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The WSS Experience

What better way to get the full lowdown of the speakers and events that take place than by reliving the experiences of the students who have attended previous Summer Schools.

Find out about the excellent guest evening speakers and the fun and busy social programme previous years' students have experienced and see and hear for yourself about the WESS experience.

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It was unforgettable; I made so many foreign friends and it was amazing.
Yasu Jiao (China), International Development 2015
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There's so many extra activities you can do and you're never bored; it was awesome.
Daan Willems (Belgium), Money and Banking 2014
Please note that this video features comments from Summer School students from the 2014 Summer School delivered at Warwick. This year's Summer School will take place in London but will still maintain all of the features that make our Summer School a fabulous experience.

WESS 2016

Our third Summer School was our biggest yet with over 180 students joining us from 38 different countries. Highlights included our trips to London, Stratford and Oxford as well as the fun medieval banquet at Coombe Abbey. Our curry, quiz and karaoke night is always great fun as well as our formal dinners. On top of this we enjoyed guest lectures from a wide variety of eminent and high-profile speakers.

Guest speakers 2016
  • Nobel Prize Winner, Professor George Akerlof, discussed his book "Phishing for Phools".
  • Marie Claire Villeval, Director of GATE Lyon St Etienne and Andrew Oswald, held a discussion on whether Economics will become a hard science.
  • Rt Hon Hazel Blears, former MP "Doing good is good for business".
  • Dr Tali Sharot, neuroscientist and a leading expert on human decision making.
  • Sir George Cox, ‘Short-termism - its impact, cause and resolution’?

WESS 2015

The second year of the Warwick Economics Summer School (WESS) built on our inaugural experience to welcome 150 students from over 35 countries; an increase of 50 students from the 2014 cohort.

Guest speakers 2015

Professor Robinson discusses his lecture and receiving an honorary degree from Warwick.

WESS 2014

Guest speakers 2014
  • Professor Ariel Rubinstein shared his thoughts on teaching the subject of Economics.
  • Professor Ken Binmore and Professor Andrew Oswald engaged in an animated debate on whether economists in the future should pay less attention to GDP, and place more emphasis on happiness and related data.
  • Former home secretary Jacqui Smith gave an account of the NHS and its future.
  • Nobel Prize Winner, Professor George Akerlof, discussed his book "Phishing for Phools".
  • Lord Gus O'Donnell, Former Cabinet Secretary, gave an insight into British politics, discussing the role of Economics in policy-making.
  • Lord Robert Skidelsky, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick, gave an lecture entitled "Keynes as an Economic Theorist".