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Full house for Business School Year 12 Conference

July 4th 2012 saw the Business School welcome almost 140 Year 12 pupils from around the region to its bi-annual Economics and Business Conference.

Organised by Juliette Stephenson and Professor Steve McCorriston, this year the conference was also lucky to have a visiting Professor from Ohio State University, Ian Sheldon, to present one of the sessions.

The workshops covered questions as diverse as ‘Chinese Economic Growth: is it sustainable?’ to ‘Climate change: can we change behaviour?’

Juliette Stephenson explained: “The purpose of the day was to introduce students to how business, economics and finance can provide insights into some of the biggest societal challenges. Our aim was also to be aspirational:  helping students make informed choices about the type of degree they might want to go on to study in the future. From the enthusiastic feedback we received on the day, I think we definitely achieved this.”

Students attended from schools including Truro College, Exeter College, Colyton Grammar, Queen Elizabeth's Community College, Clayesmore School, The Maynard School, Teignmouth Community College, Dauntseys School, Kingsley School, Bideford, Cornwall College, Saltash.

Responses from some of the teachers who attended:

“Excellent. It has been great for the students to experience a different style of learning and to see what it would be like to come to University.”
“We love the short lectures. All at the right level. Very worthwhile.”
“It has been an extremely beneficial day. Thank you very much. Having lots of short presentations has been great, as has having a variety of presentations.”

Responses from some of the students:

“It was very helpful and interesting.”
“I found the conference very engaging. Super!”
“The voting devices were a good idea!”

Date: 5 July 2012

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