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Manchester High School for Girls


An aspiring economist, Huma Siddiqi from Senior Sixth Form, has beaten stiff competition from her peers around the country by being selected as runner-up in the London School of Economics Students’ Union (LSESU) Economics Society Essay Competition 2018.

Huma’s successful piece was written about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and how she would tackle their goal of ‘ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages’. Her essay will soon feature on the LSESU website as part of the society’s publication, Rationale.

Huma explained: “I started by researching into the current provision and usage of healthcare, with a specific focus on developing countries. Surprised by how low the uptake was, I looked towards behavioural economics as a way of ‘shaping’ their behaviour. I found that by incentivising these services, i.e. paying monetary rewards for use, may significantly reduce this problem.”

Huma, who has been actively involved with the Model United Nations (MUN) extra-curricular programme in school, has a keen interest in global development and economics.

She commented:

“I like to broaden my horizons and gain more knowledge of these fields outside the classroom. Taking part in activities like the MUN, Young Enterprise and this essay competition are a really good way to do that. I was really pleased that my essay was picked out from all those essays to be shared with other students.”

Huma is now focusing on her final year at MHSG, reading A-level Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics and Chemistry. She said: “I am hoping to study Economics at university next year. My dream is to work on policy; maybe at the World Bank or the UN.”

Manchester High is holding a Sixth Form open event on Wednesday 26th September from 5pm. Please pre-register for the event by emailing or calling Mrs Percival on 0161 244 0447.