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Welcome to Honorary Professor Ezat Khoshdel


We are pleased to announce Ezat Khoshdel has been appointed as an Honorary Professor in the department. Ezat has been a long-standing collaborator with the department with multiple projects over 25 years. Ezat has recently retired from Unilever where he was the inventor of over 150 patents, the largest number of any Unilever employee. Ezat will be more than happy to discuss ideas and work across the department and add to our impact activities. Ezat can be contacted on and will next be in the department on October 11th when he gives a lecture to our new Polymer MSc cohort.

Fri 17 August 2018, 12:59 | Tags: PolymerChem people

Student satisfaction at Warwick

Survey results out recently reflect very positively on the School of Life Sciences. These surveys reveal student perception of study here in Life Sciences and also what graduates go on to achieve. We are pleased to see the satisfaction our students show with their education at Warwick. We greatly value their feedback and respect their judgement.

Our 2018 NSS (National Student Survey) results are excellent with a score of 93% for overall student satisfaction. This is a survey of all undergraduate finalists at UK universities and colleges to understand and improve students’ experience of higher education. Staff and students are working very closely on developing new ways to extend and enhance their learning and the NSS is a key element of our collaborative approach to overall enhancement at Warwick. PTES (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey) results are also excellent with a score of 89% for overall student satisfaction, which is above the Russell Group and Sector average.

DLHE (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education) surveys graduates 6 months after graduation to find out whether they are in work or further study. The recent 2017 results are excellent for Life Sciences with 96% of UG graduates in work or further study (up from 94% in 2015) and 88% in graduate level work or study (up from 79% in 2015). The Government’s 2018 Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) show that Warwick's Life Sciences graduates are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for high earnings five years after their graduation.

It is great to see the work that goes into planning and delivering these degrees by so many people in the School, has such a positive impact on students.

NSS results 2018: increased student satisfaction

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved an overall satisfaction rating of 96% for the Philosophy course at Warwick.

We have also seen significant increases in other key categories, including

  • teaching on my course – 100% of our finalists agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating (up 9 percentage points)
  • assessment and feedback – 88% agreed that they have received helpful feedback on their work (up 14 percentage points)
  • academic support – 96% agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to (up 9 percentage points)
  • student voice – 79% agreed that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course (up 9 percentage points)

We very much look forward to continuing working with our current undergraduate students and to welcoming our new students in 2018/19 into the Philosophy community at Warwick.

Fri 27 July 2018, 16:08 | Tags: Home Page

Tina Lupton's new book on

Tina Lupton's new book, Reading and the Making of Time in the Eighteenth Century (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018), reviewed on the prestigious Public Books site.

Tue 24 July 2018, 15:07

Philosophy and Literature Essay Prize 2017 - Winners Announced

Many congratulations to the winners of the Philosophy and Literature Essay Prize 2017. They are:

Lydia Norris (Joint First Prize of £200) and Jim Russell (Joint First Prize of £200).

Andrew Dobson (Runner-Up Prize of £125).

Lydia graduates this summer in Philosophy (BA (Hons) 2018); Jim is now pursuing his PhD research on 'The Self and Narrative', co-supervised by Eileen John (Philosophy) and Thomas Docherty (English and Comparative Literary Studies). Andrew is embarking on further study with an MA course at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Read the award-winning essays here:

Thu 19 July 2018, 10:13 | Tags: Home Page

Nature’s antifreeze inspires revolutionary technique

The survival mechanisms of polar fish have led researchers in Chemistry and Warwick Medical School to develop a revolutionary approach to ‘freeze’ bacteria, with potential applications within the food industry, organ transportation and medicine - as well as in laboratory research.

Wed 18 July 2018, 15:08

As You Like It residency

Steve Purcell's As You Like It residency was a huge success this year, with 25 students participating. To see how the project developed, see #AsYouLikeItWarwick on Twitter and accounts from our student bloggers:

Tue 17 July 2018, 14:53

Biodegradable plastic could be on the horizon

Environmentally friendly plastic packaging could be in the shops in future, thanks to research undertaken by Professor Tim Bugg's group.

Mon 16 July 2018, 07:59

Exhibition "'Hear the Ambassadors": The Performance of Diplomacy in the Age of Shakespeare

A foreign state sponsors a political assassination on English soil.

The attempt fails.

In its aftermath, Her Majesty's government asks her expert advisers:

What is the appropriate level of response?

What action can we take against murderous individuals --

and state sponsored terrorism?

Sound familiar?

But this case dates not from 2018 but 1584, when the Spanish Ambassador in London colluded in a plot to assassinate Elizabeth I. The Queen's Privy Council wanted to execute Mendoza. The jurist Alberico Gentili said they couldn't -- because even criminal ambassadors were protected by the right to diplomatic immunity. The following year Gentili published his comprehensive treatise on the role of the ambassador, a book Henry Wotton undoubtedly knew when he arrived in Venice in 1604, instructed by King James to restore diplomatic relations between London and the Republic.

'Hear the Ambassadors: The Performance of Diplomacy in the Age of Shakespeare' is an exhibition that draws together the strands of this history. It thinks about the theory of embassy. It looks at fictions of embassy on Shakespeare's stage. And it displays the practice of Wotton's Venetian embassy. It gathers a rich collection original documents, objects, and early printed books to illustrate the performance of diplomacy. Curated by Warwick's Professor Carol Chillington Rutter in collaboration with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the exhibition reminds us of the on-going work that ambassadors do to 'represent the person of the Prince' and to 'practice the healing art' of diplomacy.

The exhibition runs from until September 3 2018 in the Treasures Room of the Shakespeare Centre, Stratford upon Avon. It is funded by a grant from the Warwick Impact Fund.

Wed 11 July 2018, 09:11 | Tags: Shakespeare, Public Event, English, Media

5th Midlands Molecular Microbiology Meeting (M4) - registration open

The 5th M4 meeting will be held at the University of Warwick on 13-14 September, 2018.

coverart_nature_2015_16.jpgThe Conference will present cutting-edge research on molecular and cellular microbiology. A wide range of topics will be covered, ranging from biofilms, quorum sensing, pathogenicity islands, host-pathogen interactions and antimicrobials.

The goal of this conference is to act as a conduit for fostering collaboration across Midlands and nationally among leading scientists and to promote the exchange of ideas between the next generation of molecular microbiologists. The conference will offer early career researchers an opportunity to present their research and connect with other scientists.

Registration open until 31 August

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