UWE invites schools for credit crunch conundrum

Issue date: 05 March 2009


University of the West of England Credit Crunch Conundrum - Frenchay Campus UWE Friday 6 March

The University of the West of England is holding a special day to shed light on financial markets and the impact of the credit crunch for students from Sixth Form Centres and Further Education Colleges in Bristol and South Gloucestershire on Friday 6 March.

The day is aimed at year 12 students who will take part in hands-on activities to develop skills in interpreting financial market behaviour, applying economic theory to real life and evaluating the long term impact of the credit crunch.

The taster day will include an introduction to Business and Economics courses at UWE, a chance to tour the campus and meet student ambassadors and a question and answer session with lecturers.

UWE's Partnerships Officer, Susan Welsh explains, “There will be a lively series of role plays and business simulations to bring financial theory and jargon to life and workshops to explore the origins and impact of the current financial crisis. Among the questions that students will be trying to solve are:

• Why did the Credit Crunch happen?
• What will it mean for people of their age?
• Why are businesses failing and
unemployment rising?
• What will happen in the longer term?”

The Credit Crunch Conundrum has been organised to encourage students who have no family experience of higher education to consider studying for a degree at UWE.

Susan continued, “We plan to make this a really special and useful day for the students. We are keen to broaden access to local schools and colleges by offering special days where we invite students in to look at focused subject areas. More days are being planned for different subject areas throughout the year.”

The Credit Crunch Conundrum is being led by Dave Allen, Economics Programme Manager. It takes place from 10.30 – 14.30 on 6 March at Frenchay Campus and is open to up to thirty-five students from local schools and FE colleges.

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