The Summit


The Warwick Economics Summit is an entirely student-run international forum where talented university students listen to some of the world's most revered and inspirational speakers. The next edition will run from 1st-3rd February 2019.

The Warwick Economics Summit is one of the largest student-run academic conferences in Europe. Now in its 18th year, and with the help of the university's economics department, the Summit has evolved in form and stature into a truly international forum where talented students from various universities listen to some of the world's most revered and inspirational speakers.

The Summit's focus goes far beyond the field of economics, encompassing the broader spheres of the social sciences, including development, politics, psychology and international relations. It is this wide scope and diversity that sets the Summit apart from other events, ensuring that it remains relevant and in tune with today's wider issues.

In its previous incarnations, the Summit has welcomed distinguished speakers such as:

  • Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Mervyn King GBE, Governor of the Bank of England (2003-2013)
  • Stanley Fischer, Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve
  • Five Nobel Laureates in Economics, including Prof. John F. Nash Jr
    and Prof. George Akerlof
  • Prof. John B. Taylor, founder of the Taylor Rule and professor at Stanford University
  • Tawakkol Karman, journalist, activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation
  • Dame Barbara Stocking, former CEO of Oxfam
  • Mario Monti, former Prime Minister of Italy
  • Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of the European Central Bank
  • Prof. Min Zhu, Deputy Managing Director of the IMF -Michael Moller, Director of the UN Office in Geneva
  • Alistair Darling MP, former Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Prof. Ian Goldin, former Vice President of the World Bank

Thanks to the high-profile speakers that addressed the conference, WES has gathered significant media attention throughout the years. In the past, WES consistently attracted coverage from media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters and Le Monde.

WES has become a global event that is not to be missed, as students travel from all around the world to attend our conference. Past delegations have come from the UK (LSE, Oxford and Cambridge), the US (Harvard, UC Berkeley, Princeton University, Stanford University), Italy (Bocconi University), Sweden (Malmö University), Russia (Kazan State University), Spain (ESADE) and Turkey (Bilkent University) to name but a few.

However, the Summit is not just an intellectual experience. On the Saturday night of the weekend, we host the ever-popular Summit Ball. This glamorous evening includes a wine reception, 3-course dinner and provides a fantastic setting for our delegates to unwind and socialise.

Finally, the presence of WES extends well beyond the conference weekend, as we organise a series of stand-alone events throughout the year, and keep the conversation on current affairs alive through our social media channels.

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9 About the University


Warwick is a uniquely successful institution located in Coventry, United Kingdom.

Despite its relative youth – it was founded in the mid-1960s – it is now one of the UK’s leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation and for links with business and industry. According to The Times University Guide, Warwick ranked within the top ten universities across the UK; applications for undergraduate places currently stand at around 30,000 for 3,000 undergraduate places, and over the last seven years the university has built up from scratch a flourishing Medical School.

The University of Warwick has a lively, cosmopolitan campus with its own shops, banks, bars and restaurants, making it an exciting place to live and work with everything you could need close at hand. There is a great sense of community at Warwick; the campus is home to a diverse range of students and staff from over 120 different countries. It also provides a great resource for the local community, with excellent facilities open to the public such as Warwick Arts Centre and the University Sports Centre.

Warwick is also home to its renowned Warwick Economics Department, which one of the most successful departments of its kind in the United Kingdom in terms of academics and student satisfaction. The Department consistently ranks within the top five nationwide across a variety of respected university guides and has ranked #4 in the specialist subject table for Economics in The Times and The Sunday Times University League Tables for 2017. The Department supports the Summit greatly through a wide range of means and without their unwavering support, the Summit would not be possible.

As of 2018, the Department encompasses approximately 1,200 undergraduates with roughly 330 postgraduates and an academic staff of 86, making it one of the largest at Warwick. It is also host to four research centres that host engaging projects relevant to the understanding of today’s world. These are the Warwick Economics Research Institute, the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, the Centre for Research in Economic Theory and its Applications and Decision Research at Warwick.

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