Ulster University school conference inspires next generation of Sacred Heart Economists

By | May 2, 2019

Recently, 15 economists from Sacred Heart attended Ulster University’s Lower Sixth Economics Conference with Mr Shane McComb, teacher of Economics. The event, which gave students a unique insight into the world of economics, was organised by the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics at Ulster University Business School.

Economists from Ulster University presented five mini lectures which covered a range of topical issues. These included: ‘Productivity and Automation’, ‘Factors affecting the UK labour market’, ‘The Economic impact of Brexit’, ‘Economics in an Era of Uncertainty: Challenges facing economics as a discipline and UU response’ and lastly, ‘Courses in Economics, Finance and Accounting and Economist Careers in the Northern Ireland Civil Service’.

Dr Mark Bailey, Course and Subject Director of Economics at Ulster University said:

Now in its third outing, our sixth form economics conference is an opportunity for pupils to see first-hand the work of economists and its impact on society. Attendee numbers have grown from year to year and we work closely with schools to ensure the programme complements the A level Economics curriculum.”

Mr McComb, Teacher of Economics at Sacred Heart stated:

The conference was enjoyable and informative, and the talks were pitched at a high level, challenging our students to consider ideas that they would not normally encounter from a textbook, but which will be useful in an exam and, most importantly, broaden horizons. Furthermore, all students were also fortunate to receive some valuable advice on future careers. Overall, the day was a great success and hugely enjoyed by some of our budding young economists.”

Pictured: Dr Jodie Carson presenting her lecture: ‘Economics in an Era of Uncertainty: Challenges facing economics as a discipline and The University of Ulster’s response.’