This section is for those teaching economics in higher education in Northern Ireland, giving a brief overview of the NI educational system and its organisations, as well as Economics Network resources, which support NI priorities in economics.
The Economics Network has two Key Contacts in NI – Dr Mark Bailey of the University of Ulster and Dr Graham Brownlow of Queen’s University Belfast.
Resources and projects
The Northern Ireland educational system is largely the same as England and Wales (to compare qualifications across the UK and Ireland see the QAA website). The Economics Network has the following resources relevant to the main issues within economics teaching and learning (those in Northern Ireland tend to be very similar to those in the rest of the UK):
- Assessment and feedback
- Student engagement/motivation
- Enhancing learning through technology
- Maths support
- Teaching economics to non-specialists
- the results of a Economics Network project which focused on introducing Problem-Based Learning to first years at the University of Ulster.
- Research-teaching nexus
- Education for Sustainable Development
- Surveys including Student Surveys
The Network has two websites for students: Why Study Economics? for prospective students and Studying Economics which provides support to current students including study skill support, module choices, careers advice etc.
Academy – Northern Ireland
The Higher Education Academy works in support of Northern Ireland higher education institutions through its Subject Centres and through the work of the Senior Advisor for Northern Ireland.
QAA Northern Ireland
The QAA works with the Department for Employment and Learning and the higher education institutions to maintain the quality and academic standards of the higher education sector in Northern Ireland.
NUS-USI (National Union of Students + Union of Students of Ireland)
The two student unions are jointly organised in Northern Ireland to promote student unity across the sectarian divide.