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.
The Role of UK Parliament Select Committees - A talk by Joanna Welham, Clerk of the International Trade Committee
The UK Parliament has emerged as a key veto player in the Brexit process. But away from the headlines over Parliament's 'meaningful vote' on the Brexit deal, it has also played an important role in day-to-day scrutiny of the Government through the work of its cross-party committees. In this talk, Joanna Welham, the Clerk of the House of Commons International Trade Select Committee (the Committee's chief civil servant), will be speaking about the role of Select Committees in holding the Government to account - and reflect on the role of expertise in shaping their work.
7 February, 6-7.30pm
Location: Oculus Building, OC0.02
The event is free, but please register at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-role-of-uk-parliament-select-committees-tickets-53722596733
Stuart Elden’s book Shakespearean Territories was published in late 2018 by University of Chicago Press. The book uses readings of a number of Shakespeare’s plays to explore different aspects of territory.
Shakespeare’s plays explore many territorial themes: from the division of the kingdom in King Lear, to the relations among Denmark, Norway, and Poland in Hamlet, to questions of disputed land and the politics of banishment in Richard II. Shakespeare dramatized a world of technological advances in measuring, navigation, cartography, and surveying, and his plays open up important ways of thinking about strategy, economy, the law, and colonialism, providing critical insight into a significant juncture in history.
The book explores how Shakespeare can be read as developing a nuanced understanding of the complicated concept and practice of territory and, more broadly, the political-geographical relations between people, power, and place.
More details about the book can be found at the publisher website: https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/S/bo28246205.html
Tuesday 2nd July, 2019. 9.30am—5.00pm. Maths Building, University of Warwick.
Proposals for our fifth annual research conference are invited from all academic staff and doctoral researchers in the Department of Politics and International Studies.
We welcome the following types of proposals: (1) paper proposals; (2) panel proposals; (3) roundtable proposals.
For papers please submit the paper title, author name(s), and 200-word abstract.
For panels please submit the panel title, details of 4 paper proposals, and name of panel chair.
For roundtables please submit the roundtable title, 200-word abstract on the roundtable theme, list of 4—5 contributing speakers, and name of roundtable chair.
Please e-mail all proposals to Jill Pavey: J.Pavey@warwick.ac.uk by Wednesday 1st May, 2019
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.