Dr Melania Nica Joins the Economics Faculty at New College of the Humanities

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New College of the Humanities is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Melania Nica as lecturer for the Economics BSc.

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Dr Melania Nica will be working alongside Convenor and Senior Lecturer, Dr Marianna Koli, in conjunction with Lecturers Dr Jungyoon Lee and Dr Georgios Zouros, and Visiting Professors Sir Partha Dasgupta and Niall Ferguson.

Melania will deliver lectures and lead seminars, as well as teach one-to-one and group tutorials. Melania’s research interests include economic theory, contracts and corporate governance.

Melania has notable experience at several top UK universities. She has held a Teaching Fellowship at the London School of Economics (LSE) as well as acting as Teaching Assistant at University College London (UCL) and as Sessional Lecturer at the University of Kent during her PhD studies. She was awarded her PhD in Economics from the LSE in 2014. Her previous studies include an MSc and MRes in Economics at the LSE in 2007 and 2008 respectively, and an MA from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2003.

Melania’s recent PhD work is expected to lead to a number of high-quality publications. She is currently working on three research papers, titled Conforming to Stand Out: A Model of Career Concerns with Biased Experts, Political Correctness as Anti-Herding, and Corporate Governance with Social Ties. Melania also speaks at conferences across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Professor A C Grayling, Master of New College of the Humanities, said: “I am delighted to have Dr Melania Nica joining us at NCH and I am certain that Melania will be a great addition to the Economics faculty as well as to the academic community of NCH as a whole. I am impressed by Melania’s intellectual acumen and her clarity and fluidity of expression. She is a strong addition to the Economics faculty and the contribution of her scholarship and experience will strengthen the Economics provision that New College of the Humanities offers.”

Dr Marianna Koli, Course Convenor for the Economics BSc and Senior Lecturer, said of the appointment: “The Economics faculty is looking forward to welcoming Melania. She brings a wealth of undergraduate level supervision and teaching experience as well as impressive research potential. Her depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject will certainly add to the stimulating academic experience we provide at New College of the Humanities.”

In addition to their 12-module single honours undergraduate degree from the University of London, all NCH students study a further eight modules. These comprise modules from another of the College’s degree subjects or Art History, Classical Studies, or Psychology as a contextual course, and core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy, plus the College’s three-year Professional Programme.

The College’s rolling applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices. Entries for the 2014-5 academic year can still be made.

Visit http://www.NCHum.org for all enquiries and applications.

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For further information, please contact:
Desi Lyon
T: +44 (0)2072911385
E: desi.lyon(at)NCHum(dot)org

Notes to editors:

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

Our professors are international experts in their fields and our full- time academic staff members have been selected for their proven ability in teaching as well as for their research interests.

NCH welcomed its first intake of students in September 2012 and prepares students for undergraduate degrees in:Economics BSc; English BA; History BA; Law LLB, Philosophy BA and Politics & International Relations BSc.

In addition to their 12-module single honours undergraduate degree from the University of London, all NCH students study a further eight modules. These comprise four modules from another degree subject or Art History, Classical Studies, or Psychology as a contextual course, and three core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy, plus the College’s three-year Professional Programme.

The College is centrally located in Bloomsbury, London’s university district and students, as associate members of the University of London, 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.

The College’s rolling applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices. Visit http://www.NCHum.org or call 020 7637 4550 for all enquiries and applications.

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Recent research

In March 2014 NCH commissioned YouthSight, an independent youth research agency, to conduct research into the academic experiences of NCH students. The survey was based on annual research YouthSight conduct for HEPI with c14000 students at public universities in the UK. Using the NCH results and data collected on behalf of HEPI, YouthSight were able to directly compare the academic experience of NCH students with students studying Humanities/Social Sciences at Russell Group universities in 2014. HEPI were informed that this research took place.

The statistics show (percentage in brackets reflects HEPI results for those studying humanities and social sciences at Russell Group universities):

General:
63 per cent of students at New College of the Humanities say that their university experience has exceeded their expectations. (2014: 28 per cent/ 2013: 32%)

Contact time:
New College of the Humanities students experience an average of 13.8 hours of contact time per week. (2014: 9.85/ 2013: 9.93)

Assignments and feedback:

  •     Students at New College of the Humanities complete 13.7 assignments per term (6.44)
  •     84 per cent of feedback at New College of the Humanities is given in person (2014: 36 per cent/ 2013: 40%)
  •     91 per cent of students at New College of the Humanities claim it is easy to schedule time to discuss work, or discuss work on email, outside of scheduled work hours (2014: 69 per cent/ 2013: 76%)
  •     88 per cent of students at New College of the Humanities state they have sufficient access to academic staff outside timetabled sessions in order to discuss aspects of their work (2014: 71 per cent/ 2013: 73%)
  •     88 per cent of students at New College of the Humanities are satisfied with the amount of timetables sessions (2014: 61%/ 2013: 62%)

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