The Economics Network

Improving economics teaching and learning for over 20 years

Role Description: EN Executive Group member


The Executive Group is the decision-making body of the Economics Network. It usually devolves decisions to the six dedicated working groups – training; publications; conferences and symposia; data analysis and research projects; website and communications; and appointments – but collectively retains ultimate responsibility for determining the strategic direction of the Network.

Experience and eligibility

Members of the Executive Group are experienced individuals within the higher education economics community with detailed knowledge of the work of the Economics Network. They will come from across the UK higher education sector and typically have been involved with the activities of the Network for a significant period of time.

Applicants to join the Executive Group should demonstrate their commitment and impact in economics teaching and learning. Applications will be assessed against experience and success in the areas listed below. The examples given under each area below are not exhaustive.

  • EN1: Management and leadership in the discipline, this could include course leader for economics or related programmes, teaching and learning coordinator/leader for the department, quality assurance responsibility for the department

  • EN2: Pedagogic innovation, such as the incorporation of teaching practices that promote active learning, the implementation of appropriate learning technologies, developing on-line methods of learning that promote student engagement, implementing innovative methods of assessment

  • EN3: Curriculum development, this could include leading on approval/reapproval/accreditation of economics programmes at departmental, faculty, university and/or QAA levels

  • EN4: Sharing good practice, for example running internal or national training workshops, or writing case studies for the Economics Network or other websites

  • EN5: Mentoring other staff, for example departmental responsibility for mentoring new/early career members of staff, providing guidance/assistance for staff applying for Advance HE Fellowship

  • EN6: Publication(s) in economics pedagogy, such as paper(s) in the International Review of Economics Education or Journal of Economics Education and conference presentations

  • EN7: Other indicators of prestige, for example National Teaching Fellowship, Senior/Principal Teaching Fellow of Advance HE, national or university awards


Members of the Executive Group will work closely with the Directors to decide the strategic direction of the Network and will be expected to make a significant leadership contribution across each year. The work of the Executive Group will vary according to the needs and activities of the Network but would typically include taking responsibility for key aspects of its delivery such as:

  • Coordinating and mentoring Associates through leadership of one of the six working groups

  • Recruitment and shortlisting of new Associates, Executive Group members and Economics Network staff

  • Analysis of sector-wide student survey and intake data

  • Building and maintaining relationships with employers and undertaking research on student employability

  • Resource development for GTA and Early Careers training programmes

  • Endorsement and accreditation of training programmes (for example with the Royal and Scottish Economic Societies)

  • Planning and development of new training opportunities, such as CPD workshops for more senior staff

  • Conference planning and programme support (for example conference themes and shortlisting submissions)

  • Development of online resources for teaching staff, including the Handbook and ideas bank

Members of the Executive Group will also be expected to attend regular meetings (at least biannual).

Term of office and renewal

The normal term of office for members of the Executive Group is 3 years (with a review after the first year). After this time, renewal of a position for one subsequent three-year term is by mutual agreement with the Network and dependent on continuing contributions as laid out in the ‘responsibilities’ section above.

Application process

Applicants should seek agreement from their Heads of Department to take on the role. Successful applicants should ideally have an allocation of 12 days per year for working with the Network.

The deadline for the latest round of applications was 5pm on Wednesday 9 February 2022. Applications are not being accepted currently.

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