Hi everyone! My name’s Moises Vieira. I’m currently doing a PhD in the Department of Politics. In my research, I’m looking at the intersection of migration and healthcare. In a nutshell, I’m interested in the (legal and ethical) challenges around providing healthcare for migrants, in the UK. I have been a student at Manchester since September 2018, where I’ve had the opportunity to discuss my work with world-class researchers, professors and fellow colleagues in the field of International Relations.
In addition to being a researcher, I am also a graduate teaching assistant in the Faculty of Humanities. So far, I have taught a module on the ‘Politics of Globalization’ where the students and I discussed different aspects of living in a globalised world, and how that impacts on social, economic and political life. Furthermore, I have also taught online modules addressing a range of issues within the field of International Relations and beyond: creating a sustainable world, security and trust, cybercrimes, partnerships for development, among others.
As you can see, life as a university student goes way beyond simply attending classes and hitting the books. There are always a lot of extra activities you can engage with, according to your interests, academic background and previous training.
I went to Law School as an undergraduate student, and decided to pursue an academic career following my Master’s degree in International Relations. I undertook my studies in Brazil, so doing my PhD at Manchester has been an incredible experience both on the academic and personal levels. Most of my activities take place on campus, such as attending seminars, lectures, workshops and specific training events for career advancement. Doing a PhD in Politics is a great opportunity to move around and explore the world, too: as a researcher, I have attended academic events in a range of cities in the UK, and international conferences in a few countries, such as Switzerland and Denmark. These have been invaluable experiences in order to further my research, but also to meet new people and explore new places.
Back to my main research interest: What does it mean to be looking at the intersection of migration and healthcare? Let’s say an immigrant (with unlawful residence in the UK) falls ill, and is denied access to the NHS. In my research, I analyse issues like that, and ask questions such as: Is it ethical to deny healthcare for migrants on the grounds of immigration status? What are the human rights implications of refusing healthcare for non-citizens? By addressing these questions, I seek to raise people’s awareness of these important issues around public health and migration, which are very relevant for both migrants and UK citizens alike.
A short guide for healthcare provision for migrants by the charity ‘Doctors of the World’:
The British Medical Association (BMA) opinion on refusing migrants’ access to the NHS:
Some reflections on charging migrants for healthcare:
Some context on the extension of ‘hostile environment’ into a range of areas, including healthcare:
A special focus on pregnancy and migrant women:
A report on the health of migrants in the UK, by the Migration Observatory, at the University of Oxford:
My name is Josefina Fabiani and I
am a second year PhD student in Economics. I come from Argentina, South
America, which may sound more familiar to those not that much into geography if
I refer to it as the land of beef – specially asados – tango, Patagonia, football and of course Messi and Kun Agüero
(not to get into politics and economics!). During my undergrad there I did a
semester abroad in Austria, which completely influenced my future decisions.
That experience opened my mind and made me realise I wanted to pursue further
studies abroad. The UK wasn’t a tough decision for me since the quality of its
higher education institutions is well known and I’ve always been very keen on the
English language, the country’s history and culture (and its music!).
So here I am, starting my PhD in
Economics in Manchester, where I will analyse the relationship between
migration and different types of capital flows between countries.
The first year of the PhD was the MSc
Economics, where we covered the main areas of the subject and received training
on the techniques I will apply now on the research. In this second year, we
continue with the coursework but now focused on our research area and at an
advanced level. For example, my area is Macroeconomics, where we look at the
economy as a whole with information on different measures such as GDP,
inflation and unemployment.
A phenomenon that has always
interested me was the migration of people from one country to another, maybe
because I come from a country with a very large population of immigrants. Early
on my undergrad studies I started digging into the topic.
Throughout history, migrations have
taken place at different levels, for different reasons: regional migrations,
overseas migrations, forced (by political persecution or natural disasters) or
voluntary, expecting an economic or life improvement. In the era of
globalization and communication, transportation costs have remarkably dropped,
which fostered not only the flow of goods and knowledge across countries but
also of people. However, whereas there is an apparent consensus to enhance
international trade and capital flows, the economic consequences of immigration
are at the centre of political debate. Migration policy has been characterized
by protection of the domestic labour market and there has been an increasing
negative popular perception of immigration. A better understanding of the
dynamics of migration and its macroeconomic implications are key for policy
If you are curious to know a little
bit more about what economists really do, then you are invited to take part on
the activities organised at the Economics Department for school students. Some
of them are:
Manchester Talk – IFS
"Is it fair to charge £9,250 for university tuition fees?"
13 March 2019, 4-6pm, Uni Place Theatre A
How much will you really pay for university?
Does that depend on where and what you study? Are there any alternative ways to
fund higher education? And how would these affect what the education system
should be trying to achieve?
This IFS Public Talk, jointly organised with the
University of Manchester, will be given by Jack Britton, Senior Research Economist at
the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)
and will give an economist's perspective on the ongoing tuition fee
debate. Nicholas Barr, Professor of
Public Economics, from the London School of Economics and Political Science
(LSE) will also be our Chair and on hand to put your questions to Jack.
Get an insight on Higher Education resources from the
Details and free tickets can be booked here: https://manchester-talk-ifs.eventbrite.co.uk
There is a pre-session aimed at
Year 12/13 students that fulfil the Widening Participation criteria
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for more information and registration.
Discover Economics Day
9 July 2019, 9.30am-3.30pm, Simon 1.34
The Discover Economics Day is a
free event for Year 12 students to discover more about what economics is really
The day will consist of a series of
interactive, educational sessions to help you find out what economists do as
you start to learn the tools that they use to ask real world questions. You
will discover how economics provides a clear way of thinking on how people make
You will meet University staff and
students dealing with the current issues in economics and will find out more about
the economics courses here at Manchester and the career opportunities available
for Economics graduates.
Join us and discover how studying
economics will give you the toolkit to investigate the questions that you are
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for further info and registrations.
• http://freakonomics.com (also radio!)
YouTube Channels and Videos:
• Jacob Clifford
• One Minute Economics
• Ted Ed
You can find more of Economics at UoM here https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/economics/
and keep updated with the activities organized via twitter https://twitter.com/ManUniEconomics