Year 12 Economics and Business Conference

Wednesday 5th July 2017 - book your place now

We have been running this annual event since 2008. The conference aims to be both inspirational and aspirational and is open to all Year 12 students currently studying, or interested in Business related disciplines. The event this year is taking place on 5th July 2017 to register your interest please email or you can complete the online booking form

If you are a student interested in attending please complete the Year 12 Conference Student Initial Application Form and email to 

This one-day event provides students with presentations on topical, ‘big picture’ issues – using the insights that the study of Economics, Finance and Business brings to them. Hopefully demonstrating to students how the theory of business can be applied to real world issues. Leading academics from across the Business School share and present findings from their research, past topics have covered:

  • "Paying Tax is part of life… but should e.g. Google pay more?" Professor Lynne Oats, Professor of Taxation and Accounting, Director of Research (Accounting).
  • "Do we have a food crisis?"Professor Steve McCorriston, Professor of Agricultural Economics.

The day also provides the students with an opportunity to meet current university students, get a tour of the campus and find out more about studying, and applying to, business at university. This event is FREE to attend, cost of transport may be covered and lunch will be provided.


Wednesday 6th July 2016, 9.40am-3.00pm

On the 6th July we welcomed around 100 students aged 16-18 to the University of Exeter Business School for the Year 12 Economics and Business Conference.‌‌‌

The conference is a great opportunity for those who study Business and similar disciplines, to be able to look around the Business School. The day included lectures from some of the Business School’s leading academics. There were also Student Ambassadors who led the campus tour and were happy to answer questions and able to give information on their university experiences. There was a further chance to ask questions at the end of the day after the final lecture.

The schedule was as follows:

9.40 - 10.00 Welcome and Introduction to the Business School
10.00 - 10.30 “The Funding Butterfly”
David Kolitz, Senior Lecturer in Accounting
10.30 - 11.00 Tea/Coffee and refreshments
11.30 - 12.00 “Is innovation a good thing?”
Professor Richard Owen, Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Business School
12.00 - 12.30 “Pay gaps: who wins and who loses?”
Professor Carol Woodhams, Head of Organisation Studies
12.30 - 1.45 Lunch and campus tour
1.45 - 2.45 “Experiential Learning from Entrepreneurial failure”
Dr Alan Benson, Senior Lecturer in Management
2.15 - 2.45 “HE and Business & Economics: who what and how?”
Juliette Stephenson, Senior Lecturer Economics
2.45 - 3.00 Close and feedback

"Great day, great University, great speakers - can we come again next year?

Helen Coleman, Lytchett Minster School Dorset