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 to the University of Birmingham to provide 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 Training 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 with effect from 2011. Economics departments in any UK university may suggest the name of a distinguished economist for a visit to their department. 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

The aim of the event is to provide a service both for UK and European university economics departments who wish to recruit lecturers, and for PhD students seeking academic jobs in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. The event consists of two days of students' presentations and poster sessions. Participating institutions are given the opportunity to arrange individual appointments with participating 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 its journals.

The Society supports teaching and learning of both undergraduate students and postgraduates and PhD students in Ecconomics 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.

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

Benefits of joining the RES

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