Excellence resources

Want to push yourself further?

The list below contains resources and links from some of the many undergraduate courses in Russell Group universities, and from other sources that will provide challenging and relevant material.


The Faculties – a range of university Youtube lectures on subjects such as English, History, Maths and Psychology
Future Learn, languages and cultures
iTunes U
York University’s Excellence Hub


  •  The road to serfdom – F A Hayek
  • The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better – Pickett & Wilkinson
  • Thinking fast and slow – D Kahneman
  • The Global Minotaur – Y Varoufakis
  • The return of depression economics – P Krugman
  • Economics education and unlearning – Post crash economics society, Manchester University
  • After the crash, can biologists fix economics? Important article from the New Scientist – https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22730310-30…
  • How to see into the future. Tim Harford’s essay is the winner of the 2014/15 Rybczynski Prize – Billions of dollars are spent on experts who claim they can forecast what’s around the corner, in business, finance and economics. Most of them get it wrong. Now a ground-breaking report has unlocked the secret: it IS possible to predict the future – and a new breed of “superforecasters” know how to do it. Read the article here: http://timharford.com/2014/09/how-to-see-into-the-…
  • Innovation.  Tim Harford writes on the alchemist fallacy http://timharford.com/2015/07/its-tough-turning-id… and asks a pertinent question – should we wish that the innovator’s profit share was higher or lower?
    The Economics team at Deloitte have looked at 140 years of data on the impact of new technologies on employment – and their results run counter to the conventional wisdom that technology destroys jobs. This is an important article http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/aug/17/te…
  • Development Economics. Excellent presentation from Deutsche Bank economics on growth and development prospects for Ghana https://www.dbresearch.com/PROD/DBR_INTERNET_EN-PR…
  • Greece – The sacrificial lamb (Stiglitz) Stiglitz is deeply critical of the conditions imposed by the Troika for the latest emergency financial support offered to Greece – this is a piece written in late July 2015 in the New York Tomes http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/26/opinion/greece-t…
  • So What Can We Do About Inequality? Superb interview with Professor AB Atkinson an acknowledged expert for many decades on the economics of inequality – http://ineteconomics.org/ideas-papers/blog/so-what…
  • Will Hutton – ‘Quarterly capitalism’ is short-term, myopic, greedy and dysfunctional
    Writing in the Guardian, Will Hutton attacks the short-termism prevalent in financial markets. Few companies grow to any significant size before they are taken over – http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/… Is he right?
  • Keynes – Why we work so much (Planet Money) Economist John Maynard Keynes published an optimistic essay in 1930 called “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren.” Keynes thought that by now we might be working just 15 hours a week. Why has he been proved wrong? http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/07/24/42601…
  • CEO Pay – Top CEOs Make 300 Times More than Typical Workers. This briefing from the Economic Policy Institute provides lots of data on the pay of US CEOs. Certainly worth thinking about from an Economics and Management perspective. To what extent is the chasm in pay and earning between senior executives and shop floor workers damaging to business productivity and profitability in the long run? http://www.epi.org/publication/top-ceos-make-300-t..
  • Chinese Stock Market Crash. A lengthy piece from BBC news on the background to the sharp fall in Chinese stock markets http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33540763 More on Chinese share prices here from the Deloitte Monday Briefing http://blogs.deloitte.co.uk/mondaybriefing/2015/07…
  • Vertical farming. Can urban farming / urban farming make a major contribution to long-term food supply issues? This is a revealing background piece http://www.nfib.com/article/bizhelp-vertical-farmi…
  • Avoiding the Natural Resource Curse. Professor Paul Collier (Oxford) has produced this research briefing on how developing countries can avoid the natural resource curse. Harnessing natural resources for inclusive growth http://www.theigc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/I…
  • Is Economics Built On A “Monumental Mistake? A debate between an economist and a biologist from the BigThink web site: http://bigthink.com/errors-we-live-by/self-organiz…
  • TED Talks on behavioural economics. The ‘new kid on the block’ in micro-economic theory. http://www.ted.com/topics/behavioral+economics
  • Podcast. More or less. Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrss1/episodes/downloads
  • Podcast. LSE lectures. A wide range of topics that will; make you think differently. http://www.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/Home.aspx


Good material on Shakespeare from Warwick University.
Great Writers Inspire Project through Oxford University.
Podcasts on English from Oxford University.

Reading List from Cambridge:
• Homer, Odyssey, e.g. in the Penguin Classics or Oxford World’s Classics editions *
• Homer, Iliad, e.g. in the Penguin Classics or Oxford World’s Classics editions *
• Ovid, Metamorphoses, many translations, including Mary M Innes (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1955)*
• Virgil, Aeneid, e.g. in the Penguin Classics or Oxford World’s Classics editions *
• The Bible (authorized version), begin with Genesis, Exodus, Job, Psalms, Song of Solomon, the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and Revelation *
• Shakespeare, as many of the plays as possible as well as the Sonnets
• Milton, Paradise Lost, e.g. ed. Alastair Fowler (London: Longman, 1971)
• Richardson, Samuel, Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded, ed. Peter Sabor, intr. Margaret Anne Doody (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985)
• Wordsworth, William, The Prelude, 1799, 1805, 1850, ed. Jonathan Wordsworth, M. H. Abrams and Stephen Gill (New York: Norton, 1979)
• Dickens, Charles, Bleak House, e.g. ed. Nicola Bradbury (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2003) *
• Eliot, T. S., Selected Poems (London: Faber & Faber, 1954; repr. 1961, 2002 printing available in paperback)*
• Beckett, Samuel, Collected Shorter Plays (London: Faber & Faber, 1984)


A blog for students and teachers of Years 11 to 13, and anyone else with an interest in French language and culture, written by the staff and students of Oxford University.
Radio France podcasts
TED talks in French

Suggested reading from Oxford’s first year:
Baudelaire, a selection of poems from the section ‘Spleen et Idéal’ of Les Fleurs du Mal
Racine, Phèdre
Beckett, En attendant Godot
Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses
Proust, Combray

Other suggested reading:
L’élégance du hérisson – Muriel Barbery
Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
Respire – Anne-Sophie Brasme
Thérèse Desqueroux – François Mauriac
La Princesse de Clèves – Madame de la Fayette

A Bout de Souffle
Jules et Jim
Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles
La Môme
La Haine


Oxbridge Reading List:
• Cloke, P., Crang, M. and Goodwin, M. (2013) Introducing Human Geographies, 3rd Edition. London, Routledge.
• Coe, N., Kelly, P. and Yeung, H. (2007) Economic Geography: A contemporary introduction. Oxford: Blackwell.
• Dodds, K. (2007) Geopolitics: A very short introduction. Oxford, OUP
• Holloway, S., Rice, S. and Valentine, G. (eds.) (2003) Key Concepts in Human Geography. London: Sage.
• Goudie, A. and Viles, H. (2010) Landscapes and Geomorphology: A very short introduction. Oxford, OUP.
• Koser, K. (2007) International Migration: A very short introduction. Oxford, OUP.
• Maslin, M. (2008) Global Warming: A very short introduction. Oxford, OUP.
• Matthews, J. and Herbert, D. (2008) Geography: A very short introduction. Oxford, OUP
• Middleton, N. (2009) Deserts: A very short introduction. Oxford, OUP.
• Mitchell, D. (2000) Cultural Geography. Oxford, Blackwell
• Redfern, M. (2003) The Earth: A very short introduction. Oxford, OUP
• Rogers, A., Castree, N. and Kitchin, R. (2013) A Dictionary of Human Geography. Oxford,OUP.