Economics Taster Series on James Meade

Eligibility criteria apply. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN (Deadline 5pm, 11th February) for the 2022 Economics Taster Series (online webinars with an optional visit to Cambridge at the end).

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 Series each 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 series takes place online in March 2022 (8, 15, 22, 29 March) and at the end there's an optional visit to Christ's for those who can get to Cambridge (8 April 2022). 

If you are currently in Year 12 (S5 Scotland, Y13 Northern Ireland) you can register interest for this opportunity in 2022. We'll then send you an email when applications open.


This Taster Series 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 (to anyone).
  • are studying:
    • A level Mathematics AND Further Mathematics
    • IB Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches
    • Scottish Higher Mathematics with the intention to continue Mathematics at Advanced Higher
  • 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.

"It was an amazing taste of the variety and depth of knowledge that economics can cover and the lecturers were very friendly."

A previous participant, 2021

Theme and content

Our Economics Taster Series 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 an online 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.


Apply for a place on the Economics Taster Series

Applications are now OPEN for the 2022 Economics Taster Series. Please ensure that you are able to attend the sessions on the dates and times stated, and that you have checked you are eligible before making an application. 


The deadline to submit an application is 5pm on Friday 11th February 2022. Late applications will not be considered.

If you're in Year 11 (Y12 in Northern Ireland, S4 in Scotland), you can register interest here for the 2023 Economics Taster Series!


Practical detailsEconomics session

The Economics taster series is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians).

Online sessions for this event will run as follows:

  • Tuesday 8th March
  • Tuesday 15th March
  • Tuesday 22nd March
  • Tuesday 31st March

All sessions will commence at 16:30 and will feature an introductory session followed by three academic sessions with subject specialists.

The optional Christ's visit for Taster Series participants will be Friday 8th April 2022. Further information about this will be provided to students selected to participate in the programme. 

If you take the option to visit Christ's at the end of the series, note that visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge, 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 visit on a first come, first served basis.


Comments from previous participants

We asked some of the previous participants what they would say to future students considering an application for the event. You can read what they said here.

"The taster series has allowed me to think critically about economics by encouraging me to ask questions during sessions and challenge certain theories/points presented by the academics."

A previous participant, 2021