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Exam support and wellbeing

MSc Academic Support in the Department of Economics

The Department is investing substantial resource into providing the highest standards of Academic Support for our MSc students.

This support comes in a variety of ways, aimed at targeting different aspects of your academic studies, including support with module content, preparation for assessments and drop in opportunities.

The academic support available is listed below. Further details can be found by following the relevant links.

Maths Drop in Sessions

You can drop in to these weekly sessions and ask questions or get help on any aspect of maths within your modules. They are run by our Teaching Fellow, Nicholas Jackson and are held at the following times each week.

Mondays 11-12pm Social Sciences Building - S2.133
Thursdays 10-11am Social Sciences Building - S2.133

STATA Helpdesk

The STATA helpdesk will be open from 30 January 2019 to 13 March 2019 to help with any STATA issues or queries you may have. It will be run by Associate Tutor, Gian Spisso, every Wednesday 16.00-17.00 in room S2.73.

Advice and Feedback Hours

Every member of academic staff, including class tutors, has at least two Advice and Feedback hours each week of term. During this time, the member of staff will be available in their office and you can meet them to discuss any aspect of your academic studies, as well as other things, e.g. personal tutoring, references.

You can find the times of the Advice and Feedback Hours of any member of staff on the ‘People’ page of the website and on the member of staff’s door.

Academic & Pastoral Support Drop in Sessions

Your Wellbeing is important to us whether you’re experiencing difficulty with academic or personal issues. Every weekday, there is 1 hour where a member of the Academic and Pastoral Care team will be available to see students, so please do drop in to see us at the scheduled times. Further details including timing and the members of staff can be found here.

Coffee and Cake Meetings

This is an opportunity for all MSc students to join Jeremy Smith (Head of Department), Jennifer Smith (Director of Postgraduate Studies) or Alex Karalis Isaac (Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies) to raise any topic, or discuss any issue of importance to you. This is also an opportunity to pass on to us your ideas on how we can make your experience of studying in the department even better, but also for us to get feedback on initiatives we are currently working on to improve the quality of the education experience of our student body. The meetings will be informal in style and limited to 8 students per meeting. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis via Tabula.

Library Support

Our Economics Librarian, Helen Riley, is available for library drop-ins on Tuesday mornings, 10:00am-12:00pm in room S0.95. The room is near the Undergraduate Office on the ground floor. There is no need to make a booking for this, but if you would like to arrange an appointment in the Library at any other time, please contact Helen.

Helen can be contacted via email or telephone, 9:00 am — 5:30pm Monday to Thursday, and 9:00am — 4:30pm on Fridays.

Tel: 024 7657 2712

The general Library email address ( may also be used, and your enquiry will be dealt with by Academic Support colleagues, or passed on to the specialist.

MSc Dissertations

For students taking EC959, MSc Dissertations, we run four Helpdesks over the summer term and vacation where you can speak to a member of staff and gain support and advice about technical and software aspects of your dissertation. The Helpdesks will cover Econometrics, Time series, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. Details of the tutors and the times will be published on the EC959 Moodle page.