y12 econ visit

Students using their 'clickers'

Local schools learn how to boom and bust at the Business School

More than 60 Year 12 students from local schools attended an event organised by the University of Exeter Business School entitled “Why Economics and Business Matters!” which gave them an insight into current trends in economics and business.

The students, from schools and colleges across the South West, were given presentations from some of the leading academics in the Business School on subjects including globalisation, entrepreneurship, climate change and the credit crisis. The aim of the event was 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.

In over half the lectures, students were introduced to ‘clickers’, an innovative method used in the Business School designed to encourage interaction during lectures. The clickers enable immediate ‘polls’ of the audience to be taken on a variety of questions; these have been used in most first year undergraduate modules and are now planned for use across all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Juliette Stephenson, Head of Student Learning and joint organiser of the event, said “It was a great success. We tried to involve all the departments across the Business School and this meant that the students enjoyed a wide variety of topics and shared the latest thinking of our leading academics; they also liked the University experience of being in a lecture theatre and touring the campus.”

The students seemed very enthusiastic about the experience. In a survey at the end of the sessions 98% rated the conference as good or excellent and 100% said they would recommend it to others.

Date: 1 July 2010

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