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EconomicsPart of Economic, Social and Political Science

Environment

Our PhD students are seen as a very important part of our research environment and the proximity of their spaces with academic staff offices help foster a lively atmosphere. We have a very international Department and a highly collegial atmosphere. There is a series of events that brings together faculty and students (such as an annual PhD workshop) where interactions are encouraged. PhD students are also encouraged to organise their own initiatives, such as internal workshops and presentations.

Communication of PhD students with faculty is further enhanced by the fact that almost all our PhD students are given the opportunity to work as Teaching Assistants for one or more courses. This may take the form of delivering class tutorials to undergraduates, problem set marking or delivering surgery sessions.  Some exceptional students may even formally assist with research activities of the Faculty, for example programming or data analysis. Such Research Assistantships are also paid positions that selected students could opt for.

Teaching Assistance arrangements are managed by the Economics  Director of Programmes, who sends a list of teaching opportunities to all PhD students in advance of each Semester. Students interested in TA opportunities are required to attend a series of training sessions organised by the University.

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