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Your first few weeks in Philosophy

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1. Departmental Registration
2. The Philosophy Department office and staff members
3. Postgraduate Common Room
4. Personal tutors
5. Tabula
6. Communication with the Department
7. Modules and timetables
8. Programmes of study - specific information
9. Plagarism and cheating
10. Student engagement
11. Research activities in the Department
12. Study areas and facilities
13. Conference funding
14. Library training
15. Language classes

1. Departmental Registration

The Philosophy Programmes Officer, Rachel Harrington, will be available in the Departmental Office every day from Monday 3rd October, to allow you to register with the Department and collect induction information. You will also receive a record card, which you should complete and return to Rachel, along with one passport-size photo, during the first two weeks of term.

2. The Philosophy Department office and staff members

The Philosophy Graduate Office is located within the general Departmental Office. Other support staff details can be found here.

3. Postgraduate Common Room

The Common Room is for your use and contains a number of important notice boards, e.g. the Staff/Student Liaison Committees.

4. Personal tutors

Personal tutors will be allocated to students on the MA programmes when you register with the Department and the list will be displayed on the Postgraduate noticeboard soon afterwards. You should meet with your personal tutor during weeks 1-2 of the first term of the academic year. If your Personal Tutor is unable to answer a query about your programme of study, please contact the convenor of your programme of study.

5. Tabula

The Philsophy Department uses Tabula as its student administration system. Tabula is an easy to use, online administration system designed to support the administration of teaching and learning in academic departments. Please ensure you familiarise yourself asap with Tabula and how to use the system.

6. Communication with the Department

  • Noticeboards for postgraduate students are on in the foyer along from the Departmental Office. Please check the noticeboards regularly during term-time as essential notices from Philosophy Office staff and module tutors are often posted there.
  • Pigeonholes for Philosophy postgraduate students and most module/personal tutors are in the foyer directly on your left as you enter the Philosophy Department from the cafe stairs. Like the noticeboards, the pigeonholes will often contain time-sensitive information and should be checked regularly during term-time.
  • Office Hours are held (normally 2 hours per week during term-time for module convenors and personal tutors) by all teaching staff and are an excellent opportunity to speak one-on-one with your tutors. You do not need an appointment to drop in to see a tutor during office hours. Office hours for the year are normally posted on tutors' doors by the end of week 2 of the autumn term.
  • The Department uses your Warwick email account (account ending with @warwick.ac.uk that you are given at registration) to communicate with you. It is therefore vital that you read messages sent to this account, otherwise you will miss essential registration, essay and examination deadlines if you do not, and this may adversely affect your degree results.

7. Modules and timetables

All students will need to register their module options by date TBD at the latest. Once you have registered, you will be able to generate your personal teaching timetable and where appropriate sign up for Term 1 seminar slots on Tabula. More information on how to use the university's eMR system can be found in the student user guide. However, if you wish to attend several modules to help you decide which options you will follow, please register for all of these modules on the system then inform the Graduate Secretary by the end of Week 3 of the modules you wish to drop.

All full-time First Year MPhil in Philosophy and full-time First Year Research students are expected to audit one MA module each term. MA students will follow the required number of modules for their course. Further details of the MA modules running in 2014/15 can be found on the module webpages.

8. Programmes of study - specific information

MA Philosophy & Literature students: Optional modules

The Literature options for the MA in Philosophy & Literature include two modules in the French Department (FR929 and FR930, Advanced Study Options I and II). They work as independent study modules. Sometimes they follow the syllabus for existing modules that are not being offered in a given year, but they can also be tailored to your interests. You would need to contact the French Department directly to arrange to take one of these as an option. There is some flexibility about whether proficiency in French is required or whether readings can be done in translation, but please consult staff in the French Department about this.

MPhil in Philosophy (2+2) students

It would be helpful to have a provisional statement from First Year MPhil students of which options you would like to take in which term over your first year so that an appropriate supervisor can be arranged – who may also wish to send specific preparatory work to do over the summer. If you have not already done so please e-mail this statement as soon as possible to Christoph Hoerl, Convenor of the MPhil in Philosophy.

9. Plagarism and cheating

Your attention is drawn to Regulation 11 concerning cheating in University tests, which is posted in the Department. In assessed work candidates must avoid plagiarism: either copying passages of other people’s material without quotation marks or acknowledgement, or paraphrasing their ideas or arguments without acknowledgement. The penalties for plagiarism are severe. When you wish to use other people’s wording, use quotation marks or another typographical device and cite the source(s). Details of the sources cited or discussed should be indicated in the list of references or bibliography at the end of your essay or dissertation.

10. Student engagement

The Staff/Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs) offer essential channels of communication between students and staff. The purpose of the SSLC is to consider any general matters of concern raised by students, and also issues on which the Departmental staff seek student opinion. Students elected as representatives attend the SSLC meetings and departmental committee meetings, to present and represent student views.

The Departmental Graduate Seminar takes place fortnightly on Wednesdays between 4:00 and 5:30pm in TBD in the Social Studies building. The seminar provides an opportunity for all Warwick Philosophy graduate students (and occasionally students from other universities) to present work for feedback from a general philosophy audience. All PhD, MPhil and MA students are strongly encouraged to attend. Faculty members and visiting students are also very welcome.

11. Research activities in the Department

Please also note that there are various Research Activites and Seminar Series sponsored by the Department and its research centres, with talks regularly scheduled on a variety of topics that will be of interest to your studies (usually on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and Wednesdays at 4:00 pm). We would strongly encourage you to attend as many of these as you are able to in order to fully participate in the breadth of research activity and philosophical discussions that the Department has to offer.

The Department hosts approximately two or three Departmental Colloquium per term on a Wednesday afternoon at 4pm. All research students in particular are expected to attend these events but all postgraduate students are very welcome.

There are also a number of reading and discussion groups that meet regularly during term time which are open to philosophy graduate students.

12. Study areas and facilities

Research Students are able to apply for a Library carrel (small personal study area) in the main campus Library for the 2014/15 Academic Year. The application form can be downloaded from here Each carrel will be allocated to two students in order to optimise their use. Alternatively, research students may apply for a study desk within the Philosophy Department.

Research students are eligible to use departmental photocopying and printing facilities for purposes related to their PGR studies only. Any use of the facilities for personal/other reasons will be on an honesty basis at a cost of 4 pence per sheet of paper printed or copied. Those students eligible to use these facilities will be notified of the appropriate codes required to use the photocopier and printer in their induction information.

13. Conference funding

The Department has made available limited funds to research students (Phd students and MPhil students who have upgraded) who wish to request conference expenses should it be felt that attending or presenting a paper at such an event would be beneficial to their work. This is a competitive scheme and full details can be found here.

14. Library training

The Library website has an online web tutorial outlining Library research methods which you may find useful in the first few weeks.

15. Language classes

The University’s Language Centre is located in the Humanities Building, and offers a wide range of courses at every level. Fuller details will be available from the Centre or can be viewed on their webpages.

Research students who feel that they will need language school support to complete their studies should discuss registering on language classes with their supervisor in the first instance.

In addition, MA students may audit CX105 Greek Language (Beginners) run by the Department of Classics and Ancient History.

Greek (beginners) - please contact Clive Letchford (C.A.Letchford@warwick.ac.uk) who would be happy to speak about its content with you.