Category Archives: Students

How useful are teaching evaluation scores?

In recent weeks I have taken part in meetings to discuss: student feedback on MFin teachers; teaching procedures across all programmes at Cambridge Judge Business School; the selection of winners of annual teaching prizes; and the results of a Cambridge University teaching and learning review of CJBS. In all four the main information used to assess teaching quality… Continue Reading

Are today’s students revolting?

Here is a letter from a US professor who is retiring after 40 years of teaching. He complains of the sense of entitlement among today’s students and says he “grew increasingly weary of all the whining, crying, excuse-making, and general lack of attention to responsibility that appear to characterize most of today’s college and university students.”… Continue Reading

Dragon ladies

The myth of the scheming woman is one that pops up in many cultures. In the UK, for example, we talk of Lady Macbeth when we want to describe a devious woman who is held responsible for a hapless mere man’s crimes and downfall. This entertaining article in Foreign Affairs gives the Chinese example of the… Continue Reading

MFin graduation 2012

Despite far too much rain, the graduation of last year’s MFin class was a great and memorable event. It was crowned by a reunion gig after dinner in the beautiful Queens College Old Hall, by the MFin band put together with great leadership by Luka Cvitan. I’m very pleased that they asked me to join… Continue Reading

Criteria for scholarships

I wish the MFin fees were lower but they are set in line with the market. And student fees are the main source of revenue for Judge Business School. The School gives some scholarships and of course there are various external options. But they’re fiercely competitive. I’ve noticed a number of applicants over the years… Continue Reading


As it turned out, my trip to Zuccotti Park on Sunday while on a trip to New York was just in time, as the protesters were moved on less than 48 hours later. It struck me as a pretty benign and peaceful place, where every related cause was represented. I liked the fake supermarket check… Continue Reading

Rules versus discretion

A long standing theme in macroeconomic policy is the question, when is it best for policy makers to be tied to a rule and when should they have freedom to decide what to do (“discretion”). It’s easiest to see why this matters in the matter of setting interest rates to steer the economy. A rule… Continue Reading

Non-finance activities

MFins have many hidden talents. Some of them formed a band this year and were kind/foolish enough to invite me to play along with them on a couple of songs after a dinner at Churchill College. On this rather hazy photo you can see, from the left: Luka (MFin – electric guitar); me (acoustic guitar);… Continue Reading

Ever less choice

Since the MFin began two and a half years ago, we have been steadily reducing student choice. Not in the sense of cutting out electives – on the contrary, there are more options than ever. But in the sense of reducing the decisions required of students about how to organise their work and timetable. And… Continue Reading