Congratulations to all CES students who Graduated January 2017!
On Wednesday 18th January 2017, we held a Graduation Reception for all CES students who graduated at the morning ceremony. The reception was held after the ceremony in the Chancellors Suite in Rootes Building.
It was a great opportunity to celebrate the hard work that the students and staff have put in over the years. All very well-deserved!
Geoff Lindsay celebrated his 21 years at the University of Warwick, including 17 years as Director of CEDAR - seen here with Professor Stuart Croft, Vice Chancellor at the University’s recent long service awards event.
Professor David Stark (CIM) and Professor Nick Chater (WBS) Event
Elaine Moore is the Centre’s new, dedicated Student Welfare Officer, supporting students across all of our programmes.
Economics undergraduate, Adam Brzezinski, reflects on his experiences as winner of the Best Undergraduate Paper at IAES Conference.
Adam Brzezinski, who graduated with a First Class BSc (Econ) degree was awarded the prize for the 'Best Undergraduate Paper' at the Atlantic Economic Society Conference. The finalists were asked to present their work at the 82nd Conference in Washington DC on 15 October 2016, where Adam was awarded first place.
Adam proudly received a cash prize for his accomplishments, and his paper will be printed in the upcoming issue of the Atlantic Economic Journal. His paper was the product of his third year Research in Applied Economics (RAE) project, entitled 'Synergies in Labour Market Institutions - the nonlinear effect of minimum wages on youth employment', which he completed under the supervision of Dr. Piotr Jelonek. The other finalists included students at the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania.
Below, Adam reflects on his experience as a finalist;
There are many ingrediants to this experience that make it truly remarkable. Above all, this was the first time that I had a chance to participate in an academic conference, which took place over the course of three days (Friday to Sunday, 14-16th) in Washington D.C., at a location that is difficult to beat: the Hyatt Regency, located just two minutes from Capitol Hill.
It can feel quite daunting at first, being amongst few attendants with a only Bachelors degree, when so many attendees were professors and established academics from across the globe. However, I soon overcame my insecuritites and enjoyed networking with Japanese, Indian, Brazilian, German, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, British and American academics (to name a few!).
With the knowledge that I would present my work on the Saturday, I spent Friday listening to a numbe of engaging presentations on various topics, and was surprised at how inviting and relaxed the environment was. Even as an undergraduate, I felt that my comments were welcome and valued by the Professors. Friday was closed with a lecture on macroeconomic policy given by Lawrence Christiano, one of the fathers of DSGE models.
Saturday started off with a speech by Joel Mokyr, an acclaimed economic historian and the president of the International Atlantic Economic Society, whose work I encountered in the first year of my degree at Warwick. He gave a upbeat speach on technological change, convincing the public that a bright future lies ahead. During lunch, I met the other three finalists who took part in the 'Best Undergraduate Paper' competition, who were all American who only attended the conference for one day.
Finally, it was time to give our presentations, and for better or worse, I was first in line. The format was simple, each finalist would present their paper for 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute question and answer session. The latter was both difficult but rewarding, allowing me to discuss my research in more detail and highlight some aspects for improvement. For me, the question and answer session was both the most challenging but rewarding element of the whole trip as it highlighted the intellectually stimulating world of academia, confirming my aspiraitons to continue my economic education and study at Masters level.
The other presentations were exceptional, and each of the finalists were deservant winners of the competition. However, after a brief pause in which the jury retired for deliberation, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as the winner. I was completely overwhelmed, and still am.
This was a truly exceptional experience that I can recommend to every student. In order to participate, you just have to send in your completed RAE project. The effort is minimal, while the potential payoff is remarkable.
related: http://www.iaes.org/, http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/news/2016/9/economics_undergraduate_adam_brzezinski_nominated_for_iaes_best_undergraduate_paper_competition/, http://www.iaes.org/best-undergraduate-paper-award/,
Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP Studentship Applications Open
We are delighted to announce that the Open Competition for ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) funding under the new Midlands Graduate School (MGS) is now open.
The DTP website available here: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mgsdtp/ contains information on how students can apply for funding.
The deadline for applicants to submit their online application along with all attachments is: Tuesday 24th January 2017 (23:59 GMT).
Students may only submit one funding application to the MGS DTP and cannot apply for pathway funding at multiple MGS DTP institutions.
As part of their application the student will need to obtain and upload:
· Supporting Statement from Prospective Lead Supervisor
· Two signed references on letter-headed paper
· Transcripts of previous qualifications
This is in addition to completing an online application form and uploading a ‘Project Details’ supporting statement.
For full details regarding the new ESRC DTP and how to apply for funding please visit the Midlands Graduate School website.
IER researchers contribute to the Government Office for Science Future of skills and lifelong learning Foresight project
The Government Office for Science is looking at how changes in technology and an ageing population affect what skills the UK will need in the future. The project also considers how investment in skills and encouraging lifelong learning can have a positive impact on productivity. This project aims to provide policy-makers with evidence on the current and future state of skills and lifelong learning in the UK. IER researchers have contributed to the evidence base on:
Skills and Lifelong Learning: Gaps in Training Provision - This report looks at current trends and challenges for policymakers in the UK skills system, including how geography affects provision of skills, individual access to skills and training, the role of migration and the role of careers advice.
- Green, A., Hogarth, T., Barnes, S-A, Gambin, L. and Sofroniou N. (2016) The UK's Skill System: Training, Employability and Gaps in Provision. London: Foresight, Government Office for Science.
The UK skills system: how aligned are public policy and employer views of training provision? - This report explores trends and developments in UK skills policy, employer views on training and issues in realising an employer owned skills system.
- Green, A. and Hogarth, T. (2016) The UK skills system: how aligned are public policy and employer views of training provision? London: Foresight, Government Office for Science.
Access Dr Giuliano Castellano's recently published paper 'Shedding Light on EU Financial Regulators: A Sociological and Psychological Perspective'.
Co-authored with Geneviève Helleringer (ESSEC Business School; University of Oxford - Institute of European and Comparative Law) and published by Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, the article adopts a socio-psychological perspective to approach financial regulation in the European Union.
While behavioural approaches to finance have expanded the understanding of markets’ dynamics, the analytical tools of behavioural sciences have been seldom applied to financial regulators.
Through the lenses of social-psychology, the article fills this gap and explores how financial regulators ‘think’.
Such an approach also allows offering new insights over current tensions between Eurozone and non-Eurozone countries, and sheds new light over the fractures, within regulators, that followed the UK’s decision to leave the EU (Brexit).
On January 17, Dr Steven Kettell held an event at the Shard to launch a report entitled: 'A Secularist Response to the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public LIfe'. The report emphasises an alternative, inclusive and positive secularist framework based on shared values to put an end to unjustified religious privilege and to ensure that the rights and freedoms of all citizens are afforded equal weight and protection.
Details of the report, which is supported by the British Humanist Association and the National Secular Society, can be found here: https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/people/kettell/a-secularist-response
Mourning the loss of our student Billy Gradwell-Smith
We are deeply sorry to report that Billy (William) Gradwell-Smith, a wonderful member of our 1st-year Philosophy and Literature class, has died over the holiday. He suffered a sudden, severe aneurysm at home and was unable to recover. He died on 30 December 2016. This is a terrible, shocking and sad loss. Billy was thriving here at Warwick, enjoying his classes, doing excellent work, making good friends, and being a thoroughly positive presence. His friends and teachers mourn his loss. We will miss him, as a terrific student, a generous and kind friend, and a person full of promise. We send our heartfelt sympathy to his family.
There is a book of condolences in the Philosophy office (S2.66). Please stop in and add your name and a word of condolence in Billy's memory.