Dear PAIS Students,
We hope that you and your family/friends are well and safe during this difficult time.
As always, the health and wellbeing of our students and colleagues remains the top priority of the University and the Department. We would therefore encourage you to reach out to your personal tutor, or to Ben Richardson, as our Director of Student Wellbeing in PAIS, if we can be of help to you. Colleagues in Wellbeing Support Services are also doing all they can to offer services to students via video and telephone so please do continue to make use of the support available to you.
Student Newsletters and FAQs
We hope that you have all signed up for, and been receiving, the central University student newsletter - https://warwick.ac.uk/students/newsletter. Please do ensure that you read each issue thoroughly as this is main way for the University to keep you updated of all COVID-19 related issues as they impact on your student experience. Please note that these normally come from the Internalcomms@warwick.ac.uk email address. An archive of these student newsletters are available online for you to review.
Many of your questions will also hopefully be answered via the central FAQs, which the University will continue to update. In due course, the University will release more detailed information about learning, teaching, and assessment, which, in turn, will inform the Department’s approach – we appreciate your continued patience with this process.
When it comes to more specific issues, the Department is working closely with the University and seeking approval for our plans. Thank you for your understanding as we work together with the central University to ensure the delivery of solutions that are do-able, clear and ‘joined up’ across the University – we really appreciate it. Please be assured we are doing all that we can, in the unprecedented circumstances in which we find ourselves, to ensure student wellbeing and academic progression.
With all best wishes,
Department of Politics and International Studies
Weds, 6th May: Debate on the Future of IPE: 16:30-18:00 (Room H0.51, Humanities Building)
'Climate Change and IPE: Power, Resistance & Change'
Professor Peter Newell (Sussex); Dr Marie-Claire Brisbois (SPRU, Sussex); Dr Caroline Kuzemko (Warwick)
The debate will be followed by a drinks reception - all welcome.
Congratulations to Laura Vansina who won a mobility grant from the Jean Monnet Network “Between the EU and Russia” (BEAR)! Vansina, a first-year PhD researcher at PAIS working on Russian memory politics, visited the Universities of McGill and Montreal in Canada in February 2020 as part of an exchange fostering inter-university cooperation on research and teaching on the post-communist space. In Montreal, Vansina enhanced her work on her research proposal and taught a class at the University of Montreal.
Vansina writes about her exchange: ‘This research stay proved to be an extremely enriching experience. On the one hand, I acquired an abundance of new research perspectives and experiences that will be invaluable for my further PhD journey. This stay allowed me to expand my network and gain further insights into my research topic.
Not only did I have the opportunity to meet and discuss my ideas with a number of renowned scholars working on the post-Soviet space and memory studies, but I also was offered an opportunity to present my research and teach a class on Russian memory politics.
Arriving in such a multicultural and hospitable environment stimulated me a lot, both academically and personally. It was great to meet so many people with the same research interests and to discover new academic environments and approaches.
On the other hand, I learned how to survive on (-20°C) weather conditions and discovered that snowy patches on frozen lakes convert the less experienced ice skater into a human snowplow. I am very grateful to the BEAR Network for giving me this enriching opportunity. To all my PAIS peers presented with chances such as these, I wholeheartedly recommend accepting them with both hands and making the most of it!’
TALK ANNOUNCEMENT: “Cyber security & Cyber Attacks" by Professor JD Work of Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, US Cyberspace Solarium Commission.
Thursday 20th February, Library 2, 5pm.
JD Work teaches at Columbia University in New York and also leads research to develop the theory, practice, and operational art of the cyber warfighting function, and to explore the wider role of the cyber instrument in national security strategy, and the future defense competition and stability problem space.
On Thursday 13 February Warwick welcomed former Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and past-European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, to speak about the future of Great Britain following its departure from the European Union. Over 60 Warwick Politics and International Studies (PAIS) students and staff attended the lecture which took place at WBS London, The Shard.
Mr De Gucht has been the President of the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) since 2015, where he is a Professor of European Law, and of Vesalius College since 2019. Mr. De Gucht was the European Commissioner for Trade during President Barroso’s second Commission, from 2010 until 2014. From 2009 until 2010 he was also European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid.
Mr De Gucht gave his perspective on the future EU-UK relationship, focusing on economics, security, and values. He provided an alternative view of the future relationship to that presented by PM Boris Johnson earlier this week and outlined his opinion on some of the difficulties associated with the idea of looking at the United States as an alternative economic referent.
Immediately following the lecture, Mr De Gucht led a VUB senior delegation to Warwick to explore further opportunities to work together. VUB and the University of Warwick are two of the founding institutions of EUTOPIA, an alliance of European universities committed to modernising education and training, and providing 21st century skills and competencies in all of Europe’s regions.
Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of Department, Politics and International Studies (PAIS), University of Warwick said;
“The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) has a long history of research collaboration with the Institute of European Studies (IES) at VUB. We are now deepening this relationship, with the IES and Vesalius College, to include new provision in post-graduate education. This strategic partnership reflects our mission as a bold, open, and internationalist community, and further strengthens PAIS as one of Europe’s leading Politics Departments.”