Meet the Committee
My name is Cahal Moran and I’m a PhD economics student at Manchester. I’m currently in publicity for PCES, with a focus on social media. I’m in PCES because I became dissatisfied with the narrow and abstract nature of economics education during my undergraduate degree. When I found out about this society in 2013 I was excited to see that so many other students had come to similar conclusions to me. I have been in the society for several years now and think it is significant that every year, new students join up who have similar feelings to us about their degree. I’m happy to be a part of a campaign that is working hard to broaden economics education at Manchester and elsewhere.
My name is Francesca and I am a third year Economics and Politics student. I joined PCES because I was frustrated that the current economics syllabus was not only monopolised by neo-classical economics but lacked different schools of thought, critical thinking, real world application and historical context. Unless these aspects are properly included in the curriculum, economics graduates will continue to become ill-equipped to solve the economic issues that affect us all. Through organising and promoting events as part of my role as events coordinator in PCES, I hope to help inform students about the economics that they miss out on in their formal education. We live in a society that advocates intellectual freedom and diversity of opinion, so why should economics be any different?
Here goes my university identity: Name is Khan, I am reading Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE). I first encounter Economics as an academic subject at the university, let me tell you, I was not satisfied. I felt that it was extremely theoretical, not very applicable to real-Economics (yes, I am on the pragmatic side of things). So, I think that other than the theoretical framework we should be doing Economics that is more reflective on the status quo, we should also approach Economics from a Social Science perspective (not only Mathematical), because it is people–us– who make decisions that will make or break the Economy.
I joined PCES contribute Economics education reform, and to make the understanding of Economics more accessible to everyone!
I am Jack Hughes, and I study Politics, Philosophy and Economics. I came to Manchester wanting to advance, develop and apply my previous studies in economics. I was shocked to find that University was not the place where I could challenge what I had previously learnt and to break out of isolated applications and into real-world considerations. I felt discontent with the teaching almost immediately, and found it to be extremely narrow minded, rigid and uncritical. This experience was not reflected in how politics and philosophy were taught, and so I had to ask myself why economics should be so different. With these considerations, I felt obligated to seek out those who felt in a similar way. I am now honoured to be fighting with PCES and other groups around the world to shake-up the way economics is taught – and I hope you will join us too!
My name is James and I am currently in my second year studying Politics and International Relations. My role entails managing, editing and to a large extent writing the PCES blog, which usually involves keeping it updated with what the society is up to.
I first heard about PCES at my sixth from my economics teacher, who was very enthusiastic about our message and the previous successes of the society. And so on receiving an email invitation to apply for a committee position, I wrote my application. I’ve always been ‘down with the cause’, I suppose I first became engaged on hearing about how economics is taught and thought about: and thinking this to be wrong. It seemed patently obvious to me that it is not a subject just for dry mathematics and theories, and that it should instead be about varied and critical debate on the most just and sensible way to share the fruits of our labour. Through my role as blog editor I hope to look beyond using the blog as a kind of diary and start using it as a platform for useful information and important discussion.
My name is Hannah and I’m currently working towards a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies, with a special interest in the construction of post-conflict economic institutions. I’ve always been fascinated by economics and current affairs and did my undergrad in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford. However, I found the academic examination of Economics to be very dry, mathematical and unconnected to the real world, so I was thrilled when I moved to Manchester last year to find a society set on changing that. I believe that education is the root of every person’s ability to succeed in life but if our syllabuses are out of date then how can we ever expect our graduates to achieve their potential? PCES campaigns not only to improve student’s experiences but to get the wider public involved in talking about economic issues since they affect everyone everyday of their lives. A key part of this is our annual public conference and I am in charge of planning our next one due to take place in March 2017. After two previous years of success with over sixty speakers and hundreds of attendees I have a lot to live up to but with a fantastic team and great dedication I’m excited to make our next conference the best one yet.
Jae Yong Huh
Hi I am Jae, a 2nd year studying BSc Economics. My role as a campaign coordinator is to bring new issues in economics education and to make them publicly “visible”. I first heard about PCES from my academic advisor. As he was aware of my curiosity in different academic approaches in economics, he recommended me to participate in PCES. After I joined the society, the enthusiasm and the insight of my fellow committee members were far greater than I expected. I hope I get positive influences from this beautiful society and contribute further in our campaign department.
My name is Milana. I am a 3rd Year Economics student. My role at the PCES is to record the minutes of the meetings, ensuring that no single idea has gone unnoticed, and every committee member is up-to-date with both their personal and overall goals as a part of the society. I am passionate about making economics more of an approachable discipline, with it becoming part of casual conversations over tea and biscuits, much like politics is. I was fascinated by PCES events, since they managed to challenge my set views of how economics should be taught and provided an excellent platform for discussion, prompting me to get involved.
Campaigns CoordinatorMy name is Anshi Dhiman and I’m the Campaigns Coordinator at PCES. Being halfway through my Economics and Finance degree, I believe that the lack of debate and real-world applications within economics renders graduates under-equipped to deal with the present economic realities. The refusal of our rigid economics education system to address or even recognize these shortcomings encouraged me to campaign for a more applicable and accessible curriculum. My role involves broadening our campaign to involve students who are as dissatisfied with their economics education and calling upon the academia to expand the curriculum to address these concerns.
Hi, I’m the treasurer, Emma. I’m a second-year PPE student. I am responsible for handling expenses and accounting for events. I joined the PCES because of an interest in the alternative methods of economics. I was tired of being taught single theories which were sold as “one-size-fits-all” solution, and having little room to question them in application. I was made aware of Post-crash through its events and blog, which offered me the alternatives and application I wouldn’t get in my course. Post-crash doesn’t just make the course more interesting, throwing events to apply my economic knowledge, but campaigns to make the courses more valuable with greater variety.
Social MediaBorn and bred in Cairo, Egypt, I now study BA Economics at Manchester Uni and Co-Manage Marketing & Social Media for PCES. I decided to join the society because while I came to the UK for an education in Economics, I found that most of what I study is abstract and totally inapplicable in the real world. PCES is giving me a chance to change that.
My name is Octavian and I am a second year undergraduate student reading Economics at the University of Manchester. I joined PCES out of a concern that Economics is taught in a way in which it does not provide students with the necessary tools to properly address the economic issues we face. I was dissatisfied with the fact that Economics was almost always taught in isolation from other disciplines and that we were given virtually no chance to critically evaluate the concepts we were taught. As an events coordinator, I help the society set up and promote various events that try to make Economics more accessible to students and bring up ideas that are not usually present in Economics curricula.
My name is Mihai Codreanu, I am a BA Economics student and the only first-year member of the society. My interest in Economics came with the realisation that the High School syllabus in Romania only offers restrictive, perfect-world mathematical models instead of encouraging creative thinking and a realistic view of the world. Moving to England in search of a better, more engaging learning environment, I noticed many of the issues regarding the way Economics is taught are present here as well. By getting involved in PCES’ Campaigns Team I hope to make more people aware of the necessity of flexibility in thinking and the fact that although almost everything can be seen from a classical economic perspective, nothing should be judged just through it.