Royal Economic Society

Discover Economics

Discover Economics is a campaign which aims to increase diversity among economics students
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Economics has a diversity problem. State school and black students are under-represented among economics undergraduates and fewer than 30% of economics students are women.

The lack of diversity among economics students is a problem because economists who occupy key policy roles in government departments and the Bank of England need to reflect the society that they are helping to shape. By not studying economics, these students also miss out on a degree that leads to high-paid and rewarding future careers.

Discover Economics is a campaign led by the Royal Economic Society which aims to:

- broaden the appeal of economics to potential students

- change their perceptions of economics and economists

- attract more students from under-represented groups (women, state school/further education college students and ethnic minorities).

The campaign targets 15-17 year olds young people who are making choices about what post 16 qualifications to take and what subjects to study at university. We work to transform perceptions of economics among students, particularly those attending schools which don't provide it as a subject. We also work to raise the voices of a more diverse set of economists and expose students to role models already working in the subject.

About the charity

Royal Economic Society

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The RES is a learned society and membership organization founded in 1890. We are a registered charity and membership is open to anyone who shares our aims and objectives. We provide resources for improving the public understanding of economics through engagement with schools and the wider public.

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