We are delighted to announce that the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is ranked 1st of 84 UK Politics departments in The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. This influential national league table reflects latest data, including student satisfaction (NSS), research excellence, and graduate prospects.
Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of PAIS, commented:
“Students and staff in PAIS will be justifiably proud that, for the second year in a row, the Department has been ranked 1st among UK Politics Departments in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. This wonderful result underscores that our twinned commitment to viewing students as partners in our education strategy and as beneficiaries of our long-standing research excellence is a winning formula for sustained success. With a renewed focus in 19/20 on employability, internationalisation, widening participation, and equality and diversity – featuring initiatives to deepen our EU partnerships, further liberate the curriculum, and enhance the student voice – this latest league table success is a terrific start to the new academic year. Over the coming weeks my colleagues and I look forward to welcoming all new and returning students to the Department and to driving forward these agendas together.”
Dr Justin Greaves, Director of Student Experience and Progression, commented:
“This outstanding result is testament to all the brilliant students and staff in PAIS. This league table shows how we are a leader, both within the Russell Group and the sector as a whole, in terms of student experience and teaching quality. It is particularly pleasing to see our results have increased yet further in these categories. I look forward to working with all our incoming and returning students to ensure that the PAIS department goes from strength to strength, combining intellectual stretch and rigour with the highest possible levels of academic support.”
We thank all staff and students who have contributed to this outstanding achievement. With a number of exciting and ambitious plans for the 2019/20 academic year and beyond, we look forward to sustaining and building on these successes in the months and years ahead.
Vincenzo Bove publishes column summarising his recent research on immigration, fear of crime, and public spending on security
Vincenzo Bove has published a column on VoxEU summarising his recent research on immigration, fear of crime, and public spending on security. Using data on more than 8,000 Italian municipalities from 2003 to 2015, the study finds that immigration led to increased spending on police due not to higher crime rates but to unfounded fears of criminality. The relation between immigration and municipal spending on police protection was particularly pronounced for immigrants from culturally distant societies.
The column is available here: https://voxeu.org/article/immigration-fear-and-public-spending-security
The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick is delighted to announce that Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Reader in Politics and International Studies, has been awarded a €1.5M Starting Grant by the European Research Council in recognition of, and support for, her pioneering research.
Dr Heath-Kelly will investigate how and why national security has become part of the professional duties of healthcare and social security workers in her project, 'Neoliberal Terror: The Radicalisation of Social Policy in Europe'.
Dr Heath-Kelly said: “Across Europe, health and social care workers have been made responsible for identifying and reporting radicalising persons to the security services, even though there exists no scientifically valid method to predict who will become a terrorist.
“There are also no studies which can validate the impact of counter-radicalisation programs on the prevention of terrorist attacks.
“What purpose do these policies serve, if we have no evidence they prevent terrorism? Quantitative and qualitative methods will be used to explore whether neoliberal economic and social policies are responsible for the expansion of counter-radicalisation programs - refocusing the welfare state on preventing 'risks' rather than meeting needs.”
Case study research will take place in the UK, France, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Croatia with counter-radicalisation teams in health and social care, to better understand their work.
The project will conclude by making a documentary film on the effects of counter-radicalisation referrals on referred persons, medical ethics, and society.
Congratulating Dr Heath-Kelly on her success, Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies, said: “This award not only reflects Charlotte’s brilliance as a leading international researcher in politics and international studies, but also the strength of the University of Warwick’s research infrastructure and the dedicated support of our specialist colleagues who supported and assisted with the application.”
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 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.
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.