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PAIS 'Top 3' in The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is ranked 3rd out of 81 UK Politics departments in the The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018; a position we have now held for three years in a row. This influential national league table reflects latest data on student satisfaction (NSS), research excellence, and a range of other indicators.

We are particularly proud to see that PAIS is ranked 1st for student experience and 2nd for teaching quality among the elite Russell Group of UK Politics departments.

The University of Warwick is ranked 9th overall — a full University press release can be found here.

Our latest position in The Times/The Sunday Times follows on recent successes in other national league tables – notably 3rd place in The Guardian University Guide 2018 and 4th in The Complete University Guide 2018 — cementing our position as one of the very best Politics departments in the UK.

We thank all staff and students who have contributed to this impressive and sustained achievement. With a number of exciting and ambitious plans for the 2017/18 academic year and beyond, we look forward to building on these successes in the months and years ahead.

Tue 26 September 2017, 10:10 | Tags: Front, Staff, Impact, PhD, MA, UG

Professor Franklyn Lisk Panellist for United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Professor Franklyn Lisk was invited by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to participate as a panellist in their sponsored event to mark the launch of the Continental Free Trade Area for Africa (CFTA) at the WTO Public Forum in Geneva, 26-28 September 2017.

The CFTA discussions were focused on reducing trade costs, expanding Africa’s economic and market space and driving regional competitiveness and efficiency, and at the same time ensuring that attention is not diverted away from important human rights implications of trade liberalisation.

Specifically, Professor Lisk’s intervention drew attention to likelihood that liberalisation of trade will impact differently on diverse socio-economic groups due to unequal access to assets, credit and economic opportunities, and that different types of workers ( in the context of industrialisation resulting from trade liberalisation) will also be differentially impacted depending on their skill-level or whether the sector or industry that they are employed in expands or contracts as a result of liberalisation.

Therefore, from the standpoint of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the CFTA, should also pay particular attention to mechanisms aimed at promoting human rights in addition to seeking to reduce poverty in Africa.

Tue 17 October 2017, 14:27 | Tags: Staff

PAIS PhD's Essay Shortlisted in FWSA Student Essay Competition

PAIS PhD Columba Achilleos-Sarll's essay 'Reconceptualising Foreign Policy as Gendered, Sexualised and Racialised: Towards a Postcolonial Feminist Foreign Policy Analysis' was shortlisted in the Feminist & Women's Studies Association (FWSA) annual essay writing competition.

Shortlisted essay will now proceed to publication in the special issue of Journal of International Women’s Studies following revisions based on the judges comments, and should be published in early 2018.

The full announcement can be read here http://fwsablog.org.uk/prizes-and-grants/student-essay-competition/

Mon 16 October 2017, 15:05 | Tags: PhD

PAIS Undergraduate's Essay "Highly Commended" at the Undergraduate Awards

AlpAn essay written by PAIS Undergraduate Alp Katalan Nasi has been "Highly Commended" at the Undergraduate Awards. The essay, written for Politics of International Development, was ranked in the top 10% from over 400 global submissions in the Politics and IR section. The essay was titled: "Why Do Countries Give Aid? A Case Study of Swedish Benevolence".

You can find the list of "Highly Commended" contestants here: http://www.undergraduateawards.com/2017-highly-commended/

Having just returned from my year abroad in Hong Kong, it is great to be recognised for the work I had done at Warwick. My teachers played a key role as I found it inspiring to learn about international development from such an enthusiastic lecturer like Ben Richardson.

My essay explored why countries give aid, with a special focus on Sweden as a case study. I really enjoyed exploring this through various angles - social reasons, economic incentives, and political motivations - using various lenses of IR theory. I hope to continue exploring development issues, especially those associated with energy and the environment, in my further studies.

I am honoured to represent not just the PAIS department, but the University of Warwick overall at the Undergraduate Awards. I will be a part of the UA Alumni Network, as well as publish my essay on the Undergraduate Library, which is a fantastic personal achievement!

- Alp Katalan Nasi

Congratulations Alp!

Mon 16 October 2017, 14:46 | Tags: Front, Staff, UG


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