The Economics Network

The Economics Network  aims to enhance the quality of learning and teaching throughout the higher education economics community. 

"By providing additional support to lecturers and students alike, [the Economics Network] plays an invaluable role in furthering the university study of economics.” - Sir Charles Bean, RES President and Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.

The Economics Network is supported by the Royal Economic Society, the Scottish Economic Society and 37 UK higher education economics departments. If your department is not yet part of this community please see the EN website for more information about benefits and how to join.

Some of the benefits for EN subscribers:

  • Priority access, booking and prices for all Network events, including free workshops for early careers academics, the Developments in Economics Education conference and thematic one day conferences.
  • Advice, support and consultancy for internal departmental workshops and away days.
  • Liaison with subscribing institutions' central training programmes to negotiate part exemption for individuals' attending the Network's early careers workshops.
  • Opportunities to take part in Network research activities, e.g. our current two-year collaborative research project on students' expectations and behaviour under the new funding regime.
  • Join the EN/RES community in promoting economics as a discipline including: encouraging the study of economics and discussing and critically reviewing economics curricula.
  • Publish content: As an individual, you can: Add a case study to our Ideas Bank; Submit a paper to International Review of Economics Education; Submit an article to the Economic Review
  • Please visit the EN website to find out more about the benefits of subscribing to the Network.
  • Other things the EN can assist with:
  • The Economics Network offers a range of departmental visits and workshops at no charge as well as national and international events.Contact the EN for more details.
  • The EN  conducts regular surveys to research the current state of teaching and learning in Economics Higher Education in the UK including National Surveys of Economics Lecturers. A main objective of this survey is to clarify current practices and issues of concern to Economics lecturers and their students. An executive summary and full report are available on their site.For further information go to the Economics Network website

The Economics Network also hosts sites and provides other resourceswhich support student learning, including:

Take a look here to see more about the EN.

Latest from the EN

Employers Survey 2014-2015.  The fourth survey by the EN aims to improve understanding of the skills and knowledge economics graduates require to be effective in the workplace. This research was conducted with the support of the Government Economic Service and the Society of Business Economists. Read more.


The Economics Network held its 2016 Early Careers workshop at the University of Westminster in April. The workshop was very successful with delegates from twenty different institutions in attendance. Read a report on the event.

The Network will be running its autumn workshops for graduate teaching assistants in September and October. We are in the process of arranging dates and venues and will update our website at these are confirmed. Please let the EN know if your department would be interested in hosting a workshop (

New resources
National Student Survey results for Economics up to 2015
• New case study: Illustrating the econometric analysis of causality via an application to the UK housing market, Steve Cook, Swansea University (published April 2016)
• New case study: Forecasting using exponential smoothing: Developing understanding via replication and contemporary applications, Steve Cook, Swansea University (published April 2016)
• New case study: A Simulator for Teaching Macroeconomics at Undergraduate Level, Aleks Angelov and Aleksander Vasilev, American University in Bulgaria (published February 2016)
• Updated: Guide to blogging in Economics, 2016 version by Martin Poulter
Map of the birthplaces of more than 5000 economists, Martin Poulter - to access, click 'run' and wait a moment, then click a dot to see name and year

Other events in economics education

Ecuator seminar series: Steering Summative, Framing Formative: A Practical Guide into HE Assessment Practices, 17 May, University of East Anglia

CORE workshop: Implementing and Teaching CORE, 25 May, University of Glasgow
The aim of this workshop is to introduce delegates to CORE, including what differentiates it from other first year economics principles modules, and the impact its implementation has on teaching. Presenters will share their experiences of teaching CORE in a number of universities and address both the benefits and difficulties of implementing such a course. Delegates will also be introduced to the additional resources available for teachers, as well as given examples of how the material has been used in the classroom in a variety of settings.

Ecuator seminar series: Celebrating the Economics of Education, 1 June, University of East Anglia

American Economic Association: Conference on Teaching and Research in Economics Education, 1-3 June, JW Marriott Atlanta

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