UCL Department of Economics


2021 First Year Challenge Winners Announced

17 November 2021

The winners of this years First Year Challenge are the groups TUTJ S1 and TUTL S2!

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Find out the winners and runners up of this year’s First Year Challenge below and catch up with their presentation videos on YouTube. 



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  • Pavel Sizov
  • Alfie White
  • Savita Naidu
  • Saskia Portman
  • Natsuki Osaka


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  • Ashley Chin
  • Heqi Yu
  • Niharika Lal
  • Alan Moc
  • Cheng Yu Xuan

Runners Up


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  • Mariam Karimi Heidari
  • Mandev Gill
  • Barney Hotten
  • Mohammed Abid
  • Chen Yulin
  • Kyle Jennings
  • Varian Teo


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  • John Wu
  • Togay Ata Gokalp
  • Evalina Angelopoulou
  • Jack Qiu
  • Anyi Zhu
  • Hugh Stanway

About the First Year Challenge 

The First Year Challenge is a multimedia assignment designed to introduce first year undergraduates to independent research and to academic collaboration. Small groups of students are assigned to specific locations in Central London. In their groups they are asked to produce a 3-minute multimedia clip which relates to their meeting point and the theme “Capitalism, Growth and Inequality”, which is discussed in Unit 1 of The Economy, the free online textbook produced by the CORE project.

The motivation behind the First Year Challenge was to introduce students to research-based education as a prelude to the empirically-focused education they would receive in their first year in the economics department. We also wanted to create bonding opportunities among our large cohort which included students from around the world and across the UK, and to highlight the diverse skills that this varied study body brings to the table.