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View the latest news from departments within the Faculty of Social Sciences below.

Centre for Applied Linguistics

Awards for Applied Linguistics at Warwick 2017

Helen Spencer-Oatey won the individual prize for Global Contribution at the University of Warwick Staff Awards in May 2017.

Daniel Dauber and Helen Spencer-Oatey's poster on ‘Global Talent: Standing Out and Fitting In’ won joint first place in the British Council’s Going Global 2017 poster competition.

Tom Greenaway won “Best Student Paper at SIETAR Europa Congress 2017 in Dublin.

Fri 09 June 2017, 13:54

Centre for Education Studies

CES PhD student Xuemeng Cao Awarded Doctoral Scholarship by Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC)

Xuemeng Cao (CES), a PhD student supervised by Emily Henderson and Ian Abbott, has been awarded a full scholarship from the prestigious Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) for her doctoral studies. CSC is a non-profit institution which is affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China. The objective of the CSC is to provide financial assistance to the Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad and to the foreign citizens wishing to study in China in order to develop the educational, scientific and technological, and cultural exchanges and economic and trade cooperation between China and other countries. Xuemeng's research interests are related to higher education and education internationalization. Her doctoral project is entitled ‘Enhancing the Employability of International Students: Chinese students on taught Master's programmes in social sciences’.

Thu 13 July 2017, 15:26 | Tags: Emily Henderson


Gemma Gray

Gemma Gray has produced a video presentation on the findings of our recent study on the effectiveness of parent programmes when provided as part of regular service provision. The video can be viewed here:

Fri 26 May 2017, 14:27

Centre for Professional Education

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Opportunities and Limits of Experimental Social Science

Professor David Stark (CIM) and Professor Nick Chater (WBS) Event

Mon 16 May 2016, 09:59 | Tags: interdisciplinary social science news-item-1 stark

Centre for Lifelong Learning

Congratulations to our graduates

Dozens of CLL students saw their hard work pay off as they graduated at the University’s annual ceremony on Wednesday 19 July.

Students from nine courses, ranging from Masters to Foundation level, collected their certificates in front of cheering friends, family and loved ones at the ceremony hosted in The Butterworth Hall in Warwick Arts Centre.


Conference brings together professionals to discuss research in political economy of development

The annual Political Economy of Development Conference featured 12 seminar talks and 12 discussants on political economy of development spread over two days.

More than 40 faculty delegates from top universities in Europe and in the U.S. discussed political economy of development research at Warwick, Scarmam House. These talks were given by promising assistant professors and young associate professors, such as Horacio Lareguy (Harvard University), Monica Martinez Bravo (CEMFI), Vincent Pons (Harvard University), among many others.

The aim of this conference was to bring together leading academics and researchers to discuss recent advances in political economy of development and to provide a platform to stimulate collaboration and interdisciplinary thinking between economists and political scientists.

Besides the excellent line-up of high quality research papers and young and energetic atmosphere, the conference was also very successful in terms of gender balance. In particular, there were five women among 12 speakers and six women among 12 discussants.

The conference presented plenty of opportunities for networking among professionals and researchers during coffee breaks and at lunch. The annual conference contributed to increase Warwick visibility, academic exchange, and networking opportunity between the Department of Economics and young scholars from top universities around the world.

Photographs from the event can be seen here.

Thu 13 July 2017, 15:03

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Research Councils UK Policy Internship Scheme – now open

The Research Council Policy Internships Scheme provides the opportunity for Research Council-funded PhD students to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.

Next funding opportunity:

  • Call opening date: 19 June 2017
  • Call closing date: 10 August 2017


The Research Councils organise internships for current Research Council-funded PhD students to work at partner host organisations on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work. Internships are awarded to a number of Parliamentary Departments, Government Departments and Non-Governmental Bodies, Learned societies and other organisations.

These internships are open to current Research Council-funded PhD students to work at partner host organisations on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host.

For more details regarding the scheme and how to apply, please visit:


The Research Council Policy Internships Scheme is being coordinated by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) on behalf of all Research Councils. Questions about the internship should be addressed to the NERC Research Careers Team:

Mon 17 July 2017, 13:54 | Tags: Social Sciences, ESRC event

Institute for Employment Research

IER delivers labour market analysis training for Nigerian Government agency


IER has been commissioned by the Nigerian Government’s Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to provide training to its staff to help them develop labour market analysis in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Government wants to broaden its economic base. Currently there are gaps in labour market information and capacity to develop that information. The ITF approached IER to provide training to enable them to establish better and more policy-orientated employment research. IER hosted 5 visitors from the ITF over June and July 2017 including the Director General of the ITF, Sir Joseph Ari.

IER staff delivered training modules on: labour market assessment and forecasting; vocational education and training, including apprenticeships; higher education and the graduate labour market; labour market classification and measurement; careers guidance and labour market information (LMI) for all. Returning to Nigeria, the participants will now cascade this knowledge base across the ITF.

Regarded as a success by Sir Joseph Ari, IER will now work with the ITF to expand the training programme over the rest of this year and into 2018.


Warwick Law School Top Performers for 2017

Warwick Law School provides a study environment that is exciting, challenging and rewarding. Every year, several awards and prizes are granted to our undergraduate students from each year of study to recognise and celebrate the success of our top performers.

We are proud to announce this year’s award winners...

Thu 20 July 2017, 17:12 | Tags: undergraduate

Politics and International Studies

Moch Faisal Karim awarded 2017-2018 Global Challenges Fellowship

PAIS PhD candidate, Moch Faisal Karim, has been awarded 2017-2018 Global Challenges Fellowship at the School of Public Policy (SPP) and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Central European University (CEU) in Budapest and at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin.

During the fellowship, Faisal will examine ASEANS's response to China-led multilateral infrastructure initiatives on regional connectivity. The Global Challenges Fellowship assembles scholars from rising powers to forge closer ties between Western and non-Western researchers and policy makers, offering fresh perspectives on some of the world’s most pressing public policy challenges of the 21st century.

Fri 14 July 2017, 13:51 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD, Research


Philosophy Department awarded the Bronze Athena Swan Award

Athena Swan Bronze AwardWe are delighted to announce that University of Warwick Philosophy Department has been awarded a Bronze Athena Swan award by the Equality Challenge Unit.

The Department is amongst the first Philosophy Departments in the UK be successful in achieving such an award and we look forward to working on our detailed and lengthy action plan over the coming months and years.

We are committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment in our department and to making a positive contribution to the culture of the discipline of Philosophy in the UK.

Our priorities include improving gender balance on our postgraduate programmes, proactively identifying and encouraging female applicants for academic positions, implementing a formal mentoring programme to support early- and mid-career researchers, and continuing a conversation with our undergraduate and postgraduate students about issues affecting the culture of our department and our discipline as a whole.

Our Athena swan Submission and Action Plan can be found here along with details of past and forthcoming events and activities.

The Department has also subscribed to the British Philosophical Association / Society for Women in Philosophy Good Practice Scheme more details of which can be found here




Congratulations to Dr Claire Blencowe and her family on the arrival of their baby son Kynance (Kye) on Friday 14th July. All are well and happy.

Fri 21 July 2017, 10:12 | Tags: Staff