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Taster Days aim for a boom in economics interest

Prospective students listen to a lecture

10 July 2015

Around 175 prospective students experienced life as a LUMS economics undergraduate at two events held recently in Lancaster and London.

The Economics Taster Days allowed those considering studying the subject at university to find out what it is like for themselves.

This week's event, held at the Management School, saw students come from as far afield as King Edward VI, Lichfield in Staffordshire, King Edward VII Academy in King’s Lynn, Adams' Grammar School in Newport, Shropshire and the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle.

There were academic sessions taught by Dr Emanuele Bracco and Dr Jean-Francois Maystadt, who gave short lectures on the value of a degree and the links between conflict and the economy in Africa.

Attendees were also given advice on writing a successful personal statement, as well as an explanation of the kind of careers support which is available to LUMS students.

The LUMS Student Ambassadors were also on hand to offer their view of life and study at Lancaster.

The previous event last month at The Work Foundation had also featured a talk on being an economist for the government, given by Joe Gaytten from the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Emanuele Bracco said: “It's been fantastic to welcome so many students from different schools here on campus. Our Taster Day gave them the chance to have first-hand experience on life at university, and of the way our research impacts the teaching and learning of economics.

“We always strive to inspire students and show them how, through studying economics, they will acquire very important skills which are highly valued by employers.”

LUMS offers a range of economics degrees, including both three-year and four-year courses, some including a year abroad or a year in industry. There are also a number of combined majors, with accounting, finance, international relations and other subjects.