Rachel Whitworth

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  • Studentship: Birkbeck College, University of London,2009-10

Mine is perhaps not the most conventional story. Having completed a music degree at King’s College, University of London in 2008, I decided to take a drastic change of tack and pursue a career as an economist. I embarked on the Graduate Diploma in Economics programme at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London which opened my eyes up to the fascinating world of economics and left me hungering for more.

However, I was not in a position financially to undertake a much-needed master’s degree, which would further my studies in economics. The Marjorie Deane studentship was pivotal in this respect. Not only has it funded my degree at Birkbeck College, University of London, but it has also provided a stepping-stone on the path to a career in writing, the common thread that links my studies in both music and economics.

I am yet only a fledgling economist and writer, but I feel I am off to a great start. I am enjoying every minute of my course and, in addition, I have a part-time position at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, which allows me to put what I learn at university into practice by writing about economics. I am very grateful to Marjorie’s foundation for providing the all-important initial step towards achieving my ambitions.

[February 2010]