Dr Marianna Koli Joins New College of the Humanities Academic Team

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Academic to lead Economics faculty as course Convenor.

Dr Marianna Koli, Convenor and Senior Lecturer in Economics

New College of the Humanities' vision is one of a stimulating intellectual environment, open to debate and rigorous analysis, and we anticipate a very exciting academic atmosphere.

New College of the Humanities (NCH) has today announced that Dr Marianna Koli has been appointed Convenor & Senior Lecturer for Economics.

Dr Koli joins the Economics teaching staff, including Lecturers Jungyoon Lee and Dr Georgios Zouros, and Visiting Professors Sir Partha Dasgupta and Professor Niall Ferguson, both members of the College’s Professoriate.

Dr Koli joins the College from the University of Birmingham, where she was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics, lecturing in Development Economics, Statistics and Quantitative Methods. Previously, she spent five years as Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Manchester, where she lectured in Statistics for Development Economists at the postgraduate level.

She was educated at the University of Manchester, where she earned a BSc in International Management, an MSc in Economics with Distinction, and a PhD in Development Policy and Management. She has been heavily involved in student support activities throughout her studies and early career. She has also previously worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Mexico City.

Dr Koli’s research interests focus on applied public policy economics. Her PhD thesis looked at Mexican local political competition and its effect on public finance and poverty. More recently, she has collaborated in a research project on crime rates and sentence length in England and Wales. Her current research combines the economics of Development and Crime, mapping the socio-economic and political determinants of crime in Mexico.

Dr Koli comments, “I’m excited to be joining the College, and look forward to welcoming the first cohort of students in September. Our vision is one of a stimulating intellectual environment, open to debate and rigorous analysis, and we anticipate a very exciting academic atmosphere.”

Sir Partha Dasgupta, Professor in Economics, says, “Studying Economics has never been more significant or timely, with the on-going Eurozone crisis and the fallout of the recession seemingly endless. Economics relates to every aspect of our lives, and it is impossible to understand the world in which we live without knowledge of the subject.

“The small class sizes that the College offers students is a big draw to those looking at studying Economics. There is no chance of one voice getting lost among the many at NCH. A degree in Economics is also an excellent basis for a career, and alongside the College’s Professional Programme, our graduates will be extremely well placed to enter the world of work after three years of studying.”

Professor A C Grayling, Master of New College of the Humanities, said: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr Koli to New College of the Humanities. Our students will be challenged throughout their time at NCH to understand the practical application of their studies to the world around them, and Dr Koli’s deep understanding of the impact on society of applied economic policy will provide them with fascinating insights into the subject.”

The London-based College has places available for talented students applying during clearing for entry in 2012. The College is flexible and assesses each individual's potential to excel in the curriculum. Please call 020 7637 4550 to speak to an admissions adviser to find out more about studying at the College or to visit us, or find out more at NCHum.org

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Notes to Editors

New College of the Humanities (NCH) offers a new model of higher education for the humanities in the UK. NCH students will have one of the best staff-student ratios in UK higher education and will benefit from a high number of contact hours as well as engaging and challenging weekly one-to-one tutorials.

The College’s professors are international experts in their fields and full time academic staff members have been selected for their qualifications and passion and proven ability for teaching in addition to their research interests.

NCH will welcome its first intake of students in September 2012 and will prepare students for undergraduate degrees in: Economics BSc, English BA, History BA, Law LLB and Philosophy BA. In addition to their degree, all NCH students will also study towards the NCH Diploma, covering four modules from one of the other degree subjects or Politics as a contextual course, plus core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking and Science Literacy as well as the College’s Professional Programme.

The College is centrally located in Bloomsbury, London’s university district, and students will have access to many of the resources of the University of London: the exceptional library in Senate House, the University of London Union, sports facilities, and many other opportunities to enrich themselves through extra-curricular activity.

NCH will make offers of full Scholarships, or generous Exhibitions worth 60% of the fees, to almost 30% of applicants. Scholarships are means-tested and cover the full cost of tuition over a three year degree. These are awarded on academic merit, and students applying for these places will need excellent academic potential.

Exhibitions are based solely on academic excellence and the potential for a student to excel during their time at NCH. All students applying to NCH are automatically assessed for an Exhibition. Exhibition students pay £7,200 per year, a fee lower than that charged by many UK institutions.

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