Monthly Archives: November 2015

‘The Tax Dodgers’ claim victory!

The School held its second annual pub quiz on 26 November in Origins. The event was a great success and saw some 20 teams entering; a mix of both staff and students, with some highly inventive names such as ‘Kent Stop Quizzing’, ‘The Hedge Fund Ninjas’, ‘The Keynesianators’, ‘Quizzee Rascals’ and ‘The Archbishop of Banterbury’.

Dr Bill Collier did a great job as MC and questionmaster for the evening, using his invigilation skills to look out for cheating, his examiner skills during the peer-marking and, of course, his maths in the totalling of the scores!

Our congratulations go to this year’s winners (in reverse order):

3rd … ‘Our Drinking Team has a Trivia Problem’
2nd … ‘The Archbishop of Banterbury’
1st … ‘The Tax Dodgers’!!

‘The Tax Dodgers’ were presented with the first prize of £100 worth of vouchers, School of Economics hoodies and a bottle of champagne. Thanks to everyone who took part and made it such a great night – you can take a look at the photos on our Facebook page.

CEAS PhD microeconomics workshop

The Centre for European Agri-Environmental Economics (CEAS) is to hold a PhD workshop on microeconomics on Thursday 26 November 2015, chaired by Ulrike Hotopp, Chief Economist at Defra.

The workshop is designed for PhD students with an interest in agri-environmental topics, however any Economics staff and PhD students are welcome to attend. The workshop will give the opportunity for PhD students at the earlier stages of their research to present and discuss preliminary results, and also for more advanced students to present chapters of their PhD and receive advice on how they can best publish their work. There will be six presentations, each lasting for 20-25 minutes followed by 5-10 minutes discussion at the end.

The seminar will be held at the University of Kent, Cornwallis North West seminar room 7 (CNWsr7).  For further information, see the CEAS website.


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School achieves 96% student satisfaction in PTES

Economics at Kent has achieved a 96% student satisfaction rate in the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), placing us in the top quarter of the UK Higher Education sector. PTES is a Higher Education Academy initiative and is carried out among 99 institutions across the HE sector.

We achieved excellent satisfaction scores in a number of key categories, which also position us in the top quarter:

  • Quality of teaching and learning (93%)
  • Resources and services (94%)
  • Organisation and management (93%)
  • Assessment and Feedback (89%)
  • Dissertation (83%)

This result, coupled with our strong performance in the national league tables, underlines the strength of Economics at Kent and quality of teaching our postgraduate students receive.

In the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2015 (PRES), the School also scored highly with 89% of respondents expressing satisfaction in the quality of our supervision, and 81% stating that their overall experience either met or exceeded their expectations.

If you are interested in postgraduate study at Kent, take a look at all of our postgraduate programmes here.

Professor Jagjit Chadha to give Jubilee Lecture

Insights from Economist Professor Jagjit Chadha: The School’s Professor Chadha will be giving the Jubilee Lecture this evening at the Staple Inn Actuarial Society, Staple Inn Hall, London, 5.30 for 6.00pm.

In addition to his position as Professor and Chair in Money and Banking at Kent, Jagjit is an adviser to the Treasury Select Committee, Bank of England and other policy making institutions. His research interests lie in macroeconomics with a focus on monetary issues.

There will be live tweeting available via #SIASNov15 during the talk, so you can get involved with any comments and questions.