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A week in the City for London sixth formers

Sixth formers from two inner London colleges will be at school in the City this week (Monday 13 to Friday 17 December), in a new collaboration between LSE and Citibank.

Twenty three sixth formers are taking part in the five-day course called Finance and Our Future. This is designed to give inner-city pupils the chance to experience university life and to gain an insight into the world of finance. The aim is that it will increase student awareness of the opportunities available to them both in higher education and for their future career.

It is the first course of its kind organised by LSE but part of an on-going programme building on an already-existing Saturday School programme and a BP Amoco Tutoring Scheme, which also encourage widening participation in education.

The students, from Tower Hamlets College and Lewisham College, are all A level students who have expressed a keen interest in economics, business and/or finance. Each morning, talks will be given by university lecturers, supplemented by practical sessions about money. The course will explain the role of the financial sector and how financial systems work (including the retail sector, banking, insurance, and money markets). It will also explain where institutions obtain their resources and how they decide it should be invested. Each afternoon, students will visit a financial organisation, including Citibank, the Bank of England and Lloyds of London.

Rosemary Gosling, Director of External Study at LSE, said: "This 'winter school' is a first for us but is part of our continuing work with inner London schools, which aims to show children about the opportunities for education and careers out there for them. We are delighted to have support from organisations, such as Citibank."

Sue Meadowcroft, Community Affairs Manager for Citibank, said: "This initiative with LSE and colleges of further education in Tower Hamlets and Lewisham reflects Citibank's commitment to and concern for the communities in which it does business. With the relocation of its corporate bank offices to Docklands in 2000, Citibank is focusing on developing and maintaining ongoing relationships with schools and colleges in this locality."

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Notes to Editors:

There will be a certificate presentation ceremony on Friday 17 December at 3pm in the Vera Anstey Room, Old Building, LSE.

Further Details/Information

Rosemary Gosling, Director, LSE External Study on T: 0171 955 6313.

Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on T: 0171 955 7582.

Anne-Louise McDonald, Citibank press office T: 0171 500 1308.

Sue Meadowcroft, Citibank Community Affairs T: 0171 500 7138.

13 December 1999

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