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Engage with politicans, policy makers and academics on this year's hot topic 'Brexit'; Warwick Question Time is held at the beginning of each academic year and is very similar to the popular BBC television show. This year's event is being hosted by the Department of Economics and the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) and will take place on Monday 3rd October 2016, 6.15-7.45pm in Butterworth Hall.


Due to the popularity of the event, you will be required to register for the event.

2016 Panelists

 LT Col Tony Shaffer

LT Tony Hearings

Tony is a highly experienced intelligence officer, and recipient of the Bronze Star, with 30 years of field and operational experience. Tony has commanded and directed several key operational intelligence organisations including Field Operating Base (FOB) Alpha, a joint DIA/CIA unit conducting classified collection and special operations support regarding terrorists just after the 9/11 attacks. His New York Time and International bestselling memoir, 'Operation DARK HEART: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan - and the Path to Victory' provides an unprecedented look at intelligence operations during a period in the Afghanistan war in 2003. Tony serves as a senior fellow at the Centre for Advanced Defence Studies (CADS) and has conducted several courses of instruction. He is also a senior advisor to multiple organisations on terrorism, cyber operations and counterinsurgency issues and a frequent guest on national media.

Hazel Blears

The Right Honourable Hazel Blears
Hazel was a member of Parliament for Salford for 18 years and held various roles including Health Minister, Police and Counter Terrorism Minister and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. More recently she was a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee.




Suzanne Evans

Suzanne Evans
Suzanne was a board member of Vote Leave, the organisation running the successful referendum campaign to leave the European Union. Suzanne was also a founder member of Women for Britain, which made the feminist case to leave the EU. As UKIP Parliamentary Spokesperson, she appears regularly on television and radio programmes such as Question Time, Daily Politics, Newsnight, and Any Questions. She authored UKIP's acclaimed 2015 General Election manifesto, and was a Councillor in the London Borough of Merton from 2010-2014. Before politics she ran her own PR and marketing consultancy, and also spent ten years as a journalist, mostly with the BBC.


Wyn Grant

Wyn Grant
Wyn is a graduate of the Universities of Leicester, Stratclyde and Exeter. He joined the department of Politics and International Studies in 1971 and was the chair of department in 1990 to 1997. He has worked closely on projects with the Department of Life Sciences and was presented with the Diamond Jubilee Lifetime Achievement award of the Political Studies Association of the UK at their awards ceremony in 2010. In 2011, he was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and was the Vice-President for Europe and Africa International Political Science Association in 2012. For the past five years, Wyn has been principally involved with Biological Scientists.


Dennis NovyDennis Novy
Dennis is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He is also an Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics and was the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), 2013/14 and has made a number of appearances on various television and radio programmes. His research is on international trade and international economics. Twitter: @DennisNovy

2016 Chair

Shirin Rai

Shirin Rai
Shirin is a Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies; she was elected as Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences in 2010. She is also the co-lead of Warwick's Global Research Priority Programme on the International Development. Shirin has written extensively on issues of gender, governance and development in journals such as Signs, International Feminist Journal of Politics Studies and Hypatia. She has consulted with the UN's Division for the Advancement of Women and UNDP and is founding member of the South Asia Network on Gender, Law and Governance and was the Director of the Leverhulme Trust Programme on Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (2007-2011).


"The opportunity to get a range of different perspectives on so many different topics was really enlightening and the way they all interacted with each other was really fun. I was a bit hesitant going ino it, thinking it was going to be too boring, but there was a lot of interaction, everyone was really involved and they talked about some really topical issues."

Ashwin Sharma, first year Philosophy, Politics and Economics