Economics Taster Series on James Meade

Eligibility criteria apply. Applications for 2021 have now closed. If you're in Year 11, you can register interest for next year's Economics Taster Day.

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. This day event will take place as an online series in March and April 2021.

Current updates

05/03/2021 - If you're in Year 11, you can register interest for next year's Economics Taster Day.

27/02/21 - Applications have now closed. If you made an application, thank you! Information about what happens next is on the applicants page.

15/01/21 - Due to Covid-19 we have changed the format this year to a series of online sessions through March and April. Selected participants will be expected to commit to attending all of the sessions. Exact dates will be confirmed soon, and will be updated here once available.



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
  • 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.

"My advice is to come prepared with a few questions."

A previous participant

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 Day

Applications have now closed for the 2021 Taster Series (online this year).

Applications will open in February 2022 for the 2022 Eonomics Taster Day. If you're in Year 11, you can register interest so that you receive an email in 2022 when applications open. In the meantime, do have a look at our Economics page.


Practical detailsEconomics session

The Economics taster series is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians). The exact timetable for the 2021 taster series has yet to be determined, but as a guide, we expect sessions to run after school (i.e. between 4-6pm).


Comments from previous participants

We asked some of the 2020 participants what they would say to future students considering an application for the event. You can read what they said here.

"I really enjoyed talking to students doing Economics. They were so friendly and it gave me an insight into how amazing life at Cambridge is."

A previous participant