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NSS 2023: PAIS top among Russell Group peers for student voice for the 7th year in a row

NSS picture with the text The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is thrilled to announce that, for the third consecutive year, we are placed 1st or 2nd in ALL categories, among Russell Group Politics Departments, in the National Student Survey (NSS).

In the NSS 2023, PAIS came top in the following categories, among Russell Group Politics Departments:

  • 1st for Assessment and Feedback
  • 1st for Organisation and Management
  • 1st for Learning Resources
  • 1st for Student Voice

In addition, amongst Russell Group peers, we were:

  • 1st on communicating information about mental wellbeing support services
  • 2nd for Teaching
  • 2nd for Learning Opportunities
  • 2nd for Academic Support

For seven years in a row, PAIS has ranked 1st for student voice. This is every year since questions on the student voice were first introduced to the NSS in 2017. These outcomes reflect an impressive performance across all categories in our peer group; they demonstrate our close and effective partnership with the student body and our sustained commitment to the student experience.


PAIS position in Russell Group for student voice.
















These impressive outcomes are due to an outstanding team effort among our fantastic students, academics, and professional services colleagues, and demonstrate a partnership which we are extremely proud of. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work and support for our teaching and student experience during a very challenging few years for all concerned. We will continue to learn from student feedback to further enhance the student experience in 2023/24.

We look forward to continuing to work 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 feed back 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 (SSLCs).

In particular, we will intensify our work on liberating and decolonising the curriculum, employability and skills, and academic support. We will work with partner Departments to ensure continued excellence across all programmes, in particular joint degrees.

*See the Office For Students Website for more details and the full data. The results are based on the official Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) subject breakdowns and the 22 Russell Group institutions which met the publications threshold for Politics.

Wed 06 Sep 2023, 13:35 | Tags: Front Staff Impact PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences

PAIS: Rises to 2nd in Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick has moved up to joint 2nd place out of 79 UK Politics Departments in The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023. This prestigious league table continues to place us 1st in the Russell Group for both ‘teaching quality’ and ‘student experience’.

Professor Matthew Clayton, Head of PAIS, commented: “It is always really pleasing when the collaborative efforts of staff and students to sustain an inclusive and productive learning environment are recognised in national league tables. PAIS is a special department in which every member of the community is supported to find their own voice by engaging with the best scholarship in our discipline. I congratulate colleagues and students alike for their work and look forward to our building on this consistent success in the future.”

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 2022 National Student Survey (NSS) where we were once again 1st out of all Politics departments in the Russell Group in all 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. We will continue to place a strong emphasis on academic support, including on study choices, and employability and skills. 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.

Tue 27 Sep 2022, 09:34 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences

EASG Talk with Tom Howe on Global Britain in the Indo-Pacific

Tom Howe is a second-year PhD candidate at the University of Warwick and Monash University, whose research focuses on exceptionalism in British foreign policy. Within this, Tom adopts a theoretical perspective grounded in Ontological Security studies and Lacanian international relations theory and empirically focuses on the Anglosphere and the British-Australian relationship.British foreign and security policy is often recounted through certain pivotal events, such as the 1968 decision to end British military basing east of the Suez Canal. For Boris Johnson, this signalled a victory for the European Economic Community and the beginning of the UK's Eurocentric approach to world affairs. However, with the UK's exit from the European Union and the advent of 'Global Britain', a new direction emerged - the much vaunted tilt to the Indo-Pacific. As outlined in the 2021 Integrated Review and reaffirmed in the 2023 Integrated Review Refresh, this strategic shift aims to strengthen the UK's engagement with partners in the Indo-Pacific and once again make the region a pillar of British foreign policy. As such, this talk will examine the UK's Indo-Pacific tilt, placing it within its wider historical context before discussing its rationale and most significant policy manifestations. The talk will conclude with a review of challenges that may undermine this pillar of post-Brexit grand strategy.

Date: Thursday, 07/12/23Time: 16:15 -17:30Venue: OC1.07, The Oculus

EASG Talk with Dr. Kristian Magnus Hauken on Stigma Management in Japanese International Relations

Kristian Magnus Hauken finished his dual degree Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield, School of East Asian Studies and Tōhoku University, Graduate School of Law in 2020. His research interests include Japanese foreign relations and domestic sources of change in Japan’s foreign policy, as well as sources of status, prestige and stigma in international relations. Kristian is currently employed as a teaching associate in East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield, School of East Asian studies, where he is teaching mainly postgraduate students in topics relating to the political economy and international relations of East Asia. His current research focuses on how practices, norms and capabilities generate or detract from social standing in international society, with a geographic focus on North-East Asia.

This talk takes the premise that just as individual human beings, states experience social stigma, that in turn affect their behaviour within the international system. Taking the ‘comfort women’ issue as a starting point, I argue that a leading cause for the change in the diplomatic stance of Japan in the ‘comfort women’ issue is the relative success of one conception of national stigma within the Japanese political establishment. This talk explores how specific politicians in Japan have been able to have their own views on this fraught historical issue crystallise into increasingly more accepted Japanese foreign policy, especially in the Japanese-Korean relationship.

Date: Friday, 01/12/2023Time: 17:15-18:30Venue: S0.17, Social Sciences Building

LAWN-EASG Talk: Diego Telias on Strategies Towards a Great Power: Government Alignment with China's

Diego Telias is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, academic collaborator of the Centre for Asian Studies at the same university, and editorial assistant of the Revista de Ciencia Política. He is also an Associate Researcher of the Millennium Nucleus on the Impacts of China in Latin America (ICLAC). His areas of interest are foreign policy analysis and Latin America-East Asia relations.LAWN-EASG Talk: This talk explores the complex dynamics arising from the ascent of China and how countries, whether neighboring states or middle powers, position themselves toward this great power. Why have certain governments imposed bans on Chinese companies in 5G bidding processes while others have refrained from such actions? Or why do countries adopt contrasting positions when faced with allegations of human rights violations in Xinjiang? This investigation compares two pairs of countries from different regions (Chile - Uruguay in Latin America and the Czech Republic - Hungary in Central Europe) and through an in-depth analysis of official documents and 120 interviews, analyses if economic leverage, a crucial factor mentioned in the literature, is the main explanation that influences those positions.

Date: Tuesday, 28th NovemberTime: 14:00 -15:30Venue: E2.02, Social Sciences Building

Fri 24 Nov 2023, 13:02 | Tags: Front Staff CSGR Impact PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences Research

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