Monthly Archives: July 2010

National Student Survey 2010 confirms quality of student experience

The School of Economics was ranked 3rd in the UK for overall quality in both the 2009 and 2010 National Student Survey, with 93% of students registering their overall satisfaction with the course. Students particularly liked the ability of staff to explain things, efficient assessment arrangements and marking, and the organisation and running of the course.

This is the fifth time running the School has been in the top ten of UK Economics School’s for student satisfaction and reinforces the recent assessment of excellence awarded by the Times University Guide 2010.

New Lectureship Posts

The School of Economics welcomes applications for two Lectureships in Economics .

We are seeking colleagues who are capable of publishing research of international excellence in a suitable area of Economics, so as to complement the School’s existing research strengths and foster links and collaboration with appropriate internal and external contacts and organisations.

The successful candidates will assist in the development and promotion of Economics at Kent, both nationally and internationally. They will be mentored to undertake postgraduate research supervision and contribute to the teaching and development of our MSc programmes in Economics.

The successful candidates must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to both teaching and research.

Deadline for applications: 4 May 2010.

To view the full job specification, or for details about how to apply, please click here.

New President Elect of the UK Agricultural Economics Society (AES)

Dr Sophia Davidova (Reader, European Agricultural Policy) has been invited to serve as President Elect of the UK Agricultural Economics Society (AES) from 2010.

The nomination recognises Dr Davidova’s academic achievements in the area of agricultural economics and her commitment to AES over many years. She has organised several successful AES conferences on topical policy issues, for example on the tax and tax concessions for farmers, and food price spikes of 2008. The invitation also recognises her contribution to the links between the UK AES and the European Association of Agricultural Economists.

Dr Davidova is Director of the Centre for European Agri-Environmental Economics within the School of Economics and has been involved in advisory work to government agencies in Central and Eastern European countries, the OECD, the European Commission and the World Bank.

UK AES is one of the leading learned societies in the world in the areas of agricultural and rural economics, food and the environment. It was founded in 1926 to promote research and teaching in the area, and strengthen the interactions between professional and academic agricultural economists. Currently it has 350 members in 65 countries throughout the world. Dr Davidova’s term of presidency will cover three years as President-Elect (2010-11), President (2011-12), and Past-President (2012-13).

New Head of School of Economics

Professor Alan Carruth has been formally appointed as Head of the School of Economics with effect from 1 January 2010.

Professor Carruth is nationally known for his work in labour economics, macroeconomics and applied econometrics. He is currently a member of the Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics (CHUDE) and the Work Pensions and Labour Economics Study Group (WPEG) Steering Committees. He was also deputy chair of RAE 2008 sub panel 34, Economics and Econometrics.

Professor Carruth has been Acting Head of the School following the appointment of Professor Roger Vickerman as Dean of the University of Kent at Brussels. Professor Rob Fraser, Professor of Agricultural Economics, will act as Deputy Head of the School.