OxBright Economics & Business

Are you interested in Business or Economics and serious about taking your passion further? OxBright Economics & Business is designed for bright students who know they want to study Economics, or a related subject, at University in the future.

You’ll expand your knowledge of Economics and Business, become more confident discussing these topics, and get the edge in your future university applications.

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What is OxBright Economics & Business?

OxBright Economics & Business increases your chances of getting into your dream university in the future by taking you beyond the school curriculum.

You’ll experience weekly live Tutorials led by your expert subject Economics Mentor. You’ll discuss topics you don’t cover at school, be able to ask lots of questions, and gain insights into the skills leading universities value most.

You’ll also be part of our thriving online community of like-minded students passionate about developing their knowledge and skills.

Schools often don’t have teachers with Economics or Business degrees or with up-to-date knowledge of studying Economics & Business. OxBright is here to solve this and help you in your pathway towards Economics & Business.

Read on to find out more about joining our OxBright Economics & Business community.

Why Join OxBright Economics & Business?

Increase Your Knowledge

Experience weekly Tutorials, led by our Economics & Business Mentor, Fikayo. You’ll join your fellow OxBrighters in discussing important topics each week, enhancing your knowledge of the various fields of Economics & Business, and helping you to find out which areas you are passionate about.

Develop Your Business Skills

Business & Economics are not just about knowledge. You’ll also hone key practical skills on the OxBright programme, from learning how to create a business plan, to understanding how to interpret economic trends, to developing your public speaking and presentation skills.

Prepare for University

OxBright gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your passion for Economics & Business to university admissions officers. Your Mentor will also give you advice on how to choose the best university, as well as guidance on how to write an effective personal statement and tips on how to fulfil your potential when you come to your university applications.

Build Your Confidence

OxBright is a community. You’ll be supported, encouraged and stretched by your fellow Economics & Business students, who hail from all over the world – from the UK to Australia, from China to the USA. While you may not know many people interested in Economics or Business from your school, OxBright gives you access to a supportive, safe community of young people in your shoes.

Your Economics & Business Mentor

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Fikayo Akeredolu

BA Hons (Dunelm), CPM

Fikayo is our OxBright Economics & Business Mentor. She studied Business Finance for her undergraduate degree and graduated with first-class honours from Durham University. She was awarded the Schwarzman Scholarship to study for a Masters in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in China.

She is a Financial Products and Technology Growth expert with more than five years of experience in the Middle East, Europe, China and Africa. She is currently completing her second Masters at Oxford University, studying Contemporary Chinese Studies with a focus on the impact of Special Economic Zones and their role in Chinese economic expansion.

How Does OxBright Work?

On signing up for OxBright, you’ll gain access to our online community where you’ll be able to meet your fellow OxBright students who come from around the world.

You’ll be able to join our weekly Tutorials, where you’ll meet with your Mentor, Fikayo. Each Tutorial covers a different topic, so you’ll get a wide insight into the different fields of Economics & Business. Our Tutorials are recorded, so don’t worry if you can’t make a particular session!

On top of this, you’ll be sent weekly short films or blogs on interesting Economics topics, helping to keep you up-to-date on important and cutting edge issues which you can access in your own time.

There’s lots more to OxBright – read on to find out more.

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Weekly Tutorials

Each week, you’ll cover a new topic led by your Economics & Business Mentor, Fikayo.

Your Tutorial will get you used to the university style of learning, which is very different to a typical school lesson. You’ll get the opportunity to actively participate in the discussions, stretching your knowledge about Economics & Business and developing your confidence discussing it.

You’ll also play an important part in shaping future Tutorials – you’ll have the ability to let Fikayo know the topics you’d like to cover.

Recent Tutorials have included:

  • Cryptocurrency – Is It Worth the Hype?
  • Understanding the Stock Market
  • What’s It Really Like to Work in Finance?
  • The Name’s Bond: Understanding Bonds

 

Videos, Blogs & Podcasts

OxBright is designed around you, so as well as the live Tutorials you’ll also be able to access content on demand. This means you can dip in and out at times of your choice, for example on the way to school or at weekends.

Fikayo posts regular videos etc. on our OxBright platform, and you’ll be able to interact with your fellow Economics & Business OxBrighters in the comments section.

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Book/Film Club

Discovering and discussing books and films is an important part of the OxBright Economics & Business experience.

You’ll be able to deepen your knowledge of Economics & Business, while at the same time building your confidence in developing an opinion about the subject and discussing it with your peers in a safe, supportive environment.

Recent discussions have included the following films, and you’ll be able to add in suggestions for future subjects:

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • The Social Network
  • Too Big to Fail

 

Guest Speakers

While Fikayo will be your main Mentor, we also welcome Guest Speakers to share their knowledge and expertise in various elements of Economics & Business.

Attending our Guest Speaker events will enable you to build up your knowledge of Economics and hear different perspectives about topical subjects.

For example, OxBright students recently heard from Jorich Loubser, a researcher at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, whose work focuses on Economics & International Development, particularly in Africa.

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University Guidance

Ultimately, OxBright Economics & Business students are pretty certain they want to study Economics, Business or a related subject at University.

OxBright is designed to help you prepare effectively for your future, so your Tutorials will cover how to maximise your chances of success, how to choose the best university for you and how to write an outstanding Economics personal statement, among other topics.

It’s important to note that attending OxBright won’t guarantee you’ll get into a specific university. Instead, our Mentors will help you get the clarity, motivation and skills you need to help you put together a compelling application.

As with all our courses, while many of our tutors come from leading universities such as London, Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and others, it is important to remember that we are not affiliated to these universities.

Community

One of the great things about being an OxBright member is that you’re part of our community of like-minded young people from all over the world who are passionate about Economics & Business.

OxBrighters are keen to maximise their learning, love discovering new things and enjoy sharing with the community.

Whether or not you have lots of students at your school who are interested in studying Economics at university, the OxBright Economics & Business community is a great way to meet new people who are in the same shoes as you.

You’ll be able to share worries, concerns and advice, as you’ll be on the same shared journey together – living proof of Oxford Scholastica’s belief that growing together is more valuable than growing individually.

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My Mentor is very friendly, funny and inclusive. She always make sure there is a comfortable working environment, as well as making sure we understand her explanations. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to learn about topics from school and outside of school (developing our super-curricular activities). We’ve already covered many topics, from cryptocurrency to the stock market.

Our Mentor is also great at answering questions, involving real world examples and providing resources for further research & understanding. I always look forward to our sessions together and I love sharing new knowledge with my peers and family. I recommend this to everyone who wants to develop a further insight in their future subject aspirations; I am so inspired by my Mentor who has achieved so much and has lots of experience in the financial world.

Alicia

Subscriptions

When you join the OxBright membership platform you get a choice of three subscription types – you can either join monthly, six monthly (saving 3 weeks on your subscription fees) or you can join for a year (saving 7 weeks on your fees and gaining access to discounts on other Oxford Scholastica courses).

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FAQs

Who is OxBright for?

If you're a 15-18 year old who is serious about discovering, exploring and preparing for your future, OxBright is for you.

After nearly ten years' experience of running academic summer and online programmes, we've learnt that while schools are often outstanding at supporting students to get good grades, there is often a lack of current subject-specialist knowledge available for students to access.

OxBright aims to fix this. So, for example, if you're thinking about studying Law at university, you'll have regular access to our Law Mentors, current undergraduate and postgraduate students from leading universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard. They have successfully been through the process you are experiencing - from deciding whether to study Law, through to choosing the best university and course for them, to succeeding in their university applications and thriving at university and beyond.

Whatever your stage of your journey - whether you're thinking of studying a particular subject at university, whether you're weighing up which university and course to study, or whether you know you want to study a subject at a specific university and are looking to prepare effectively - OxBright is here for you.

What does a typical week look like?

Let's imagine you're an OxBright Medicine member. A typical week might look like this:

  • Monday: your Mentor sends over our podcast on Oxford's role in pioneering the COVID-19 vaccine, and asks you to think about some of the challenges involved in vaccine discovery
  • Wednesday: your Mentor sends over a 5 minute vlog on a day in their life as a third year medical student in London
  • Thursday: your Mentor gives you priority access to our recent blog article they've written on the top 3 latest treatments in psychiatry
  • Saturday: your live, hour-long Tutorial takes place on "Artificial Intelligence in Medicine - How AI is Discovering New Antibiotics". You'll join your fellow Medicine OxBrighters and will have the opportunity to ask your Mentor lots of questions
When are the live Tutorials?
The live Tutorials usually take place on Saturdays around 1-2pm UK time (which we have found to be the best time to allow students from lots of different timezones to participate).
What if I can't attend a live session?
Don't worry! OxBright is designed so that you can access the content whenever you want. If you're unable to make a live session you'll be able to watch it back afterwards. We also have vlogs, blogs and podcasts for you to enjoy whenever your schedule allows.
How long can I sign up for?
You have the choice of subscribing on a monthly basis, for six months or for a year. Whatever your subscription, you'll get access to the same great content. The benefit of signing up for six months is that you get three weeks free. The benefit of signing up for a year is that you receive six weeks free, and you also get 15% off any online course/conference/internship you book with us, and £300 off our residential Oxford summer school.
Is it easy to cancel?
It is no problem to cancel, and we make this easy for you - just let us know and you won't be charged the next month's subscription (if you are on a monthly subscription) or the next six month subscription (if you are on a six monthly subscription) or the next year's subscription (if you are on an annual subscription).
Where are the participants from?
At Oxford Scholastica, we have a diverse international intake, with students from around the world taking part (last year we had students from over 60 different nationalities!).
Will OxBright get me into university/college?
OxBright is designed to help you prepare effectively for your future, so your Tutorials will cover how to maximise your chances of success, how to choose the best Law school for you and how to write an outstanding Law personal statement, among other topics.

It's important to note that attending OxBright won't guarantee you'll get into a specific university. Instead, our Mentors will help you get the clarity, motivation and skills you need to help you put together a compelling application.

I've already done an Oxford Scholastica course, how is this different?

OxBright is designed to complement our other courses, and many students who experience our courses choose to sign up to OxBright (and many OxBright students choose to sign up for our courses, conferences and internships either online or in Oxford - if you sign up to the Annual Subscription you benefit from 15% off our online courses and £300 off your Oxford summer school experience).

Whereas our courses last anywhere from a full day through to two weeks, OxBright is there for you year-round, helping you to grow your subject knowledge and confidence over time. Think of OxBright as your personal companion guiding and motivating you throughout the week, inspiring and stretching you to fulfil your potential and succeed in your aspirations.