Business and Economics students attended a Business and Economics Masterclass run by the Business School of the University of Sussex. They attended a series of lectures ranging from the benefits of attending university in general and the kind of courses available within the Business School. Students also got an insight into university life, the average day of an undergraduate student and expectations in terms of dedicated study time in order to perform well at university.
The day culminated in students choosing subject-specific seminars delivered by Professors from the business school ranging from: Thinking like an economist in the Discover Economics session; Experimental and Behavioural Economics where students got an introduction to how economists analyse the underlying strategic forces behind the economic choices society faces via two experiments; Marketing in a Changing World & an Introduction to Digital Marketing which gave an introduction to the broad subject of marketing, what it means and how much it is changing, with an insight into one of the key evolving areas - digital marketing; and International Business and Supply Chain where Dr Murtaza Faruquee discussed the fundamentals of international business and how significant it is for the current world.
Jake Payne who studies A Level Business attended the international business and supply chain seminar said: “This teacher was amazing and I learnt so much about international trade and the connection between global supply chains. I am going to become an international trader now”. Callum Puxty, a year 12 economics student said “The behavioural and experimental masterclass informed us about consumer and economic actor’s decisions through game theory. I enjoyed the participatory approach to learning the way the information was presented”.
Ben Whittingham, Head of Section commented, “this opportunity for students to gain first-hand exposure to being a University student by attending academic seminars that piqued their interest is key to raising aspirations. To hear that students felt inspired and have decided upon a career path as a result was the intent of the day, taking students out of their usual routines at college and giving them a taste of what is to come and where they can progress to if they choose to study at university after college.”
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