Discover Economics

Discover Economics is a programme of outreach events offering school and college students the opportunity to learn what economics is all about.

Students will get insight into what it’s like to study an economics subject at university, and to find out where an economics degree could take them in the real-world.

Discover Economics – what it entails:

Discover Economics outreach events range from short half-day taster sessions to week-long summer school programmes.

From all events, students will take part in:

  • Interactive games and competitions
  • Taster lectures
  • Industry guest speakers from organisations such as the Government Economic Service, international high street banks such as HSBC, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Financial Times, and more
  • The opportunity to meet current University of Bristol students, academics and professional services staff.

Programme events

  • March: Politics and Economics taster day
  • July: Discover Economics taster day (Year 10)
  • July: Insight Bristol
  • July: Sutton Trust summer schools
  • October – December: Access to Bristol (each Weds at the University of Bristol)
  • October: Women in Economics
  • November: Discover Economics taster day (Year 11 and 12)

How can I find out more?

To find out more about any of our events and how you can get involved please email If you’re a student, you can also visit the Discover Economics website to discover if economics is the subject for you, and to learn more about the Discover Economics campaign.

Watch the Discover Economics video to learn more about the campaign to promote the subject of economics and diversity among economics students.

Recent events

Discover Economics taster day

On Friday 22 November, we hosted Discover Economics at WeTheCurious in Bristol’s iconic Harbourside. With 12 schools and colleges and 171 students in attendance, the day included a welcome from Head of Economics, Professor. Sarah Smith, career and study insight talks from Economics current students and alumni, and the Schools Challenge, offering a full expenses paid trip for the winning team to Hamburg to attend the competition finals, led by Tridos Bank.


“Economics at university is so interesting – with 6 modules each year and the opportunity to choose optional units which enable you to widen your skills. Bristol is so employability focused which helps us to achieve our graduate destination.” Hebe – current University of Bristol BSc Economics student. 

“My internship set me up for having work experience during university. Internships allow you to work out what you do actually like and want to work on.” Siobhan, University of Bristol alumni.


Women in Economics

On 3 October, four key-note female speakers, including the Global Chief Economist at HSBC,  and Economist at the Bank of England, Head of Economics at Bristol Grammar School and the Head of Economics at the University of Bristol, all provided talks about the importance of economics, covering why economics needs women, and women needs economics to inspire students to consider the subject.

Read more about the Women in Economics event.