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PAIS: No 1 in The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is ranked 1st of 83 UK Politics departments in the The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. This influential national league table reflects latest data, including student satisfaction (NSS) research excellence, and graduate prospects.

The University of Warwick is ranked 10th overall — a University press release can be found here.

Our latest position in The Times/The Sunday Times follows on from other great successes over the summer. We achieved 95 per cent in the National Student Survey (NSS), and saw a further increase in graduate employment prospects. 97 per cent of 2016/17 graduates were working or in further study. Moreover, 91 per cent of those were in graduate level work or study.

Dr Juanita Elias, Head of PAIS, commented:

‘Without a doubt, staff and students in PAIS will be delighted with this incredible result. The number one ranking in the 2018 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide league table is testimony to the hard work and dedication of all PAIS staff over the years. In PAIS we are committed to a research-led approach to teaching – this provides students with an unparalleled learning experience in which they are exposed to some of the most pressing debates in national and international politics today. With the start of term imminent, we look forward to welcoming our new intake of students who will no doubt benefit from the first class learning environment on offer in PAIS. Congratulations to all staff and students on this impressive achievement!’

We thank all staff and students who have contributed to this outstanding achievement. With a number of exciting and ambitious plans for the 2018/19 academic year and beyond, we look forward to sustaining and building on these successes in the months and years ahead.

Tue 25 September 2018, 09:39 | Tags: Front, Staff, Impact, PhD, MA, UG

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:

Year

Overall satisfaction (PO coded degrees)

2018

95 per cent

2017

94 per cent

2016

97 per cent

2015

92 per cent

2014

86 per cent

2013

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=)

https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2018/politics

 2018 Shanghai: PAIS is ranked #37 out of 400 (up from #47)

http://www.shanghairanking.com/Shanghairanking-Subject-Rankings/political-sciences.html

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

Charlotte Heath-Kelly Receives the 2019 ISA Conference Post-PhD Paper Award

Dr. Charlotte Heath-Kelly has received the 2019 ISA Conference Post-PhD Paper Award for her paper 'Survivor Trees and memorial groves: Vegetal commemoration of victims of terrorism in Europe and the United States,' it was selected by judges from the Theory Section of the International Studies Association after many rounds of review and discussion.

The paper explores how trees are increasingly used in commemoration of terrorism victims, and the complications of representing human life with vegetal symbols. It is based on Dr Heath-Kelly's ESRC funded research of terrorism memorialisation and can be read here.

For more information on the award, please see: https://www.isanet.org/Programs/Awards/THEORY-Conference-Post-PhD-Paper-Award.

Wed 07 November 2018, 10:52 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD, UG, International Relations and Security

Tom Long's article published in International Affairs

Tom Long published a new article in the November issue of International Affairs. His piece, "Latin America and the liberal international order: an agenda for research", explores why the region has played a marginal role in this burgeoning IR debate—and what serious engagement with the region could add to both critical and supportive accounts of liberal international order (LIO). The article argues that, "The LIO has shaped Latin America, and Latin America has shaped the LIO—but not always in the ways supporters or critics might expect."

The article is available here: https://academic.oup.com/ia/article-abstract/94/6/1371/5162441

Tue 06 November 2018, 15:12 | Tags: Front, Staff, CSGR, International Relations and Security, Research

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

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