The Economist’s Society is the only official departmental society for students of the UCL department of Economics. Our mission statement is simply to enhance the experience of students in all ways possible. All students of the department are our members.
In two years of existence, we have grown to become a key part of Economics at UCL. We run the Student Academic Representatives (StARs) programme, where students’ thoughts, complaints and suggestions are put to the department in an open forum by elected student reps. We also organise speaker events for those with a deep interest in the subject. Past speakers include Martin Wolf, John Kay and Danny Quah. Our publication, The Drayton Weekly gives an opportunity to those who wish to try their hand at economic journalism. Our society is also working with the department to improve communication between current students and alumni.
Of course, being a student is also about meeting new people, trying new things and generally having a great time. Economics students (contrary to popular belief!) are no exception to this. We are the only society on campus that can put on events exclusively for Economics students and we see this as a vital part of building a community in the department. This year we are running an ambitious Freshers programme, consisting of events in London as well as an overnight trip to Brighton to start the year with a bang. In addition to the Freshers events, a true highlight of the year is the annual David Ricardo Easter Ball, a black-tie dinner / party at a top London club.
The Economist's Society is run entirely by students and we are keen to keep the society as open as possible. Getting involved is a truly rewarding experience in which you can get to know your fellow students and department, as well as making a real difference.
Whilst our membership is restricted to students of the UCL Economics department, many of our events are open to the public. For more information, visit us online at