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The Economics Network has established a network of Key Contacts throughout UK Higher Education Institutions. Every economics department or business school that teaches courses with an element of economics has been invited to nominate a Key Contact. Contacts are people within departments with a keen interest in learning and teaching and often have a responsibility in this area.
Contacts have a vital role in helping share good and innovative practice in learning and teaching across departments. They provide a voice for their department and the subject as a whole, and inform the national strategy for supporting economics education.
The Economics Network Key Contacts' main responsibilities are to:
- Be advocates for the Network within their department, including disseminating Economics Network communications, encouraging staff to contribute to Economics Network publications and to use resources and services.
- Engage with the Economics Network by providing information, ideas and feedback from the department.
- Attend annual Economics Network Contacts meetings, where contacts can network with other colleagues, share ideas and practice, and learn more about the Economics Network.
Details of past Key Contact conferences:
- The 2011 conference was held on Monday 5 September at the London School of Economics and Political Science and included sessions on designing induction programmes and using games and experiments in teaching.
- Resources from the conference include presentations on student induction, classroom experiments and computerised economic experiments.
- The 2010 conference was held on Wednesday 8 September at the University of Bristol and focused on student feedback, the results of Economics Network and NSS student surveys and how to use feedback to change teaching practice.
- The 2009 conference was held in Cardiff and the themes discussed included the 2009 lecturer survey results, improving NSS scores and using web 2.0 technologies in teaching.