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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

Caroline Kuzemko Appears on BBC Radio

Dr Caroline Kuzemko recently appeared on Phil Upton's programme on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, discussing how the Hothouse Earth will affect our lives, and what we can do to halt the effects of climate change.

You can listen to Dr Kuzemko's appearance below:

Tue 14 August 2018, 10:37 | Tags: Front, Staff

PAIS Graduation Reception July 2018

Professional photographs from our Graduation Reception on July 28th are now available to view from this page.

You can also tag yourself in the photographs on our Facebook page:

Wed 01 August 2018, 15:53 | Tags: Front, Staff, UG

Jennifer Philippa Eggert Invited to Research Symposium at the UN Headquarters in New York

Jennifer Philippa Eggert has been invited to participate in a research symposium organised by UN Women and the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and UN Women. The event is taking place on 18 July at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The topic is women and terrorism, and the workshop will be attended by researchers and UN practitioners. The aim of the symposium is to bring together researchers and UN practitioners who work on the topic and to inform practice by research. The IAS have very kindly agreed to cover Jennifer's expenses, so she will be able to share her research and experience as a practitioner working on women, gender and (counter)terrorism.

Tue 17 July 2018, 10:59 | Tags: Staff, PhD

PAIS Research Quoted in Parliamentary Report

The Human Rights Select Committee has extensively quoted research undertaken in PAIS, in their report into the Counterterrorism and Border Security Bill.

The Committee quotes and uses findings from Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly's 'Counterterrorism in the NHS' report to support their recommendation that a full review of the Prevent strategy is undertaken:

Tue 17 July 2018, 09:35 | Tags: Front, Staff, Impact, Research

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