Economics Taster Day on James Meade

James MeadeThe Nobel Prize-winning Economist James Meade, best known for his theory of international trade and international capital movements, was a Fellow of Christ's from 1930-31. 

We run an annual Year 12 James Meade Economics Taster Day each February/March with sample lectures and workshops, focusing on major current themes in Economics, as well as the legacy of James Meade. This event is an opportunity to explore what it is like to study Economics at Cambridge.

The 2021 Economics Taster Day is scheduled to take place on 26 February 2021. If you are in Year 12 / S5 (Scotland) / Y13 (Northern Ireland), are planning to study Economics at university and think you would like to attend this event next Feb/March, please register your interest, and we'll send you an email in January 2021 when we open applications.



This Taster Day is aimed at academically able students who meet all of the criteria below:

  • are in Year 12 (or equivalent) in the UK
  • attend an academy, school or college that does not charge fees.
  • are studying Mathematics AND Further Mathematics for A Level, or IB Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (if you are taking another Mathematics qualification, please email us to check your eligibility).
  • are interested in exploring Economics beyond your standard school curriculum.

If you are taking a different Mathematics qualification and are unsure about your eligibility to apply for this event, please contact us for further information.

Theme and content

Our Economics Taster Day is themed around current issues in Economics, with lectures and workshops given by academics, a consideration of the work and legacy of James Meade, the chance to chat with current students studying Economics, and a guided tour of the College. Applications for Economics at Cambridge will also be discussed and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

If you are interested in applying for this event, you might also like to look at our suggested Economics resources on our subject page.


How to apply for a place on the 2021 Economics Taster Day 

If you are currently in Year 12, are planning to study Economics at university and think you would like to attend this event in February, please register your interest, and we'll then send you an email in January 2021 when we open applications. In the meantime, please ensure that your post-16 subject choices meet the eligibility criteria. 

This event will be held online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.


Practical detailsEconomics session

The Economics taster day is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians). The exact timetable for has yet to be determined, but as a guide, we normally start our Taster Days at about 10.30 or 11am and finish at about 4 or 4.30pm. Lunch is provided (free of charge).

Visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge for taster days, however we provide travel information and a map of the college:

If you are in (or were previously in) Care, please read about the Care Travel Fund (eligibility criteria apply).

For students travelling a long way, limited accommodation is normally available at Christ's on the night before the taster day on a first come, first served basis.

Undergraduate Admissions / Open Days / Why choose Christ's? / Economics at Christ's