2018 NSS Results: PAIS #1 Department in University and #1 for Politics in Russell Group for overall satisfaction

NSS Dialogue

The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is delighted to announce that in the 2018 National Student Survey we have achieved an overall student satisfaction result of 95 per cent for PO-coded degrees.

This year PAIS has regained our position as 1st in the University for overall student satisfaction. We are particularly pleased to report that we are 1st in the University for assessment and feedback, and 2nd for organization and management. We are also 1st in the University for student feedback being acted on and 2nd for staff valuing students' views and opinions about their course.

We have also improved our position nationally and are now ranked 1st for Politics in the Russell Group for overall student satisfaction. Other highlights among our Russell Group competitors include:

  • 1st for Teaching
  • 1st for Assessment and feedback
  • 1st for Organization and management
  • 1st for Student voice

Our sustained performance in overall student satisfaction in recent years is very impressive with our three year rolling average now also running at 95 per cent:


Overall satisfaction (PO coded degrees)


95 per cent


94 per cent


97 per cent


92 per cent


86 per cent


81 per cent

The 2018 NSS results also follow two very encouraging outcomes in recent international league tables where the Department has improved its position since 2017:

 2018 QS: PAIS is ranked #42 out of 200 (up from #44=)


 2018 Shanghai: PAIS is ranked #37 out of 400 (up from #47)


These impressive outcomes are due to an outstanding team effort among academic and professional services colleagues as well as our fantastic students. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work and support in terms of teaching, feedback, and the student experience.

We look forward to working in partnership with our amazing students and dedicated staff to sustain and build on these strong results, which reflect our deep commitment to research-led teaching excellence. At the start of the new academic year we will feedback in greater detail to all students and we will discuss and take forward ideas for further enhancement of the PAIS student experience via our Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC).

Fri 27 July 2018, 16:56 | Tags: Front Staff UG Faculty of Social Sciences

Charlotte Heath-Kelly's Research Cited in Psychotherapy and Counselling Union Statement

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Union has issued strong condemnation of the intrusion of the prevent duty into their clinical practice. As part of their statement, Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly's research is cited as one of the main reasons.

You can read the full statement here: https://pandcunion.ning.com/news/pcu-statement-against-prevent

For more information about Dr Heath-Kelly's research, please see the project website: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/research/researchcentres/irs/counterterrorisminthenhs

Thu 20 September 2018, 15:56 | Tags: Staff, Impact, Research

Warwick Question Time 2018

We are delighted to announce that PAIS and the Department of Economics are once again hosting a Warwick Question Time to debate current affairs. It will take place on Monday 1st October, 6.15-7.30pm, in the Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre.

The event is very similar in format to the popular BBC television show, and will form part of our induction activities for PAIS and Ecominics students to start the new academic year in style and is an excellent opportunity for students to engage with politicians, policy makers and academics on major issues and questions that concern the world.

The panellists will be:

  • Dharshini David - Author, economist and broadcaster.
  • Christina Lamb - Reporter and author
  • George Grant - Former foreign correspondent and security analyst and Conservative Parliamentary Candidate
  • Matt Western - Labour MP for Warwick and Leamington since 2017
  • Louise Sodergren - Year 3, BSc Economics
  • Harry Ford - Year 2, BA Hons Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies

The Panel will be Chaired by Professor Chris Anderson, Professor of Politics and Economics and Director of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).

More details and a registration form can be found here. Please do register ASAP to ensure your place. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thu 20 September 2018, 12:13 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD, MA, UG

Vincenzo Bove writes blog post on violence against refugees and state capacity for Washington Post

Dr Vincenzo Bove has written a joint blog post, with Tobias Böhmelt and Kristian Gleditsch, on violence against refugees and state capacity at the Monkey Cage for the Washington Post

The post draws attention to how refugees are more likely to give rise to forms of nonstate violence. The ability and willingness of states to exercise authority and control is key to preventing attacks against refugees.

The article, titled "Politicians blame refugees for violence. But refugees are more likely to be its victims" can be found here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/09/19/what-data-shows-about-refugees-and-violence-in-their-new-homes/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0a6e92d2be27

Thu 20 September 2018, 11:03 | Tags: Staff, Impact, PhD, Research

Lauren Tooker Awarded ECPR Jean Blondel Prize for Best PhD

Lauren TookerWe are able to report the exceptionally good news that Lauren Tooker, a former PAIS PhD student and now an IAS Early Career Fellow, has been awarded the ECPR Jean Blondel Prize for Best PhD. This is a Europe-wide PhD prize, and huge congratulations must go to Lauren on such a tremendous achievement.

The news is now live on the ECPR website, including the commendations of the prize jury. Lauren’s thesis was entitled, ‘Ordinary Democracy: Reading Resistance to Debt after the Global Financial Crisis with Stanley Cavell’s Ordinary Language Philosophy’.

Using a theoretical approach rooted in Cavell’s ordinary language philosophy, Lauren’s thesis shows how ordinary democratic subjects are opposing debt-based economic citizenship in the UK and the US. The study's central argument is that debt’s ordinary democrats are reconstructing debt relations as a site of democratic selfhood and community in finance, thus representing important practices of civic freedom.

Lauren was a GEM School PhD student funded through our Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme. She was supervised through her degree at Warwick by Lena Rethel, James Brassett and Matthew Watson, and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles by Firouzeh Nahavandi. She was examined by Paul Langley (Durham), Amandine Crespy (ULB) and Mike Saward (Warwick).

Mon 17 September 2018, 15:49 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD

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