Monday, 23 March 2015

Bank of England and Effective Procrastination

Hello there,

Last Tuesday, I represented the Greenwich Pluralism in Economics Society at the Bank of England at an event entitled ‘Revisiting the State of Economics Education’. It was a full-day conference hosted by the Economics Network at the University of Bristol (http://www.economicsnetwork.ac.uk/) and it was great to see active involvement in debate about how economics education could improve. For more information on this, check out Rethinking Economics: http://www.rethinkeconomics.org/


Meanwhile, things are heating up for University of Greenwich Economics students right now! Deadlines for more than half of our coursework are at the beginning of April. One of the 3 assignments due is a 5500-word ‘Patchwork’ coursework project that is made up of many sections, covering Macroeconomics and Microeconomics.

At this point in the year, it is important that spare time is used effectively and any procrastination is undertaken in an efficient and productive manner!

On Tuesday I will be participating in a cooking competition called ‘Broke Masterchef’. It is a student-organised event similar to the TV show (which I don’t watch) but all teams will have to scramble over a table of ingredients that you would typically find leftover in a student fridge! We will then get half an hour to produce the best dish we can, and there will be two prizes; one for the tastiest dish, and one for the most creative. Here is a link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Broke-MasterChef/872688126105597

I still practice regularly in two bands. With one of them, we are getting songs together to release an EP. The other one is a 3-piece instrumental band playing anything we think sounds good, ranging from jazz, to trip-hop, post-rock and chillout (so pretty open-minded). We are actually looking for a singer at the moment, so if you’ve got some nice vocal chords, drop us a line: saloonjazzmusic@gmail.com


Liam



Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Looking Forward

Hello!

So, the 1-month intense ‘Internationalisation, Trade and Markets’ choice course has come to a close since my last post. I would highly recommend choosing it, mainly because the tutor was very helpful and taught in a way that was critical and constructive, whilst being supportive and inclusive. This has got me starting to think about my choices for next year.

Here are the courses that are compulsory for my third year:

  • Project (Economics & International Business)
  • Applied Econometrics


And here are the courses that I can choose 2 of:

  • Economics of Finance & Investment
  • Economics of International Development and Finance
  • Managerial Economics
  • Monetary Economics
  • Global Macroeconomics
  • Labour Economics, Policy and Regulation


These courses will be the same for anyone currently studying BSc Economics, but some are different for students starting it in September 2015.

From my experience in ‘Internationalisation, Trade and Markets,’ I have come to realise how essential the tutor is to engaging students in the content, and ultimately their success in that course. Therefore, I will not only be looking at whether the course content immediately jumps out at me, but also many other things such as the main lecturer and tutor, and balancing workload throughout the year in coursework and exams.
Meanwhile, things have been productive with the Greenwich Pluralism in Economics Society. We had our launching event last week, entitled ‘What is Pluralism?’ which had a fantastic turnout, and I hope that we gave people a general idea of what the movement towards pluralism is about. It was my first time hosting an event of that sort, and it was a thoroughly educating experience for me. We were riding a delicate balance between giving people enough information to be able to understand what pluralism is and its aspects, whilst keeping the event accessible for everyone, no matter what their background or topic of study.

We have another event coming up on Tuesday 17th March, which everyone is welcome to! Find out more info at: www.facebook.com/groups/greenwichpluralism or join our society for free at http://www.suug.co.uk/societies/GreenwichPluralism/ to receive updates about upcoming events and become part of the movement!

Liam