Monthly Archives: April 2015

Keynes College

School improves ranking in Complete University Guide 2016

The Kent School of Economics has improved its position in two categories in the Complete University Guide 2016; we have risen by one place to 8th in the UK for Student Satisfaction, and have jumped 8 points for Graduate Prospects, with a total of 78% of students being employed in graduate positions or further study. Overall, the School is placed a hair’s breadth outside the top third of Economics departments in the UK.

Our scores in the Complete University Guide underpin our consistent top 10 position in other national league tables:

  • 5th for career prospects, 8th for Satisfaction with Teaching, 11th for Satisfaction with the Course, and 9th overall in The Guardian University Guide 2016
  • 6th for teaching and 7th for Academic Support in the National Student Survey 2014
  • 10th for Student Satisfaction in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015
  • 8th for Research Intensity – a new measure used for the first time in the Complete University Guide this year

Head of School, Alastair Bailey, said: ‘Our continued success in the Economics tables reflects, in no small part, the School’s focus on teaching excellence, and student experience and outcomes, and I am extremely pleased that the School has again been recognised for the quality of teaching and support offered to students.’

Changing food consumption behaviours

An article by the School’s Professor Iain Fraser, with Dr Ben Lowe of Kent Business School and Dr Diogo M. Souza-Monteiro of Newcastle University, has been published in a special issue of the journal Psychology and Marketing.


Few products are as pervasive and essential to our everyday lives as food: food fuels and satisfies our body, but also excites, disgusts, arouses, stimulates, and tantalizes all of our senses. It is functional and utilitarian, yet also hedonistic. Food consumption is also often a social act and our environment strongly influences what we consume. Yet, despite its obvious importance to us and our well-being, it appears that as a society the consumption of food has led to a variety of difficult challenges that require some level of behavior change by consumers. Though several decades of research have sought to find answers to the many food consumption challenges that exist, it appears that excessive consumption of the “wrong” foods and its consequences (e.g., obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, etc.) have begun to override prior concerns about food consumption deficit. Levels of obesity seem to be rising globally and apparently “no national success stories have been reported in the past 33 years” (Ng et al., 2014, p. 766).

The full article can be accessed at

Citation: Lowe, B., Fraser, I. and Souza-Monteiro, D. M. (2015), Changing Food Consumption Behaviors. Psychol. Mark., 32: 481–485. doi: 10.1002/mar.20793

Finalists’ Dinner 2015

The first School of Economics Finalists’ Dinner was held at the Abode Hotel, Canterbury, on Friday 10 April.  This was a social event organised by the School for our final-year students to celebrate the end of the taught period of their degree. The evening was a great success and we hope that this will become an annual event in the future.

The glamorous setting of the Abode with the elegantly decorated dining room and delicious meal made the occasion feel very special, and everyone seemed to enjoy the opportunity to socialise with fellow students that they may not have seen much over the last year. After dinner the party really got started, with a DJ playing all the latest tunes and getting everyone up on the dance floor! There were plenty of memories made and we hope that students will look back on the evening and their time in Economics with fondness.

Take a look at the photos of the event on our Facebook page.


Tempest-tossed data show conferences’ impact

Times Higher Education (THE)  has published an article on recent research conducted by School of Economics lecturer, Dr Fernanda Lopez de Leon and Dr Ben McQuillin of the University of East Anglia.

The research paper, titled “The role of conferences on the pathway to academic impact: evidence from a natural experiment”, October 2014, provides evidence for the role of conferences in generating visibility for academic work, using a ‘natural experiment’: the last-minute cancellation – due to ‘Hurricane Isaac’ – of the 2012 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting. The paper was presented at the annual conference of the Royal Economic Society, which took place at the University of Manchester from 30 March to 1 April.

To read the article in THE , click here.

The Kent discussion paper (1408) can be viewed here.

Keynes College

Spring term newsletter

The School of Economics Spring term newsletter is now available to read on our website. We produce a newsletter at the end of the Autumn and Spring terms to highlight some of the events and research that have taken place in the School.

If you would like to contribute an article to a future newsletter, please contact Tracey Girling.