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Undergraduate Handbook

        Welcome from the Department of Economics

        Welcome from the Department of Economics. In choosing to take your degree with us, you are now part of one of the most highly regarded Economics departments in Europe. You will find your time here to be exciting, challenging and rewarding. Our aim is to enable you to reach your full potential during your time here. You will be taught by top-class teachers and researchers, and we work hard to make your experience memorable. We will provide you with the valuable oppotunities to enhance your CV and give you a flying start to your career.

        In the last 50 years, our Department has followed a rapid trajectory in both academic research and the training of the next generation of economists at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD levels. These accomplishments place us at the forefront of economic research and education in the UK and beyond. Dynamism, vision and energy were the essence of our founding mission; and they remain at the core of our present and our future.

        Over the past five years, the Department has undergone unprecedented growth as the volume and range of activity across all of our areas has significantly increased. The growth and expansion has taken place by design and strategy, aimed at achieving an ambitious set of objectives for the Department. We place your student experience right at the heart of our motivations, and are continuously improving our offering based on your feedback.

        We wish you every success and encourage you to engage fully with everything on offer in the Department.


        Classes: "Classes", "seminars", "tutorials" and "supervisions" are all different names for essentially the same thing; compulsory teaching in small groups. Classes allow for more informal, less scripted interaction.

        Course:Coherent programme of study leading to a named qualification/award. Includes degrees, diplomas and certificates. Courses are made up of modules.

        Module:Smallest unit of learning recognised in the University's approval processes and records systems.

        Monitoring Points:The University operates a scheme for monitoring the attendance and progress of all students. Under the University's monitoring scheme, attendance is monitored by means of specific 'monitoring points' using Tabula.

        Programme: Has the same meaning as a course.

        Seminar: A compulsory class in which a topic is discussed by a teacher and small group of students.

        Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC): The SSLC is made up of students and staff. SSLCs provide an accessible arena for students to discuss any concerns they have with teaching, learning and student support services with the academic staff from their department. They also provide an opportunity for the Department to receive feedback from students. This is the strongest mechanism for getting involved with how your academic life at Warwick is shaped.

        Tabula: An online tool used to enhance and support the administration of teaching and learning. It helps academic and administrative staff manage student information such as personal profiles, seminar allocation, personal tutor/supervisor allocations and meetings, attendance recording and marks management.

        Welcome from the Director of Undergraduate Studies

        Welcome to all undergraduate students taking courses in Economics at Warwick. I very much hope that you find your degree course interesting, challenging and rewarding.

        As Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics, my aim is to ensure that our courses are designed and delivered to the very highest standards in all dimensions of teaching, learning, development, assessment and feedback. As a member of academic staff, I feel very fortunate to be teaching at Warwick — in large part because of the calibre of our undergraduate students, whose energy, brightness and creativity continue to inspire (and challenge!) us as lecturers and supervisors.

        For students, I believe that Warwick provides an excellent environment for learning and for personal, professional and intellectual development. Teaching is informed by the very latest developments in research, and optional modules provide a great breadth of choice across fields of Economics and other disciplines. The level of support available to students is something we are proud of and through exciting projects such as our Personal Development Module and Economic Briefings Project, we are aiming to give you a competitive advantage when you graduate. It is little wonder that Warwick Economics students are so sought after by graduate recruiters.

        One of the secrets of Warwick’s success is that we are never complacent. We recognise that we live and work in a global and dynamic environment — we could hardly not, given how international we are in the topics we teach and in terms of the rich diversity of both our students and our staff. So a key aspect of my role as Director of Undergraduate Studies is to seek to enhance all aspects of our programmes and thereby to create the best possible conditions in which students can thrive and gain value from their time at Warwick. A key input into this process is you! So I am always eager to receive comments and feedback from students — either individually or through the Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) — on where and how we can improve further. Please don’t hesitate to approach me with your thoughts, reflections and suggestions either by email or in my office hours.

        I wish you the happiest and most rewarding of times during your studies with us at Warwick.

        Miss Elizabeth Jones
        Director of Undergraduate Studies
        Department of Economics
        University of Warwick