Year 12 students at the conference

Year 12 students at the conference

Why Business and Economics Matters

Over 80 Year 12 students from local schools attended an event organised by the School of Business and Economics; the Conference entitled “Why Economics and Business Matters!” which gave them an exposure to trends in economics and business which are currently topical and ‘big picture’ issues.

The students, from schools and colleges across the South West, were given presentations from some of the leading academics in the School of Business and Economics on subjects such as the housing market, globalisation, entrepreneurship, climate change and market regulation. In addition, they all participated in a live economic experiment conducted by staff from the Finance and Economics Experiment Laboratory at Exeter (FEELE), one of only two such facilities in the UK. The aim of the event was both to give students a greater understanding of the issues and also an insight into what studying business and economics subjects at a university is like.

Juliette Stephenson, Senior Academic Tutor and  joint organiser of the event, said “It was a great success with colleges already booked in for next year! Students really appreciated the variety of topics, facilitated by all departments across the School contributing; they also enjoyed the University experience of being in a lecture theatre and touring the campus.”

Some of the invited students and staff were also very enthusiastic about the experience.

Jess Clarke, a student at Tavistock College, said ‘I found many of the sessions really interesting, especially the lecture on Entrepreneurship which made me realise what it takes to be entrepreneurial. She continued “The whole day was extremely beneficial, especially as I’m about to choose my degree course. Rather than just looking at Business Studies courses, the conference has made me consider applying for courses involving Business and Economics.’’

William Mason, an Economics and Business lecturer at Truro College, said of the event ‘The day brought back very fond memories of my time at University. It was useful for me as it gave me an update into current thinking on a number of areas in both business and economics. The students certainly benefited from a better understanding of the progression routes available to them by going on to further studies in these subjects – it really brought into focus what they were aiming towards.’

Matt Newing, a student at Truro College, commented ‘None of us really knew what to expect but the day exceeded all our expectations. I particularly enjoyed the economic pricing session – something I knew the theory of but putting it into practice was really enjoyable. It’s made my choice of what to study at University even harder as I’m now even more torn between Maths and Economics!’

Date: 4 July 2008

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