UCL Department of Economics


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 (~300 students) cohorts 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.

Congratulations to the 2017/18 FYC winner (TUTJ-S1) and runner up (TUTS-S2)

FYC Winners 2017

2017 FYC runner up

All of the 2017/18 shortlisted videos are available to view on UCL Media Central. You can also visit the youtube page to view more excellent videos by our 2016/17 first year economics students.