In January 2018 the Society of Professional Economists launched a Professional Development programme
The demand for applying the knowledge and skills of economists to the practical challenges facing our society has never been greater. As the breadth and depth of the discipline of Economics has expanded, however, it has become increasingly difficult for professional economists to stay abreast of the latest and most cutting-edge developments of economic theory and practice.
Accordingly, your Council believes that the Society of Professional Economists can offer a valuable service to its members by providing, in addition to the regular monthly speaker meetings and the highly successful Master Class programme, an insightful and well-structured Continuous Professional Development programme.
Such an initiative is designed to benefit all members – and not just those in the early stages of their careers – by enabling them to refresh and augment their knowledge and skills as economic practitioners.
The courses comprising the Continuous Professional Development programme will consist of high-quality updates on areas of Economics judged as likely to be of most interest to members and will be designed to be of practical use rather than merely academic. Furthermore, it is planned to build the programme to support a professional competency certificate which will be recognised by employers of economists.
The Continuous Professional Development programme
Our Continuous Professional Development is run by Andy Ross, a committed Society member and highly-experienced economic practitioner who was Head of Professional Development for the Government Economic Service and is now our own Head of Professional Development.
All courses are monitored to ensure they achieve at least ninety per cent ‘good or very good’ from participants’ feedback. Tutors either have well-established reputations for excellence of teaching or have been tested for quality in pilot sessions.
SPE Course: Macro without Maths: A refresher and update course for those whose macro is rusty.
Tutored by Visiting Professor Andy Ross FAcSS
2 Day Course Course Dates - 15th July 2019 (10am-5pm) & 16th July 2019 (9am-4pm).
Course Price: £350.00 Location: Westminster University, London
Booking via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit website www.specourses.co.uk
Programme: This course uses graphical techniques and clear explanations. There is virtually no mathematics, and any maths used is optional and very simple. Detailed notes and slides are provided. The course provides a concise overview of macroeconomics and major macro events since the Great Depression to today.
It explains and applies the basic ‘workhorse’ macro frameworks: Neo-classical aggregate economics and Keynesian ‘hydraulic’ models, the IS/LM model and neo-classical synthesis, endogenous money through to the ‘New consensus’ and New-Keynesian 3-equation model, ending with an intuitive introduction to DSGE models. It provides a platform for more formalised treatments, such as intermediate texts by Carlin and Soskice, and for extension to open economies.
The Masterclass in Business Economics programme
Our highly successful Masterclass in Business Economics programme was first launched in April 2008 and has been delivered on a regular basis ever since.
Intended to supplement our early evening, monthly speaker meetings, the Masterclass sessions are held at lunchtime and generally last 1 ½ hours. Each session affords members the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills by hearing a distinguished expert address a specific subject likely to be of interest to business economists with a particular emphasis upon bringing everybody up-to-date with the latest developments in the field.
The diverse range of subjects covered in recent years has included macro-economic and financial modelling, scenario planning, behavioural economics and finance, transport economics, competition policy, climate change and economic lessons of the 1930s.
Each session concludes with Q&A and members are also encouraged to give feedback and suggestions for future topics and speakers.
These sessions also provide the opportunity to meet other SBE members and professional accreditation is given for attendance if required.