Join us as we explore the intersection of economics and education, bringing together the expertise of esteemed invited speakers and our institutions to enhance the way we teach and learn.

The Birmingham Economic Education Seminars (BEES) are a collaboration between Birmingham's three largest universities; Aston University, University of Birmingham, and Birmingham City University. Our seminars aim to provide a diverse and inclusive space for the presentation and discussion of ideas in economics education and aim to provide value to educators both within economics, and in adjacent disciplines which face similar challenges in teaching and learning.

In the interests of promoting inclusion and participation from as wide an audience as possible, we welcome both in-person or remote participation.

BEES has five main priorities:


Explore and promote educational innovation through seminars and presentations, discussions and exchange of insights among educators.


Promote engagement with economics educational and pedagogical research to assist in the development and dissemination of impactful strategies for engaging students actively in economics classrooms.

Diversity and Inclusion

To prioritise diversity and inclusion in economics, to provide an inclusive platform for a diverse range of participants, and to meaningfully embed inclusivity and diversity in all activities.


To provide a platform for the development of economics education and the professional development of economics educational researchers.


To foster a network of dedicated economics educators committed to continuous improvement in teaching and create opportunities for collaborative research across institutions.

Speaker: Alex Squires (Manchester)
Date: Wednesday 1st May 2024
Time: 2:30-5:00 UK time
Location: Aston University, Main Building, B4 7ET
Room: G8

Over the past years there has been a significant increase in the use of eLearning technologies to complement the teaching of Economics in Higher Education. The benefits of these technologies are usually clear: they allow for increased efficiency, especially in large classes, can help with interactivity and engagement, and can allow for more flexibility in delivery. But, in my experience, this technology can also have detrimental impacts on student engagement and students’ sense of community. In this talk, I discuss examples of how and why I’ve used technology to have a positive impact on my teaching, and where I have scaled back my use of technology to improve the student experience.

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BEES Summer Workshop 2024

Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2024
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: University of Birmingham
Room: TBC

Teaching, Learning, and Assessment for 2024 and Beyond: Innovations in Economics Education

The rapid pace of societal and economic change in the 21st century has created an extremely challenging environment in Economics education, where educators are subject to a range of pressures in the delivery of effective programmes of learning. These challenges, many being the product of technological change or new 'norms' in economics, are manifold and require new ways of thinking and doing.

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  • 24th April 2024: Alex Squires (Manchester), Aston University

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Are the seminars remote or in-person?

We offer both in-person and remote participation, simply select your desired option when registering for the event.

Are refreshments provided?

Each event will feature, at a minimum, tea and coffee. Please check each event description for further details.

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