Monthly Archives: May 2015

Kent Economics graduates are among the most employable in the UK

Graduates of Kent’s School of Economics are among the most employable in the UK, according to the Guardian University Guide 2016. The School is ranked 5th in the UK for career prospects, with 86% of students finding graduate-level jobs or further study within six months of graduation. The 2016 table, published in today’s Guardian newspaper, also reveals that the School is ranked 9th overall, placing us in the top 10 economics departments in the country. Other scores include 8th for both Satisfaction with Teaching and Satisfaction with the Course.

Dr Alastair Bailey, Head of School, commented, “Economics at Kent offers a challenging yet supportive environment for students, and our top 10 position in the Guardian University Guide further highlights our commitment to excellence in teaching and investment in our students’ future.”

The new Guardian table comes just one month after publication of the Complete University Guide 2016, where Economics at Kent was ranked 8th for Student Satisfaction. Other top 10 rankings include 7th overall in the National Student Survey 2014 with a 94% satisfaction rate, 10th for Student Satisfaction in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.

For more information on the Guardian University Guide, or to view the rankings in full, visit the Guardian website.

Summer Challenge – 300 miles in 10 days!

Pete Shaw, a third-year Economics student, is one of 10 members of the University’s Athletics and XC Club taking part in the Cants2Dam Summer Challenge, a 300 mile run from Canterbury to Amsterdam. The event is in support of the British Heart Foundation and every runner will complete the 300 mile distance, this is not a relay!

The team will set out off from the University’s Canterbury campus on 15 June to Dover, before catching a ferry across the Channel.  After an overnight stop they will begin their 9-day journey to Amsterdam, via Brussels. The participants will be camping each night, and on average will cover 30 miles a day, totalling the equivalent distance of 11.5 marathons.

The School would like to wish Pete and all the runners the very best of luck with the challenge, and would like to highlight the Just Giving website, where there is an opportunity to donate to the British Heart Foundation.

Key Dates
15 June – Leave Canterbury campus
19 June – Arrive in Brussels
24 June – Arrive in Amsterdam 

Photograph courtesy of Sam Allard Photography.

New MSc in International Business and Economic Development

Applications are now open for the MSc in International Business and Economic Development, a new postgraduate taught programme starting in September 2015, delivered jointly by the School of Economics and Kent Business School. The programme is multidisciplinary, bringing together the areas of international business and economic development, and benefits from the expertise and strong research in both Schools.

The programme is particularly suited to students with a degree in Business, Marketing, Management, or other sciences and social sciences subjects, who are looking to acquire economics understanding and skills in order to pursue a career in multinational enterprises, international organisations and consultancy companies.  It also offers opportunities for the development of managers who want to deepen their understanding of the international economic environment, and for those who wish to pursue further academic study at PhD level.

The new MSc in International Business and Economic Development offers students a very valuable training, which combines the study of strategies used by international enterprises with theoretical economic models useful for the applied work done by international development institutions and non-governmental organisations.

Dr Penélope Pacheco-López
Former UN official for UNIDO, consultant to UNCTAD, International Trade Centre, UNDP-Georgia and UNIDO-Mexico


For further information on the MSc in International Business and Economic Development, see our website.

If you have any questions about the programme, please email us at or telephone us on +44 (0)1227 827440.



Kent Student Awards 2015

Three Economics students have been shortlisted for the Kent Student Awards this year, selected from over 200 nominees. The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding extracurricular contribution students make to the Kent student experience.

The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner this Friday, 8 May, and one of the winners from the 13 categories will receive the additional honour of being named ‘Student of the Year’.

The School would like to congratulate all of those students who have been shortlisted and wish them the very best of luck for Friday!

The Economics students are as follows:

Category: Outstanding Student Entrepreneur of the Year
Disha Bansal, a final-year student, for her award-winning and innovative business concept, Assero, which aims to reduce micro-finance fraud in India.

This award recognises an individual or team who have demonstrated passion, vision, drive and real personal growth as a result of running a business while studying at the University.

Category: Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year
Fazal Gulzar, a final-year student, for transforming the fundraising society, Kent RaG, through his strong leadership and passion.

This award recognises students who generously devote their time to fundraising, making a real difference for their societies or organisations in the local community.

Category: Outstanding Contribution to the 50th Anniversary
Campus2Campus runners: a group of students including Anh Tran, an MSc student, for running over 200 miles from Canterbury to Paris and raising over £6,000 for charity in the University’s 50th year.

This award recognises those students who have made an exceptional contribution to celebrating Kent’s 50th anniversary by organising something outstanding either as an individual or as a group.