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