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2019 NSS Results: #1 in the Russell Group for Politics in 6 Categories

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The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is delighted to announce that in the 2019 National Student Survey we are 1st in the Russell Group in 6 out of 9 categories. * This is the best ever performance for the PAIS department against our key competitors.

In many categories and questions, we have improved our position nationally. Highlights amongst Russell Group competitors include:

  • 1st for Learning Opportunities
  • 1st for Assessment and Feedback
  • 1st for Academic Support
  • 1st for Organisation and Management
  • 1st for Learning Community
  • 1st for Student Voice

We are now in the Top 3 in the Russell Group on 23 of the 27 questions (and 1st on 12 questions), as well as 1st in the University for learning resources, in terms of the degrees we administer.

Across all questions, our average score increased 2.8%. Some of our most pleasing increases are summarised in the table below.

NSS Category 2019 increase
Learning Opportunities + 4%
Assessment and Feedback + 3%
Academic Support + 8%
Organisation and Management + 2%
Learning Resources + 3%
Learning Community + 2%
Student Voice + 14%

We again received impressive results on the stand-alone ‘overall satisfaction’ question. Our Politics International Studies and Hispanic Studies degree achieved 100% overall satisfaction. Our largest course, Politics and International gained 93% overall satisfaction. Across all programmes with which we are involved - both single and joint honours - we achieved 91% overall satisfaction. Only one other Russell Group institution performed as strongly.

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 Committees (SSLC).


*See the Office for Students website for more details and the full data. The results are based on the official CAH/JACS subject breakdowns and the 21 Russell Group institutions which met the publications threshold for Politics.

Fri 12 Jul 2019, 11:24 | Tags: Front, UG

PAIS Good News Round Up!

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.

University Awards

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.

Thu 23 May 2019, 10:17 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences Research

Triple promotion success in PAIS

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.

Fri 29 Mar 2019, 13:31 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD, MA, UG

The 4th industrial revolution for risk management – what you can learn at Warwick

HackerCyberattacks and data breach are amongst the top threats facing any business. In the last fortnight, global brand Facebook announced it had suffered an attack from cyber criminals.

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.

Find out more via the IRM and PAIS pages.

Tue 26 Mar 2019, 09:56 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD, MA, UG

BEAR Network Field Trip: Congratulations to Constance Bobotsi

BEAR NetworkCongratulations to Constance Bobotsi, a final year undergraduate student at PAIS! Constance was competitively selected to take part in a field trip to Latvia and Estonia (10-17 February, 2019) as part of the “Between the EU and Russia” (BEAR) Network, of which PAIS is a member. Along with 7 other BEAR Network laureates from around the world and a group of University of Glasgow students, she spent a week in the Baltics researching identity and memory. In particular, the trip focused on the history of occupation by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, and how memory shapes discourses and interactions today between ethnic Latvians and Estonians, on the one hand, and Russian-speaking minorities, on the other.

The trip started in Riga, where discussions took place with the Director of the Latvian Museum of Occupation and the Editor in Chief of the National Encyclopaedia. Then the group travelled to Narva, an industrial Estonian city right on the border to Russia, where ethnic Estonians are only a minority. There, students met Kristina Kallas, Head of University of Tartu Narva College and leader of the newly-founded Estonia 200 party, as well as staff from the educational Integration Foundation. The final stop was the Estonian capital, Tallinn, where students visited the Estonian Museum of Occupation and saw monuments that sparked controversy in Estonian society a few years back.

Constance Bobotsi writes: “This trip was a unique opportunity to experience social research first-hand and to understand the challenges scholars face when researching concepts like identity. At the same time, it equipped me with new understandings of research methodologies and shortcomings and inspired me to investigate new approaches for my dissertation, which focuses on post-national identity in the era of globalisation. I would like to thank the BEAR Network and PAIS for allowing me to have this experience as an undergraduate student, and encourage everyone in PAIS to make the most of such special opportunities!”

Mon 25 Feb 2019, 09:57 | Tags: Front, Staff, UG

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