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Inspiring Minds: Business & Economics

What is Inspiring Minds?

Our Inspiring Minds taster days are an excellent opportunity for Year 12 students to learn more about the options available to them at university. The events aim to enhance current studies and get students thinking about their subjects from a new perspective through a range of undergraduate level taster sessions delivered by our academic staff and students.

Students can also learn more about university applications and student life through informative sessions covering topics such as Personal Statements and Student Finance, as well as the opportunity to take a tour of our stunning single-site campus with our current students.

What is more, these events look great on a student's personal statement, helping them to stand out as part of the university application process.

The events are free of charge (excluding the cost of travel to Loughborough campus) and lunch is provided for students.

Inspiring Minds: Business & Economics

Wednesday 29th January 2020 | Loughborough Campus

This event is for those students looking to learn more about studying business and economics at university. Students will have the opportunity to attend their choice of example lectures and workshops from the School of Business & Economics, receive university application guidance, as well as take a tour of our outstanding campus. Students will also learn more about the chance to study abroad, placement year opportunities and graduate destinations.

Some of the feedback received from last year's event includes:

"The event made me more confident about university life and the contents of different business courses, making the choice of courses clearer for me"

"It was a very informative and well-organised day. The sessions were interesting, engaging and well-presented"

"The event gave me a deeper understanding of what I want to do in the future"

Please see below for the event timetable, which outlines the sessions available to students.

09:00 - 09:45: Registration and University Exhibition

Registration open for visitors - personalised timetables will be provided on arrival, with the chance to speak to representatives from across the university

09:45 - 10:00: Welcome

An introduction and welcome to the day from the event organiser

10:00 - 10:15: Careers in Business & Economics

A short talk from the Loughborough University Careers Network on the potential career paths available to business and economics graduates, with an insight to graduate destinations from Loughborough University

10:15 - 10:45: Courses in Business & Economics

A chance to find out more about the opportunities available with the School of Business & Economics at Loughborough University

11:00 - 11:30: Session 1

Students will attend their choice of session from the following:

  • Not Just About Numbers: Accounting for Society and the Environment (BSc Accounting and Financial Management)
    • Learn more about the diverse areas of accounting, finance and management with Dr Petros Vourvachis, Lecturer in Accounting
  • Improving Business with Analytics and Big Data (BSc Business Analytics)
    • Business Analytics is a major growth area in the commercial world. Discover more during this session with Dr Ilkka Leppänen, Lecturer in Operations Management
  • Personal Statements
    • This session breaks down the process of writing a personal statement with practical advice on getting started, as well as hints and tips for conveying your strengths to your chosen universities

11:45 - 12:15: Business & Economics Alumni Panel

Hear from some of our business and economics graduates for an insight to their university experiences and career paths

12:15 - 12:45: Lunch

A complimentary lunch will be provided for students

On-site outlets are available for additional visitors (parents/guardians/carers) to purchase lunch

12:45 - 13:15: Session 2

Students will attend their choice of session from the following:

  • Let's Make Some Money! Arbitrage and FX (BSc Finance and Management)
    • Today's ever evolving global finance sector requires professionals and managers equipped to deal with complex problems. Find out more during this session with Stephen Frost, University Teacher in Financial Accounting
  • 21st Century Marketing (BSc Marketing and Management)
    • A topical taster session into modern marketing practice with David Peck, University Teaching Fellow
  • Student Fees and Finance
    • Learn all about the different aspects of student finance, including financial support available, how to apply and the repayment structure

13:30 - 14:00: Session 3

Students will attend their choice of session from the following:

  • Economists and the Economy (BSc Economics)
    • Economics relates to every aspect of our lives. Delve deeper into new perspectives on some of today's most pressing challenges with Professor Eric Pentecost
  • Who Will You Work For? (BSc International Business / BSc Management)
    • Learn more about working for the public, private and third sectors with Dr Maxine Clarke, Director of International Programmes
  • Student Fees and Finance
    • Learn all about the different aspects of student finance, including financial support available, how to apply and the repayment structure

14:15 - 14:45: Enterprise & Employability

Discover the extracurricular enterprise and skills development opportunities available at Loughborough University, led by Dr Amanda Berry, University Teacher (Enterprise Education) and Academic Lead for Student and Graduate Enterprise.

Amanda will be joined by Nathan Chan, a current Economics student on the Year in Enterprise scheme, running his own electronic skateboard business.

14:45 - 15:00: Evaluations and Close

Closure of the main event with completion of feedback forms

15:00 - 16:30: Campus Tours (Optional)

The chance to take a tour of our stunning 440 acre single-site campus with current students

Individual Student Bookings

Spaces on this event are limited and therefore early booking is recommended.

Please click below to complete the online booking form and secure your place on this event:

School and College Group Bookings

If you would like to book a school/college group at this event, please email

Brian Searle delivering an interactive lecture on Marketing & Management

Dr Amanda Berry outlining the wide range of enterprise and employability opportunities available to students