A recent report showed that the University of Warwick is the number one target for graduate recruitment by top employers. The PAIS Department was joint first in the Russell Group for employability in the 2013 Guardian League Table (defined as the percentage of graduates who find graduate-level jobs, or are studying further, within six months of graduation).
So why does PAIS do so well? This comes down to the inherent top quality of our student cohorts, the recognised quality of our degree programmes, cutting-edge research-led teaching, study abroad programmes and international opportunities, transferable skills gained on our programmes, and supporting students to take up opportunities such as the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) and attending the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR).
PAIS is also working hard to increase our provision of internships advice, plug students into our vast alumni network, and develop close ties with Warwick's Student Careers & Skills office to give you bespoke careers advice. Our Director of Student Experience and Progression enhances this provision through support on employability issues, the development of our internship strategy, and liaising with Careers & Skills.
One of the myths about studying politics and/or international studies is that it means your only option is a career in politics. As your friends and relatives may put it – ‘does that mean you want to be Prime Minister then?’ In practice, there is a huge range of career opportunities open to you. A degree from PAIS is highly employable and the careers our graduates have gone into include:
- Local, national, and EU government
- The civil serviceor diplomatic corps
- UN and other international governmental and non-governmental organisations
- The media, including broadcasting, journalism, publishing, and web-based media
- Business and industry or the legal profession
Where will your PAIS degree take you?
Student-Staff Liaison Committee
Made up of students, staff and heads of departments, SSLCs provide an accessible arena for students to discuss any concerns they have with teaching, learning and student support services with the academic staff from their department.
They also provide an opportunity for the department to receive feedback from students, particularly if changes to a course are proposed. This is the strongest mechanism for getting involved with how your academic life at Warwick is shaped. You can run for election as an SSLC Representative in the first few weeks of Term 1.
Any issue related to your teaching and learning is relevant to discuss, the only rule is that you should NEVER discuss individual lecturers or students or refer to anyone by name - any issues with individuals should be discussed with personal tutors or with the Academic Convenor outside of a meeting situation.
Warwick’s SSLC system is very well regarded both within the University and nationally by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). The report from the most recent Institutional Audit of Warwick undertaken by the QAA indicated that, overall, "the SSLC system makes an effective and positive contribution to the management of quality and standards, especially at the departmental and course levels."
Does SSLC work? Yes!
Every year the SSLC writes a report that is sent to the University for consideration. If there is an issue that is of a concern to a number of SSLCs, the University will discuss appropriate action to address this. The SSLC annual report is one way that the University finds out what YOU, the student is thinking. You can see the top 10 actions PAIS has taken as a direct result of student feedback, including through SSLC, on part of the Undergraduate Portal we've unlocked for you to view.SSLC
Your voice at the university...
All undergraduates are invited to attend the PAIS film series. Each week we show films that relate to specific subjects across the range of modules taught within PAIS. Each film is introduced by the PAIS academic who teaches the module that relates to the film. A discussion follows the showing where the political messages and themes featured in the film are debated. For example, after screening Skyfall, our resident James Bond expert Dr Chris Moran would lead the discussion focusing on how 007 films affect our view of secret intelligence and what we can learn about issues of international security in what might otherwise be viewed simply as a piece of entertainment.
Anyone can attend any of the films regardless of what modules you are taking or which year of your degree you are in; the films have been selected and arranged to coincide with topics being studied on specific modules in each year of the core PAIS degrees, so you can attend that relate directly to the modules you are taking, but you also see films that are part of other modules across the department. The current listing of films, times, and locations can be found on the PAIS Calendar, or you can download the poster from the first-year series to see how each film matches weekly seminar topics.
Films shown this year include:
- The Ides of March
- Charlie Wilsons War
- The Lives of Others
- World War Z
- Zero Dark Thirty
- Shooting Dogs
- The Iron Lady
- Full Metal Jacket
- Blade Runner
- Waltz with Bashir
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