Expert economist joins RSFC economics class online

Expert economist joins RSFC economics class online

Published: 17th June 2020

On Monday 8th June, Paul Ormerod, recently appointed as Chairman of the Rochdale Development Association, spoke with Rochdale Sixth Form economics students, via Zoom, on the strategy for economic recovery post-lockdown.

Throughout the coronavirus lockdown, RSFC students have been attending all their timetabled lessons online. In one lesson, students watched an online meeting between Paul Dixon (Chair of This is Rochdale), Steve Rumbelow (CEO of Rochdale Borough Council) and Paul Ormerod (economist and visiting professor at the University College London) on the topic of ‘emerging from the lockdown, a strategy for economic recovery’.

Whilst watching the local meeting online, students prepared questions to ask Paul in a follow-up session. Paul kindly shared his opinion on questions covering a wide range of topics that included:

  • How businesses might prepare for life after lockdown
  • Furlough payments
  • How Rochdale could consider reinventing its identity
  • Globalisation, specialisation and localisation
  • Environmental considerations for the future
  • Coronavirus and the debate around big data
  • Growth after the pandemic

After the session, Paul commented, “The session was very enjoyable for me, the students had put a lot of thought and effort into it and their questions were really good”

On behalf of our students, we’d like to thank Paul for reaching out to engage with them and for fielding their questions. As our students look forward to degrees, apprenticeships and employment, we hope that they continue to take advantage of similar opportunities that will help them engage in discussions on economics regarding both local and national issues.

Rochdale Sixth Form College is the founding institution of the Altus Education Partnership.



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