Easter School Invitation to Tender
11 Nov 2019
The RES invites proposals from institutions who wish to host the Royal Economics Society’s Easter Training School for 2021-2023 with the possibility for a further extension for three years. The document sets out the expected division of labour between the RES and the host institution, the RES’ decision making process, and the timeline in which it expects to appoint a host institution.
2. About the RES Easter School
The Royal Economic Society Easter Training School has been providing advanced training to early career economists for more than 30 years.
Founded in 1988, and running annually from 1992, the Easter School invites one or two leading scholars from the UK or further afield to lecture on frontier economics research in current and policy-relevant fields (see below for a list of recent speakers and their topics).
The target audience for the School is a mix of advanced Ph.D. Economics students from across the UK HE sector along with non-academic professional economists often in transition from entry-level to management. This latter group is drawn mainly (although not exclusively) from the public sector, for instance, from the Bank of England and the Government Economic Service; in recent years several participants have attended from institutions such as the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
The School is a three-day residential course, taking place during the Easter period (typically Monday to Wednesday not intersecting with the RES Conference). The format of the course varies from year to year to suit the subject matter, but a typical structure would be lectures in the mornings, sometimes with more than one lecturer providing different perspectives on one topic, followed by delegate presentations, smaller group discussions and Q&A sessions.
A characteristic feature of the School is its size: typically with around 35 attendees in total, consisting of 25 academic and up to 10 non-academic participants. This allows for an intimate and relaxed atmosphere in which the delegates have many opportunities to interact both with their peers and with the lecturer(s). The presence of professional economists from outside of academia is also an intended and important feature, giving early-career economists an opportunity to network and interact with economists working on similar problems but perhaps in very different environments.
The hope is to build productive partnerships between academia and beyond in the next generation of policy makers. The School receives glowing feedback from its participants, and not only the delegates: several speakers have returned to lecture at the School more than once. It has become an important and distinctive feature in the UK economics calendar.
Participants from academic departments do not pay a fee for attendance, but those from outside academia each pay £1000 (to include accommodation and meals). Participant recruitment has operated through CHUDE (the Heads of Economics Departments in the UK) and non-academic bodies, especially the Bank of England and the Government Economic Service. The School benefits from the long-term financial support of the ESRC: the current funding agreement with the ESRC/UKRI extends until 2023.
Currently the School is funded jointly by the RES and the ESRC. In addition the (targeted 10) non-academic participants provide a source of income. The RES will continue to work in partnership with key organisations to support the Easter School both monetarily as well as in kind (e.g. University department facilities).
The Royal Economic Society now seeks proposals from institutions wishing to host the Easter School from 2021 to 2023 with the possibility to renew from 2024 to 2026.
2.1 Responsibilities of RES The Society:
• Liaises with ESRC, GES, Bank of England and other stakeholders as appropriate on all matters relating to the Easter School;
• Leads on advertising the Easter School, liaising with the Easter School Director as appropriate;
• Is responsible for the applications process and informs applicants whether they are successful or not;
• Provides general administrative support to the Easter School Director, excluding those relating to local organisation logistics;
• Liaises with Easter School lecturer(s) in relation to their travel plans;
• Is responsible for Easter School finances, including invoicing and payments, with oversight of local costs;
• Provides on-site support at the Easter School;
• Ensures the RES website is updated with information relating to the Easter School, before and after it is held;
• Maintains historical records relating to the Easter School.
2.2 Responsibilities of the Easter School Director and host institution
• Host institution appoints the Easter School Director, subject to the approval of the RES, and provides him/her with appropriate administrative support;
• Director proposes Easter School topic and lecturer(s), approximately 12 months in advance;
• After agreement by stakeholders (including ESRC/ UKRI and RES Education & Training Committee chair) on lecturer(s) and topic area, invites lecturer(s), responds to their initial queries and maintains contact with them on academic and local organisation matters;
• Informs RES office when lecturer(s) has/have agreed to present the Easter School;
• Liaises with the RES office in relation to advertising of the Easter School; • In conjunction with lecturer(s), reviews all applications to participate in the Easter School and selects successful participants, bearing in mind the balance between participants from academic and policy-making institutions and other aspects of diversity;
• Provides regular reports to the RES office in relation to on-going arrangements, including number of applicants and proposed balance of academic/non-academic participants;
• Is responsible for local arrangements for the Easter School, including accommodation and meals;
• Provides Director’s report after each Easter School.
Institutions are invited to provide a proposal addressing each of the points in section 2.2. The Easter School Director is expected to be a professor at the host institution and the proposed Director should be named in the proposal.
With diversity at the heart of the RES’ strategy institutions are asked to specifically comment on how they will promote the Easter School to ensure attendance of suitably qualified delegates from a diverse range of academic and non-academic organisations. Placing an emphasis on improving the balance of groups represented within the discipline, institutions should describe in their proposal how they will encourage diverse representation and help to close the gender gap.
The proposal should also address the proposed local arrangements, including facilities for holding the sessions and the options for overnight accommodation, the latter of which need not necessarily be on campus. The Society welcomes joint proposals from two or more institutions. Where joint proposals are submitted, institutions should provide a central point of contact.
4. Submitting your proposal
Proposals should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 24th January 2020. Any questions should be directed to the RES Head of Operations Marie-Luiza de Menezes or Chief Executive Leighton Chipperfield.
5. Process for decision-making
Proposals will be considered by a small working group including the RES Secretary-General, and Head of Operations. It is expected that a decision will be made by mid February 2020, and that all bidding institutions will be notified shortly afterwards.
The Royal Economic Society office will work with the successful institution(s) to develop a formal agreement confirming the arrangements going forward.