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MA in THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE RESEARCH: STUDENT HANDBOOK



1. Introduction

1.1. Welcome

1.2. University of Warwick

1.3. Department of Theatre and Performance Studies

2. Essential Information

2.1.Communication

2.2. Tabula

2.3. Moodle

2.4. Enrolment

2.5. Maps and Directions

2.6. Staff Contacts

3. MA in Theatre and Performance Research

3.1. Overview of MA in Theatre and Performance Research

3.2. Course Structure

3.3. Dissertation Submission

3.4. Personal Tutors

3.5. Attendance and Monitoring

4. Assignments and Assessments

4.1. Assignments

4.2. Referencing

4.3. Plagiarism

4.4. Marking System, Criteria for Assessment, and Weightings

4.5. Marking and Examination Conventions

4.6. Resubmissions, Late Submissions and Extensions

4.7. University Policy on Mitigating Circumstances

5. Resources

5.1. Library

5.2. PG Hub

5.3. Millburn House

5.4. Staff-Student Liaison Committee (SSLC)

5.5. Student Careers and Skills

5.6. IT Services

5.7. Language Centre

5.8. Lifelong Learning

6. Student Support and Development

6.1. Introduction

6.2. Residential Life and Student Support

6.3. Mental Health

6.4. The Health Centre

6.5. The Dean’s Office

6.6. University Counselling Service

6.7. University Disability Services

6.8. The Student Experience Team

6.9. Nursery

6.10 The Chaplaincy

6.11. Students’ Union Advice and Welfare Services

6.12. Sexual, Racial, and Personal Harassment

6.13. Online Social Networking Sites

6.14. Departmental complaints procedure and who to contact in case of grievances with departments

7. University Information

7.1. University Statements

7.2. Security

7.3. Academic Office

7.4. Post whilst at Warwick

7.5. The Local Area and Further Afield

 

1. Introduction

1.1. Welcome

On behalf of all of the teaching staff associated with the School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies, I would like to welcome you to your course, MA in Theatre and Performance Research, and hope that your period of study with us will be productive and enjoyable.

The purpose of this Student Handbook is to give you further information about the operation of the course and answer any questions you may have about policies and procedures. For more general information about the University and its facilities, including resources, training, careers and university procedures, please go to the Graduate School Portal.

If you have any further queries, my colleagues and I will be pleased to help you. A list of names, and of staff responsibilities, appears below (2.6).

Dr Susan Haedicke - Director, MA in Theatre and Performance Research
September 2017

1.2. University of Warwick
University of Warwick was founded in 1965. Despite its relative youth, Warwick is now one of the UK’s leading universities, with a reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation and for links with business and industry. This outstanding reputation for research and teaching makes Warwick a rewarding place to study.

The University of Warwick is in the Midlands, also known as the ‘heart’ of England, and has easy access to towns and cities steeped in cultural and historical importance (see 7.5). However, despite the name, Warwick is not in the town of Warwick. Our nearest urban centre is Coventry, which is about 5 km (3 miles) away.

1.3. Department of Theatre & Performance Studies

The MATPR programme is taught within the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies, part of the School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies (Faculty of Arts). We are located in Millburn House and have access to two fully-equipped performance spaces (black box studios), along with the necessary technical equipment, support and guidance.

 

The department currently has eleven full-time members of faculty and employs a range of subject specialists making the faculty-student ratio outstanding. The studio facilities at Millburn House offer the best possible environment to support creative practice.

The Department’s research in theatre and performance is classed as internationally significant, and we are consistently ranked in national newspapers as one of the very top departments in the UK. Our options and core courses are taught by acknowledged experts in their fields, with particular areas of interest in theatre and performance history and historiography; national and intercultural theatres and performance evolving from the city, public events, agriculture, and experiments with new technologies. We benefit from a wealth of theatrical activity within easy reach of the campus. In particular, the University is home to the Warwick Arts Centre, which includes two theatres and offers an exciting programme of theatre, dance, music, comedy, literature, films and visual art.

 

2. Essential Information

2.1. Communication

Our primary means of communicating information about the course is via email. Students are contacted via their Warwick email address. Please ensure that you check this regularly as this will not only contain course related information but other critical notifications such as impending library fines, road closures etc. Students access email via the live@edu interface as outlined below:

IT Services provides students with an email account hosted by Microsoft's Live@edu service. You can access your Live@edu email from http://go.warwick.ac.uk/mymail . This service provides you with Outlook Live (a 10GB email account), support for calendars, contacts and tasks, and also access to Office Live Workspace, allowing you to store, access, edit and share documents online.

Your Windows Live ID is: usercode@live.warwick.ac.uk - your usercode is the 6 character code you use to log-in to Warwick sites and applications. This is not your University email address that will generally be in the form of firstname.lastname@warwick.ac.uk. Your Password will be your normal IT Services account password.

Mobile phone access is fully supported via the Activesync system; any phone which supports Activesync (Apple iPhone, Android, Windows Phone) can have email, calendar, contacts, etc. synchronised between the phone and the desktop/laptop.

Additionally we maintain this handbook as an online resource for all guidelines and regulations, sources of assistance, advice on essays, etc.

2.2. Tabula

The Department of Theatre and Performance Studies uses the university student administration platform Tabula to allow students to both submit work and receive marks/feedback online.

Theatre and Performance Studies currently uses Tabula for the following key functions:

  • Students can view their personal student profile which includes information such as the modules students have registered for and the name and contact information of their personal tutor.
  • Personal tutors and major project supervisors will record brief details of meetings with students on the system that should be approved by both parties to ensure accurate records are kept of such meetings for future reference to support these relationships. Personal tutor notes can only be viewed by the student, the personal tutor and the Senior Tutor. Major project notes can be viewed by the student, the supervisor, and the major project module coordinator.
  • Recording of monitoring points.
  • The coursework management section of Tabula allows students to submit all essays and other written work for assessment. Marks and feedback are submitted to students via Tabula.

2.3. Moodle

Moodle is a virtual learning environment (VLE) similar to Blackboard and WebCT used at many universities around the world to support learning and research. It is a safe online space for sharing documents, downloading course material supplied by tutors and engaging through activities. You can access Moodle here.

2.4. Enrolment

You will need to enrol on the MATPR course at Warwick. To do so, you must have received and accepted an unconditional offer of a place on the MATPR programme and have received your UK visa (if required). The University’s Enrolment Team will email you shortly before you arrive at Warwick, inviting you to enrol at the university and giving you the necessary web link and instructions to do so. Please make sure that you do this as soon as possible.

2.5. Campus maps

Downloadable pdfs - click here


Interactive web map - http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/maps/interactive/

2.6. Staff Contact Information

 

TPS STAFF

 

 

 

Professor Jim Davis

Professor of Theatre Studies
 

G27, Millburn House

+44 (0)24 7657 4842

jim.davis@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Milija Gluhovic

Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance

F04a, Millburn House

+44 (0)24 7657 4773

m.gluhovic@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Susan Haedicke

Associate Professor (Reader) of Theatre and Performance

Director of MATPR

F04b Millburn House

+44 (0)24 7615 0611

 s.haedicke@warwick.ac.uk

 

Dr Anna Harpin

Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance

F03, Millburn House

+44 (0)24 7652 3021

A.R.Harpin@warwick.ac.uk

Professor Nadine Holdsworth

Professor of Theatre and Performance

G25, Millburn House

+44 (0)24 7652 2878

n.holdsworth@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Yvette Hutchison

Associate Professor (Reader) of Theatre and Performance

Director of Graduate Studies

G23, Millburn House

+44 (0)24 7657 4278

y.a.hutchison@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Silvija Jestrovic

Associate Professor (Reader) of Theatre and Performance

F04, Millburn House

+44 (0)24 7657 4278

s.jestrovic@warwick.ac.uk

Professor Andy Lavender

Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies

Head of School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies

G26, Millburn House

+44 (0)2476 522436

a.lavender@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Wallace McDowell

Senior Teaching Fellow

F02, Millburn House

+44 (0)24 7657 4272

wallace.b.mcdowell@warwick.ac.uk

Richard Perkins
Subject librarian, library training, research enquiries

Library

+44 (0)24765 23702

r.perkins@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Michael Pigott

Associate Professor of Video Art and Digital Media

A0.21, Millburn House

+44 (0)24 7652 3511

m.g.pigott@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Tim White

Principal Teaching Fellow in Theatre and Performance Studies

G24, Millburn House

+44 (0)24 7657 2534

t.white@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Nicolas Whybrow

Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies

G38a, Millburn House

+44 (0)24 7652 4925

 n.whybrow@warwick.ac.uk

 Emeritus Professor Baz Kershaw

Emeritus Professor of Theatre and Performance

 

 

 baz.kershaw@warwick.ac.uk

 Professor Janelle Reinelt

Emeritus Professor of Theatre and Performance

 

 

 j.reinelt@warwick.ac.uk

 Dr Margaret Shewring

Emeritus Reader of Theatre and Performance

 

 

 m.e.shewring@warwick.ac.uk
 

 

 

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

 

 

 

Kate Brennan

School Secretary

G29, Millburn House

024 765 23020

c.brennan@warwick.ac.uk

Ian O’Donoghue

Technician 

F01, Millburn House

 

 ian.f.o-donoghue@warwick.ac.uk

Sarah Shute
School Administrator

G28, Millburn House

024 765 73449

sarah.shute@warwick.ac.uk

Paula Watkins

Cultural & Media Policy Studies Secretary

G29, Millburn House

024 765 28424

p.watkins@warwick.ac.uk

 
3. Teaching and Learning 

3.1. Overview of MA in Theatre and Performance Research

The Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, in the School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies, launched the MA in Theatre and Performance Research in 2016. This unique programme enables students to interrogate the varied meanings, methodologies and productions of scholars and practitioners across a range of theatre and performance areas and to analyse text, performance and performativity through multiple current theoretical and methodological approaches appropriate to the discipline. The programme understands research in the broadest sense to include experimental production, practice-based enquiry, laboratory-style research and development, conceptual modelling, critical and contextual study, archival research, and advanced theorisation drawing on theatre and performance studies along with other relevant disciplines. The team of internationally renowned academics and specialists teaching on the MA has varied research interests, including cities, national identities, citizenship, interculturalism, gender, trauma, popular culture, agriculture, socially-engaged critical practice and new technologies.

 

 

3.2. Course Structure

The MA in Theatre and Performance Research is a twelve-month programme, following the University of Warwick calendar.

The MA in Theatre and Performance Research entails methodological and analytic study in the core modules (applied to specific theatre and performance contexts and developed further in relation to the student’s own interests, needs and experience). The optional modules in the Department are more practice-based, focusing on contemporary processes, practices and approaches in theatre and performance.

 

The two core modules (30 CATS points each) are Theoretical Thematics for Theatre and Performance Studies and Research Methods. The Department's two optional modules (30 CATS points each) are New Directions in Theatre and Performance Research and Research in Theatre and Performance-Making Practices. Full-time students take one core module and one optional module in each term (autumn and spring); part-time students take one module each term over a two-year period. Students may take an approved module from outside the Department for one of the optional modules. These may include modules in taught MAs in the Centre for Education Studies, the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning. The availability of external modules will vary depending on term and year. In the summer term, students work on a Dissertation. The Dissertation (60 CATS points) is a supervised individual research project allowing students to pursue individual interests and draw together learning from across the course. The Dissertation may take the form of a written dissertation or a practical project with a written component.

MA structure: FULL TIME (1 YEAR)

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

TH986-30 (CORE): Theoretical Thematics for Theatre and Performance Studies

TH987-30 (CORE): Research Methods

TH990-60 (CORE):Dissertation (Written or Practical)

EITHER

TH988-30: New Directions in Theatre and Performance Research

OR

An approved external module* (1 EXTERNAL permitted across degree)

EITHER

TH989-30: Research in Theatre and Performance-Making Practices

OR

Approved External Module* (1 EXTERNAL permitted across degree)

 

MA structure: part-time (2 years)

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 1

TH986-30 (CORE): Theoretical Thematics for Theatre and Performance Studies

TH987-30 (CORE): Research Methods

TH990-60 (CORE): Dissertation preparation

Year 2

EITHER

TH988-30: New Directions in Theatre and Performance Research

OR

Approved External Module* (1 EXTERNAL permitted across degree)

EITHER

TH989-30: Research in Theatre and Performance-Making Practices

OR

Approved External Module* (1 EXTERNAL permitted across degree)

TH990-60 (CORE): Dissertation (Written or Practical)

 

*These may include modules in taught MAs in the Centre for Education Studies, the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL). The availability of modules will vary depending on term and year.

 

3.3. Dissertation Submission

The deadline for the submission of the dissertation is in mid-September for both full-time students and part-time students. Full-time students submit the dissertation in September at the end of the first year and after completion of all classes; part-time students submit the dissertation in their second year after completion of all classes.

 

3.4. Personal Tutors

At the start of the academic year, each MATPR student will be allocated a personal tutor. The personal tutor is an academic member of staff in the School who will oversee your progress through the course. The personal tutor will meet you in the first week or two of term. Later in the term, you will meet your personal tutor individually to discuss your option choices, objectives for the course, and ideas for your Dissertation. In the second term, your personal tutor will review feedback on your assignments and advise you on your Dissertation proposal. In the summer term, you will meet to review academic progress and to discuss future plans.

 

Your personal tutor is there to support you through the course, to review your academic progress and to advise you on how to get help if you have any personal (non-academic) difficulties during your time at Warwick. You should contact your personal tutor if you are having any problems affecting your academic progress, for example illness, personal circumstances, difficulties with assignments.

 

3.5. Attendance and Monitoring

All taught sessions on the course are compulsory – if for any reason you are unable to attend a class (e.g. due to illness), please contact the module tutor before the class. Please be punctual – this is good manners to your fellow students and to the module tutor, and will also ensure that you get full benefit from the session. At each class you will have to fill in a register of attendance.

 

The university also requires us to monitor your attendance on the course for the duration of your registration as a student with reference to formal 'monitoring points'. These include attendance at specific classes or tutorials, and / or submission of assignments. The list of formal monitoring points is as follows:

 

Monitoring Point

Description

Term 1

 

1

Attendance at departmental induction event in week 1

2

Attendance at core module seminar in week 2

3

Attendance at optional module seminar in week 4

4

Attendance at core module seminar in week 7

5

Attendance at one meeting with personal tutor (during weeks 4-8)

6

Submission of assessed work for optional module by specified deadline (TBC)

Term 2

 

7

Attendance at core module seminar in week 3

8

Attendance at optional module seminar in week 5

9

Attendance at one meeting with personal tutor (during weeks 4-8)

10

Submission of assessed work for core module by specified deadline (TBC)

Term 3

 

11

Attendance at dissertation/essay/project supervision

meeting

Summer Vacation

 

 

12

Attendance at dissertation/essay/project supervision

meeting

13

Submission of dissertation in September (exact date TBC)

 

Notes:

  • For students in extension, work on the dissertation or any outstanding assignments will be monitored via email and a schedule for completion will be agreed by the MATPR Director with the student.

 

It’s very important that you let us know if you are going to miss any of these monitoring points - preferably by contacting the tutor concerned in advance - and that you let us know if you are unable to meet any assignment deadlines. Our aim is to ensure you are able to complete your studies and engage fully with the course. If you are having any difficulties with any aspect of your studies, please speak to your personal tutor in the first instance.

If a student misses three formal “monitoring points” in one academic year his or her personal tutor will meet with the student to discuss progress and consider referring him or her where appropriate to the relevant University Support Service(s). Where a student misses six formal “monitoring points” in one academic year, the MATPR Director will consider referring the student to the Continuation of Registration Committee as set out in University Regulation 36 ('Governing Student registration, attendance and progress'). Where a student has missed eight formal “monitoring points” in one academic year, the Department or the Academic Registrar will need to invoke the process outlined in University Regulation 36 on student registration, attendance and progress, and the student may be required to withdraw from his or her studies.

International students should be particularly aware of the consequences of missing contact points – the university is obliged to report to the UK Visas and Immigration section of the Home Office if any students have been found not to be engaging with and attending their degree course. This has serious implications for visa status.

A student is also required to inform the Department if he or she is going to be away from the university for more than four weeks (apart from Christmas and Easter vacations), including any longer study visits during the summer. In this case, the student should first consult his or her personal tutor or, if work has begun on the Dissertation, the Dissertation supervisor. The student should do this, if possible, at least two weeks before departure. We would normally expect the student to study at Warwick, unless there are specific academic reasons for studying away from the university.

If a student need to study outside the UK – for example going out to do field research at home in China or Korea – he or she needs to notify both the Dissertation supervisor and the course director. The following information is needed (in an email addressed to both):

  • the departure date
  • the address in the location outside the UK
  • the purpose of the visit
  • the expected date of return

 

The student should maintain contact electronically with his or her supervisor during the period (e.g. Skype or email) on at least a monthly basis (NB this does not necessarily mean monthly supervisions, just monthly contact, so a brief email can suffice).

This applies for any period of working overseas for any student. Please note that we also have specific legal responsibilities regarding students with Tier 4 visas (this means all overseas non-EU students). Our administrator has to report visits of longer than three months to UK Visas and Immigration, but has to maintain formal records for shorter visits for all our Tier 4 visa students.

Note also that for Tier 4 students, it is Warwick’s default position NOT to sponsor students for visas for periods outside the UK where the primary reason for being there is not to study – for example, work / family / caring etc., or if a student is returning home without a clearly defined study objective and end date. If you are in any doubt please consult your supervisor in the first instance. It may be that the university will no longer be able to sponsor your visa, though this would not prevent you completing your degree from outside the country.

 

4. Assignments and Assessments

4.1. Assignments

The assignments undertaken for assessment fulfil two important functions for students on the MATPR programme. Firstly, they provide a disciplined framework through which students can develop their critical faculties, provide evidence to support an argument, and present new thoughts or points of view. Secondly, module assessments, along with the Dissertation, is the method by which the Department tests its students. The assignments provide an opportunity to follow up specialist interests within the range of ideas and issues addressed in each module.

Module tutors will advise you on preparing for each assignment and will provide detailed written comments on assignments after they have been marked. Guidance is tailored to the needs of individual students in order to help each one to develop research and writing skills throughout the course.

Unless instructed otherwise by the module tutor, all module assignments should be submitted electronically in PDF or Word format (depending on the tutor's preference) via eSubmission, and in hard copy to the Departmental Secretary, if requested by the module tutor. The time and date of the e-submission will be recorded on the website.

All assignments (including the Dissertation) should include the student number on the title page. This is often the only way of identifying submitted work, so please check it carefully. The student’s name should not be included on the title page or in the body of the assignment. In addition, the title page should give the title of the assignment as set out in the list of essay topics (or the title of the Dissertation) and the number of words in the assignment (excluding footnotes and bibliography).

In all cases, the use of sources must be acknowledged. All material cited (including books, newspapers, online sources) must be listed at the end of the submission in a WORKS CITED or BIBLIOGRAPHY. The Works Cited is an alphabetical list, by author, of every source referred to or quoted from in the submitted work. The Bibliography (applicable to the Dissertation) is an alphabetical list, by author, of every source referred to or quoted from in the submitted work as well as sources that have provided background information or influenced the writer’s ideas. When creating a Bibliography, the student has the benefit of demonstrating the range and quality of the work y done and the tutors will be able to gauge the range of sources used, whether they are used well, and to what extent the student is thinking originally. It also serves as a basis on which the tutors can advise on further readings, helping the student to extend the scope of his or her studies. Where a student has a "specific debt" to a piece of work, it must be acknowledged either in the main text or in a footnote. It is a matter of critical honesty to acknowledge the source of information or ideas and to enable readers to look at quotations and citations in their original context. It is especially important in the note-taking process during the research phase to copy quotations accurately and to record the source fully. Without proper notes, students may find themselves either unable to make use of important material or having to go back to the original source later in order to obtain missing bibliographical details.

 

4.2. Referencing

The School of Theatre and Performance has adopted the guidelines of the Modern Language Association (MLA) for use by students in all formal writing assignments submitted in support of their course. This includes all undergraduate and MATPR essays, projects, and dissertations. In short, all formal assignments should be submitted in this format.

The MLA publishes two authoritative explanations of MLA style: the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. We are using the Handbook which has been developed especially for students and recommend buying your own paperback copy of this book, available in the campus bookstore as well as online. Be sure to use the most recent edition. When you buy a copy, you also get access to the website on line that supports the handbook.

How important is it to follow this (or any system) and why?It is considered very important by your teachers and will affect your final marks if not employed carefully in your work. The reason is that citation and documentation is the major way we show our sources, give credit to other researchers, and set up a way for others to follow up on our work. The MLA Handbook points out: ‘Every time you write a research paper, you enter into a community of writers and scholars’. That means you write not only to show your own scholarship but for other readers who may want to follow up on your research. In addition, it is a matter of critical honesty that you acknowledge the source of your information or ideas. Think about it in three ways:

  • You are helping a hypothetical reader find/verify your work (your tutor in the first instance)
  • You are crediting some other scholar or person who deserves it.
  • You are using a kind of system or code that will consistently present your information.

Getting Started:The advice given here is a supplement to the MLA Handbook, 7th edition. It highlights and clarifies some matters of direct concern to theatre and performance scholars. It is not exhaustive, and you should consult the Handbook frequently to make sure you are using the correct form. The Handbook (7th edition) uses a decimal system to provide a really extensive Table of Contents and easier way to find topics. We will refer to that system in parentheses throughout this document where appropriate and urge you to familiarize yourself with this way of consulting the Handbook (5.6 for example is on ‘Citing Web Publications’).

Some of the guidelines here are specific to the Department of Theatre and Performance and may differ in some regards from the Handbook. When in doubt, this Guide trumps the Handbook. For example, the MLA Handbook is written from a North American perspective, and so it uses double quotation marks and punctuation within the mark: “It uses double quotation marks and punctuation within the mark.” Most British publications, however, use single quotation marks with the final punctuation outside the marks: ‘Most British publications use single quotation marks’. Our students must use the British system. In all other matters concerning quotations, see the MLA Handbook 3.7.Also, students must include the full URL when citing from the web (see examples below).

Making reference to works of others in your text: In MLA style, referring to the works of others in your text is done in two ways. When you make reference to someone else's idea, either through paraphrasing or quoting them directly, you:

1. Provide the author's name and the page number of the work in a parenthetical citation

2. Provide full citation information for the work in your Works Cited list

This allows people to know which sources you used in writing your essay and then be able to look them up themselves, so that they can use them in their scholarly work. Works Cited means just that— those works you have cited in your text. Bibliography is a more inclusive term which means all the books you consulted in researching and writing your paper—it may include some sources you do not cite. Most often, Bibliographies accompany dissertations or longer works while Works Cited is the preferred format for essays. You can ask your tutor to be sure for any given assignment.

Quotations may be embedded within your work but if they extend to more than four lines, they should be set off from the text by beginning a new line, indenting one inch (2.54cm) from the left margin, and typing it double-spaced, without adding quotation marks. In such cases, a colon usually introduces the quotation. See 3.7.2.

Here are some basic guidelines for referring to the works of others in your text.

Parenthetical Citations:

MLA format follows the author-page method of citation. This means that the author's last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation is taken must appear in the text, and a complete reference should appear in your Works Cited list—rather than preparing separate endnotes or footnotes for each reference. This will save you time once you get the knack of it. The author's name may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase, but the page number(s) should always appear in the parentheses, not in the text of your sentence.

For example:

1. Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a ‘spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings’ (263).

2. Romantic poetry is characterized by the ‘ spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings’ (Wordsworth 263).

3. Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).

All three of these versions are correct (see Chapter Six and in particular 6.3 and 6.4).

If the work you are making reference to has no author, use an abbreviated version of the work's title. For non-print sources, such as films, TV series, pictures, or other media, or electronic sources, include the name that begins the entry in the Works Cited page. (See 6.4.4)

Sometimes you may have to use an indirect quotation. An indirect quotation is a quotation that you found in another source that was quoting from the original. For such indirect quotations, use ‘qtd. in’ to indicate the source. Use of this indirection should be kept to a minimum—you should obtain and cite from the original whenever possible.

For example:

The aim, says von Wely, is to ‘create ambiguous, hermetic images which you can hang meaning on’ (qtd. in Mason 84).

For further ideas about how to set up and use parenthetical citations smoothly, see the suggestions for readability at 6.3.

Quoting from Plays or other Dialogue-based Texts:


MLA specifies how you should quote dialogue from two or more characters and also shows you how to use page numbers for modern texts and Act/Scene/Line references for Shakespeare. See 3.7.4. The format in both cases is to set off the text by indenting, and also to write the character name in capital letters.

Preparing the Works Cited List:

The works cited list should appear at the end of your essay. It provides the information necessary for a reader to locate and be able to read any sources you cite in the essay. Each source you cite in the body must appear in your works-cited list; likewise, each entry in the works-cited list must be cited in your text. Preparing your works cited list using MLA style is covered in detail in Chapter Five of the Handbook. Here are some guidelines for preparing works cited for theatre and performance work.

  • Titles of full-length plays, books, and journals are written in Italics. So, too, are film titles, operas, or television shows, and major titled works of visual art. However, one-act plays are done in quotation marks, as are short stories and episodes of television shows. See 5.7 for specific guidance on most of these.
  • Besides books, you will be citing scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers frequently. They are each a separate category and must be treated differently. Once you are clear about how to cite them, it is quite simple. Journals usually come out three or four times a year while magazines may be weekly publications. Some journals divide their issues into volumes and may or may not assign each a number. Magazines and newspapers usually are cited by their date of issue; newspapers sometimes also need additional information such as section. All of these need page references. However, when you cite from web sources, the methods of citation change slightly. See examples below, and consult 5.4 for details on each of these types of publication. See 5.6 for citing web publications or materials accessed online.
  • There is a principle guiding the citations—you want to give credit to those who deserve it and specific location information for anyone trying to find the source. This explains, for example, why you must give both a translator’s name and an author’s name in translated work; it explains why you must cite not only an author of an essay but when it is part of a collection, the editor(s) of the full volume and publication information. A frequent oversight of students is to miss this crediting—especially with a translation.
  • Note that each piece of documentation is labelled ‘ Print’ or ‘Web’ and that for all web-based citations, you must also include the URL and your access date. (Note: This is one of the differences from the MLA style—we ask for the URLs while MLA does not).

Most Common Types of Citation and MLA Handbook location for help:

You will find there are certain kinds of citations you use a lot, and others only occasionally. Theatre and performance scholars cite reviews and interviews, theatre websites, and scripts very often in addition to books, journal articles, and magazines. Many sources come from newspaper articles; many newspapers are now accessed primarily on line. Below you will find a list of the most common types of citations you will need, with the reference to the MLA Handbook, and this will be followed by examples of these types of citations. Last, you will find a Works Cited list made up from these works.

Commonly Needed Forms:

  • Books with one author 5.5.2
  • Books with two or more authors 5.54
  • Books in translation 5.5.11
  • A Work in an Anthology 5.5.6
  • A Book Published in second or subsequent editions 5.5.13
  • Article in a scholarly journal 5.4.2
  • Article in a journal with only issue numbers 5.4.3
  • Newspaper articles (print) 5.4.5
  • Magazine articles 5.4.5
  • Web-based documentation (general rules) 5.6.1
  • Article published only on the web 5.6.2 and 5.6.3
  • Journal article or other work from data bases 5.6.4
  • Video clip from the web (e.g., U-tube) 5.6.2.d
  • Performance 5.7.4
  • Film or Video Recording 5.7.3

Sample of These Citations

Book with one author:

Jackson, Shannon. Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics. New York: Routledge, 2011. Print.

Book with two or more authors:

Sanders, Marlene and Marcia Rock. Waiting for Prime Time: The Women of Television News. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1994. Print.

Book in Translation:

Lehmann, Hans-Thies. Postdramatic Theatre. Trans. Karen Jűrs-Munby. London: Routledge, 2006. Print.

Work in an Anthology:

Varney, Denise. ‘Perfect Unhappiness: Globalization in the Suburbs’. The Local Meets the Global in Performance. Ed. Pirkko Koski and Melissa Sihra. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. Print.

Book published in Second Edition:

Carlson, Marvin. Performance: A Critical Introduction. 2nded.New York: Routledge, 2004. Print.

Article in a Scholarly Journal:

Rae, Paul. ‘Freedom of Repression’. Theatre Research International 36.2 (2011): 117-33. Print.

Article in Journal with only Issue Numbers:

Kirkwood, Carla. ‘Chinese Performance Artists: Redrawing the Map of Chinese Culture’ Theatre Forum 25 (2004): 16-26. Print.

Newspaper Article:

Nightingale, Benedict. ‘Useful Lessons in fair play’. The Times 6 January 1955: 31. Print.

Magazine Article:

Firestone, Lonnie. ‘Not Just About Nightingales’. American Theater Sept. 2011: 10-15. Print.

Journal Article accessed from data base:

Dean, Jodi. ‘Cybersalons and Civil Society: Rethinking the Public Sphere in Transnational Technoculture’. Public Culture 13.2 (2001): 243–t 265. Project Muse. Web. http://0use.jhu.edu.pugwash.lib.warwick.ac.uk/journals/public_culture/v013/13.2dean.pdf 30 June 2011.

Clip from the Web (YouTube):

Let Me Down Easy. Written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith. Dir. Leonard Foglia. 2010.YouTube.com.Web. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0SegzYAyy0 30 September 2011.

MLA and Electronic sources

From https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/

MLA lists electronic sources as Web Publications. Thus, when including the medium of publication for electronic sources, list the medium as Web.

It is always a good idea to maintain personal copies of electronic information, when possible. It is good practice to print or save Web pages or, better, using a program like Adobe Acrobat, to keep your own copies for future reference. Most Web browsers will include URL/electronic address information when you print, which makes later reference easy. Also, you might use the Bookmark function in your Web browser in order to return to documents more easily.

Important Note on the Use of URLs in MLA:

MLA no longer requires the use of URLs in MLA citations. Because Web addresses are not static (i.e., they change often) and because documents sometimes appear in multiple places on the Web (e.g., on multiple databases), MLA explains that most readers can find electronic sources via title or author searches in Internet Search Engines.

For instructors or editors who still wish to require the use of URLs, MLA suggests that the URL appear in angle brackets after the date of access. Break URLs only after slashes.

Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. S. H. Butcher. The Internet Classics Archive. Web Atomic and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 13 Sept. 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2008. ‹http://classics.mit.edu/›.

Abbreviations Commonly Used with Electronic Sources

If publishing information is unavailable for entries that require publication information such as publisher (or sponsor) names and publishing dates, MLA requires the use of special abbreviations to indicate that this information is not available. Use n.p. to indicate that neither a publisher nor a sponsor name has been provided. Use n.d. when the Web page does not provide a publication date.

When an entry requires that you provide a page but no pages are provided in the source (as in the case of an online-only scholarly journal or a work that appears in an online-only anthology), use the abbreviation n. pag.

Basic Style for Citations of Electronic Sources (Including Online Databases)

Here are some common features you should try and find before citing electronic sources in MLA style. Not every Web page will provide all of the following information. However, collect as much of the following information as possible both for your citations and for your research notes:

• Author and/or editor names (if available)

• Article name in quotation marks (if applicable)

• Title of the Website, project, or book in italics. (Remember that some Print publications have Web publications with slightly different names. They may, for example, include the additional information or otherwise modified information, like domain names [e.g. .com or .net].)

• Any version numbers available, including revisions, posting dates, volumes, or issue numbers.

• Publisher information, including the publisher name and publishing date.

• Take note of any page numbers (if available).

• Medium of publication.

• Date you accessed the material.

• URL (if required, or for your own personal reference; MLA does not require a URL).

Works Cited:
Below is a screengrab of a page showing Works Cited drawn from some of the above references. Things to note:

  • Items are not numbered but alphabetised by the first word in each entry (usually the author's last name).
  • Works Cited begins on a separate page and also includes your ID and page number in the header
  • The title Works Cited is at the top of the page in bold and centred
  • The first line of each entry in your list is flush left with the margin. Subsequent lines in each entry should be indented 1/2 inch (1.27cm) - this is known as a hanging indent.

See below:


 

EndNote Web:
EndNote Web is a piece of software which will help you to:

  • Store and organise the references you will collect during your research
  • Automatically format citations, reference lists and bibliographies in your documents

Full information on how to setup an account and how to use the service to gather, arrange and export sources can be found on the following library page:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/research/endnote
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Conclusion - Crucial points
What is crucial is that you present your argument – and document it – in a way that will give readers confidence. [If you cannot do this work accurately, then it is unlikely that your readers will have confidence in the accuracy of your arguments and the clarity of your thinking/analysis.] The above information is intended as a selective guide to the appropriate presentation for assessed work. It is not fully comprehensive – but it does highlight some errors that have, over many years, undermined the credibility and accuracy of students’ assessed work. If you do not find it easy to read and fully understand your own work, then you need to look again at these basic guidelines – and at the fully articulated guidelines in the MLA Handbook. Once you have mastered the basic rules of style and referencing, you will find that the presentation of your assessed work does justice to the individuality and subtlety of your arguments.

Check your spelling.

Do not change tense mid-sentence.

Above all: say what you want to say as clearly and concisely as possible.

 

4.3. Plagiarism

The proper acknowledgement of sources is particularly important in the case of work submitted for assessment. It is a normal feature of scholarship to utilise the ideas and thoughts of others in your work but it is, of course, dishonest to present ideas and thoughts as your own when they are not. It is important that you do not transpose quotations from sources into your own words without acknowledgement and it is insufficient to list those sources in your bibliography. You must never copy out sections of other people's work and insert them into your essay without marking your debt in quotation marks and providing a full reference. You must also avoid directly copying work from one of your own assignments into another; if it is essential to draw on the same research you should paraphrase or summarise, making appropriate acknowledgement in a footnote that you are drawing on your previous work.

  • If you are using a direct quotation (using the same words as the original), the entire quotation should be enclosed in quotation marks (or for longer quotations presented as an inset paragraph), and the source (including page number) given immediately after the quotation ends.
  • If you are using indirect quotation (paraphrasing or summarizing an argument from the original source), you should make it clear where the cited material begins and ends, and again include the source within the same sentence.
  • Including a reference at the end of a paragraph which includes some quoted material does not give a sufficiently clear and precise indication of the source or the extent of the quotation. This is considered poor scholarship and may lay you open to charges of plagiarism.
  • Some online services offer to write student essays on demand. We are aware of these services and monitor them carefully against actual student performance. Any plagiarism involving use of ‘essay-writing’ services will be severely penalised. Please note that this does not apply to proof-reading services where an international student asks a native English speaker to check their work for errors and clarity of expression.
  • If a student knowingly allows another student to copy their work, this may lead to both students being penalized if it is established that two students were colluding in plagiarism.
  • Self-plagiarism (copying work from one of your assignments into another) will be treated as plagiarism. If you need to reference similar ideas or material in an assignment, please indicate where the previous use occurred, and try to summarise or reword the material rather than cutting and pasting directly.

The University requires us to bring to the notice of all students Regulation 11, which defines cheating in a University Test as "an attempt to benefit one, or another, by deceit or fraud". This includes students working from each other’s assignment writing. It also includes purchasing or asking another person to write an essay in your place.

It is important that you do not leave essays to the last minute and run into the temptation of rehashing tracts of undigested secondary source material in the essay. The habit of making full and appropriate acknowledgement of all sources used and supplying full bibliographies should be instituted from your earliest work.

Students are reminded that all essays will be automatically checked for plagiarism using anti-plagiarism detection software.

If a marker suspects that plagiarism has occurred, the student will be informed via email and the case will be investigated by the Department. If the case cannot be resolved, it may then be referred on to an Investigating Committee of Senate.

Work which is found to be plagiarised will normally be given a mark of zero. If this is a first offence and not a resubmission of a previously failed assignment, the candidate may, at the discretion of the examiners, be given an opportunity to resubmit. Resubmissions cannot receive mark higher than a bare pass (50%). It is therefore very important that you do not plagiarise work and that you understand the rules. Failure to understand what constitutes plagiarism or lack of deliberate intent will not normally be accepted as an adequate defence by the university.

 

4.4. Marking System, Generic Assessment Criteria, and Weightings

Assessments are normally double-marked, and students will receive feedback from the markers and the agreed mark. Comments will be returned via Tabula, the University’s online submission system. Students may wish to ask their tutor to discuss feedback with them. Markers have twenty working days from the original submission deadline to return feedback and marks to students. All marks awarded by examiners are provisional, until confirmed by the Exam Board. The pass mark for the MA in Theatre and Performance Research is 50, with a Merit being marked at 60 or more and a Distinction being marked at 70 or more.

Marking descriptors are as follows:

80+: (Special Distinction): Work which, over and above possessing all the qualities of the 70-79 mark range, indicates an exceptional command of the subject matter and concepts, demonstrates an innovative approach to the material studied, and represents an advance in scholarship and/or practice. Work judged by the examiners to be of a standard that is publishable in a peer-reviewed publication or the equivalent for practice-based work (professional quality practical work).

70-79: (Distinction): Methodologically sophisticated, intelligently argued, with some evidence of genuine originality in analysis or approach. Impressive command of the critical/historiographical/theoretical field and an ability to situate the topic within it and to modify or challenge received interpretations where appropriate. Excellent deployment of a substantial body of primary material/texts to advance the argument. Well structured, very well written, with proper referencing and extensive bibliography. And for practice-based work, evidence of originality in content and approach and an expertise in placing the practice within a larger artistic context. A sophisticated demonstration of highly effective interaction of critical thinking and practical outcome, an in-depth understanding of the relevant performance conventions and forms, and a keen ability to select and synthesise material arising out of a practical working process and to produce an excellent performance ‘text’ suitable to its context.

60-69 (Merit): Well organised and effectively argued, analytical in approach, showing a sound grasp of the critical/historiographical/theoretical field. Demonstrates an ability to draw upon a fairly substantial body of primary material, and to relate this in an illuminating way to the issues under discussion. Generally well written, with a clear sequence of arguments, and satisfactory referencing and bibliography. And for practice-based work, some evidence of originality and independence of thought and practice, demonstration of good understanding of subject matter and an ability to place the practice within a larger artistic context, a good demonstration of effective interaction of critical thinking and practical outcome, and an ability to select appropriate means of communicating performance material to specified audiences.

50-59 (Pass): A lower level of attainment than work marked in the range 60-69, but demonstrating some awareness of the general critical/historiographical/theoretical field. Mainly analytic, rather than descriptive or narrative in approach. An overall grasp of the subject matter, with, perhaps, a few areas of confusion or gaps in factual or conceptual understanding of the material. Demonstrates some ability to draw upon a reasonable range of primary material, and relate it accurately to the issues under discussion. Clearly written, with adequate referencing and bibliography. For practice-based work, a lower level of attainment than work in the range of 60-69. Conscientious work, attentive to subject-matter and practical tasks set; a focused response to tasks, demonstrating good levels of knowledge of the practice within the wider artistic context, balanced more towards the application of predictable rather than innovative and practically astute concepts and techniques. Some indication of theory and practice interacting successfully will be evident.

40-49 (Fail): Work inadequate for an MA award. Significant elements of confusion in the framing and execution of the response to the question. Simple, coherent and solid answers, but mainly descriptive or narrative in approach. Relevant, but not extensive deployment of primary material in relation to the issues under discussion. Occasional tendency to derivativeness either by paraphrase or direct quotation of secondary sources. Some attempt to meet requirements for referencing and bibliography. For practice-based work, understanding of practice is likely to be misconceived in some way leading to an unsatisfactory outcome. Practical work lacking in originality.

39- (Fail): Work inadequate for an MA award. Conceptual confusion throughout, and demonstrates no knowledge of the critical/ historiographical/theoretical field. Failure to address the issues raised by the question, derivative, very insubstantial or very poor or limited deployment of primary material. Poorly argued, written and/or presented. For practice-based work, no understanding of interaction of theory and practice, no ability to select appropriate means of communicating performance material to specified audiences. Misunderstanding of practice leading to substandard outcome. Practical work incoherent and plagiaristic.

Generic Criteria for Assessment

Written work will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • knowledge and understanding shown of the topic
  • ability to conduct detailed and appropriate research
  • ability to develop and support a clear argument using appropriate primary and secondary source materials
  • ability to structure the work effectively, to analyse ideas and evidence, and to present a lucid conclusion and to write at a postgraduate level
  • knowledge of correct formatting for sources
  • presentation of the written work with a minimum of typographical errors

 

Practice will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • understanding of basic principles of good practice in project-based, collaborative work: attendance, punctuality, commitment and willingness to share responsibility with other members of the group
  • competence and understanding of performance convention and form
  • appropriate and imaginative use of performance techniques as a means by which to explore materials and processes
  • ability to select and synthesise materials and processes arising out of a practical creative work
  • ability to select appropriate means of communicating performance materials and processes to specified audiences
  • ability to produce a performance event suitable for its context/environment evidence of an engagement with relevant processes of reflection and analysis

 

Participants in practical work will be assessed on the basis of:

  • individual initiative and contribution within a collaborative group process
  • commitment to the development and articulation of materials and processes offered by other group members
  • ability, within a group process, to offer and respond to constructive reflection, criticism and analysis of the work in progress
  • ability to contribute to the development of the overall discipline of the work, in particular in the allocation of appropriate time and resources

Additional assessment criteria specific to each assignment is provided on the syllabus.

Feedback

For each piece of written or practical work, in addition to a numerical mark, the student will receive written feedback, based on the marking descriptors and general assessment criteria above.

Weightings

The University of Warwick uses the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) to measure the value of qualifications and course components. The MA programme is worth 180 CATS points. Each core and optional module is worth 30 CATS points. The Dissertation is worth 60 CATS points (equivalent to one third of the degree). The total CATS points required follows below. This formula will be used to calculate the overall degree result:

Core Modules 60 CATS points (2 x 30)

Optional Modules 60 CATS points (2 x 30)

Major Project 60 CATS points

TOTAL 180 CATS points

 

4.5. Marking and Examination Conventions

These conventions are intended to guide the Examination Board of the MA in Theatre and Performance Research in the award of the degree of Master of Arts with Distinction and the degree of Master of Arts. The Examination Board may exercise its discretion in exceptional cases. The School’s Board of Examiners consists of its full-time academic staff and the external examiner of the MA course.

Students will be awarded the degree of Master of Arts upon the successful completion of a course of lectures, seminars and assessed work. The course will normally be completed over a period of one year full-time or two years part-time. The degree is classified (with or without distinction or merit) on the basis of two core modules worth 30 CATS points each, two option modules worth 30 CATS points each and the Dissertation worth 60 CATS points (a total of 180 CATS points).

Table of Marks and Degree Classification:

70 and above Distinction

60 – 69.9 Pass with Merit

50 – 59.9 Pass

 

4.6. Resubmissions, Late Submissions, and Extensions

Resubmissions

A student who fails on the first submission to obtain at least 50% in up to two of the modules, may, at the discretion of the course director, be given the opportunity to re-submit work in those areas in which he or she has failed. In such cases, work associated with the modules must be re-submitted by the end of the academic year (September 30th) in which the module was taken, and the Dissertation must be re-submitted within 12 months of the original submission deadline.

Resubmitted work which passes may only receive the minimum pass mark (50%). Resubmitted work which fails may not be resubmitted a second time. A maximum of two module assignments (worth between 40 and 60 CATS points) may be resubmitted. In addition, a student may be allowed to resubmit the Dissertation.

Late Submissions

If an assignment is submitted after the deadline and no extension has been agreed, a penalty of 5% for each day late will be deducted.

Extensions

Extension of assignment submission dates may only be granted on either medical or compassionate grounds or on an offer of full-time employment which commences before the conclusion of the course. The extension must be approved by the Head of School and Director of MATPR. Any request for an extension must be submitted online in advance of the original submission date. A request made on medical grounds must be accompanied by a Doctor's Certificate. All evidence, whether submitted directly by a candidate or by a member of staff acting on the student’s behalf, must be submitted along with the extension request.

If you wish to request an extension, or if there are any personal circumstances which may affect your ability to complete the deadline on time and to the best of your ability, please notify your personal tutor. We cannot grant extensions retrospectively, nor can we take into account any mitigating circumstances which may affect your performance if you do tell us about this before you submit your assignment (on mitigating circumstances, please see the next section).

The time and date of online submissions will be recorded through the website. Dissertations or any assignments submitted by post must be sent via courier (e.g. DHL, Fed Ex). Assignments will be deemed to have met the deadline provided they have been posted before or on the submission date, or if they have been submitted electronically via the e-submission system. Proof of postage may be required.

If an assignment is submitted after the original submission date - even though an extension has been granted - there is likely to be some delay in the marking and returning of the assignment.

If a student is granted an extension and submits the Dissertation before October 15th, the recommendation of his or her degree will normally still be considered at the Examination Board that takes place in November. Students who are granted extensions beyond October 15th should be aware that the recommendation of their degrees will not normally be approved in time for the January degree congregation. There will thus be a significant delay before their degrees are awarded.

 

4.7. University policy on mitigating circumstances

Defining Mitigating Circumstances

Mitigating Circumstances are unforeseen events or circumstances which have a significant negative impact on your ability to successfully complete, or study effectively in preparation for, summative assessment tasks such as essays and assessed presentations. If you want any such events or circumstances to be considered by the relevant Board of Examiners you are required to communicate formally (normally in writing) with your Department about them. Usually this will mean contacting either your personal tutor or the Course Director – but you may consult another member of staff if you prefer. Please note that while it is acknowledged that cultural attitudes to the disclosure of personal information may vary, students are expected to fully disclose all matters they wish to have taken into consideration by the Board of Examiners. Something that has happened to you, or to someone close to you, is likely to be eligible as a Mitigating Circumstance if it was unforeseeable or beyond your control and if it also had a significant impact on your ability to prepare for or complete the assessment in question. If you are in any doubt about whether something that has happened to you or someone close to you is eligible for consideration, you should consult your Personal Tutor, the Course Director, Student Support, or one of the advisers at the Students’ Union Advice Centre. Even if the event or circumstance is not eligible for consideration in this way, it may nevertheless be something for which you should seek support. For tables providing more detailed guidance on, and examples of, types of circumstance which are normally considered eligible and types which are not normally eligible, please see the university's 'mitigating circumstances' webpage.

The University is aware that in some cultures it is considered shameful or embarrassing to disclose the details of these kinds of circumstances to those outside one’s family. This is not the case in the prevailing UK culture and you should be aware that your department and the University are fully supportive of students in difficult circumstances and want to assist if at all possible. Any discussion of mitigating circumstances is strictly confidential and will not be shared beyond the individual staff members directly involved in considering your case (typically your personal tutor, module tutor and the Course Director). If you feel inhibited from talking to a tutor or other member of staff in the first instance, you may also consider talking to a member of your SSLC, the Students’ Union, or a counsellor for initial, informal advice.

Submission of Mitigating Circumstances

If you think you do have an eligible Mitigating Circumstance, notify the Course Director as soon as possible after the circumstance arises along with appropriate supporting documentation of the sort outlined in the ‘ Supporting Documentation’ columns of Table 1 on the university's 'mitigating circumstances' webpage. The University recognizes that it may be difficult to obtain supporting documentation in a timely fashion; however, you should still register the circumstance pending supply of supporting documentation.

Outcomes

Mitigating Circumstances can never result in the changing of marks for individual modules or assessments; however, they may affect your overall degree classification. For further information on the possible effects of your Mitigating Circumstances claim being accepted, please see the separate PDF document ‘Mitigating Circumstances Process and Procedures’.

Please note that we will never share details of your mitigating circumstances with anybody who is not directly involved on the Mitigating Circumstances panel. In no circumstances will a student's mitigating circumstances be disclosed outside the Department to another institution or to a potential employer, nor will it be included in references or transcripts (unless you ask us to do so).

Clearly, though, in order for your circumstances to be considered as mitigating by your department, they must be conveyed formally to someone in your department (a tutor, the Course Director, a course/module convenor, for instance). The University expects that you will discuss your circumstances before Exam Boards meet, so that they may be taken into account in good time. You should be aware that, in the event you feel you need to appeal the outcome of an Exam Board, offering extenuating or mitigating circumstances at that point will need to be accompanied by a good reason why you withheld the information earlier. Without wanting to invade your privacy, the University does expect that you bring such circumstances to your department’s attention in a timely manner, despite the discomfort you might feel in so doing. Failure to disclose such circumstances at a time when you could have done so may subsequently be problematic. Your department will do all it can to support you in difficult situations.

 

5. Resources

5.1. The Library

The Library has a designated Academic Support Librarian (ASL) for each academic department. The Academic Support Librarians are able to provide advice about Library services and resources for staff who are putting together course materials and module websites. They work with academic colleagues to embed information skills throughout the curriculum with the Student as Researcher programme. The ASLs can also provide discipline-specific text about the Library for student handbooks. These include:

  • General information about accessing and using the Library, Learning Grids, and Modern Records Centre
  • Information sources for your subject
  • Developing information and research skills
  • Sources of help and advice

 

The Theatre and Performance Studies Support Librarian is Richard Perkins.
Contact Richard:
r.perkins@warwick.ac.uk
Telephone: 024 765 22331

The main landing page for the Library is http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library

Photocopiers for general use by students are located on the first floor of the library.

 

5.2. PG Hub (Ground floor, Senate House – card access, postgraduate-only)

PG Hub is a peer-led collaborative community space that brings together postgraduates from across Warwick.

At PG Hub you can:

  • Book meeting rooms for group-work and collaborative study, as well as find first-come-first-served study and meeting space
  • Ask any questions you might have about your postgraduate life at Warwick
  • Access support for your dissertation through Dissertation Station
  • Find mentorship to take you to the next level
  • Get actively involved in cultural events, which last year included Hallowe’en, the Burns Poetry Competition, Chinese New Year and a Nowruz Celebration
  • Locate support for your studies and future career plans through events and drop-ins
  • Share your postgraduate life through our competitions and social media

 

We recognise that postgraduate life is about more than just work. The PG Hub exists to make your time at the University more productive and enjoyable, so we welcome your ideas on things you want to see as a Warwick postgraduate.

Currently open: 09:00 – 20:00 (see website for holiday opening)

For more information:

http://warwick.ac.uk/pghub

#WarwickPGHub

pghub@warwick.ac.uk

 

5.3. Millburn House

There is a university-managed computing room for students in G44. In the other part of Millburn House, in the Film and TV department there is a postgraduate open work space shared with Film and TV and History of Art departments. If you have trouble accessing this with your card, please see the School administrator, Sarah Shute.

There is a Theatre Studies PG workroom (G51) on the ground floor of Millburn House that is exclusively for PGR and PGT Theatre and Performance Studies students. Please see Kate Brennan or Sarah Shute to obtain the code to the room.

 

The Learning Grid at University House is also a useful space for meetings and group work.

The nearest catering outlet to Millburn House is in the café in University House (or Tescos is about 5 minutes walk in the other direction). Currently there is no catering in Millburn House, other than the machines in the main foyer. There is also is a kitchen reserved for staff and postgraduate students, which contains a hot water urn for making drinks and a microwave oven.

 

5.4. Staff-Student Liaison Committee (SSLC)

The Staff-Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) is a committee made up of undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff from the department. The committee meets at least once each term and provides a formal channel of communication between staff and students. The system was introduced in 1972 and all departments, degree courses and centres are required to have such a committee.

The Staff Student Liaison Committee provides an opportunity to communicate the views of students on academic matters such as teaching, learning and student support (e.g. library and IT services). All departments are expected to respond to student views on such matters and to explain any actions taken resulting from student feedback.

Further information on SSLCs is available on the University website here at the SSLC Portal.

 

5.5. Student Careers and Skills

The Student Careers & Skills team offers a wide range of online resources, workshops, 1:1 advice, employer presentations, careers fairs and a student helpdesk accessible in person, by email and phone and can help students:

The Student Careers and Skills team are based in University House. They can help you with applications and CVs, advise on sources of information on vacancies, advise you on placements (particularly individual career development internships), as well as offering a range of individual services (one-to-one consultations, mock interviews, etc.). For some of the individual sessions, you may need to be referred by your personal tutor, but many of the resources and events are open to all. The Careers teams run various events throughout the year, including sector events for careers in media or the arts and employment fairs.

In order to get the most out of the Student Careers and Skills service, you should register with 'myAdvantage'. MyAdvantage is an information portal providing you with information and resources on skills development opportunities, internships, job vacancies, and careers events tailored to your individual needs.

See the Careers & Skills website for more information http://warwick.ac.uk/careers

 

5.6. IT Services

IT Services provide the essential resources and support necessary to give all members of the University access to information technology for research, teaching, learning and administration purposes. If students have problems using the facilities or systems provided by IT Services, they can go to the Helpdesk located on the ground floor of the Library building, telephone 024 765 73737 or email helpdesk@warwick.ac.uk.

Every student and member of staff, with the exception of those students on courses at partner institutions which are validated by the University, is entitled to register to use the services provided by IT Services, which can be accessed from anywhere on campus. Information on setting up an account, accessing the network from on and off campus, printing and purchasing computers is available on-line at http://warwick.ac.uk/its. IT Services also produce information on acceptable use of University IT facilities for students and staff: http://warwick.ac.uk/regulation31.

 

5.7. Language Centre

The Language Centre supports the University's commitment to the increased provision of foreign language learning opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff across the University. It is equipped with digital language classrooms and seminar rooms, with data projection and electronic whiteboards. There is also a multi-media open access suite with satellite TV, computer-based learning, and DVD players. There are a number of choices available for acquiring a new foreign language or brushing up language skills.

The Language Centre (http://warwick.ac.uk/languagecentre) is located on the ground floor of the Humanities Building and can be contacted by email language.enquiries@warwick.ac.uk.

 

5.8. Lifelong Language Learning (LLL) Courses

A programme of language courses for students, members of staff and the public. More information is available from: http://warwick.ac.uk/languagecentre/lifelonglearning/.

 

6. Student Support and Development

6.1. Introduction

Whilst we hope that your time at Warwick will be positive and successful, we recognise that at different stages you may need some support to enable you to take full advantage of what being a student at Warwick can bring.

The Department takes your Health and Safety seriously and with this in mind, please be sure to report any accidents or near misses you have whilst on campus to your supervisor and the School Administrator. You are required to report any accidents or near misses to enable us to investigate the cause to try and avoid future accidents.

Listed below are details regarding some of the student support and development services that are available at Warwick. If you don’t find what you are looking for, feel free to contact the Student Support and Development Reception which is located on the Ground Floor of University House. Go to the Student Support Services website (note also their short student video guide to Coventry here).

 

6.2. Student Support and Residential Life

Student Support and Residential Life brings together Residential Life, Mental Health, links with Campus Health Services, the Nursery and first-point student support. Urgent queries and cases that require a rapid response should now be sent to the Student Support and Residential Life Office in the first instance. This team works closely with the student support team within the International Office and Advice & Welfare Services in the Students’ Union.

Residential Life

Location: Ground Floor, University House

Email: seniorwarden@warwick.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 23465

 

Every campus residence has residential staff within it who are there to provide support to and development opportunities for students in their areas. In addition they are there to ensure that residences provide a safe and comfortable place to live and study and have responsibility for enforcing discipline on the rare occasions it is required. Students living off campus will be told if they have any residential staff living in their area. If not, they can contact Warwick Accommodation if they have issues regarding their accommodation, and the Student Support and Residential Life Office or any service listed below for other issues.

 

6.3. Mental Health

Location: Ground Floor, University House

Email: diane.cook@warwick.ac.uk

 

The Student Mental Health Co-ordinators provide information, support and, if needed, access to other services for students who have mental health problems. They work closely with other Student Support Services and in liaison with Health Professionals to ensure students receive the support needed to help them to manage their studies and life at university.

 

Students are encouraged to disclose their mental health issues either at enrolment or at any time afterwards so that they can actively take part in how best to manage any difficulties that may arise.

 

6.4. The Health Centre

Location: Health Centre Road, Main Campus

Telephone: 024 76 524 888

Web: http://www.uwhc.org.uk/

 

There are two medical practices based at the University Health Centre providing a full range of general practitioner services for registered patients. The Health Centre has both male and female doctors (although a doctor will not be at the centre throughout the opening times), Nurse Practitioners and Practice Nurses. Both practices run an appointments system for consultations with the doctors and the nurses.

 

The Health Centre offers sexual health and contraceptive clinics, travel clinics and immunisation facilities. There are also physiotherapy sessions at the health centre to which doctors can refer patients.

 

If ill, registered patients will be given an appointment at the Health Centre as soon as possible. If the Health Centre is closed, arrangements can be made for an emergency consultation. Full information is provided when students register with one of the GP practices.

International Students resident here on courses lasting more than three months are entitled to full NHS (National Health Service) facilities. The NHS does not cover students on courses of less than three months, unless they come from a country which has a reciprocal arrangement with the UK, or from the EEA and have an European Health Card, and then only if the need for treatment arises while the student is resident in the UK.

Students on courses of study of less than three months in duration are advised to take out private medical insurance before they arrive in the UK where possible.

Registering with the Health Centre:

To use the Health Centre, you must register with them as soon as you arrive at University. In an emergency, the Health Centre may be able assist non-registered students. Students who are resident on campus or within the catchment area of south-west Coventry are strongly advised to register with the Health Centre on campus (Please note, Leamington Spa does not fall within the catchment area). Students resident outside this area are advised to register with a practice close to where they are living (see NHS site here) can help find a local doctor, dentist, optician, pharmacist, etc).

Non-registration with a doctor may cause problems if you are ill or you need a doctor in an emergency.

New students living on campus or within the South West area of Coventry should register with the Health Centre during enrolment week in the Students’ Union Building North. You will need to provide the following information to register:

  • your NHS number (bring your NHS Medical Card) if you have lived in this country before (essential).
  • the name and address of your present (most recent) GP in this country
  • Details of any immunisations you have had and any past medical history
  • Many students from overseas have been to British Boarding Schools or lived in this country before and would have been registered with a GP then – you must ensure that you bring with you your NHS number and name of the GP practice you were registered with.

 

6.5. Dean of Students' Office

Location: Ground Floor, University House

Email: seniortutor@warwick.ac.uk

Web: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/tutors

Phone: 02476 575570

 

For guidance and advice on academic matters which you have not been able to resolve with either your personal tutor or your departmental Senior Tutor, you may contact the University’s Dean of Students who offers an important service to students.

 

The Dean of Students liaises with closely with both the Personal Tutor system and student support and development services on campus.

 

6.6. University Counselling Service

Location: Westwood House, Westwood Campus

Email:Counselling@warwick.ac.uk

Web: go.warwick.ac.uk/counselling

Telephone: 02476 523761 (for emergency out-of-hours cases, contact the Security Gatehouse on extension 22083)

 

The University Counselling Service has a number of professionally trained counsellors who offer a confidential service to students who feel that emotional or psychological problems are affecting their ability to study or function properly whilst at the university. Students may be seen individually or in groups. The service also organises single session groups on study skills, time management and stress management throughout the academic year.

 

For more information on the service and resources such as self help material and email counselling see the website at: go.warwick.ac.uk/counselling

 

6.8. University Disability Services

Location: Ground Floor, University House

Email: disability@warwick.ac.uk

Telephone: 024 765 73734

Web: go.warwick.ac.uk/disability

 

Disability Services is part of the Student Development and Diversity Division. We advise and provide services for students who can define as 'disabled' under the Disability Discrimination Act. This includes physical and sensory impairments, learning differences (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia), autistic spectrum conditions, mental health difficulties, 'unseen' conditions (e.g. asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions), and other conditions (e.g. CFS, ME) for example.

 

We encourage applicants and students to notify us on application, enrolment or at any time later of a disability, learning difference or other condition in order that we can provide advice and services to facilitate study at the University. We can also advise on whether individual circumstances are definable as a 'disability' under the law and thus whether students are entitled to have reasonable adjustments made for their studies. Information provided to Disability Services is held in confidence and is only shared with written agreement. We do encourage information sharing to enable the university to make any reasonable adjustments required.

For further information or advice, including advice on Disabled Students Allowances, please contact disability@warwick.ac.uk, telephone the Disability Co-ordinator on 02476 573734 or visit the website: go.warwick.ac.uk/disability.

 

6.8. The Student Experience Team

Location: First Floor, University House

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/international/ofge/staff/experience/

 

The Student Experience Team in the University's Office for Global Engagement is responsible for the Immigration Advice and Student Experience. Their remit is to make all students at Warwick Go Global and to create an integrated community on campus.

 

The Student Experience Team is split into two areas - Immigration Service and Student Experience.

Its key responsibilities in regard to immigration are to act as the first point of contact for all immigration enquiries, to coordinate the university's immigration compliance, and to develop and enhance the University's Go Global initiative.

The team also helps and advises with current international student support and engagement, the Welcome to Warwick opportunities for international students, and visa and immigration advice.

 

6.9. Nursery
Location: University Campus, Lakeside
Telephone: 024 765 23389
Email: nurseryenquiries@warwick.ac.uk
Web: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/childrensservices/nursery

The Nursery sits within the division of Student Support and Residential Life to enable better integration of approaches to services for children and families. The Nursery operates as a separate unit. Registered for 47 children aged between 3 months and 4 years, the University Nursery has a dedicated baby unit for 15 under twos and a larger “pre-school” unit for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Registered with OFSTED, we accept 3 and 4 year olds eligible for LEA funding, as well as employer-based childcare vouchers.

The Nursery provides a welcoming, safe, stimulating and challenging environment, providing for children’s social, emotional, physical and moral development to enable them to grow and develop to their full potential. We strive to create an atmosphere of working in partnership with parents and carers so that the children are happy to attend Nursery and you feel confident about leaving your child in our care.

We believe that children learn best through play. In a Nursery as unique as ours, where children can experience as many as 20 different languages and cultures in the course of a normal day, we feel that by allowing the children to express themselves through their play and some carefully structured activities we are allowing them to develop at a pace that makes sense to them.

 

6.10. The Chaplaincy

Location: Main Campus (near Arts Centre)

Web: go.warwick.ac.uk/chaplaincy

 

At the heart of central campus, the Chaplaincy is a vibrant space open to all members of the University community. You can come here for meetings, to relax or study together, enjoy light refreshments, or spend time in public worship or quiet thought. It’s a popular gathering place that welcomes students of any or no faith.

The Chaplaincy is home to the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Free Church and Jewish chaplains, who are always glad to meet students socially and pastorally. As a valued part of the University’s Welfare network, the chaplains offer everyone a sympathetic ear in total confidence. The University also has a dedicated Islamic Prayer Hall immediately adjacent to the Chaplaincy building.

 

6.11. Students’ Union Advice and Welfare Services

Location: Students’ Union North

Web: http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/advice/

 

Advice and Welfare Services is a confidential Students’ Union service and is independent of the University. They can give information and advice on many areas of University life including:

  • Accommodation and housing
  • Problems with your course, lecturer, supervisor or department
  • Money and debt problems
  • Support and representation with complaints, appeals, and disciplinary matters
  • Legal and police problems
  • Consumer problems
  • Immigration advice

 

If you are not sure who to talk to or where to get advice, try Advice and Welfare Services first. If it is not them they probably know who the right person is and can help put you in touch.

 http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/advice/

 

The University and Students' Union also takes its responsibilities for Equality and Diversity and the eradication of Bullying and Harassment very seriously. The relevant web pages are listed below:

Equality and Diversity: go.warwick.ac.uk/equalops

Bullying and Harassment: go.warwick.ac.uk/harassmentguidelines 

 

6.12. Sexual, Racial and Personal Harassment

The University and the Students’ Union regard all forms of harassment as unacceptable and are prepared to take disciplinary action against offenders. Both the University and the Students’ Union are committed to creating a community that is free from harassment and discrimination. Sexual, racial and personal harassment can seriously worsen conditions for staff and students at the University and may also, in certain cases, be unlawful.

The Sexual, Racial and Personal Harassment: Guidelines for Students website, go.warwick.ac.uk/harassmentguidelines, has the University’s statement of equal opportunities and full contact details for advice and assistance including:

University Senior Tutor and Counselling Service, telephone 024 7652 3761 or extension 23761

Students’ Union Advice and Welfare Services, telephone 024 7657 2824 or extension 72824

Welfare and Equal Opportunities Officer (Students’ Union sabbatical officer), telephone 024 7657 2778 or extension 72778

Nightline (please note that Nightline is a listening service and will not offer advice), 9pm-9am, telephone 024 7641 7668 or extension 22199

Chaplaincy, telephone 024 7652 3519 or extension 23519

 

6.13. Online Social Networking Sites

The use of online social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.) has become a very significant part of the lives for many people. They provide a very positive way to keep in touch with people in different places, share common interests, exchange ideas, thoughts and content on academic matters, and to have fun.

There have been a number of examples where these services have been used for less positive reasons and it is because of this we offer these words of guidance:

  • Ensure that you avoid using language which would be deemed to be offensive to others in a face-to-face setting as the impact on individuals is just the same.
  • Avoid allowing the formation of an online group from isolating or victimising your fellow students or academic colleagues. That may not be your intention but if used carelessly it could be the impact that is achieved.
  • Avoid using such services in classes unless your tutor has given the group express permission to do so.
  • Please ensure that you never use such sites for accessing or sharing illegal content.

 

We encourage students to make use of such services. However, students should also be aware that the University will take seriously any occasions where the services are used inappropriately. If occasions of what might be read to be online bullying or harassment to students or staff are reported, they will be dealt with in the same way as if it took place in a face-to-face setting. Information on the University’s acceptable use policy for IT and its disciplinary regulations can be found at the following sites:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/gov/calendar/section2/regulations/computing/

 

6.14. Departmental complaints procedure and who to contact in case of grievances with departments

It is important for students to engage proactively with their teaching and learning as well as their wider community experience. You are encouraged to provide feedback (both compliments and concerns) so that, where possible, services can be improved. If you have a concern or complaint, please endeavour to raise it as soon as possible with the most appropriate member of staff in your academic department or the relevant service or administrative department. If you are not able to find a resolution yourself or do not know who to go to, please do seek advice via the range of services available to help you (e.g. your Personal Tutor and/or your Student Staff Liaison Committee representative within your academic department or Student Support Services (including Disability Services), the Senior Tutor, or the Students’ Union Advice Centre).

Should your issue or concern not be resolved through available methods for you to provide feedback, the University has a clear three-stage Student Complaints Resolution Pathway for all types of informal and formal concerns or complaints. Further information, advice and guidance is available on the following University webpage: www.warwick.ac.uk/studentfeedbackandcomplaints/

 

7. University Information

7.1. University Statements

  1. Warwick Student Community Statement http://warwick.ac.uk/quality/categories/wscs
  2. Study Hours Statement http://warwick.ac.uk/quality/categories/studyhours/
  3. University Calendar http://warwick.ac.uk/calendar/
    1. i. Regulation 10 Examination Regulations http://warwick.ac.uk/regulation10
    2. ii. Regulation 11 Procedure to be Adopted in the Event of Suspected Cheating in a University Test http://warwick.ac.uk/regulation11
    3. iii. Regulation 23 Student Disciplinary Offences http://warwick.ac.uk/calendar/section2/regulations/disciplinary/
    4. iv. Regulation 31 Regulations governing the use of University Computing Facilities http://warwick.ac.uk/regulation31
    5. v. Regulation 36 Regulations Governing Student Registration, Attendance and Progress http://warwick.ac.uk/regulation36
  4. Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy Statement http://warwick.ac.uk/services/healthsafetywellbeing/university_health_and_safety_policy_statement_as_approved_by_council_dec_2012.pdf
  5. Equal Opportunities Statement http://warwick.ac.uk/equalops

“The University of Warwick, recognising the value of sustaining and advancing a safe and welcoming learning environment, strives to treat both employees and students with respect and dignity, treat them fairly with regards to all assessments, choices and procedures, and to give them encouragement to reach their full potential. Therefore the University strives to treat all its members, and visitors, fairly and aims to eliminate unjustifiable discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, political beliefs, religious beliefs or practices, disability, marital status, family circumstances, sexual orientation, spent criminal convictions, age or any other inappropriate ground.”

  1. Sexual, Racial and Personal Harassment: Dignity at Work and Study Policy http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/equalops/dignityatwarwick
  2. Policy on Recording Lectures by Students http://warwick.ac.uk/quality/recordinglectures/
  3. Smoking Policy http://warwick.ac.uk/services/healthsafetywellbeing/guidance/smokingpolicy
  4. Policy on the Timing of the Provision of Feedback to Students on Assessed Work http://warwick.ac.uk/quality/categories/examinations/goodpractice/assessment/timeliness

 

7.2. Security

The University Security Team works 24 hours a day to support the University’s overall aims by ensuring there is a safe, secure and friendly environment for students, staff and visitors. The University also has a campus policeman who is located on the University campus, is available Monday to Friday (9am – 5pm) and can be contacted by telephone on 024 765 22083 or email security@warwick.ac.uk. In emergencies dial 999.

Students should call the security team about emergency response requirements – Doctor/Ambulance/Fire; safety and security issues on and off campus; assistance – pastoral care, directions and facility support; outdoor event applications and entertainment support.

 

7.3. Academic Office

Examination Office http://warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/examinations

 

Student Records http://warwick.ac.uk/studentrecords

 

Awards and Ceremonies http://warwick.ac.uk/congregation

 

Student Finance http://warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/finance

 

Student Funding http://warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/funding

 

Academic Registrar’s Office https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/aro

 

Teaching Quality http://warwick.ac.uk/quality

 

7.4. Post whilst at Warwick

Any post that arrives for you will be put into the post trays in the Theatre and Performance Studies foyer.

 

7.5. The Local Area and Further Afield

Coventry is a medieval market town with an uncompromisingly modern interior. It has a first-rate shopping centre and some good bars and restaurants, particularly in the small cobbled lanes around Coventry Cathedral, itself worth a visit. The no. 12 bus connects the university to Coventry and takes about 20-30 minutes. http://www.visitcoventry.co.uk/

Birmingham is England’s ‘Second City’. It’< s about 25 km (20 miles) away. It has excellent art galleries, museums, theatres and cinemas, not to mention fantastic shopping facilities, including the famous (or infamous!) Bull Ring. Birmingham is easily reached by train from Coventry Station; the journey takes about 15-20 minutes and costs about £5.00 for a day return (off-peak). http://www.visitbirmingham.com/countryselector/

Royal Leamington Spa is about 12 km (8 miles) from the university. It was once a busy spa town, frequented by royalty (hence the ‘Royal’), and remains a vibrant town, with some lovely Regency architecture, good bars and shops. The Spa itself, towards the bottom of the town, contains a visitors’ gallery and a small café. The 11 bus connects the university to Leamington, also the U1: http://www.royal-leamington-spa.co.uk/

Stratford-upon-Avon should need no introduction to students of theatre and performance. Situated about 25 km (15 miles) from the university, it is, of course, the birthplace of Shakespeare and the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), with which the university has close links. It is also an attractive town in its own right, although always very, very busy. The 16 bus goes to Stratford from the university: http://www.stratford-upon-avon.co.uk/

Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, and is about 15 km (10 miles) from the university. Although the town is an attraction in itself, the main place to visit is Warwick Castle, a medieval battlement built around 914 AD. Warwick Castle hosts a number of attractions, from falconry displays to jousting, throughout the year: http://www.warwick-uk.co.uk/

London is about 130 km (100 miles) from the university. No visitor to the UK should miss out on a trip to London. England’s capital city offers a bewildering choice of entertainment, from large-scale musical extravaganzas to avant-garde plays performed in small pub and club theatres around the city. London has some of the world’s greatest museums: The British Museum, with its quite astonishing (if colonially suspect) collection and The Victoria and Albert being only two. And there are art galleries, plenty of parks, shops, monuments, etc. It is easily reached by train from Coventry Station (one hour), or by coach from the Cannon Park Shopping Centre (Megabus: http://uk.megabus.com/).

http://www.visitlondon