It’s been another bumper year responding to this new economic landscape, how we adapt to it, its impact on our health, the environment and at the school of economics how we prepare our students for this rapidly changing world. We look back at 2021 in this News RoundUp.
The pandemic didn’t stop us
- The Covid pandemic helped Master’s student Toluwalope Shomoye reassess his life and career. Read his story.
- Tayla-Leigh Dos Santos decided to see her placement year at Kimberly Clark during a global pandemic “as an opportunity”. Read her story.
- Economics student Mercy Adeniji made the final of the Business Start-Up Journey. Read about her personal journey!
Responding to Covid became a large focus of our work
- Which firms and industries have been most affected by Covid-19? Read about the work Dr Anthony Savagar has been leading with the UK Firm Creation Team.
- Yannis Galanakis won the Summer Vacation Research Competition and the 2021 Kent Researchers’ Showcase People’s Choice award! His project examines the economic impact of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme but how effective was Eat Out to Help Out?
- Professor Irma Clots-Figueras took part in an important panel discussion around Covid 19 and its impact on Women. Learn more about the impact.
- The Office for National Statistics estimated that the UK economy grew by 2.1% in March 2021. Head of School, and Director of MaGHiC, Professor Miguel León-Ledesma broke this down for us.
- UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) teamed up with the University of Kent to present funded COVID-19-related research to local MP Sir Roger Gale. Find out more.
We launched new degrees and incentives
- We launched an exciting new dimension to our Development Economics MSc: enabling students to take advantage of research expertise on economic development in South Asia and the two-way exchange of students. Find out more about the opportunity and the launch.
- The School of Economics developed an exciting new undergraduate programme in Economics with Data Science, one of the first of its kind in the UK. Learn more about the programme.
- Our new Outreach programme, Everyday Economics was designed by students to teach everyday finances to 16-18-year-olds. Find out more.
- A month of bitesize talks from the Schools of Anthropology and Conservation, Economics, Politics and International Relations, and Psychology about the study of humans and the systems we use to live on the planet we inhabit. Watch the series here.
Our work naturally centred on health and wellbeing
- As the furlough scheme came to an end in the UK and as other countries gradually reduce their Covid 19 support, Dr Olena Nizalova and Edward C.Norton’s research on involuntary job loss in Ukraine has some concerning findings. Find out here.
- The Economics Society hosted its third Annual Summit – the biggest and most impactful yet, which saw a collaboration for the first time with economics departments in universities across the UK. Find out more.
- Dr Adelina Gschwandtner collaborated with Sarah Jewell and Uma Kambhampati on a study examining the impact of two measures of lifestyle – the consumption of fruit and vegetables and taking exercise – on happiness. What were the findings?
- Professor Davidova from the Centre for European Agri-environmental Policy contemplated the future of farming. Hear her here.