Academic Economists and Departments of Economics

The Society supports academic economists both as researchers and as teachers of economics. Research is supported in a number of ways. These include:

RES Training Schools

The Royal Economic Society has granted funds alongside the ESRC to provide Easter Training Schools for many years. These schools are intended primarily for advanced postgraduate students doing doctoral research but are also open to members of the teaching and research staff. Read more about the RES Easter Schools.

Conference Grant Scheme

The Society's Conference Grant Fund is available to members who are presenting a paper, or acting as a principal discussant at a conference; support of up to £500 is available. Read more about the Conference Grant Scheme.

Special Project Grants Scheme

These grants provide financial assistance on a one-off basis for the support of activities that further the understanding and use of economics. Examples might include seminars, workshops and mini-conferences, events to disseminate research and policy findings, and activities that support teaching and learning in the subject. Read more about the Special Projects Grant Scheme.

Support for Small Academic Expenses

The Society is able to offer financial support to members who require small sums for unexpected expenditures. The type of expenditures which could qualify for support under this scheme include travel expenses in connection with independent research work, the purchase of a piece of software, expenses for a speaker at a conference being organised by the applicant's University or Institute, etc. Read more about the Support for Small Academic Expenses.

Visiting Lecturer Scheme

The RES has decided to reinstate their Visiting Lecturer Scheme. Economics departments in any UK university may suggest the name of a distinguished economist for a visit to their department and apply to the Society for assistance with their travel costs. Such visitors may be from within the UK or from overseas. Read more about the Visiting Lecturer Scheme.

RES PhD Presentation Meeting and Job Market

This annual meeting has grown to be a successful event, well supported by both students and recruiters.The meeting provides an opportunity for UK and European academic and non academic recruiters to interview potential candidates. These interviews are an important focus for the event. There are also opportunities for PhD students to present their work and to attend plenary sessions covering practical advice e.g. 'on getting published'. As well as two days of student presentations and poster sessions, participating institutions have the opportunity to arrange individual appointments with students. Read more about the RES PhD Meeting and Job Market.

Other support and activities

CHUDE, the conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics, was set up by the Royal Economic Society in 1987 in collaboration with the Association of University Teachers of Economics and meets twice a year, with a steering committee acting on behalf of the conference between meetings. The purpose is to promote the study and teaching of economics in the United Kingdom and to represent the views of those University departments as requested. CHUDE also provides resources such as links to Consultation & Survey documents, HEFCE, the Research Excellence Framework and ESRC as well as  Read more on the activities of CHUDE here.

The Royal Economic Society's Women's Committee was established in May 1996 to promote the role of women in the UK economics profession. Members of the committee are drawn from academia, business and the civil service. The role of the committee includes a biennial investigation into the position of women in economics, to seek to improve under-representation of women in economics and to establish networks with particular concern for career entrants. Read more on the Women's Committee here.

The Society also awards a number of Prizes for articles accepted in its journals.

The Society supports teaching and learning of both undergraduate students and postgraduates and PhD students in Economics in higher education. A key element of this is through the Society’s support for the Economics Network, which provides publications, events and other resources to support university teachers of economics, their departments and their students. See also and, for advice, help and information for current and prospective Economics undergraduates.

All of the above support is available to RES Members.  If you are not already a member, read more about the Benefits of joining the RES.

Links to other external resources for academic economists.

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) supports a large network of learning and teaching practitioners involved in economics throughout the UK. They provide funding, events, resources and a large number of opportunities to network with economics learning and teaching practitioners from a variety of institutions and roles. Read more about Economics at the HEA here.

The Bank of England would like to raise awareness of articles from their Quarterly Bulletin as potential teaching resources for undergraduate / Masters-level economics and finance courses. Bulletin articles explore topics relating to the economy and economic policy. They are intended to be as succinct and avoid the use jargon where possible while explaining the underlying economics in a reasonable amount of depth. Further information is available from

Listings of Economic Conferences

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