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2019 NSS Results: #1 in the Russell Group for Politics in 6 Categories

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The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is delighted to announce that in the 2019 National Student Survey we are 1st in the Russell Group in 6 out of 9 categories. * This is the best ever performance for the PAIS department against our key competitors.

In many categories and questions, we have improved our position nationally. Highlights amongst Russell Group competitors include:

  • 1st for Learning Opportunities
  • 1st for Assessment and Feedback
  • 1st for Academic Support
  • 1st for Organisation and Management
  • 1st for Learning Community
  • 1st for Student Voice

We are now in the Top 3 in the Russell Group on 23 of the 27 questions (and 1st on 12 questions), as well as 1st in the University for learning resources, in terms of the degrees we administer.

Across all questions, our average score increased 2.8%. Some of our most pleasing increases are summarised in the table below.

NSS Category 2019 increase
Learning Opportunities + 4%
Assessment and Feedback + 3%
Academic Support + 8%
Organisation and Management + 2%
Learning Resources + 3%
Learning Community + 2%
Student Voice + 14%

We again received impressive results on the stand-alone ‘overall satisfaction’ question. Our Politics International Studies and Hispanic Studies degree achieved 100% overall satisfaction. Our largest course, Politics and International gained 93% overall satisfaction. Across all programmes with which we are involved - both single and joint honours - we achieved 91% overall satisfaction. Only one other Russell Group institution performed as strongly.

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 Committees (SSLC).


*See the Office for Students website for more details and the full data. The results are based on the official CAH/JACS subject breakdowns and the 21 Russell Group institutions which met the publications threshold for Politics.

Fri 12 Jul 2019, 11:24 | Tags: Front, UG

Tom Long Writes New Article on Colombian Foreign Policy

Tom Long's new article, "Domestic contestation and presidential prerogative in Colombian foreign policy,” has just been published by the Bulletin of Latin American Research. The article is co-authored with Sebastian Bitar and Gabriel Jiménez Peña. The article pushes back against the dominant presidentialist focus in the study of Colombian foreign policy. Drawing on insights from recent foreign policy analysis literature and evidence from several cases (Plan Colombia, US military bases, free trade talks with China, and ICJ arbitration of a maritime border with Nicaragua), this article challenges commonplace presidentialist assumptions. A novel model of ‘contested presidentialism’ better captures how Colombian domestic actors mobilise to raise political costs to block or modify presidential preferences. Research for the piece started during Tom's British Council Researcher Links visit to Colombia and then was advanced during Sebastian's time at Warwick as an IAS Visiting Fellow. During the latter visit, an earlier version of the paper was presented at PAIS.

Dr Arzu Kibris elected as the Executive Director of the Network of European Peace Scientists

Dr Arzu Kibris has recently been elected as the Executive Director of the Network of European Peace Scientists.

The Network of European Peace Scientists is a network of scholars committed to the advancement of Peace Research in Europe. In line with Peace Science tradition, the NEPS welcomes scholars from an interdisciplinary community from a variety of disciplines such as economics, political science, regional science, mathematics, and history.

You can read more about the network at their website:

Tue 02 Jul 2019, 11:23 | Tags: Front, Staff

Dr Trevor McCrisken Discusses Donald Trump's State Visit to the UK

Dr Trevor McCrisken has been featured on a number of media outlets this week, discussing US President Donald Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom.

Dr McCrisken first discussed President Trump's arrival into the country on BBC Breakfast:

Trevor then spoke about what the visit will entail and what it means for the two countries:

Dr McCrisken has also featured on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Radio (19 minutes in) and LBC.

PAIS Good News Round Up!

PAIS Moves up in Complete University Guide League Table

We are really pleased that the PAIS Department moved up in the latest Complete University Guide league table from 6th place to 5th place. You can find out more details here.

This is alongside our No 1 position in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide league table. Thank you to all students and staff for your continued contribution to our success.

Both these league tables reflect a number of criteria including student satisfaction (NSS), research quality, and graduate prospects (employability).

SU Representation Awards

Congratulations to Ben Hayday (final year PAIS) for winning Outstanding Course Rep of the Year in the SU Representation Awards. Congratulations, also, to Constance Bobotsi (final year PAIS) for being shortlisted in the category of SSLC Chair of the Year.

A big thank you, more generally, for all our amazing SSLCs and course reps for all the great work they do in representing students.

Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence

We are delighted that Sam Cooke (Teaching Fellow in PAIS) has been shortlisted for the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (WATE), and Sarah Mainwaring (Associate Tutor in PAIS) has been shortlisted for the Warwick Awards for Postgraduate Students who Teach (WATEPGR).

Congratulations to Sam and Sarah. You can find more details on the shortlist here.

University Awards

We are also really pleased that a number of PAIS staff have been nominated for the University Awards 2019. Thank you to all students and staff who nominated PAIS staff for any of these awards. You can find more details on the nominations here.

Thu 23 May 2019, 10:17 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences Research

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