The Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics (CHUDE) was set up by the Royal Economic Society (RES) in 1987 in collaboration with the Association of University Teachers of Economics. The Conference comprises the Heads of Economics and related departments and units at universities in the United Kingdom. CHUDE meets twice a year in April and November and a standing Steering Committee (which usually meets two times per year) acts on behalf of the full Conference between the main meetings.

The ultimate purpose of CHUDE is the promotion of research and teaching of Economics, and more generally of the significance and importance of Economics, in the United Kingdom.

• The bi-annual meetings are discussions among Heads about any issues of interest; topics recently covered have related for example to teaching practice, research funding, research assessment, open access publication, gender equality, PhD training, the PhD student conference and job fair.

• CHUDE normally acts as the lead for the RES with regards to providing feedback on official consultations (for example, open access consultation, A-level restructuring, REF panel nominations.)

• The Government Economic Service and the Bank of England have representatives on CHUDE and keep members informed of policy matters, teaching resources available and the needs of public sector economists.

• CHUDE is also a vehicle for widening engagement with Economics among schools, colleges and business, and works in active partnership with the Economics Network.

There are currently almost 100 U.K. institutions with memberships.

CHUDE is happy to accept items of academic interest to be circulated to its members, such as Economics related academic and policy events in the United Kingdom. Please contact the CHUDE Secretary, Professor Daniel Zizzo

Archive of Minutes of the CHUDE full and steering group meetings(2003-present).

CHUDE members can also access current meeting minutes and an archive of other documents and announcements from, having registered for a password.

CHUDE Annual Reports to RES Executive Committee and Council.

CHUDE Contacts


Professor Eric Pentecost
Department of Economics
Loughborough University
Leicestershire LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 222734


Professor Daniel Zizzo
HaSS Faculty Office
5th Floor, Daysh Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU


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