Dr Dragana Radicic - Programme Leader
Dr Dragana Radicic is a senior lecturer in economics, FHEA at Lincoln International Business School. She joined the University in March 2017. She was awarded her PhD at Staffordshire University in 2014 with a thesis entitled 'The effectiveness of R&D and innovation policy on promoting innovation in European SMEs: An empirical investigation of additionality effects', which evaluated the effects of R&D and innovation policy on SMEs. Dragana's area of research is economics of innovation, in particular, policy evaluation, open innovation, innovation in services, R&D cooperation and exports, and innovation. She has published extensively on these topics, but also on topics of entrepreneurship, education, and finance.School Staff List
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Letter from Head of Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics
We are delighted you are interested in joining us at the University of Lincoln and I am writing to let you know about our planning for the new academic year. You currently have an offer of a place at the University and we want to keep you updated so you can start preparing for your future, should you be successful in meeting any outstanding conditions of your offer.
We fully intend your experience with us at Lincoln to be engaging, supportive and academically challenging. We are determined to provide our students with a safe and exciting campus experience, ensuring you benefit from the best that both face-to-face and online teaching offer. We have kept our focus on friendliness and community spirit at Lincoln and we look forward to your participation in that community.
As you know, the UK Government has published its roadmap for the easing of Covid lockdown restrictions in England. There are still some uncertainties for universities around possible restrictions for the next academic year, particularly in relation to social distancing in large-group teaching. We are planning in line with government guidance for both face-to-face and online teaching to ensure you have a good campus experience and can complete all the requirements for your programme. We are fully prepared to adapt and flex our plans if changes in government regulations make this necessary during the year.
Face-to-face teaching and interaction with tutors and course mates are key to students’ learning and the broader student experience. Face-to-face sessions will be prioritised where it is most valuable, particularly for seminars, tutorials, workshops, practicals and lab sessions. Students tell us that there are real benefits to some elements of online learning within a blended approach, such as revisiting recorded materials and developing new digital skills and confidence. At Lincoln we aim to take forward the best aspects of both.
This letter sets out in detail various aspects of the planned experience at Lincoln for your chosen subject area, and we hope the information is helpful as you plan for your future.
Within Lincoln International Business School (LIBS) we are planning to maximise face-to-face teaching for your seminars and for any module where numbers are small enough to run workshops and some lecture content safely. We also know that students have really valued being able to access our lectures remotely (you can learn anywhere) but still engage in a live taught session, asking your lecturer questions in real time (you also don’t need to feel nervous asking a question out loud as you might in a large lecture theatre). These online sessions will also be recorded for you to replay or view later if you miss them. We will continue to record attendance for both face-to-face and online events.
For our face-to-face events, you are likely to engage in group discussions, you might undertake exercises, practical demonstrations and give presentations from work you have prepared in advance for classes. These sessions are also flexible for you to ask questions of fellow students and your lecturers to help your learning. They are also a great way to make friends and maintain relationships with fellow students on your programme. We will continue to monitor the situation regarding Covid and take feedback from yourselves as students, always following government advice and direction, so our plans could see an increase in the face-to-face events we hold. We will, however, continue with some more blended and flexible provision so we maximise the number of students who can access as many of our learning events anywhere and as often as possible.
The teaching week will usually include both lectures and seminars, except for the first and final weeks when you will usually have lectures only in the first week and seminars only in the final week. Each module will have 3 hours of contact time allocated to it (you will usually have 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of seminar/workshop), and you will study 4 modules in each semester.
You will experience a range of assessment methods including coursework, examinations and presentations, some of which may be online. This will vary between modules. In the first year, everyone will have some sessions in a computer lab. Should we need to go online we will be supporting your learning of SPSS (all students), STATA (mainly economics and banking students), and other digital packages for quantitative methods from a distance using a site and remote licence. It is therefore advisable for STATA users that you have a computer that can run Windows 10, or OS 10.11 (or newer).
For those of you on a programme from which you may achieve exemptions from the professional accountancy bodies, be assured that we are working closely with the individual professional bodies to ensure that accreditation is not impacted.
We would also note two other aspects of your studies that are particularly important. First, you will have a Personal Tutor – a member of academic staff who is your designated ‘go to’ person for advice and support, both pastoral and academic. You will see your Personal Tutor online, and they will be available for any one-to-one meetings you would like. Second, independent learning continues to be an essential aspect of university learning, and guided reading and other independent engagement is key to performing well in your studies. We also encourage you to take part in extra-curricular activities like becoming a student rep or joining the Lincoln Student Managed Investment Fund. The Fund is a real fund using real investments which is run by the students and is a marvellous opportunity to get live work experience without having to take a year out of your studies.
Should we need to make changes to your programme throughout the year in relation to the pandemic, you will be advised of this through formal announcements from the University or through the LIBS Community portal. Specific information relating to your module will usually be available through individual Blackboard module sites.
We are very proud of our beautiful and vibrant campuses at the University of Lincoln and we have used our extensive indoor and outdoor spaces to provide students with access to study and social areas as well as learning resources and facilities, adapting them where necessary in line with government guidance. All the mitigations and safety measures you would expect are in place on our campuses (at Lincoln, Riseholme and Holbeach), such as hand sanitisers, one-way systems, and other social distancing measures where these are required.
The University’s Student Wellbeing Centre and Student Support Centre are fully open for face-to-face and online support. Should you, as one of our applicants, have any questions about coming to Lincoln in October or any other concerns, these specialist teams are here for you. You can contact Student Wellbeing and the Student Support Centre by visiting https://studentservices.lincoln.ac.uk where service details and contact information are available, or if you are in Lincoln you can make an appointment to meet a member of the team.
To enable you to make the most out of your experience in Lincoln and to help you access course materials and other services, we recommend that you have a desktop, laptop or tablet device available during your studies. This will enable you to engage easily with our online learning platforms from your student accommodation or from home. Students can use IT equipment on campus in the Library, our learning lounges, and specialist academic areas; however, there may not always be a space free when you have a timetabled session or an assessment to complete which is why we recommend you have your own device too, if possible. If you are struggling to access IT equipment or reliable internet services, please contact ICT for technical support and Student Support who can assist you with further advice and information.
We are committed to providing you with the best possible start to university life and to helping you to prepare for your time with us. As part of this commitment, you can access our Student Life pre-arrival online support package. This collection of digital resources, advice and helpful tips created by current students is designed to help you prepare for the all-important first steps into higher education, enabling you to learn within a supportive community and to make the most of the new opportunities that the University of Lincoln provides. When you are ready, you can begin by going to studentlife.lincoln.ac.uk/starting.
Your Students’ Union is here to make sure that you get the most from every aspect of your student experience. They will be providing a huge range of in-person and virtual events and opportunities - you are sure to find something perfect for you! Meet people and find a new hobby by joining one of their 150 sports teams and societies. Grab lunch between teaching or a drink with friends in The Swan, Towers or The Barge. Learn new skills and boost your CV by taking part in training courses and volunteering opportunities in your spare time. Grab a bike from the Cycle Hire and explore the city you will be calling home.
To start off the new academic year, your Students’ Union will be bringing you The Official Lincoln Freshers Week 2021, with a huge line-up of social events, club nights, fayres and activities for you enjoy (restrictions permitting). Keep an eye on www.facebook.com/lincolnfreshers21 for line-up and ticket updates, so you don’t miss out.
Most importantly, your Students’ Union will always be there for you when you need it most; making sure that your voice as a student is always heard. The SU Advice Centre can provide independent advice and support on housing, finance, welfare and academic issues. As well as this, your Course Representatives are always on hand to make sure that you are getting the best from your academic experience. To find out more about the Students’ Union’s events, opportunities, support and how to get in contact go to: www.lincolnsu.com.
Many applicants will choose to live in dedicated student accommodation on, or close to, campus and you may well have already booked your student residence for the upcoming year. All University-managed student accommodation will have our Residential Wardens in place. Residential Wardens are here to help you settle into your new accommodation and will be offering flatmate and residential support activities throughout the year. If you have booked University accommodation, you will have already heard from us with further details on where you will be living to help you prepare. If you have not yet booked your accommodation, we still have plenty of options available. In the meantime, lots of advice and information can be found on the accommodation pages of our website.
The information detailed in this letter will form part of your agreement with the University of Lincoln. If we do not hear from you to the contrary prior to enrolment, we will assume that you acknowledge and accept the information contained in this letter. Adaptations to how we work may have to be made in line with any future changes in government guidance, and we will communicate these with you as necessary. Please do review the University’s Admissions Terms and Conditions (in particular sections 8 and 9) and Student Complaints Procedure so you understand your rights and the agreement between the University and its students.
We very much hope this information is useful to help you plan for the next step in your academic journey, and we look forward to welcoming you here at Lincoln this Autumn. This is the start of a new phase and will be an exciting time for all of us. If you have any questions, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head of Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
Students have the opportunity to take a year-long work placement after the second year. A work placement can allow students to gain experience and apply their learning in practice. Please note that students who choose to undertake a work placement do not pay tuition fees for that year, but are required to cover their travel, accommodation and general living costs.
There are also opportunities for relevant work experience and career development as part of the degree course itself, as well as through various other Lincoln Business School and University schemes. For more information, please visit LIBS work placement pages.
Lincoln International Business School offers the Student Managed Investment Fund (LSMIF), which is an investment fund created, operated, and maintained by students within the school, with everything running within the real-world environment of finance.
Students will be managing real money with the with objective of positive returns whilst managing risk. Industry veteran and long-time lecturer Hao Quach will help support the students throughout, with many years of experience in all aspects of investment banking and 20 years teaching in multiple countries, Hao will use his experience to ensure the stability of the fund and provide guidance. Find out more about the Student Managed Investment Fund.
"The course built upon more complex ideas and introduced me to new and interesting fields within economics. All of the lecturers really care about the course and their students."Gareth Stevens, BSc (Hons) Economics graduate
This course gives students the opportunity to develop the research, analytical, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills relevant to roles in market-focused areas such as forecasting, financial analysis, banking, insurance and accountancy. Opportunities can exist in management, as a professional economist, in government departments or financial services. Some students go on to postgraduate study.
Lincoln International Business School works with students and organisations to enhance the contribution of business to society. For students, that means developing their business skills and knowledge to improve their career readiness.
The University of Lincoln is a member of AACSB, a global nonprofit association connecting educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Find out more.
The best way to find out what it is really like to live and learn at Lincoln is to join us for one of our Open Days. Visiting us in person is important and will help you to get a real feel for what it might be like to study here.Book Your Place
The BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance is aimed at those who aspire to a career in the financial sector.
The ability to analyse and solve business problems in market economies is highly sought after in many types of careers around the world.
Economics and Finance programmes explore financial and economic events and their impact on markets.