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.
PAIS member Nicola Pratt has recently published new research examining state violence in Egypt after the Arab Spring in the form of an article, co-authored with Dina Rezk, University of Reading, entitled 'Securitizing the Muslim Brotherhood, State Violence and Authoritarianism in Egypt after the Arab Spring'. The article appears in the journal Security Dialogue.
A blog summarising the article can be read here: https://blogs.prio.org/SecurityDialogue/2019/03/securitizing-the-muslim-brotherhood-legitimizing-state-violence-and-renewing-authoritarianism-in-post-arab-spring-egypt/
The Department is delighted to announce that Charlotte Heath Kelly has been promoted to Reader, with effect from 1 June, 2019.
The Department is also very pleased to announce that the University Professorial Promotions Committee have confirmed that both Vicki Squire and Juanita Elias were successful in their promotion to Professor. These promotions are also with effect from 1 June, 2019.
Not only does this affect the personal data and credit card details of millions of customers, it also affects the brand and people’s confidence in doing business online. Moreover, the impact of these attacks can ultimately have catastrophic effects on the security of the nation and all organisations are potentially vulnerable.
Professor Tom Sorell in PAIS outlines how the University’s collaboration with the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) can help managers and professionals with managing accelerated digital disruption in their organisation:
“A fourth industrial revolution - blurring lines between the digital, cyber and physical worlds, calls for a fourth generation of risk management. We need to introduce learners to digital as a disruptive force both in products and services, as well as offer clear explanations around cybersecurity risks in business or the public sector.”
The new face of risk?
A recent joint report on risk management perspectives of global corporations – produced by the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School highlighted cyber security, business continuity and crisis management as the top risks identified by organisations surveyed.
The Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies Academic Director, Professor Daniel Ralph, said:
“Corporations must contend with both internal and external risks that threaten their business models. Their stakeholders are keenly aware of the many potential factors impacting corporate profitability and longevity, thus greater transparency in risk reporting will be expected in the future.
Companies go to vast expense to try to protect their organisations’ from such attacks, digital safety and security ultimately comes down to good enterprise risk management principles and practices. If Amazon, Cathay Pacific, the NHS, Marriott Starwood Hotels and even Uber are vulnerable then so are you and your organisation.”
More about the course
The Digital Risk Management Certificate course has been designed by PAIS, the Warwick University Institute of Cybersecurity and the IRM to help risk practitioners and other professionals to understand how new technologies and digitalisation are disrupting businesses, bringing both risk and opportunity. It will also demonstrate that while the work environment may be changing, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to risk management – existing tools and techniques can be applied and adapted as needed.
Gary Goertz, Professor at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, is visiting Warwick on 13 March, 2019. Prof. Goertz is a highly influential scholar on issues of conceptual development, causal mechanisms and multi-methods research. Professor Goertz will present work from his forthcoming, completely revised book, Social Science Concepts: A User’s Guide. Earlier versions of this book have served as a touchstone for students of political science and social sciences more broadly.
Professor Goertz will give a small workshop with faculty (including post-docs) and Ph.D. students (2:00-3:30, Ramphal Building, R0.03 on “Guidelines for Constructing and Evaluating Complex Concepts”), and present at the closing session of the Politics and International Studies Department seminar for term 2 (4:00 – 5:30 pm. Ramphal building R0.03 on "Three Schools of Conceptualization and Measurement: with Applications to Global Indicators such as related to Poverty and Human Well-being").
Interested colleagues are invited to write to the co-organizers Tom Long firstname.lastname@example.org and Maria Koinova email@example.com to RSVP and for further information. A flyer of Prof. Goertz talk at 4 pm. is attached here.