for the public understanding of economics and entrepreneurship

The Vinson Centre for the Public Understanding of Economics and Entrepreneurship was founded in 2018 by the University of Buckingham working with the Institute of Economic Affairs.



The Centre runs a series of programmes in economics and related fields aimed at sixth-form and college students, undergraduates, recent graduates, PhD students, post docs and young academics. We have a youtube channel with videos designed to promote a wider understanding of classical liberal economics. In association with the Institute of Economic Affairs, we publish the journal, Economic Affairs. We also have a visiting scholars scheme (internal link) and an MA programme in Political Economy by Research as well as a number of research programmes such as the Low Cost Private Schools Research and Training Initiative and the Initiative for African Trade and Prosperity.

Many of our programmes and events are run in association with the IEA. They include:

  • Sixth-form economics conferences held at a variety of locations around the country
  • The annual Budget Challenge competition for sixth-form and college students
  • The annual monetary policy competition with the Institute for International Monetary Research
  • Seminars for economics teachers
  • Courses and seminars in classical liberal economics for students and recent students, postgraduate researchers and early-career academics
  • Saturday tasters on entrepreneurship, business studies and economics for local sixth-form and college students

Residential Future Thought Leaders’ Internship Programme

AIMED AT: Undergraduate students

DATES: Monday 27th June – Friday 8th July including Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP: The Vinson Centre, the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Institute of International Monetary Research and the Initiative for African Trade and Prosperity are offering a residential programme at the Vinson Centre, University of Buckingham.

20 participants will have a packed programme of lectures, seminars, debates, discussions, and social activities. There will be four tracks: General Economics; Monetary Theory; Economic History and the History of Economic Thought; and Trade and Globalisation. Participants will specialise one of four topics for discussions, breakout groups and a supervised project which they will present at the end of the programme.

HOW TO APPLY: To apply, please send a CV and short covering letter to Brittany Davis at, explaining why you would like an internship and your top two preferred research topics. Please state which programme and dates you wish to apply for in the ‘Subject’ of the email, and include your research topic in the body of the email.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications close on 1st April at 23:59:59.

COST: The programme is free to attend and covers accommodation and most meals, but participants will need to cover their own travel to the university. There is a student opportunity fund available if required. Details of how to apply for the fund will be sent to successful applicants.

Economics Thought Leaders Symposium (ETLS)

The ETLS is an annual three-day residential symposium bringing together some of the brightest young minds. Senior undergraduates and postgraduates are invited to apply and, for those offered a place, it is entirely free to attend – there is no charge for accommodation, food or materials.

The ETLS is jointly hosted by The Vinson Centre for the Public Understanding of Economics and Entrepreneurship at the University of Buckingham and the Institute of Economic Affairs. It will take place at the University of Buckingham in September 2022. Further details will be announced in due course.

Participants are given the opportunity to hear from some of the top classical liberal academics in the UK and to discuss new frontiers in education, trade policy, money, and technology. There will also be an in-depth discussion on the history of economic thought and well as the opportunity to meet like-minded students. Participants will be studying or will have recently economics, politics or other social science disciplines. There are just 16 places available on this exclusive programme.