The University of Warwick
Among UK universities, Warwick is a unique, and uniquely successful, institution. Despite its relative youth – it was founded in the mid-1960s – it is now one of the UK's leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation and for links with business and industry. In the last government Research Assessment Exercise, Warwick was rated fifth in the UK for research excellence; in the media league tables, it has consistently maintained its position in the Top Ten; applications for undergraduate places currently stand at around 30,000 for 3,000 undergraduate places.
From its beginnings, the University has sought to be excellent in both teaching and research. It has now secured its place as one of the UK's leading research universities, confirmed by the results of the government's Research Assessment Exercises of 1986, 1989, 1992, 1996, 2001 and 2008. In all of these, Warwick has been placed in the top ten or so of universities for the quality of its research. Most recently, in the results of the 2008 exercise, Warwick was placed seventh overall with 65% of Warwick's research activity was ranked in the two grades 3* and 4*.
The Department is one of the largest in the UK and sits among the elite of UK Politics and International Relations research. In '08 a national surveyed tanked PAIS 7th in its field; and rated 60 % of its research as either 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'. The department as a whole is organised into three research groups: (i) International Political Economy, (ii) International Politics and Security Studies, and (iii) Public Policy and Comparative Political Systems. PAIS offers a variety of political science and international studies degrees in International Political Economy, International Relations, Politics, International Politics and Europe, Globalisation and Development, International Politics and East Asia, International Security, Humanitarianism and Security. It also provides ample supervision and support for a wide variety of individual research projects, these currently number over 70. Such consequential efforts and prudent yet innovative choices have allowed the department to be consistently ranked amongst the top 10 departments for Politics/International studies in various Good University Guides.
Beyond the practical and manage http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/csgr/rial expertise accumulated within the CSGR, its research has been widely read and the centre has emerged as one of the premium international centres for globalisation studies. Inaugurated in 1997, the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) at the University of Warwick is the oldest and largest academic centre in Europe dealing with this subject area. The CSGR is a recognized research site of British Council for Social Sciences, which has provided the core funding over two five-year cycles (1997-2002 and 2002-2007). The CSGR is a multidisciplinary project, its staff and associates are drawn from the fields of Anthropology, Business, Economics, Law, Politics and Sociology. Likewise, the Centre's seminars, conferences and other projects generally draw participants from several disciplines. The CSGR highlights issues of the definition, measurement, impacts, and policy implications of globalisation and regionalisation. More specifically, much of the Centre's research concentrates on questions such as: comparative regionalism; the political economy of global and regional finance and trade; civil society's role within globalisation and regionalisation dynamics; and security issues associated with globalisation and regionalisation. CSGR research spans all regions of the world, as well as relations between them. A core activity at the center is its weekly seminar series which brings speakers from around Britain and abroad to CSGR. Furthermore, each year the Centre hosts a number of visitors from across the world working on projects relevant to its research agenda. Although CSGR itself does not offer academic degrees, its' staff supervises a number of MA and PhD theses on globalisation and regionalisation through associated academic departments at the wider university. Amongst the CSGR's academic partners within the university the department of politics and international affairs (PAIS) occupies a particularly central role which is to be the degree awarding institution within the University of Warwick actively involved in the GEM PhD School.