18 Jan HGS 6th Form at Economics Conference
Recently the Economics department took their A-level students to a student conference at The Temple in central London. There were a range of speakers who discussed different economic issues and from different political and ideological perspectives.
The topics discussed included The EU and whether we should remain a member; The role of big data and how we use it; Funding for the Health Sector and whether we can afford it; Inequality in the UK and the future for young people in the UK economy. Students had the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each lecture and there were a number of very difficult questions put forward, especially to Vicky Price and Chuka Umunna. The general consensus though ,however, was that Tim Harford, writer of the bestseller book “The Undercover Economist”, gave the most interesting speech about how we use data from the internet and what this means for our understanding of the world. More importantly though, it was a chance to get our books signed by the author himself!
The day was quite intense with seven lectures but it gave students a real understanding of current issues in Economics and also a taste of what University might be like.