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Her Excellency, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta Gives Lecture to PAIS Students

On Monday 19th November, we were honoured to welcome Her Excellency, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta, to give a lecture to PAIS students and staff.

Her Excellency, who is an Honorary Professor in PAIS, gave a lecture titled ‘Europe and Africa: Twin Continents for Building Positive Peace,’ and answered questions posed by PAIS students.

You can watch the video of the lecture on Facebook as well as view more photographs of the lecture.

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PAIS Awarded Athena SWAN Bronze Award

We are delighted to announce that PAIS has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. In May 2015, the Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The Charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

A huge thank you to Jackie Clarke, Alex Homolar, Ben Richardson and Julia Welland for the tremendous amount of work they put into preparing our submission.

Mon 29 Oct 2018, 10:05 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences

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 Jul 2018, 16:56 | Tags: Front Staff UG Faculty of Social Sciences

New PSA Prize named in recognition of PAIS Professor

shirin.jpgWe are delighted to announce that the UK Political Studies Association has launched a new prize in recognition of Professor Shirin Rai’s "significant contributions to the discipline of feminist International Relations and International Political Economy."

The Shirin M. Rai dissertation prize, for the best dissertation in International Relations, has now officially been launched. A blog announcing the PSA’s new framework for prizes and awards, and further information about the application process, can be accessed here:

While many professional associations name prizes after those who have retired, the PSA’s new framework is designed to acknowledge active and leading scholars in the discipline; very many congratulations to Shirin on this hugely impressive accolade, which is yet further recognition of her leading status in the discipline and an important projection of PAIS’ standing in the field.

Wed 08 Nov 2017, 11:56 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences Research

Globalisation and Anti-globalisation debated at Warwick Question Time 2017

On the evening of Monday 2nd October, Butterworth Hall opened its door to a packed audience for the fifth annual Warwick Question Time.

The event, organised by the Department of Economics and the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS), provides a platform for students to engage with politicians, policy makers and academics on major issues and questions that concern the world. This year's topic focused on 'Globalisation and Anti-globalisation' and attracted over 1,200 students and guests, who took their seats to watch this year's panel, which included journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed, Head of Oxfam's Advocacy Katy Chakrabortty, Historian and broadcaster Professor Kate Williams, CLASS Director Faiza Shaheen and former MP Chris White.

The panel was also joined by Associate Professor of Economics Dr Dennis Novy, and chairing the event for the first time was Associate Professor Trevor McCrisken (PAIS).

Mon 09 Oct 2017, 08:14 | Tags: Front Staff Faculty of Social Sciences Research Events

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