of border controls in the Mediterranean, the operation of military forces, the use of ‘extraordinary measures’ and the expansion of detention centres presents new challenges to the migration governance in the EU and nation-states within and beyond it.

This workshop intends to focus on the global governance of migrants from the perspective of the migration-security nexus including its transnational dimension, examine the position of nation-states in the new challenges of globalisation and transnationalism, the growing securitisation of migration, and the changing role of NGOs, diasporas, and other non-state actors.

If you are interested, please send a paper abstract of 300 words maximum and a short bio of up to 300 words to Dr. Foteini Kalantzi ( and Dr. Maria Koinova ( by 7 January, 2019. The organisers will decide about accepted abstracts by 10 January 2019. Limited financial support will be available.

Thu 13 December 2018, 14:12 | Tags: Staff

PAIS students attend Policy School at the Cabinet Office

Students on the PAIS MA Module 'Theories and Traditions in Public Policy' spent the 30th of November at the Cabinet Office, engaging in a simulation of the upcoming Departmental Spending Review with civil servants.

PAIS Policy School

Tue 11 December 2018, 14:50 | Tags: Staff, MA

Call for Proposals: The Fifth Annual Research Conference in Politics and International Studies

Tuesday 2nd July, 2019. 9.30am—5.00pm. Maths Building, University of Warwick.

Proposals for our fifth annual research conference are invited from all academic staff and doctoral researchers in the Department of Politics and International Studies.

We welcome the following types of proposals: (1) paper proposals; (2) panel proposals; (3) roundtable proposals.

For papers please submit the paper title, author name(s), and 200-word abstract.

For panels please submit the panel title, details of 4 paper proposals, and name of panel chair.

For roundtables please submit the roundtable title, 200-word abstract on the roundtable theme, list of 4—5 contributing speakers, and name of roundtable chair.

Please e-mail all proposals to Jill Pavey: by Wednesday 1st May, 2019

Tue 04 December 2018, 10:16 | Tags: Staff, PhD, Research Events

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