- John Barrdear - http://john.barrdear.com -

Teaching, teaching

It’s the new academic year.  I’m once again teaching (not lecturing!), this time in EC400 [1], the pre-sessional September maths course for incoming post-graduate students, and EC413 [2], the M.Sc. macro course.

I’m also a new (Teaching) Fellow in the school, which means that a) I’m now a formal academic advisor (my advisees are yet to be determined); and b) I’m technically part of the academic staff at LSE (even though I’m only part-way through my Ph.D.).  That last point gets me access to the Senior Common Room (where the profs have lunch) and into USS [3], the pension scheme for academics at most UK universities.

Here’s what’s amazing about USS:  It’s a final salary scheme!  I’m honestly amazed that there are any defined-benefit schemes still open to new members.  Well, there you go.  I’m in one now.